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Jesse James Wax Museum announces EP release/farewell show and name change

August 18, 2009

RedSquareBeatLayout2Local favorite Jesse James Wax Museum has announced its EP release and farewell show. The band recently changed its name to simply JJWM to coincide with the changing style of the music. The band will no longer go by Jesse James Wax Museum but simply JJWM. More details on the show, EP and more on the flip side of this little linkā€¦



Jeremy Larson show tonight canceled

May 1, 2009

jeremylarsonsoloWe just wanted to quickly pass along the news that tonight’s Jeremy Larson concert at the Firehouse on Commercial Street has been canceled. We’re working on finding out why. We hate it when a show gets canceled just as we’re finding out about it.

It’s really back! C-Street Jam announces lineup

March 31, 2009

cstreetjamNot only is C-Street Jam not dead, one could argue it’s better than ever before. Even the first C-Street Jam, conceived as a showcase for Commercial Street’s image rehabilitation in 2006, kept all of its acts to one stage at a time. This year’s event, scheduled for May 9, will have six stages in all, and a pretty sweet rosters of performers to populate them. Find out who is part of the resuscitation of Commercial Street’s music festival after the jump.


College Night comes to Commercial Street

February 18, 2009

DeRosh, I would love to check out more of these concerts you keep writing about, but honestly, after all those late-night pizzas and kegger admission fees, I’m broke, dude.

Pish posh. Who needs money to hear music? You won’t in Springfield, at least not tomorrow night (2/19). Drury’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), specifically its Make It Project for teaching students how to prosper in the music business, is hosting College Night at two Commercial Street locations. Best of all, it doesn’t have to cost you a dime. Details after the break.


Welcome Back, Lindberg’s: Big Smith booked to play Lindy’s on Fat Tuesday

February 1, 2009

With all parties (contractually) sworn to secrecy until after last night’s Big Smith and BBQ show at Hammons Hall, this one has been under people’s hats for a while now. With the calendar now reading February, though, the veil can be lifted. Big Smith is coming back to Lindberg’s for (we believe) its first show there since the first C-Street Jam in 2006, playing the Commercial Street bar on February 24, aka Fat Tuesday. Meanwhile, with the downtown pub crawls once again in a state of flux, here comes a solid, good-time-guaranteed party plan on one of America’s ultimate party nights. Bring your beads… but make sure you have your overalls on underneath them.

Lindberg’s reopening update

January 27, 2009

Lindberg'sLindberg’s is the Michael Meyers of local music venues; it never dies so much as gears up for a sequel. As we reported previously, the Commercial Street landmark returns February 6 with a CD release party by local country-rockers The Cropdusters. Now added to the lineup for the first night of Lindberg’s under its new stewardship: The Verbs (Redux) and St. Louis/Columbia act John Henry & the Engine. We’ve got a surprise or two in the works for this show ourselves, which we’ll report to you as soon as they’re finalized. Keep checking back with us.

Eric Weiler new co-owner of Lindberg’s

December 19, 2008


The ink just dried on the contract, so it is now official: Outland bartender Eric Weiler–also the singer and songwriter behind the Eric Weiler Band–is the new co-owner of Lindberg’s. Weiler says he and a business partner just signed the lease and are now at work securing the necessary licenses (i.e. liquor) to complete the process.


Ground Xero announces final show: Cynergy 67 and Reaxion Guerilla December 31

December 10, 2008

gxlastshowWe reported to you last week that Commercial Street music venue Ground Xero would close its doors for good after its New Year’s Eve party in a few weeks. Today we’ve received word of what bands are scheduled to appear: Wisconsin industrial metal group Cynergy 67 and Peru’s Reaxion Guerilla. The last show will cost $5 and is open only to those 21 and over, as with all GX shows. Doors open at 9 p.m. Ring in the new year, ring out a local-music supporter. This might be a good time to shop for that new leather/latex outfit you’ve had your eye on…

Happy New Year? Ground Xero to close 1/1/09

December 5, 2008

gxWe heard from the boys in Knife*Death about this last night, and after checking on it with manager Zac Oxford it turns out to be true: Ground Xero, Commercial Street’s last active music venue, will close January 1 of next year. The bar’s last night will be its New Year’s Eve party. Ground Xero’s show calendar still lists the New Year’s Eve show performers at “TBA,” so expect details to come soon on that. In the meantime, we’re just given more evidence that Commercial Street, as an entertainment (and particularly live music) destination, is dead.

Commercial Street “Entertainment District:” Dr. Carter?! Paging Dr. Carter!

November 25, 2008
Couldn't this have waited until Sweeps Week?! I was trying to smoke a cig.

Couldn't this have waited until Sweeps Week?! I was trying to smoke a cig.

NOTE: We’ve added a link to the original City Council plan for C-Street’s revitalization, for those curious to read it. You’ll find it after the break.

We won’t say the results are in yet, but we have results from the exit polls, metaphorically speaking, and the trend we see with the City of Springfield’s plan to convert Commercial Street into its designated Center City nightlife spot is disturbing. Consider:

Commercial Street between Grant Avenue and Washington Avenue has seen only two nightlife spots open for a year or more since the transition began, Lindberg’s and Ruthie’s. (Ground Xero, though successful and still in operation, is much further east on Commercial Street.) With the closing of Lindberg’s last Saturday, the total is back down to one, and, to our knowledge, Ruthie’s hosts no live music. The Belmonte, once it moved to Commercial Street, de-emphasized its previous live-music focus, and now seems to be almost–if not completely–dormant. Even longtime C-Street occupant Paradise Lounge is now gone.

The trend, dear City of Springfield, if you’re not catching it yet, is this: When it comes to splitting downtown’s eclectic bohemian-meets-businessperson-meets-college-student day/night meeting ground into two separate districts for the sake of profit and cohabitation, you have failed.


Say Goodbye to Lindberg’s

November 21, 2008
Will Saturday night be the last time you ever get to sit here?

Will Saturday night be the last time you ever get to sit here?

We were struck speechless by the news from co-owner Jodi Blamey this morning: Lindberg’s will open its doors for the final time this Saturday night. Blamey says the club has been barely getting by for some time, and earlier this week she and husband Ryan sat down and delved into the numbers and decided they couldn’t continue.


Ground Xero lives up to its name Wednesday. Get ready for Green Jelly!

November 10, 2008

green-jelly-concert-small…by which we don’t mean some icky past-expiration-date food, but rather the mid-’90s rock phenomenon that will finally return to grace a Springfield stage. If you’re new to the band, it’s a comedy metal/punk group that has been around since the early ’80s (previously known as Green Jello), but got its “big break” when a radio station played “Three Little Pigs” as a joke in 1992. A spot at MTV’s Headbangers Ball followed, and the rest is history, you might say.

It’s especially worth noting the band’s legacy; the band laid the foundation for later acts such as Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer.

They broke up years later, but are on a 135-date reunion tour this year… which happens to be coming to Ground Xero this Wednesday night. “Epic” does not begin to describe this development. If you don’t already have tickets, chances aren’t very good that you can change that, but we highly suggest calling 417-869-4960 to find out. If you need more incentive, click the link below.