Posts Tagged ‘dennis’ place’

The Show Report, 10/16: I wanna find one face that ain’t lookin’ through me, I wanna find one place, I wanna spit in the face of these…

October 16, 2009

bruce-springsteen-2Tonight brings a show your humble Show Report writer has been anticipating for a long time: An all-star cast of performers, including members of The Eric Weiler Band, The Bootheel, The BoogeyMen and more combine talents in a Bruce Springsteen tribute at Lindberg’s. Why, you ask? It’s National Boss’s Day, and how better to pay tribute to bosses than to pay tribute to “The Boss.” The night will start with a special treat: An all-acoustic set by Eric Weiler (of The Eric Weiler Band) and Todd Balisle (of The Bootheel) playing all of Springsteen’s 1982 album Nebraska. After that, it’s time to pump fists and shout choruses, and you can bet this word-typing goofball will be in on it at some point.

Lots more after the break, too. Get ready to barhop.

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The Show Report, 10/13: Let the wellspring flow

October 13, 2009

Cavo_Remmingtons_gsIt’s a good night for creativity’s many forms, Springfield, and you’ll find tonight’s shows are appropriately all over the map. At The Outland Ballroom you’ll find a feisty hard-rock show, singer-songwriter showcasing at Lindberg’s, less structured showcasing at The Outland and Dennis’ Place and more. Click through for the details.

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The Show Report, 8/20: A Fond Farewell by any other name…

August 20, 2009

Imagine this scenario: You’re in a band (woo!), you record your debut album in a day at a very good studio (damn we’re efficient!) and even send it out for some early reviews (free publicity rules!). From there, all hell breaks loose. You discover your band name is shared with another band… in Germany (seriously?!), and that said band just signed a record deal and wants you to vacate its band name (sigh). Then you run into glitches (i.e. money crunch) in the CD release process, meaning the record you recorded in a day took longer to get to the public than some other bands take to record and release theirs (good grief). Such is the plight of Sunrise Cassette, formerly known as A Fond Farewell and presently releasing its album Deal With It with a concert at Nathan P. Murphy’s tonight with openers Anthony Narvaez, Busted Kid and My Politic. Hopefully that puts an end to the twists and turns for a while, though it’s been a mini-soap opera in the meantime, even if it didn’t have brain tumors, evil twins or any of this.  

Also on tonight’s episode of As Your Music Scene Turns:

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The Show Report, 8/19: Red Collar night is finally here

August 19, 2009

Tonight brings to Springfield a show several weeks in the making, and it’s a feel-good feather in the city’s musical cap to boot. It’s story time: A few weeks ago we received an email from North Carolina-based rock group Red Collar, a talented young band with the good fortune to have already played shows opening for acts such as The Gaslight Anthem, Riverboat Gamblers, …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead and more… and they just released their first album, Pilgrim. They had the bad fortune of having a show date fall through between their Little Rock and St. Louis dates, and they wanted to put something together in Springfield. We put out the APB with clubs we thought would suit their style, and the band was not only hooked up with a first-time-ever show in Springfield tonight at Lindberg’s, but discussions are underway for another show in town at Nathan P. Murphy’s when the band passes back through. The city’s music venues turned out for the band; hopefully its music heads will, too. Mark Bilyeu will also be putting on his acoustic performance at the bar earlier in the evening, the next-to-last acoustic show Bilyeu currently has booked in the club. Catch both while you can.

Elsewhere in your music scene: 

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The Show Report, 8/14: The Shin Kickers return

August 14, 2009

Tonight brings us the second helping of local Social Distortion tribute group The Shin Kickers, playing Lindberg’s in all their punk-meets-greaser glory. Their first appearance was to a packed room of onlookers in the spring as they played Social D’s live album Live at the Roxy, but tonight the band will take on a set list made up of the group’s latter-day material. We’re betting it includes this classic, plus more than a few other tunes instantly recognizable to fans.

Also happening in your music scene:

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The Show Report, 8/13: Off by one day…

August 13, 2009

We narrowly avoided that most dreaded of regularly occurring bad omens: Friday the 13th. Today is Thursday, the 13th of August, putting the curse off course and allowing us to enjoy a broad spectrum of shows free of worry.

We don’t pay attention to that s*** anyway, DeRosh.

Oh, well, neither do I. Who cares if it’s a full moon out? That stuff is for dorks with nothing better to do anyway. (Hides dreamcatcher.) It’s kind of like reading your horoscope, know what I mean? It’s all fake, made-up mumbo-jumbo to get people to spend money and live in fear. (Removes pins from voodoo doll.) What matters tonight is the music anyway, and if you’re looking for some you’re in luck. Peep the lineup after the break.

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The Show Report, 8/7: Put that Dirty Blonde wig on, baby. It’s a very sexy night.

August 7, 2009

Dirty Blondes at ArtWalk? Isn’t ArtWalk supposed to be a family-friendly, chill event? Oh, not tonight, chickadees. Tonight the four Dirty Blondes–namely Ranald Ives Cummings III, Renton Fallstaff, Nathan Mattney and Timmy Miano–take over ArtWalk night with the sexiest, sloppiest, most debaucherous show this side of a Tokyo sex show. (Well, it’s good horny punk rock, anyway.) It’s also the last night you’ll ever get to see said show happen, as the band says farewell on The Outland Ballroom’s stage tonight. Joining them will be The Disappointments, who are pulling the double-whammy of a CD release party and farewell show of their own; the immortal Pilot Whale, not seen since his set with Black Box Revue earlier this summer; and The Vagina Massacre, who win the prize for Best Band Name in Springfield and, we’re told, rock at the simulated-concert game Rock Band. They must, since they perform using the game. Expect one hell of a rock show… and, by the end of the night, one hell of a mess. But then, in the world of Dirty Blondes, messy is good.

Ready for more? Come get it:

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The Show Report, 8/6: Welcome Back…

August 6, 2009

Tonight reminds us of the joys of returning to the familiar, with two good examples to back it up:

* Eric Guinn plays his first show back tonight as the bassist for blues-rock group Trash Angels, who themselves are back in a familiar place–The Daily Pub, where they have been playing every Thursday night for years. Look for Guinn to bring out even more of the band’s rocker side.

* The Seed are back at Tonic Ultralounge. Wait, let’s back up a bit… Tonic (next to Big Whiskey’s on Park Central East) has been hosting weekly Thursday-night live music shows all summer, and The Seed’s performance ranks as one of the most memorable. Lance, Thom and Rico are back to give it another go in a spot they haven’t played in a couple of months but were a big hit in last time.

Also on tonight’s docket:

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The Show Report, 8/5: It’s time to do bloody battle

August 5, 2009

Battle of the Bands2Today your trip through the music scene starts a few hours early, and in a location we haven’t gotten to talk about music at for quite a while. The Bloody Battle of the Bands starts at 3 p.m. at Remington’s Southside, with seven high-school-age bands competing for sweet prizes before headliners Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Black Box Revue close out the evening. Like what you hear and want to vote for one of the battling bands? All that’s needed in exchange for a ballot is a pint of your blood for the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks–a life-saving gift for someone in need, meaning you contribute to two important events in one sitting.

That’s just scratching the surface of tonight’s activities. Check these out:

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The Show Report, 7/30: The Super-sub

July 30, 2009

There are those unusual moments in music where you see a performer play and excel in different context, something unexpected that only serves to increase your respect for the artist. It’s with that feeling in mind that we give a shout-out to Reed Heron, bass player for local rock stalwarts Speakeasy, who fills in on the four-string tonight with blues/rock group Trash Angels at The Daily Pub. The band just played its last official show with current bassist Landon Rolfe and has a week’s wait before its once-and-future bassist, Eric Guinn, takes over. Though it’s a non-issue this weekend since singer Tiffany Rene and guitarist Donnie Ray will be out of town prepping to record the band’s next album, but tonight is Trash Angels’ weekly Daily Pub gig, and the weekly shows are the bread and butter of the band’s schedule. Heron to the rescue, picking up on the band’s songs and jumping into the lineup for a one-night-only gig. No surprise, really, as his work each Wednesday with the improv-hip hop group Urban Legend has no doubt kept up his chops and ability to learn on the fly, not to mention his stint with the other members of Speakeasy as the backing reggae band for former Jah Roots singer Josh Heinrichs. It should be a good show, and one you’re not likely to see again.

Elsewhere in Springfield’s Music Scene:

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What’s old is new again: Trash Angels say goodbye to their bassist… and replace him with their previous one

July 28, 2009

Trash Angels logo“You say goodbye, and I say hello.” When Paul McCartney sang that line he was certainly not referring to Trash Angels–they didn’t exist in 1968, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg–but it seems appropriate given the latest news surrounding the band. The group officially announced last evening that its current bass player, Landon Rolfe, is leaving the group and that Rolfe’s last official show with the band will be Wednesday night at Harlow’s. (He will play with the band for the last time Monday night at Dennis’ Place during the weekly blues jam, but due to that show’s nature the band is not labeling it an “official” gig.) 

In Rolfe’s place steps Eric Guinn beginning Thursday, August 6 at The Daily Pub. Does the name sound familiar? It should; Guinn was the group’s bassist before Rolfe. This being Trash Angels, of course, there is a gig in between Rolfe’s departure and Guinn’s arrival, taking place next Thursday at The Daily Pub. Who will fill that? None other than Speakeasy/Urban Legend bass chameleon Reed Heron in a special one-night-only appearance. Ooooh, the possibilities there…

The Show Report, 7/24: The Double-Whammy

July 24, 2009

We don’t envy The Outland Ballroom’s crew tonight. Okay, maybe we do a little. They’ll be called upon to preside over two big-drawing shows, which would exhaust just about everyone except maybe this little guy. On the plus side, they’ve got a front-row seat for Boba Flex, The Dogs Divine, Six Shots Till Dawn and Adara early and Spookie Daly Pride, Roots Of Mankind and BringYourGreenHat late. Not a bad night’s work by any measure. You’ll want to be at the Ballroom at 5 p.m. for doors to the early show and at 9 p.m. for doors to the late show… unless, of course, you’re part of the staff, in which you’re probably already there and settled in for a long, huge night.

If a marathon night of music isn’t to your liking, perhaps one of these shows will tickle your fancy:

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The Show Report, 7/23: Homecoming in July

July 23, 2009

Tonight brings two Springfield residents–one past, one present–back to the city for a big show. Future Leaders of the World, fronted by onetime Springfield resident Phil Taylor and the band responsible for this hit song, headlines The Outland Ballroom tonight with Formant, Assembly Line Gods and Glass Bottom Boat Ride. Also back in town is FLOW bassist and Formant guitarist Erik McGreevy, who will be doing double duty during the last two sets of the night. It’s a triumphant return for both men, each of whom has strong ties to the city and both of whom have worked hard to make the return of FLOW a success. So consider tonight’s show a celebration of sorts, and prepare to party accordingly. We’ll be there, along with the crew from Z 106.7 FM and Ozarks Live Productions, and we all like talking music over a beer. Find us and partake.

Elsewhere in Your Music Scene tonight:

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The Show Report, 7/22: Surprise!

July 22, 2009

We’ve arrived at Hump Day, that day in the week where, once it passes, our attention spans slowly dwindle until the weekend arrives and it’s time to go about the business of entertaining ourselves. That would make Hump Day out to be a bit of a lull, and while it may be true that this is the only night this week without a major traveling act coming through Springfield, it is far from quiet. Out of the blue, Joey Rowlett, bassist of Matt Stell & The Crashers, phoned us to mention a surprise acoustic show tonight at Dennis’ Place (921 W. Sunshine St.) in which he, Stell and John D. Hale will all be performing. As if the chance to see three luminaries among the Red Dirt country acts in our music scene wasn’t reason enough to attend, the show, Rowlette tells us, is FREE. We hope Dennis’ stocked up on its whiskey. The special concert begins tonight at 9 p.m.

That’s just a small part of your all-things-local show night, since there’s also:

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The Show Report, 7/21: Don’t Hurt my Sick Puppies!

July 21, 2009

SickPuppiesAdmat_sprng_gs1Tonight it’s FM Productions‘ turn to take the wheel and put on the night’s big show: Hurt, Sick Puppies, Tunnels to Holland and The Veer Union at Remmingtons Downtown. The Shrine Mosque gets quiet show-wise in the summertime–it’s an old building and hard to keep cool–but FM occasionally will put on a show in another spot and keep the ball rolling. It should be rolling quite well tonight–a summertime Tuesday, mind you. No tumbleweeds rolling through town this year, that’s for sure. Be at Remmingtons early for the 7 p.m. door time; there should be a pretty good crowd for this one.

Tonight you’ll also find:

* BIG local hip hop show at The Blue Room at Billiards of Springfield: AcuMen, MC Tommy P of The Spacetones, SincerelyYours, Rhyme University (from Columbia, MO) and Roots Of Mankind. A lot of show for five bucks, eh? Starts at 9 p.m.

* Open Mic Night at The Outland

* Blues Jam at Dennis’ Place