Posts Tagged ‘friday’

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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Your next chance to win tickets to It Might Get Loud: Tonight at 5 p.m. Watch The Twitters.

October 14, 2009

It Might Get LoudIt may be a little uncooth of us–when are we not uncooth, really–but we’re willing to bet you’ve never met Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page before. Or U2‘s The Edge. Or Jack White of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs. (It’s okay. Neither have we.) Consider Friday night’s premiere of It Might Get Loud at The Moxie an opportunity to get up close and personal with all three at the same time–something that had never happened before the documentary’s filming–all without leaving the comfort of your theater seat or having to do pesky things such as be introduced to the men first. The cost to get in if you’re an adult is $8… unless you win two tickets through our next giveaway, which is tonight at 5 p.m. on our Twitter feed. Be the first to answer the question correctly and you’re in the door for zero dollars. By the end of the night, you’ll know more about three of the most recognized guitarists in music than anyone not in the theater with you. It’s not “Hello, my name is The Edge, and you are…” but it’s pretty sweet nonetheless. Just try to remember not to act overly casual when you do meet them. Yo, Jack! What up, Jack! Long time, no talk, broseph!

Your Project Indie finalists are… ***UPDATED***

September 29, 2009

Q102’s music-meets-fashion contest for local bands called Project Indie is now in its final round, with five bands winning the chance to have official band T-shirts designed and produced by five artists selected by Indie Boutique (320 E. Walnut St., 417-865-5400) and reproduced for sale by the band and in the store. The T-shirt design-off, as it were, takes place this Friday (October 2) at Indie starting at 5 p.m. The store’s customers will vote for the winner among the five, and the prize is the headlining slot at an upcoming Q102 Homegrown show. It could be any one of these five:

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The Show Report, 9/11: It’s finally that time of year again…

September 11, 2009

It’s the second weekend in September, which marks the renewal of a Springfield tradition dating back more than a decade: The Greater Ozarks Blues Festival is back. The two-day event brings top-shelf touring blues artists to the Bass Pro Shops Cherokee Street parking lot today and tomorrow, with gates opening this evening at 5:30 p.m. and The Underground Blues Division (this year’s Blues Society of the Ozarks Memphis Bound contest winners) opening the festival at 6:30. Kelly Hunt takes the stage next at 7:45, followed by Friday-night headliner Tab Benoit at 9:30. Does 11 p.m. sound like an early stopping time? Good news: Dennis’ Place (921 W. Sunshine St.), just across the street from the mammoth Bass Pro complex, will be hosting a jam session with today’s and tonight’s participating Bluesfest artists. Given that improvisation and jam sessions are a key component of blues dating back many years–perhaps to its inception, though we weren’t around at the time to vouch for that; we’re talking almost a century there–we have two proud traditions carrying on tonight. Nice running theme, eh?

More, we hear you saying in our heads… or perhaps we just didn’t take our meds today. Either way, your live music itinerary awaits after the break.

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The Show Report, 9/4: Is First Friday ready for this?

September 4, 2009

Earlier in the spring we made the trip with the crew from Black Box Revue to visit Austin for South By Southwest and for Lose Control, the massive three-day party BBR was throwing during the event. One of the standout guest performers at Lose Control was the Icelandic synth-plus-instrument group Steed Lord, which makes a guest appearance tonight at BBR’s weekly dance party at The Outland. In a way, the real beauty is that the group arrives on the night of First Friday ArtWalk, when the prevailing crowd downtown really digs art is up for a pleasantly colored painting or two and some hors d’oeuvres. Contracted designers in addition to musicians, the four members of Steed Lord have the visual boldness to keep up with their Euro-stomp musical mojo, not to mention a healthy dollop of way-asymmetrical hair. Let the culture clash begin!

The music scene is alive tonight in the following rooms as well:

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Get Your Vest On: Han Trio returns September 18

August 28, 2009
Wait a minute... I'm a TRIO now?! Have I been cloned or something? This had better not be another one of George's CGI "masterpieces." Chewie, quit humping my leg.

Wait a minute... I'm a TRIO now?! Have I been cloned or something? This had better not be another one of George's CGI "masterpieces." Chewie, quit humping my leg. You too, Skywalker.

Alright, all dorkdom aside, let’s be real for a minute: There are few characters in the history of motion pictures as badass as Han Solo from the Star Wars trilogy. No one combined John Wayne’s brash machismo, Errol Flynn’s swashbuckler grace and James T. Kirk’s ability to convincingly shoot toy pistols quite as effectively, and just about every guy has wished he could be at least one of those three at one time or another.

There was only one Han, but three men–Shawn Eckels and Reed Herron of Speakeasy, along with John Anderson of The Sociables and Super String Theory on drums–donned the black vest and way-underbottoned white shirt combo to pay tribute while covering songs from famous musical trios. The result was a High Life Live Martini Lounge in a tizzy and wanting more.

Now they’ll get it. The group, known as Han Trio, has agreed to return to The High Life for another show Friday, September 18, knocking out tune after tune from three-member groups (think Nirvana, The Police, Jimi Hendrix Experience, etc.) starting around 10 p.m. Five dollars gets you in the door for the badassness. Princess Laya impersonators are likely welcome, as well.

The Show Report, 8/28: They’re baaaaack…

August 28, 2009

Notice anything different this week? Longer lines at traffic lines, perhaps? A sudden proliferation of people who think last night’s pajamas and shorts with greek letters printed on the ass are acceptable I’m-in-public wear? Yup, college is back in session, and local music is ready to serve up some excellent shows students and postgrads alike. After a summer of surprisingly full rooms and an explosion of touring shows, it’s time to take things up another notch or two as students hungry for partying opportunities flock to Springfield’s music venues. Hopefully they remember to change first. See what should be on the top of everyone’s iPhone calendars after the break.

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The Show Report, 8/21: No… time… must… type… faster… (Pssssssst, it’s Chris D’s B-Day)

August 21, 2009

An incredibly hectic day of festival planning and sponsor talks comes to an end, the sun begins to set, the Park Central farmers market is underway… and we still haven’t brought you The Show Report! It’s not oversight, we promise; just a wicked packed day. Speaking of wicked packed, you have shows to attend, and rather than take up more time we’re letting you dive right into the lineup:

* Speakeasy and Shinebriter at The Outland Ballroom

* The Terry Quiett Band and Underground Blues Division at Nathan P. Murphy’s

* The Lonely Bull Club, Gone Baby Gone and comedian Timmy Jones at Lindberg’s

* Black Box Revue with guest Eli Smith at The Outland

* Reset and Phases at The High Life Live Martini Lounge

* Mister Brown at Patton Alley Pub

* Dear Mom at Roadhouse Saloon

If we’ve missed any–which is possible–add it in the comments section below. Back to the grind! Happy Friday everyone!

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Edit: It’s Chris D’s B-day!! We’re gonna hit up the Tipsy Turtle and enjoy $3 everythings all night with some loud music. We may end up bouncing around shows, but be sure you stop and get Chris a shot or a beer next time you see him!

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 Top 5 Dirty Blondes Videos of All Time, Part 5

August 7, 2009

blondesballroomtimmyAhhh… we’ve reached the pinnacle of The Dirty Blondes‘ videography, and this one may be a bit of a keepsake. You know, if videos of the city’s most out-of-control and raunchy punk band can be. Ranald is back with his last installment of our countdown of The Top 5 Dirty Blondes Videos of All Time, and you can partake in the fornication-inducing awesomeness 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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I Want My RanTV: The Top 5 Dirty Blondes Videos of All Time, Parts 1 & 2

August 4, 2009

dirtyblondesoutlandCall us fans of crazy ideas, and especially fans of local-musician enthusiasm.

I can think of a few other things, too…

Geez, someone hasn’t had their morning coffee. Anyway, when we got back from last night’s Primer 55 show at The Outland Ballroom we were greeted with a gem of a brainstorm sitting in our inbox courtesy of Ranald Ives Cummings III. You may know Cummings as the singer for the local punk rock group The Dirty Blondes, and you may also know the Blondes are playing their going-away show this Friday night at The Outland Ballroom with The Disappointments (also playing their last gig/CD release party) and Pilot Whale (who had better not be playing his last gig).

With the big show coming up, Cummings wrote us with the idea of a countdown of the five best Dirty Blondes Videos (aka DBVs; sort of like WMDs only the UN is more likely to find them) with #1 debuting Friday morning. Cummings even wrote them all out. Brilliant, yes? Well, he forgot one important detail: By sending it in overnight Monday, the countdown is set back a day. What’s the fun in playing the best-ever Dirty Blondes vid once the band no longer exists? Not ones to let a good plan go to waste, we’ve decided to get things back on track by giving you the bottom end of the countdown–i.e. the first two videos–on the same day, followed by the last three one at a time and ending on Friday as intended. So who’s ready to see some less-than-fully clothed, sometimes cross-dressing men play libido-infused punk rock?! Ran takes the reigns after the break.

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The Show Report, 7/31: Embrace the weird

July 31, 2009

the-beach-boysDeRosh, why the f*** are you leading off by talking about The Beach Boys? Seriously?! With a killer reunion show, Dalton in town, a CD release and more you wanna start by talking about The Beach Boys?!

There’s a method to my madness here; perhaps not a good method, but a method nonetheless. The Beach Boys represent the first concert of the Ozark Empire Fair, held (natch) at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds at the corner of Grant Avenue and Norton Street on the North Side. It’s these 10-or-so days that bring us some of the most unusual concerts to descend upon the city each year. Still ahead on the docket are shows by Raven Symone, Great White, L.A. Guns, Montgomery Gentry and more. Will you see shows such as those at The Shrine Mosque, Remmington’s Downtown, etc? With the possible exception of the Montgomery Gentry, who are still a significant draw among country artists, the answer is no. But in the family-friendly confines of the Fair, where bands play on a converted dirt-oval race track with the faint glow of carnival-ride lighting invading the stage, truly anything goes. We say soak it in, particularly in the presence of rock ‘n’ roll history such as tonight.

Of course, perhaps best of all, the Fair show starts at 8 p.m., which means you can get out, dash to the car and stand on the gas to get to any or all of the following incredible shows:

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Psssst! New video: Bottlefish goes to The Double Deuce. Pass it on.

July 27, 2009

It likely won’t be on The Internets long, since it violates more copyright laws than Vanilla Ice, but this video is too good not to pass along for your entertainment. The boys in local Americana/roots rock group Bottlefish pieced together a tongue-in-cheeck mashup music video using their song “Sleepwalking” and an assortment of clips from the ’80s Patrick Swayze classic Roadhouse, which, along with The Outsiders, is one of the few movies that will allow us to use the phrase “Patrick Swayze classic.” It’s a hilarious intro to the band’s show this Friday at Lindberg’s with HeartPunch, and, well, it has a cameo by a monster truck. Who could say no? Check out one of the year’s best local songs in a whole new light while you still can:

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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