Posts Tagged ‘local’

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, 10/15: It’s getting hectic

October 15, 2009

Ah, it’s good to have The Steve Ewing Band back in town tonight, especially if you’re among the local masses who remember his days fronting St. Louis-based ska-rock group The Urge. Rockin’ it solo-style now, Ewing’s shows haven’t gone down much in intensity (he’s a little older now, of course, but he still bounds around the stage same as always) and he’s even been known to incorporate the local talent into his shows with guest performers plucked from his opening acts. With The Highest Priest and My Wasted Life sharing the bill tonight at The Outland Ballroom, we can’t wait to see what the results might be. Keep an eye out for some surprise collabos and more than a few old faves.

Also playing tonight:

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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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Frog Eye Jug Band and Honky Suckle become one… called Honky Suckle

October 12, 2009

In the world of music and bands, band changes are nothing new. Bands add members, subtract members, change members, change names and just generally break up. It’s pretty much all been done. So it’s with a certain bit of thanks to the bands involved for the slight curveball that we bring this news: Frog Eye Jug Band and Honky Suckle have combined bands and consolidated members… all while continuing to call the new group Honky Suckle. Didn’t they just form a new band, basically? Was the name Honky Eye Suckle Band taken? (We checked. The answer is no.) Anyway, the new Honky Suckle lineup now includes Davey Smith, Eric Howell, Dave Harp, RJ Florez and Kyle Young. The flip side of the announcement, of course, is that there no longer is a Frog Eye Jug Band, but here’s to hoping Honky Suckle 2.0 is even stronger than the two bands it sort of replaces.

The Seed looks to grow

October 12, 2009

theseedIf you saw The Seed‘s performance at Oktoberfest at the Oasis Hotel Convention Center Saturday afternoon, you may have noticed an extra player onstage. The group added more percussion for the show, and it appears the chill-reggae group is looking to add horn players as well. According to The Seed’s MySpace blog, the band is currently searching for a horn player and a saxophone player. Interested parties should send a message to the band’s MySpace site. Let the auditions begin!

Rev Theory adds a local to its lineup (for now)

October 8, 2009

JacobYou won’t see it on the band’s website, but Rev Theory, who has played Springfield a time or two, recently made a temporary change to its rhythm guitar player. The new guy: Jacob Showalter, best known in The Springfield Scene as guitarist for Playing With Matches. Showalter worked for a time as a bartender at downtown karaoke bar (and periodic live music spot) Bugsy Malone’s and still keeps in contact with the staff there, and the news was posted to the Bugsy’s events blog. It’s not a long-term move from the sound of it, but it opens up possibilities for the future. It has happened before, after all. We’ll let you know more as we find out.

BoogeyMen + Bukkake = Match made in heaven

October 8, 2009

boogeymenYou read that right and wrong, all at the same time. Daniel Maple, known best as Johnny Bukkake of The Sociables (he also plays in Urban Legend and The Never Saints and is the man behind Wired Woods Studio), confirmed this morning that he is now a member of The BoogeyMen. The band, known for its mask-wearing onstage personas and Morricone-meets-surf-rock songs, now has keyboards to add to its lineup of guitars, bass, drums and theremin. It’s the latest bit of good news for a band in the middle of a successful period, opening for Koffin Kats last weekend and preparing to go into the studio to record soon. What more awaits?

New Music Tuesday: Meet Bomb the Bay

October 6, 2009
Bomb the Bay

Photo by Brian DeMint of Eyeworks Photography

We mentioned in a previous post that one of the big concerts on Springfield’s horizon was the debut show of newly formed rock group Bomb the Bay, which features a combination of members of A Day Away, Glass Bottom Boat Ride and Playing With Matches. Longtime Springfield showgoers could imagine the fruits of that combo already, but now we have finished and recorded tracks to listen to from the new group. The band released a three-song sampler CD to hand out in promotion of its show November 14 at The Outland Ballroom with Speak Up!, Benefit of a Doubt and Uno. Didn’t get one? Click here to listen to “A Perfect Disaster,” “Spacebar” and “Give It Away.”

New Music Tuesday: “Waves Of Concern (Live),” by Holstein

October 6, 2009

With the band on a restructuring hiatus, it comes as a bit of a surprise to see a new track turn up from local rock group Holstein. But as something of a forget-me-not the group released a live cut of its song “Waves Of Concern” on its website. Don’t try to look for much else on the site for the time being; with so much in flux with the group, the website is basically a splash page with the band’s logo. But the live track is an added bonus for fans, and you can hear it by putting index finger to mouse button over these off-colored words.

New Music Tuesday: “Street Finding Man,” by The Short Histories of Powerful Nations

October 6, 2009

shorthistoriesEver been to a Short Histories of Powerful Nations show and wondered what the long instrumental piece at the beginning of the set is? It’s not found on A Brief Treatise On Land Ownership, Vol.1, so did it come long before or long after? The answer is the latter, and now it finally exists on record… or .mp3, as the case may be. The band just posted the song, titled “Street Finding Man,” to its MySpace page last Friday–a live cut, no less, taken straight from the band’s August 13 show at Lindberg’s with Native and The First Teenager Ever. Thanks to the deft work of Mobile Force Recording, the song sounds clearer than ever, and at seven-plus minutes it’s quite a treat. Click here to go to the MySpace page and you’ll find the track last in the player. Enjoy.

Ugly Mug Live Music Tavern update

October 1, 2009

Ugly MugA few months ago we learned the new fate of the space formerly known at The Snorty Horse Saloon inside The Budget Lodge hotel north of I-44. The room was taken over by Brian Matney, most recently the drummer for McGill, and converted into a new midsize music venue to be called The Ugly Mug Live Music Tavern. The first show: September 19 with Matt Stell & The Crashers, or so it was planned. However, the club ran into delays and that show was subsequently canceled. The new proposed opening date is Tuesday, October 21 with a performance by Pet the Dog from Los Angeles, California (click here to check out some tunes from the band); local openers are still in the works at this time. The only other announced show at the moment is John D. Hale Band and Matt Stell & The Crashers on October 23, but we’ll let you know more as they are added to the club’s schedule.

Sacrificial Lambs: Lineup announced for the next battle of the bands

September 30, 2009

LOG_Gwar_ShrineMosqueIt seems everyone discovered a winning formula with this summer’s Korn show at The Shrine Mosque: Book a big-ticket national act, set up a battle of the bands among big-drawing locals to determine the opener, apply revenue from the battle of the bands to help offset the cost of the big-ticket national act. The formula returns October 17 with another battle of the bands–this time at The Outland Ballroom, as opposed to Remmingtons Downtown–to determine the opening act for Lamb Of God when the band comes to the Shrine with Gwar and Job For A Cowboy November 7. The lineup? Glad you asked. Peep it after the break.

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Wyrick to leave The Cropdusters

September 29, 2009

WyrickHas there been any band in Springfield on a bigger roll lately than The Cropdusters? It seems the collective of B.A., C.H., Jeb, Taylor and Toad has ridden a wave of success since its CD release show at Lindberg’s in February, winning the GO Music Awards Best Band prize and even traveling around the Midwest to play festivals and open for major touring acts when they come through Springfield. They’ve been marquee acts at big local festivals such as C-Street Jam in the spring and FourFourFest a couple of weeks ago. The group went through some early lineup shifts before settling on its current quintet, but now it appears the band is headed for another change. More after the break.

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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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Unity, part deux: Meet Eclectafest

September 28, 2009

Eclectafest2The name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue–hell, the first time we read it we thought it said “Electafest” and tried to ponder what political ties it might have–but Eclectafest (note the extra “c”) has its musical heart in a good place. The show, booked for Saturday, October 17 at Nathan P. Murphy’s, follows the scene-unifying theme established a few months ago with the Unity show at Remmingonts Downtown. In other words, the lineup is set up to combine groups from a variety of genres to put each crowd of fans in front of the other crowds’ music. The lineup presently consists of The Archimedian Point (rock), The Spacetones (hip hop), The Somewheres (blues) and Moon Rocket Baby (electro/atmospheric). Nice to see a good idea lives on.