Posts Tagged ‘Shows’

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.


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:


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.


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.


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.

Welcome Back: Upcoming shows edition

September 23, 2009
Mister Kotter, I know it's early and all, but I just wanted to let you know I'm gonna be late the day of the Chevelle show. And by late I mean not here at all. But I've got a note...

Mister Kotter, I know it's early and all, but I just wanted to let you know I'm gonna be late the day of the Chevelle show. And by late I mean not here at all. But I've got a note...

As you might imagine, while we were pulled away from regular duties to put last weekend’s FourFourFest together a thing or 20 might have happened in the local music scene that we weren’t able to tell you about. Not until now, anyway. It turns out that while we were planning one big show local venues were planning, oh, about 30-plus. How’s that for being outworked?! We’ve culled a list together of the big-deal shows coming to a local stage in the next couple of months to get you up to speed. (Note: We’ve listed the fullest schedule we know for them, but some still have openers to be announced, so stay tuned for updates as some shows get closer.) Some you’ll probably be aware of; others may be news to you. Either way, get a note from your parents and plan to skip a class or two. Reasons why after the break.


At the FourFour Fest with Kurtzender, Part 5

September 20, 2009

This is part 5. Thanks for attending, volunteering, playing and watching. If you didn’t get to go this year, watch all the videos and start preparing to rock next year! Sit back, relax and enjoy the 2nd annual FourFour Fest.

At the FourFour Fest with Kurtzender, Part 1

September 20, 2009

This is part 1. Thanks for attending, volunteering, playing and watching. If you didn’t get to go this year, watch all the videos and start preparing to rock next year! Sit back, relax and enjoy the 2nd annual FourFour Fest.

The Show Report, 9/15: You should be there. Here’s why.

September 15, 2009

We’re running late after a long day of event planning, so let’s roll right into the lineup, eh? Okay, okay, along with one quick-hit point of why the show is/should be of interest:

The Show Report, 9/12: Machine Guns! Blues! Charity!

September 12, 2009

A few things you should know about your Saturday musical tour of Springfield:

1. It starts early. If you wait until your customary start time of 10 p.m., you’ve missed a third of the good stuff, maybe more.

2. You can help cure a disease while you take said tour. No House-like medical skills required.

3. Overall, said musical tour is an absolute melting pot that defies simple classification. But we’re going to try, and it starts after the break.


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.


The Show Report, 9/5: These are not… the greatest songs in the world… NO! These are just…

September 5, 2009

Tonight Lindberg’s puts on not one but two album-related tribute shows, both of which will be immediately familiar to anyone who grew up on classic rock radio. The night kicks off with a run-through of the Credence Clearwater Revival album Cosmo’s Factory, followed by a performance of The Beatles‘ landmark album Let It Be. It’s a night full of tunes many, if not most, people grew up hearing (both albums have been radio institutions since their releases, both in 1970), performed by a collection of Lindberg’s regulars and band members who come together for one night to put on this unusual, but potentially very popular, show.

Also playing tonight:


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:


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.


The Show Report, 8/22: They’re so… Sociable…

August 22, 2009

We never thought we would get to say this again, but the time is finally here so we’re saying it: The Sociables are playing a show tonight. After six months of “indefinite hiatus” (See?! Some bands do come back from that), the group finally reunites to bring its soul-funk-hop to Patton Alley Pub for what is, at least for now, a one-off show. In other words, if you think you can pass this up to see the band next time, you could be wrong about there being a “next time.”

That’s barely scratching the surface of this Saturday night. Read on and see who else is up to what.