Posts Tagged ‘Speakeasy’

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.

When is the last time you checked out our Pics & Vids?

August 24, 2009

We make it a point to hit as many shows as we can possibly get to. We usually have our camera too…and we tend to shoot a ton of pics and vids. Sometimes we even get really lucky and wander into a Big Smith show with members of Speakeasy on stage as they play Michael Jackson’s hit “Billy Jean” a few days after he passed. Check out our YouTube and Flickr for tons and tons of videos and photos from shows.

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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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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, 7/20: Another busy… Monday?!

July 20, 2009

That’s right, it’s Monday and you’re getting another Show Report. The Summer of the Show rolls on with concerts of both the one-night-only and weekly variety awaiting at the end of the day. You just have to make it through a day of work (ugh) to get to them. Consider these the carrot on a stick:

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The Show Report, 7/17: All SORTS of music to be seen and heard tonight

July 17, 2009

Short and simple. Lets get to the beef:

  • Sounds on the Square with Speakeasy (5 p.m.), The Guise (6 p.m.), The Scribbles (7 p.m.), One Soul N Heaven (8 p.m.) and Tuck & Abney (9 p.m.)
  • Dirty Old Towne at The Outland Ballroom
  • Black Box Revue at The Outland
  • The Dark Alleys, The Bootheel and Ghost Dance at Lindberg’s
  • The Shotgun Brothers at The High Life Live Martini Lounge
  • Pearl at Dennis’ Place
  • Underground Blues Division at Patton Alley Pub
  • Susan Cowsill at Nathan P. Murphy’s
  • Trash Angels at Archie’s Lounge

The Show Report, 7/13: Do you want to destroy my sweater?

July 13, 2009

surfwax_bandAlright, so they’re not playing “The Sweater Song”–at least, it’s not on their list–but Surf Wax America, the Weezer tribute band made up of Ilijah‘s Ryan Spilken, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin‘s Philip Dickey and Jonathan James, Josh Donelson from Jazzercise and solo artist Grace Bentley, will evoke memories of many other Weezer classics tonight at The Outland, paired with Our Cat Philip from Columbus, Ohio. If Rivers Cuomo knew it was going on, he would play with his mustache in approval… we think. Meanwhile, it’s Monday in the Localmusicverse, which means you can see these shows as well:

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The Show Report, 6/1: When JV is NOT a demotion

June 1, 2009

JV All-StarsRemember in high school when coach would tell you were on the JV (aka junior varsity) team and you would watch from the sidelines while the varsity players played in The Big Game and got the glory and the girls/guys? Tonight’s show lineup is nothing like that. It will rock more, hurt less and involve fewer jock douchebags. (We would promise none, but you just never know.) Tonight The Outland Ballroom, which knows nothing of douchebaggery, brings you a JV experience more in its own style: Kansas City’s The JV All-Stars, along with Springfield Scene vets Benefit of a Doubt and The Magnificents! This is just Night One of your punk-ska double-shot, as more follows tomorrow night at Lindberg’s, but we’ll tell you more about that later. Tonight be prepared to leap about the Ballroom with aplomb. It all gets rolling extra early, with doors opening around 7 p.m.

There is more than this to your Monday, as you may–or may not–imagine. The first weeknight is enjoying a rejuvenation of sorts, and we’ll outline what’s up after the break. Read and attend… and party like a varsity star.

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The Show Report, 5/29: That’s a joke, right?

May 29, 2009

Korn_ShrineSo, DeRosh, what’s going on in Springfield tonight?

Oh, you know, it’s a lazy Friday evening; there’s likely a lively game of parcheesi going on somewhere… are you kidding?! Tonight’s Korn night! It’s been years since Springfield has had a show of this magnitude roll through, and tonight is finally green-light-go time. Opening the show are fellow touring act Aranda and local battle-of-the-bands winner Troy, all of which combines to mean a packed-to-the-rafters Shrine Mosque and a very, very busy Shriner bar downstairs.

We’re just getting started on your Friday, though. Lots more to see and do after the break.

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Rock Talk (5/24/09) Bottlefish, Speakeasy, Spookie Daly Pride and Cornerstone locals

May 26, 2009

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Thank you rain storms for hurting out internets. We’re back now and we have this week’s episode of 106.7’s Rock Talk uploaded and ready for your listening pleasure. This week’s guests are Speakeasy and a phoner with Spookie Daly Pride. We’re then visited by our good friends in Bottlefish with some acoustic sweetness and then we feature locals playing the famed christian music festival, Cornerstone. Listen in after the break.

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The FourFour Show takes it easy this week

May 22, 2009

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Ladies and Gentleman, thefourfour.com is proud to present the eleventh episode of The FourFour Show with Kurtzender. Sit back, relax, and turn that noggin into mush with us.

The Show Report, 5/5: Best. Tuesday. Ever.

May 5, 2009

Girl Talk

Tonight brings two artists to Springfield performing here for the first time, both extremely popular in genres that are anything but mainstream. Springfield is on the cutting edge of music culture… on a Tuesday. Forget sombreros, margaritas or any of that Cinco de Mayo stuff. Here’s where the parties are at tonight:

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Substitute Roots? Jah singer to perform with Speakeasy as backing band

April 13, 2009

heinrichsOne of the interesting details regarding the Jah Roots “indefinite hiatus” announcement was that singer Josh Heinrichs would carry out the band’s scheduled shows by performing solo. Good news… made even better by the message Heinrichs sent us. Get ready for an uncommonly good reggae show. More after the break.

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Local bands: Back on their grind

March 16, 2009

It’s one thing to talk up those big-occasion shows, the once-in-a-while concerts bands play that get the full treatment: fliers made and handed out, MySpace bulletins obsessively sent out, mass text messages painstakingly typed out down to the part that has to be done in all caps. A key component of local music, though, is the weekly show, the event that gets none of the above because that would mean a lot of work to do every week and, well, who has time between The Day Job, relationships and mowing down row after row of zombies on an X-Box 360 or Playstation 3? Yet bands come to their bars and restaurants and hold it down for hours at a time with little fanfare and, sometimes, little attendance. For that, we wanna give you some love, weekly warriors. Click below and find out who plays where and when; you might be surprised how many options you really do have on those off nights.

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The Seed signs with Lemon Drop Records

March 12, 2009

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Local reggae faves, The Seed (previously known as Lance Sitton and The Seed) have just signed with local record label Lemon Drop Records. Lemon Drop is home to locals such as The Verbs [Redux], The Spacetones and more. We’ve got the info on their two upcoming albums, cd release shows and more after the jump…

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