Posts Tagged ‘the republic tigers’

Official: The Republic Tigers booked to play Fern reunion show @ Randy Bacon

May 15, 2009

RepublicTigersWe were promised more developments regarding Fern‘s big reunion concert at Randy Bacon Photography Studio & Gallery, and now we have it. Fern, one of the Springfield Music Scene’s most promising bands in the middle and late ’90s, is paired with another band with similar promise, not to mention ties to Springfield: The Republic Tigers, who played South By Southwest this spring and who are made up partly of members of former local group The Golden Republic. (And who, in case you were wondering, are named after the Republic (MO) High School mascot.) The Republic Tigers now call Kansas City home, but the band apparently hasn’t forgotten its roots and will be back to share a homecoming with Fern July 25. Randy Bacon Gallery Sounds coordinator Justin Woods tells us to watch for tickets to go on sale in a couple of weeks. We’ll keep you posted.

Springfield vs. Austin: Who wins?

September 15, 2008

I got an email last week from Jason Poe, formerly of the Springfield band the Professional Americans and currently living and writing music in Austin, Texas under the name Jets Under Fire. His band is coming back to Springfield this weekend to play at Randy Bacon Photography Studio & Gallery Saturday, September 20. Sounds like a cool show, I thought–and an opportunity. It seemed to me as though Jason would be especially qualified to write a musician’s-eye view comparing Springfield and Austin musically, looking at what Springfield does right as well as what it can do better. The results were everything I hoped for and more. It’s a long read, but I sincerely hope anyone who visits this site and cares about local music–from musicians to venue owners, and even local administrators–will gain something from it. Not only is it hopeful, it’s instructive. You’ll find the full essay after the break. Enjoy.