Posts Tagged ‘underground blues division’

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.


Rock Talk (9/13/09): FourFourFest compilation preview with guest hosts Johan from Black Box Revue and Toad from Cropdusters

September 14, 2009


So…if you haven’t heard yet, we’re throwing a freakin’ block party on South Ave. between Walnut and McDaniel this Saturday from 11am–11pm with 18 bands, DJ tent all day, food, and more! We’re also tying in a compilation CD featuring 16 of the acts performing (available for only $5 at festival!).

This week on Rock Talk, we preview the compilation in its entirety along with our co-hosts and festival headliners, Johan from Black Box Revue and Toad from Cropdusters (we also feature some great music from our two headliners as well) 🙂

Listen in now…and buy the compilation at the fest!


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, 7/10: Night One of CDReleaseapalooza

July 10, 2009

CD release parties are called such for a reason; they’re a celebration for the band or artist, a chance to revel in a mission(/struggle/torture) accomplished, as well as to share that accomplishment with fans. This weekend, dear local music lover, we have several such parties in the span of two days. It’s all coincidence, but it gives you an opportunity to dig into a proliferation of new Springfield music albums like no other in recent memory. It gets rolling with two excellent shows tonight:

*  The Nova Heat finally holds its CD release party at The Outland Ballroom tonight. We say “finally” because in reality the band’s eponymous album has been out for a few months now. However, all the waiting for formal release should prove to be worth it. The band will be bringing up a cavalcade of album contributors and past members to jam during the show. Watch for a four-guitar lineup onstage at one point during the show. Not only that, but the newly revamped group The North Decade will perform its first official gig after an impromptu tuneup show or two in recent weeks. 

* Underground Blues Division hosts an unusual CD release show for its new album, Lessons Not Learned. This one has an early (7 p.m.) start, as it combines with an art exhibit at Nathan P. Murphy’s of the person responsible for the album’s cover act, Kimmy Bess. Opening act will be Julie and Mike from local covers-plus-originals powerhouse Bender.

There’s more:


Rock Talk, 6/28: Underground Blues Division, The Nova Heat and the best pitchman ever

June 29, 2009

kzrqrocktalklogo1When it comes to Rock Talk on Z 106.7, we like to think it’s the listener that always wins. In the world of television pitchmen, our guests seemed to agree: Billy Mays, the voice of OxiClean who died yesterday at age 50, could kick Shamwow seller Vince Offer’s a** at selling stuff. Gone but not forgotten, impersonations of Mays peppered our interviews with both Underground Blues Division and The Nova Heat, both of which have major CD release shows coming July 10. TNH’s singer songwriter, Jason Loftin, even stuck around to lend a hand with Four from The Four Four to close out the show. We laughed a lot and pitched some great local music (like it needs a pitch), though never as good as the master. In the end, of course, you win, dear listener. Enjoy the spoils of victory after the break. 


The Show Report, 6/27: UNITY!

June 27, 2009

Tonight is the night the Springfield Music Scene brings together a wide variety of genres under one roof (Remmington’s Downtown) for the sake of, well, just showing it can be done. Roots Of Mankind, Queen City Saints,  Jam Room, The Spacetones, Falcon Punch, We Voyagers and Only the Brave will all grace the stage tonight, with an added plus: The show also marks the release party for Roots Of Mankind’s new album, Pangaea. While we can’t definitively say a show such as this has never happened before, we can say having this many music styles (as many as six, by our count) under one roof for one show has never happened in our memory. Watch for a gi-normous crowd–hopefully staying through the whole show–and a positive, even festive mood throughout the room.

Ah, but if you’re like us, you like to travel around a bit. Well, have we got a lineup for you:


The art of blues: Underground Blues Division combines CD release party with art show

June 8, 2009
"Cold Heaven," by Kimmy Bess

"Cold Heaven," by Kimmy Bess

We can’t resist a band trying something a little different with its live show, and local blues group Underground Blues Division has found one of the most intriguing approaches we’ve heard of in a while. The band has a new album, Lessons Not Learned, ready for release July 10 at Nathan P. Murphy’s, which naturally necessitates a CD release show. What to do for the occasion? Hmmm… the album has cover art… what about getting the cover artists involved? Indeed, the band has orchestrated the night to start as an art exhibit of the works of Kimmy Bess, whose painting “Cold Heaven” is the album’s cover. (Click here to see more examples of her work.) A look at the gallery linked above will show that her collection actually follows a strong musical theme, so it seems as though her work would be an ideal compliment to a music show. The exhibit begins at 7 p.m., and those who arrive between 7 and 7:30 can skip the $5 cover charge for the show. At 9 p.m. Murphy’s converts back into a music club, with an as-yet-unannounced opening act taking the stage then, followed by Underground Blues Division at 10:30.