What do you want for the middle of November? Everything -- at once? Okay, not a problem.
Kick off your week with one of the best. It's our gal pal, the Rockabilly Filly, the San Antonio Rose herself, Rosie Flores, on stage Thursday at the Underground City Tavern. Rosie recently released a solo acoustic CD aptly titled A Single Rose. She reprises some of her best-loved tunes and tosses in a few surprises, all done in the intimacy of a one-person performance. Listen for her upcoming appearance on NPR's Prairie Home Companion, Nov. 21-22.
Friday rocks hard and pretty (as opposed to pretty hard) at Viele's Planet. With a lineup like The Electric, Phonocaptors, and Chett how could it not? Listen and look for yourself if you don't get it. Some things cannot be described by the written word.
If you'd rather hear some nice old country music done right (and you might) mosey on over to the VFW on Stockyard Road for Andy Acree's Country Squires. Andy, a member of the Illinois Country Music Hall of Fame, has been playing music since long before most of you reading this were born. He will continue doing so from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. this Friday and on into the future.
Rachael Lee returns to town, reuniting with her longtime group Jazz Express for a Lime Street Café Saturday night show. Do I hear pleasant memories, anyone? Yes, with some sweet singing and hot swinging slipped in between the reminiscing. Floyd's Thirst Parlor joins in on the downtown Saturday night live music fray with the popular sounds of the Dan Rivero Trio. Dan and the boys give you what you want, when you want it. And that's a good thing.
So how big is a Big Band? In the case of the Bowling Alley Big Band, it's about 17 instruments big. Sample Central Illinois' finest example of the swinging sounds of the bygone era at the Spillway Lanes Lounge on Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., thanks in part to the gracious support of the Jazz Society of Greater Springfield.
If swinging ain't your thing and rocking with the youth of America is, get yourself on out to the Expo Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the Sunday evening show with Smile Empty Soul, Steriograph, and Honest Pod. It'll make your knees tremble and your heart pound, but remember -- the fliers state no moshing or crowd surfing. Darn!
The Sangamon Valley Roots Revival will bear witness to the Jeff and Vida Band at the Underground City Tavern on Monday night. The New Orleans group specializes in old-timey instruments and harmony, in the Gillian Welch/David Rawlings way.
If that's not enough to satisfy mid-November cravings -- go soak your head. Or keep looking, there's more in the Pub Crawl than these pickings.