First up I’d like to offer a standing invitation for all musically inclined bands, groups, combos, duos and individual artists from near and far interested in participating in the weekly Band Spotlight in Illinois Times Pub Crawl. We feature one artist each week with a large photo and a short paragraph and from two to five others on the listings pages with captions. Some folks have publicly wondered why certain performers seem to have favorable artist status and certain styles of music are featured more often and certain local acts receive less publicity than traveling groups.
The answer my friend is not blowing in the wind, but one of simple physics related to what is known as shameless self-promotion – by the band or performer. In other words, the IT staff needs clear digital photos of high-resolution quality in a large file of, preferably, JPEG format. The files need to be large in order to work well in print. So the acts that don’t get in our pages simply need to submit nice photos as requested and we can pick and choose with no prejudice as the Pub Crawl listings fall. So please, my friends, get a good quality photo taken, update it every few months, put it on your website with a bio, upload it to IT’s website area for bands and promote yourself — you’re beautiful and the world needs to know it. Okay the sermon is over. Any artists with questions (or photos) please contact me at my IT e-mail address at the end of the column.
Now off we go to presenting the countless and boundless activities spurred by music in our community. Remy’s celebrates its Chicago Series with a performance by Miss Julia Huff on Friday and Saturday this weekend. Julia performs on a world-class level in the intimate atmosphere of Remy’s in downtown Springfield. You just can’t beat it folks. Andiamo continues their very hip and righteous acoustic nights every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. on through September. Use the sidewalk seating or come inside the café and listen to a fine selection of solo performers in a casual setting, but hurry, this offer is only available until the end of the month.
Out south of town on Sixth Street, the Travelodge hotel has quickly and quietly established itself as a live music mecca. Every Thursday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. the South Side Pub, the bar and restaurant (what a nice idea!) in the hotel hosts a jazz night with vocalist Johnny Owens, trumpeter Frank Parker and other excellent musicians. Upcoming in September and October they’ve added live music on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5 to 8. Then on Oct. 8 and 9 comes the First Annual October Fest with Debbie Ross Band and Kapitol Sound (Friday) and Groove Daddies and The Legendary Drifters with special guest Henry Miles (Saturday). Whew, let’s stay posted on this for all you after-workers looking for some early evening entertainment or a spot where you can see a band and stay the night without leaving the premises.
In a stunning and exciting event for those who like that kind of thing, the brilliant and profound Americana artist Alejandro Escovedo performs at Bar None on Thurs., Sept. 16. Call the bar to reserve a space soon for it will undoubtedly sell out.
I will add one more item of musical beauty that should not be missed. On Sat., Sept. 11, the First Presbyterian Church hosts a Taizé Sung Prayer service at 7 p.m. featuring an incredible lineup of musicians led by UIS band director Todd Cranson. Donations go to the local Red Cross. It’s easy on the ears, good for the soul and well-suited to the significance of The Day.
Contact Tom Irwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.