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Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 12:00 am
In several recent columns I’ve had to announce the loss of a community musician. Each time, I continue to talk about other events as life does move on, and I feel that especially with musicians, ent
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 12:00 am
From the desire to simply have fun making a local version of a Brazilian carnival street rhythm percussion ensemble back in 1997, this group has expanded to become a highly respected and appreciated c
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 12:00 am
 Now that we’ve made it through the summer of 2019 with Labor Day weekend behind us, the fall season of music fests begins. For me, it’s really the best time weather-wise and music-wise, as t
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 12:00 am
 There’s nothing like making music with close relatives, an experience relished by Relativity, the Hofstrand family cover band from Rochester. With dad Damon on the drums and his sons Reese and
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 12:00 am
Welcome to an early bird Labor Day weekend for 2019. Since the first Monday in September is actually the second day of the month this year, the whole shebang is one day away from the earliest possible
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 12:00 am
 The original “Hollow” band around town, these guys started up in 2001 and played around the area for several years. Now about a decade after disbanding, fast friends and fellow musicians Ant
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 12:00 am
 I think we can safely state the Illinois State Fair was more than fairly good this year. It’s fair enough to say, it’s time to move on to other happenings around town, and they are bountiful
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 12:00 am
 This independent singer-songwriter in the rock and Americana field hails from some crazy, faraway place called Springfield, Illinois. Tyler has amassed a regular area following, commonly known a
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 12:00 am
 As the inimitable entertainment entities of the Illinois State Fair carry on, the local clubs continue to emit large quantities of live music as well, setting us up for a whopper of a weekend, w
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 12:00 am
 This 20-year-old singer-songwriter and performing artist hails from Crawfordsville, Indiana, but she’s traveled far and wide on a wonderful and unfolding musical adventure. She decided at the

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