Halloween help
Michael Burnett and the Blue Suns perform at the newly reopened Robbie's this Fri., Nov. 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., for the Springfield Area Arts Council and Uptown Friday Night.

Per usual, there is a slew of music mustered up for this weekend, but first, with Halloween on a Thursday this year, we must help ourselves to the haunted happenings here and below.

On Halloween night, the Third Base bar hosts a fundraiser for the Illinois Central Blues Club as a thank you for all the good work done by the ICBC to promote blues in this town. With the Blues at the Base series happening regularly, both venue and club are intrinsically involved in helping each other. The haunting Halloween deal of a $5 donation gets you in to see David Lumsden and Friends (6-9 p.m.) and Baaad Boyzz from (9 p.m.-1 a.m.) with the non-band, but possible group name of “Fried Chicken and Sides” included in the admission donation for participants.

Another horrific Halloween event happens when the spine-chilling and shocking “Staunzie” of Staunztastic Art presents her third annual Spooktacular POP!, The Dark Arts Show upstairs at Arlington’s (7-10 p.m.). Besides a black hole of abominable area artists displaying detestably dreadful works of appalling appeal, you’ll find ghoulish games like pin the nose on the witch, terrible tarot cards, putrid palm readings and horrible henna painting, plus some monstrous music of mayhem made by Idle Oath and Tony Colantino. Oh yes, there’s a costume contest, trick or treating and even a photo booth to record your beastly behaviour for the awful ages. Boo-who?

Our friends at Dumb Records, downtown on Monroe, are also hosting a horrible Halloween happening, promising you and all who attend, a truly diabolically “dumb” haunted holiday starting at seven in the evening. These dastardly despicable dummies have five atrocious acts scheduled with already added devilish descriptions, including the foul Foam Fangers (local dumpster punk riffs), brutal Blushe (local wicked punk jams), un-Holy Pinto (UK/Milwaukee indie punk), abysmal Sadface Killer (local/Peoria emo/math jams) and revolting Marble Teeth (Decatur emo). Come for the sweet treats and wear a costume so no one knows to say, “Where is your costume?” or something equally repulsive and vile.

Concerning his thematic theme of exasperating existential experiences, Pistol Pete continues his series of being in a pickle or otherwise dealing with issues at Buzz Bomb on Friday night with a Halloween Crisis performance. Pete Midtgard, of punkass, rockabilly legends Twistin’ Tarantulas fame, proceeds with tales and tunes, stories and songs all delivered solo style on the guitar with a block of rock ‘n’ roll, plus desperate determination to scare the pants off of you and other things out of you from 8:30 to 10:30.

Archie Bailey of Robbie’s announces a re-opening of the esteemed eatery and drinking establishment after five months of downtime to repair damage caused by flooding. And yes, that means the return of our decades-long, blues and jazz performance series, Uptown Friday Night. Hosted by the Springfield Area Arts Council from 5:30 to 7:30 every Friday, the big return event features Michael Burnett and the Blue Suns, a staple of our local scene. The next three Friday nights gives us Stuart Smith Quintet, Craig Russo’s Latin Jazz Project and Baaad Boyz as the party is on.

Congratulations to all the winners and those nominated, plus those who felt they should have been included in our Best of Springfield annual readers’ poll. I received the Best Songwriter award, for which I am very grateful. We’re presenting Sangamon Songs: A Musical Play, Nov. 9-10 (Saturday, 7 p.m.and Sunday, 3 p.m.) at the UIS Studio Theatre featuring several songs I’ve written based on an 1893 diary, now put into a dramatic setting by John W. Arden. Join us if you can.

Happy Halloween-ing! 

Tom Irwin

Tom Irwin, a sixth-generation Sangamon County resident, has played his songs and music for nearly 40 years in the central Illinois area with occasional forays across the country. He's contributed to Illinois Times since 2000 by writing Now Playing, a weekly music column, as well as features stories and other articles...

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