Embers' Reverie, featuring Kristi White & Susan LeBeane on vocals, entertains the Rock the Block party for Wrekless Rabbit Studios this Saturday.

I'm not sure where June went, but I do know it went flying by in a hurry. And I do believe we can blame the appearance of time's quickness on the overabundance of things to do, especially within our music scene. I guess we should get used to watching time fly by and enjoy what we can of the large number of experiences that abound before us.

Thursday means it's Levitt AMP music time through the summer months, and part of this week's attraction is our Pride celebration, happening downtown on the open space north of the Governor's Mansion. The main act is soul-folk performer Kyshona and our local opener is the dynamic musician JJ Bradley. The dance intermission fun will be supplied by the Springfield Social Dance Club. Next Thursday, which happens to be on the Fourth of July, features headliner Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown with local group the Colin Helton Band opening.

Other Thursday happenings include The Deep Hollow at the Curve Inn, Charlotte Blu at Curate, Reverend Robert at Winchester's Music in the Park and a concert at Dumb Records featuring Yerrty G, Zeus Rebel Waters, DutchieBoy and R.E.N.

I'm not spending much time on Friday, but that isn't because it's not chock-full of things to do, but rather that it is and we don't have enough space to cover it all. With over 40 music events going on, what's an entertainment writer to do?

Here are a few specific things: Sensational singer-songwriter Amy Benton is this week's Springfield Area Arts Council-sponsored Artist in the Park performer, playing from noon to 1 p.m. at Union Square Park, and Silhouette is playing the Blue Grouch at what is billed as the young band's final gig.

Saturday is nearly as bad (which really means good) as Friday in being overloaded with things to do, but the event count is only a mere 30. The Hoogland Center for the Arts presents the performance with the longest title when "The Lovettes and Shake Baby Shake - A salute to the Female Icons and Founding Fathers of Mid-Century Rock and Roll," hits in the LRS Theatre at 7 p.m. Featuring Chicago-based, international touring acts, The Lovettes do the woman's portion with Lance Lipinsky and The Lovers covering the men's lineup. This will be a super entertaining (and quite possibly educational) show for sure.

There's a Rock the Block party happening from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday outside of Wrekless Rabbit Studios in the 1000 block of East Spruce Street (a block north of Laurel Street off 11th Street) featuring the band debut of Embers' Reverie about 2 p.m. The studio is the brainchild and dreamwork of Steven Walk and is a "comprehensive music studio dedicated to promotion, rehearsal, production, recording, management and advocating for artists in central Illinois and the Midwest," according to the studio's Facebook page description. The free-for-all party is a meet and greet for musicians to see the studio, do some jamming and make plans to rock the world as well as a family-friendly event anyone can attend. You heard it here that "y'all" are invited and expected (and bring lawn chairs, too).

In other music news, how about a visit to The Muni for the final weekend of that venerable musical (and my personal favorite), Meredith Willson's The Music Man. For some interesting TMM trivia, what song did Paul McCartney like to sing from the show in the early Beatles days? It was "Till There Was You," of course.

"Till" next week...

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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