click to enlarge Addison Johnson drops into Riverton's Backroom Lounge this Saturday night.
Addison Johnson drops into Riverton's Backroom Lounge this Saturday night.

Here comes a hearty and hopeful welcome to music fans everywhere. We're still not at full force, but what a weekend we have upcoming in the Springfield music scene. Let's keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side, and be careful, thoughtful and safety-minded to remain on the upward climb out of the dark valley of the pandemic and back into the light of normalcy. As we wind up the action again, this would be a good time to take a brief pause to remember those we lost during the pandemic, acknowledge those still succumbing to the virus and remember life from a year ago.

A look back to the Now Playing for April 2, 2020 has me suggesting folks stuck at home dig around and find that musical instrument you once played, or once always wanted to play, and take the time given as an opportunity to learn to make music. We were also well into looking up the livestreams that were just beginning to proliferate across the internet as musicians searched for alternatives to in-person performances just to keep sane by playing music and make a little scratch as well. Now a mere year later, here we are looking at a good selection of local, live shows and anticipating a growing slate by the week, with our summertime, possibly and hopefully, chock-full of safe and sound shindigs.

It looks like it's still going to be awhile before large gatherings happen without some kind of social distancing rules in place and those out on the road touring now are basically solo or duo acts, including one Addison Johnson. Perhaps you're not familiar with the name of this North Carolina native, Americana act, but his new record debuted at #3 on the iTunes Country Charts somewhere between Willie Nelson and Chris Stapleton. And, wouldn't you know it, Jeb out at The Backroom Lounge in Riverton (217-629-9493), has Addison coming in this Saturday night as the intrepid singer-songwriter and interpreter of country classics makes his way back out into the world of music travels.

Looks like the Curve Inn would be a good campout spot this weekend with a full, three-day lineup going on. Friday gives us the fairly new, area band of Springpatch Serenade with a very special guest, the terrific twosome of JackAsh (deepest condolences to Ashley in the recent loss of her father), and on Saturday, The Get Down takes up the spectacular soundstage.

While checking on TGD's Facebook page, I couldn't help but agree with the comment, "Oh my! Things are looking up," as they posted several upcoming shows in April. On Sunday, a day at the Curve reserved for unique shows, Dysfunctional Family, a "mostly original heavy metal band" fronted by Lick Creek guitarist Tyler Landess, does some deep dark dancing with friends and musical guests Master Bastard. For a full disclaimer, the guitarist and bassist (also singers and songwriters) of MB are my nephews, Alex and Josh, so the Irwin family sends best wishes for a smashing good gig.

In other music mixes, Weebles gives up the goods with Springfield's own Tom Petty tribute band, Damned Torpedoes, on Friday and our top-rated and high-charting, original blues group, Mary Jo Curry Band on Saturday. Lime Street Cafe presents the ever-popular and extremely enjoyable Angel Brown Trio both Friday and Saturday nights, while the Blue Grouch opens its grand Band Garden with the always-ready Off the Wall (happy birthday to Kip) on Saturday night.

Be safe and enjoy yourselves as we keep on working through it all.

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