Cool music for hot times

click to enlarge Leonid & Friends from Russia perform the music of the band Chicago at The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater in Decatur this Saturday night.
Leonid & Friends from Russia perform the music of the band Chicago at The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater in Decatur this Saturday night.

Ye olde music scene is heating up in more ways than one and it all leads to fun, just not always in the sun, or you’ll be cooked until you’re done. And that’s no good.

How about a hip-hip-hooray for the amazing crowd that managed to find a way to make the Y-block work just fine last Thursday on the Fourth. Before, during and after the Levitt AMP concert performance and with additional aid from the downtown fireworks display, the aforementioned Y-block was chock full of people in all shapes, sizes, colors, ages and genders finding out just how much fun an empty green space in the middle of downtown can be. This week the concert series features the world-renowned Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Thanks to Frank Parker for helping this to happen and for opening the show at 6 p.m.

Regular downtown music-goers surely noticed the recent absence of the long-running Uptown Friday Night music series held for years at Robbie’s Restaurant on the Old Capitol Plaza. After the Robbie’s space (and other connected buildings) suffered extreme water damage several weeks ago, the venerable establishment was forced to close while undergoing repairs. With the All Frets Jazz Ensemble as the main attraction, the Springfield Area Arts Council hosts a fundraiser on the plaza outside of Robbie’s this Friday night from 5:30 to 7:30, to support the popular restaurant and its currently out-of-work staff. Plans include a 50/50 drawing for Prairie Archives, another building and business affected by the water damage and a longtime, in-kind supporter of the Artist on the Plaza live music series, also organized by the SAAC. Please BYO lawn chairs, food, beverages and intentions to help out those in need.

This weekend in Decatur at The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater, a new venue funded by the Howard G. Buffet Foundation, a couple of music groups are making waves. On Friday, Lick Creek, one of the most popular, mostly original, hard-working and hard-rocking country bands in central Illinois (and beyond) does what they do so well. Saturday brings us Leonid & Friends, an incredible music group from Russia performing songs by the band Chicago, and by all accounts, the band does an incredible job of recreating the brilliant music of the famed, long- playing group named after Illinois’ most populous city.

In Douglas Park on Saturday at 7 p.m., the Land of Lincoln Chorus presents a fun night of singing, including performances by the Sound Celebration Chorus, The Sound Four and FORG. Come at 6 for a pre-concert ice cream social and bake sale to benefit the coffers of the Grace Lutheran Church Food Pantry and your sweet tooth.

Our friends at Food Fantasies, the health food and more store on Wabash, are celebrating 30 years of giving us the good stuff by hosting a parking lot concert with Black Queen on Saturday evening from 4 to 6. Spoiler alert says two longtime employees are founding members of the Queen tribute band, and you’ll know who, when you’re there.

Sunday afternoon, the Walnut Street Winery hosts a first-ever, Teen Open Mic from 2 to 6. Owner Loren Shanle worked with Shawn Gibson, the father of talented teen performer, Ella Gibson, to make this happen. All players need to be 18 and under, plus accompanied by an adult to participate in this fine opportunity for young folks to get out and experience live music performance in a helpful, creative and healthy environment. Good luck with a good idea.

With so much happening, please check our listings to keep in the know. 

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