click to enlarge The High Hawks land for a concert at Long Bridge Golf Course this Sunday. - PHOTO BY JAKE CUDEK
Photo by Jake Cudek
The High Hawks land for a concert at Long Bridge Golf Course this Sunday.

Can you just feel the excitement in the air as the summer comes on and the music heats up? Well, that might be a tad dramatic, especially considering the unseasonably cool weather of late, but compared to last year at this time, things are utterly unbelievable and totally grooving. So, let's see where the music is at, then head out to enjoy what we have when we have it.

Not necessarily live music happenings, but certainly related to the making of music, there are a couple of area museum exhibits you may want to visit. The State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is getting lots of expected and deserved attention, locally and nationally, for its excellent coverage of major music acts that originated from Illinois. From Miles Davis to Dan Fogelberg, Cheap Trick to Muddy Waters, John Prine to Earth, Wind and Fire, you may be surprised by the vast and diverse group of musical artists our great state has produced. The State of Sound runs through Jan. 23, 2022, so you don't need to race down today, but there's enough information there that you might want to see this one more than once.

Another exhibit to take a gander at comes to us through the instrument collection of Rick Greer, "our custodian by day and singer-songwriter by night," as described by the host of the presentation and employer of the presenter, your friendly neighborhood Chatham Area Public Library. Rick's been at the playing part of music for over 50 years, and during that time, amassed an amazing collection of stringed instruments, including lap steels, acoustic guitars, ukuleles, banjos and other objects of music-making donning strings. The collection is on display in the Opal Lee Chatham History Room for a few more weeks until June 19, so get a move on to see it before it moves on and you miss it.

Of all the usual barroom and beer garden goings-on this weekend, there's a special event at Long Bridge Golf Course happening Sunday that's just too cool to not mention. The High Hawks, considered a "super group" to those who know these band mates and their respective bands, consists of Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), Chad Staehly (Hard Working Americans), Adam Greuel (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades), Brian Adams (DeadPhish Orchestra) and Will Trask (Great American Taxi). These amazingly talented and experienced pros will release their debut album on June 11 and hit Long Bridge for the Sunday concert at 5 p.m., with special guest OG Acoustic Trio opening at 2 p.m.. And for you adventurous golfing types, there's a golf scramble happening at noon. Call 217-744-8311 or visit the ElderBeard MusicWerks Facebook page for information on tickets.

A wonderfully diverse mix of shows return to or debut in our live music fold this weekend, including the Levitt AMP weekly music series at the Y-Block this Thursday (with Dominique Stevenson, Kaleb Mitchell and Soultru this week), the International Carillon Festival ringing in Washington Park (Thursday through Sunday), the Springfield Area Arts Council's twice weekly, noontime Artist on the Plaza event on the south side of the Old State Capitol (this week Josie Lowder plays Thursday and Dennis Darling plays Tuesday) and the Little Flower Heritage Days (Captain Geech on Friday with Taylor June and Lick Creek on Saturday).

In the bars, we have Anvil & Forge presenting Colin Helton and Small Small World on Saturday, Jim Ackerman debuting an open mIc on Thursdays at Wings, Etc. and Joel Honey playing Friday at Ocean Crab House.

Have fun and be safe with all the entertainment on track in June.

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