click to enlarge Red Wheelbarrows rolls into Buzz Bomb Brewing Company on Adams Street this Saturday night.
Red Wheelbarrows rolls into Buzz Bomb Brewing Company on Adams Street this Saturday night.
Oh, how I do love the month of May, with may-puns, may-days, maybes and may I's all flowing together into a regular, delightful "mayhem" of merry-making, set up for weather-adjusted times of fun in the sun. Our live music scene is bursting at the seams, making up for last year's loss by piling on the good vibes now. Let's start by welcoming back a few old friends to in-person performances.

We can first head to lovely downtown Springfield in front of Buzz Bomb Brewing Company at what has become known as the Adams Family area in the last few years. From what I understand, Adams from Fourth to Fifth streets get blocked off over the weekend when traffic is lessened, transforming the area into a righteous outdoor venue space. This week's four-day music stretch starts with Jess Cloyd hosting a Thursday evening open mic, rolls into the Pentagram String Band doing acoustic-based songs of terror on Friday, keeps on rolling with Red Wheelbarrows on Saturday playing cool old-timey and hopped-up bluegrass, then settles into Frank Parker's Jambalaya Jam for a Sunday afternoon Mother's Day special.

On Saturday night, Third Base Sports Bar again becomes a music venue when Jameson Highway pulls into the West Maple Street neighborhood hangout for a night of familiar songs done right. Chatham's 3Sixteen Wine Bar is in full swing with their entertainment schedule, featuring Tad Derek O'Brien performing classical pieces, original songs and occasional pop tunes on his nylon-stringed guitar on Saturday evening and Avery Kern, who has been spending lots of time working the music scene in Nashville lately, knocking out some familiar hits along with her finely crafted originals on Sunday afternoon. And last, but most certainly not least, out on Dirksen Parkway on Friday night, the national award-winning venue, Boondocks, bounces back with a big show by our very own killer country-and-more band, Lick Creek, backed by the fabulously sounding Natu Band.

Maybe you'll want to make your way down to Taylorville where the Funky Monkey begins an early Saturday night running gig (4-7 p.m.) with your friend and mine, Antone DeRocchi, joined by Danny Russell and Jaigh Lowder, playing country, blues, folk, rock, bluegrass and other musically tasty tidbits. I can hardly express how good it feels to type the names of those extremely talented, long-time area musicians in print again. And with that same feeling of admiration and excitement, look who's coming to the Curve Inn on Saturday night. Yes, folks, it's the buoyant and timeless music of Mr. Opporknockity, featuring the original duo of Doug Gholson and Troy Roark who brought you the WDBR-FM hit, "Lisa's Shirt," back in the late 90s, joined by other Mr. O members Mark Sanders, Chris Camp and Steve Myers plus Michael Sullivan too, with no "maybe" involved in this show at all.

Danenberger's Family Vineyards, out in rural New Berlin, is gearing up for a big summer of live music concerts and this week is no exception as MudBone brings on his Americana original music revue on Friday, the Bogart Jones Band piles it on for Saturday and For the Love of Lennon comes in on Sunday. Then keep on keepin' on at a special DFV concert series ticketed show with hard rock singer and songwriter, John Corabi, formerly a front man in Motley Crue and The Scream, performing on Wednesday night.

I'm very happy to report that there is more in our Live Music listings than there is room to write about, so please check out the calendar for all the skinny on what you may want to enjoy.

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