click to enlarge Micky Shomidie plays a final Springfield performance on Friday, April 13, at 9pm, during a concert by Off the Wall at the Curve Inn.
Micky Shomidie plays a final Springfield performance on Friday, April 13, at 9pm, during a concert by Off the Wall at the Curve Inn.
If you’ve been out and about lately, you’ve surely noticed plenty of stuff going on all over. From last shows to debuts, celebrations of anniversaries and birthdays, and just plain-old gigs, there’s entertainment in the air.

On Friday, April 13 (coincidence?), Micky Shomidie performs one last time in Springfield before moving to Florida to relocate for health and career reasons. He joins Off the Wall at 9 p.m. sharp at the Curve Inn for a few songs in a “so long and see ya later” show. The epic night also celebrates the birthdays of Kip Nelson, lead singer of OTW, and several “Wallers.”

Micky, after 40-some years making music across the country while based here, leaves behind family, work and a reputation as one of the most hard-working, hard-partying and hard-playing dudes to ever don an instrument around these parts. Micky rocks the bass, lives the life of a rock star, and spends his precious time playing music, intent on making a mark in this world. From his early days with Stud, Idol Rumors (featured on WDBR’s Rock to Riches LP back in the day) and Tuff Luck, to years of rockin’ with Nasty Nasty and House of Nasty (joined by his longtime friend and cohort drummer Donnie Dobbins), onto his run with national touring band Modern Superstar, Micky’s tales from the road lived in rock star mode contain images and events few folks can even imagine, much less ever experience.

Rocking out is his thing, but as owner and operator of ESP Entertainment, Micky booked bands and created events, including benefit concerts for United Cerebral Palsy and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, raising thousands of dollars for local charities. When he arrives in Florida, he’s got a band to join for one more national tour, but his day-to-day body wellness is a concern. Somewhat connected to a life of living the dream but also due to genetic conditions, our rocker is currently undergoing some serious health issues. With that in mind, he’d like to send out best wishes to all the musicians he’s known, his family he loves, and the fans that have supported a lifetime of music endeavors. Here are his words sent as a final quote: “With my time running out now everything I do is about my musical legacy. I like to think that I left a nice little scar on the music scene in this region.” You can experience much of his music and mission online by Googling Micky Shomidie.

In another celebration, Southtown Sound recording studio commemorates one year in business with a concert on Friday at the Black Sheep Cafe. Kyle, Mario and B.J. figured featuring bands fresh from recording projects in the studio this past year, including Bottom Bracket, Ghoul Jr., Stick People, Monterry (this is their CD/EP release party), Spellbreaker and Rockford, would be a cool and classy way to best pay back the community and the recording artists for being there. They also say, “We seriously cannot thank you enough for all the support and thank you for keeping us in mind for any of your future recording needs.” And we all thank you for running a cool studio and giving artists a place to record music for our listening pleasure.

On Sunday Memphis-based, indie-folk singer and songwriter Aaron James brings his unabashed “journey of sonic self-reflection” to the Black Sheep Cafe. The enjoyably impressionistic and experimental performer is joined by local songwriters Kate Laine, Alec James and Hannah Songer for a night of well-played, intensely thoughtful, lyric-driven, acoustically performed songs starting at 7 p.m.

Remember, there’s plenty more where that came from, all listed in our Pub Crawl.

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