click to enlarge Sara "Sass" Siders slides into Farmhouse Brews at Harvest Market this Friday evening.
Sara "Sass" Siders slides into Farmhouse Brews at Harvest Market this Friday evening.

Here we go a-wandering among the songs so sweet as the month of May brings us music galore while we work our way back from the ravages of 2020's global pandemic. Just take a gander at all the stuff going on out there, then jump for joy or whatever it is you jump for when happiness is afoot.

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood whenever our friends Rogers & Nienhaus, as in Terry and Scott, drop by to play. This Thursday night, the good guys of rock history-in-the-making go at it at the Curve Inn to the sound enjoyment of all who are within earshot. These two musicians walked the walk with the big dogs in the day and we're fortunate to reap the benefits of their life's work whenever they "plug in and play." Welcome back, guys.

And while welcoming back old friends, George Rank's, popularly known as the only round bar in town, once again hosts regular live music with the spectacular Black Queen performing their Tribute to Queen this Friday night joined by the Sara Schneider Band kicking out the jams at 7:30 p.m. Next week, some dude named Tom Irwin surrounds himself with Hayburners on Friday (May 21) and the Wolf Crick Boys do up Saturday night (May 22) with the return of the Hillbilly Hoedown. Rock on to Ranks and congratulations go out to JR and the crew for weathering the storm and setting the sails for better weather ahead.

The Farmhouse Brews at Harvest Market looks to be having a larger-than-life weekend with a hefty six acts in three days at the mezzanine music space. Friday gives us Phil Steinberg and his heartfelt and historical "The Life of Frank Sinatra" music show celebration (3-5 p.m.) and then Sara "Sass" Siders from the Champaign area gets her funk-rock-soul sets going (6-9 p.m.) to beef up the night. Saturday delivers John Stevens (1-4 p.m.) doing real good, real classic country and then resurrects Elvis Himselvis with a band (6-9 p.m.) ready to rock the evening crowd. On Sunday, catch Joel Honey singing his song early on (12-3 p.m.) and Isiah Christian killing it with cool country later (5-8 p.m.).

The always-popular Rumble Around the Lake event kicks off May 12 with Exit 52 acoustic at Sunset Inn, then continues next Wednesday with Wolf Crick Boys at Starship Billiards (May 19) and starts officially at clubs on Lake Springfield on May 26 with Brandy Kristin & the Revival at the Prop Club. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for a different band every Wednesday throughout the summer at a different hangout at the lake each week. Yes, that's the sure sign of the good times returning.

And speaking of the good times, it's about time to get your Geech on folks, as one of the most popular bands ever in central Illinois, Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters, bounces back with a boom and a blast this weekend by hanging out at the Curve Inn on Friday evening, bopping down to the Oak Hills Country Club & Winery in Girard on Saturday night and finishing things off at Danenberger's Family Vineyards Wine Rocks on Sunday afternoon.

And we have one more very special welcome back as Reggie Britton joins David Lumsden for some almighty blues on Monday night, May 17, at the Alamo. Hallelujah and hip-hip-hooray for Reggie and Dave getting together again.

There's plenty more where that came from, so head on over to our Live Music listings, then head on out to your favorite spot to enjoy some in-person music during these heady times.

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