Here we go on into the fall season that felt much more like winter this week, but nothing stops the intrepid live music attendee from making the rounds to get the goods on good tunes. Our week ahead presents an assortment set to appease the most persnickety of audiences.
Thursday grants us an interesting triad of longtime Springfield music makers playing at venues scattered across the city landscape. Al Kitchen goes first, as the quite popular and talented guitarist and singer brings his six decades of music playing experience to Ace Hardware on Walnut (yes, you read right) for a "Ladies Night" show from 4 to 7. Buzz Bomb Brewing Company presents the world-class trumpet player and man-about-town, Frank Parker, hosting his monthly Jambalaya Jam, a jazz and blues open invitation music gathering from 7 to 10. Then out west at Pease's at Bunn Gourmet, Lowder and Manning (that's Jaigh and Jill) display their immense talents in performing and songwriting from 6:30 to 8:30. How's that for a triumphant trifecta?
On Friday, the good folks of the Illinois Central Blues Club booked Toronzo Cannon, ably backed by his band of Chicago blues cats, at Casey's Pub in the K of C Hall on Meadowbrook Road. Toronzo and cohorts blaze away to celebrate the recent release of The Preacher, The Politician or the Pimp on Alligator Records, his song collection containing an all-too-rare combination of tasteful, intelligent, lyrical works supported by brilliant, inventive guitar playing. Oh yeah, this guy is special and available to you for only a $5 cover. The show starts around 7 with our own David Lumsden Blues Band opening up the night.
Downtown at the Craft Beer Bar on Friday night, Solar Chariot delivers high-powered, original music in the form of fusion-rock jams done up by some of our most inspired area instrumentalists in the genre. The quartet features Nate Cozadd on guitar, Josie Lowder on bass, Steve Correll on drums and Chris Miller on the keyboards, all set to energize and electrify you with their improvisational prowess. There's no other group like this in town, so take the time to experience the hot sounds and sizzling sights of Solar Chariot after a week of frigid outdoor temps.
Not far away, near Second and Jefferson, Chad Gosselin from the Big Lonesome band out of Boston and Jesse W. Johnson, a Springfield guy now based in Chicago, bring their acclaimed national acoustic tour to the Butternut Hut. Not only are these two singer-songwriters, who are generally hard-driving band guys, traveling in support of upcoming record releases, they're celebrating the kickoff of their new indie musician group called Dream Coast Collective. The mission of their organization is to help "independent bands collaborate through touring and promoting each other's music." One huge way of doing that is meeting new people at gigs while spreading the word one venue, one person, one song at a time, so go say hello.
Hey, hey, hey, it's time for a visit by Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys to the town he dearly loves to play and I know so because I heard him say so. He's been bringing his boys to Springfield for some 20 years and always treats us to an amazing show just by having fun playing good songs done well. Sponsored by Sean Burns and our comrades at Bedrock 66 Live, special guests No Good Deed open the show at 7 in Bar None on Tuesday evening, Nov. 19.
Be cool and stay warm. See you next week.