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Kraig Kenning plays the Lincoln Memorial Garden Fall Harvest Festival this Saturday.

Don't look now, but summer is over and autumn has arrived, and with cool temperatures by wondrous ways of the weather. You may need to bundle up for outdoor events as we weave toward the end of the season, but you can tell yourself (and others) that you are cool, for real. Now let's see which way the wind blows the music.

Thursday continues to be a terrific night for live music such as these pre-weekend happenings of Myers+Brandt+Paoni bringing tight harmonies and well-done songs to BUNN Gourmet, Robert Sampson & Friends blues-ing up a storm at the Curve Inn, Billy Galt's Blues Dragons taking it all in at Whiskey Jack's and Patrick Hagerman joining me at Sportsman's Lounge for an evening of song. And don't forget it's the Healing Crystal Bowls Meditation night at Unity Church where you can relax to the soothing sounds of ringing bowls delivering healing vibrations all while "sending harmony, peace and balance into our community world," which sounds quite nice, and perhaps necessary.

Friday comes in with a bang per usual, with another stellar show at Boones for the Friday Night Jazz music series when Michael Taylor dusts off some songs and his guitar, along with those singing fingers, to perform jazz standards plus some fingerpickin' tunes Chet-style and also a set of blues-based numbers, all accompanied by Mike Lang on acoustic bass and Jaro Howse on the drum kit.

The Backroom Lounge in Riverton hosts two talented and respected touring musicians when real-deal singers and songwriters Sydney Adams and Zach Aaron play the intimate venue. Sydney hails from southeastern Kentucky with a pocket full of songs based in traditional country and bluegrass, while Zach drifts in by way of Oklahoma with some Prine, Townes and Earle floating through his tunes.

If I really did just hear someone say they were craving ragtime music (and someone, somewhere is, I am sure of it), Friday is your lucky night when Cherry and Jerry, a straight-up, ragtime duo from St. Louis, drop into Buzz Bomb Brewing Company.

For a preview of their upcoming Hoogland show on Oct. 14, — get your tickets while you can — Venezuelan singing sensation Maria Alejandra Rodriguez (she's also an accomplished producer, composer and performer, setting records for selling records in her home country) joins Springfield-based Brazilian guitarist Jose Emilio Gobbo for an evening performance at Anchors Away.

Patrick Hagerman hangs around town for a groove-filled, groovy night at the Butternut Hut doing some Dead and more, then over at the round bar, here comes award-winning double trouble with Red Ribbon Revue and Blue Ribbon Revival taking over George Ranks for the night.

For a classical touch, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception presents Springfield soprano Diane Dietz, along with accompanist Nichol DelGiorno, for a First Friday concert from 7 to 8 p.m.

We now jump over Saturday (no particular reason) for a peek at Sunday, and I spy Lindsey Jensen, Wayward Motel and Grounded playing at the Blue Grouch (2-7 p.m.) doing a benefit for the Animal Protective League featuring celebrity "Barktenders" to make the day a howling, growling, tail-wagging success. It's always good to have a good time while supporting a very good cause, and that sounds good to me.

Don't forget to bring a jacket along when visiting the Fall Harvest Festival at Lincoln Memorial Garden this Saturday and Sunday. Plus, remember there's live music both days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the neat little stage across the street from the main entrance.

Well, that should get us going into October just fine. See you next week.

About The Author

Tom Irwin

Tom Irwin, a sixth-generation Sangamon County resident, has played his songs and music for nearly 40 years in the central Illinois area with occasional forays across the country. He's contributed to Illinois Times since 2000 by writing Now Playing, a weekly music column, as well as features stories and other articles...

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