click to enlarge Cannonball, a hard-driving, roots music, Americana band from Chicago featuring Springfield native, Andon Davis, Jr., plays the Curve Inn on Friday with Cats on Holiday.
Cannonball, a hard-driving, roots music, Americana band from Chicago featuring Springfield native, Andon Davis, Jr., plays the Curve Inn on Friday with Cats on Holiday.
Cannonball, a hard-driving, roots music, Americana band from Chicago featuring Springfield native, Andon Davis, Jr., plays the Curve Inn on Friday with Cats on Holiday.

Our happening little scene in Springfield continues to burn up the music atmosphere at an incredible rate. Here we go on a trip through marvelous music-making mayhem.

Congratulations to the Black Sheep Cafe in celebrating ten years of being THE all ages venue in town. Our Lady, Looming and other bands, plus a few surprises play on Friday, starting at 7 p.m. Thanks to all who did the good and lasting work to keep this place going and making it a vital part of the lives of young folks (and all ages) in Southtown and all over town.



Cats on Holiday, most definitely the most popular band in central Illinois back in the day, reunites once again on Friday at the Curve Inn. Andon, Perry, Joe and Ric dust off the tried and true set list to knock ‘em dead one more time. Also on hand is the CoH FoH sound guy, Ric Major, to make it all sound as sweet as can be. Opening the show at 6 p.m. is Andon’s latest band project, Cannonball. From Chicago, where Andon Davis, Jr. (you might still call him Ted) has made his home and reputation over the last couple decades, the band hits the Americana world of roots music hard and plays it all right.

Here’s a big shout out to eternal rocker Micky Shomidie along with Lynn Crawford of Rolens Bros. music store and many other volunteers who all work so hard to make the annual Make-a-Wish Foundation benefit fundraiser a blistering success. Come see several bands, incredible silent auction items, custom cars, motorcycles and more on Sept. 19, starting at 2 p.m. and going until closing time at Boondocks.

Other hip and happening events on Saturday are many and amazing. George Rank’s hosts a Half-Way to St. Patty’s Day Celebration while sneaking in a grand opening with a ribbon cutting by the Chamber of Commerce, radio presence with WYMG, Irish music from McKinney, Hennessy & O’Hare and bagpipers too. The party starts at 2 p.m. and stops when it does. The Edwards Place Fine Arts Fair goes on into Sunday with entertainment during the day, all kinds of cool art, my favorite used book sale and the newly refurbished rooms in the house for you to peruse. Out in Spalding at Docker’s, Jennifer Jordan and friends are hosting a MusicFest to raise funds to help abused children. Bands play all day long and into the night for this mighty good cause. Down south on Route 4 in Irwin’s Park near Sugar Creek, Deep Lunar Blue jams the inaugural Harlan’s Grove Fest. Planned to be held annually from now on, the party begins at 2 p.m. with music, beer, wine and food all day, plus free admission to boot.

Cafe Brio, now under new ownership and management, continues the tradition of terrific food while adding entertainment to the late night downtown scene. This Friday, DJ Johnny O spins a 90s party, while on Saturday Ragna Rye makes live music happen. Check out Brio’s updated website for more news.


  A week from this Sunday, on Sept. 27, Linda McRae, a remarkable, likeable and incredible singer-songwriter performs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Kari Bedford Photography. The show is private so you must call 741-8411 to reserve a seat. There won’t be walk-ins, and please believe me, this is a show to see. Look her up, be amazed, then call to reserve a seat.

Don’t forget to keep voting in Illinois Times’ Best of Springfield poll. This is the first time for the runoffs, and we think it’s the best way to get to the best of the best.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.

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