Yes, that's meant to be a "so long, been good to know you" and a "it's been so long of a September" double meaning to this week's column headline as the ninth month with the seventh moniker has had its ups and downs. But here we are rolling on through 2020, working through the troubles, buoyed and blessed by lots of good live music, through and through.
Don't forget about voting soon in our Best of Springfield as the deadline is at 11 p.m. on Sept. 28. The music section choices are always a spirited race, with some folks working hard campaigning for votes, others letting the chips fall where they may and some who think it's all rigged and not worth participating in at all. Sound familiar? Just remember, you shouldn't complain if you don't vote, but who's counting?
Kick off your week this Thursday when, in the form of The Band Relativity, the younger generation, with help from a father-figure musician, takes the Curve Inn stage. The Hofstrand family band hails from the Rochester region and covers cool covers while adding in hot original songs too. Not only will there be good rockin' tonight as always, the cause is just as good, with the event booked as an ALS fundraiser, open to all ages. Rock on you relatives of Relativity as you keep it all in the family while spreading your good vibe music everywhere you go.
Make your Friday fun and friendly with a visit to Long Bridge to hang with arguably one of the best cover bands around, with definitely one of the best band names on record, as Deja Voodoo plays the bucolic golf course patio. A complete sextet of experienced local musicians, the group covers late 70s rock and more, doing classic and album cuts to give you a good mix of expected hits and unexpected off the wall numbers. Along with the superb musicianship, you get the added bonus of high-class harmonies and professional attitudes of guys having fun knowing what they're doing and doing what they're knowing they can do.
More Friday fun happens when, joined by local luminaries Pinch of Grace covering Jerry Garcia Band songs and plenty of originals, Birds of a Feather flock to the Phish phenomenon playing tribute to those Ichthyological-based jam band heroes out at Danenberger Family Vineyards on the way to New Berlin. Mississippi Leghound is a powerfully powered power-trio set to fantastically funkify you as they simultaneously rock your socks on and off wherever they go, and this Friday that would be at Main Gate Bar & Grill.
Are you even ready for Saturday night when RockHouse and Sleeping Dogzz combine forces to invade the Curve Inn with the rocking-est night of rock you might ever experience anywhere? Pop Ninjas attack Crows Mill Pub with the straight on strategy of striking with familiar dance songs "from then til now" to keep your toes tapping and head from napping. Out in Curran at Turasky's Trails End, watch out for Jeff Young and the Bad Grandpas, a band of good guys somewhat formed during Facebook Live events during the spring lockdown rocking out raucous songs from the rowdy side of the playground as bad grandpas are wont to do.
For some Sunday Funday action there's our buddies, Marty and Tom, in Buckhart Road down at the Slaughterhouse in Auburn, Angel Brown's Smooth N' Blue Band blue-jazzin' at Always After Five and Jonathan Field and Schy Wilmore carving up the country bumpkin in the parking lot at It's All About Wine.
Keep yourself healthy and have some fun, folks.