It looks like a date has been set for our Black Sheep Cover Show this year, and that is going to be Friday, May 16th. No bands are being announced just yet (they will be soon)! If you or your band is interested in getting a cover set together for the show we are still open to the idea of adding more bands to the show. You can get ahold of us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This year we are also having bands pick out different charities or organizations for the show to be a benefit for.
Last year our cover show was a benefit for the Central Illinois Food Bank, and we raised $160. You can find a full recap of the show along with photos and videos right here. Also take a look at all of the events coming up at Black Sheep this year on our shows page.
Ladies, gents and its, it looks like the local psycho/rockabilly band Los Injectors is reuniting after being apart for some time. Originally, they were founded in 1999 and now this trio is BACK to bring us more hard rock tunes (with an upright bass included). So check out one of their videos here and stay tuned for possible shows they may have coming up within the confines of the many venues we have here in Springfield. (To see other springfield shows happening, check this page out too).
It looks like new Springfield cassette label Blackbox Records have announced plans to rerelease the Looming EP previously released last year on CD by other Springfield label Patch Records. Along with the announcement Blackbox Records released a neat little music video type thing which you can find below. The cassette will be out at the show at Black Sheep on this Wednesday March 12th, which Looming will be playing. You can find more info on that show right here. The tape can also be pre-ordered on the Blackbox storenvy right here. You can also stream the Looming EP and download it for free right here.
Checkit, we’ve got a cool show coming up on Friday, April 18th! JAG will be playing first, and if you didn’t hear their grungy punk tunes at last nights show then this will be another chance for you to hear this newly emerged local band. Shitstorm from St. Louis will be coming around on this evening as well, and his catchy satan punk tunes are sure to please so come check him out. Also playing this evening will be Slow Children coming all the way from California. Their fervent and hardcore jams will bring a cool facet to the genres being presented this evening. Following Slow Children will be the dirty buggers in Mouthsex. Their sets are always full of grit, just how we like it, so stick around for them and of course for Soap Scum. That band is a little trashy but we always make do so come out for this show because it will be swell!
It will be happening at around 7pm. Bring $5, check out the cool record store right next to our venue and keep your eyes open for other shows we have coming up that catch your fancy!
Local news outlet WUIS have recently done a segment on Springfield folk band War Magic as a part of their ongoing series focusing on bands local to Springfield. The segment is entitled “Local Group War Magic Plays Unique Neo-Folk.” You can find the segment along with a player for the 9-minute long interview and live recording right here.
WUIS has also done segments on local projects Epsom and Mulligan Munro. WUIS also recently did a piece on the recently opened Dumb Records. You can find that one right here.
It looks like some type of reunion for old Springfield all ages music venue and coffeehouse The Asylum is being planned for May of this year. The Asylum was around near the intersection of Wabash and MacArthur and operated as a music venue/coffee shop from 1998-2001. You can check out a photo collage video for the old venue below. Organizers for the reunion are asking for donations to make the event possible on Saturday, May 24th. Proceeds will also go towards the St. Jude Children Hospital.
We have made plans for a large reunion that will take place at the VFW on Old Jacksonville Rd, and will feature food, drinks, and live bands; all to help everyone reconnect and revisit the people that helped inform and enrich our lives. We have set up a website, http://www.asylumreunion.com , where donations can be made towards making this reunion a success. There is a clear count of individual donations, when they were made, and by whom they are made. All proceeds will go directly towards the reunion, as the only interest for the Planning Committee is that we all have an amazing reunion and maybe re-live some old times. Any remaining money will then be given as a gift to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in the name of the Asylum Coffeeshop. Interested volunteers who would like to contribute time or materials in lieu of donations can contact the previously mentioned individuals listed above or send us an email.
The entire entry for The Asylum reunion can be seen on the Some Things Can’t Be Ignored blog right here. If you would like to contribute to the cause you can head over to asylumreunion.com. More info on bands and festivities will be posted later on once more is known about the reunion.
Today is Friday so it’s another episode of The Black Sheep Radio Show! This will be episode #61 (wow that’s a lot). Our guests this week will be the very new “Halloween-indie” band called JAG. JAG will be talking about their show coming up at Black Sheep tonight, and also about their formation as a band. You can expect a few other surprises on the show as well, including a new trivia portion where you have a chance to win free admission for either the show at Black Sheep tonight or this Wednesday the 12th.
The Black Sheep Radio show airs on Fridays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm. You can also stream it live online at wqna.org. Don’t forget to also check out our radio show page where you can read up on the show and download a few of our past episodes.