Minimum Goal Reached For Project Southtown, Kickstarter Continues

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It looks like in just 18 days, the Kickstarter campaign for Project Southtown has reached it’s minimum funding goal of $5,000! This is HUGE news for us because it secures the money that has been donated and guarantees that our project to save some of our history and secure Southtown’s future will continue. Here is a message from George Sinclair owner of Skank Skates:

Hi Everyone,  We have made our milestone of 5 thousand dollars which means you get the Perks that you bid on and we get to use the money to establish our non profit Project Southtown!!!  This is a BIG Win Win for both of us in that we will be in a position to better serve you, and people can donate their time and money in a tax deductible way to help us all!  It took 18 days to get here, and we have 41 days to go.  At this rate we would raise another $11,388.88 for a grand total of $16,388.88.  With 16K we could do over 3 times the good which means that we would become a non profit, the video tapes would be digitized and available to everyone, the Black Sheep would get upgraded sound and light equipment, the ramp would get a new skin and all the rest of the spaces would get energy efficiency improvements.  So if you have already contributed pat yourself on the back and take the night off, and if you haven’t please plan to do so and keep this train on the tracks!

Don’t forget that the $5,000 was a minimum goal of the funding needed for us to take on this new project. Any additional funding will be greatly appreciated and can be used for many things. Another bit of news is that we have recently been granted permission and have submitted the paperwork for the recently torn down lot next to Dumb Records to be turned into a fenced-in community garden. Starting that garden alone will require additional funding. We still have 40 days until the end of our Kickstarter campaign, which you can donate to right here. We will also still be hosting the Black Sheep Cover Show Part 4 a week from this Saturday on May 23rd as a benefit for Project Southtown. Check out more info on that right here.

Since Project Southtown is also secured, we plan on giving out updates on how the project is going and more details on where the Kickstarter funding is going at least once a month. Keep checking back here for more updates!

Tonight at Black Sheep: Ænimus, WRVTH, Shapist, Kharybdis, Noesis, Animus


Tonight is going to be an extremely metal night at Black Sheep as we have a total of six metal bands playing for a deal of $8! This show will feature the technical death metal band Ænimus coming all the way from San Francisco! You can check out one of their music videos below. Then there is the St. Louis progressive metal band called Shapist, who are on Valkyrie Records. Then also touring with is the technical death metal band WRVTH from Northern California. Then we also have a good chunk of local metal bands. We have the metal band Kharybdis, who are making a big comeback as a local metal band since last spring. Also on this show is the Central Illinois-based metalcore band Noesis. And opening things up we have Animus from Taylorville, Illinois.

The show tonight starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $8. You can find a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out what else is coming up at Black Sheep on our shows page.

June 29th at Black Sheep: Scalped, Asthma, Diaper Rash, Garter


Time for the summer show announcements to start rolling in! Today we have news of a hardcore show happening on Monday, June 29th here at Black Sheep. For this show we have the San Francisco-based hardcore band SCALPED coming as a part of their big U.S. tour. Stream SCALPED’s new EP on the player below. Then we have a lineup of three great local hardcore punk bands. This includes the mid-tempo Ooey Gooey band Asthma. We also have the thrashy hardcore band Diaper Rash, who have already put out three demos in the short time they have been around. Opening things up is a performance by a newer band called “Garter” featuring members of Nighthawk, Big Storm, and Teen Freak.

This show will start at 7:00 pm and admission this time around is $7. You can find a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this summer.

Dumb Fest 3-D One Month Away


It may be hard to believe it, but Dumb Fest 3-D is exactly one month away! We have 31 days to get ready for the biggest two-day festival held all year in Southtown! Dumb Fest 3-D features 40 bands from a total of 10 different states on both Friday, June 12th and Saturday June 13th. Bands will be playing at Black Sheep and Skank Skates, and you can also expect activity at Dumb Records and South Town Studio that weekend. For the full lineup of bands playing, head over to our Dumb Fest 3-D page.

If you have not yet gotten tickets for Dumb Fest 3-D, now is the time to do so! Tickets this year are $10 in advance and $15 at the door per day (so $20 for a pass in advance and $30 at the door for the full weekend). You can find passes available at Dumb Records during store hours (open 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm every day), or also online right here. Also check out a facebook event for Dumb Fest right here. This will be the Dumb Fest not to miss!



It looks like today we are able to bring you the seven-track demo from one of Springfield’s newest hardcore/screamo bands WARRS. WARRS features former Black Sheep owner/operator Kevin Bradford and former members of Loses The Mighty and Soap Scum. You can stream the demo below, or head over to the band’s bandcamp page to download it at your own price. The demo will also be released on cassette by Ooey Gooey Tapes later this year.

WARRS will be playing in Springfield next for the second day of Dumb Fest 3D, on Saturday June 13th. You can find tickets to Dumb Fest 3D at Dumb Records or online right here.

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records

davebrubeckIt’s another happening week at Southtown record store Dumb Records, and there are a few new arrivals in stock! This week’s new selection includes a few new 7″s and a few new LPs. Don’t forget that Dumb also carries as many CDs and cassettes as you can handle. Let’s also take a look at what hours Dumb Records is going to be open this week- the store recently changed their hours to be open 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm every day, and until 9:00 pm on nights when there are shows.

Tuesday (today): 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday (show): 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday (show): 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

New LPs
Dave Brubeck Quartet – Jazz Goes To Junior College
Joy Division – Closer
Joy Division – Still
King Tubby Meets The Upsetter At The Grass Roots Of Dub
Meat Puppets – Meat Puppets II
Minutemen – Double Nickels On The Dime
Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
Trauma Harness – Tried My Hardest

New 7″s
Pretty Pretty – Talkin’ To The Walls
Pretty Pretty – Leather Weather
Vacation – Vacation

Tonight at Black Sheep: Vacation, Looming, Kowabunga! Kid


Tonight is Mothers Day, and tonight is also our third show out of three shows happening this weekend! Tonight features the hit Cincinnati, Ohio fuzz pop band on tour- Vacation. You can check out some of Vacation’s music streaming below. We also have local pop band Looming, who have been busy working on a new album. Also on this show is Champaign/Urbana punk band Kowabunga! Kid who last played here back in March.

Come tonight and check out those three bands at 7:00 pm for $5! You can find a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at everything coming up at Black Sheep.