March 21st at The Radon Lounge: Maks The Fox, The Saudades, Like… With Jetpacks, Cross Culture


Looks like after having to re-locate their show last night due to snow-emergencies, The Radon Lounge are already gearing up for their next show hopefully this time without all of the snow. The Springfield house venue is hosting their next show on Saturday, March 21st (at The Radon Lounge). This show will feature the band Maks The Fox from Chicago, Illinois. Check out a video of the band performing for NPR’s “tiny desk concert” below. Also on tour and returning to The Radon Lounge is Cincinnati Ohio’s The Saudades. Then there will be a performance by Springfield’s greatest video game-themed instrumental rock group Like… With Jetpacks. The show will kick off with a performance by a brand new band called Cross Culture.

The show at The Radon Lounge will be at 7:00 pm, cost $5, and is all ages. If you are unfamiliar with The Radon Lounge you can request the address by emailing Check out a facebook event for this show right here. Also be sure to check out our Springfield shows page for a look at some shows coming up outside of Black Sheep.

Mates Fest 6 In Peoria (March 26th – 29th)


Looks like there is a pretty big festival brewing up over in Peoria, Illinois and that is Mates Fest 6- a four day music festival happening at various venues taking place on March 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th. There will be bands playing from all over the state, including Springfield bands Asthma and The Timmys. Here is the complete list of bands announced so far:

Amoureux (Peoria, IL)
Angelust (Peoria, IL)
Angry Gods (Chicago, IL)
Asthma (Springfield, IL)
Beat the Smart Kids (Chicago, IL)
Chimess (Bloomington, IL)
Closet Burner (Chicago/Galesburg, IL)
Cold Grip (Peoria, IL)
Dead_Language (Peoria, IL)
Delta Waves (Peoria, IL)
Dirty Rotten Revenge (Bloomington, IL)
Half-Strokes (Bloomington/Normal, IL)
Jared Grabb Among Thieves (Peoria, IL)
Lost in Time (Peoria, IL)
Mayhew the Traitor (Urbana, IL)
Mercury Flask (Peoria, IL)
Mutts (Chicago, IL)
Nard Voris (Peoria, IL)
The Oceanographers (Peoria, IL)
Pears (New Orleans, LA)
Reduced to Instinct (Bloomington, IL)
Rings (Peoria, IL)
Rise to New Heights (Peoria, IL)
Sarah Marie Dillard (Peoria, IL)
Super 88 (Peoria, IL)
Time Machine Guns (Peoria, IL)
The Timmys (Springfield, IL)
Trey Mowder (Peoria, IL)
Unamused Dave (Peoria, IL)
Werepire Day (Bloomington/Peoria, IL/Cincinnati, OH)

More bands will be announced later on. To stay updated on everything Mates Fest related and to catch other band updates, you can check out the Mates Fest 6 facebook event.

May 15th at Black Sheep: Ænimus, Shapist, WRVTH, Kharybdis, Noesis, Made From Myths



Looks like on Saturday, May 15th we will be hosting a show at Black Sheep so packed with metal that it is bursting at the seams. This show will feature a pretty big touring metal package, so get ready. We have the band Ænimus playing technical metal from California (pictured above). 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 Made From Myths from Lincoln, Illinois.

This show starts at 6:00 pm and admission is $8 for six bands. You can check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page where you can see everything we have coming up at Black Sheep.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Looming, Jared Grabb Among Thieves, Kitten Crisis


Tonight! It’s a Saturday night and we have our second show out of two shows this weekend! Tonight is a three band great pop/indie/pop punk show for all of you who want to feel great and dance. For this show we have Looming, who is currently wrapping up recording an album in South Town Studio. We also have Jared Grabb Among Thieves coming from Peoria, Illinois. Check out some of Jared Grabb’s music on the player below. And Meredosia will no longer be playing this show (sorry) but we do have Kitten Crisis from Galesburg, Illinois to take their place! Come out early and catch Kitten Crisis!

The show tonight starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. You can check out a facebook event page for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at everything coming up at Black Sheep in the coming months.

March 7th at Black Sheep: Jess Knight, Wir Können, Paqui


Looks like on Saturday, March 7th we have a short and sweet three band show that will be our only show happening that weekend at Black Sheep. (Check out that sweet flier up there designed by Cory VanMeter). This show will feature a solo acoustic performance by Jess Knight of Looming. This show will also feature three-piece Springfield emo band Wir Können. Stream some of Wir Können’s music below. We also have Paqui playing some solo acoustic tunes for us. Those are all the acts for now, but we have been told to keep an eye and ear out for one more to-be-announced!

This show will start at 7:00 pm and cost $5. You can check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page where you can see all of the shows coming up in the near future at Black Sheep.

Today on Black Sheep Radio: WARRS


Today is another episode of The Black Sheep Radio Show and behind the very special door we have some very special guests and that is the band… WARRS! That’s right, Dontrell and BJ (pictured above) will be joining our regular hosts for a two-hour comedy filled radio program packed with hits from your favorite local bands and also a few tunes from some bands that will be coming to town. We also might talk to WARRS about what their new band is about and what we can expect from them in the future.

The Black Sheep Radio Show airs today from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm. You can stream the show during the same time online at Also check out our radio page for a list of past episodes that you can download if you happened to miss any.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Mystery Gift, WARRS, Milchjunge, Say Something, Southern Roots


The weekend is here and there is a great all-local show happening at Black Sheep tonight featuring all sorts of different bands of all different shapes and sizes! This show will feature the return of Mystery Gift, who have not played a show here since October! Come out tonight and welcome them back. Also playing is one of Springfield’s newer chaotic hardcore bands, WARRS. WARRS features members of Loses The Mighty and Soap Scum. Up before them is the all-German punk band Milchjunge. Although we don’t want it to be true, we have been told this may be Milchjunge’s last show. Better make sure you are there to see them either way! Also on the show is Say Something, who have also not played a Black Sheep show in a while. If you forgot what Say Something sounded like, you can listen to them on the player below. First up we have a performance by a brand new Springfield band called Southern Roots. Come early to find out what they are all about.

The show tonight starts right at 7:00 pm and admission is $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 what is coming up at Black Sheep this spring.