February 27th at Black Sheep: Stereo Static, Fill In The Blank, Sammy & The Punk, The Locals, Blind Social, Stems, The Incorporated


Some sort of mega-show is happening here at Black Sheep on Saturday, February 27th! This one might look a little like the “Winter Wreck” that happened last month except without the “wreck!” This one is being called “The Stereo Show” because it features new Springfield band “Stereo Static“. You can stream some of their music on the player below. There are seven whole bands on this show (wow). Two more of them include Fill In The Blank and Sammy & The Punk, who both also played the Winter Wreck here last month. They both rock. On the bottom half of the flier we have the local pop group- “The Locals.” There’s another band called “Stems” that we don’t know a whole lot about, and then we have a couple of other groups familiar to Black Sheep- Blind Social and The Incorporated!

This one will be kicking off a little earlier at 6:00 pm, and the cover charge is just $5. You can find a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good list of all the shows coming up at Black Sheep.

The Studio Show Episode 4: Michael Dunbar, Josh Catalano & The Dirty Thoughts

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It’s hard to believe it, but the new Springfield TV show focusing on artists and musicians in town- “The Studio Show” is already into it’s fourth episode. Episode #4 aired last week on Wednesday and it featured local artist Michael Dunbar and local band Josh Catalano & The Dirty Thoughts (pictured above). A new episode of The Studio show has been airing every other Wednesday, with the next one coming one week from today. You can check out episode #4 on the player below or right here.

Check out The Studio Show youtube channel to stay completely up to date on all of the episodes and other segments posted here and there. Plenty of more episodes are in the works, we have heard rumors of local bands SAP and Looming to look out for in the near future (shhhh!).

Videos: Epsom: “Dick 3 Blues”

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Springfield rock group Epsom have uploaded a new video of them performing at South Town Studio at a show late last year. The song is called “Dick 3 Blues,” and includes audio from the live show recorded by Brandon Carnes up in the studio. You can check out the video right here or embedded below. The video is also being submitted for Epsom to be featured as an artist on NPR’s “Tiny Desk” Concert series! How about that.

If you like what you hear, you can check out Epsom live at the Black Sheep Valentine’s Day Dance coming up this Sunday, February 14th along with bands Livin’ Thing, The Good Companions, and The Suction Cups. Check out more videos from Springfield bands on our vids/pics page.

New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records


The vinyl keeps flowing in and out of Southtown record store Dumb Records, located at 1107 South Grand East Ave. This week is no exception, with plenty of new and used LPs and CDs hitting the shelves. You can find some of those records pictured above and a good number of them listed below. Let’s also take a look at Dumb’s operating hours this week before we get into the new arrivals:

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

New LPs
Crooked Fingers – Bring On The Snakes
Grimes – Geidi Primes
Rage Against The Machine – Rage
Tom Waits – Real Gone
The Yardbirds – Little Games

Used LPs
The 5th Dimension – Up, Up And Away / Go Where You Wanna Go
Bacharach and David – Soft Lights & Sweet Music
Blood, Sweat & Tears – New Blood
Bohannon – Dance Your Ass Off
Boston Pops Orchestra – Grand Canyon Suite
Buck Trent – Bionic Banjo
Buddy Merrill – Guitars On Fire
Captain & Tennille – Come In From The Rain
Carly Simon – The Best of Carly Simon
Charlie Rich – The Fabulous Charlie Rich
Count Basie / Joe Williams – Count Basie Swings Joe Williams SingsCount Basie / Oscar Peterson – Night Rider
The Crests – Greatest Hits
The Crusaders – Those Southern Knighs
Dick Clark (Presents) – Radio’s Uncensored Bloopers
Don Smithers – Two Centuries of Trumpet
Eddie Fisher – I Love You
Eddy Arnold – Eddy’s Songs
Elvis – G.I. Blues
Faron Young – Save The Last Dance For Me
The Four Freshmen – Voices In Modern
George Benson – Space
George Gershwin – Porgy And Bess
Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass – Whipped Cream & Other Delights
Joe Cocker – Stingray
Joe Walsh – But Seriously Folks
Larry Gatlin – The Pilgrim
Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band – Help Yourself
Little Jimmy – Dickens’ Best
Marvin Gaye – Motown Remembers
The Mike Curb Congregation – Sweet Gingerbread Man
Neil Diamond – Serenade
The Norman Luboff Choir – Songs of the West
Ray Barretto – Can You Feel It
Peggy Lee – Raindrops
Star-Gala – Operetten
The Steve Miller Band – Greatest Hits 1974-78
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hard Promises
Tony Mottola – Romantic Guitar
Various – Country Sweet Hearts
Various – Meet The Artist
Various – Soundsville!

Used CDs
Alanis Morissette – Space Cakes
Bush – The Science of Things
Chip Davis – Fresh Aire II
Chip Davis’ Day Parts – Romance
Dashboard Confessional – A Mark / A Mission / A Brand / A Scar
Gwen Stefani – Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
The Like – Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking?
Manheim Steamroller – To Russia With Love
Matchbox 20 – Yourself or Someone Like You
Nine Inch Nails – All That Could Have Been
Sarah McLachlan – Surfacing
The Ultimate In Relaxation – Thunderstorm

DUMB FEST 4: June 10th, 11th, & 12th at Black Sheep, Dumb Records, Skank Skates, and Rock N’ Roll Hardee’s


Wow, looks like some big news is dropping in here on our site today! Today we are confirming that Dumb Fest 4 (or Dumb Fest 4-Ever) IS HAPPENING and we have the official dates and venue. The festival will be happening this year on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday June 10th, 11th, and 12th. It will be help at usual locations Black Sheep, Dumb Records, and Skank States- as well as an additional location at Rock N’ Roll Hardee’s!! That’s right, it looks like we are adding a third day to this year which will be a show at the classic Hardee’s outdoor stage.

That’s all of the Dumb Fest 4 info we have for now! You can expect bands to be announced throughout the month of March. For any bands interested in playing, unfortunately the lineup is already mapped out with no room to spare. If you are interested in playing Black Sheep on different dates, our booking email is still blacksheepcafe.217@gmail.com. Ticket info and all of that jazz will come later with band announcements. Be sure to check out our Dumb Fest page to keep up with Dumb Fest stuff, or the Dumb Fest facebook page.

February 19th at Black Sheep: Set Piece, Governor Street, Black Ops Agency


It’s time to sneak another February show announcement in to one of the few remaining weekend dates we have open this month- here is a show happening on Friday, February 19th. We have the local band Set Piece playing this show, who describe themselves as “heavy indie rock.” You might be able to stream some of their music on the player below. In addition to Set Piece we also have a local jam group called Governor Street playing the show. Then the third band on the bill Black Ops Agency, which is a long running rock band featuring members of TANG.

This show will start at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. We might have heard a rumor about their being food at the show!? We’ll see! You can check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a list of everything coming up at Black Sheep in the near future.

Black Sheep Roundtable Meeting Tonight


It’s a Saturday night, and there aren’t any shows happening at Black Sheep but instead we are hosting our next roundtable meeting! You got any suggestions on how we can improve our space? You want to tell us why you quit coming to shows? We want to hear from you! We aren’t necessarily looking for suggestions directed at Black Sheep co-owners on what to do better, but more-so a discussion among all show goers and volunteers on how we can all improve our space and music community.

Everyone and anyone is welcome to come! The meeting tonight will be at 7:00 pm inside of Black Sheep. We are expecting it to go on until 9:00 pm. If all goes well we are planning on continuing our roundtable meetings on a quarterly basis (four meetings a year). We also have a “get involved” zine in the works that will be available to everyone and will almost work as a how-to in getting involved with the Black Sheep community and Springfield music scene. Check out a facebook event for the meeting tonight right here!