October 24th at Black Sheep: Final Order, Chalked Up, Coffin Fit, P.I.N.T.



We do have a lot of shows piling up in the coming weeks here at Black Sheep to tell you about, and we better start getting through these show announcements here really quick! We have a punk show coming up this Wednesday, October 24th in just a few days. This one may or may not feature new Springfield hardcore band Final Order, we are not sure. There are two touring acts on the bill, both from St. Louis. One is “Chalked Up” – a hardcore / grind band whose music you can find streaming on the player below. The other band they are coming with is Coffin’ Fit– a garage punk group also from St. Louis. Opening things up is completely different genre-wise- a performance by the solo ambient project Pretend I’m Not There.

This show starts at 7:00 pm on Wednesday and admission is $5. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. We are also working on updating our shows page!


Tonight at Black Sheep: PCASC Presents “Dare To Defy”


It’s been a pretty wild weekend for us over at Black Sheep and Dumb Records, but it isn’t even over- we do have one event lined up tonight being put on by The Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault that is open to the public. The event will be taking place from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and is being called “Dare To Defy”. There will be a list of poetry readings, a speaking piece, a photography project, and a brainstorming and discussion segment. Here is a list of poets lined up to speak:

Lucy Nora
Angie Tonucci
Sherry Rothman Frachey
Colt Brummett
Casandra Austin-McDonald

For a more in-depth description of what’s going on, check out the facebook event right here. Again, that goes on starting at 7:00 pm tonight, it’s open to the public, and it’s free. Check out our shows page for a list of what else we’ve got coming up at Black Sheep the rest of this fall (we are working on updating the page today)!

Tonight at Black Sheep: The Shadows of Knight, Rockford, Tom Irwin


Tonight’s a big one! That’s right, a big concert that we have been hyping up a lot over the past month – The Shadows of Knight, a band founded in 1965, will be performing at Black Sheep tonight. The Shadows of Knight were known for their rendition of the Van Morrison song “Gloria” and came out with a few full length albums since they started fifty four years ago. From what it sounds like, even the mayor will be there. Opening acts include Rockford and Tom Irwin.

Things kick off tonight at 7:00 pm. If we had to guess what time The Shadows of Knight take the stage, 8:45 is our best bet (but be sure to come out and catch the opening acts). Admission is $15- if you didn’t pick up a ticket in advance you are still fine coming out and paying at the door! Check out a facebook event for this one right here. And check out our shows page for other shows coming up at Black Sheep right here.

Tonight at Black Sheep: The Zoo (Comedy/Improv, Imaginary Colours, Kristin Walker, Holy Gallows, Eric Marvel


We have a big weekend full of events lined up at Black Sheep! Starting with a comedy and music show tonight – this one marks the return of Central Illinois-based comedy/improv group “The Zoo” who some of you may remember performed here back in May. We are excited to welcome them back. We are fusing this comedy show together with a lineup of more laid back solo acts. This includes the Memphis-based experimental / ambient project “Holly Gallows” whose music you can find on the player below. Did they play at The Radon Lounge at some point? Is that just one guy? Also on the bill is electronic project Imaginary Colours (with Colours being spelled the British way). Before that we have a performance by Kristin Walker (of bands Glower, Moondead, and a few others). Annnd the fourth and final musical act is electronic / new wave artist Eric Marvel.

Yes, all of that is at 7:00 pm and admission will be $7. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep in the near future.

New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records


It’s only been a few days since we’ve updated you with what’s new at Southtown record store Dumb Records, but here we are just a couple of days later with a fresh stack of wax to list off. Plenty of more used LPs and hip hop / R&B 12″ singles hitting the shelves once again this week. Let’s take a look at the store’s hours for the next week and then get into what’s new:

Wednesday (show): noon – 9:00 pm
Thursday: noon – 8:00 pm
Friday (show): noon – 8:00 pm
Saturday (show): 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday: noon – 8:00 pm
Tuesday: noon – 8:00 pm

Used LPs
April Wine – Love At THe El Mocambo
Badfinger – Straight Up
Bar-Kays – Injoy
Bob Dorough – Multiplication Rock
Damita Jo – The Big 15
Muddy Waters – King Bee
Nothing To Lose – Soundtrack
Patrick Hernandez – Born To Be Alive
Rod Stewart – Greatest Hits
Sade – Diamond Life
Samantha Sang – Emotion
Sammy Hagar – Three Lock Box
Sammy Hagar – All Night Long
Stevie Wonder – The Original Musiquarium I
Trapeze – Trapeze
Trooper – Trooper
Various – 20 Solid Gold Hits
Various – Gold Rush 79
Various – Soul Train: Super Tracks
Various – Yesterday’s Goodies

12” Singles
50 Cent – In Da Hood / 8 Mile Road
Archie Eversole – I Hear Ya Talkin’ / Rock Like What?
Black Rob – Thug Story / Lookin’ At Us
Bone Crusher – Take Ya Clothes Off
Bonafide Kings – Tick Tock
Boo & Gotti feat. Lil Wayne – Ain’t It Man
Boss Howg – Worldwide Renegades
Brandy – U Don’t Know Me
Brownsville Station – No BS
Buddha Monk – Spark Somebody Up / Warrior Chief
Busta Rhymes – Party Is Goin’ On Over Here
Busta Rhymes – Do The Bus A Bus
Busta Rhymes – Fire
Cap.One – Ladies & Willies
Capone-N-Noreaga – Reunion (LIve This Way)
Ciara – Get Up
Chico Debarge – Listen To Your Man
Club Nouveau – Ghetto Swang
Cypress Hill – Los Grandes Exitos En Espanol
Dante Thomas – Miss California
Dave Hollister – The Weekend
The Diplomats – Built This City
D.I.T.C. – Thick
EPMD – Check 1, 2 / Crossover
EPMD – Pioneers / Rap Is Still Outta Control
Grandaddy Souf – Savage Journey
Half-A-Mill – Still
Hangman 3 – Rap Star / Ya Feel Me
Kool G Rap – Fast Life
King T – Got It Locked
KRS-One / High-n-Mighty – Clear ‘Em Out / Rumble
MC Nas-D – Nas-D Style
Memphis Bleek – M.A.D.E.
Montell Jordan – Get It On Tonight
Naughty By Nature – Feel Me Flow
Naughty By Nature – It’s On
Naughty By Nature – Craziest
Naughty By Nature – Wicked Bounce
Naughty By Nature – Poverty’s Paradise
Newcleaus – Jam On It
Nutta Butta – Freak Out
Nice & Smooth – Sometimes I Rhyme Slow
Nice & Smooth – Boogie Down Bronx
Nice & Smooth – Jewel Of The Nile
Outkast – The Whole World
Rockin’ Sidney – My Toot Toot
Soul Assassins – When The Fat Lady Sings
Southernaire Allstars – I Believe
Tela – Bye! Bye! Hater! / Drugs
Temper – No Favors
T.I.P. – 2 Glock 9’s
Tina – Tipsy
WC – Flirt / Throw Ya Hood Up

Mayor Jim Langfelder Appearing As Guest on The Black Sheep Radio Show This Friday


Tonight we are announcing to all of you in our lovely city that we are truly blessed to be able to have our dear mayor, Jim Langfelder on as guest on our radio program, The Black Sheep Radio Show this upcoming Friday. The show airs Friday (and every Friday) from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 fm WQNA. You can stream online during that same time at wqna.net. We have been told that Jim is a record collector himself and will be bringing in a few of his favorite records from his own collection for us to play on air. If we are lucky we will also be calling up The Shadows of Knight to do a quick interview, a garage rock band which started in 1965 playing at Black Sheep on Saturday.

Recently Dumb Records made the newspapers again in the SJ-R with an article linking us to mayor Jim Langfelder “Dumb Records Uses Mayor Langfelder’s Likeness In Web Ad”. Check that out right here. The article talked about a recent video ad the store launched with a talking photograph of Jim Langfelder promoting the business. There may have been a few other videos that have popped up between now and when the article came out.

(Above photo of Jim is when he appeared for an interview on WUIS / NPR radio).

Tonight at Black Sheep: Master Bastard, Mr. Magenta, Bermuda Triad, Star Stuff


Thanks to all who came out to the Dumb Records open mic night last night! We’ve got another one lined up tonight- this one’s a normal show at Black Sheep featuring four groups. This includes grunge rock group Master Bastard who released their album Mouth Breather earlier this year and you can find streaming on the player below. Also on the bill is an interesting group you will be sure to want to not miss called “Mr. Magenta” from Edwardsville, Illinois playing some jazz / math rock fusion. Then the hip hop trio and performance group Bermuda Triad is up before them to rock our socks off. Then looks like we have a brand new Springfield band on the bill called “Star Stuff” featuring members of Master Bastard.

This show starts at 7:00 pm and is $5. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep in the near future.