September 23rd at Black Sheep: Lo And Behold, Starving The South, Polterguts, Eyes From Above


What else do we have going on at Black Sheep this weekend? Glad you asked! Well, Sunday September 23rd (in two days) we have this metal show going on. Hip hop tonight, nothing Saturday, and metal on Sunday. That’s right. For Sunday we have touring act “Lo And Behold” coming from Springfield, Missouri. As crazy as this is if you can believe it, the band actually played at Bourbon Street Bar across the street earlier this summer and they are coming back to Southtown to play Black Sheep and get the whole experience. Stream their music on the player below. This time around the band is coming through with “Starving The South” – a hardcore rock n’ roll group also from Southern/Central Missouri. Joining us on the bill is St. Louis metal band Polterguts. Opening things up and the only Springfield band on the bill is Eyes From Above.

This show starts at 6:00 pm and admission is $7. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at everything else coming up at Black Sheep this fall.


Tonight at Black Sheep: “Where Da Cash At?” Hip Hop Contest


Tonight! At Black Sheep we do have a pretty big hip hop event going on. That’s right, tonight twenty different performers are going to be competing for a big $500 prize, a free video shoot and more. Judges will be Springfield hip hop performers Cornbread and Vinal Luciano themselves. The event will be hosted by Alexa Redd. Sounds like there may be open slots as well, so come out at 7:00pm if you are interested in performing.

All of this tonight starts at 7:30pm tonight. Admission is $5. Check out 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 fall.

October 20th at Black Sheep: The Shadows of Knight, Rockford, Tom Irwin


We have a big show we are announcing to you all this afternoon! Exactly one month from today on Saturday, October 20th we are pleased to be bringing 1960’s garage/psychedelic group The Shadows of Knight to Black Sheep. If you can believe it, this band was formed in 1965 and are originally from the suburbs of Chicago. Original vocalist Jimy Sohns will be performing with the band. They have a good number of albums under their belt, and you ALL know their rendition of the song “Gloria” which you can find on the youtube player below.

We do have two openers on this grand concert and that includes the younger garage group Rockford, and also Springfield legendary musician Tom Irwin. This will be one not to miss! The Shadows of Knight will hands down be the longest running band to ever perform at Black Sheep in our 13+ years as a venue.

This show is happening exactly one month from today. There are ticket pre-orders. Tickets are $12 in advance and you can find a link to purchase them online right here, also they are for sale at Dumb Records at all times. (We have a link to purchase tickets on the sidebar of our home page too). Tickets at the door are $15. The show will start at 7:00 pm. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this fall.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Double Grave, Bottom Bracket, Nectar, Kate Laine


It’s Monday, but we do have a show happening tonight at Black Sheep! This one features three-piece rock group “Double Grave” from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Check out their newest EP streaming below to hear what they sound like. This show will also feature Springfield’s own home grown noodle rock emo group Bottom Bracket. And friends from Champaign/Urbana, the wonderful Nectar. You know you can’t go wrong with a lineup like that. Opening things up we have a solo set from local musician Kate Laine.

This one starts at 7:00 pm and admission is a nice $6. Check out a facebook event for this show right here. Also check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this fall.

Black Sheep Band Lotto 2018 Lineup (Show November 16th)


Good morning! Last night names were drawn for Black Sheep Band Lotto 2018 – the fifth year we have ever organized such an event at Black Sheep. For those of you who do not know what band lotto is, willing participants had a week to place their name into a box, and last night names were drawn out in groups of fours and fives at random. It is the task of these randomly selected groups to form together and create a band to perform a show two months from now. That show will be happening on Friday, November 16th. Here are the groups as drawn:

BAND #1:
Brice Jackson
Noah Faingold
Hannah Tolan
Thad Lolling
Phil Rath

Austin Connelly
Zack Karraker
Dennis Chavours
Tater Cronin
Angie Tonucci

Devon Fluelen
Evan Mitchell
Mike Reisinger
Mario Cannamela

Drew Kodrich
Matthew Welchel
Justin Tabatabai
Johari Idusuyi

B.J. Pearce
Samaiyah Williams
Carter Bibb
Brian Galecki
Laura McKinney

Liam Coffey
Jake McNamara
Emily Kunce
Mike Butler

Mateusz Serafin
Dalton McKinley
Jameson Bullock
Matt LaMarca

There you have it! See any wildcards in there? Again the show is happening exactly two months from now on Friday, November 16th. It starts at 7:00 pm and is $5. Check out a facebook event for the show right here.

Black Sheep, Dumb Fest Finalists in The Illinois Times’s “Best of Springfield 2018”


It’s that time of year again (you know what’s up), once again The Illinois Times are in the middle of gathering votes for their annual “Best Of” series where you get to vote for your favorite local businesses, bands, musicians, and public figures here in Springfield. This year just like every year now for a good number of years, The Black Sheep has made it on a list of finalists for best “small music venue.” Dumb Fest has made it on a list of finalists for “best music festival”. Dumb Records does not fit into any category, sorry. There are also a few band categories this year, although a notable one “best punk band” is not even a category this year, neither is “best all ages band” which have both featured bands frequently playing Black Sheep in the past. We won’t tell you who to vote for for any of these categories, but you can find the link to vote below!


The Illinois Times will be posting their results for their polls in their October 25th issue later on next month. Our own “Best of Springfield Music” poll is ran on this site in December, so look forward to that as a poll that highlights more local bands, shows, and releases for 2018.

Black Sheep 13 Year Anniversary Show Tonight


Tonight’s the night! Come out and help us celebrate a whole 13 years of Black Sheep being open as an all ages space in Springfield! We are now a teenager! Tonight is also going to be the drawing for Black Sheep Band Lotto 2018! Come out and experience this magic! At the top of the bill we have Jacksonville-based psychedelic rock band “The Dixie Narcos” who’s album we streamed on our site yesterday. We also have out of town friends Reaver from Alton, IL, who’s music you can find streaming on the player below. Up before that is a new Springfield punk project (this one you can mosh to, yes) called Uncle Sam’s Mutagenic Children. Opening things up we have two rare solo sets – one from Brandon Carnes and another from Jameson Bullock.

This show tonight starts (on time) at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Names for Black Sheep Band Lotto will also be drawn at the end of the night so be sure to stick around for that! Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what is coming up at Black Sheep in the near future.