Today on Black Sheep Radio: Lisa Stott (Downtown Springfield Inc.)


We are very excited for our guest coming on to The Black Sheep Radio Show today! Going along with our downtown theme the past few episodes (last we we had Katie Davison of Innovate Springfield, and before that was Linda Renehan of Springfield Vintage)- this week we have the head of Downtown Springfield Inc herself, Lisa Stott. From their website, Downtown Springfield’s mission is to “increase economic and cultural vitality in the downtown district.” We’ll be talking to Lisa more about new things happening downtown, how it relates to Southtown, and more things to expect from Springfield in the future! On top of that of course we’ll be playing all of your favorite hits from local artists and bands who are coming to town.

Tune in to the Black Sheep Radio Show today and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm, or online at the same time at For a list of downloadable episodes of the past go to our radio page.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Free Kittens & Bread, Old Fox Road, Gadget, Bottom Bracket


It’s a Monday night – and some of you don’t have work or school due to some holiday going on so it sounds like a perfect night for a show to happen at Black Sheep. Tonight we have the band Free Kittens & Bread returning from Texas after playing here last year in 2016. Check out some of their newer music streaming on the player below. We also have the full on electric pop punk, once folk punk band Old Fox Road on the bill. Then coming from Decatur, Illinois is the three-piece pop punk band Gadget. Opening things up tonight we will have “Bottom Bracket” (once called “Christmas Canamela” or “Roman Candle Drive-By”).

This show will start at 7:00 pm tonight and admission is only $5. You can 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 these next few months.

Tonight at Black Sheep & Dumb Records: Crowns, Stems, Sidelined, Low Weather, P.I.N.T., Mysery, Black Bloc, Gutterpriest


Tonight we have the ‘ol classic double header happening tonight inside Black Sheep and Dumb Records. There will be six whole bands playing inside Black Sheep and two inside of Dumb Records for a whole eight bands total! (yikes)!

Let’s take a look at the Black Sheep show first. Tonight we have returning champs from Indiana, Sidelined playing this show. They have played Black Sheep a good number of times in many years past. Then the main touring act on this gig (we think) is Crowns from Nashville, Tennessee. You can check out some of their music streaming on the player below. We also have the grungy as ever three piece from Taylorville, Illinois on this show- Stems. And a FOURth band from outside of Springfield “Low Weather” is playing. They are coming all the way from Seattle, Washington (wow that’s a lot of music from all over the place). The local acts on this bill are solo project Pretend I’m Not There, and other solo project Mystery (maybe the shortened version of Mystery Gift)?

Then inside DUMB RECORDS happening in between bands at Black Sheep we have a couple of noise acts lined up. Those will be Black Bloc (noise electronic act from New York), and also the intense local noisecore act Gutterpriest. Black Bloc also performed at South Town Studio last summer.

Things are going to be kicking off right at 7:00 pm over at Black Sheep. The Black Sheep show is $8, and we will just be taking donations over at the Dumb Records stage. You can find a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at everything else coming up in 2017 at Black Sheep.

Today on Black Sheep Radio: Katie Davison (Innovate Springfield)


Today is Friday, so it’s another episode of The Black Sheep Radio Show! This week we are mixing things up a little bit 0nce again and will be featuring a guest less on the musical side of things, but more on the local *cool things going on in Springfield* side of things. Today’s guest is Katie Davison, executive director of Innovate Springfield – the new business incubator located in downtown Springfield. We’ll be talking to Katie about what Innovate Springfield does, and what’s happening in downtown Springfield. (There she is pictured above as seen on an episode of The Studio Show). Check out that full bit on The Studio Show right here.

The Black Sheep Radio Show airs today and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Katie will be joining us as guest halfway through at 5:00 pm. Stream on 88.3 WQNA fm or online at Also check out our radio page for a list of downloadable episodes of the past.

Tonight at Black Sheep: “217 Day Music Fest!”


It’s February 17th! Or 2-17, or “217 Day” for those of you who are proud to be living in that 217 area code. Since 2-17 day just so happens to be on a Friday night in February and the weather is hot outside, we are holding a big show / (almost) music festival inside Black Sheep tonight. This one is thanks to the Kick-It Coalition! Tonight we give you a mix of hip hop and other genres for a full night of some of what the 217 area code has to offer! The event will be going on most of the night from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Let’s take a look at who’s lined up:

Young Blu
Montana Fivehunna
Wicked Sweet
TJ Byrd
Steffy Ballin
Kool Krew
Nefarious Cloud
Co Pilots
Prince Louie V
Johnny Music
AMG / Blackhood
So Real
Samuel Taylor

That’s right, 20 whole acts all jam-packed into one night! Check out some of Rustocrat’s music streaming on the player below. This whole show is starting right at 7:00pm, and guess what- it’s only $2.00 (we rounded down from $2.17). Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page on our site right here for a better look at everything coming up at Black Sheep in the next few months.

March 1st at Black Sheep: Open Fields, Spooky Poo, Stereo Static


Look at that show with those nice little snapshots of those bands! We have a sweet little three-band show happening here on Wednesday, March 1st to tell you about. This show features the psychedelic rock band Open Fields from Little Rock, Arkansas who will be on tour. Check out their music on the player below. Pretty neat! We also have some familiar locals on the bill. This includes the two-piece indie folk project Spooky Poo from Decatur. And also the alternative grunge rock band Stereo Static will be taking the stage for this one.

This show will start at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a better look at everything else coming up at Black Sheep these next few months.

New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records


It’s another week at hit music store Dumb Records (only selling hit records), 1107 South Grand Ave East. This week there are piles and piles of used rock LPs flying onto the shelves. So many we don’t know what to do with, really (some pictured above). Let’s take a look at Dumb’s operating hours this week and then dive into some of those new arrivals:

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

Used LPs
Against All Odds – Motion Picture Soundtrack
Alaska – Everything Is Fine
The Babys – The Babys
The Babys – Broken Heart
The Babys – On The Edge
Bachman-Turner Overdrive – Best of B.T.O.
Beat Street – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Billy Idol – Billy Idol
Cara Neir / Flesh Born – Split
Corey Hart – First Offense
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Crosby, Stills & Nash
Cyndi Lauper – True Colors
David Bowie – Monsters
Days of Heaven – Original Soundtrack
Donovan – Open Road
Gary Numan – Telekon
Gino Vannelli – The Gist of The Gemini
Gino Vannelli – Brother To Brother

Graham Nash – Earth & Sky
Hall & Oates – Voices
Iron Butterfly – Sun And Steel
Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow
Jethro Tull – M.U. The Best of Jethro Tull
Joan of Arc – Flowers
Joe Cocker – Greatest Hits
John Galm – Sky of No Stars
Jon & Vangelis – The Friends of Mr. Cairo
Joseph Papp – A Chorus Line
Julian Lennon – The Secret Value of Daydreaming
Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina – Sittin’ In
Led Zeppelin – Soundtrack From The Film The Song Remains The Same
Little River Band – Sleeper Catcher
Loggins and Messina – Loggins and Messina
Loggins & Messina – The Best of Loggins and Messina
The Lovin’ Spoonful – Daydream
The Lovin’ Spoonful – Hums of The Lovin’ Spoonful
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Street Survivors
Mansions – Doom Loop
National Lampoon’s Vacation – Motion Picture Soundtrack
Nicolette Larson – Nicolette
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Dirt, Silver & Gold
Old Soul – Lens / Emerald
Outlaws – Lady In Waiting
Patsy Cline – Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits
Stevie Wonder – Fulfillingness’ First Finale
Stevie Wonder – Talking Book

Ted Nugent – Cat Scratch Fever
Various – Pure Dynamite
Various – The Sounds of ‘73
Various – Twistin’ Time
Zärtliche Lieder – Emotions