Tours: Small Man


Earlier this past summer a new project from both Springfield and Tornonto, Canada called “Small Man” was born and a demo was released under Prescience Tapes. This week this “Small Man” band will be performing their first ever shows, and even going on a week long tour. Unfortunately none of these shows are in Springfield or anywhere too close! This special international lineup of The Small Man features members of bands Mace, Asthma, Soap Scum, and Baghead (with members from Springfield, Toronto, and Hattiesburg). Here is what cities they will be stopping through starting on Tuesday:

10.17 – Kansas City, MO
10.18 – Oklahoma City, OK
10.19 – Denton, TX
10.20 – Hattiesburg, MS
10.21 – Birmingham, AL
10.22 – Lexington, KY

The last date in Lexington, Kentucky is Dispuppy Fest where other Springfield bands Livin’ Thing and Pryss will also be performing. Good luck to the Small Man out there!


Black Sheep Battle of The Bands Tonight


Tonight! It’s our annual Black Sheep Battle of the Bands, which usually takes place in July but here we are in October. This event is incredibly important for us in welcoming a new generation of bands and musicians to our space. Tonight we have six whole acts that are completely new to the Black Sheep stage, starting at 6:00 pm. Here are those bands along with a projected schedule for the night:

9:40 – Puff Puff Poseidon
8:55 – Master Bastard
8:20 – Coop De Grace
7:40 – Rockford
7:00 – 13LISS
6:30 – Hannah Songer
6:00 – Niko Robledo

*note set times may not be exact!

There you have it – a few full bands and a few solo projects all of which have not yet performed at Black Sheep. This again all starts tonight at Black Sheep at 6:00 pm. Admission is $5 for those not playing. Also our panel of judges tonight includes Kyle Noonan (Southtown Sound), Jessica Knight, Nick Demarco (Looming), and DJ Tariq! Two prizes will be awarded tonight to two winning acts – a crowd voted winner will receive a slot on our Black Sheep Holiday Show happening later on in December. The winner from the judges panel will receive a free recorded demo at Southtown Sound.

Find a facebook event for tonight right here. Also check out our shows page for a good look at everything else coming up this fall at Black Sheep.

October 28th Downtown Springfield Halloween Parade: Livin’ Thing & Pineapple RNR Play on Moving Dumb Records Elephant Float


After our first ever show for plants was a huge success last night, we are continuing to embark on turning your typical rock n’ roll show inside out and break all of the standard rules on what a “gig” truly is. Tonight we are announcing the first ever MOVING GIG with bands Livin’ Thing and Pineapple Rock N’ Roll from St. Louis. Bands will be performing on a moving float on Saturday, October 28th as part of the first ever downtown Springfield Halloween Parade. Pineapple RNR feature members of Lumpy & The Dumpers, The Wad, and more. Check out some of their music below. The float will be powered by (or pulled by) Milestshirts, and will also be followed by some representation from Boof City Skate Shop. You can maybe expect some music thrown in there from Nighthawk or Gary & The Omnichords. Flier done by Connor, age 9.

Thank you to The Parent Place for allowing us this opportunity. You can find a facebook event for their downtown Halloween Parade right here. The parade will be going from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on 5th and 6th streets downtown. There will be candy, and we will be giving out plenty of Dumb Records tattoos. Find our facebook event for this moving show right here. That same night is also Hobgob at Bar None – starting at 9:00 pm.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Brendan Wells Plant Music, Plants With Human Names, Emasculate Regression, Rella


Tonight is a very special night. Tonight will feature a show unlike any other show before at Black Sheep. That is because this show, is not for us humans. It is for the plants. That’s right, music for plants. A concert for plants. Plants. Tonight we have Brendan Wells Plant Music coming from Minneapolis, Minnesota. What is that? It is music for plants. Have a listen on the player below. We also have hip hop project “Plants with Human Names“, formerly “Animals with Human Names”. Emasculate Regression is also performing a special farm sounds set for this show. Before that is solo project of Clare Frachey, “Rella.” And opening things up we have Brian Galecki goofing off on the omnichord.

This show will start at 7:00 pm. Here is the big kicker – the show is $7, BUT if you bring your own *living* plant, the show is $3. So bring your plants! 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 this fall.

October 20th at Black Sheep: Poets, Artists & Storytellers – Take 2


Back in June we hosted a night called “Poets, Arists & Storytellers” at Black Sheep. Well, now on Friday, October 20th we have another one of those coming up! The Poetry Fight Club event that was held in Black Sheep this Friday was a good one too, we are happy to do what we can to support a growing and thriving poetry scene here in Springfield!

The lineup for this event is more of an open-mic format. Everyone comes and pays a $5 admission, and the floor is open to any poets, artists, or storytellers who would like to perform as far as we know. There is 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 in Southtown this fall.

Evan Mitchell: “Busted Cigarette”

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Taylorville American solo one man band artist Evan Mitchell has done gone country! Earlier this fall Evan dropped his first country music single called “Busted Cigarette.” The tune comes from an upcoming full length country album by Evan, which we may have more info for you on soon. You can check out “Busted Cigarette” on the youtube player embedded below.

Evan Mitchell does not have any shows lined up in town right now as far as we can tell.

October 19th at Dumb Records: Holy Gallows, P.I.N.T., Jeff Williams, Glower


Let’s not get behind on our show announcements! The next show happening inside of Dumb Records is coming up fairly quick- this one will be on Thursday, October 19th. It features the touring ambient project Holy Gallows from Memphis, Tennessee. Check out Holy Gallows music on the player below. We also have local solo ambient project inspired by Holy Gallows himself, Pretend I’m Not There on the bill. We also have a solo performance by Jeff Williams, local artist and frontman for long running punk band NIL8. Jeff’s solo set is always a treat. Opening things up we have a newer Springfield project featuring Kate Ridge and Kristin Walker of various other projects. Their new group is called Glower.

This show starts inside the record store at 7:00 pm. Admission is $5. Find 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 in Southtown this fall.