December 10th at Dumb Records, HISO Music, & Black Sheep: “Midwest Industry Insiders Conference”


It looks like and The Kick-It-Coalition are hard at work setting up a big event next weekend incorporating some Southtown spaces – Dumb Records and Black Sheep – as well as the new HISO Music Recording Studio. We are excited to be working with all of those different groups on this event, being called the “Midwest Industry Insiders Conference” geared more towards those interested in an inside look at the entertainment industry from a hip hop and R&B standpoint. The conference is going to be an all day thing with different events taking place at the different locations. Let’s take a look at what’s planned:

2:00 – 4:00 pm inside Dumb Records:
A panel discussion with some of the Midwest’s foremost authorities on entertainment business with topics such as, the pros and cons of major label record deals, how to fund a national tour, and how to properly own and distribute your music.

4:00 – 6:00 pm inside HISO Studios:
A listening and writing session with Gold Selling songwriters and recording artists, Da Twin Towerz who are responsible for co-writing Drake and Rihanna‘s hit single “Too Good”, plus have written for or collaborated with such artists as R. Kelly, Katy Perry, and French Montana, The session will include live feedback on local artist music as well as a chance to write and produce a new music.

7:00 – 10:00 pm at Black Sheep:
An artist showcase where fans and artists will catch a live performance from Da Twin Towerz plus performances from Trap Republic Records artists. Those artists who sign-up will perform a 6 minute set in front of our special guest judges or a chance to walk away with promotinal packages and an up to $500 cash prize! (Showcase slots are limited)

Wow, that’s a pretty packed day! Check out a facebook event with more info on how you can get involved right here. Looks like all of these events are open to the public. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at everything else coming up at Black Sheep and Dumb Records this winter.

Sammy & The Punk: “Alien Abduction”


Today we bring you some brand new Springfield music from the band “Sammy & The Punk.” Sammy & The Punk (the band) just released a killer full length album called Alien Abduction. It features ten tracks of hot rock and roll, which you can find streaming on the player below. Head over to the band’s bandcamp page to download the full album at your own price.

Sammy & The Punk do not have any shows lined up in Springfield right now as far as we can tell. You can check out a video of one of their last performances at Black Sheep right here.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Resilience – A Night of Poetry, Spoken Sentiment, and Music


Snow is in the air, the times are a changin’, and we are trying something a little new at Black Sheep tonight! Tonight we are hosting a special event in response to this years election results and other events going on in the world- it is being called Resilience: A Night of Poetry, Spoken Sentiment, and Music. This will be an event geared towards bringing together the voices of a variety of different communities that need to be heard in response to this year’s election results while incorporating various forms of expression, emotion and resilience. Here is what we have planned for the night:

9:30 and later: PRYSS and SHARK WEEK
8:30 – 9:30: block of hip hop and spoken word presented by 217Hiphop.comand Torch Tuesday at Bar None
+ performance by Mikey Hash
8:10: guest speaker Sam Johnson of KEEP It 200
8:00: spoken word by AJ Francis
7:00 – 8:00: an hour of poetry by Johari Id and more
6:30: guest speaker Stephen Houldsworth
6:00: opening + maybe songs by Jason Perry

We will also be taking donations for the following organizations:
Planned Parenthood
The Pheonix Center: Central Illinois LGBTQ Community Center
Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault
National Urban League
Standing Rock : Dakota Access Pipeline Donation Fund
The Task Force

As you can see, this show will start at 6:00 pm and likely go until around 10:30 pm. Check out a facebook event for this right here. Also of course check out our shows page for more happening at Black Sheep in the near future. This event will be FREE but we will be taking donations to various groups, charities, and organizations that may be needing help the most during these times.

Black Sheep Holiday Show December 23rd + Benefit for Southtown Sound


What’s this little Christmas surprise? Looks like Black Sheep is having a Holiday show this year afterall, and it’s going to be a great return of our friend Brandon Carnes and also a benefit for the new recording studio coming to Southtown – Southtown Sound. That’s right, for the Black Sheep holiday show this year we have Brandon performing as F///\\\M, whose music you can find streaming below. We also have the new hit Springfield indie/punk/pop band Attic Salt on the bill which we are excited about. Up before that is the incredible noise artist “Emasculate Regression.” Then opening things up we have the debut of a brand new Springfield band put together by Mario Cannamela- called “Roman Candle Drive By” or “Christmas Cannamela” or something like that.

This show will start at 7:00 pm and go quick so that some of us can get over to a NIL8 show happening at Bar None that night. Admission is $5 and a good portion of proceeds will be going towards with Southtown Sound kickstarter. Check out 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 at Black Sheep in the near future.

Eric Marvel: “Tom Fake”


Today we bring you a brand new hit track from Eric Marvel– the newer solo project of Eric Rogers of The Luzhin Defense. Eric recently performed as this new project inside Dumb Records for cassette store day. The new song is called “Tom Fake” and you can find it streaming below. Also head over to the Eric Marvel bandcamp page to download the song for $1 and to check out more of his music. There are no live Eric Marvel shows lined up as far as we know.

Tonight at Dumb Records: Doc Otis, Ragna Rye, Rabble Rouser Thing Band, Andy Krisak


It’s a rare show inside of our record store Dumb Records tonight as part of our busy weekend full os shows! Tonight we have a stellar folk / Americana show lined up for you ears. We have Doc Otis coming to play in the store tonight from St. Louis. You can check out their music streaming on the player below. We also have the two piece folk rock band from Springfield Ragna Rye performing- they were just recently featured on the last episode of The Studio Show. Then also from St. Louis rolling in we have the Rabble Rouser Thing Band. Opening things up we have solo acoustic performer Andy Krisak from the area.

For this show we are asking of donations of $5 to go to the touring acts. We also have a sale going on- 20% off everything in the store during the show! Check out a facebook event for all of that right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at everything coming up at Black Sheep and Dumb Records in the near future.

WUIS’s The Scene at Dumb Records: Spinning Tunes and Talking “Resilience”


WUIS’s weekly radio program “The Scene” focusing on art and music going on in Springfield and Champaign brought their setup into Dumb Records for this week’s episode and hosts Rachel and Scott sat down with Brian Galecki to talk about going ons in the Black Sheep community. This includes how the big downtown Christmas parade went, events coming up this weekend including a $1 show, a show inside Dumb Records, and our Resilience event happening Sunday.

Check out this week’s episode of The Scene online right here, or tune your radio to 91.9 fm to hear it play a couple of times throughout the day.

The Black Sheep Radio Show will also be back on air today normal time from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm.