Stick People: “Lips”


Today we bring you a stream of Stick People‘s five-song release Lips, recorded right here in our neighborhood at Southtown Sound. Check out those tracks streaming below. Also head over to the Stick People bandcamp page to download the songs. Physical copies of this will be available at Dumb Records very soon! Also if you have not yet seen the music video to the second track “Lips” – be sure to go check it out right here.

Stick People do not have any shows currently lined up at Black Sheep! How about that!


Black Sheep Band Lotto 2017 Band Drawings



Good morning all of you wonderful listeners, and welcome back to our program! This past weekend at Black Sheep along with it being our 12 year anniversary show, was also the drawing for our annual Black Sheep Band Lotto. We feel it appropriate to release the names that have been drawn into each band – we had a whole 39 people put their names into the box this year, which means we will have 9 bands (some with 5 members, some with 4). We apologize greatly in advance for all of the spelling errors here:

Ryan Kane
Liam Coffey
Parsheika / Sonyah
Devon Fluelen

Kate Laine
Clare Frachey
Kristin Walker
Drew Kodrich
Audra McClure

Dominic Fallin
Eric Parker
Chaz Davis
Lance Morgan
Dylan Bennett

Jamie McKenzie
Ted Keylon
Alexandra Beecher
Mel Brayner
Rachel Stivers

Devin Larson
Carter Bibb
Kyle Noonan
Danny Kerwin

BJ Pearce
Cassie Crawford
Tyler Nelson
Gary Swaggerty

Nyr / Dogfood
Milk Tirehaus
Tony Colantino
Noah Faingold

James Dambacher
Brian Galecki
Mike Butler
Mario Cannamela

Johnny Tsakanikas
Eli Newman
Blake Durbin

There you have it – nine new bands that all have two months to get together and form a band to play one show on Saturday, November 18th. Will they all pull it off? Tune in next time to find out!

Find a facebook event for band lotto 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.

Photos: Black Sheep 12 Year Anniversary


Today we bring you a few photos from our 12 year anniversary show we had for Black Sheep this past weekend! We could not have asked for a better turnout, crowd, or vibes from this year’s reunion show. Thank you to all who came out! Bands Bottom Bracket and Stick People both performed their release shows. Prowess performed with an exercise machine from the future on the stage. Check out a few of those photos below, and head over to our “12 Year Anniversary Show” album on flickr to view them all.

Also head over to our vids/pics page to see more photos from over the 12 years at Black Sheep.




Benjii Vinze: “Zarter Zeven Anthem” (Music Video)

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Today we bring you a hot new Springfield music video (shot all over Springfield) by local hip hop artist Benjii Vince. This music video was shot and edited by Jayy Wills Ent., who is a close neighbor to Southtown and Dumb Records. The video is for Benjii’s song “Zarter Zeven Anthem” and you can find it on the player below. As seen pictured above, the opening scene is shot inside and directly outside of Dumb Records.

Check out more Springfield music videos show over the years on our vids/pics page.

The Station: “Head On Tomorrow”


Today we bring you new Springfield music from a local band that has not performed inside Black Sheep but they are still local and making original music! This is Springfield funk / rock / jam band The Station – who just released a full length album called Head On Tomorrow. You can check that out in its entirety streaming below. Head over to the band’s bandcamp page where you can purchase the download of the full album as well.

We have been trying to keep tracking all of the Springfield albums, EPs and demos released this year on our album archive page. It is tough to keep up!

September 29th at The Radon Lounge: David Dondero, Liz Fritz, MJT, The Woodland Brush


Sure, we’ve already announced that we will be hosting a free show at Black Sheep on this night but that doesn’t mean we can’t tell you about the other options you have for live music in this town. On Friday, September 29th The Radon Lounge will be hosting their next show featuring some real nice *chill* music and art. This one will feature national touring act David Dondero, playing some folk music. Check out some of David’s music on the player below. The Radon also has local musician Liz Fritz lined up for this one. Then “MJT” which is an indie-rock duo from Lincoln, Illinois believe it or not. The Radon Lounge continues to bring the art to the show space this time by featuring the work of Emily Barnett of The Woodland Brush.

This show will start at 7:00 pm over at The Radon Lounge and admission is $5. (Sorry, the one at Black Sheep starts at the same time). If you don’t know where The Radon Lounge is, you can inquire on their website. Check out a facebook event for this show right here. Also be sure to check out our Springfield shows page, which isn’t at all up to date right now.

September 27th at Black Sheep: Clothing Swap + Reggae DJ


After our last roundtable meeting earlier this month bringing up many that had ideas and suggestions as far as what they want to see or help book at our space, we are taking some things on different from the regular ol’ show. On Wednesday, September 27th we will be holding a clothing swap inside of Black Sheep. This will be paired up with a DJ night of sorts by Jim Whitehead of Animals With Human Names who will be playing all of his favorite reggae cuts off of vinyl. Here’s an explanation of the clothing swap from a facebook event:

Beyond being economical, eco-friendly, and an excuse to clean out your closet, a swap party is a great time to make new friends and find new threads! Please bring clean goods in gently used condition this includes clothes, shoes, books, bags and jewelry. Guests should also come with an extra tote bag for carting home their finds.

Admission for this is $5 – bring five bucks and whatever stuff you would like to submit to the swamp, and then you can just go inside and take whatever you like! Pretty cool. This is happening that night from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Check out a facebook event right here. Also check our shows page for all of the events coming up inside Black Sheep this fall.