March 5th at The Radon Lounge: Edward + Jane, Alex & The XO’s, Kneller


The next show happening at Springfield house venue The Radon Lounge is actually this Sunday, March 5th in less than one week. The creative basement space is mixing things up once again and will this time be featuring the paintings of a local artist – Amanda Greive up on their walls on display, and also some Baklava goodness from local restaruant Yanni’s Gyros. In addition to all of that of course there will be some music bands performing. This includes “Eward + Jane“- a touring duo from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Also playing this one is Alex & The XOs from Bloomington, Illinois. We actually have some of their music streaming on the player below. The third act on the bill here is “Kneller” – a new indie rock band in Springfield that we know nothing about!

Check out a facebook event for this show right here. Things are kicking off Sunday at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. If you don’t know where The Radon is, you better look into their website and ask them! Also check out our Springfield shows page for a list we try to keep updated of shows happening in town outside of Black Sheep.


Opposite Good: “1”


Today we bring you a stream of another one of the first releases to come out of Springfield in 2017. This is the debut of a project called “Opposite Good” which is an ambient solo project of Vincent Sgro. You can find the three-track release called streaming on the player below. Also head over to Opposite Good’s bandcamp page to download the tracks at your own price.

Vincent performed at our open mic inside Dumb Records last night and currently does not have any more shows lined up at Black Sheep as far as we know. Stay tuned for more Opposite Good shows. Stay up to date on all of the Springfield music that has come out this year and previous years at our big album archive page.

March 3rd at Black Sheep: Falter, Pryss, Burdened, Thieves, Nagasaki


Here’s a show we just haven’t quite made an official announcement for yet on our site but it is coming up quick and it is going to be a big one. This upcoming Friday, March 3rd we have Falter returning to Black Sheep from Milwaukee for the first time since their crushing performance at the first day of Dumb Fest 4-Ever this past summer. They will be bringing the hardcore, and bringing it hard. Check out some of Falter’s music on the player below. Also on this show we have Springfield heavy hitting punk band Pryss. Also Burdened from Chicago will be performing, and so will Thieves – both bands have performed at Black Sheep a few years back. Opening things up we will have Nagasaki getting the crowd rowdied up.

This show will be starting at 7:00 pm and admission is $7. It’s our only show happening next weekend! 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 other shows are coming up at Black Sheep in the near future.

The Springfield Business Journal: “Hope For a Bright Future”


Looking at the cover, most of you wouldn’t think that the cover of the Springfield Business Journal for the month of March 2017 has anything to do with what we are doing at Black Sheep or Dumb Records. The headline is “Hope For A Bright Future” and has a photo of Clavin Pitts who is director of a new Southtown-based business called South Town Training Center. Calvin has been hard at work renovating two buildings located at 1124 and 1122 South Grand Ave East, right across the street from Dumb Records and right next door to Walch’s Stained Glass Studio for close to a year now. From the article:

Inside a nondescript brick building in Springfield’s South Town business district, a wall covered with clear acrylic instead of drywall illustrates various tools and electrical wiring standards. Between the wooden studs, next to lineman pliers and a conduit bender, are inspirational messages about leadership and discipline.

Calvin Pitts built the wall as a teaching aid inside his South Town Training Center, which he’s opening this year as a space dedicated to offering construction training for people who might not have any other opportunity for a career. It’s an expansion of work Pitts started four years ago, providing job training and a healthy dose of hope. Soon, his students will learn skills such as solar panel installation and radon testing and mitigation through partnerships with other Springfield organizations.

Check out the full Springfield Business Journal online right here. The South Town Training Center’s program is set to be in full effect this spring as they are putting finishing touches on getting the buildings ready. It is certainly great to see new businesses popping up in our neighborhood!

Dumb Records Open Mic Tonight


Would you look at that, our second ever open mic night to take place inside of Dumb Records is happening tonight! The lineup for it is stacked to the brim too- and features a wide variety of bands, solo performers, and even a film premier. That’s right. Let’s take a look at the lineup which starts at 7:00 pm:

9:45-10:00 – Nighthawk’s DEBUT feature film
9:30-9:45 – Rashann J Ford
9:15-9:30 – Keller Carter Walsh Trio
9:00-9:15 – Bradford Walsh
8:45-9:00 – Bernie Flesch
8:30-8:45 – Opposite Good
8:15-8:30 – (open)
8:00-8:15 – Ian Winterbauer
7:45-8:00 – Savv Sativa
7:30-7:45 – Eric Marvel
7:15-7:30 – Relativity
7:00-7:15 – Relativity

There you have it! 11 performances crammed into one night. If you would still like to perform on this open mic we encourage you to come out and talk to us- chances are one or two acts will drop from the lineup and we will make things work out.

Things start at the record store (1107 South Grand Ave East) tonight at 7:00 pm. There is also a 20% discount off of everything in the store during the open mic. The event itself of course is free. Check out a facebook event right here. Also check out our shows page for a list of everything coming up in Southtown right here.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Wabeno Rock Farm, Starlorde, Kowabunga! Kid, The Suction Cups


Yes, it’s real. Tonight will be a show for the truest of the weirdos featuring the one and only mythical and legendary weirdo rock band Wabeno Rock Farm from Harrison, Wisconsin. Listen to their newest album streaming on the player below. This show will be all sorts of fun. We also have the intergalactic super space band Starlorde on the bill. Before them is a return of our friends Kowabunga! Kid from Champaign-Urbana. And opening things up tonight we actually have The Suction Cups, who are also from somewhere out of this world.

This tonight all starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $7. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a list of all the other shows we have coming up at Black Sheep.


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.