Tonight at Black Sheep: Lume, Pretend I’m Not There, Krelboyne, Blue Parks


There is a show happening tonight at Black Sheep! It is the last day of March and tomorrow is the first day of April if that means anything. Tonight we have returning friends Lume from Chicago who have been here a good number of times and played here last in the fall for Our Lady’s final show. You can stream some of their music on the player below. Then we have a rare full-band version of the B.J. Pearce ambient project Pretend I’m Not There. Don’t miss a surely powerful performance from them. Before that once again we have Krelboyne who also performed here last month for our Valentine’s Day show. There has been a slight change the the lineup since we’ve announced things- Drained from Peoria had to drop the bill. 😦 Sorry. Opening things up is a solo performance by Blue Parks of the band Pryss.

This show starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $6. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at everything else coming up at Black Sheep this spring.


Nefarious Cloud: “Off Dat” (Music Video)

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Today we are bringing you a new hit music video, and another video shot in our own neighborhood of Southtown Springfield by local hip hop artist “Nefarious Cloud“. The video is for the song “Off Dat” and was actually shot inside Southtown’s own Boof City Skate Shop. Very cool. Check out the video embedded below.

The video was produced by Kabass who will be performing at the Black Sheep “Galactic Vibrations” electronic show coming up here on Friday, April 7th. More info on that one right here. Check out more Springfield band music videos on our vids/pics page.

April 8th at Black Sheep: Ashland, Sidelined, Welcome Home, Unamused Dave, Avoid, Shoot The Messanger, Gadget


Gosh dangit, we have a show here on Saturday, April 8th with seven whole bands. This one is being called “springing into 2017” or something. For this one we have the band Welcome Home on tour from St. Louis. We will be welcoming them to Springfield. Check out their music on the player below. We have a good number of bands from out of town from the Central Illinois area on this show. This also includes “Unamused Dave” from Peoria. We are unamused at that band name, Dave. Also we have “Avoid” from somewhere around here (that band is really hard to search for on google to find their music)!! Also “Shoot The Messenger” from Tinley Park, Illinois. Then this show also has a few bands familiar to the Black Sheep stage. We have Ashland from somewhere around here who last played here in October. Also Sidelined who played the last Ashland show and again at Black Sheep another time since then. Last band we have to list off is Gadget from Decatur. We are not sure the order those bands will be playing!

This show will start at 6:00 pm sharp 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 what else is going on this spring at Black Sheep right here.

Abyss: Dreadnought EP


Today we are bringing you a stream of some hot new Springfield metal music coming from local band Abyss. This is the band’s brand new EP- Dreadnought which includes five tracks and was released at their recent Black Sheep show here earlier this month. You can stream the EP on the player below. Also head over to the band’s bandcamp page where you can download the album at your own price.

Abyss currently do not have any other shows lined up at Black Sheep. You can check out a nice written review on their March 11th release show right here.

Dumb Fe5t Band Announcement #2


We’re just going to jump into another ten bands announced for Dumb Fest #5 this afternoon, shoot why not. You ready for THIS? Here are ten more bands playing DUMB FE5T happening in Springfield June 9th, 10th, and 11th:

Perverts Again (Cleveland, Ohio)
Tigress (Chicago, Illinois)
Prom Nite (Toronto, Ontario)
It’s Me: Ross (Columbia, Missouri)
Black Thumb (Appleton, Wisconsin)
Nagasaki (Springfield, Illinois)
Reduced To Instinct (Bloomington, Illinois)
Dream Probe (Champaign, Illinois)
Substance (Houston, Texas)
GRINN (Springfield, Illinois)

There you have it. This brings us to a total of 20 bands announced for the big fest, with 30 more bands to be announced. We will be updating the Dumb Fest 5 facebook event and page on our site later on tonight with a breakdown of which of those bands will be playing which days and some more details on location.

Stream some music by hit Cleveland, Ohio band Perverts Again on the player below.

April 7th at Black Sheep: “Galactic Vibrations” Electronic Show


Ready to hear about some more new things that we are trying out in Southtown? We’ve been upping the wide variety of shows at Black Sheep for the past few years with more hip hop, poetry, and art, as well as open mics, even theater performances, etc. We are ready to keep being open to new genres of shows with this electronic show at Black Sheep on Friday, April 7th! There are four acts lined up on the bill from around the area. At the top of the poster is “Hippie Squishers” from Peoria, Illinois. You can check out some of their music on the player embedded below. Then over from Decatur, Illinois we have “Vanilla Gorilla” who will be “DJing some of the freshest beats.” Before that is Hood E. Klimate, who also runs “Killinoize Productions”. Then from Springfield and possibly first up is “Kabass” who will probably bringing some of that bass.

This show of course is all ages (drug and alcohol free), will start at 7:00 pm and there will be a $7 cover. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep in the near future.

New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records


Are you ready to be hit with a long list of arrivals that are new this week at Southtown record store Dumb Records? (1107 South Grand Ave E.) This week there are tons upon tons of used LPs flying onto the shelves. We also have an art piece still temporarily on display in the store by the Teen & Poetry club at Lincoln Library. You can also expect a big announcement for Record Store Day 2017 to come from us very soon! Let’s take a look at Dumb Record’s operating hours this week and then get into what’s new:

Tuesday (today): noon – 8:00 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
Abba – The Visitors
ACDC – Back In Black
ACDC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
ACDC – Highway To Hell
Aerosmith – Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits
Air Supply – Greatest Hits
Al Jarreau – Jarreau
Al Kooper / Shuggie Otis – Kooper Session
America – Your Move
The Animals – Animalization
The Art of Noise – In Visible Silence
Asia – Astra
Atlanta Rhythm Section – Third Annual Pipe Dream
Atomic Rooster – Death Walks Behind You
The Babys – Union Jacks
The Baldknobbers – At Home
Blood Red – Seize You
Bob James – Touchdown
Bobby Vinton – Please Love Me Forever
The Boomtown Rats – Mondo Bongo
Boots Randolph – Sweet Talk
Cat Mother – Cat Mother
The Chamber Brothers – The Chamber Brothers’ Greatest Hits
Cheap Trick – All Shook Up
Christine McVie – Christine McVie
Chuck Mangione – The Best of Chuck Mangione
Clark Terry – The Happy Horns of Clark Terry
Climax Blues Band – FM / Live
Climax Blues Band – Shine On
Crosby, Stills, & Nash – Daylight Again
Culture Club – Miss Me Blind
The Daisy Dillman Band – The Daisy Dillman Band
Dave Mason – Alone Together
Dave Mason – Old Crest On A New Wave
David Soul – David Soul
Dizzy Gillespie – Have Trumpet, Will Excite!
Duane Allman – An Anthology
Eddie Harris – The Electrifying Eddie Harris
Elton John – A Single Man
Elton John – Greatest Hits Volume II
Elton John – Ice On Fire
Elton John – Leather Jackets
Elton John – Victim Of Love
Eric Clapton – At His Best
Fleetwood Mac – Mystery To Me
Glen Campbell – At The Royal Festival Hall
Greg Kihn Band – Kihnspiracy
Harry Chapin – On The Road To Kingdom Come
Howard Jones – Dream Into Action
Jacksons – Victory
The Jeff Lorber Fusion – Wizard Island
Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
Jethro Tull – Repeat: The Best of Jethro Tull
Jimmy Buffet – Living And Dying in ¾ Time
Joni Mitchell – Mingus
Kansas – Two For The Show
KC & The Sunshine Band – Part 3
Keith Jarrett – Backhand
Keith Jarrett – Birth
Keith Jarrett – The Survivors’ Suite
Kenny Loggins – Alive
King Crimson – Discipline
The Kinks – The Great Lost Kinks Album
The Kinks – State Of Confusion
KISS – Ace Frehley
Kitaro – The Light Of The Spirit
Kool & The Gang
Laura Branigan – Touch
Led Zeppelin – Coda
Leo Kottke – Mudlark
Little River Band – Greatest Hits
Loggins & Messina – The Best of Friends
Mama Cass – Mama’s Big Ones
Maynard Ferguson – M.F. Horn | 3
Melissa Manchester – Hey Ricky
Michael Feinstein – Pure Gershwin
The Moody Blues – The Other Side of Life
The Mothers – Fillmore East June 1971
Mountain – Flowers of Evil
Paul Kantner – Planet Earth Rock And Roll Orchestra
Paul McCartney – Tug of War
Pete Fountain – Plenty of Pete
Richard Marx – Richard Marx
Rick Astley – Whenever You Need Somebody
Rickie Lee Jones – Pirates
The Romantics – Strictly Personal
Romeo Void – Instincts
Sheena Easton – Sheena Easton
Sheena Easton – You Could Have Been With Me
Speedy Keen – Y’Know Wat I Mean?
Stanley Black And His Orchestra – Music of Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin
Steve Martin – A Wild And Crazy Guy
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Times Square – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various – Europa Jazz
Various – Lullabies of Birdland