Pryss: “Sisyphus”


Today we bring you the second release from Springfield hardcore band Pryss, who are just now returning from a week long tour around “Everything Is Not Okay” Festival in Oklahoma City. Their newest release is a five-track cassette entitled Sisyphus which you can find streaming below. Cassettes are being released by Ooey Gooey Tapes and will be available inside Dumb Records soon. Check out the release streaming below. Also head over to the Ooey Gooey bandcamp page to purchase the release for $666.00.

Pryss do not have any shows currently lined up at Black Sheep, but stay tuned for more Pryss shows in the future.




The Illinois Times: “Radical Theater Pushes Boundaries”


We are excited to see more of our friends make it big to The Illinois Times once again- this time there is an article inside this week’s issue focusing on The Absurdist’s People Theatre – a newer DIY Theater Troupe based out of Springfield. Those of you may remember the theater troupe puttin gon a few performances of the play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe” inside Black Sheep this past summer. They are now gearing up for their second round of performances for the play “Gem of the Ocean” by August Wilson to happen at some point later this year inside of Black Sheep.

Self-described by founder and director Alex Martin as “DIY rogue theater,” Springfield’s  Absurdist People’s Theater Troupe would like nothing more than to shake things up in Springfield. “I went to Blackburn College and did theater for four years,” Martin said. “When I came back here to my home community and looked around at the different theater projects that were happening, I noticed that there wasn’t much of the kind of theater I’m interested in happening in the local theater community.” Instead of passively waiting for Springfield’s theater scene to change, Martin decided to create her own company. “I want to show people that there are other kinds of theater out there, instead of just the same musicals, the same plays again and again. I’d like to do plays that haven’t ever been produced here, newer stuff by newer playwrights.”

Check out the full article online right here, or pick up a copy of this week’s Illinois Times inside Dumb Records or other local businesses. Stay tuned on date announcements for “Gem of The Ocean” performances inside Black Sheep.

March 23rd at Black Sheep: Glued, Ragna Rye, Lincoln’s Tomb, Mystery Gift


Now that our Dumb Fest 5 date announcements are out of the way with band announcements coming up soon, time for us to get back on track announcing all of these other shows we have coming up this Spring! This one is actually the next show to be happening inside of Black Sheep on Thursday, March 23rd. This show will feature Glued – a rock band from St. Louis, Missouri the land of an arch. Stream some of their music on the player below. We also got the Americana blues folk duo Ragna Rye rocking the house for us all. Before that is the Springfield tourism themed band Lincoln’s Tomb. Opening things up we have a local act we have not seen in a hot minute and that is Mystery Gift.

This show will be starting at 7:00 pm and it’s a $5 show. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also check out our shows page for a good look at everything else coming up at Black Sheep this spring.