This Sunday at Black Sheep: Starlorde, Maniac, Sex Ray Vision, Medussa, Magma Diver


Uh oh, we sure are falling behind on our show announcements but we promise to be back on top of things this summer starting now! Get ready for an incredibly busy July starting with this big weekend of shows at Black Sheep. After the big reunion night tomorrow at Black Sheep, we’ve got a pretty big punk and hardcore show happening this upcoming Sunday night, July 2nd. Food & Money will also be playing with another reuniting Springfield band – Flock of Tooters – at The Curve Inn for an ages 21+ show that same night. For the punk show at Black Sheep we have a lineup which includes three touring bands. This includes the band Maniac from Massachusetts whose music you can find streaming on the player below. It’s out of control. Probably going last on this bill (and not touring) is the local space band Starlorde. Up before all of that we have two touring bands from Texas. That includes Sex Ray Vision from San Antonio, Texas and also “MedusSsa” also from San Antonio. Opening things up is the newer Central Illinois based hardcore band Magma Diver, who don’t currently have any music recorded.

This show starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $5 (wow that’s too dang cheap). Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this summer.


Stream 5 Songs From Food & Money LP


It doesn’t get much better than this folks, we tell you what. Today we are bringing you five hot tracks from the upcoming Food & Money (1979-1982) LP, which will be available for the first time ever at the show inside Black Sheep tomorrow night. The full record will be a collection of 21 songs from the band’s catalogue – some of which were recorded in 1980 and have never been released in any format. Below you can get a taste of the very first punk and new wave music to come out of right here in Springfield. Head over to the Alona’s Dream bandcamp page to stream all five songs that are currently available. Pictured above is a limited screen printed outer sleeve that will be going on the LPs available at the show. You can expect the record to be available at Dumb Records following this weekend of reunion shows.

The show tomorrow at Black Sheep kicks off at 7:00 pm and features two huge Springfield reunions – Food & Money and also Backwards Day. Check out the Illinois Times cover story this week on those two bands right here. More information on the show tomorrow can be found right here.

Today on Black Sheep Radio: Backwards Day


After missing out on an episode last week due to The Livin’ Thing band being out on the road, The Black Sheep Radio Show is back this week with a brand new and exciting episode! With a tremendous reunion show happening at Black Sheep tomorrow with two bands from Springfield’s past, we will be in the studio live today chatting it up with the band Backwards Day, who was active 1988 – 1994 and has some members coming across a few states to play this weekend for the first time in decades. Backwards Day includes Jim Schniepp, Thaddeus Richmond, Timothy M. “Grumpy” Harte, and Scott Faingold (the last two also play in the active Springfield band Epsom). Listen to our show today to hear us talk to the band about what we can expect at their big reunion show tomorrow, and also their experience as a band in Springfield in the late 80’s / early 90’s. We’ll also be playing some of the band’s recorded music of course.

The Black Sheep Radio Show airs today and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. You can stream the show live on 88.3 WQNA fm and also online at Head over to our radio page for a few downloadable episodes of the past.

The Illinois Times: “Music Ties That Bind”


With two colossal punk / alternative & new wave bands from Springfield’s past reuniting this upcoming weekend at Black Sheep (Food & Money and Backwards Day) – Tom Irwin and The Illinois Times are commemorating the upcoming reunions by publishing a cover story this week with an in-depth look at the history of both bands and punk music in Springfield as a whole. The front page article is “Music Ties That Bind” – Generations of local punk and new wave musicians unite for a concert. The concert the article refers to of course is this Saturday at Black Sheep with Food & Money, Backwards Day, Livin’ Thing, and Spellbreaker and includes punk music coming from four? five? different decades in Springfield from the 1970’s to the present. From the article:

Springfield has gone through four periods of what rock music genre critics named “punk/new wave/alternative,” a style created to disturb the status quo of contemporary popular music. Our first era coincided with the appearance of “punk” on the national and international stage, when, in the mid-to-late 1970s, after a period of easy listening hits and progressive rock meanderings, pop music seemed ripe for a change. Local musicians in town reacted to this music revolution by forming bands such as Food & Money, The Strand/Condition 90, Bad Cake, Bux da Hoota, Nervous Soldier, Will To Dance and NIL8, plus many more.

You can pick up a copy of The Illinois Times at various local businesses around town including Dumb Records, or check out the full online article right here. The rest of the article includes a look at different waves of punk music in Springfield, more photos, and more.

Food & Money (1979-1982) and Backwards Day (1988-1994) will be reuniting this Saturday at Black Sheep. For more info on the show you can go right here. Food & Money also have an LP of unreleased material coming out for this reunion released by Alona’s Dream Records. Check out one of the songs from that LP streaming below.

Black Sheep Fest 2017 August 5th at Black Sheep


Happy first day of summer! With it being the summer solstice and all right now, we feel it to be pretty appropriate today for us to announce our other summer festival – Black Sheep Fest happening this year on Saturday, August 5th. This will actually be the tenth Black Sheep Fest we have put on at Black Sheep, with the first one being three days in 2008! Check out that lineup – 15 or so acts that are all local to Springfield:

BHS (Reunion)

That’s right this year the fest features another reunion and that is the old Springfield pop punk group BHS (Banana Hammock Soldiers), who were active some years before Black Sheep was even around. Also we are crossing our fingers on the new project of Brandon Carnes – “Night Night Boy” being able to perform.

Black Sheep Fest this year will start at 3:00 pm and admission is $10. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. We also just updated our shows page a bit – check that out right here.

Tours: Livin’ Thing + Dream Probe


Starting as early as yesterday, two Central Illinois punk bands who also just got done playing Dumb Fe5t – Livin’ Thing and Dream Probe are heading out on tour for ten days or so. The bands will be performing together most of these dates. The Livin’ Thing tour dates (starting today) are as follows:

*6/21 – BLOOMINGTON, IN @ KROGER CASTLE w/ Skull Cult, Doozie
6/23 – MADISON, WI @ MICKEY’S TAVERN w/ The Hussy, Juiceboxxx, Screwtape
*6/24 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ SEWARD COMMUNITY CAFE w/ Neotypes, Brendan Wells Plant Music
*6/25 – MILWAUKEE, WI @ QUARTER’S ROCK N’ ROLL PALACE w/ Nuclear Family, Future Mark, Law/Less
*6/26 – DES MOINES, IA @ THE FREMONT w/ The Sleepover, This Curse Divine
*6/27 – OMAHA, NE @ THE WEST WING w/ BiB, Justified Aggression
7/1 – SPRINGFIELD, IL @ BLACK SHEEP w/ Food & Money, Backwards Day, Spellbreaker

And of course the last date listed above is right here at Black Sheep on Saturday, July 1st for the big reunion show of all reunion shows – with Food & Money, Backwards Day, Livin’ Thing, and Spell Breaker.

Check out a facebook event for this big summer tour right here. Stream Dream Probe’s new demo on the player below.

Dumb Fe5t Photos (Days 2 & 3) by Veronica Mullen


The content does not get much better than this! Today we are coming at you hot with a fresh batch of many photos from Dumb Fe5t which was already 10 days ago at this point (wow). We now have uploaded a little over 200 photos total all taken by official pro photographer Veronica Mullen. Check out all of those photos:

On the Dumb Fest facebook page right here.
On our flickr page right here.

In addition to all of those photos, you can also check out videos of the full set of almost every band that played Dumb Fest taken by Gordon Chang of Macomb Events youtube channel right here. Then we have another close to 100 photos of Dumb Fest from Panoptic Photography right here.

Nice! Thank you to Gordon, AJ, and Veronica for all of these photos and videos and thank you once again to everyone who helped make Dumb Fest possible this year. We’ll be back hopefully later tonight with some news on Black Sheep Fest later this summer!