October 2nd at Black Sheep: Looming (Album Release), Screaming Females, Street Eaters, Choir Vandals


Oh, we have been holding back BIG TIME for a minute on telling you all about this one just to make sure all of our ducks are in a row for this big announcement. On Monday, October 2nd we have what could easily end up being the first sold out show in Black Sheep history – we have Looming making another appearance for the album release of their second full length album “Seed” and also the return of SCREAMING FEMALES from New Brunswick, New Jersey since their spectacular appearance at Black Sheep in the Spring of 2015. Check out music from Screaming Females on the player below. Check out the first single from the Looming album Seed (the song is called “Down”) right here. This time around Screaming Females will be on tour with the band Street Eaters from Berkley, California. Then Looming have their friends in Choir Vandals in town to open up the show. Choir Vandals also performed at the Looming album release show for Nailbiter along with Park at Black Sheep two years ago.

This will be a very big show. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. If you would like to go, you really really should get your ticket in advance to guarantee you have a spot. Tickets are for sale online right here and also inside Dumb Records during store hours. This show will start at 6:30 pm, doors at 6:00 pm. Find a facebook event for the show right here. And of course check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this fall.


NPR Illinois: B.J. Pearce On Black Sheep Cafe


Rachel Otwell and WUIS / NPR Illinois is continuing a series on The Black Sheep right now after our statement on the current state of the venue last week and Rachel’s reflection piece that soon followed. Yesterday on nprillinois.org they featured a piece written by Black Sheep co-owner B.J. Pearce as his reflection on things and also an in-depth look at bands that B.J. has been involved with and his experience setting up shows at the venue. You can check out that full entry right here. From B.J.’s piece:

Little did I know it was a Metal show. I remember the graffiti, I remember circle (mosh)pits, and I remember that I stood against a wall and was blown away by what I saw. Everything about the show made me yearn for more. I could barely keep up with what band was playing I was so overwhelmed. In the midst of my show viewing, the people I came to Springfield with left. I had to walk down the street to Moto Mart or whatever gas station was there at the time and beg for change to call my parents. My mother came and picked me up at 12:45 A.M. I knew I was grounded but there would be nothing that kept me from going back again.

Stay tuned for more pieces on The Black Sheep coming! Also stay tuned for more info on a roundtable meeting we will be hosting sometime in the early days of September to further discuss the continuation of our venue in this new era.

Videos: RASH at Black Sheep 7-22-17

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Today we bring you a video of the Chicago-based hardcore band RASH performing at Black Sheep earlier this summer on July 22nd. Check out that video on the player below. The show was also with bands Stick People and Undone. Also find some of RASH’s recorded music right here.

Find a good amount of videos and photos taken over the years at Black Sheep on our vids/pics page.

New Band Pages: Glower


Good morning everyone and welcome to a brand new week! Today we are bringing you a new band page for the new Springfield project Glower. (Not pronounced “Glow” – er, but instead that “ow” as in “ow!” or “cow”, you know?). This new Springfield duo features Kristin Walker and Kate Ridge (pictured above), and sounds like they have also recently added a drummer as a third member. To find out more about the band as well as a link to some demos, check out their band page right here. Glower do not have any shows currently lined up, but be on the lookout very soon.

Check out any of our 55+ current Springfield band pages on our site right here. Do you play in a Springfield band that has not yet set up a band page with us? We would love to hear from you! Send us an email to blacksheepspringfield@gmail.com and we will work with you to set something up.

September 9th at Laser House: Victor Villareal (Cap’n Jazz), Sleeping Cranes, Johari Idusuyi


Today we have a rare Springfield house show coming up to tell you about. No, this one is not at The Radon Lounge, this time around it’s at Laser House – another house venue that occasionally puts on living room shows. This one is happening on Saturday, September 9th. You can expect this one to be indie-rock of sorts – it features headlining act Victor Villareal who performed in iconic emo / indie bands Cap’n Jazz, Joan of Arc, and Owls. Check out Victor’s newest solo material streaming on the player below. This show also features the work of local poet Johari Idusuyi. Then opening things up is an act familiar to Laser House and that is Sleeping Cranes currently based out of St. Louis.

This show starts over at Laser House at 8:00 pm, and admission is $10. Seating is limited! If you wish to inquire about the address or other details, email laserhouse217@gmail.com. Find a facebook event right here.

Dumb Records Open Mic Tonight


Yes, how amazing. The only thing we have going on this weekend in Southtown is tonight! And that’s an open mic taking place at Dumb Records, starting at 6:45. We have a pretty full schedule lined up with three remaining open slots to be claimed by anyone who shows up in the store tonight:

10:15-10:30 Pretend I’m Not There
9:45-10:15 (open, to be claimed at the show)
9:30-9:45 Chance Knight
9:15-9:30 New Hart
9:00-9:15 Hannah Songer
8:45-9:00 (open, to be claimed at the show)
8:30-8:45 Eric Marvel
8:15-8:30 Nighthawk
8:00-8:15 AJ Francis
7:45-8:00 Nefarious Cloud
7:30-7:45 Kristin Walker
7:15-7:30 Marquice YQ Barbour
7:00-7:15 (open, to be claimed at the show)
6:45-7:00 The Southtown Omni-Rhythms

Find a facebook event for that one right here. Things will kick off right at 6:45, and the event is free. We will have a donation jar set up for The Black Sheep in the store. Also everything for sale is 20% off! Nice. Check out our shows page for a better look at what else is coming up this fall right here.

Illinois Times Best of 2017 Nominee Voting (Now Until September 3rd)


It’s that time of year again. The Illinois Times has now launched the nominee voting for their “Best of Springfield” poll for 2017. Now is your chance to nominate all of your favorite local businesses, bands, musicians, and people for a chance to make it to the next round of voting. Nominee voting goes from now until September 3rd. You can check that out online right here.

The Black Sheep would likely be in the running for “best small live music venue” if we make it on to the next round. Southtown Sound and Dumb Records don’t seem to fit into any categories this year. Perhaps Southtown Sound could go for “best new business (open within the last 12 months) not downtown”?

Actual voting for the IT Best Of’s will go from September 14th through October 1st. The results will then be released in the issue of The Illinois Times on October 26th. We do our own “Best of Local Music” on our site at the very end of the year.