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!


Tonight at Black Sheep: Moment 44, Stereo Static, Blind Social


Check it out we’ve got another show happening tonight. This one is just three bands kicking off at our spot at 7:00 pm. Tonight is actually the first Black Sheep show being set up by Bedrock 66 Live, so we are excited for that. Tonight we have the indie / alternative pop band Moment 44 coming to Black Sheep on tour from Ohio. That’s them pictured on the bottom right. You can also stream some of their music on the player below. Moment 44 will be joined by local support from two bands. We got Stereo Static rocking it on the stage tonight. Opening things up we have Blind Social bringing the jam rock.

That’s three bands, starting at 7:00 pm at Black Sheep for $5. Check out a facebook event for that one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at everything else we have lined up at Black Sheep this summer.

Today on Black Sheep Radio: Springfield Emojis


Oh heck yes, we are getting back into the groove of things over here and that means today is another exciting episode of The Black Sheep Radio Show! Our radio show will be back on air on it’s normal time of 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm. This week we have a special guest coming in, and that is TimWallin behind the newest local sensation – Springfield Emojis. Springfield Emojis is the new phone app created just for Springfield featuring cartoon versions of your favorite local celebs, monuments, parks, foods, and more. We’ll be talking to Tim about this new project and what to expect from it in the future.

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

Tonight at Black Sheep: Freddie Old Soul, Nefarious Cloud, Dooblavey, Swamp, Kabass


Here we are, ready for our first show at Black Sheep after Dumb Fest? We have the space cleaned up and back into shape, it will be nice having a *chill* hip hop show tonight where we don’t have bands loading gear in and out of the venue, right? This one tonight is presented by Coosh*t clothing, the hottest local clothing label with the most style. This show features some local hip hop, techno, dubstep, and more. We got “Freddie Old Soul” on the top of the list known as “The Queen of Cooshit” herself. Stream one of Freddie’s hot tracks on the player embedded below. Up before that we have the one and only Nefarious Cloud– the artist behind Cooshit himself. Then the show actually has an out of town hip hop artist – and that is Dooblavey from Chicago bringing some excellence. We have another Cooshit artist “Swamp” on board. Then from the Dubstep/EDM scene in town performing this show is “Kabass” who we also saw at Black Sheep earlier this spring. Looks like the show will also feature some special guests- Nighthawk and Blakk Rose.

This show will be starting at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. Check out a facebook event for this show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page where you can find a list of other events coming up in Southtown this summer.

Photos: Dumb Fe5t Day 1


We are here and ready to get back on track after an incredible Dumb Fest #5 this past weekend! Can we just say WOW, we had an extremely successful weekend full of bands and festival attendees having a great time and rockin’ it on all 7? 8? or 9? Dumb Fest stages.

Tonight we are bringing you a first round of many more Dumb Fest photos to come. These are all of the photos we have of the first night inside Black Sheep, where just 6 bands of the 55 total performed. Find those photos here on our Dumb Fe5t flickr album, or here on our Dumb Fe5t facebook album. All of these photos are taken by the talented photographer Veronica Mullen. If you would like a taste of more of Veronica’s Dumb Fest photos, check out her page V Mullen Media on facebook.

Photos from Dumb Fe5t day 2 and 3 to come shortly!