Noisey: The Punk Scene in Springfield Takes Its DIY Culture Seriously (with Some Goofiness)

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While most of us were busy staring into the sun yesterday, some of you may have noticed that Black Sheep, Dumb Fest, and Springfield’s Punk Scene made it big into the national spotlight through this Noisey article. The article “The Punk Scene in Springfield Takes Its DIY Culture Seriously (with Some Goofiness)” is a report on the punk and DIY scene in Springfield, Illinois with a closer look at some of our very own bands. From the article:

Despite the financial challenges and the practical roadblocks of spreading the word, the Springfield scene still experiments with different ways to get more people involved. Late every summer, the all-ages show space hosts Black Sheep Fest, which highlights the most active and best local bands in the area, and they also throw annual band lotto shows, where people put their names in a hat and randomly get drafted to new bands. “Even with all of the challenges we face and the tremendous amount of our own time and money we have to put into this thing,” Galecki says. “All of us realize that what we have going is extremely important to giving others a voice and outlet to create music and art and keeping a community alive in Springfield.”

Check out the full article online right here. A number of musicians and artists involved in the Springfield music scene are interviewed including Clare Frachey, BJ Pearce, Drew Kodrich, Jeff Williams, Brandon Carnes, Brian Galecki and more. An in-depth look at bands Looming, Pryss, Livin’ Thing, and more are also shown in the article.

September 8th at Black Sheep: Violence Creeps, Livin’ Thing, Boon, Spell Breaker

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Time for another show announcement – this one happening on Friday, September 8th and is a well rounded gig for all. This one will be the return of weirdo punk band Violence Creeps from Oakland, California to our space for the first time since the spring of last year in 2016. Check out some new material that they have released since then streaming on the player below. Then also joining them as they did last time is Livin’ Thing – the incredible stretch-suit rubber band. We also have a rare Black Sheep performance by the band Boon – they have also released some new material since they last played here. Opening things up is Spell Breaker – another Springfield band with their own special sound.

This show will be starting 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 good look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this fall.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Livin’ Thing, Kagedama, Undone

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Hello and welcome to Sunday! Tonight we have show number 4 in our 5 day streak of shows happening at Black Sheep. This one is going to be a hardcore show featuring just three bands. This includes this sludgy band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin called “Kagedama.” You can check out some of their music on the player below to hear what they are all about. Also on this show is the amazing stretch-suit rock band Livin’ Thing coming at ya from right here in the capitol city. Opening things up is the talented hardcore / swing band Undone.

This show will start at 7:00 pm and cost $5. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep in the near future.

Monday at Black Sheep: The Jïg, Pryss, Prowess, Kira Jari

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Oops, look at what goofs we are – we forgot to get an announcement post up for the last show of the five-day show streak that we are in the middle of right now. This one is happening this Monday, August 21st in just two days. Would you believe it, that is the same day as the solar eclipse hitting our area at around 1:00 pm. Come to this show after you get all eclipse’d out from earlier in the day. This one features the return of The Jïg from Indiana. Last time they played here was the fall of 2015. Check out some of their music streaming on the player below. Also on this show is Pryss – who just finished up a ten day long tour to Texas, Colorado, and more. Come out and welcome them home. We also have local band Prowess stirring things up in the pit. Opening things up we’ve got another touring act from Denton, Texas called “Kira Jari” featuring members of other bands that have performed at Black Sheep before.

This show starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. 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!

Tonight at Black Sheep: Death Card, Rig Time!, Barren, A Treachery Untold, The City The Ruins, Polterguts

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Yes, we did just have a HUGE show last night at Black Sheep and it was incredible, but the shows don’t stop there and we are going to keep it going tonight! Tonight will features a six band metal show inside Black Sheep featuring plenty of acts from all over. The big one on this bill is “Death Card” hardcore metal band from Nashville, Tennessee. Stream one of their songs on the player embedded below. Death Card is touring with a three band touring package which also includes “Rig Time!” from Wisconsin. Get ready for lots of rigs. Also on that tour is Barren from Arkansas. This time around we have local support from three other bands including Polterguts from St. Louis. We also have “A Treachery Untold” and “The City, The Ruins” opening things up both from the Central Illinois area.

This show will be starting promptly at 6:00 pm, doors are at 5:00 pm. Show admission is $8. Check out a facebook event for this one 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! Back to school season it is!

Tonight at Black Sheep: MU330, NIL8, The Timmys

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Tonight sure is a big night at Black Sheep! We have a mega huge show going on tonight featuring THE MU330 from St. Louis, Missouri. MU330 started in 1988 and frequently played in Springfield in the 1990’s at venues such as Veile’s Planet and Off Broadway. Last time they performed in Springfield was sometime between 1998-1999. This is also an exciting time because MU330 released their first new material in 15 years yesterday which you can check out on the player below! Also on this show is Springfield punk grand papa band NIL8… last time they played at Black Sheep was Halloween of 2015! Opening things up is The Timmys who are now celebrating two whole decades of being a band together. Did you know their first show was in 1997 right here in Springfield on a show with MU330?

The show tonight kicks off right at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Admission is $15 – you do not have to have ordered a ticket in advance to come!! The show is all ages of course. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at everything coming up at Black Sheep this fall.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Droids Blood, Starlorde, Evan Mitchell

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The summer is coming to a close, and we have a mega 5-in-a-row show BLOWOUT these next few days starting tonight. The show tonight will go fast – it just features three punk bands and we are starting things at 8:00 pm. The one big time Springfield band on the bill is Starlorde – or are they from another planet? Hmmm… The touring act on this bill is Droid’s Blood from Chicago. Droid’s Blood features members of a good number of bands that have performed at Black Sheep before including Broken Prayer, Sputter, and more. Check out some of their music streaming on the player below. Since we’ve announced the show, The Dry Look has dropped off the bill (whoops). Opening things up we have a rare performance by solo punk act Evan Mitchell from Taylorville, IL. Hi Evan.

This show will be starting at 8:00 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 what else is coming up at Black Sheep later this summer.