September 16th at Black Sheep: 12 Year Anniversary Show + Stick People / Bottom Bracket CD Release


Today we have a fun and happy show to tell you about happening next month at Black Sheep! It’s our 12 year anniversary show happening on Saturday, September 16th, celebrating a whole entire dozen years of Black Sheep as an all ages music venue in Springfield starting in 2005. It’s been a wild ride, but we’ve made it this far and plan on keeping on for as long as we can! Check out our Black Sheep history page with a lot of important dates right here.

This show will also be an important one because it is going to be the CD release shows for both Stick People and Bottom Bracket. These will both be some of the first releases that Southtown Sound has been working on for quite some time that are finally going to be released to the public. Expect some sneak peaks from those EPs/albums sometime between now and this show! Also playing this special show is our old friends Sammy & The Punk who have been rocking and rolling in the city for a few years now. Also Prowess, the fart bomb punk band, and Kate Ridge (or Kate Laine) – wonderful acoustic solo act.

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

A Statement From Us

For the majority of our eleven year existence as an all ages show space in Springfield, The Black Sheep’s focus has always been music and art for all ages and not much more than that. We have refrained from getting too “political” because we have felt that existing as the only all ages show space in Springfield and as a means for people of all different backgrounds to express themselves is a strong statement in and of itself.

The results of this past election have us as well as many others in our community angered, disappointed, and some frightened as to what the future may hold. At this point it seems only appropriate for us to make some sort of statement to reiterate that we exist as an outlet of escape and expression for our community, and also that racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, or any thing of the sort are not tolerated or supported by our space. The owners of this venue and the people who support it always strive to help people feel safe and will continue to do so with even more passion and determination to the best of our abilities and beyond. We absolutely encourage open dialogue at all times, however the abhorrences listed above are absolutely unacceptable and will be acknowledged as such in any event that they are presented.

It seems as it is important now more than ever for our community to come together to support each other and also reach out to other communities that may be negatively effected by this year’s election and need an outlet such as our space to be heard. We will be organizing an event to make this possible on Sunday, December 4th. We want to feature music, art, speakers, and poetry from different backgrounds and give everyone a chance to be heard as well raise money for different charity organizations that need our help in this time.

More info regarding an event will be coming soon- you can reach out to us ( if you are interested in helping organize or participate or if you have any other ideas or suggestions as to what our space can be used for to reach out to different communities to help in these times. We are also open to any information regarding protests and recourses offering help to those hurting right now to be posted in our facebook group:

Thank you for listening and as always your continued support.

September 16th at Black Sheep: Black Sheep 11 Year Anniversary Show


Well we sure are behind on announcing our September shows. How could we almost forget that Black Sheep’s birthday is in September!? That’s right on Friday, September 16th we will be celebrating of exactly 11 years of operating as an all ages space. The venue’s very first show was September 16th, 2005. For more on that and to read up on more of our venue’s history- check out our Black Sheep History page!

This show is going to be a real rocker. We have some metal and hardcore and some punk coming together for one show. For this we have Livin’ Thing, who will be returning from their 11 day tour soon before this. Check out their demo below. We also have heavy hitting metalcore group Set Fire To Salem from the metal end of things. Up before that is some Springfield newblood in GRINN. And opening things up is a brand new metal/alternative band coming out of Springfield called “Synzu.”

The show will start at 7:00 pm and admission is just $5. You can 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 to Black Sheep this fall.

Black Sheep History Page Updated


Along with Black Sheep turning ten years last weekend and many stories being shared on the event page for our anniversary show, we have some updates to our lengthy Black Sheep history page. First off, after many years of assuming it being lost forever, we finally found a photo of a flier for the first ever show at Black Sheep (pictured above). Thank you to Dr. Metz for helping us uncover this long lost flier!

If you head over to the Black Sheep history page you will find a number of added important dates, including a good amount from our building before it was Black Sheep, going as far back as the 1800’s. Be on the lookout of videos from our 10-year anniversary show coming very soon!

WUIS: The Scene’s Audio Doc: “10 Years Of Black Sheep Venue”


Rachel Otwell and Scott Faingold of WUIS’s “The Scene” have put together a 20-minute audio documentary covering The Black Sheep and us making it to ten years as an all ages venue in Springfield.

Check out the documentary right here.

For this piece Rachel and Scott talked to a wide variety people from all different areas of Southtown including former Black Sheep owner and founder Kevin Bradford, Dumb Fest co-ordinator Brian Galecki, Project Southtown co-ordinator Clare Frachey, Sammy Flores of HISO Music, Mary Clay of Popeye’s Barbeque, Jess Knight of Looming, Bo Mellado of Asthma, and more. Each person talks about their role in Southtown, how the neighborhood and Black Sheep has effected them and what they do.

You can expect videos and pictures from our 10-year anniversary show coming very soon!

Tonight at Black Sheep: 10 Year Anniversary Show with Looming, *One Surprise Act,* Our Lady, Soap Scum, Unicon Communications


Tonight is a truly big night for us all. Ten years ago from the exact day of yesterday, Black Sheep had it’s first ever show. We thought the very first flier was lost forever, but it showed up on the internet yesterday and you can now find it along with other important pieces of our past on the Black Sheep history page. Tonight we will be celebrating this entire decade of Black Sheep with a five-band show and special lineup. For the show tonight we have Looming playing their first show since the big record release at Black Sheep last month. Before them we have one surprise act that will be taking the stage, and we aren’t giving any hints on what that one is! We also have Our Lady who is recently finishing up recording a new album and getting ready to hit the road to go to The Fest in Florida. Before them is a set by Springfield hardcore band Soap Scum, which has not played at Black Sheep in over a year now. And opening things up right at 7:00 is a brand new Springfield noise project called Unicon Communications, which you can also find streaming below.


In addition to the show there are also a lot of other exciting things happening at Southtown tonight. If you donated to our Project Southtown Kickstarter a couple of months back, we finally have all of the incentives bagged up and ready to go! Come to the show and you will find a table set up where you can grab your bag, just provide some sort of proof of ID! If you are unable to make it tonight, we will be in touch with you about shipping the bags out. Tonight we will also be drawing the names for the Black Sheep Band Lotto Round 2, which will be happening on November 21st. You have until the end of the show tonight to put your name in the band lotto box if you are feeling extra daring.

The show tonight will start right at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. You can find a facebook event for the show right here, and tell us about your first ever Black Sheep experience! Check out a list of other shows coming up at Black Sheep past our ten-year mark right here.

Black Sheep 10 Year Anniversary Show September 18th


Tonight we have a very big show announcement for a show that is pretty important to us as an all ages venue here in Springfield. On Friday, September 18th we will be celebrating the 10 year mark for Black Sheep, since our beginning in 2005. We certainly have come a long way since the very start, and there are hundreds of volunteers who have kept our doors open and plenty of dedicated individuals- Kevin Bradford to name one who has been the main Black Sheep owner for most of the ten years our venue has been around. To read more on important milestones the Black Sheep has taken on and a little bit more on our history, take a look at our Black Sheep history page.

We will have five acts playing the ten year anniversary show. These include some twists. We have Our Lady, which has been a band since 2009- during most of the years that Black Sheep has been around. We also have a set from a very rare unnamed band that we very much recommend for show-goers and punk fans from our earlier years. We also have Looming, who will be releasing their new album Nailbiter here at Black Sheep on August 14th. Before them we have another extremely rare performance by hardcore band Soap Scum, who has not played at Black Sheep in close to a year. Opening things up is a brand new noise project called Unicon Communications.

The ten year anniversary show will start at 7:00 pm and admission is just $5. You can find a facebook event for this show right here. In the meantime check out our shows page for a look at everything else coming up at Black Sheep this fall.