Lineup and Schedule for Downhome Music Festival Happening July 28th & 29th


The other downtown annual music festival that happens at the end of July, Downhome Music Festival has recently released their official schedule for the fest happening on Friday and Saturday, July 28th and 29th. You can find the lineup of bands and set times listed below. Admission for the festival this year is just $6 at the gate to get in both days, and bands will play on two big stages located at 7th and Washington streets downtown. You may notice the Saturday lineup includes heavy hitting Springfield punk bands NIL8 and The Timmys – and we also get a rare opportunity to see bands Looming and Park. Looming will also be playing at Black Sheep two days before that on Thursday, July 27th. Dumb Records will also have a setup outside during Saturday of Downhome. Here is the lineup:

5pm – Josh Reilly (a)
5:30pm – Wolf Crick Boys (w)
6pm – Go Tsunami (a)
6:30pm – Owen & Dooley (w)
7:30pm – Lidlifter (a)
8:30pm – The Station (w)
9:30pm – Marah (a)
11pm – Micah Walk (w)

2pm – Attic Salt (w)
2:30 – Ragna Rye (a)
3pm – Prairie State Heartache (w)
4pm – Los Injectors (a)
5pm – Western Empire (w)
6pm – Looming (a)
7pm – Jukebox Casanova (w)
8pm – The Timmys (a)
8:30pm – Josh Catalano & TDT(w)
9:30pm – Park (a)
10:30pm – Nil8 (w)

Celtic Stage – Saturday Only
3pm – Ellyn Thornson & the Lovebirds (c)
5pm – Evan Mitchell (c)
7pm – John Brillhart (c)

Check out a facebook event for Downhome music fest right here. Also check out their official website right here. Be sure to also check out our Springfield shows page for a look at other going-ons in town outside of Black Sheep.

Unofficial Dumb Fest Day 2 Aftershow at Bar None


Could you believe it, Dumb Fe5t is kicking off in just than three days this upcoming weekend in Springfield. Today we are announcing that we are once again working with Bar None downtown to bring you an *unofficial* aftershow for the fest at their spot at 245 South 5th Street. This one is going to start promptly right at 10:00 pm Saturday night. Admission is $5 and this one is restricted to those ages 21 and up. Here is what we have for a lineup:

LIVID (Kenosha, WI)
CRUELSTER (Cleveland, OH)

You might want to check out that show Saturday night after the main gig gets over at Black Sheep and Skank Skates if you want to hear about any other official/unofficial aftershows happening that night. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our Dumb Fest 5 page for a better breakdown of the whole fest.

The official schedule for all of the official Dumb Fest bands with set times will be up on our site tomorrow morning!

Black Sheep Presents Cover Show Volume 6.5 at Bar None May 18th


For the past three or four years we have been happy to team up with downtown bar Bar None (located at 245 S 5th street) with our annual cover show to offer this town and the 21 and up crowd a second performance of all of the acts. This year we got a little behind on picking out a date, but we are making things work over at Bar None for a second cover show on Thursday, May 18th! Don’t forget the Black Sheep Cover Show is now less than one week away and is still happening on Saturday, May 13th. The lineup for both shows is looking like it will be the exact same and goes as follows:

Livin’ Thing will be performing as Black Sabbath
Milestshirtsdotcom will be performing as Weezer
Gutterpriest will be performing as Divine

Nice! That one will start promptly at 9:00 over at Bar None (let’s say doors at 8:30 pm)? This one is ages 21 and up and admission is $5. Check out a facebook event for the Bar None show right here. Also be sure to check out our Springfield shows page for a list of shows happening in town outside of Black Sheep.

Tonight at Cafe Andiamo: “Black Sheep Presents…” Bottom Bracket, Jason Paul, Tom Irwin, The Little Death


Well us trying karaoke night last night at Dumb Records was… interesting. Now it’s time to try our second different type of show this weekend and that is going to be one that we are setting up tonight at Cafe Andiamo downtown (204 S 6th Street). Come check out this all ages show happening at Andiamo tonight starting at 7:00 pm. Bands will be downstairs and coffee will be served upstairs. Tonight for the lineup we have Springfield emo project Bottom Bracket headlining the bill. We also have Jason Paul & The Know It Alls touring project on the bill from Los Angeles, California. Check out some of their music on the player below. Before them is Springfield music legend Tom Irwin playing a solo set, who also has a new album coming out soon called All That Love. Opening things up is a newer Springfield band called “The Little Death.”

All of this starts at Cafe Andiamo at 7:00 pm tonight. We will just be taking donations for the touring act. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at all of the normal Black Sheep shows coming up this spring.

Acoustic Show Tonight at Café Andiamo Downtown


There aren’t any shows happening tonight at Black Sheep or Dumb Records. But!- for those of you looking for something to do there is a pretty neat acoustic show happening downtown at the lower level of Café Andiamo on 204 S. 6th Street that might be worth checking out. It’s also free! That show will be starting at 7:00 pm, and of course is all ages. There are seven whole acts lined up:

David Stover
Jill Pulver
Ryan Pulver
Joel Elliott
Kris Lang
Brian Steinhauer
Sarah Schneider

Nice! We don’t think there is a facebook event for this one, but for more Springfield shows outside of Black Sheep you can check out our Springfield shows page (we are still working on it)!

SAME FEST Happening at Lincoln Library January 28th


We’ve never posted about any events happening at The Lincoln Library downtown on our site before. With new renovations taking effect this year and a new communications coordinator – Elizabeth Buctha working hard to reach out to Springfield communities, new things are in store for our downtown library in Springfield. Be sure to check out our episode of The Black Sheep Radio Show with Elizabeth as our guest to hear more on big plans for the Library.

The Library recently announced plans for “SAME FEST” happening one week from today on Saturday, January 28th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. They are fitting a lot of activities, conversations, workshops, and more into that two hour block. SAME FEST stands for “Springfield Area’s Many Ethnicities” as the festival will focus on different ethnicities and cultures that call Springfield home. You can check out a more proper breakdown of everything going on on that flier above, or on the facebook event for the fest right here. Also check out our Springfield Shows page for more events like this one happening in Springfield outside of Black Sheep (we are updating the page this weekend!!!).

New Years Eve Shows Downtown and at Skank Skates Tonight


It’s the last day of the year! And it’s also a Saturday night so there is a whole lot going on around town tonight. Tonight is the Springfield Area Art Council‘s 30th annual First Night event, and the first that they are reaching out to us at The Black Sheep about doing a collaborative show. Tonight the Art Council is letting us put on a show downtown at 341 E Monroe aka “The Black Sheep Stage” at what is normally the Kari Bedford Studio. Tonight performing instead of SAP it’s going to be continuing band lotto band “Lincoln’s Tomb” playing. We also have the Taylorville band Stems performing. Up before that is Mark Lee Reynolds or “MLR”. Opening things up is the solo performer Kate Ridge. That show starts at 7:00 pm, and we will be taking a break at 8:00 to see fireworks downtown. Admission is $5 for those under the age of 18, and $10 if you are 18 and up if you are just checking out the Black Sheep Stage.

After that show is done we are going to grab our PA and run over to the ramp of Skank Skates for a second show of the night! This show is starting roughly at 10:00 pm over on the ramp, or whenever we are ready after the show downtown is over and the PA is transferred over to the ramp. For this one we have intergalactic takeover band, Starlorde. We also have the mean and nasty Decatur hardcore band, Capitol Offense. The touring act on this bill is “War Prayer” from Minneapolis. Opening things up is the angry band GRINN. For this one we are asking $5 donations for the touring band. 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’s coming up for us in 2017.