March 3rd at The Radon Lounge: Veseria, Hushpad, Epsom, Alec James


The next show we have to tell you about happening one week from today is at The Radon Lounge on Saturday, March 3rd. First of all look at that wonderful painting by Chris Martin – Chris will be the featured artist at The Radon for this show. (The Radon Lounge has been featuring different local artists set up at each show in one corner of their basement). The touring act on this bill is a group called Veseria from Indianapolis, Indiana. You can stream some of their music on the player below. Then there’s another band more familiar to The Radon and that is shoegaze project Hushpad from Lincoln Illinois. Lined up before that is Springfield rock group Epsom playing at The Radon Lounge for the first time. Solo Acoustic act Alec James is opening, also first time performing at The Radon Lounge.

That show is at 7:00 pm and is $5 admission. To find out where The Radon Lounge is, you must inquire on their website. Find a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our Springfield shows page for a list of shows going on in Springfield outside of Black Sheep.


February 10th at Black Sheep: Radon Lounge Presents… Native Land, Moonglasses, Kneller, Arlin Peebles


This upcoming weekend on Saturday, February 10th we will be handing over the keys to The Radon Lounge and letting them take over our space for one special show! Hold on to your hats! For those of you who are not familiar, The Radon Lounge is a basement venue right here in Springfield putting on shows roughly once a month in their own space featuring many touring and local acts, usually of the indie-rock varieties. They also do a lot to add to the show-going experience by featuring old arcade and pinball games for show goers to play and also feature local artists displaying works at shows. You can expect some of this to spill over into Black Sheep next weekend.

For this show The Radon has four acts lined up that we are very excited about. “Native Land” is headlining the bill is a husband and wife duo from Nashville, Tennessee. You can stream some of their music on that player embedded below. Moonglasses is the other out of town act on this bill, they are indie rock from St. Louis and were formerly known as “Skunkworks”. Then we have a brother and sister folk duo called “Kneller” from right here in Springfield unfamiliar to the Black Sheep stage. Opening things up is THE Arilin Peebles – from right here in town – you may know as the host of the popular local web series The Studio Show (now on a third season).

All of that starts at 7:00 pm on Saturday for just $5. You can check out a facebook event for this one right here. You can probably expect some free refreshments or coffee of some sort and at least one arcade game inside of Black Sheep. Find our list of other upcoming shows right here on our shows page.

December 2nd at The Radon Lounge: Christmas Explosion


It is nearly December so all of those holiday shows and year-end shows are starting to come together (don’t worry – info on a Black Sheep Holiday Show is coming very soon)!! Today we are telling you about The Radon Lounge has in store this holiday season with their Christmas Explosion happening exactly one week from today on Saturday, December 2nd. We are excited for this one because it features the full band Holy Pinto based out of Canterbury, England. You can stream some of Holy Pinto’s music on the player below. Holy Pinto performed solo at Dumb Records earlier this past summer. Jessica Knight of Looming will also be filling in on bass for this tour. Then Chicago-based musician Sam Arias will also be performing – with his group “Families”? Is it “Sam Arias Families”? Jeff? Go to the show to find out who Sam’s family really is. Opening things up for this show is the real life yodeling cowboy “Cowboy Randy Erwin.”

This Christmas Explosion is $5 and starts at 7:00 pm over at The Radon Lounge. If you don’t know where that is, you can inquire on their website. Find a facebook event here. You’re supposed to show up wearing a Christmas sweater or something too. Check out our Springfield shows page where we try to list other shows going on in town outside of Black Sheep.


November 18th at Radon Lounge: Shiny Shiny Black, Dietrich Jon, Tom Irwin, Peaches & Bacon


This upcoming Saturday, November 18th we do have your annual Black Sheep Band Lotto show taking place, but there is another show taking place at The Radon Lounge as well that we feel the need to tell you about. Just so you know all of your options for that night, you know? This one features a real good indie rock band from Goshen, Indiana called “Shiny Shiny Black.” Check out their music on the player below. They will be coming on tour with another Indiana project called Dietrich Jon. Then there are a few local favorites – including our good friend and local legendary musician Tom Irwin. Hi Tom! Opening things up is the bluegrass duo Peaches & Bacon.

This show kicks off Saturday over at The Radon Lounge at 7:00 pm. Admission is $5. Not sure on where the Radon Lounge is? Go inquire over at their website. Find a facebook event for this one right here. Also check out our Springfield shows page for a list of shows going on in Springfield outside of Black Sheep (sometimes).



September 29th at The Radon Lounge: David Dondero, Liz Fritz, MJT, The Woodland Brush


Sure, we’ve already announced that we will be hosting a free show at Black Sheep on this night but that doesn’t mean we can’t tell you about the other options you have for live music in this town. On Friday, September 29th The Radon Lounge will be hosting their next show featuring some real nice *chill* music and art. This one will feature national touring act David Dondero, playing some folk music. Check out some of David’s music on the player below. The Radon also has local musician Liz Fritz lined up for this one. Then “MJT” which is an indie-rock duo from Lincoln, Illinois believe it or not. The Radon Lounge continues to bring the art to the show space this time by featuring the work of Emily Barnett of The Woodland Brush.

This show will start at 7:00 pm over at The Radon Lounge and admission is $5. (Sorry, the one at Black Sheep starts at the same time). If you don’t know where The Radon Lounge is, you can inquire on their website. Check out a facebook event for this show right here. Also be sure to check out our Springfield shows page, which isn’t at all up to date right now.


May 16th at Radon Lounge: Listener, Jeff Williams, Layers, Milk & Honey


Our friends over at The Radon Lounge unveiled a pretty big show happening over there on Tuesday, May 16th. This one features big deal spoken word / shoegaze stuff act Listener from Kansas City, Missouri. You can *listen* to some of that *Listener* music on the player embedded below. This show is also exciting because you get to see Jeff Williams of the band NIL8 perform in the Radon’s basement. See Jeff perform NIL8’s hit tune “basement show” in this special setting. Also on the bill is the first ever show for a new project called “Layers” featuring members of Honey//Suck and Pryss. Opening things up is a special set by new downtown grocery store, Milk & Honey!

That show will be starting at the Radon Lounge at 7pm and admission for this one is $10 (yes, it is worth it). Check out the Radon Lounge’s website to inquire about an address. Find a facebook event for this show right here. Also check out our Springfield shows page which is not at all up to date right now.


The Illinois Times: “The Radon Lounge Keep Concerts On The Down-Low”


The Illinois Times are on a roll this week with covering things going on in the D.I.Y. music community in Springfield! Here’s another article in this week’s issue on The Radon Louge – also written by Scott Faingold who also wrote the article on Southtown Sound which we posted about earlier today. The Radon Lounge are a Springfield house venue that has been going for a whole five years now, which is a good chunk of Black Sheep’s existence. We have always been supportive of what’s going on over at The Radon and consider them a much needed asset to our community. From the article:

For the past five years, the Radon Lounge has been hosting an impressive variety of local and touring bands, averaging one show per month. However, like a post-millennial speakeasy, anyone wanting to attend a concert at Radon is obliged to contact the venue via email or social media, simply to discover where it’s located. Venue founder Jeff Black, who also books all the talent, explains that this is a matter of neighborly consideration rather than mystique. The reason is simple enough: The Radon Lounge is in fact the basement of his home, located in the heart of a Springfield residential neighborhood.

Check out the full article online right here, or pick up a copy of The Illinois Times at various local businesses around town.

And what do you know, The Radon Lounge also have a show going on tonight at the same time as our hip hop show. Theirs starts at 7:00 pm and features Bonesetters, Blind Social, Eric Marvel, Ian Winterbrauer, Jen Santarelli, and Copper Pot Cooking Studios. More on that show right here.