Tonight at Black Sheep: Transgression, Dead Change, Pryss, Prowess


Tonight! We have this happening hardcore show happening at Black Sheep tonight, with two touring acts coming from Kentucky. We have no idea what the order of bands will end up being tonight, so be sure to come out to catch it all! The touring acts on the bill include both Transgression and Head Change from Louisville, Kentucky. You can stream some of Head Change’s music on the player below. We also have local band Prowess, the three-piece fast punk band. Also the band Pryss is on board to rock.

The show tonight will be starting a bit later than usual at 7:30 pm. 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 this summer at Black Sheep.


New Band Pages: Spell Breaker


Welcome to a new week, this morning we are bringing you a fresh new band page for the new-ish local band Spell Breaker. (That’s two words there, not “Spellbreaker”). Spell Breaker formed earlier this year with members of former Springfield bands SAP and Lincoln’s Tomb. You can check out their new band page to find out more about the band right here. Spell Breaker just played at Black Sheep two nights ago at the big Food & Money and Backwards Day reunion show. Their next performance lined up is for Black Sheep Fest 2017, which is just a little over one month away. They also have no music recorded right now, but you can expect some to be coming very soon.

Check out any of our 60+ current band pages right here. Do you play in a Springfield band or are a local musician who has not gotten a page set up with us yet? Send us an email to and we will work with you to set something up!

Tonight at Dumb Records: Pussy Foot, Grinn, Spell Breaker


Oh nice one, there is going to be live music inside Dumb Records tonight kicking off in just a few hours! Tonight the touring grunge / punk act “Pussy Foot” (can you say that one on the radio?) will be making a guest appearance inside the record store. Stream some of their new music just released *today* on that player embedded below. This is also going to be a fun show because it will feature a new lineup of the hardcore band GRINN now featuring members of Livin’ Thing and MilesTShirtsTheBand.Com! Opening things up is the third show ever for Spell Breaker – a new Springfield group featuring members of SAP and Lincoln’s Tomb.

The show kicks off inside Dumb Records tonight right at 7:00 pm. Admission is $5. There are no sales. Find a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at what else is going on in Southtown this summer.

Lineup For Springfield Pridefest May 20th


Did you know that Springfield Pridefest is happening once again this year, and it’s coming up this Saturday, May 20th? Wow! This year the festival is taking place once again on 4th and Capitol Streets downtown and features a lineup of bands which you can find listed above. This year that includes Sarah Jane & The Blue Notes, Middle Class Fashion, Wolf Crick Boys, Starter Jackets, and more. The festival will end with a drag show like it has done with years past. One new addition to pridefest this year is a parade taking place downtown before bands on the main stage. The parade will be starting at 11:00 am and you can find more info on that right here.

Find a facebook event for Pridefest right here. The event is also free and all ages. Check out our Springfield shows page for more shows happening in town outside of Black Sheep.

Record Store Day April 22nd at Dumb Records


Every April the big annual event “Record Store Day” takes place to highlight local and independent record stores across the globe. This includes Southtown’s record store Dumb Records which has been going strong since early 2014. This year Record Store Day takes place on Saturday, April 22nd. This will be Dumb Records‘s fourth year participating and also the tenth ever Record Store Day to be held worldwide. This year our store has a lot lined up – and the event is only 11 days away!

This year Dumb Records will be open for Record Store Day from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm at night. Feel free to show up early and wait in line! Plenty of exclusive releases will be available on first come first serve basis. You can find a list of every RSD release this year on the Record Store Day site right here. We will also be posting a separate list of most of these releases which we plan on getting in store. Expect that here on our site within the next couple of days. Aside from the RSD exclusive releases, everything else in store (new and used) will be on sale for 15% off marked prices. Oh! And we almost forgot- Cafe Andiamo will be providing free coffee for all at in our store!

Of course we will be having plenty of in-store performances to go along with Record Store Day. From 10:00 am to noon you can find DJ Tariq spinning records and doing his thing at the store. Then at 1:00 pm we will be having a free in-store show with three acts. That will start with MLR featuring Luct Melod. Then Skunkworks from Jacksonville, Illinois will follow. And last we have The Young Eyes from Hillsboro, Illinois playing some sweet psychedelic indie rock. Check out their new record (which is available at Dumb on vinyl) below.

That about covers it! Find a facebook event for Record Store Day at Dumb right here, and also check out our shows page for a good look at everything else coming up at Black Sheep in the near future.

Sunday, March 19th Black Sheep Presents A Show at Cafe Andiamo


We are excited to announce another little partnership between us at Black Sheep and another local business. We are teaming up with Café Andiamo downtown to bring you one show in the basement of their space on Sunday, March 19th! Don’t miss this rare chance to catch an all ages show in downtown Springfield! We have a great lineup for this show including one touring act from California. Headlining the bill we have Bottom Bracket from right here in Springfield. Then on tour from Los Angeles we have the full band of Jason Paul– featuring one member of Benny The Jet Rodriguez who have played at Black Sheep before. Stream their music on the player below. Before that we have Springfield music legend Tom Irwin on board joining us for this one! Tom recently finished up a kickstarter champaign to produce a new album and release it on vinyl. Opening things up is a newer Springfield band called “The Little Death.”

This show will be at Café Andiamo (204 S 6th St). Things will start at 7:00 pm and we will be taking donations for the touring act. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also check out our Springfield shows page for a look at other shows happening in town outside of Black Sheep.

The Springfield Business Journal: “Hope For a Bright Future”


Looking at the cover, most of you wouldn’t think that the cover of the Springfield Business Journal for the month of March 2017 has anything to do with what we are doing at Black Sheep or Dumb Records. The headline is “Hope For A Bright Future” and has a photo of Clavin Pitts who is director of a new Southtown-based business called South Town Training Center. Calvin has been hard at work renovating two buildings located at 1124 and 1122 South Grand Ave East, right across the street from Dumb Records and right next door to Walch’s Stained Glass Studio for close to a year now. From the article:

Inside a nondescript brick building in Springfield’s South Town business district, a wall covered with clear acrylic instead of drywall illustrates various tools and electrical wiring standards. Between the wooden studs, next to lineman pliers and a conduit bender, are inspirational messages about leadership and discipline.

Calvin Pitts built the wall as a teaching aid inside his South Town Training Center, which he’s opening this year as a space dedicated to offering construction training for people who might not have any other opportunity for a career. It’s an expansion of work Pitts started four years ago, providing job training and a healthy dose of hope. Soon, his students will learn skills such as solar panel installation and radon testing and mitigation through partnerships with other Springfield organizations.

Check out the full Springfield Business Journal online right here. The South Town Training Center’s program is set to be in full effect this spring as they are putting finishing touches on getting the buildings ready. It is certainly great to see new businesses popping up in our neighborhood!