Today on The Dumb Records Radio Show: Len Trumper (Whatever Productions)


It’s Friday! And how nice, it’s a rare Friday where we don’t have anything going on as far as shows go at our spot. What a nice break on this hot hot weekend! There is Abe Fest going on tonight and tomorrow downtown however so be sure to check that out!

Today is another episode of The Dumb Records Radio Show and we are excited about this one. For today’s episode we have special guest Len Trumper of Whatever Productions coming in to talk with us. Len was active setting up concerts for bigger acts in Springfield in the 1970’s and early 1980’s such as ACDC, The Cars, Black Sabbath, KISS, RUSH, and many many more. Check out an article The Illinois Times did on Len a couple of years back right here. We will be playing plenty of music from acts that Len was responsible for bringing in, as well as other current local bands and bands coming to town.

The Dumb Records Radio Show starts at 4:00 pm today and every Friday and goes until 6:00 pm. You can stream live on 88.3 WQNA FM or online at To stream some episodes of the past, head over to our Mix Cloud page or radio page on our site. Yes, we will be recording this episode!

Junior Pasáre: “We Gone Win”


Today we bring you a stream of another new local hip hop album – and that is by artist “Junior Pasáre” who just around one month ago dropped his brand new 12 track album called We Gone Win. You can find that streaming on the youtube player embedded below, or you can check it out on spotify right here.

There was a writeup on this album featured in Activator Magazine by Ken No. From the writeup:

We Gone Win is a well-crafted release from one of the very best in the 217, with Pasáre working both on the mic and on the boards. Project after project, Pasáre puts his all into his work, and the end result rewards multiple listens, with each layer of emoional depth and melodic mastery adding up to an exquisite album which only adds to his legacy.

We also have this one added to our Springfield album archive for releases that have came out this year.

Levitt AMP Music Series Tonight: Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Kate The Band


It’s another Thursday night so that means it’s another night of a Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series out on the Y-Block downtown right by us. What’s going on tonight? Well for one there is a heat advisory or something going on, so tonight’s performance has bene pushed back to a start time of 7:00 pm to allow things to cool off some. Opening up the event tonight is a band familiar to our stage – Kate The Band. Nice. Tonight is supposed to be indie-rock night out on the lawn, and headlining act is Liz Cooper & The Stampede from Nashville. From the Levitt AMP site:

Liz Cooper and The Stampede are a three-piece folk, psychedelic rock band formed in Nashville. Inspired by the roots, blues and rock music ingrained into the musical fabric of their hometown, but determined to add touches of pop, folk and psychedelia into the mix, Liz Cooper and The Stampede began its musical journey in 2012. Cooper’s ability to switch from a husky baritone to sweet, lilting vocals, over the group’s enchanting and vibrant musical palette makes for a distinct musical voice unlike any other band in the Nashville circuit.

Nice. You can stream some of Liz Cooper’s music on the player embedded below. Tonight’s event will be going from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm it sounds like, and we still have a show going on at 8:00 pm. Find a facebook event for this one right here. Also check out the Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series website to see the other two concerts that are coming up after this one this summer.

Tonight at Bread Slammers: Transgression, Prevention, 156/Silence, Gumm, Prowess


We’ve got a heavy one lined up tonight at the ol’ Bread Slammers! Tonight is going to be the tape release show for newer local hardcore band Prevention! It’s also the return of Transgression from Louisville, Kentucky – a band that performed twice at Black Sheep before, the last time was a crushing set during Dumb Fest 6 last year. Stream Transgression’s newest album on the player below. There are a total of three out of town acts tonight! The other two includes a band called “156/Silence” from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. They play heavy music. The one other band is called “Gumm” from Tennessee. So there you have it, bands tonight from Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. That’s four states. Opening things up is the infamous local goof-off band, Prowess!

Tonight things are actually starting later than normal at 8:00 – we pushed back the start time to not conflict with the Levitt AMP concert going on but now it looks like that concert has been pushed back a little bit because of the heat!! Great! Still, we will be starting things right at 8:00 pm tonight, and admission is $7. Find a facebook event for tonight’s show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page to see what else is coming up at Kevin Breadford’s Cafe.


Len Trumper (Whatever Productions) Upcoming Guest on Dumb Records Radio, NPR Illinois: “What Was, And What’s Next For The Illinois State Armory”


Now that we have our Dumb Records Radio Show set up to be recording and more adequately streaming old episodes, we are excited about a number of guests we have lined up on our show. This Friday coming up (July 19th) we are excited to welcome guest Len Trumper formerly of Whatever Productions onto our program. Len was responsible for bringing big acts to town from 1971 through the early 1980’s such as The Cars, ACDC, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, and many many more. There Len is pictured above with his room full of posters for concerts he was responsible for promoting. These took place at various places including The Illinois State Fairgrounds, The Illinois State Armory, and The Convention Center. The Illinois Times also did an article on Len Trumper a couple of years ago which you can find right here.

We also find it worth noting that NPR Illinois just recently came out with a piece talking about the history of the Illinois State Armory building since it was built in the 1930’s, what it’s been used for since then, and what’s next for it with a few million dollars going towards fixing up the structure in the near future. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like any big concerts are in the foreseeable future for any newly renovated Armory building. Find the full NPR Illinois piece on their website right here.

The Dumb Records Radio Show is live on Friday (and every Friday) from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA FM. It can also be streamed online at that same time at To check out episodes of the past head on over to our radio page.

TaQsem: “Conejo” (Music Video)

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With HISO Music, Twenty One Seven Studios, Jayy Wills Ent., Elijah Settles, Catalano Creative, and so many other great videographers active in this town right now it’s hard to keep up with all of the music videos that have been coming out this year! This one is a couple of weeks old already, but today we are bringing you a brand new Springfield music video for local rap artist “TaQsem“. TaQsem opened up for the Skatalites last month, and here he is with a new music video also shot out on the Y-Block stage. The video is for the song “Conejo” and you can find it streaming below, or check it out on youtube right here. From our understanding this one was shot by Elijah Settles in collaboration with HISO Music.

Find a list of music videos shot in Springfield over the years on our vids/pics page.

Old Episodes Of Black Sheep Radio Show Streaming on Mix Cloud


This is a post to let you all know that we seem to finally have found a good system for getting our old (more recent for now) recorded radio shows for The Dumb Records Radio Show up streaming online for those of you unable to listen from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Fridays when we are live. Right now we have been adding those episodes to a newly created Mix Cloud page! Go check that out right here. Also can we even embed those episodes below??? Let’s try it…

Holy cow did that work?? That’s awesome! Also sorry but this past Friday’s episode we did not start recording until 30 minutes in to the program. The Dumb Records Radio Show is on every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA FM and also online at Maybe we will update our radio show page to also include the embedded players for past episodes. We’ll see. For this Friday we have a very special guest coming in and that is Len Trumper of Whatever Productions, who was involved in bringing bigger rock acts to Springfield in the 1970’s and early 80’s such as Van Halen, The Cars, Black Sabbath, and many more.