August 20th at Bread Sheep: Lowfaith, Night Night Boy, Blushe, Belle


Let the August show announcements start rolling in! This one is happening in about a month on Tuesday, August 21st at our spot.  It features the band “Lowfaith” from Denver, Colorado. Check out some of their music on the player below. Also on this show is new-ish local supergroup Night Night Boy bringing in the perfect amount of minute-long songs. We also have (as featured on the cover of this month’s Activator Magazine), Blushe! Opening things up is Belle… solo act from Champaign? Is that right?

Things for this show kick off at 7:00 pm and admission is $7. 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 our spot in the near future!

Lick Creek: “Big Dogs” Music Video

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Today we are bringing you a brand new music video from big time Springfield country rock band Lick Creek. The band recently released their full length album Too Damn Country, which we have plenty of copies of on CD inside of our store! The music video the band has released is for the song “Big Dogs” off of that album and stars none other than The Chili Bowl Mullet Man himself™. Watch that video directly below or check it out right here on youtube.

The video was shot and produced by Crowdson Creative, who was also responsible for the recent Blushe video and interview Activator Magazine put together with live footage inside our own space. Lick Creek have a good number of shows lined up in and around town right now. Also check out our vids/pics page for a list of music videos shot in Springfield over the years.

Bread Sheep Open Mic Tonight


Greetings! It’s been a hot hot weekend, we are thankful we’ve just been able to hang out inside our air conditioned store these past couple of days and take things easy. Tonight is the first open mic we’ve done in a minute, it should be a good one! Things start at 7:00 pm as usual, there is a pretty full lineup of performers, and still a couple of open slots to be claimed. Let’s take a look at what we’ve got lined up:

10:00-10:15 – (blocked off for now)
9:45-10:00 – (blocked off for now)
9:30-9:45 – (blocked off for now)
9:15-9:30 – Torch_Nation
9:00-9:15 – Seth Hedgepath
8:45-9:00 – Isaac Barrett
8:30-8:45 – Vertrell Yates
8:15-8:30 – Zach Karraker
8:00-8:15 – Niko Robledo
7:45-8:00 – Mike Butler
7:30-7:15 – Pretend I’m Not There
7:15-7:30 – Dan’s Lips
7:00-7:15 – open

The slots that are blocked off are held to anyone that shows up to the open mic to claim them! Or you can claim that first 7:00 pm slot in advance by letting us know or posting in the event. The open mic is free. Also check out our shows page to take a look at what else we’ve got coming up at Bread Sheep in the near future!

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.