May Cancellations: Pride Fest, Old Capitol Art Fair


Now that April Fools Day is over it is time to return to some sad, sad news regarding COVID-19 and precautions that must be taken to fight it in which will effect on our small local businesses, communities, and events.

In the past week or so there have been some more major cancellations for annual large events that usually take place downtown. These are events we look forward to as a downtown business, and it certainly won’t help us that they are cancelled, even if our store is able to be open at any point in May.

One of the first annual events that happens downtown is the Fat Ass 5k, which was scheduled to take place this year on May 9th. Although we hadn’t announced anything, we were originally planning on bands or hip hop acts performing outside of our space for this event. The event has not officially cancelled just yet, but this is what their facebook page recently stated:

The Fat Ass 5k & Street Party for Charity Committee is in the process of evaluating all our options regarding the 2020 event.

We will make a definitive announcement regarding the 2020 Fat Ass 5k & Street Party for Charity, and refund options (if applicable) by April 15th. We appreciate your Fat Ass patience!

Other than Fat Ass 5k, the biggest weekend for downtown Springfield in May has been Springfield Pride Fest and The Old Capitol Art Fair, which take place on the same weekend and were scheduled for May 16th. You can see the statement from The Phoenix Center regarding Pride Fest above.

The Old Capitol Art Fair released a statement on Monday:

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID 19 (coronavirus) pandemic and President Trump extending social distancing recommendations until April 30th the Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair for 2020 has been cancelled.

The committee thanks our Student Art contest winners for their submissions this year. All winners will be contacted directly, and prizes will still be awarded. Artists will receive their booth refunds within the next 3 weeks.

Thank you to our artists, vendors, sponsors and patrons. We look forward to seeing you next year. Please mark your calendars for May 15th & 16th, 2021

We are dreading to think about what other spring and summer and future events will be effected by precautions that must be made in fighting COVID-19. We’ll continue to try and send out updates on downtown, you can also follow the Downtown Springfield Inc. facebook page.

All shows that we previously had scheduled at Dumb Records are cancelled until we are at a point where we can announce our return.

We Bought The Last Rock-A-Fire Explosion To Go Inside Dumb Records Because They Are The Only Band In The World That Is Immune To COVID-19


Haha! It’s an April Fools day post! Because it’s April Fools Day! Something about The Rock-A-Fire Explosion not being able to catch any diseases or viruses because they are robots! And guess what, we are opening our venue back up to robots only! If you are an animatronic robot you can come to our space and watch the Rock-A-Fire! If not, then you have to still stay at home! Ahahahahahahaha oh boy.

“This is a great thing for our community and local bands because the Rock-A-Fire can be programmed to play different bands songs” said Jeff Black, co-owner of Dumb Records. “For example, tonight I will be doing some programming to make the Rock-A-Fire perform a Timmy’s set, which we are all very excited for.” “They are the only band we will be needing from here on out. We are working on getting a live stream up and running.”

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records


It’s another week of the lock-down! Horray! Have we all gone completely crazy yet? We have been having a number of people calling us asking if our store is open or if “we are afraid of that coronavirus stuff too.” Well guess what people, it doesn’t matter if you are afraid of a virus or not yourself, we are CLOSED because we HAVE to be for the safety of the WORLD wether you or us or anybody likes it or NOT. Trust us, if we had the power to make this all go away so we could still be open to sell you things to make money to pay our bills then we would. ANYWAYS, there are plenty of new things we are adding to our online Discogs store this week!!! Free shipping to anyone inside of Springfield!!

Used LPs
AC/DC – If You Want Blood You’ve Got It
Altan – The Red Crow
Ames Brothers – The Best of the Ames
The Black Velvet Band – When Justice Came
Bone of Construction – 48 Points of View
Boys of the Lough – Sweet Rural Shade
Boz Scaggs – Moments
Buck Owens – Under Your Spell Again
Carole King – Touch The Sky
Chet Baker / Les Paul – Chester & Lester
The Chieftains – Chieftains Live
Clannad – -macalla-
Crazy Spirit – Demo LP
Diana Ross & The Supremes – Anthology
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Livetime
Ella Fitzgerald – The Cole Porter Songbook
Gerry Rafferty – Night Owl
Gordon Lightfoot – Cold On The Shoulder
Grover Washington Jr. – Paradise
Helen Reddy – No Way To Treat A Lady
Henry Paul Band – Grey Ghost
James Galway – James Galway’s Christmas Carol
Jerry Lee Lewis – The Very Best Of
Jim Reeves – He’ll Have To Go
Joan Baez – Speaking of Dreams
The Jolly Boys – Pop ’n’ Mento
Judas Priest – Point of Entry
Kate Bush – Never For Ever
Kenny Rogers – Something Inside So Strong
Kim Wilde – Kim Wilde
Krayzie Bone – Get’chu Twisted
Linda Ronstadt – Linda Ronstadt
London Symphony Orchestra – Hooked On Rock Classics
Maynard Ferguson – Maynard Ferguson
Mike Ladd – Activator Cowboy
Modern Life Is War – Fever Hunting
Pablo Cruise – Part of the Game
Redmath – Pray
Rez Band – Hostage
Roy Buchanan – My Babe
Roy Clark – The Lightning Fingers of Roy Clark
Runner – Runner
The Searchers – No. 4
The Searchers – It’s The Searchers
Shirelles – The Shirelles
Tony Sheridan – Vol. 1 The Singles 1961-1964
The Unknown – Fall
Various – Celebrate The Sonic Arts
Waves of Grain – The West Was Fun
The Whole Lotta Loves – The Recline & Fall of Rock & Roll
Wings – Wild Life

12” Singles
Carol Williams – Queen of Hearts
CED – Shut The Game Down
Chubb Rock – The Big Man
Do Or Die – Be Alright / U Already Know
King T – Thy Kingdom Come
Kronic – Summertime
The Mercenaries – Yah-ee-yah / Huh, Who, What?
Rhymefest – All Girls Cheat
Rhyme Poetic Mafia – Comin’ Thru Your Neighborhood

New CDs
Aaron Neville – Warm Your Heart
Al Jarreau – All Fly Home
Al Jarreau – Tomorrow Today
Apollo Four Forty – Gettin’ High On Your Own Supply
Bauhaus – Crackle: The Very Best of Bauhaus
Bird 3 – Bird 3
Blenderhead – Figureheads On The Forefront
Blessid Union – Walking Off The Buzz
Bliss 66 – Trip To The 13th
Bob James – Joy Ride
Boney James – Trust
Brother Cane – Wishpool
Bryan Adams – Reckless
Bryan Adams – You Want It You Got It
Charlie Rich – 16 Biggest Hits
Chicago – Greatest Hits 1982 – 1989
Chicago – Greatest Hits Vol. II
Collin Raye – Direct Hits
The Cure – 3 For One CD Set
George Howard – A Home Far Away
Ian Brown – Golden Greats
Joe Henderson With The Wynton – Four!
Joe Henderson – Joe Henderson In Japan
The Kinks – Face To Face
LeAnn Rimes – Can’t Fight The Moonlight
LeAnn Rimes – I Need You
Mahavishnu Orchestra – Apocalypse
Massive Attack V Mad Professor – No Protection
Marty Robbins – Marty Robbins’ All-Time Greatest Hits
Mila Mason – The Strong One
Mila Mason – That’s Enough Of That
Neal McCoy – Super Hits
Neal McCoy – Greatest Hits
New Edition – Greatest Hits Volume 1
The Offspring – The Offspring
Quincy Jones – Quincy Jone’s Finest Hour
Rainbow – Long Live Rock ’N’ Roll
Special EFX – Global Village
Supertramp – Brother Where You Bound
Supertramp – Crisis? What Crisis?
Talking Heads – Remain In Light
Thelonious Monk – Epistrophy
Violent Femmes – Why Do Birds Sing?
Warren Hill – Love Songs
X – Live At The Whisky A Go-Go
Yngwie J. Malmsteen – The Best of ’90-‘99

Introducing Dumb Records “Deals of the Day”


We are trying something new to adapt to these times that we are in. With our physical store being closed for what is looking at least another month if not more due to COVID-19, we are depending on online sales to make sure that our business can survive this pandemic.

We have been selling and have over 5,000 items listed on our Discogs page. And now we want to mix things up a little bit by offering some “Deals of the Day” – where we are going to pick out five featured records a day to offer at discounted prices on a first come first serve basis! We’ll just take the description from today off of our facebook page:

We are offering reduced prices on these five featured records TODAY ONLY (3/30). First come first serve. We are offering FREE shipping to customers in Springfield, or $4 shipping anywhere else in the USA. Payment has to be done in advance through PayPal ( or CashApp ($DumbRecords)

1. Tame Impala “Currents” (new) – $26
2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “Ghosteen (new) – $26
3. Kate Bush “Never For Ever” (used, NM/VG+) – $14
4. Jeff Beck & The Yardbirds “Shapes of Things” (used, VG+/VG+) – $8
5. The Beach Boys “Endless Summer” (used, VG+/VG) – $11

This is good for today only, if this ends up being a fun lil’ thing, we’ll pick five more records tomorrow!

Right now all of those are still available EXCEPT for the Tame Impala record. You can keep checking our facebook page, and also instagram stories for new daily deals.

Marble Teeth: “Park”


Happy Monday everyone, today we are bringing you a brand new album from Park! Oh, wait… no, this is a brand new album from Decatur-based project Marble Teeth called Park! Haha! You can check out that eight-track album streaming on the player embedded below. Also head on over to the Marble Teeth bandcamp page to purchase the download of the album, or check out his earlier releases.

Marble Teeth doesn’t have any shows lined up as far as we know because there are no shows happening in the world right now. Heck, we are gonna add this one to our Springfield album archive page even though this is from Decatur.

Creepin Towards: “The Things You Love”

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Well, we certainly don’t expect to see very many new bands popping up or starting during the stay-at-home order that we are currently in, but looks like yesterday one new Springfield project made its debut at least in the online world! This new project is called “Creepin Towards” and features Clare Frachey (Spell Breaker, SAP) and Ralph Shank. The project is kicking things off with a bang with this new song and video for the song “The Things You Love.” Check out the video embedded on the player below.

This project doesn’t have any live shows lined up as far as we know, but then again there are no shows really lined up on the whole entire planet as far as we know right now.

Kate Laine: “Sway”


More new local music from our beloved solo acts coming at ya in these tough times! Today we bring you a brand new demo track from Kate Laine. The track is called “Sway” and you can find it streaming on the player below. Also head on over to Kate’s bandcamp page where you can pay-what-you-want for the download and check out more of her music. Kate released her last full album Recurring Dream in 2017 and two songs under her full band, Kate The Band last year.