Absurdist People’s Theater Presents “Gem Of The Ocean” at Black Sheep May 19, 20, 21


Today we are excited to share with you all that we are once again teaming up with the new DIY theater troupe – “The Absurdist People’s Theater” for another round of performances at the end of this spring. The theater troupe will be taking on performing August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” first performed in 2003 dramatizing the African-American experience in the twentieth century. There will be three performances of the play put on by The Absurdist People’s Theater at Black Sheep and those are as follows:

Friday, May 19th at 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 20th at 7:00 pm
Sunday, May 21st at 1:00 pm

The Absurdist People’s Theatre also have a new website launched where you can reserve tickets for each of the performances. Tickets are $12 per show, and you can find the site right here. More on the play from the facebook event:

Directed by Alex Martin

Set in 1904, August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean begins on the eve of Aunt Esther’s 287th birthday. When Citizen Barlow comes to her Pittsburgh’s Hill District home seeking asylum, she sets him off on a spiritual journey to find a city in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Gem of the Ocean is the ninth work in Wilson’s ten-play cycle that has recorded the American Black experience and helped to define generations. The Broadway run starred Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad as Aunt Esther.

New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records


What’s up! We have a good selection of music in all different formats coming in to Dumb Records this week (1107 South Grand Ave East), including new and used LPs, 7″s, CDs, and cassettes. This includes the new LP for Hillsboro Illinois-based band The Young Eyes who just put on a record release show at The Radon Lounge this past weekend. Be on the lookout very very very soon for an announcement from us regarding Record Store Day happening this year on Saturday, April 22nd. Let’s take a look at the store’s hours for the week and then dive into the new arrivals:

Tuesday (today): noon – 9:00 pm
Wednesday: noon – 8:00 pm
Thursday: noon – 8:00 pm
Friday (show): noon – 9:00 pm
Saturday (show): 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday: noon – 8:00 pm

New LPs
The Young Eyes – Infinite Light

Used LPs
Abba – The Album
Aerosmith – Done With Mirrors
Adam Ant – Friend or Foe
Al Jarreau – Breakin’ Away
The Allman Brothers Band – Enlightened Rogues
The Allman Brothers Band – Win, Lose or Draw
Bruce Hornsby and the Range – The Way It Is
Camarata – Man of La Mancha
Crosby Stills & Nash – Replay
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends – On Tour With Eric Clapton
Dennis DeYoung – Desert Moon
The Doors – Strange Days
Edwin Hawkins – Live With The Oakland Symphony Orchestra
Elton John – Breaking Hearts
Eric Burdon & The Animals – Eric Burdon & The Animals
Eric Clapton – Money and Cigarettes
From Indian Lakes – Absent Sounds
George Harrison – Extra Texture
Go West – Go West
Jefferson Starship – Dragon Fly
Little Feat – The Last Record Album
Marshall Crenshaw – Field Day
Neil Diamond – Beautiful Noise
Nick Gilder – City Nights
Peter Cetera – Solitude / Solitaire
Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel
Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart
Various – The Incredible World of James Bond

New CDs
Krelboyne – Ghost of an Empire

Used CDs
Amora – In Lieu of X Wrong From Right
Brandon Carnes – I Am.
Breaking Benjamin – We Are Not Alone
Garth Brooks – Double Live
Gretchen Wilson – All Jacked Up
Insane Clown Possee – The Wraith / Shangri-La
Kid Rock – The History of Rock
Korn – Take A Look In The Mirror
Lamb of God – Wrath
Line of Fire – Line of Fire
Mastadon – Leviathan
Ministry – Greatest Fits
Rob Zombie – Hillbilly Delux
Rob Zombie – Icon
Run Forever – Bus Rides EP
Sam Platts & The Kootenai Three – Sundown At Noon
Shady Allstars – Shady Allstars
Slipknot – All Hope Is Gone
Static-X – Machine
The Union Underground – An Education In Rebellion

Various – Auditory Infection Volume One
ZZ Top – One Foot In The Blues
12 Stones – Anthem for the Underdog

New Cassettes
The Dry Look – Juiceless Glare EP
Krelboyne – Ghost of an Empire
Krelboyne – Hometown Heavyweights
Krelboyne – Linger || The Light Fades

Used Cassettes
Arcadia – So Red The Rose
Bardeux – Shangri-La
Big Mouth – Strong Voices
Birthright – Slavespirit
Chumbawamba – Tubthumper
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Daylight Again
Echo & The Bunnyman – Songs To Learn & Sing
King Kobra – Thrill of a Lifetime
Invertabit / August Traeger – Cacophonies
Ligature – The Stranger
New Kids On The Block – Hangin’ Tough
The Police – Synchronicity
Ricky Martin – Ricky Martin
Sensual Sensation – Lime
Shalamar – Circumstantial Evidence
Terri Gibbs – Some Days It Rains All Night Long
Unexamine – Property
Various – Old Fashion Bluegrass

Tonight at Black Shep: Sinai Vessel, Bottom Bracket, Household, Austin McCuten, Gadget


It’s a Tuesday and we do have a show going on at Black Sheep tonight! Be sure to come out tonight to see the band Sinai Vessel returning from Tennessee. Last time the band came through was actually a little over two years ago and they played with Looming. Check out their newest album which came out earlier this year on the player below. Also on this show we have Springfield studio-pros in the band Bottom Bracket. We had a neat time seeing them at Cafe Andiamo a week ago. Turns out they are the only Springfield act on this show too, wow. The other big touring band on the bill is Household from Minnesota. They played here last in February of 2015. Before that we have a solo performance by Austin McCuten from St. Louis of the band Choir Vandals. Then opening things up is Gadget from Decatur.

This show will start 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 some other shows coming up at Black Sheep this spring.