Activator Magazine Issue #1 Now Available (for Free) at Dumb Records and Black Sheep


Some pretty exciting news regarding a new monthly publication in Springfield – Activator Magazine is now a real physical thing and is available *for free* inside of Dumb Records and Black Sheep! Be sure to come by and pick one up from us tonight! Activator is “A collaboration of local writers and artists coming together to shine a light on central Illinois music and culture.” As you can see, this first issue features and interview with Jessica Knight and Brandon Carnes of Looming, and also includes a guide on Dumb Fest 6. Also features a music calendar, and more.

Activator is available at a few different locations around town including – Head West, Free Press Coffee, Buzz Bomb, Redbird Electric Tattoo, Newage Tattoos, Unique Enchantments Salon, Curve Inn, WM. Van’s Coffee, Urban Sassafras, Recycled Records, Black Sheep Cafe and Dumb Records.

The magazine plans on continuing at a monthly pace and is accepting submissions for content. Be sure to pick up a copy to find out more.

Tomorrow Afternoon at Black Sheep: Consent Zine Workshop (Presented by PCASA)


Tonight is the last show at Black Sheep before the great big Dumb Fest, but we do have one other workshop going on tomorrow in the early afternoon, being put on by the fine folks at the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault who we are happy to be working with. It is going to be a free zine-making workshop of sorts highlighting topics of consent. Here’s the description from the facebook event:

For those of you who have expressed interest in helping with a consent zine, please come to this workshop and help us assemble one! We hope to have them up and ready for distribution by mid-June.
Consent is voluntary, verbal, on-going, retractable, mutual, genuine, enthusiastic, honest, active and SIMPLE!
Our goals with this workshop will be :
*to educate the participants on the basics of consent
*to educate the participants on the uses of zines and how to make them
*to then compile an informative and all inclusive consent zine together!
The zines will be for public use and distribution once they are finished.

PLEASE feel free to bring personal drawings, photographs you have taken, poems, collage materials, stickers, magazines, and anything that could be used to help with the assembly of these zines!

This event will be free of charge and open to everyone! Please note that the topics of discussion may be triggering or upsetting to some people so please plan accordingly. Please feel free to comment in this event discussion with any questions.
We hope to see you there!

Find a facebook event for the workshop right here. Also check out a list of what we have coming up at Black Sheep right here on our shows page.

Tonight at Black Sheep: The Little Death, Rockford (CD Release), Bottom Bracket, Sidelined, Bosley Mongo, HECK


Tonight we have a very special show going on at Black Sheep, also our last before the great big Dumb Fest (aside from a workshop tomorrow). Tonight is the CD release for not one, but TWO local bands and we are very excited. It is going to be the big EP release show for new local band “The Little Death” for their Way Happier EPThe Little Death features members of former Springfield band Fill In The Blank. Also on this show is Springfield alternative rock group – Rockford’s CD release as well. Rockford has also been working on new recordings. The third local rock group we have on this bill to complete that trifecta of sorts is Bottom Bracket. Then there are a couple of touring acts. This includes Bosley Mongo from Chicago. Check out their music streaming on the player below. This also includes the band Sidelined from Newton, Illinois who have been around for a good minute and have played at our space a few times over the years. Opening things up we have HECK which is the solo work of Hannah Songer.

This show starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $7. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also check out our shows page (we are working on updating) for a list of what else is coming up at Black Sheep this month.