Help Us Find A New Home For Our Elephant


Black Sheep and Dumb Records are moving downtown at the beginning of next year. We are leaving where we are now at the end of the month. You know, sometimes it’s easy to forget, but we have a life-sized bright green elephant right next to our record store. We need to move that too- but the space we are moving downtown does not have an open lot right next to it like we have now. Where is our elephant going to go??? We need your help finding a spot!! If anyone knows of anywhere we can put this giant friend of ours, let us know!, 217-691-8991.

Other notes:
– The closer the downtown the better.
– We only would like to access the elephant on the trailer for the downtown parades a few times each year.
– We do plan on fixing him up. (The mayor wants to see this happen).
– It is bolted onto this trailer, it’s not likely that we remove it from the trailer in any scenario.

There have been a lot of you reaching out asking how you can help with the move! That is great! We are working on a list of things right now that we will present to you all soon on other things we could use help with right now! Stay tuned! And sorry we are not giving out our exact location of the new spot just yet- that will come very soon as well!

Kate Laine: “Made A Poem”


This evening we are bringing you a stream of a brand new song by Kate Laine! The song is not a part of any release as of yet, just as a single entitled “Made A Poem”. You can stream it on the player below. Also head over to Kate’s bandcamp page to pay to download the mp3.

You can vote for “Made A Poem” as favorite song for this year on our Best of Springfield Music 2018 Poll! Going on now through December 13th. Kate Laine will also be performing next at Black Sheep for the big big concert with Park on Saturday, December 15th.

December 16th at Black Sheep: Open Mic + Gift Exchange


We have another something special lined up on Sunday, December 16th! This one is going to be the last ever open mic we hold in the current space that is Black Sheep, so we want to make it a special holiday time. We are holding a gift exchange in addition to an open mic. For the gift exchange – if you want to participate – you bring a wrapped gift (can be anything, as long as it’s wrapped) – we will form a pile of these gifts on the stage – and at the end of the night everyone takes a different gift and opens it! Surprise! Great!

For the actual open mic, we have plenty of open slots! Post in the facebook event to claim any open 15 minute slot:

10:15-10:30 – *spot reserved for anyone to claim at show*
10:00-10:15 – (open)
9:45-10:00 – *spot reserved for anyone to claim at show*
9:30-9:45 – (open)
9:15-9:30 – (open)
9:00-9:15 – (open)
8:45-9:00 – *spot reserved for anyone to claim at show*
8:30-8:45 – Pureheart
8:15-8:30 – (open)
8:00-8:15 – (open)
7:45-8:00 – (open)
7:30-7:45 – Emasculate Regression
7:15-7:30 – (open)
7:00-7:15 – (open)

As you can see, things start at 7:00 pm and go until 10:30 pm (we will be opening presents right around then). P.S. if you don’t have money, you can still make something and wrap it up, or just pick one of your belongings at home and bring it wrapped up! For fun! We are asking for $1-5 donations at this show to go to us and our big move. Find a facebook event for this right here. Also check out our shows page.

Oh! We should also mention that this day will also be the last one open for Dumb Records! (The 16th of December, that is). The store closes at 9:00pm that night. Be sure to stop by the store at some point!

December 9th at Black Sheep: Eric Marvel, Imaginary Colours, Layers, Glower, Neala, +Art


Black Sheep is closing its doors at the end of the month and we wanted to be sure to squeeze one more art event in before it’s all over! (Or at least until we are moved into a downtown space next year). Fun! For this event there will be a live painting going on (like we did for this painting pictured above a couple of years back now). Come out and bring painting close if you want to add to a giant canvas that everyone is going to paint on. There will also be musical acts. This includes Eric Marvel, whose music you can find streaming below. This also includes Imaginary Colours – electronic act that has three releases in the running for our Best of Springfield Music 2018 Poll. Layers will be performing as well – the local two-piece spoken word and guitar act. Glower will be performing as well, the only full band on the bill. Opening up it looks like we have “Neala” the solo project of Kristin Walker.

This event starts a little bit earlier at 6:00pm. Bring $5. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page to take a look at everything lined up from now until we are gone at the end of this month.