THE SKATALITES (Jamaican Ska, Est. 1964) Playing Free Outdoor Concert June 6th in Downtown Springfield


We have been holding off BIG TIME in announcing something incredibly exciting that is coming to downtown Springfield as part of the Levitt AMP Springfield concert series that we as Dumb Records had a hand in, but we can no longer hold off as this is something that is happening nearly one month from now. Legendary ska group from Jamaica, THE SKATALITES will be performing FOR FREE on or near the Y-block in downtown Springfield on Thursday, June 6th as a part of the Levitt AMP Concert Series. The Skatalites are a group that has been around playing music in some or another since over 55 years ago. They will be performing here in Springfield as a ten piece band. Stream their first ever album from 1967 on the player below.

The concert is kicking off on the lawn (or nearby) at 6:00 pm with one opening act “TaQsem.” It is free. For those of you unfamiliar on where the Y-block, it is visible right through the alley right next to us (very close to Dumb Records). Find a facebook event for this one right here. This concert is supposed to be one in a ten part series being presented by Levitt AMP Springfield and the Springfield Area Arts Council. We’ll be sure to let you know when all of those concerts are announced, you can also follow their facebook page for updates right here.

Friday at Anvil & Forge: Tiny Desk Concert Series With Jeff Williams, Kate Laine, Dexter, The Deep Hollow + More


Hey it’s the first of May and we hear we are also in the middle of Public Radio Week going on here in town! There’s been some buzz surrounding a show happening on the last day of this “Public Radio Week” being put together by NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS… looks like we have ourselves a few performances lined up on the Old State Capitol Lawn this upcoming Friday, May 3rd at 7:00 pm. (The flier above says 5th and Washington, and their facebook event says 6th and Washington… we are going to assume this is taking place somewhere out on the lawn in between those two streets). *UPDATE: This is actually now happening at Anvil & Forge at 619 E Washington Street. Wow! For this event  they have a performance by Jeff Williams of NIL8 lined up, also Springfield folk/Americana act The Deep Hollow will be performing. Also Kate Laine (Kate the Band(?)), and Looming (as a two piece?), Dexter Anodyne, and more? Wow!

From what we gather there are actually pre-sale tickets for this one, which are $10 and can be found on the NPR site right here. Check out a facebook event for all of that right here. We are going to go ahead and list this one on our Springfield shows page and try to keep more up to date on shows going on in town outside of our own space!

Tonight at Bread Stretchers: CELL, CPU Rave, Grave Switcher, Prevention


Wow it’s a brand new month and there are a lot of great shows lined up at Bread Stretchers this month starting tonight (one tomorrow night too)! We are lucky enough to have two touring hardcore bands from Canada coming through tonight! One is called “CELL” and you can find their music streaming on the player below. Hardcore from Montreal, Quebec? Then on tour with them and also from Montreal is “CPU Rave“. Oh, and by the way this show is happening on Wednesday, May 1st. Both of those bands play hardcore punk music. Good thing we have Springfield hardcore punk music band Grave Switcher also on board for this show! And what’s this? Opening things up we have a brand new band called “Prevention” featuring members of No Cash Value, Final Order, and Grave Switcher??

This starts tonight at 7:00 pm. In case you didn’t know, Bread Stretchers shows start on the DOT. Admission is just five bucks. Find 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 Bread Stretchers in the near future.