The Next Bread Sheep Open Mic July 21st


Sometimes we get asked the question “when’s y’all’s next open mic ya gonna do”? And sometimes we don’t know the answer to that. But today we do. The next open mic we are planning for Sunday, July 21st at Bread Sheep. You better be there. It’s the normal drill for this one – 15 minute slots from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and to claim a slot, just post in the facebook event, email us at, or just show up to the show. Probably 95% of the time anyone wants to perform on an open mic we can make it happen. Here is the schedule right now:

9:45-10:00 – (blocked off for now)
9:30-9:45 – (blocked off for now)
9:15-9:30 – (blocked off for now)
9:00-9:15 – (blocked off for now)
8:45-9:00 – open
8:30-8:45 – Vertrell Yates
8:15-8:30 – open
8:00-8:15 – Niko Robledo
7:45-7:30 – open
7:30-7:15 – open
7:15-7:30 – open
7:00-7:15 – Gary & The Omnichords

That looks like a nice time now doesn’t it. And it’s free! Find a facebook event for this open mic right here. Check out our shows page on our site for a list of everything else coming up at Bread Sheep in the near future.

The Music Shoppe Inc. New Location Grand Opening July 13th


Maybe not the usual type of local music going-ons we cover on this site, but we figured letting you all know about a new or relocating music instrument/gear store having a grand opening would be an appropriate thing to do, especially for all of you local musicians out there. The Music Shoppe Inc., which was formerly located at 14th and Stevenson Streets in Springfield is holding a grand opening for their new west end location they have moved to at 2940 Constitution Drive. This is out there by Target and Skyzone on the West End. If you don’t know about Skyzone on the west end you need to go there too. The grand opening for the new location is happening in a couple of weeks all day on Saturday, July 13th from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm. Find a facebook event for the grand opening right here. The Music Shoppe is open now (not today), but every day except for Sunday 10am-6pm, and 10am-5pm on Saturdays. There are music lessons at the new location as well.

With Capitol City Music also located out west on Wabash, this puts both major music shops in town out west. It seems as if The Rock Shop’s repair department has also joined forces with The Music Shoppe and will be involved with the new west end location.

Bruce Kodrich: “Don’t Leave Empty Handed”


Today we are bringing you a stream of a local album we are absolutely blown away at the existence of. Bruce Kodrich – (yes, father of Black Sheep co-owner Drew Kodrich, vocalist of hardcore band Prevention, etc., etc.) has uploaded a full length album of his own original music, called Empty-Handed onto bandcamp. We have that album streaming below. The album features eight tracks of pure rock. Also head over to Bruce’s bandcamp page to pay to download the album for seven bucks and support Bruce. There may or may not be rumors of many more lost tapes in Bruce’s rock collection of original material he recorded over the years.

These songs and recordings may or may not be older than 2019, but since it is being released into the world right now we are counting it as a release for this year in our Springfield album archive page.

The Deep Hollow: “Carry Me Home” (Music Video)

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Today we are bringing you a fresh new music video from local Americana trio “Deep Hollow“. The video is for their song “Carry Me” which was a track on the band’s latest album Weary Traveler which was released last year. It won’t let us embed the video below, will it? Dang it. You are going to have to go on over to The Deep Hollow’s facebook page to watch this video, right here. This neat video features a few friends of ours from all over Springfield singing along, including a one second clip of Dumb Records volunteer Brian Galecki in our store! The video was shot and directed by Josh Catalano of Catalano Creative.

The Deep Hollow opened up for Lionel Richie at The Bank of Springfield Center earlier this month. We are not sure of any other shows they have coming up right now. Check out our vids/pics page for a long list of Springfield music videos shot over the years that we are adding this one to.

Friday Night Concert Series At White Oaks Mall Starting Today

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It looks as if White Oaks Mall heard that cool weekly concert series’ are IN this summer, so they decided to make a move on planning weekly concerts of their own to happen Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm over in their food court. This whole series is kicking off tonight in the food court (don’t forget we also have a show going on over here, so choose wisely), with the first act in the series being The Capital Big Band. The only other concert confirmed on the White Oaks Mall website right now is for next week July 5th with American Idol contestant Gracie Nave. White Oaks will be keeping an updated schedule on their site right here. And of course as seen on the flier above, White Oaks is open to hearing from acts that are interested in performing. Anyone interested can call the number listed: (217) 787-0110.

We just spoke with new White Oaks Marketing Coordinator Lori Kiel on the phone about the series, and she will be joining us on our radio program if all goes as planned in two weeks on Friday, July 12th to talk about what else is coming up in the series!

Tonight at Bread Sheep: Local Drags (LP Release), Bottom Bracket, Attic Salt


There is a show going on at Bread Sheep tonight! It’s our only one we’ve got lined up this weekend so be sure to come out tonight and enjoy the pure music. Tonight is going to be the LP release (yes, a vinyl record) of local group Local Drags who have not performed in Springfield very often if even at all. It’s good though – someone is pressing their album on to wax so it’s gotta be good. Stream that new album on that player below. This show is also going to be good because it’s got heavy hitters Bottom Bracket on board. And we’ve also got a rare Attic Salt performance – another band who has yet to play in the new space. That’s it! It’s just a three band show now.

This show starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our Bread Stretch Record Sheep’s shows page for a look at what is coming up in this space next door to us that we don’t have anything to do with.

Levitt AMP Music Series Tonight: Fareed Haque, Jazz Robots


It’s another Thursday night so that means it’s another Levitt AMP night out on the Y-Block here downtown. This is concert number 5 in a ten part concert series happening every Thursday night this summer, thanks to the Levitt AMP Grant our city won and a few other organizations for making this possible. Tonight the headliner is “Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Ensemble“. What’s that all about? From the Levitt AMP Springfield website:

Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Ensemble realizes Haque’s decades-long musical vision, bringing together some of the world’s finest classical guitar and Indian tabla players from opposite sides of the world to create music that reverberates from the tubes of guitar amplifiers to the streets of Mumbai. Haque’s The Flat Earth Ensemble is a culmination of several decades of experimentation with diverse musical genres.

There you have it. The opening act tonight is Jazz Robots from Chicago – another group that have actually played before over at The Radon Lounge. We’ve included some of Jazz Robots’s music streaming on the player below.

All of that starts tonight at 6:30 pm, goes until 8:00 pm on the Y-Block right next to the governor’s mansion downtown, and it’s all free. It might be a hot one tonight. Check out a facebook event for this concert right here. Also check the Levitt AMP Springfield website for a look at the remaining concerts in the Thursday night series!

Ky R: “Unfinished Business” (Music Video)


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Today we bring you some more local music in the form of a new single and music video from local artist Kylie Rogers who goes by “Ky R.” The video was shot and produced by HISO Music, which Ky R is one of the artists on the current HISO Music Company’s roster. You can check out her video for her song “Unfinished Business” embedded below, or head over to the HISO youtube page to view it right here.

Ky R released a 10 song album, Shivers, last year. You can check out that album on Spotify right here. We’ve also added this music video to a long list of local music videos on our vids/pics page.

Videos: Snuff Rider at Bread Sheep 6-22-19


Today we bring you another video taken of a song at a show at The Bread Sheep Café™ this past weekend. The video is of the brand new Springfield surf rock band “Snuff Rider” performing their song “Witchy”. If you are curious on what this new “Snuff”… “Rider” band is all about, now you can get some sort of idea. Check that out below or on our youtube channel. Check out our vids/pics page for a long list of videos taken mostly at Black Sheep over the years.

Snuff Rider will be playing next at Buzz Bomb Brewery right by us on July 17th if you are thirsty for more of their raw surf live.

Photos: Activator Magazine Anniversary Show


This past weekend at The Bread Sheep Birthday Party and Event Hall™ we had one show and that was to celebrate the birth of our dear friend, Activator Magazine who has been going one year strong as of this month. We have a good variety of genres represented at the anniversary show, some karaoke, and the performance of a brand new Springfield band called “Snuff Rider”. Carol Weems of Activator took plenty of photos, which you can see all of on the Activator Magazine facebook page. And if you like what you see there, maybe consider checking out the Activator Magazine patreon page where they are always posting photos of shows and much much more hot and exclusive content. Find some other photos of the show this past Saturday below.