Dumb Records co-owner Brian Galecki was / is one of many members of the music and arts community in Springfield featured in an article that came out within this past week in the Illinois Times called “Performing In A Pandemic.” Rachel Otwell put the piece together touching base with a lot of music art spaces in town and what they have been doing while “normal life” or normal live shows are still somewhat on hold. You can find the entire article online right here, or by picking up a copy of The Illinois Times at various locations around town for free. Also featured in the article is The Hoogland Center For The Arts, The Legacy Theatre, Springfield Dance, Springfield Ballet Company, UIS, CAMP, DSI, the Springfield Area Arts Council, and more.
From the article regarding the upcoming Levitt AMP series for 2021:
“Downtown Springfield Inc. (DSI) is planning for an outdoor concert series this year. It will be free to attend. In 2019, DSI secured its first Levitt AMP grant to host outdoor concerts on the Y block. It again got the grant for 2020, but the series was canceled. DSI recently learned it is guaranteed a Levitt AMP grant for 2021 as well as 2022.
DSI director Lisa Clemmons Stott said the plan is to create pod seating arrangements, where families and groups of up to six people sit together, but wear masks when not in their own socially distanced area. It’s too soon to announce a lineup, Clemmons Stott said. “Right now we’re looking to expand our partnerships and looking to expand the number of sponsors.” She said the 2021 venture will be more expensive to produce than it had been in 2019, with the goal for sound to cover the entire block where people will be spread out.“