Jessica Knight, Brandon Carnes Introduce “First Try Sessions”

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Looks like amidst this global pandemic and stay at home order, some amazingly positive things are coming into fruition in our local music community. Earlier this week Jessica Knight and Brandon Carnes of the band Looming launched a new project called “First Try Sessions” with the goal of acquiring guitars for children ages 7-17 “and curate music lessons for them in hopes of encouraging a future full of knowledge and creativity.” Amazing! There isn’t a whole lot to the newly created Firsttrysessions.com but you can find their mission statement and a link to donate to the project there.

Along with announcing the project, the duo also released a 16-track album of covers up on bandcamp set to a name-your-own-cost download with the proceeds going towards First Try Sessions. You can also find that streaming below.

We are excited to report back with more news on this project later on and the positive things it may bring!

Tonight at Black Sheep: Resilience – A Night of Poetry, Spoken Sentiment, and Music

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Snow is in the air, the times are a changin’, and we are trying something a little new at Black Sheep tonight! Tonight we are hosting a special event in response to this years election results and other events going on in the world- it is being called Resilience: A Night of Poetry, Spoken Sentiment, and Music. This will be an event geared towards bringing together the voices of a variety of different communities that need to be heard in response to this year’s election results while incorporating various forms of expression, emotion and resilience. Here is what we have planned for the night:

9:30 and later: PRYSS and SHARK WEEK
8:30 – 9:30: block of hip hop and spoken word presented by 217Hiphop.comand Torch Tuesday at Bar None
+ performance by Mikey Hash
8:10: guest speaker Sam Johnson of KEEP It 200
8:00: spoken word by AJ Francis
7:00 – 8:00: an hour of poetry by Johari Id and more
6:30: guest speaker Stephen Houldsworth
6:00: opening + maybe songs by Jason Perry

We will also be taking donations for the following organizations:
Planned Parenthood
The Pheonix Center: Central Illinois LGBTQ Community Center
Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault
National Urban League
Standing Rock : Dakota Access Pipeline Donation Fund
The Task Force

As you can see, this show will start at 6:00 pm and likely go until around 10:30 pm. Check out a facebook event for this right here. Also of course check out our shows page for more happening at Black Sheep in the near future. This event will be FREE but we will be taking donations to various groups, charities, and organizations that may be needing help the most during these times.

December 4th at Black Sheep: Resilience – A Night of Poetry, Spoken Sentiment, and Music

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It’s here! With last week’s election and the times we are living in being crazy times, we made this statement as The Black Sheep last week regarding where we stand as an all ages space in town. And as we promised, we are now hosting an event on Sunday, December 4th also a response to this year’s election called “RESILIENCE.” What does resilience mean? By definition it is “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.” We might not all agree on political issues- but most of us can get behind banding together when other different communities, minorities, or those who don’t fit in anywhere may be experiencing difficulty to help each other out- or to give voice to those people in need that don’t often get the opportunity to be heard. So on December 4th we are coming together for a night of music, poetry, hip hop, spoken word, and more. Here is what we have planned for the night:

9:30 and later: PRYSS and SHARK WEEK
8:30 – 9:30: block of hip hop and spoken word presented by 217Hiphop.comand Torch Tuesday at Bar None
+ performance by Mikey Hash
8:10: guest speaker Sam Johnson of KEEP It 200
8:00: spoken word by AJ Francis
7:00 – 8:00: an hour of poetry by Johari Id and more
6:30: guest speaker Stephen Houldsworth
6:00: opening + maybe songs by Jason Perry

As you can see, this show will start at 6:00 pm and likely go until around 10:30 pm. Check out a facebook event for this right here. Also of course check out our shows page for more happening at Black Sheep in the near future. This event will be FREE but we will be taking donations to various groups, charities, and organizations that may be needing help the most during these times. Suggestions on groups to have donation jars for welcome!

Time is very limited on this event right now, but if there is any way you feel you can get involved (showing art, making food, setting a table up, etc) send us an email to blacksheepspringfield@gmail.com

Black Sheep Sponsoring “Teen Talent Showcase” Tonight at Boys and Girls Club

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This weekend Black Sheep has gotten the chance to work with HISO Music and The Boys & Girls Club on another event benefiting the community. That is the “Teen Talent Showcase” happening tonight at The Boys & Girls Club on 300 South 15th Street. The event will be a talent showcase for younger musicians or those who haven’t yet gotten many opportunities to perform. Black Sheep co-owners Brian Galecki and Clare Frachey will be involved at this event as “judges” offering support. From the HISO page:

It’s Here! The TEEN event of the year!
Hiso Music Entertainment and The Boys & Girls Clubs Of Central Illinois Present: The 2016 Teen Talent Showcase!
Saturday, November 12th 7-10pm | Suggested Donation: $5 | at The Boys & Girls Club of Central IL
Our line-up of local Teen talent are: Shedric Lee, Tiara Michell, Seth Belford, Kaitlyn Stelivan, Dajuan Stewart Jr., Priscilla Bartelhiem and Ja’Maya Hill!
Special Performances by: Sarah Sgro and Dj Yinka!
Don’t miss out on the best event of the 2016!
Come out and support!

The event is going on from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at The Boys & Girls Club (300 S. 15th Street), and there is a suggested donation of $5 going to The Boys & Girls Club. Of course we have a show happening at Black Sheep tonight still during the same time.

October 1st at Black Sheep: WQNA Benefit with SAP, TANG, The Good Companions, Imelda Marcos, Shark Week

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We are mixing things up a little bit more at Black Sheep with this benefit show happening here at the very start of next month on Saturday, October 1st. This one will be a benefit show for local radio station WQNA 88.3, also the station that hosts the Black Sheep Radio Show every Friday. Recently WQNA’s transmitters suffered damage from a storm, which then inspired the idea for a benefit. Part of the proceeds for this show will be going to WQNA. On the bill we have Springfield three piece band SAP. We also have TANG– the band, not the drink, which features Ted Keylon who also has a program on 88.3. Then is The Good Companions featuring Danny Kerwin of Monophonic-Stereo Show on Monday nights. We have one touring band on the bill here, and that is Chicago’s Imelda Marcos. You can check out some music by them streaming on the player below. Then opening things up is Shark Week.

This show will begin at 6:00 pm and admission is $7. You can find a facebook event for this show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep in the near future.

August 26th at Black Sheep (Benefit) Spooky Poo, Gadget, Bring On The Fall, Skunkworks

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On Friday, August 26th we have a show coming up at Black Sheep that is going to be a benefit for a family based out of Decatur, Illinois who recently lost a son. This show will actually feature four bands who also all played our Black Sheep Battle of the Bands last month. This includes “Spooky Poo” from Decatur, who you can find on the player embedded below. Also from Decatur and featuring some of the same members is the band Gadget! Then we have the Taylorville-based alternative rock band called “Bring on the Fall.” Then it looks like opening things up is the Jacksonville-based newer band who won our judicial vote and recorded demo portion of the battle of the bands- “Skunkworks.”

This event will be starting at 6:00 pm, and admission is $7. Everyone is welcome to come and support. You can find a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page right here where you can find what else is coming up in Southtown the rest of this summer and early fall.

Tonight at Black Sheep: For Tom Alderson

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Thank you to all who came out to help us celebrate our ten year anniversary of The Black Sheep Cafe last night! We are thoroughly exhausted right now, but are working on cleaning up the space and getting ready for a whole ten-band benefit show/festival happening at Black Sheep tonight. Tonight’s show is going to be a benefit for the recovery Tom Alderson, a musician who was injured at a hardcore festival in Philadelphia. You can find out more about Tom Alderson’s situation and donate online right here. We have quite the lineup of bands coming from all over tonight in support of Tom:

Diaper Rash
Undeserving
Sermos
ILL BLOOD
Lowered A.D.
Meth Dealer
JÏG
Spitback
Breaking Wheel
Terminal Nation

You can stream a demo from the band JïG from Indianapolis who will be playing tonight below. Tonight the doors open at 4:30 pm and show starts at 5:00 pm. Admission for the show tonight is $8 and $6 if you bring donations of merch or vinyl for raffling. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at everything else coming to Black Sheep past our ten-year mark.