Wow there is so much going on here downtown we can hardly keep up! This weekend there is the Fat Ass 5k happening throughout downtown, starting tonight with live music on 7th street and then tomorrow with a big morning run. After having The Complaint Line play outside in our alley for Downtown Open Streets last weekend, we are up to keep going with outdoor performances outside of our store and have the opportunity to continue that tomorrow with the Fat Ass 5k run! So we are teaming up with Midwest Connectz for another “pop-up stage” this time will be directly in front of our store on the edge of the street tomorrow morning from 10:00 to 11:00 am! Performers lined up include Clutch, Alexa Redd, and Shon The Greatest. We’ll also be open (maybe a little bit early… let’s say 9:30 am) and will likely have coffee and donuts in our store.
More info on the Fat Ass 5K can be found here. Next weekend we’ve got Pride Fest and also the Old Capitol Art Fair to look forward downtown! Then we’ll be in Farmers Market season!
A lot of you have been very curious as to what the city of Springfield winning a $25,000 grant through the Levitt AMP Foundation would lead to and after a lot of waiting and anticipation the dates for all ten concerts that are set to take place on the Y-Block downtown this summer have been announced. These will be happening Thursday nights from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at 4th and Jackson Streets downtown (very close to our new location). At this point all of the dates have been released as facebook events posted from the Levitt AMP Springfield facebook page. Here are all of them listed out:
May 30th: Damon Mitchell + Integrity
June 6th: The Skatalites + TaQsem
June 13th: The ISO Brass Ensemble
June 20th: Oro Solido + Latin Jazz Project
June 27th: Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Ensemble + Jazz Robots
July 4th: Concert + Fireworks
July 11th: Dirty Dozen Brass Band + Frank Parker
July 18th: Liz Cooper & The Stampede + Kate Laine
July 25th: Switchback + Skibbereen
August 1st: John Moreland + Edward David Anderson
There you have it! Dumb Records is on as a main supporting sponsor for the June 6th date with The Skatalites – active since the 1960’s and on tour from Jamaica. Keep updated with everything Levitt Springfield related by following the Levitt AMP Springfield page on facebook. We’ll also be adding all of these shows to our Springfield shows page so you can stay up to date on events going on outside of our space.
Update: Here is a video announcement put together by Downtown Springfield Inc. and PNC Bank for all of the dates.
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.
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!
Here’s a photo taken directly from our Dumb Records bulletin board which is filling up fast with events coming up (most of them happening downtown)! This one looks like the first big downtown outdoor music event of the season here – it’s “Buzz Fest” put on by Buzz Bomb Brewery on Saturday, March 30th in celebration of the bar and brewery turning one year old at their downtown location just a hop and a skip over from us on Adams Street. Hopefully the weather is going to be warm enough for an outdoor event there in a little over one week (it seems to be warming up now)! There are a lineup of bands for Buzz Fest – including the return of “The Goddamn Gallows” to Springfield – the punk rock “gutterbilly” band from the west coast who has played here last at Bar None this past summer. This time around The Goddamn Gallows is on tour with Scott H. Biram from Texas. You can check out some of Scott’s music on the player below. And even more – “Urban Pioneers” are also performing also from Texas (also on tour?). Local openers include the rowdy Foam Fangers and also Kate Laine.
According to the event online, Buzz Fest begins at noon and goes all the way until 1:00 am. (We are not exactly sure what time in there bands go on outside). Find a facebook event right here. Tickets are $10-15 and can be found here. We think the outdoor performances would be all ages (?). Also check out our Springfield shows page where we are trying to come up with a list of all Springfield shows coming up outside of the new Dumb Records (soon).
Hey! We almost forgot to mention how great the St. Patrick’s Day Parade downtown was this past weekend! We’ve never seen so many people in Springfield in one spot before, and that parade sure was a long one! We had a great time taking our giant green elephant pulled by Miles T Shirts, also walking with our friends from The Radon Lounge, Springfield Vintage, and of course The Chili Bowl Mullet Man himself. Wow! We even heard a rumor that we won third place prize for best float or something like that?? Not sure if there is any confirmation of that out there.
Check out a few photos above and below, or also on our flickr page for a full album of 20-something pictures.
Wow! We want to thank everyone who came out to the official grand opening of Dumb Records at our new downtown location yesterday. We had a packed house for the ribbon cutting with the mayor and Chili Bowl Mullet Man and plenty of other friends and familiar faces. Thanks to Foamed Up Coffee for being there as well. This photo up top was taken by radio station 97.7 QLZ.
Our store is now open every day at 418 E Monroe Street from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Thursday we will switch over to permanent full hours 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Shows will be happening here very very soon from what we can tell! We will also be participating in the downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade next weekend!