Dumb Records’ “Record of the Night” Receives Best of 2018 Downtown Springfield Nomination

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Wow! We weren’t even downtown yet in 2018, but we are extremely grateful to be receiving a big nomination in the Downtown Springfield Best of 2018 awards! The nomination is under the category of “Best Creative Promotion” and more specifically goes to our Record of the Night series, which has been on-going for the past six years, but we have managed to keep up with the tradition every single day of 2019 as we have been moving and settling into our new home downtown.

Other nominees in the category include the “Adams Family” – the group of businesses one block over from us on Adams Street, and also Obed & Isaac’s Wine Bus Tour.

The Downtown Springfield Awards Ceremony where winners of the categories will be announced is this Wednesday night. Keep up with all of our Record of the Night ridiculousness right here.

An Update: January 2nd, 2019

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Hello! It’s been a minute since we’ve really used our website to post about anything that has been going on with our big move downtown. Now that we’ve got a new domain (dumbrecs.com) and are in a new year, we feel it is finally time to catch up a little bit!

Yes, we are completely moved out of the old locations of Dumb Records and Black Sheep in Southtown. The final shows this past month were all incredible. Thank you all who came out for any of those or who have supported us in any way. Money that was raised at those shows is going towards startup costs and building materials for the new space.

When will we be open? We only just started working in the new space a couple of days ago, and it will take time to get things exactly how we want them to be setup for our record store and show space. We would like to say that we will be open in some form or another by the end of this month, even if it is just a soft opening for the record store portion. It is likely that the store portion will be open in some form before we are able to have shows. We are still not putting anything on the calendar for shows.

If you are wanting to help, we have a private facebook group going covering discussion on what projects we are currently tackling in the new space. That is our best means of communicating to a group that wants to help right now. Work is being done on the space in some form or another every day right now. Our old group is just an all around group for “Springfield IL Area Shows” which we mean to cover shows going on in town elsewhere such as The Radon, Bar None, and CFP. All of those spots are currently hosting shows while we work on our new space.

We have just now re-launched our Discogs online store! This means that even though our store is closed right now, if you really want to you can order from us online! There might be a limited amount of items listed there now, but we are building it up every day. Some of you may have also noticed we printed new shirts with a re-vamped logo – there will be a separate online store launched for that and other merch very soon! Be on the lookout for that!

That’s it for now!

All Of Your Questions About Our New Downtown Location Answered

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With just about half of a month left of Black Sheep being open, and a remaining four days of Dumb Records being open at it’s current location, we feel we are finally ready to reveal information to you regarding our new space in 2019. A lot of you have been asking questions, so we feel it is appropriate to present all of the answers to your questions in this FAQ format.

A couple of days ago, Dumb Records posted all over social media pictures of a giant face taking up a storefront downtown, without any explanation as to what was going on.

Where did that face come from? Who is that?

It just came from googling “old man mask” in image search.

Where are you all moving to?

416 and 418 East Monroe Street. This includes the space where the face is filling the window and also the space next to it (both inside spaces pictured above). There is a doorway on the inside connecting both spaces. 

Will one side be the store and one side be for shows?

Yes. We actually would like to use both sides during the day as a record store, then have the bigger space (416 E Monroe) able to transform into a show space by clearing out all of record carts or tables.

Will you do shows as often as you do now?

Probably eventually. We would like to continue to see all kinds of events in the new space. But we are thinking we will start the first months of being open out small to test the waters, probably just one show a weekend tops.

Is it bigger or smaller?

Both spaces are slightly smaller than Black Sheep and Dumb Records now, but since they are connected and we plan on utilizing both of them for a store space during the day, we potentially have more to work with than before. Back rooms in the 416 space might also allow us to have a back area / green room for bands and performers or other possibilities.

When are you opening?

It’s much too early to say right now! We’re taking this one thing at a time and are focusing on moving out of our current location first. We do have a few ducks to get in a row with some slight adjustments to the space to be up to code with the zoning and fire departments. We will definitely not be announcing any type of opening date until we are completely squared away with all of that. There is also a good chance we will be opening up the store portion before hosting any events for a while.

Are you still keeping the names Black Sheep and Dumb Records?

For simplicity’s sake, we are just calling the new space Dumb Records.

So Black Sheep is done forever?

That’s not really how we see it, our system of running a record and show space side-by-side is still going to be the same and the same people are going to be involved setting up shows. The name and location are changing, yes.

Will the walls be covered in graffiti like Black Sheep?

No. Maybe some murals for now.

Will the owners still be the same?

It’s probably safe to say that no one’s involvement with the new space will be any less. And also as with Dumb Records and Black Sheep, there is also plenty of room for others to be involved with behind the scenes work.

What’s going to happen to Southtown Sound?

Unfortunately Southtown Sound ended soon after Kyle Noonan took a recording engineering job elsewhere in Southern Illinois earlier this year. He had been running Southtown Sound for over a full year. The equipment went to others that plan on continuing recording bands and projects in their own homes (the CFP house). There is no studio planned for our new space, but who knows – we are moving downtown where nearby spaces that are opening up could lead to other things happening!

What’s going to happen to where Black Sheep and Dumb Records are now?

George says he’s going to sell records out of the record store. He also put a giant FOR RENT sign in our window. As for Black Sheep, we have no idea.

What’s going to happen to Dumb Fest?

That’s a tough question right now! Right now our attention is focused on this move going smoothly and us finishing out Black Sheep the end of this year. This is usually the time of year when we are starting planning for Dumb Fest in June. Unfortunately we will not have a venue and skatepark for shows side by side and our setup in the new spot is not anywhere near ideal for a three-day punk festival. This might mean that we are taking a break from Dumb Fest for this year, maybe we’ll have a “mini-Dumb Fest”, maybe we won’t be able to hold any Dumb Fests at all. We do however think that getting our foot in the door downtown is going to lead to us discovering other potential spots for all ages shows to happen, so we are optimistic about another maybe SXSW style festival put on by Dumb Records in the future.

We are also limited to other bigger festival-type shows at the new location (even Black Sheep Fest). There is a good chance that we will do more ticket-presale shows that actually sell out or cap off after a certain number of tickets are sold.

What’s going to happen to The Black Sheep Radio Show?

It’s not going anywhere! Still keeping our regular slot from 4-6pm on 88.3 WQNA fm. You mean someone out there actually listens?!?

Can my band play at the new space?

Yes, but we aren’t ready yet! As we said earlier, we aren’t announcing any sort of start date until all of the logistics with our space are squared away. This means we are set on not putting anything on our calendar until then.

Can I set up a show at the new space?

Once we are able to open up, yes we do want to encourage anyone who wants to to set up shows. We will have some sort of system in place for booking that will hopefully be simple and make sense for everyone.

How can I help?

A lot of you have been reaching out about helping us move! Just check the Black Sheep facebook group for updates regarding us moving. We won’t be moving everything all in one night, likely spread out over the course of this next month. We will also likely need help building, painting, and getting the new space ready. You can also check the Black Sheep group for that, and we’ll try to put up posts on this site on what we need help with every so often.

Also it probably goes without being said, but right now we need support in terms of everyone coming out to our last shows at our current location! There are currently eight shows left. We will have a donation jar set up to take donations that will help us with moving expenses (there are a lot of costs involved with opening up a new space). If we are short on funding once all of our shows in the old space are done, we might look to more online crowd funding to cover expenses if needed. You can also make donations online by Paypal-ing us directly right here!

Springfield In The Running For Levitt Amp Live Music Grant (Help Vote)

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Our friends over at Downtown Springfield Inc. have notified us that our Springfield is currently in the running to win a grant for $25,000 to go towards music events in the downtown area. The grant is called The Levitt Amp Grant – here’s a description of the Levitt Amp organization from their site:

The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is an exciting matching grant program made possible by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national creative placemaking funder dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through the power of free, live music. With Levitt AMP, the joy of free, live music is bringing communities together in small and mid-sized towns and cities across the country.

While Levitt’s program of permanent outdoor music venues, each presenting 50+ free concerts annually, is tailored to large metro areas with populations of over 400,000 (due to financial sustainability and audience development considerations), the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards are specifically designed to meet the needs and capacity of small to mid-sized towns and cities.

Since 2015, the Levitt Foundation has awarded $1.4 million total to 29 communities across America through the Levitt AMP grant program.

Springfield is currently eighth place in the running. Go to the Levitt Amp site and vote right here – you will have to register on their site (which entails giving them a name and email address) before voting.

Downtown Springfield Inc. has reached out to us at Black Sheep saying they would like us involved in some of the organizing for at least one of the events if we win the grant!

Tonight at Downtown Springfield: Halloween Parade Featuring Livin’ Thing + Pineapple RNR

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Tonight’s a big night in Springfield music history! Tonight we are helping orchestrate the first ever moving show on wheels – bands Livin’ Thing and Pineapple RNR from St. Louis will be performing on a moving Dumb Records float as a part of the first ever Downtown Springfield Halloween Parade, organized by The Parent Place. Check out some of Pineapple RNR’s music below – the band features members of other popular St. Louis bands Lumpy & The Dumpers, The Wad, and Fried E.M. The parade tonight of course is free – for more info on the route downtown go to The Parent Place’s facebook event. There will be plenty of candy of course and free tattoos. The parade route kicks off downtown at 7:30 and things will likely go until 8:30 or 9:00.

We are still looking for volunteers in possibly walking with us and also helping decorate our float! If anyone is interested in helping us decorate, we will be outside of Dumb Records today starting at 2:30 pm. Find a facebook event for all of this right here. The weather forecast says it’s going to be COLD, but just be sure to bring a jacket!

October 28th Downtown Springfield Halloween Parade: Livin’ Thing & Pineapple RNR Play on Moving Dumb Records Elephant Float

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After our first ever show for plants was a huge success last night, we are continuing to embark on turning your typical rock n’ roll show inside out and break all of the standard rules on what a “gig” truly is. Tonight we are announcing the first ever MOVING GIG with bands Livin’ Thing and Pineapple Rock N’ Roll from St. Louis. Bands will be performing on a moving float on Saturday, October 28th as part of the first ever downtown Springfield Halloween Parade. Pineapple RNR feature members of Lumpy & The Dumpers, The Wad, and more. Check out some of their music below. The float will be powered by (or pulled by) Milestshirts, and will also be followed by some representation from Boof City Skate Shop. You can maybe expect some music thrown in there from Nighthawk or Gary & The Omnichords. Flier done by Connor, age 9.

Thank you to The Parent Place for allowing us this opportunity. You can find a facebook event for their downtown Halloween Parade right here. The parade will be going from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on 5th and 6th streets downtown. There will be candy, and we will be giving out plenty of Dumb Records tattoos. Find our facebook event for this moving show right here. That same night is also Hobgob at Bar None – starting at 9:00 pm.

Hobgoblinspookadelic 2017 at Bar None Saturday, October 28th: NIL8, Fragile Porcelain Mice, Parasites

 

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Since it is now October a lot of you might be starting to think about those Halloween plans! We WILL be having a Black Sheep Halloween show this year on October 31st. Be on the lookout for that announcement soon. NIL8‘s annual Hobgoblinspookadelic will be taking place this year as well on Saturday, October 28th at Bar None for the 21 and up crowd. This should be a fun one – a legendary St. Louis rock band – Fragile Porcelain Mice (formed in 1991) will be performing. Check out some of their music on the player below. Opening this thing up is the band Parasites from Chicago.

This show will start at 8:30 pm, admission is $10, and the show is ages 21+. Find a facebook event for the show right here. Without giving too much away, we will also say that Dumb Records is working on something special for a certain Halloween parade happening earlier that night also downtown!! Wow!