We certainly have quite the announcement to bring you this late afternoon! We have been holding off on spilling the beans on this one, but can finally let you all know that we are getting a new next door neighbor here in our new downtown home. That is Benny DeWitt who is opening up “Good Heart Tattoos” which is going to be a new tattoo studio located at 414 E Monroe Street, just on the other end of the alley. Here is Benny’s big announcement:
I am excited to announce that I am opening up my own place to make tattoos in Springfield. I will not be traveling for a while, but after doing so for quite a few years I believe I have a vision for what tattooing can be for our city.
A year ago I wrote some goals and wishes in my journal and one of them was to figure out where I want to open shop permanently and the other was to pick up as much knowledge of my craft as possible.
After heavy consideration, I decided that the clients and friendships I’ve made over the last decade tattooing here mean a ton and I don’t want to miss out on my friends and family.
It is my goal to bring the absolute best tattooing home and build the culture and space it deserves!
I will still be tattooing at Black Moon until I announce an opening date early fall.
If you’d like to get in and bless me with work while I undertake this journey please do! It will be a labor of love and I will work hard to bring the best tattooing I can to our region!
More info on a grand opening and celebration will be announced later on! In the meantime, go follow Good Heart Tattoos on facebook right here.
That’s right, you heard it! Now that we are downtown, we get to participate in the Downtown Springfield Sidewalk Sales – which happen two Saturdays out of every year. We tried to do this back in the spring but it rained that day. Now the weather is looking much better at a high of 82 degrees and sunny. For the sidewalk sales, a number of downtown businesses take part in different sales, or putting stuff out on the sidewalks. For this we will be putting all of our $1 records out on the sidewalk, and will be holding an all day sale of 20% off everything in our store. Enjoy!
In addition to all of that, local clothing brand “The Zodiac Custom” will be doing a pop-up shop inside the second room of our store! That will be happening from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Our store will be open Saturday from 10:00 am until after 8:00 pm – we have our hip hop show going on in the evening starting at 7:30 pm.
The weekend is here and we are trying some new things! There are a lot of downtown festivals to keep up with anymore, but this weekend is the big Downhome Music Festival that happens around this time every year. We are actually involved with the festival this year with two official aftershows happening tonight and tomorrow night at our space, both at midnight!
Tonight’s midnight aftershow is also the CD release for local solo artist “Dexter.” We are very excited for Dexter’s new album Weeping Venus. You can check out one track off of that album “The River” right here. The CD is being released by a brand new local lable called Signal Element Records. Also playing this show is Derrick Streibig from the band We Are Warm, and also Jeff Williams of NIL8. That starts over at our space at midnight tonight, admission is $3. We are requesting no outside drinks at this show. Find a facebook event for that tonight right here.
Of course in addition to just what we’ve got going on tonight, we have another midnight after party going on at our space tomorrow as a CD release show for Master Bastard, which you can find more info about right here. Music is also going on downtown all weekend as part of Downhome Music Festival – we will post the photo of the schedule for the main festival below. Tickets for both days are $6 at the gate, and the main stages are located at 7th street downtown. Find a facebook event for Downhome Music Festival right here.
Get ready because this evening we are going to throw a lot at you for some surprise shows happening at our space later this month. This is a joint announcement for TWO shows happening at our space – BOTH are aftershows for Downhome Music Festival on July 26th and 27th, BOTH are happening right at midnight (crazy, we know), and BOTH are CD release shows for two different local artists. This is just getting too wild. Let’s break it down for each show:
The first night of Downhome Music Festival is Friday, July 26th. There will be a show at our space at midnight that night It will be a CD release show for Dexter‘s new album Weeping Venus. We are excited. You can check out the first song from that album right here. Also playing is Jeff Williams of NIL8. That show is just $3 and it’s all ages of course.
Then the next night is Saturday, July 27th (yes we are aware since we are talking midnight here it would technically be the 28th). For this one we have local grunge rockers Master Bastard‘s CD release for their new album which we have been told is being called Drinking With Children. Also on that show is Taylorville 90’s rock group Stick People, and the brand brand new surf band that’s been making splashes, Snuff Rider. Another $3, all ages show!
Both of those shows are starting right at midnight, both are all ages, and both are $3. We’ll be getting facebook events up for both of those right away. Oh, and no beer in our space for any of those. Sorry. Check out our shows page to see what else is coming up at our space this summer.
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.