Audiofeed Music Festival Volume 7 Happening July 4-6th in Urbana, Illinois

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Trying to stay in the loop with all of the music festivals happening here in town and Central Illinois this summer! A festival whose lineup was recently announced and started in Central Illinois the same time that Dumb Fest did (which would have also been on its seventh year), is Audiofeed Music Festival which takes place at the fairgrounds in Urbana, Illinois each year. This year “Volume 07” of the festival is taking place from Thursday July 4th through Saturday July 6th. The poster is above, although there are so many bands listed there that you might have trouble reading them. You can find a close-up and probably more readable version of the poster on the Audiofeed website right here. You can also find ticket info and more FAQ’s on the Audiofeed website. We find it worth mentioning that our friends over at The Radon Lounge are some of the many people involved in setting up this festival every year.

Also find a facebook event for Audiofeed Music Festival right here.

Midwest Punkfest 11 Happening June 13-16 in Bloomington, IL

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Now that summer is quickly approaching we are trying to stay on top of all of these festival announcements that are happening! Especially the ones in downtown Springfield – but also those that are happening in nearby Central Illinois cities. Bloomington, Illinois is a little over an hour away from us and the annual punk music fest “Midwest Punkfest” is happening for the eleventh year believe it or not from June 13th through the 16th. This year the fest is mostly happening at the new and happening downtown Bloomington venue Nightshop. There is a total of over fifty bands playing over a course of four days. Find the full list of bands announced on the Midwest Punkfest facebook event here. Notable acts include Springfield’s own Park, Hospital Job, then also heavy hitters Brenden Kelly (of Lawrence Arms), Direct Hit, 88 Fingers Louie and many more.

Check out a facebook event fro Midwest Punkfest here. Ticket info can also be found there.

May 10th-12th near Virden, IL: “Mansion Musicfest”

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What’s all this talk of some big music fest going on next month outside of Springfield over in Virden, Illinois?? There’s something going on out there called “Mansion Musicfest” and it looks like QUITE the spring/summer event. With an entire 44 artists announced so far taking place between FOUR different stages over a span of THREE days, and more artists still “to be announced” this is shaping up to be looking like quite the event!! This is taking place from May 10th through the 12th at a Mansion in Virden. Music going on at the event is described as “EDM / Hip Hop / Rock / Dance / Funk / Future / Glitch”. There are too many performers to list off all here on this post, but you can see everyone announced so far in that flier above. We got a track by one of the top acts, “Blastfome” on the player streaming below. Oh, and there’s camping???

There is a facebook event up for this Mansion Musicfest, which you can find right here. You can also follow their facebook page to stay updated on announcements and going-ons with the festival. Links to tickets for the festival are also available on the facebook event. We’ll be sure to make another post once the full lineup is announced.

Buzz Bomb Brewery Presents “Buzz Fest” On March 30th Downtown

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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).

Tomorrow at Rock N’ Roll Hardee’s: Healing Arts Festival

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Tomorrow… at none other than Rock N’ Roll Hardee’s we are all fortunate enough to have the opportunity to heal. That’s right, and we get to come out and enjoy classic acts that we all know and love… like Elvis, and Nighthawk, and The Beatles. All on the Hardee’s stage. There’s quite a wide range of acts going all day starting with Bob Bartel’s Beatles Yellow Submarine before 11:00 am, and then Purple Startdust (Queen/Prince tribute) at 10:00 pm. You can check out the poster above for a full list of acts and set times.

All of this is going on all day at Rock N’ Roll Hardee’s tomorrow (2501 Stevenson Drive), and the event is free. Check out a facebook event for this one right here. We also have Bruce Williams coming in to talk to us about this event on The Black Sheep Radio Show today from 4-6pm!

Today outside of Black Sheep: F///\\\M, Imaginary Colours, Animals With Human Names, Nighthawk

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We are taking part in something a little bit different than our usual show today! Bourbon Street Rhythm & Ribs are setting up Southtown Blues Festival where a good portion of 11th and Brown Streets have been blocked off for a weekend full of music, food and games. Black Sheep is lucky to be working with Bourbon Street this year in setting up our own showcase happening today at 1:30 pm.

Who’s playing? Well, we have the return of Chuck Mountain (or F///\\\M) for short, (you might also know him as Big Baby, B-Dawg, Brandad, etc). We also have a newer Springfield project called Imaginary Colours which performed at our last open mic this past weekend. Stream some of Imaginary Colour’s music on the player below. Up before that is the hip hop project of Jim Whitehead called Animals With Human Names. There will plenty of dancing to be done for that. And don’t forget the last special act we have lined up for this – Nighthawk himself! That’s right.

Our showcase starts at 1:30 pm and the festival goes on all the rest of today and tomorrow. Check out more info on the whole festival right here. And find an event for our showcase right here. By the way, the entire festival is FREE for the whole family. Also check out our upcoming shows page for a look at what else we have coming up at Black Sheep for the remainder of the summer.

Black Sheep Showcase at Southown Blues Festival August 4th on Outdoor 11th Street Stage

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What’s going on here? Well, the weekend of August 4th and 5th our neighbors across the street at Bourbon Street Rhythm & Ribs are setting up the next Southtown Blues Festival where a good portion of 11th and Brown Streets will be blocked off for a weekend full of music, food and games, and even a parade at some point. Black Sheep is lucky to be working with Bourbon Street this year in setting up our own showcase as part of the festival at 1:30 pm, Saturday August 4th on a stage set up directly in front of our building.

Who’s playing? Well, we have the return of Chuck Mountain (or F///\\\M) for short, (you might also know him as Big Baby, B-Dawg, Brandad, etc). We also have a newer Springfield project called Imaginary Colours which performed at our last open mic this past weekend. Stream some of Imaginary Colour’s music on the player below. Up before that is the hip hop project of Jim Whitehead called Animals With Human Names. There will plenty of dancing to be done for that. And don’t forget the last special act we have lined up for this – Nighthawk himself! That’s right.

Our showcase starts at 1:30 pm on Saturday, August 4th but the festival goes on all weekend. Check out more info on the whole festival right here. And find an event for our showcase right here. By the way, the entire festival is FREE for the whole family. Also check out our upcoming shows page for a look at what else we have coming up at Black Sheep for the remainder of the summer.