Major concert and festival cancelations for this summer are no surprise at all at this point. This is month old news, but we had not mentioned that Downhome Music Festival, which was set to take place this upcoming weekend, has been cancelled for this year and postponed until 2021. This would have been the tenth year Downhome Music Festival has taken place in downtown Springfield. From the Downhome Music Festival facebook page:
The health of our community is the most important thing. We are canceling the 2020 Downhome Festival and beginning our planning for 2021. We love you all and can’t wait to be together again.
It doesn’t seem like any major events or festivals will be taking place anywhere… in the world… until at least next year! Happy 2020!
What we found to be one of the craziest weekends downtown (in a good way) on our first go-around last year of being at our new location, “Car Show Weekend,” has unfortunately now officially been cancelled for this summer. The International Route 66 Mother Road Festival which takes place every year at the end of September and was slated to take place this year from September 25th-27th, has decided to pull the plug this year after growing concerns of the rise of COVID-19. From the festival’s facebook page:
The current status of the phased reopening in Illinois, coupled with an overabundance of caution has been the major force in driving this decision. We are fully planning to host the event in 2021 and will announce dates as soon as they are confirmed.
Participants who have pre-registered vehicles will automatically receive a refund. Please note it may take up to 30 days to receive your refund. You will receive an email once the cancellation is processed and you will see the credit to your credit card within 5-7 business days from that date.
The International Route 66 Mother Road Festival hosts and organizers appreciate your patience and support as we work through this unprecedented situation. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.
At this point every major downtown festival and event has been cancelled this summer, we’ll keep our site updated on more cancellations or news on what events are still happening. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade downtown was originally re-scheduled for September as well, although the future is still unpredictable for events even at that time.
With the weather the way it is on this beautiful Sunday, we can’t help but getting excited about all the upcoming spring and summer festivals here downtown.
Downhome Music Festival just recently announced the dates for their 2020 festival to happen this year on Friday and Saturday, July 31st and August 1st. This will be the tenth year for the festival taking place downtown. There are no bands announced just yet, but there is a facebook event launched right here, and you can also check out downhomemusicfest.com to stay tuned for more announcements.
We didn’t include a post for it earlier, but we would also like to point out that Legacy of Giving Music Festival (the festival which evolved from SOHO) is happening this year as well earlier on in the summer on June 5th and 6th. Check out a facebook event for that one right here!
Those two are not the only music festivals happening in town this summer! Don’t forget the Levitt AMP Music Series is happening once again as well from May 28th through July 30th out on the Y-Block! Announcements for that should be coming in soon!
The headline is pretty much it folks! “Mansion Musicfest” taking place at “The Mansion” just outside of Virden, Illinois some 30-40 minutes away from Springfield is happening once again, for a second year for two days coming up on May 30th and 31st. There are no music acts being announced for the festival right now, but we will be sure to let you know when those announcements come. The festival debuted during a rainy weekend last year, but seemed to go over successfully. There have also been a few other events at The Mansion including “Hallowicked” this past October.
Early bird tickets for Mansion Musicfest go on sale coming up soon on March 6th. You can follow the Mansion Musicfest facebook page for more info on that once it is released!
There’s a new punk festival of sorts it looks like happening nearby in Bloomington, Illinois coming up on Saturday, November 2nd this year that we felt was pretty notable for our site. It’s called “Midwest Extreme Fest” and is happening at Nightshop (our good pals) and being put on by Norsklee Productions. Midwest Extreme Fest features a lineup of what looks to be some of the fastest and most intense bands from around the Midwest. Let’s take a look at that lineup along with descriptions from the facebook event:
Abertooth Lincoln (Dayton, OH) – Progressive n’ Shreddy Punk Rock
Black Road (Chicago, IL) – Stoner Doom (w/ a NEW album)
Blackwater (Bloomington, IL) – Doom & Stoner Metal
Drude (Indianapolis, IN) – Post-Sludge, Post-Metal
Druids (Des Moines, IA) – Rock, Metal, Psychedelic
Event of Collapse (Bloomington, IL) – Experimental, Progressive Metal
Faerie Ring (Evansville, IN) – Heavy Rock
Hatesong (Indianapolis, IN) – Metal, Crust Punk, Thrash
Horseburner (Parkersburg, WV) – Heavy Metal, Stoner Rock (w/ a NEW album)
Karat’s Gold (Central Illinois) – Mathcore, Hardcore, Experimental
Meth. (Chicago, IL) – Noisecore, Ambient, Drone
Summon the Destroyer (Indianapolis, IN) – Death Metal
Toxic Ruin (Sheboygan, WI) – Thrash, Progressive, Death Metal
That’s a total of 13 bands that we count! Check out some music from Indianapolis based band “Drude” who are playing on the player below. Check out a facebook event where you can purchase an advance ticket for $15 right here.
We know that after a successful outdoor free outdoor concert, you are all thirsty for more, thirsty to keep on supporting live music in this city so we can maintain our new “Springfield Rock City” worldwide status. Well you are in luck, this Saturday, October 5th, Buzz Bomb Brewing Co. just one street over from us is putting on “Oktoberfest” outside. From our understanding, there will be a big outdoor tent set up just like they did for Buzzfest back in March. This is also supposed to be going on all day from 2:00 pm until 1:00 am way late at night. As far as we can tell there are no age constraints to see the bands play outside, and the event is maybe $16 based on the facebook event. Who’s playing?? Headlining this big one is Twistin’ Tarantulas from Detroit! Pistol Pete who more recently moved to Springfield plays upright bass and sings for the band, check out our radio interview we recently did with Pete. Also of course, big heavy hitting local act NIL8 will be going on before Twistin’ Tarantulas take the stage. According to the facebook event, NIL8 go on at 7:45 and Tarantulas are at 9:30 pm. There is also a Chicago based band called “North By North” playing. You can check out their music streaming on the player below. And earlier on is the Bolzen Beer Band playing some sort of traditional… beer music and there’s a… Hammerschlagen Tournament???
Check out the full facebook event with schedule for this one right here. Buzz Bomb is right over on Adams Street – 406 E Adams right through the alley from us.
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.
We seem to be on a streak with letting you all know what is going on in terms of summer festivals downtown and throughout Central Illinois this year, so we are going to keep that going. The lineup was just announced for a later summer festival happening here downtown – The Old Capitol Blues & BBQ Festival happening this year on Friday and Saturday August 23rd and 24th. Headlining the festival Saturday and pictured above is New York-based popular 1990s pop rock band Spin Doctors. Spin Doctors had the billboard hits “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” both in the 90’s. There are three acts playing Friday night and five Saturday night for the festival – the announced lineup is as follows:
Friday, August 23 –
MARY JO CURRY
Saturday, August 24 –
BLACK MAGIC JOHNSON
You can keep up with more information when it is released such as ticket prices and set times by following the Old Capitol Blues & BBQ Fest facebook page. The festival takes place downtown right outside next to the Old Illinois State Capitol building.
With all of these downtown festivities happening and more being announced right around now, we bring you even more downtown festival news today – this time news of a very brand new festival happening right smack dab in the middle of summer! This one is called “Abe Fest” and it is happening on Friday and Saturday July 19th and 20th for the first time this summer. Headlining bands include The BoDeans for Friday night (American rock group from Wisconsin active since 1983) and The Smithereens on Saturday Night (alternative rock group active since 1980 from New Jersey). There was a nice article in the State Journal Register about the festival, online right here (sorry, we can’t see it because we haven’t subscribed online to SJ-R articles, we do try to buy the paper every once in a while though). Local 1990s rock group The Spoonbenders will be uniting for the festival as well.
We can’t seem to find the full lineup or schedule for the fest listed out right now (or maybe it hasn’t been released yet), but you can be sure to follow Abe Fest on facebook for any festival updates as they come.