November 2nd in Bloomington: Midwest Extreme Fest


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.

“Oktoberfest” This Saturday (October 5th) Outside of Buzz Bomb Brewing Co.


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.

(Midnight) Tonight at Dumb Records: Dexter CD Release, Downhome Music Festival This Weekend


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.


July 26th & 27th at Bread Sheep: Midnight CD Release / Downhome Music Festival Aftershows


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.

Lineup Announced For Old Capitol Blues & BBQ August 23rd and 24th


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 – 

Saturday, August 24 –

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.

“Abe Fest” Happening July 19th & 20th Downtown


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.

Downhome Music Festival Happening July 26th & 27th: Lineup Announcement


Here we are right in the middle of one of the major downtown summer music festivals (Legacy of Giving), and another major one – Downhome has just recently announced a good chunk of their lineup for this year’s festival. This year Downhome Music Festival is happening on Friday and Saturday July 26th and 27th. There’s a total of 28 bands that we count on the flier above announced so far and potentially a few more coming later (the flier says 30 bands total). This is the ninth year of Downhome. Here’s a description from their facebook event:

The 9th Annual Downhome Music Festival will be held on July 26 & 27, 2019 at the corner of 7th and Washington in downtown Springfield, Illinois. The event will feature all local, original live bands (4 stages – constant music). There will be local food vendors, 100 different craft beers, as well as a kids area for the little ones.

Looks like the festival has long time heavy hitting punk rock groups NIL8 and The Timmys on board… also some very rare performances from other original / alternative rock Springfield groups that only come so often from Park and Mr. Opporknockity.  You might spot a couple of bands more familiar to the Dumb Records / Black Sheep stage on that lineup suck as Stick People or Kate The Band. Looks like an all around good time.

Check out a facebook event for Downhome Music Festival right here. You can also check out their website,

Dumb Records might be involved with some aftershows this year for the festival – stay tuned for more info on that!