In Memoriam: Jim Troxell (Food & Money/Flock of Tooters)


Today we bring news that long time Springfield musician Jim Troxell, long time bass player in various local groups in the 1970’s-present has passed away. Jim, also known as “Tooter” performed in early punk/new-wave group Food & Money which was active from 1979-1982, and performed a very rare reunion show at Black Sheep in 2017. He also performed in Flock of Tooters, and various other groups throughout the years. From the Food & Money facebook page:

So deeply saddened to announce that Jim “Tooter” Troxell has passed away from cancer. He was truly the backbone of a Food and Money, both musically and personally. So glad we got to reunite as a band not too long ago, the magic was still there. Good luck on your next adventure Tooter.

In Memoriam: Noah Guerrettaz (Dumb Records Volunteer)


We are saddened to learn of the passing of one of our former volunteers at Dumb Records, Noah Guerrettaz (1999-2019) towards the end of this past year from health complications. Noah had been a dedicated volunteer in our store at our older location from 2015 through 2018 at the time of our move downtown. Noah was also a show attendee, and was a musician himself although he kept all of his recorded music mostly to himself and a few of those close to him. Some of Noah’s family lived in Flora, Illinois where a funeral mass was held at the end of November. His obituary can be found right here.

Noah was also working at Dumb Records the night we took in our store cat, Pepperoni Pizza, who wandered into a show at Black Sheep as we were setting up on September 10th, 2018.

October 20th at Black Sheep: Chad Jeffers Memorial Show

On Saturday October 20th, the day after Hobgob, Black Sheep will be hosting a memorial benefit show to honor the life of Chad Jeffers.  Chad was involved in the Springfield Hardcore scene, through helping out on guitar in Pound for Pound and also taking pictures of the band.  Bands playing the benefit show include Pound for Pound, New Society of Anarchists, Soy City Stranglers, and Kick To Tha Head.  Kick To Tha Head will be playing a rare reunion show.  Money raised from the show will either go to the Gateway Foundation, or to the family of Chad.

Old Pound for Pound member Eric Fromm had this to say:

Come celebrate the life of Pound For Pound guitarist Chad Jeffers who passed away last month. Chad wrote a number of Pound For Pound’s songs and was also responsible for many of the band’s photos before and after his time on guitar.

A facebook event for the show can be found here.  A list of other upcoming events at Black Sheep can be seen on our shows page.

In Memoriam: Chad Jeffers

Our condolences to Chad Jeffers’ family and friends. Chad was a great guy and a big part of Pound For Pound for many years.  We will miss him greatly.  Chad played a lot of shows here over the years and took lots of pictures of P4P and other local bands.  He loved to make his friends laugh.  He cared a lot about Hardcore and our local Hardcore scene. Rest in peace brother.