The State Journal-Register: “Musicians Adjust To Cancellations”

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An article in the City State section of today’s State Journal-Register touches on how some local musicians have been coping with shows cancelling in the area (and around the globe) due to COVID-19 and the stay-at-home order. Pictured above and in the article is Micah Walk of folk group Deep Hollow, who also gives guitar lessons and manages to do so now through webcam from his home. Steven Spearie also interviewed local solo artist Ben Bedford about how his upcoming tour dates were cancelled and how he is dealing with the cancellations. From the article:

All of that, woosh, gone,” said Bedford of the shows knocked out by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. “It makes me slightly nauseous to think of the amount of work and the amount of money that disappeared (from that).”

Now Bedford, who has spent nearly 15 years being a full-time musician, is trying a service called Patreon. For a monthly subscription, Bedford will offer patrons exclusive content not available on his website or other social media platforms, like videos, behind the scene glimpses from his life or songs or lyrics in progress.

Check out a link to the article online right here, or pick up the State Journal Register at your local… grocery store.

Find a link to Ben Bedford’s newly created Patreon page online right here!

The State Journal-Register’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2020 Voting

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Happy Monday everyone, we are here today to tell you that the official voting for the State Journal-Register’s annual “Readers’ Choice Awards” for 2020 is now live!

Categories this year include: Health & Medical, Dining, Entertainment, Home and Family Services, Home Services, Shopping, Top Businesses, and Vehicles.

Go vote online right here! Voting is open now until March 12th.

This year we are in the running for… absolutely nothing!!! We didn’t make it in as a finalist in best venue category, or best music store or… anything!!! We did win the “Best New Downtown Business” category of The Illinois Times Best of Springfield poll this past fall for 2019, and are very grateful for anyone who voted for us in that.

For the “Best Live Entertainment” category we have other live entertainment venues such as Boondocks, Buzzbomb, The Curve Inn, and… Idle Oath?? (the acoustic/folk duo)?

For “Best Music Store” we have our friends Capital City Music, Elf Shelf, House of Music, Recycled Records, and The Music Shoppe.

The State Journal-Register: “City To Replace Outdated Meters”

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We are downtown now (and have been a year), so we guess this is news to us. Yesterday’s front paper headlines in the State Journal-Register read “City To Replace Outdated Meters,” meaning our parking meters, including the ones directly outside of our store, will soon be replaced. The meters themselves are around 25 years old, which means they are surpassing their typical life expectancy. What exactly they are going to be replaced with and when is not yet clear. The city will be holding an open house meeting this Thursday (February 20th) open to the public to discuss the future of the meters, the possibility of two-way streets replacing one-way streets downtown, and other upgrades. From the article:

A solution is coming — Mayor Jim Langfelder has set aside about $170,000 in his proposed budget for new meters, which will be among the topics discussed at an open house the city is hosting on Thursday. What exactly that solution looks like is less clear.

But what is clear is that fixing metered parking is just one piece to the larger downtown parking puzzle. While traffic studies routinely show an excess of spaces available on-street, in parking lots and in parking ramps, downtown business owners say there is still a disconnect between that reality and the perception that downtown parking is difficult.

You can check out the full article online right here. We would also like to point out that parking meters are enforced outside of our store from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on week days – any time outside of that (and all day on weekends) parking is free.

State Journal-Register: “A Record Deal: Woman Says ‘Yes’ Among The Vinyl”

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Our store was once again in the newspaper today because the press just can’t get enough of us. This time it wasn’t about anything we have been in the paper about before – The State Journal Register has us featured inq a small article in the City/State section for a surprise marriage proposal which took place in our store early Sunday! The article was published along with this photo – “Andy Krisak, right, proposed to Cori Claycomb, left, by spelling out “Cori, will you marry me?” over five different vinyl record sleeves and hiding them among the stacks of records at Dumb Records.” We posted a video of the proposal as well to our facebook page yesterday.

Pick up a copy of The State Journal-Register while you still have time to today, or check out the article online right here.

The State Journal-Register “WQNA DJs Raising Money To Keep Programs Available”

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Right at the top of the City & State section of this morning’s State Journal-Register was a big article about WQNA DJ’s getting together to raise money to continue programming as Springfield Community Broadcasters. Lovely! We are mentioned (Dumb Records) as a drop off for donations for the station, and also our radio program (The Dumb Records Radio Show) which plays local music and bands coming to town every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm. The paper interviewed Michael Goza who hosts “Blues Power” on Mondays on WQNA from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Here’s a bit from the article:

“We spent the last 20 years building up a pretty good rapport with the community,” Goza — who calls himself Michael G on the radio — said of WQNA. “It’s built a big following in the area. … We don’t want to see what we have started fade away.”

He said the importance of the station to the community was emphasized when equipment problems caused the station to go off the air for three weeks last winter. That generated, he said, “a lot of calls” from people wondering if the station would return.

The GoFundMe page says that money being raised would cover “licensing costs, equipment, and other necessary expenses toward establishing a functional community radio non-profit organization in Springfield. You can help us save community radio!”

Check out the full article online right here, or hurry up and grab yourself a physical copy of today’s paper somewhere! Quick!

And of course, you can head over to the GoFundMe page set up online right here to donate to the cause (which including cash and check donations is over $3,000 raised of a $35,000 goal). There will be more info regarding benefit events set up at various bars and venues around town including own in the near future. Dumb Records (418 E Monroe) is also a drop off for check and cash donations of any amount. Checks can be made to the Illinois Central Blues Club with “S.C.B.” (Springfield Community Broadcasters) written in the description. Also be sure to follow WQNA Community Radio on facebook right here.

If you play or have played in a local band or are a musician with any sort of recordings, chances are we have played you on the radio airwaves here in Springfield over the last nearly seven years we have been hosting our local show. Please donate so we are able continue playing local music that otherwise wouldn’t get played on the airwaves!

SJ-R: “Weekly Y-Block Concert Series To Begin May 30”

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There is an article in today’s local paper The State Journal-Register about the big Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series announcement. The article is titled “Weekly Y-Block Concert Series To Begin May 30th” found in the Local section of this Wednesday’s paper, also online right here. From the article:

The Skatalites, one of Jamaica’s original heavy-hitting ska and reggae bands, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Fareed Haque headline the Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series on the Y-block in downtown Springfield on Thursday evenings from May 30th to Aug. 1. The series’ musical styles run the gamut, with artists offering up beebop jazz, soul, traditional Celtic, classical and roots-rock.

The full list of ten concerts has been announced, which you can find a list of on our site right here. Dumb Records is on as a main sponsor for the Thursday, June 6th featuring the one and only Skatalites from Jamaica, which is already less than one month away.

Be sure to “like” and follow the Levitt AMP Springfield facebook page for more updates on the concert series.

State Journal-Register: “Black Sheep Cafe Plans Move From South Town to Downtown”

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Just one day after our big announcement that we will be moving Dumb Records and Black Sheep downtown at the end of this year / beginning of 2019, local paper The State Journal-Register put us up on the front page yesterday, less than 24 hours after our big announcement. Owner Brian Galecki spoke to the SJ-R about the decision to move. From the article:

“I’ve talked to a lot of people (including former owner Kevin Bradford) and there hasn’t been anyone who didn’t think this was a good idea. We truly view this as a step in the right direction for us. For other show-goers and me, a move downtown feels right.”

Check out the full article online right here. We’re not sure if it’s easy to pick up yesterday’s paper… but you can find the physical article on the front page of yesterday’s paper if you are able to hunt one of those down.

We plan on announcing more details on the move as far as what we need help with, more final shows, and where we are moving to later on.

State Journal-Register “Dumb Records Uses Mayor Langfelder’s Likeness In Web Ad”

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Looks like once again Dumb Records has made the news. This time it’s for something a little on the wacky side. In yesterday’s paper (Monday) the paper published an article: “Dumb Records Uses Mayor Langfelder’s Likeness In Web Ad”. The article is a reference to this online video advertisement ran by our store on facebook, created by Evan Mitchell that premiered during his showing of Star Wars fan fictional film “The Lost Sandwhich” which premiered in our store at the start of this month. A newspaper reporter interviewed store owner Brian Galecki, video creator Evan Mitchell, and also the mayor himself. From the article:

“If they feel like I can sell some records, you know how I love music,” Langfelder said. However, that doesn’t mean Langfelder wants to see a barrage of ads using his image to sell products. “I don’t want a bunch of people out there doing that,” Langfelder said. Langfelder has a collection of albums on vinyl. His favorite song is “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin.

Check out the full article online right here. Will there be any sort of follow up with us reaching out to the mayor to team up somehow in the future? We will see. Stay tuned to find out what happens next.

State Journal-Register: “Dumb Fest 6 Kicks Off Friday”

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Thank you to all of our beautiful media coverage in this city about Dumb Fest and everything we do. Today featured on the front of the A&E section of The State Journal-Register, local paper, is the headlines “Dumb Fest 6 Kicks Off Friday” and a photo of the band Earth Witch playing at the very first Dumb Fest which occurred at Black Sheep five years ago now. Stephen Spearie wrote the article and interviewed the band Telephone Junkies and festival organizer Brian Galecki. A snippet from the article:

That was the case with the Buffalo, New York-based band Radiation Risks, which plays a gritty, hard-driving brand of rock-infused hardcore punk. It played a Black Sheep show in March, but when Galecki showed them around Southtown, including neighboring Skank Skates, another venue for the festival, they confirmed for Dumb Fest nearly on the spot, he said.

Galecki said he pursued Matrix after a three-and-a-half minute demo tape showed up on the internet.

Find the article inside today’s issue of The State Journal Register or check out the full article online right here. Dumb Fest 6 kicks off tomorrow at 5:00 pm inside Black Sheep and goes on all weekend. Find a facebook event for Dumb Fest 6 right here.

Black Sheep and Dumb Records Runners Up In State Journal-Register’s Readers Choice Awards

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What do you know, we did not realize that our businesses here in Southtown were big in the running in the State Journal-Register‘s Readers Choice Awards of 2018 until just now. Voting goes from now until March 6th, so you have just three days to vote for your favorite local businesses, bands, and people in these fun categories.

VOTE HERE.

This time around Black Sheep is in the running for “Best House Band Venue” and Dumb Records is in the category of “Best Music Store”. You can find both of those in the “Entertainment and Recreation” and “Shopping” sections. Find a poll to vote for and nominate your favorite local band and musician in the Entertainment and Recreation section as well.