Tours: Bottom Bracket


Local mathy emo punk band Bottom Bracket have announced their “2019 Summer Tour” which consists of six dates coming up at the end of this month around the midwest. Check those dates also listed below:

7/24 – St. Louis, MO – The Sinkhole
7/25 – Kansas City, MO – Records with Merritt
7/26 – Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s Live Music
7/27 – Minneapolis, MN – Rowhouse
7/28 – St. Charles, IL – Captain Records
8/1 – Springfield, IL – Breadstretchers

And of course the last date listed there is at our very own Bread Shorteners located right next to us on August 1st along with two Minnesota acts “Greentop” and “Wyatt Moran”. More info on that show can be found right here. Bottom Bracket has also been hard at work in the studio working on an album as the follow up to their Dreamland EP which was released in 2017.

Tours: Kate Laine + Jordan Collins


Wow, it’s been a minute since we’ve gotten to tell you all about any local bands or musicians from here in Springfield that are getting out into the world and touring! Summer is coming up so it makes sense that there are going to be some lined up here soon. Here’s an exciting one – local musician Kate Laine is getting out there on a first time later on in June! It looks like a week long run that is actually ending right here at Bread Stretchers! Kate will be touring with another solo musician Jordan Collins all the way from Spokane, Washington! Go ahead and stream some of Jordan’s music on the player below. Also check out the tour dates below:

6/12 – St. Louis, MO @ Foam (w Sister Wizard, display-only)
6/13 – Bowling Green, KY @ Tidballs (w Sis)
6/14 – Lexington, KY @ house show (w Sunmates)
6/15 – Columbus, OH @ Your First Rodeo (w Riley Dean, Trying)
6/17 – Ann Arbor, MI @ TBA (w Parkway & Columbia)
6/18 – Bloomington, IN @ The Root Cellar Lounge (w Push Pop)
6/19 – Springfield, IL @ Bread Stretchers (w Layers, Flunkie)

Kate was also announced as one of the artists performing as part of the Levitt AMP Sprignfield Music Series downtown along with Liz Cooper for Thursday, July 18th. We’ll have more of an official announcement up for the June 19th show at Bread Stretchers likely tomorrow.

Tours: Bottom Bracket


Springfield emo punk band Bottom Bracket have announced a run of dates to happen in the middle of this month. Check out those dates on the tour flier above or below:

2/15 – Milwaukee, WI – The Murray Attic

2/16 – Detroit, MI – Old Yeller

2/17 – Grand Rapids, MI – Witch House

2/18 – Chicago, IL – Downstairs at SubT

Bottom Bracket will be playing next here in Springfield on February 25th at The CFP. We’ll have a more official announcement for that show on this site at some point soon. Bottom Bracket has also been working on some new stuff in the studio which will hopefully be out there for you all to hear sooner than later.

Tours: Bottom Bracket


Last night at Black Sheep was the official kick-off for Bottom Bracket’s big summer tour – with the first out of town show being tonight in Roscoe, Illinois. The band is playing 14 shows between now and July 7th and heading out to the East Coast and back. Check out that full list of dates below:

6/22 – Springfield, IL – Black Sheep
6/23 – Roscoe, IL – House Show
6/26 – Alton, IL – Bottle & Barrel
6/27 – Chicago, IL – Margaritaville
6/28 – Kalamazoo, MI – Louie’s Back Room
6/29 – Elyria, OH – Blank Slate
6/30 – Frederick, MD – Guido’s Speakeasy
7/1 – Long Island, NY – Creative Corner
7/2 – Philadelphia, PA – TBA
7/3 – Harrisonburg, VA – Crayola House
7/4 – Asheville, NC – Static Age Records
7/5 – Atlanta, GA – Uprising
7/6 – Nashville, TN – The Beehive
7/7 – Lexington, KY – Liberty House

Bottom Bracket released a self-titled EP last year, recorded in Southtown Sound, which you can find streaming on the player below.

Tours: Hospital Job & Attic Salt

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Springfield pop punk bands Hospital Job and Attic Salt are both headed out for a week on the road together before this month is done! The tour kicks off in Chicago on Wednesday, and goes as far out as a couple of dates in Canada. All of the dates and facebook events are as follows:

May 16 – Chicago

May 17 – London, ON

*UPDATED* May 18 – Toronto, ON

May 19 – Montreal, QC

May 20 – New Brunswick

May 21 – Pittsburgh

May 22 – Cincinnati

There are no Black Sheep dates lined up for either band as we have not seen either in a while! However, Attic Salt is performing at Bar None on Friday, May 25th along with The Complaint Line and Radar. Attic Salt released their self-titled album last year, which you can stream on the player below.

Tours: Looming, Yowler, Tigers Jaw


Did you know that Looming are already three days into one of the biggest tours they have ever embarked on as a band right now? We guess now would probably be a good time to tell you about it! The band is currently on tour with big national touring act Tigers Jaw and also Yowler. Unfortunately that tour is not coming to Springfield, but it is stopping through Dekalb, Illinois on March 16th. The band is playing at The Black Sheep as well, but it’s the one in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Looming released their second full length album Seed back in October with a release show at Black Sheep. Be on the lookout for another Looming show to be announced in Springfield happening later this year sometime in the future.

Tours: Small Man


Earlier this past summer a new project from both Springfield and Tornonto, Canada called “Small Man” was born and a demo was released under Prescience Tapes. This week this “Small Man” band will be performing their first ever shows, and even going on a week long tour. Unfortunately none of these shows are in Springfield or anywhere too close! This special international lineup of The Small Man features members of bands Mace, Asthma, Soap Scum, and Baghead (with members from Springfield, Toronto, and Hattiesburg). Here is what cities they will be stopping through starting on Tuesday:

10.17 – Kansas City, MO
10.18 – Oklahoma City, OK
10.19 – Denton, TX
10.20 – Hattiesburg, MS
10.21 – Birmingham, AL
10.22 – Lexington, KY

The last date in Lexington, Kentucky is Dispuppy Fest where other Springfield bands Livin’ Thing and Pryss will also be performing. Good luck to the Small Man out there!

Tours: Livin’ Thing + Dream Probe


Starting as early as yesterday, two Central Illinois punk bands who also just got done playing Dumb Fe5t – Livin’ Thing and Dream Probe are heading out on tour for ten days or so. The bands will be performing together most of these dates. The Livin’ Thing tour dates (starting today) are as follows:

*6/21 – BLOOMINGTON, IN @ KROGER CASTLE w/ Skull Cult, Doozie
6/23 – MADISON, WI @ MICKEY’S TAVERN w/ The Hussy, Juiceboxxx, Screwtape
*6/24 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ SEWARD COMMUNITY CAFE w/ Neotypes, Brendan Wells Plant Music
*6/25 – MILWAUKEE, WI @ QUARTER’S ROCK N’ ROLL PALACE w/ Nuclear Family, Future Mark, Law/Less
*6/26 – DES MOINES, IA @ THE FREMONT w/ The Sleepover, This Curse Divine
*6/27 – OMAHA, NE @ THE WEST WING w/ BiB, Justified Aggression
7/1 – SPRINGFIELD, IL @ BLACK SHEEP w/ Food & Money, Backwards Day, Spellbreaker

And of course the last date listed above is right here at Black Sheep on Saturday, July 1st for the big reunion show of all reunion shows – with Food & Money, Backwards Day, Livin’ Thing, and Spell Breaker.

Check out a facebook event for this big summer tour right here. Stream Dream Probe’s new demo on the player below.

Tours: Hospital Job (Europe)


We are excited to hear that Springfield’s own pop punk group Hospital Job will be heading overseas for the second time to Europe this spring! The band has a good number of dates planned in May in Europe. Check those out on the tour poster above or also below:

03.05 Lyon @ Ninkasi Kafé
04.05 Bern @ PlanetSpade
05.05 Estavayer le Lac @ Pub du Cerf
06.05 Zurich @ Obenuse Fest
07.05 Innsbruck @ Jelly Fish
08.05 Wien @ Kramladen
09.05 Graz @ Sub
10.05 Monteccio Maggiore @ Circolo la Mesa
11.05 Milan @ Spazio Lageria
12.05 Livorno @ Surfer Joe
13.05 Massa Carrara @ Bar Pepper

Hospital Job does not have any shows lined up in Springfield currently as far as we know. The band put out their third album Never Get Cold in 2015 and a 7″ split with Capitalist Kids late last year.

Tours: Looming


Former-Springfield, now all-over-America band Looming have announced their next big tour, which includes a trip around the midwest, south to Florida, and then to Texas for South by Southwest Festival in Texas this March. Springfield is included as a stop on this tour- you can expect more details about a Looming show on Wednesday, March 8th to come from us very shortly! The band is also currently working hard in the studio on their next release to follow up Nailbiter released in 2015 on No Sleep Records. Check out those tour dates below:

3-3: Pittsburgh, PA
3-5: Cleveland, OH
3-6: Chicago, IL
3-8: Springfield, IL
3-9: Cincinnati, OH
3-1o: Columbus, OH
3-11: Nashville, TN
3-12: Tallahasee, FL
3-13: TBA
3-14: Austin, TX
3-15: Austin, TX
3-16: Austin, TX
3-17: Austin, TX