RJC: “Deep End”

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Today we bring you a brand new music video from local hip hop artist a part of HISO Music – RJC. The video is for his song “Deep End” and features none other than Scott Faingold (Activator Magazine, Epsom), filmed on the ramps of Skank Skates. Wild! As you can see in the photo above, Scott plays the roll of a man who’s been kidnapped. Check out the full video below. The video was shot by Visual Paradise and edited by Twenty One Seven Studios.

Check out more Springfield music videos from over the years on our Vids/Pics page.


Last Black Sheep Open Mic + Gift Exchange Tonight


Oh goodie! What a great show last night, we are now down to six shows left at Black Sheep including the open mic that is happening tonight. Tonight is the very last open mic we will be hosting in the space! If you want one last time to perform inside the original Black Sheep location now is your chance! Poetry, spoken word, magic acts, anything goes! (Just no full bands please). Here is what we have for a schedule right now:

10:15-10:30 – (open)
10:00-10:15 – (open)
9:45-10:00 – (open)
9:30-9:45 – Vontrez Trezo Hunter
9:15-9:30 – Nick Demarco
9:00-9:15 – Matthew Hileman
8:45-9:00 – (open)
8:30-8:45 – Pureheart
8:15-8:30 – Gerald Lee Torch Cole Jr.
8:00-8:15 – Walker Dial
7:45-8:00 – Vivax Darastrix
7:30-7:45 – Emasculate Regression
7:15-7:30 – (open)
7:00-7:15 – (open)

As you can see, there are plenty of open slots to be claimed. To claim them, post in the Black Sheep facebook event or just come out to the show!

We will be asking for $1-5 donations at this to go towards our big move. Check out the full list of shows we have left lined up at Black Sheep right here.

Lullafy: “Emo For Babies”


Surely this year wouldn’t be complete without Brandon Carnes (Looming, Southtown Studio, Diaper Rash, Big Storm, Midnight Fall, etc) releasing some new music in the form of a new project of some sort. Last year Brandon was responsible for releasing a demo for a new project called “Night Night Boy“, which ended up playing one show ever at Black Sheep. This past week Brandon was at it again with a brand new project called “Lullafy” – with a 4-song release being a description of the project: “Emo For Babies”. From what we hear, adults like this too! The release includes four cover renditions of songs by Looming, American Football, and Mock Orange. You can find it streaming on the player below. Head over to the Lullafy bandcamp page to download this at your own price.

You better believe that Lullafy is in the running in our Best of Springfield Music 2018 poll, which is still running for a few days now through the 13th. It’s also listed in our big Springfield Music archive.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Falter, Capitol Offense, LIVID, Brute Force, Final Order



Here we are – tonight begins our string of final final Black Sheep shows before we move and open up a new space downtown in 2019. This one is going to be a heavy hardcore show – one of your very very last chances to dance in our home of 13+ years. This show features Milwaukee classic hardcore group Falter, who have performed at our space off and on for some years now. Stream some Falter on the player below. We also have Capitol Offense from Decatur taking our stage one last time. Another Wisconsin band coming through is LIVID – as seen on this year’s Dumb Fest in June. Brute Force from the St. Louis will be joining us as well, and opening things up is Springfield hardcore band Final Order.

All of this starts at 7:00 pm on 12/7. Admission is $7-10, take your pick. Find a facebook event for this one right here. And check out our shows page for a look at what is lined up at Black Sheep while we are still here.

We are moving downtown.


An announcement on behalf of Black Sheep and Dumb Records:

Good morning and happy Thanksgiving. There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes at Black Sheep / Dumb Records for the past number of months and we’ve been gearing up for a huge announcement for quite some time. We are excited (and admittedly nervous) to share that after the year 2018 we will be starting a new chapter in our endeavors providing Springfield with an all ages show space and independent record store. At the end of this year Black Sheep and Dumb Records will be packing up everything at our South Grand & 11th Street home for 13+ years and moving downtown.

There has been a lot that has led us to decide over the past year or so that this is the right move for us, and we truly view this as a step in the right direction for us. We will share more info on a new location later on. For now we want everyone to know that the final shows in the 1320 South 11th Street of Black Sheep (since 2005) will be happening from now up until the end of the month of December. Also any bands that want to play at our current space one last time – contact us and we will do our best to get you on one last time. We will be keeping the shows calendar on our site updated. Dumb Records will remain open with our regular operating hours up until Sunday, December 16th being the store’s last day in operation at the current location and there will be sales in the store from now until close.

There may be some changes with us opening a new space downtown but our goals of providing Springfield with a space where all different people and genres can come together and perform music / art will very much be the same. We will need as much help and support with this move as we can get. We would also love to see each and every one of you who have supported us over the years at these final shows.

Today is about being thankful. We are extremely grateful and thankful for the community in Springfield that has supported us in the past and continues to do so. We would also like to thank our landlord George Sinclair for everything he’s done. Saying goodbye to a space where thousands of shows have been held is not easy. However, it is important to realize it’s not about the space or the building we are in – Black Sheep isn’t just a building – it’s about the community and the dedicated volunteers that have kept us going for the past 13+ years and will continue to keep us going into the future.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Alchemist Review (UIS) Presents Open Mic Night


What’s this? There’s something a little bit different going on at Black Sheep tonight! It’s an open mic night – but this one is not in fact your typical open mic night that we usually hold at Black Sheep or Dumb – this one is being organized by UIS group The Alchemist Review. We welcome any UIS or LLCC groups organizing events in our space! How great! This open mic is being formatted a little bit differently – time slots are only five minutes and it looks like they are going rapid fire from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and the group welcomes poets, song writers, short skits, and more. We have a feeling time slots might even all be filled up, but you can email alchemistreview@gmail.com to inquire more.

This starts at Black Sheep tonight at 7:00 pm. We think it’s free? Find a facebook event for this one right here. Also check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up in the near future.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Livin’ Thing, Knife Rider, Thwompsax, Evan Mitchell


Continuing this crazy streak of shows with this punk show happening tonight! It’s an all around good show with two great out of town acts. At the top of the bill is Lexington Kentucky’s very own Knife Rider. We have yet another set by Springfield rock and roll band Livin’ Thing. The other touring act on the bill is a solo project called “Thwompsax” from all the way in California put together by a member of former Dumb Fest bands Pookie & The Poodlez and Nobunny. Stream that Thwompsax EP on the player below. Opening things up is Evan Mitchell– the one man band, who is celebrating ten full years of performing as a one man band.

This show starts at 7:00 pm and costs $7. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at what else we’ve got coming up at Black Sheep.