Springfield Business Journal: “Good Heart Tattoos Opening Downtown”


The Springfield Business Journal has published an article on Good Heart Tattoos opening up next door to us here downtown. The article was published to their website about a week ago, and you can view it online right here. Here is most of the article where the Business Journal talked with owner Benny DeWitt below:

Good Heart Tattoos will be opening at the end of this month at 414 E. Monroe in downtown Springfield. Owner Benny DeWitt said he is in the process of converting the former Corso Jewelers space into an art studio, and a friend has already hand painted the storefront.

“I grew up in a sign painting and tattooing family,” said DeWitt, who has traveled the country tattooing and performing with various bands and more recently worked at tattoo shops in Springfield. “One of my goals for the new shop is to have a spot where traveling tattooers are welcome,” explained DeWitt, who said he will have multiple booths, even though he will be the only full-time artist for now.

DeWitt said he spends a lot of time downtown and was initially considering opening his shop in a portion of the space now occupied by Dumb Records. “I’ve been friends with Brian (Galecki) forever, and he needed more space than I did, so it worked out for me to be next door instead.” DeWitt noted that he is also longtime friends with Jeremy Bredemeyer, who owns Hair of the Dog Bar/Bershop across the street.

“I’m trying to help build a creative center down there,” he said.

The grand opening for Good Heart Tattoos is now set to happen on Saturday, November 9th in less than one month. More info on that can be found on a facebook event right here. Also be sure to follow Good Heart Tattoos to keep in the loop with what’s going on with the new tattoo shop.

Tonight at Dumb Records: Spowder, Master Bastard, The Telephone Junkies, No Good Deed


Good morning! Happy Monday! What a better way to kick off the week other than with a really solid show going on at Dumb Records tonight! We didn’t have any shows this weekend, instead we have this going on tonight. Spowder is coming to town all the way from New Brunswick, New Jersey, sent to us by Screaming Females themselves straight through the mail. Stream their music on the player below. There is also a solid lineup of local acts performing tonight. This includes Master Bastard, who have recently released their second album. Also The Telephone Junkies, you can never go wrong with them. And then opening things up is a brand new Springfield band called “No Good Deed” which we know nothing about! We don’t even know who’s in it!

All of that starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $7. Check out a facebook event for tonight right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a complete list of what’s coming up at our space!

Good Heart Tattoos Grand Opening November 9th


We are thrilled about our new downtown neighbor, Good Heart Tattoos and seeing the progress to the space right across the alley from us at 414 E Monroe Street. Today we bring you news that there is a big grand opening celebration set for the day and night of Saturday, November 9th for the new tattoo shop, under the ownership of Benny DeWitt. We do have a hip hop show going on at our space that night as well. Sounds like there will be some guest artists set up in the new shop from all over.

Check out a facebook event for the grand opening right here. Be sure to follow Good Heart Tattoos on facebook as well to stay up to date with going-ons for the new tattoo shop.

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.

Renegade: “Flowers” EP

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This Sunday morning we are bringing you some new Springfield hip hop! Here is a brand new release by artist “Renegade” aka “Ren” who is one half of the local hip hop duo “The Co-Pilots“. Ren just released an EP of solo material entitled Flowers EP, which you can find streaming on the player below. The EP was released last month and features six brand new tracks. The EP was also reviewed in the October issue of Activator Magazine.

We are not sure of any live shows Ren or The Co-Pilots have lined up at this point. Yes, we are adding this one to our Springfield album archive page which brings us to 45 releases catalogued and featured on our site so far for this year.

Springfield Community Broadcasters (WQNA) Collecting Donations To Continue Community Radio


The last few times we’ve reported in on the status of WQNA 88.3 FM, our community radio station that has housed our Dumb Records / Black Sheep Radio Show for nearly seven years, we let you know that the Capitol Area Career Center which houses the station was planning on selling it and the future of community radio in Springfield and our show is very uncertain. We interviewed our station programer Jim Pemberton a few weeks back about a few possible options we have as a group of DJ’s committed to continuing our programing in some way.

Today we are bringing you a massive fundraising campaign that was just recently launched by all of the DJ’s behind the scenes at WQNA 88.3 fm, under a new group we are calling “Springfield Community Broadcasters” which has been holding meetings at Dumb Records.

There has been a GoFundMe page launched which you can check out right here which you can donate to at any point. From the description on that:

A group of community deejays from WQNA are committed to establishing an independent broadcasting presence for community radio. We are currently forming a 501c3 group called the Springfield Community Broadcasters and are pursuing options to ensure the future of community radio in Springfield. Doing this will take money, and donations are needed and appreciated. As we work on our 501c3 filing, we are currently raising money under the umbrella of the Illinois Central Blues Club, which is a 501c3 organization. Donations made toward the future of community radio through the Illinois Central Blues Club are tax deductible.

Additionally, you may drop off donations at Dumb Records at 418 E. Monroe. Many thanks to both the Illinois Central Blues Club and Dumb Records for their assistance. More ways to donate and fundraising events will be coming soon. Stay tuned! Thank you for your investment in the future of Springfield community radio!

Funds are being raised to covering 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!

Included in costs that money is being fundraised for is costs to re-locate where the station is housed which is currently out of CACC but will need to find a new home. We will be sure to update you all with progress on this campaign.

In addition to donating on line, you can donate at Dumb Records in person with a cash or check donation, or mail us to 418 E Monroe Street, Springfield IL 62701.

November 14th at Dumb Records: Jupiter Styles, Bottom Bracket, Kate Laine, Yeah I’m Sorry


Pay attention, because we are here now to tell you about a pretty sick gig happening on Thursday, November 14th at our space. You’re all invited. This show features Jupiter Styles, which has been making a big splash in the Chicago area and features Sean Neumann (formerly of Single Player, Nectar, Easter, and maybe some other bands that have played at Black Sheep). Stream some of their up and coming big hit album on the player below. Also on this show is the return of Bottom Bracket, back with a brand new lineup or something? We heard a rumor that every single former member of the band has now been replaced with a brand new members from all over the world, we are going to have to see if that is true. Also this is the return of Kate Laine who we have also not seen in a minute! Opening things up is some new group from Alton, Illinois called “Yeah, I’m Sorry.” What kind of a name for a band is that?

This all starts on November 14th at… 7:00 pm and admission is $7. Check out a facebook event right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at everything else coming up this fall.