Now that it’s July, that means it’s not June anymore. And now that it’s not June anymore that means our June Bubbles arcade contest is officially over. Great! Here are our final results:
Chris O – 81,900
Nia T – 71,500
Corbin – 68,020
Levi – 64,300
Lanny D – 55,320
Eddie O – 51,080
Zach H – 47,250
Tyler S – 44,270
Kolton – 44,170
Connor S – 41,100
Shelby W. – 40,760
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this contest! We have prizes for all of the top 11 scorers. Almost all of those prizes are ready (whoops we still have to get our bubble gum and big bubble gift basket together)!!
What will are next contest be? We don’t know. The next contest just might be our big downtown Springfield business pinball tournament later this year! We will see!
But another thing we are doing today is hosting a pop-up shop all day long for Sketbort! Skateboards (a local / Taylorville) small skate company. There will be skateboards and skating gear for sale. Sketbort! is also part of the push behind “Taylorville Needs A Skatepark” – a campaign to get a new skatepark in Taylorville. The pop-up will be going on all day today.
*Once again, we would like to note here that we will be closed tomorrow for the 4th of July!
Good morning and happy 4th of July weekend! We just realized something very special – exactly one year ago on July 2nd, 2020, we opened up our Dumb Records arcade to the world. We haven’t had it open for a full year exactly – since we did have it shut down again for all of December and January this past winter, but this is still one year from when we opened it.
Almost completely coincidentally we are debuting a brand new game today! That game is an original Stern 1982 pinball called “ORBITOR 1.” It is really wacky. Check out a video below. This is one that you are really going to have to just come play in person.
Our arcade is still open along with regular store hours (every day 11:00 am – 6:30 pm). Entry is $5 or free with store purchase of $10 or more. – One more side note: we will be closed this upcoming Sunday for 4th of July!
Downtown music festival season is officially here! One of the major downtown music festivals, Legacy of Giving is kicking off tonight right at 5:00 pm. The music tonight goes all the way until midnight, and then tomorrow it’s an all-day festival going from noon until midnight!
Since our original post about the festival earlier last weekend, they have uploaded the full schedule for Friday and Saturday to the Legacy of Giving facebook page. And as you can see on the poster above, there are too many bands playing for us to even list off here. The headlining acts look to be Enamel, The Longmeyer Band, The Station, and This One’s Pink. There are probably about 50 bands listed on that poster playing throughout the weekend. Update – there are actually 60 bands playing 5 different stages for 10 different charities! The festival also features food trucks, a kids area, a vendor fair, a disc golf tournament, and much much more.
The festival also features a disc golf tournament, many different vendors, kids areas, and much more. You can find more information on the festival at logmusicfest.org.
Saturday, July 17th will be the second of two Record Store Day 2021 “Drop Dates” happening this summer. The first one in June was an overwhelming success for us, and we are excited for this next one coming up – we will have even more in store this time than just the exclusive releases!
Of course, we will have all of the exclusive releases being released by Record Store Day. There are close to 200 of them coming out for this specific date, and you can check out the full list at recordstoreday.com. Note: some of the releases originally planned for the first drop date last month got pushed back to this one coming up. And as usual, we can not place any holds on these items. They are first come, first serve.
One thing we are doing differently with handling our store right when we open at 8:00 am: to avoid a chaotic stampede, we will be letting in people 12 occupants at a time to our store at the start of the day. There will likely be a line when we open at 8:00 am, so come early if you want to guarantee a good spot!
In addition to all of that we have a few other goodies for you. We will have free coffee provided by Redbud City Coffee Roasters. There will also be some sales! We will be running a 10% off sale on everything in the store that is not RSD releases, and also 50% off dollar records. AND for the first time in over a year, we have live music in our store! Performances will be Idle Oath at 5:00 pm and Jessica Knight at 6:00 pm.
With all of his different recording projects, Mark Schwartz (End Times Trio, Forest Saints, Demons on Wheels, Tin Ghost, etc) is putting out albums at a faster rate than we can post about them! Today we bring you a brand new album by his psychedelic recording project Forest Saints. It’s a fifteen-track release entited Orenda Dimension and you can find it streaming on the player below. This would be the follow up to Forest Saints’ Pensive Innocents from late last year, and also is the 13th release from that project alone going off of what’s listed on the bandcamp page. You can also head on over to the Forest Saints bandcamp to stream all of that projects releases as well as purchase the downloads of all of the albums.
How about kicking off the month of July with a free concert, buncha fireworks, and a whole lotta JAZZ? Whoop! That sounds like a nice time, and that’s what’s going on tonight for the next Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series free concert happening tonight out on the y-block. This is concert number 5 in the 10 part series that goes until August 5th, so we are pretty much halfway there!
The headlining act tonight is The New Orleans Jazz Ramblers. “Famous in the Crescent City for their musicianship and performance history, the New Orleans Jazz Ramblers are “the real deal.” Then the opening act right at 6:00 pm is The Kevin Hart Trio – a group from right here in Central, Illinois.
The concert tonight kicks off at 6:00 pm, goes until 8:30 pm, and there will be a firework display to see on Capitol Avenue and from the y-block directly afterwards. Continue checking the Levitt Amp Springfield site for the concert schedule for the following weeks!
Holy smokes, we gotta show. We are announcing a show. The first show we are announcing to happen almost a year and a half after our last show in March of 2020. We might have more shows to announce soon, we will see. This one is happening Monday, August 16th.
Okay, for this show, we’ve got… the band END IT from Baltimore, Maryland on tour. You can check out a short song of theirs streaming on the player below. End It will be on tour with Shackled from Howell, New Jersey. Both of them are heavy hardcore bands. Then coming from a different direction of the country is Bitter Truth from Grand Rapids, Michigan! In the middle of all of this we do have the EP release show for local hardcore band Prevention! You know, the four song EP they released earlier this month. Opening things up is a band called Barosa. They might loosely be based out of Decatur, IL.
You can check out a facebook event for this show right here. Looks like we gotta go back and re-boot our Dumb Records show page now!
And now, it’s time to get back into the local hip hop. There’s a new trio of local rappers who have teamed up to create the new “Gang Nem 123” – a group featuring Killa Marion, Lit Jxt, and Dizzy Vibez. They have came out with their debut seven-track release entitled Go Mode. You can stream one of the songs “Spaceship” off of that release down below. You can also find the whole thing streaming on Youtube Music or iHeartRadio by clicking on those links.
We have also added Go Mode to our Springfield Album Archive page for 2021, bringing us to 15 local releases we have had featured so far this year.
Good morning. Happy Tuesday. We have a fresh batch of records for y’all again today of course. As per usual, this is a fresh stack of new and used LPs and 12″ singles that have been hitting the shelves at our store over this past week. This isn’t even everything either. And there are 7″s, cassettes, and CDs we are not even listing too. There is so much good music. There is just too much to list though, off! Sorry! But you get this nice taste. And our store is open every day from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm, so come visit us downtown. Did you know that this Saturday we will have a pop-up shop by “Sketbort” skateboards?
New LPs Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill Clouds – (The Mixtape) DMX – Greatest Hits Foo Fighters – There Is Nothing Left To Lose Garbage – No Gods No Masters Gym Class Heroes – As Cruel As School Children The Lion King – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Loretta Lynn – Icon Melvins – The Bride Screamed Murder Melvins – Nude With Boots Minus The Bear – Menos El Oso Mother Mother – Inside My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves The Mountain Goats – Dark In Here The Murlocs – Bittersweet Demons Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks Playboi Carti = Playboi Carti Sesame Street – Grover’s Greatest R Boyd & Dusk – High Country Skyway Tenement – Smother Me Tenement – Music Composed For The Motion Picture Proxy Tenement – Predatory Headlights Tim Buchanan With Dusck – …And On His Own Wild Flowers of America – Lost In The Salvation Army
Used LPs Al Martino – Mary In The Morning Alan Mills – Christmas Songs From Many Lands Amy Grant – The Collection Anne Murray – Together Basin St. Saloon Band – In Concert B.B. King – Live In Cook County Jail B.B. King – Blues N’ Jazz B.B. King – Friends Bee Gees – Cucumber Castle Bellamy Brothers – Restless Big Twist And The Mellow Fellows – Playing For Keeps B.J. Thomas – Reunion Black Oak Arkansas – The Best Of Cameo – She’s Strange Champion Jack Dupree – Mercy On Me Chuck Mangione – Disguise Coleman Hawkins – Reevaluations: The Impulse Years Conway Twitty – I’m So Used To Loving You Count Basie – Blues By Basie Crusaders – Street Life Dave Mason – Alone Together David Houston – Almost Persuaded Deep Purple – The Book of Taliesyn Diana Ross & The Supremes – Let The Sunshine In Dionne Warwick – Reservations For Two Dionne Warwick – Here Where There Is Love Doug Kershaw – Devil’s Elbow Ella Fitzgerald – The Best of Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald – Sings The Rodgers and Hart Song Book Elmore James – Original Folk Blues Eric Carmen – Change of Heart Floyd Tillman – Floyd TIllman’s Greatest Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage Act 1 Frankie Laine And Buck Clayton – Jazz Spectacular Friendship – Shock Of The Season George Benson – Weekend In L.A. George Harrison – The Concert For Bangladesh Great Northwest Music Company – History of Northwest Rock Vol. III Grand Funk Railroad – Grand Funk Lives The Grateful Dead – Live / Dead Hank Williams, Jr. – Sweet Dreams The Hollyridge Strings – The Beatles Song Book Homer & Jethro – Songs For The Out Crowd Ike & Tina Turner – In Person Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul J. Geils Band – Live: Blow Your Face Out Jerry Garcia – Garcia Jerry Jeff Walker – Walker’s Collectibles Jimmy Dean – Speaker Of The House Joanie Greggains – Total Shape-Up John Prine – Diamonds In The Rough Johnny Winter And – Live Johnny Winter – Captured Live Les Brown And His Band of Renoun – Revolution In Sound Little River Band – Greatest Hits Loretta Lynn – One’s On The Way Lou Rawls – The Way It Was, The Way It Is The Manchesters – Beatlerama Vol. 2 Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Superstar Series The Michael Schenker Group – The Michael Schenker Group Midnight String Quartet – The Look of Love Muddy Waters – “Unk” In Funk Neil Diamond – His 12 Greatest Hits Vol. II Otis Skillings – Christmas… In Splendor & Majesty Paul Winter & Friends – Living Music Collection ’86 Placido Domingo – Christmas: Listen To The Joy Randy VanWarmer – Warmer The Ritchie Family – American Family The Robert Shaw Chorale – Joy To The World Robert Goulet – Hollywood Mon Amour The Rolling Stones – Out of Our Heads Rufus – Rags To Rufus Seals & Crofts – Year of Sunday Smith – A Group Called Smith Songhoy Blues – Meet Me In The City Steve & Eydie – Together On Broadway The Steve Miller Band – Brave New World Teddy Wilson – Mr. Wilson And Mr. Gershwin Ten Years After – Watt Tom Jones – Live! At The Talk Of The Town Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual Valentina Levko – A Russian Folk Recital Various – The Golden Age of Movie Musicals Various – The Great Folk-Country Hits Various – Love Country Style Various – Sweet Summer Love The Village Stompers – More Sounds of Washington Square Wanda Jackson – Tears At The Grand Ole Op’ry The Who – Happy Jack Wishbone Ash – Argus
12” Singles Artist Formerly Known As Prince – I Hate U Big Mike – Hustlers Cam’Ron – Feels Good Dimples D. – Sucker DJ’s N.E.R.D. – Lapdance Nice & Smooth – Old To The New N.O.R.E. – Grimey Ozomatli – Cut Chemist Suite Petey Pablo – Club Banger 404 Soldierz – Walk Like A Soldier