March Musical Madness | Music Features
Come one, come all, to enjoy the beautiful bindings we are about to show you this second full weekend of March 2022. The weather is cool now, but improving soon, and with the hour of Summer is coming on Sunday, brace yourself, those delicious days of live music in our abundant outdoor concert halls are not far away.
Saturday was supposed to mark the return of the famous St. Patrick’s Day parade to downtown Springfield after a two-year absence due to the pandemic, but organizers made the decision last Tuesday to move the entire shebang to next Saturday, March 19. , in search of better weather conditions. So this week there will be remaining St. Pat’s shows that cannot be moved and others that will be rescheduled for next week, with the majority of our Springfield stage unaffected at all. I guess you could say we’re using the luck of the Irish to have three “St. Paddy’s (don’t say Patty’s, the wags say) Day” celebrations this year, counting the actual date of March 17, which is really the only thing that matters anyway.
So, that being said, all the Irish-influenced music I found this weekend came out at Danenberger’s Family Vineyards when The Emerald Underground declares a “St. Certainly the oldest of the many bands that have played Irish tunes in the city over the last decade, TEU have become even more Celtic fusion in recent times, including songs from bands such as Flogging Molly, Enter the Haggis and Dropkick Murphys in the sizzling setlist that already included music from bands like Gaelic Storm and the Young Dubliners, plus an assortment of traditional jigs and pop reels. So pick up your green-on early at DFV, then catch the kilted band at Third Base on Thursday, March 17 (7-10:30 a.m.) as well.
From the looks of our listings, there’s plenty of music blaring all over town, no matter which holiday is being celebrated (or not), so let’s take a look at what we’ve got.
Friday is becoming our ever-relentless night of live music and consider this as proof: Boone’s is hosting the weekly Friday Night Jazz series with the Mark Tonelli Trio this Friday (5:30-7:30 p.m.). Mark, a music teacher and guitar teacher at Millikin University in Decatur, has amassed an astonishing resume over several years of travel, and the resulting talent will be there for you to experience up close and personal in this Springfield Area Arts Council sponsored Show. Then, to continue with even more excellent and absolutely hip jazz guitar styles, drift off to Anchors Away as the House Trio (8-10) with Jose Gobbo just ripped it up.
From there Friday goes wild and crazy as Deja Voodoo does what he does at the Curve, Captain Geech lights him up at Casey’s Pub, Kapital Sound brings him to Weebles and Blacktop South rolls in Motorheads. Next, Angel Brown’s Smooth ‘n’ Blue Band do a Friday/Saturday Lime Street while Jeff Young and the Bad Grandpas take on Mowie’s Cue with a mix-it-up jam night featuring multiple band combinations. Keep it up as those Lucky Funks rock the Keg, Sarah Schnieder Band get into it at George Ranks, and Seattle traveler Domanic Rincones brings his grunge-influenced trap production show to Buzz Bomb.
And here’s the part where I say, “Hey, there’s a lot more where that came from,” and you check out all the other upcoming shows in our live music listings in print and online.