June was a flash, and now we come to July 2022, weaving our way into Independence Day weekend, otherwise known as the 4th of July time. Always ready to create and enjoy a party, Americans will throw a party, which means live music is front and center, as it should be, in the humble opinion of this writer (and musician in activity). So let’s see what awaits us this week as we celebrate the anniversary of good ol’ USA on the 246th anniversary of the (questionable) signing and (finally) adoption of our Declaration of Independence. by the Second Continent Congress of 1776.
I’m seeing a higher number of concerts than usual, probably due to the ramping up of entertainment activities for the party weekend. Kicking off Thursday, June 30 with the Levitt AMP Musical Series downtown at the Y-Block when world-renowned Cuban-style band Charanga Tropical rocks the outdoor stage with special guest Tino Knight ramping up at 6 p.m. (and the Levitt AMP Springfield Facebook page) says the music will last a little longer than usual (and it goes well with those Latin dance sounds) because of the downtown fireworks happening at 9:30 a.m. for a little holiday fun.
You might want to check out upcoming numbers for this primo, downtown, weekly, Thursday night summer concert series. I just did it and saw some zydeco for the next week, plus some real good gospel on August 4th, and that’s super cool to me. Shame about the cancellation last week due to castmates contracting COVID while overseas, but the Davina & the Vagabonds show has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 3.
Also Thursday night, in another gig, Sherman Village Park Amphitheater presents Cowboy: The Ultimate Kid Rock with the Matt Miller Band opening (Matt is from Peoria and has toured with many big country bands), but you’ll have to wait until Sunday night. Sherman for your fireworks.
Moving on to Friday night, here’s Decade of Decadence, billed as Illinois’ 80s No. 1 band, as they bring their big show of hair and pop-rock metal to the Danenberger outdoor stage, playing all the hits of Van Halen, Def Leppard, Poison, RATT, Whitesnake, Motley Crue and many other bands of the same ilk. If you wanted to dress all 80s and even have big hair too, I think that would be appropriate and much appreciated by the band and the good folks at DFV.
For our next big shindig, the Springfield Jaycees Capital City Celebration returns to the Y-Block area after a four-year hiatus with a parade, patriotic dog contest, kids’ area, live music and more on Saturday. and on Sundays, as well as fireworks both nights. To satisfy our musical interests, the Wood ‘N’ Nickel Society (1:30 p.m.) and the Springfield Municipal Band (6 p.m.) get going on Saturdays, while Calia Cole (3 p.m.), Astrofix (3:30 p.m.) and the Shenanigans (6:00 p.m.) push it to the limit on Sunday.
For a fun and interesting moment on Monday, July 4th proper, the Elijah Iles House (Seventh and Cook) hosts the annual Clara Irwin (a distant cousin from the mid-1800s and wife of Iles House’s second owner, Robert Irwin) Strawberry and Lawn Party (3-6 p.m.). With very appropriate music from Peaches and Bacon, a wonderful early music duo of fiddle and banjo, and drinks and strawberries available for revelers, this one does it perfectly.
And you won’t believe the wide assortment of music playing every day of the week, so be sure to check out our listings. Happy Independence Day, America.