Welcome everyone to 2022, a current calculation of time based on our concoction called the Gregorian Calendar. Throughout the year, several other New Years Eve and New Years days are recognized at various times in other cultures, but here in the good ol ‘United States and in many places around the world this past weekend , we celebrated another trip around the sun. Hope you had a good time doing it, but now that the hype is behind us, it’s back to business.
We have a few COVID-related cancellations to report, and one of the most significant for our community already happened when First Night Springfield was postponed for a year. Not only has it been a big disappointment for everyone involved on both sides of the party, but for the Springfield Area Arts Council, First Night is part of the financial equation that keeps this organization wonderful and vital. I’m sure that in the able hands of Executive Director Sheila Walk and the hard-working volunteer board of directors everything will be fine, but here is a wheelbarrow full of good wishes for our friends at SAAC in 2022 and a cry. to all the good work done in the past years. If there is anything we can do to help you let us know and we will do our best to satisfy you.
The International Blues Challenge set to be held in Memphis in January is now postponed until later in the year, directly affecting local competitors and planned fundraisers to support them. I guess every time the IBC is reprogrammed things will start over on “Memphis Road”.
Rick Dunham’s tribute to Elvis, booked at the Hoogland for this Saturday (January 8, the 87th birthday of the real Mr. Presley) has been postponed to a safer time later this year. Rick, as Elvis Himselvis, has performed all over the United States during his 35+ years wearing the suit. This performance, the third and final in a series of ambitious shows tracing every hit of Elvis ‘Top 40, spanned from 1968 to 1981 (he continued to feature even after his untimely death in 1977) and contains many of Elvis’ most popular songs. most famous of the King as well as several obscure and little-known figures that burst into the Top 40 in its heyday.
I will do my best to keep you posted on these events when they return.
In the unpleasant but important task of announcing benefits for those we have lost, this Saturday (January 8, 7 p.m.) Danenberger’s Family Vineyards presents The Steel Woods and Brushville at a paid event (there is also a silent auction ) in support of the Doug Warcup family. Doug, one of the best sound engineers in our area and a really great guy, left this world unexpectedly the night after Thanksgiving.
This past Saturday (January 1), the Curve Inn hosted a celebration of life and family benefit for Adrian Muex, a Decatur-based musician, founder of the Smooth Times Band and a good guy who passed away on December 8.
If you are interested in helping the families of these two recently deceased members of our music community, please contact the locations concerned or check the event’s Facebook pages for more information.
With that, I’ll sign the first Now Playing of 2022 with a special thank you to all who read and enjoy my articles. I consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to write about our music community. And if you have anything I could share here, please drop me a line.
Be sure to check out our listings for all the great live music happening this week across town.