Dive straight into our observations and distillations of the Springfield music scene to search out what you’ll be able to on our journey of discovery and journey. This week sadly brings the mourning of a terrific buddy and fellow musician in our small a part of the world, in addition to an assortment of issues to do involving stay music that our late, however removed from forgotten compadre would have loved at most.
Sam Draper handed away on September 14, 2022, and with that, all of us misplaced a decades-long driving pressure on the native scene. From all his bands taking part in nice, so many songs individuals love to listen to, to numerous hours of open mic leisure, Sam was an integral a part of what was occurring in music in Springfield. However past the musical side of the efficiency, he additionally gave his coronary heart and soul to the whole lot he was concerned in, together with doing charity work in lots of fundraisers and deeply and lastingly encouraging the others to make their very own music, whereas creating lasting friendships which have crossed borders. and generations.
I learn so many superb tributes and memorials to Sam on Fb and every had the identical thread about his skill to inspire and uplift these round him. And I consider he has given us the best present (and the reply…) by main a lifetime of inspiration that survives by flourishing and rising inside us from these seeds of affection that Sam has planted in his day on earth. Relaxation nicely, Sam, and know the music you made by everybody you moved and motivated.
On Saturday, on Carlinville Street on the Macoupin County Fairgrounds, do good and have enjoyable by visiting SamJam. The long-running fundraiser (and fundraiser) is organized by Pete Oswald by the inspiration of his son Sam Oswald, who has suffered from neurofibromatosis since he was 4 years previous. Now, a long time after that point, Sam-O continues to cope with sickness whereas residing a superb life and loving stay music. Musical acts for 2022 embody Positively 4th Avenue, Isaiah Christian and the Insurgent Saints, Pete Jive, One Approach Visitors and Al Holliday & the East Aspect Rhythm Band. Test the occasion web site at samjam4nf.com for all the opposite particulars, then go get pleasure from.
Now onto Sunday afternoons, the place it is all canine pleasant and you may inform somebody to go fly a kite in a enjoyable means, once we go wild at Chatham Paws-a-Palooza & Kite Up the Park held from 1 to six p.m. at Chatham Neighborhood Park. The coordinator and backstage man is bassist and hard-working musician extraordinaire Jeff Cunningham, who additionally occurs to be a cheerful canine proprietor, which implies he is joyful to have a canine and the canine is joyful too. The occasion is a fundraiser for “the continuing building, landscaping and upkeep of the brand new Chatham Neighborhood Canine Park, which has been funded by earlier festivals” and options stay music from Dave Littrell, Rock & Roll Sisters and Brandy Kristin and the Revival, plus a non-musical, however equally thrilling efficiency by world champion St. Louis Disc Canines. Extra stuff contains food and drinks by the Chatham Jaycees, pet-themed distributors, visible art work and a pet and proprietor costume contest, plus an expert kite firm who has “kites to fly and purchase”, all for a superb trigger to keep up a pleasant canine park the place the canines can go and bark.
Have a terrific week, benefit from the downtown automobile present and make sure to try all the opposite stay music occurring round city.