Horse Show 2014 Recap

11 Jul

We finally have time to sit down and write a little about all the great shows that just happened.

If you missed the announcement, the next Radon Lounge show is August 23rd, more details later.

The Horse Show that happened on June 21, 2014 was a success! People came and had fun, hence success!


The day started off with David Lasley on the barn stage and soon both stages were in full force. Over 20 bands performed and there was never a dull moment.


One of our food vendors had to cancel last minute due to an untimely death in the family. We missed the gyros and falafel this year, but Dew’s Chili definitely brought some great food.


We tried to offer plenty to do all day long with the mondo croquet and volleyball, and it was really fun to watch the impromptu games of soccer and hula hooping.


The horses were a big hit as always, Refuge Ranch is always happy to tell you their names and stories.


Of the bands that performed, many were Radon Lounge veterans, and some were new to our scene. We were really blown away especially with new discoveries The Saudades and Narrow/Arrow.


We’re also excited that we got to feature new bands and artists discovered through Radon Cover Shows and Open Mics, such as Jordan Bauer, Anchored Souls, and Blind Social.


The weather was mostly great throughout the day with some rain in the evening, which just served to cool everything down. Of course the stages were indoors, so it didn’t slow us down at all.



The Soil & the Sun closed out the evening with a terrific set.


The folks at Refuge Ranch had a great time hosting the event, as did we. We’re already putting plans together for Horse Show 2015.


We are very thankful for Refuge Ranch, our sound guys, artist food and hospitality specialists, and parking attendants.

Also big thanks to the Vine and the rest of our sponsors for making this event possible. There is a Vine show coming later this month, better check it out.

AudioFeed Preview For The Ample Post-CCM Gentleperson

25 Jun

So little time between resting from the Horse Show and resting for AudioFeed, we haven’t been able to tell you how great the Horse Show was. Look for that in a future post sometime after AudioFeed. We’re excited to see what pictures, video, and moments we can share with you.

In the meantime as we prepare for AudioFeed (next week!) we wanted to share some of our thoughts on this really great fest.


As you’re probably aware, AudioFeed will be July 3-6, with a special early day on July 2nd. Online ticket sales end July 1st, so you better get on over if you haven’t already. This fest consists of 4 stages, tons of bands, and special guest speakers (Shane Claiborne *squee*). Tent camping is the usual means of lodging. Bring a tent and claim your spot. Some RV spots are also available, with electric hookups. Also there will be plenty of food, apparel and other vendors on the grounds. Of course this is just the stuff that’s easy to present, there’s a lot of, um, weirdness too that just has to be experienced. Let’s just say AudioFeed has a list of characters to make things more interesting. The fest is also very family friendly, as you’ll find lots of kids with their families, as well as an area dedicated to kid-centric activities.


We’re really excited here at the Radon that we’re invited to host one of the stages. Last year it was simply known as the “acoustic stage”, which didn’t really describe it too well. This year we’ll make it more like a basement of toxic gases. Quite a few bands that have graced our humble hole in Springfield will be performing on this and other stages throughout the fest.


But what exactly is the AudioFeed Music Festival about? Usually we say it’s the spiritual successor to the Cornerstone music festival. This is only the second year for AudioFeed, so we’re still just figuring things out, although it helps being able to tap the same coordination folks who were involved with Cornerstone. Christians who like music are probably also aware that just like Cornerstone, many other Chrisitian music festivals are dying or dead. At its height, Cornerstone would bring in 30-50,000 people, but that’s in the past now. Just like everyone else, we’re trying to figure out how that happens.

We all have our opinions, but since this is our site, you’ll just have to deal with ours. Just like the Radon Lounge, AudioFeed doesn’t explicitly advertise itself as a “Christian” festival. Some Christians will take issue with this and tell us to stand up for our faith. The problem this creates is the Christian label brings many limitations, legalisms, and intolerance to what can be expressed. There is a certain quota of the word “Jesus” that must be met. We believe here at the Radon there is God and He has made us in his image, as described in the Bible. Since He creates things, he has made us to create. Music is to us a very high form of creativity and we admire those who do it well. The best music we know of comes from people following their spirit and not compromising with labels and systems imposed to control. This is what we promote at the Radon Lounge, and AudioFeed is a much larger example. We find it fascinating our society’s attempts to control what is and isn’t Christian just leads to general uninterest to the lukewarm product that is produced (especially when it’s just considered a product…). Through the many incredible artists you’ll find at AudioFeed, you will probably find a freer and wilder faith within.

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We hope you are able to come out, visit our stage, checkout some of the many great musicians and speakers, and not be assassinated by the ninja. Our friends at the Black Sheep Cafe and The Front Porch are hosting stages, too! Most of all, come out and enjoy the excellent and most hospitable community.

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2014 Horse Show Preview

10 Jun

Today we want to lay out for you what you can expect from the 2014 Horse Show.

So far we’ve been talking about all of the awesome bands performing at this event, but haven’t really elaborated on everything else going on. We basically want this to be a regular annual event, and more than just a stage or two setup with some bands. The stars of the show are the horses and Refuge Ranch. Do however make sure to check out the band lineup, it’s equipped with times and everything on Facebook and on this site.


In addition to two stages and 20+ bands, we also have some some fun games lined up. We’re re-purposing one of our horse arenas into a sand volleyball court. Also Mondo Croquet will be offered for free this year, until we run out of bowling balls. If you haven’t played croquet using bowling balls and sledge hammers… you’re probably in the majority. Also there will be enough green space if you just want to toss a frisbee around, just don’t expect the horses to catch. A playground is available for the kids.


We’re happy to offer two food vendors this year. Ayappa’s will once again be serving up gyros, falafel, burgers, and fries. New this year is Dew’s Chili Truck, who will be serving chili, tamales, Chicago dogs, and more.


Admission is free, but do bring some money if you want to buy food or to make a donation to the ranch. We’ll also have various vendors of all kinds for a little shopping, as well as Refuge Ranch apparel and musician merch for sale.

Of course the music lineup will be stellar this year. Many previous Radon favorites are involved, finishing the evening with The Soil & The Sun bringing us to a new plane of existence.

Hope you can make it out and join us to make this a memorable event for everyone. Help us get the word out so people don’t miss this unique and joyful experience.


Kansas Bible Company wants to sell you some jams

15 May

The May 17th Radon show is almost here. We’re really excited to bring in Kansas Bible Company from Nashville, TN.


Kansas Bible Company

“The Kansas Bible Company is 12 man wrecking ball of sound featuring a five-man horn line, three guitars, two percussionists, one bass, and keys. Originally from Goshen, Indiana, they now reside in Nashville, Tennessee. They are a culture. To walk with them is to know them. They are on a journey – to the stars through rugged ways.”

This is by far the largest sized band we’ve fit into the Radon, it’s going to be a rocking night with plenty of dancing.

Also on the show is are local sweethearts Loomingplaying the Radon for the first time and will probably kick your butt with their infectious pop punk and Jess’ powerful voice.



And also on the show is Radon veteran Derrick Streibig. It’s been a little while since we’ve heard him, as he’s been fathering a brand new set of twins. He’s excited to come back and bring us another batch of sun-soaked mellow vibes. Here is a video of Derrick from his last Radon performance:

This is going to be a really fun show, plus it’s the first show back in the basement with our new baby. Music festival season starts next month, so there may not be another show back in Radon itself until August. This is going to be your only chance to soak it in for a while. Radon regulars might also notice a few tweaks to the basement, we’re hoping they’ll make the space feel a little more open.

Be sure to check out the facebook event page for this show here

Family FunDay!

5 May

Just wanted to let you know our friends over at the Lake Springfield Christian Assembly are hosting some bands along with many other fun activities this Saturday as part of a fundraiser.

Of the bands participating  we especially wanted to point out two of our favorites, Brian Lee & His Orchestra and The Phoenix Sons will be there.


Brian Lee & His Orchestra

In addition to the bands, there will be carnival games, bounce houses, pony rides, baseball radar gun and other sports games, tractor rides, archery, car show, kite flying and much more. There will also be a silent auction and delicious food. Take a gander at the facebook event page for more info!


Final 2014 Horse Show Lineup Announcement!

30 Apr

Today we finally make that last lineup announcement for the 2014 Horse Show. We’ve had so much fun showing off all the bands for this year, and we’re excited to finally share the full lineup with you today.

We’re very excited about this last band announcement, in 2013 this band put on one of the greatest performances the Radon Lounge will ever see, and adding them to the Horse Show lineup has been exhilarating.

Get excited as The Soil And The Sun are once again coming back to the Springfield area!


The Soil And The Sun

They explain their music as New Mexican Space Music or Experiential Spiritual Orchestral Rock. Originating in 2008 as a two-piece band, the group has grown and matured into a seven-piece community of friends and musicians. Oboe, violin, guitars, accordion, percussion, piano, keys and vocals, cooperate to create complex harmonies, layered melodies, and driving rhythms. The careful orchestration and intentional instrumentation will speak to your soul.

They are definitely one of those bands that defy description or classification. At the Radon Lounge, we try to find music to showcase that breaths new life, new creativity, and inspires. If we were to describe the Radon Lounge as a single band, it would be this band.

With this final announcement you can see the entire lineup along with times on the Horse Show page on this site.

Don’t forget to check out the facebook event page for the 2014 Horse Show. The event is FREE and will include 2 stages, 20+ bands, food vendors, fun games to play, and horses to whisper to. Plus if you know someone who would like to sponsor the Horse Show to ensure its success, definitely get in contact with us

Almost Done Horsin’ Around

29 Apr

We’re getting so close to announcing the full lineup of the Horse Show. Sorry for dragging it out so long.

Today we’re introducing bands from all over the place: local, semi-local, and Michigan.

We’re very excited to have cinematic/electronic duo Filmloom join us again for another awesome show. Filmloom played the Radon Lounge last November and put everyone in a trance with their incredible use of keyboards and effects, including actual drums and brass instruments looped into their sound. They are mesmerizing to watch. We think any fan of Sigur Ros, tUnE-yArDs, Sufjan Stevens, and any other band pushing the limits of sound in fresh new ways will really enjoy this. Filmloom is also working on their first full length album, Perennial.



We’re also excited to announce Meredosia from right here in Springfield, IL. Meredosia is best described as post-rock/post-punk and is a regular performing band at the Black Sheep Cafe. They recently played the first Radon Show at Black Sheep which featured King of Prussia and Case Conrad from Europe. Members of Meredosia also play in other local bands Asthma, Mildred, Mouth’s Ex, Slam Dinner, and Soap Scum.



Last announcement today is alternative band Until The Hour, from Jacksonville, IL. They played a great set back at the Karen Koenig CD Release party the Radon Lounge hosted in 2013. This band would work well for fans of Coldplay, Tenth Avenue North, and The Fray.


Until The Hour


We still have one more lineup announcement to make, and it’s definitely a “last but not least” scenario.


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