23 Apr

Quick Horse Show update, VON Strantz has been announced!

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They are working on a series of 3 EPs, which we think might be even better than their first release. Here is a sampling from the first of the three:

They’re also hoping to raise money for the these new EPs as well as a new touring van. This is could be the investment opportunity of your lifetime?

Check out their Indiegogo campaign here.

Horse Show Hip Hop

18 Apr

In case you haven’t noticed yet, we have a facebook event page up for the 2014 Horse Show!

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Plus we’re restructured our website a bit to separate our two festivals we either host or play a part in into separate pages, Horse Show and AudioFeed.

Now, we’ve got an exciting new lineup announcement for The Horse Show. Given we have a lot more spots to fill, we really want to provide a variety of genres. One major overlooked genre would definitely be hip hop, and we’re excited to announce the following!

cooeFirst up, Choo E. Valentine (born Sherman Benard Mason III on March 31, 1987) is a American rapper, singer, producer, songwriter, entrepreneur and CEO of No Fiction Records and Differentia Productions. Choo is also a member of The Black Mothmen, The A.P.P.L.E.S.A.U.C.E., andThe (RE)Minding. He has resided in Springfield, IL all his life. As a young boy, Choo dreamed of being a cartoonist and author of graphic novels. He spent hours honing his drawing skills at his Grandmother’s house but began writing rap lyrics in the 6th grade.”I wrote about stupid stuff. Women, cars, all that mess. That’s what I thought rap was. I didn’t dawn on me that I was even lying.” he says.

bfreeNext is B-Free aka Quentin Winder, from Springfield, IL. B-Free’s mission is to deliver the freedom of Christ with a melody that is Biblically sound. He has been rapping since 2009, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2011 that he felt God tugging at his heart to change his ways and use his music to glorify God. At a young age B-Free accepted Christ, but his actions were not always a true reflection of who Christ was.

“It was a struggle to find out who I was and what my purpose was. I would always rap about money, drugs, or getting girls, but it was all so fake.”

zachayappaAlso playing the show is Zach Ayappa, better known as The MB. If you’ve seen him on stage you would be quick to notice his feel good, care free, loving life style. His passion to entertain you with non-stop stage banter, insane dances, awkward moments and raps, that are then mixed with unparalleled truths makes him a voice like no other. 

djmaydayRunning the one’s and two’s for this awesome showcase is none other than DJ Mayday. He has been spinning music for Jesus Christ since early 2010.  Since he began spinning, he has been able to share the Gospel through Christian Hip Hop on various stages and by DJ’ing for various artist.  “Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ through Christ Centered Hip Hop with the youth in our community is my #1 goal” DJ Mayday was quoted saying.

Record Store Day Tomorrow

18 Apr

Our Dumb friends have a lot of stuff in store for Record Store Day 2014.

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3 shows will take place at the the next door venue Black Sheep Cafe, plus Dumb Records has been hoarding all the good stuff for this special occasion!

For more info, check out the facebook event page

Bands in Europe Dream of the Midwest

10 Apr

This coming Monday, April 14th,  we get the privilege of hosting 2 really great bands with members from Sweden and Spain. We’re pretty stoked.

This show will be hosted over at the Black Sheep Cafe, so don’t show up at the Radon Lounge. BXS is located at 1320 S. 11th St. here in Springfield, IL.

From Sweden comes Case Conrad, a melancholic dreamy soundscape appropriate for the April showers surrounding us all. But the sound is swelling, there is hope. Check out their video for Copper Thief below.

 

Also on tour is King of Prussia. Their members are split between Barcelona, Spain, and Athens Georgia. We’re still trying to figure out how they make that work. Their sound is considerably more upbeat compared to their tour mates, but they still key right into that very European sounding vein of indie rock.

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They just released their new album “Zonian Girls”. Here is a brand new video just released for that album.

Also on the show are local bands Meredosia and Full Chroma.  Meredosia just announced a new EP!

This will be a very solid show, especially for a Monday night, hope you can make it! It’s only $5, plus free coffee and food!

 

 

 

 

Another Door Opens

1 Apr

Earlier today we posted on our Facebook page the unfortunate news that the Radon Lounge will be closing down after the May 17th show. We’re really sad about that and stuff.

But we don’t want to dwell on the dark parts of life and continue to find joy in our local music community.

Fortunately The Black Sheep Cafe has stepped up to the plate with the announcement of a NEW WATER PARK!

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Dumb Waterpark!

Head over to BlackSheepSpringfield.com to find out all about it!

Horse Show Update

25 Mar

If you missed it on Facebook, the 1st baby of the Radon Lounge has been born! Charles Lloyd Black will preside on future Radon shows (maybe not in person until he’s old enough to handle the volume).

We’re ready to announce more bands for the Horse Show on June 21st, but first we wanted to mention we’re looking for sponsors. The Horse Show is free, but it would be really nice if some businesses or individuals would help subsidize the cost. We see this as an opportunity for more folks to get involved and be a part of the madness. We’re creating a nifty brochure to make this easy, but in the meantime hit us up if you would like to know more at RadonLounge@gmail.com.

Now on to more band announcements! The following three bands are all Springfield local and will be appearing on the garage stage.

First of is Yogi Beara. These guys are the quintessential power duo with heavy garage rock and blues influences. Fans of the White Stripes and the Black Keys won’t want to miss these guys.

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Yogi Beara

Next up is Full Chroma, a keyboard driven alternative rock band. These guys are also playing the April 14th Radon show @ the Black Sheep Cafe!

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Full Chroma

And lastly for today, we’re announcing local pop-punk favorite Negative 17. Fans of Green Day, Blink 182, Sum 41, etc, should definitely be there to hear these guys.

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Negative 17

 

That’s it for now. We’ve have some more exciting lineup announcements up our sleeve that we can wait to tell you about.

 

April Show Announcement!

8 Mar

We’re hosting a show at our friends space, The Black Sheep Cafe.

We thought we were amazed by hosting a Canadian band earlier this year, now comes a show with bands from Spain and Sweden. Cue the horrible horrible Disney small world song.

Now that you have that in your head, may you be brought to life by this musical wonderland.

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Let us know you’re coming on Facebook! We’ll talk about the bands in more depth later. For now, check out the facebook event page for more details!

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