Horse Show Lineup Announcement #1

23 Apr

Finally, we’re ready to start telling you who will be playing Horse Show 2016. We want to spread these announcements out so we can tell you a little bit about each band while we do it. As with all Radon shows, you can expect an eclectic lineup.


First up we’re really excited to bring in Keyoung, spoken word artist from Columbus OH. A favorite at Cornerstone and AudioFeed, Keyoung is working on a new album and we think the best way to describe what he does is to just watch the following video.

Also we’re excited to have Trouper come hang with us. From Mansfield, OH, Trouper describes their sound as Alternative Electropop Rock. They killed it last year at AudioFeed and we’re excited to bring to Springfield.

The Horse Show, just like most Radon shows, is a balanced mix of local artists and folks from out of town. So first up representing the Springfield area is The Locals. These indie rock guys are definitely becoming a pretty regular band to see on Radon lineups, but that’s just because they’re that good.


Also from Springfield is singer-songwriter Arlin Peebles of Studio Show fame. We’re excited to have him back once again for another Radon show.

And last up for this announcement is duo Bonnie and Lance. They’ve been playing our open mics and it just makes sense to have them around, especially as Bonnie is one of the mentors at Refuge Ranch. It’s great including artists from the Ranch itself in the show!


That’s all for now. Expect more announcements in the coming weeks! Look for the Horse Show facebook event here.




Next Radon Lounge Show, May 7

17 Apr

We just had a really great Open Mic and are continuing our plans the Horse Show on June 18. But today we want to talk about our next Radon Lounge show on May 7.


We’re really excited to bring The Young Eyes, from Greenville, IL, a new band featuring members of Brian Lee & His Orchestra. You might remember us squeeing like little school girls in the past over Brian Lee, so you can have no doubt we’re excited about this new band.

Also on the show are The Locals, a Springfield band who have definitely become a common name to see popping up on Radon shows. They started on the scene by winning Black Sheep’s battle of the bands and last year won the Illinois Time’s pick for best underage band. They’re definitely just as rad as ever.

Stereo Static
, also of Springfield, are back from last November’s open mic. They just finished recording an EP and even have a tour under their belt. We’re excited to see where this band goes from here.


Open Mic, April 16

29 Mar

Our next Open Mic is April 16th. We really like doing these as they give lots of local folks a chance to play a show. People can sign up for a 15 minute slot to try out that project they’ve been working on in secret dark places, bringing their work to light in a slightly less dark somewhat secluded basement.

Any donations raised at this show will be used to help fund the Horse Show in June.

Speaking of the Horse Show, if you haven’t checked out the Horse Show page on this site, you probably should. The event will be June 18th and is our biggest show of the year. We’ll have 2 stages and about 20 bands. Lineup announcements should be coming soon!


Facebook event here.

Next Radon Lounge show, March 26th

15 Feb

We’re thinking and dreaming about our next Radon Lounge show. We have an eclectic lineup ready and waiting.

We’re excited to once again be hosting indie soul sisters Von Strantz from South Bend Indiana. If you’ve not had a chance to check out our favorite indie soul duo, then fortunately you have another chance.

Coming from Nashville, TN will be Nathan Stiteler and his band. “Nathan Stiteler brings a bit more of an experimental vibe to his music. It’s a folk based singer/songwriter type experience, but there is an additional kick that I wasn’t really expecting.” Matt Hall – No Country for New Nashville

It’s about time Hushpad has come back to the basement. This special little shoegaze band used to be a staple of Radon Lounge shows, but became a bit inactive for a while. Since their last appearance, Matt Welchel has produced a new album and even created a really great music video. Get excited.

Who could forget Springfield’s best video game cover band, Like… With Jetpacks will also be here spreading 8, 16, and 32 bit joy. Let their music take you to a whole new world (a whole new world).



Feb 13 Radon Show!

3 Feb

In less than 2 weeks we’re having another Radon Lounge show. This time it’s packed full of the best of Springfield’s folk and Americana flavored bands.

The Hollow Ends (St Louis, MO) is fleeting tempos, pounding drums and a distorted hollow-body guitar, focusing the energy and function of punk and rock through the lens of roots/Americana
Amy Benton is our local country sweatheart. She works hard around town and has opened all kinds of big city country/roots/americana acts passing through. This will be her first time in the basement, trading that fresh country air for the magical ionizing radiation we all know and love.
The Deep Hollow are also stopping in tonight. These guys are pretty much a Springfield supergroup of talented, harmonizing folk. They’ve recently won the American Songwriter 30th Anniversary Song Contest and are working on a new album.
Also on this show is Arlin Peebles of The Studio Show. When he’s not hosting Springfield’s hottest new talk show, he’s strumming guitar and singing tunes.
Rumor has it The Studio Show may be here to record some bits for their really great locally produced talk show. We’re a big fan of this project that showcases local creative talent.

Radon Show, Jan 23 2016

6 Jan

Our first 2016 show is announced. We hope you can make it out to the basement on 1/23 to see Extravision from Des Moines, IA and Springfield dreamhearts Fel Fae, Yogi Beara, and Andy Hoff.

4 great bands plus free coffee, free candy, and free arcade games! You probably couldn’t find a better deal.

Check out music from Extravision!



15 Things that Happened in 2015

3 Jan

by Jeff Radon, the Dad

Each year I try to reflect on the things that happened around the Radon Lounge. This isn’t a list of the best things that happened, it’s just a list of things that happened. I’m probably forgetting something really cool, but these things were cool, too


1. Farewell Chase Abner Chase had a good run at the Springfield indie basement scene before fame and fortune called him to another town far away. It’s so exciting when someone comes along and just “gets it” and wants to do whatever they can to help a little basement venue thrive. Chase put together the cover shows and  one of the first bands birthed out of the Radon gases, Brother Phoenix. We miss this guy.

2. Moving a show last minute due to snow. Our February show got hit with some big snow, which doesn’t work well with our location. The out of town bands were on their way and we had a decision to make. Either just cancel the show and put the bands up for the night, paying the guarantees; Or find another venue. Our friends at BXS were already hosting a show, but fortunately Lakeside Christian Church came through for us. We put on a show in their small auditorium and people still came! Even with the last minute change in plans and impending doom snow, we still had lots of people and it was a great show. Thanks to Otis the Destroyer from Austin, TX and Von Strantz for taking a chance, as well as Springfield bands The Locals, and Rella.


3. Sufjan Stevens No, I didn’t host Sufjan Stevens. I just wanted to call this out. I was fortunate to see Carrie and Lowell performed live, perhaps the best show of my life. This is important to the Radon as there comes a point where you’ve “acheived” all you can do as a venue promoter. Once the excitement and thrill has run its course, do you quit because it’s not as exciting to bring in awesome bands from out of town and have a space for local bands to play? At some point, does it just become work with no reward? I hope not, but I think this factors in why many venues quit. Venues get pressure from all sorts of folks, and running one can be a very emotional ride for the owner and promoters. It’s a labor of love, as there is definitely no money to be made doing this. All this being said, Sufjan Stevens’ music is one of the many things that keeps me inspired.


4. Looming at BXS 10 year reunion I think my biggest memory from attending shows at the Black Sheep Cafe this year (Springfield’s only full time all ages venue), was all the feels when Looming performed their first recorded song “Definition of Home” after playing their new stuff from their recently signed album “Nailbiter”. Playing that song at a show already heavy with sentiment just seemed like a huge moment for the Springfield scene. This year had a lot of things happen. Kevin Bradford stepped down after running Black Sheep for 10 years. Looming was signed to No Sleep Records and keeps touring the heck out of the country. More local venues closed, and of course many new bands were formed, disbanded and reformed in the ongoing sea of creativity.


5. Mini horse show We had a good thing going with the Horse Show, our annual big Summer mini-fest. Last year we did 2 stages and 20 bands at our favorite local non-profit, Refuge Ranch. This year however the Ranch was changing locations and it just didn’t make sense to try to do the full Horse Show. So, we did something else pretty fun. We brought a mini-horse from the Ranch to hang out at a benefit show to help support Refuge Ranch. This may be the only time a horse appears at a Radon Lounge basement show.


6. Christmas Explosion We always do a show called the Christmas Explosion, and it’s always a little different as it’s half Christmas party/half show. This year, some very like minded individuals came on board. We were very excited to host Levi The Poet, Dan Smith of Listener, and Kris Rochelle of Red Sweater Lullaby. We had potluck, bingo, and plenty of songs to share together. It was a perfect show to end the year.



7. AudioFeed Once again AudioFeed was very refreshing. I’m so excited to be a part of this. This festival happens every year in Urbana, IL for 5 days and is kind of fashioned off the old Cornerstone festival. I help by hosting one of the stages. The Radon Lounge stage at AudioFeed is very much like the Radon Lounge basement shows, just runs from 7am-2am multipl days straight. This year we hosted one of my personal favorites, Waterdeep, as well as many friends we’ve made over the last few years, and made new musical friends. It’s basically just a big family reunion where you have all your friends come play music for you.


8. JB killing it on pictures. I really appreciate the help and talents of others who put their time into making the Radon Lounge a legit place to be. JB really kills it on photography as he is there at almost every show taking pictures, editing, and loading up our flickr photostream.


9. Mike Yotter killing it on sound. Mike is our goto sound technician. He’s run everything from singer-songwriters to 7′ harps to 12 person horn bands. We definitely put him to work with our cobbled up PA system and super eclectic lineups. Bonus points to Mike every time an artist forgets their guitar cable, dead batteries, or someone wants to try a new synth/pedal/doodad for the first time on stage.


10. Cat killing it on art design and baby handling Cat is the Radon Mom. She not only looks good, but makes the Radon look good with her artwork. She makes just about all the show posters that you see as well as takes care of lots of other things behind the scene, like this website. She also does a pretty good job of keeping our son from sticking chewed up pretzels in people’s guitars.


11. Apryl killing everyone in the kitchen. Killing with love. Apryl is our CEO of hospitality. She does lots of cooking throughout the year. Not only at AudioFeed artist hospitality, but also for all of our shows in general. It seems half of our preparation is for the show itself, and the other half is hospitality for artists before and after. Apryl is an accomplished vegan cook and can work with any of the random allergies/diets our artists may have. We pay a lot of attention to the needs of those coming here to perform and we want them to feel awesome so they then perform awesome, making the crowd feel awesome. Basically because Apryl is awesome, everything else turns out awesome. Awesome.


12. Open Mics – so many new faces We host 2 Open Mic nights each year, usually spring and fall.Typically you would set your expectations a bit lower attending an open mic vs a regular show. But our Open Mics turn out just as good. There is a ton of variety and I always end up discovering some new talent. I love doing these things, plus it gives many more local folks a chance to play. I thought this year was especially thick with new discoveries at the Open Mics.


13. Garden Party The Garden Party show has become a Radon tradition. We call it the garden party, as people can check out our backyard vegetable garden, but really it’s just an excuse to try to keep people from thinking how hot and sweaty they are in an August basement show with no a/c. I usually put up a misting fan outside to help people cool off and book some extra fun bands. This year was a really fun with Mr Nasti and The Mailboxes, along with local bands Blind Social and Built In A Day.


14. Fel Fae – best new local discovery I booked Fel Fae for a very laid back show. I just wanted to sit and veg. I didn’t actually get a chance to see this band perform before I booked them, which is kind of risky. I had a feeling it would be good. It was good. Fel Fae is an instrumental band, kind of post rock, kind of ambient, kind of jazzy. The thing I noticed the most was how well they were tuned into each other. I really can’t wait to see this band again, and I hope they’ll get some recordings released as there isn’t much out there about them at the moment. Do it guys, at least one Dad in a basement is rooting for you!

15. Zoo – most memorable set I was really excited when Zoo said they would come play. I just sent them a message, shot in the dark. Zoo isn’t a well known band by any means, I just knew him from a different band, The Saudades. The last time the Saudades played the Radon, we sat in the basement after the show and listened to this new project. We were all amazed and really hoped he would do something with it. Zoo actually drove from Cincinnati to perform and drove back that night, basically that’s 10 hours of driving to just play a 30 minute set. It was worth it with all the wet eyes and feels. These songs are so good, hope you take a minute to listen.

I’m starting to plan 2016 and am super excited to keep doing Radon Lounge, onward to year 5!



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