Archive | May, 2013

Music and Horses And…

29 May

… Mondo Croquet!!!

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When not listening to the great music offered at the Horse Show, enjoy a nice game of Mondo Croquet. It’s just like regular croquet, but with sledgehammers and bowling balls!

We’ll provide the everything but the bowling balls. You can find your own ball in thrift stores and closets. We’ll also have some for sale at $5 a piece in case you can’t find one.

For more info on how to play and some tips, be sure to check out http://www.mondocroquet.com/instructions.html

Horses, music, food, and now Mondo Croquet! June 15th is going to be a unique day in your life for sure! Unless of course something good is on TV.

Exactly a Month Away!

15 May

A month from today we’ll all be enjoying music and horses, at the same time.

We just finished making the sampler CDs. If you can get your hands on one, you can hear a song from everyone who’s playing the show! There will be about 100 of these suckers floating around. If you happen to get one, listen to it and then pass it on!

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Pretty much all of the major details of the Horse Show has been announced, but we still have yet to show you the T-shirts we’ll have for sale! Also don’t forget to donate! We really need some funds or musicians will be wearing potato sacks for a while. If you’re not sure what to donate, we’re guessing the usual rate for a show like this would be $15 (or millions, who can put a price on this awesome stuff, really!). But of course don’t feel too guilty if you can’t afford it, as we would much rather you be at the fest and have fun. If you’re one of those rich plutocrat types, you could think about paying more so other folks won’t have to!

If you want to donate now, check out the paypal buttons on this site, they all link directly to Refuge Ranch’s account, so your money won’t even grace the hands of sleazy show promoters!

 

The Radon Village

8 May

Hey this is Jeff from the Radon Lounge. Since we have a lull between shows, I wanted to write about some of our inner workings and thank those who have helped the Radon Lounge come as far as it has.

It takes a village to put on these shows. Without such a great community of people that have formed around the Radon, I probably would have burnt out and quit after the first year. These shows are a lot of fun, but it gets taxing when you have to worry about all the intricate logistics of getting a band physically to your place and setup for a show, financial obligations, promotion, etc. Putting these things on is hard when it’s not my day job, plus making sure I still am making time for my wife and so many other great people and things going on in my life that I do not want to sacrifice.

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First off I want to thank my wife, Cat, for all of her work filling in when help is light. When we started, she basically did all of the work that people didn’t see while I did all of the hosting. Fortunately as more people came on board she is at a place she enjoys with just focusing on creating the artwork for shows. She also designed this website. She is the visual artist in the bunch and I have to thank her a lot for making what we do legit. She truly is my partner in all of this madness.

When we have touring bands over who want to spend the night, not only do I have to clean and setup the basement for the show, but also the entire house. On the day of the show I’m often scrambling to work on just about every room, fortunately our friends Amanda, Hannah, and Amelia have stepped in to help with a lot of that. Cat also helps, too, when she can. Together these ladies have taken over a lot of random stuff that I don’t have to worry about any more, plus they help me in another huge way by greeting people coming to the show, running the refreshment table, and generally making people feel welcome. I don’t think people usually expect to see such lovely ladies taking their cover at music venues, they are our secret weapon.

Another important part that makes our shows work is food. When we started the Radon Lounge, we wanted to provide a place where musicians not only play shows but also get a place to sleep, eat, and generally recharge while on tour. Of course doing this right is a lot of work. We are completely blessed by the work of Apryl and Christine who have come in to fill this crucial part. They are really good cooks and can deal with any sort of random eating preferences musicians throw at us. Their meals are incredible and the musicians love us for that, plus they make/provide the brownies and any other random refreshments you see at the Radon. They have incredibly generous hearts. Lately they have even stayed after shows to do the dishes, ridiculous!

You might also notice we post pictures from time to time. We have always been about making sure our shows are documented, but as amateurs, we can never get the lighting right to really do the bands justice. Fortunately a real photographer has stepped in this year. Although before the Radon, Leigh Anne had never taken show pictures before, she’s definitely getting the hang of it now. We’re thankful to have her and her company LAL Photography covering our events. Check out her business here. Soon, she’s also going to give me a hand on promo CDs for our upcoming Horse Show. Of course I intentionally don’t make money during shows, so I can’t pay her what she’s actually worth, which is more reason you should support her!

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Recently, we’ve started working with another friend, JB, to do some video projects. I would challenge another house venue to have such a great team of various talents, and I’m getting really excited about the idea of posting actual performance videos that may be of better quality than the average cell phone. JB is also putting together some promo videos for us so you can have an easier time convincing your friends to spend their time hanging out in a dark smelly basement.

Of course with any show, there needs to be folks running the sound, and I am a putrid sound tech. I can move the levels up and down but if musicians are wanting a certain mix, all I can offer is terrible. Fortunately even here there are dedicated folks, Jason, Mike, and Nic who really know their way around a sound board. Not only in running the sound, but also getting us hooked up with the right equipment. It would be pretty hard to host a face melting, soul cleansing show without a system for the musicians to plug into.

We keep saying the Radon Lounge is a community, I’m hoping this post will help to explain what we mean by this. Of course the people I have listed here have defined roles, but there are even more folks who are just as important. They help get the word out and we could not exist without them. These people might even include you. The biggest challenge is convincing people there is real, actual good music of substance happening in Springfield Illinois, and it’s happening in a basement, and they need to see it. Understandably, most people need a lot of convincing to take the risk of coming out to one of our shows. But, the shows cannot exist, the musicians will not come if no one comes to see them. You folks who are getting the word out are just as integral to the success of the Radon Lounge as any of the people listed here. There are so many talented musicians out there who want to play for crowds who genuinely care about them and their art. They will definitely keep coming if you do.

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Don’t be bored this summer!

3 May

As we’re coming off our May show with Lucius, Tall Tall Trees, and Derrick Streibig, we wanted to let you know of some of the things going on this summer.

This Saturday, May 4th,  there will be a Family FUN Day at LSCA, a summer camp around Lake Springfield. They will be hosting many great bands including VON Strantz, Micah Walk, Back Pack Jones, Brilliant Move, and more. They will be doing the event rain or shine, and will have other fun activities and ways you can help a really great cause. Check here for more info.

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The Horse ShowOf course there will be the Horse Show on June 15th, our first music fest co-presented by Refuge Ranch, which will take place on the Refuge Ranch grounds. Be sure to check out our Horse Show page on this site for more details, we’ll have many great bands to see!

dumbfestAlso June 14th and 15th, The Black Sheep Cafe and Skank Skates will be hosting Dumb Fest for those of you more into the punk and hardcore arts. Later in August they will also be hosting their annual Black Sheep Fest. They have shows at the Black Sheep Cafe all the time, so be sure to check out their site often.

We’ll have more shows to announce as time rolls on, but one more thing really worth checking out is the Audiofeed Music Fest. It’s quickly becoming the goto Cornerstone replacement. They will be announcing many great bands in the coming weeks, it will definitely be the monster central IL fest of the season!

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Be sure to check in on the AudioFeed site to keep up with new announcements.