Archive | July, 2013

Shows, sweet sweet shows

29 Jul

We feel it’s time to start sharing the sweet, sweet shows we’ve been working on for this fall.

Of course check out our worship night going on tonight, led by international missionary and handsome dude Rob Barnett.

aaronAugust 14th, we’re helping our friends at The Harbor, a ministry at Lakeside Christian Church, setup a really cool show with Enter The Worship Circle musician Aaron Strumpel. We’ve been a big fan of his music for a long time, and are excited that he’s finally able to make it to Springfield. This show will be at Lakeside Christian Church, we’ll have it all setup real nice, you’ll almost feel like you’re in that familiar dark creepy basement!

familiesSeptember 26 we’ll be back at the Radon Lounge with a killer lineup: Brian Lee & His Orchestra, Spoken Nerd, Cantalouper, and Hushpad. Hot on it’s heals we’ll have Families and Kevin Schlereth plus TBA on Oct 6.

bobdylanWe’re trying a new show idea (new to the Radon) on November 9. An all Bob Dylan cover show where folks can play their favorite Bob Dylan songs. This is being organized by friend of the Radon, Chase Abner, and he’ll have more details for us closer to time.

karenOn November 23, we’ll be hosting a CD release show for local singer songwriter Karen Koenig. We’ll have more bands to announce for that show, but just wanted to get it on your calendar for now.

We still have more shows in the works for the fall, plus of course don’t forget the Christmas Explosion in December. We’ll try to get in another Open Mic before the year is over as well, so stay tuned for that.

We’re excited to finish the year strong!

A Special message from Jeff and Cat

22 Jul

This might interrupt the Radon Lounge’s show schedule around February/March of 2014.

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Show Coming Up!

11 Jul

Hey folks, we have a really fun summer show comin’ right atcha this Sunday, July 14th!

First off we wanted to tell you about Lowder.

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If you’ve been living under a rock in Springfield, you might not know Josie Lowder is probably the best female blues singer in Springfield, and was a contestant on American Idol. She will be performing with her brother Bo and other really talented musicians in her band formally known as the Josie Lowder Band, recently shortened to Lowder. They will bring you the perfect blend of Psychadelic, Rock, RNB, Funk, Reggae, Jazz, and Tribal styles.  Be sure to lookup Lowder on facebook!

laplandgrassSandwiched in the middle of the show between two of Springfield’s best rock ‘n roll bands is Lapland. Those who remember our show with Lucius and Tall Tall Trees will be delighted to know that Lapland, or Josh Mease is another member of that Brooklyn, NY scene. Josh Mease has received praise from many note worthy purveyor’s of fine music such as the New York Times, Paste Magazine, and NPR’s All Songs Considered. Bringing the Wanderland to the land of Lincoln Josh has always found comfort in the solitude of his own thoughts, often preferring the landscapes within his mind’s eye over the bustle of the city that surrounds him. So it seems fitting that in making Lapland’s self-titled debut, he worked alone using whatever was within reach – only rarely using other musicians. Josh Mease has received praise from many note worthy purveyor’s of fine music such as the New York Times, Paste Magazine, and NPR’s All Songs Considered.

You can learn more about Lapland, and listen to their tunes here.

big stormOpening the show is local Springfield feel good band Big Storm. Fronted by the legendary Brandon Carnes, and filled out by some of the hardest working musicians in the local scene, Big Storm can barely contain the energy bursting forth. Inspirations for Big Storm include Jellyfish, fun, The Format, Queen, and Pinkerton. You definitely don’t want arrive late and miss these guys.

 

During this show you’ll get to see the new look of the Radon stage for the first time. Also we’ll be peddling frozen treats and ice coffee, and we’ll even have some local artists with their work for sale. Check out the facebook event and bring your friends! Shows can only work if folks come to see them, maybe why they’re call shows?

As mentioned before, this is the last regular Radon Lounge show until September. We’re taking a break, but we already have shows in the works for the fall!

Our AudioFeed Book Report

9 Jul

Hello this is Jeff from the Radon Lounge, the following is a rundown of my experiences at the AudioFeed Music Festival.

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AudioFeed took place over the 4th of July weekend this year at the Champaign County Fairgrounds.

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AudioFeed is the fest that is picking up where Cornerstone left off. Although way smaller, it still contains the most essential part of the Cornerstone festival, the family! The Radon Lounge was asked to bring a team of volunteers to help with admissions, so if you came to AudioFeed but got confused at the gate on what you were supposed to pay and whatnot, that was probably our fault, sorry, we’ll do better next year. We were stoked to be a part of this fest, it was indeed truly great.

After the first day, we felt we finally got things figured out. Although I missed quite a few awesome sets by watching the gate, I still had a lot of fun greeting people as they came in. So many people coming in were so excited to be there, so many awesome conversations filled with excitement to see the bands to be had.

The main AudioFeed dates were the 5th and 6th, but there were a few bonus shows on Thursday. I got to see an accoustic Listener set along with some of my favs like Lauryn Peacock, and Tyler from Insomniac Folklore, and Sean Michel. I also got to hear the #1 song of AudioFeed “Crick in my Neck” twice in one day! And another bonus was a special time hearing sermons from 2 punk Scottish preachers. There’s just something about a Scottish man saying the word “Bible”.

Things got really rolling on Friday. I got to see sets from some of my favs:  Josh EhrmannMax Simmons, Ami Moss and the Unfortunate, and Timbre. I also made new discoveries in Brandon Reid, Molly Parden, and Rusty and Kelsey Vining. I was watching the gate when Maylene was playing, but my shift was over fortunately by the time Denison Witmer was on. It was so good to finally see this guy live. I remember listening to him 6 years ago when Cat and I were dating. His music was very special to us at that time, and of course we went to sleep listening to it. We talked to him a little before going to sleep that night, really great guy. I still remember his music being played at our wedding.

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Saturday was probably my favorite day. I got in plenty of shifts at the gate Thursday and Friday so I spent most of my time at the shows, and then helped a little with tear down. Saturday was when I made my best new find, Filmloom. Everyone should really check these guys out, so good. Unfortunately their recordings don’t do them any justice at all, the live show is so much better. Maybe they will come play the Radon Lounge some time? Better get on facebook and demand it 😉

Other performers I got to see for the first time were Cantalouper, Robert Deeble, The Choir, Nathan Stiteler, Beards, Otherkin, and even an impromptu ska set, complete with circle pitting and skanking, by Must Build Jacuzzi. I also saw Flatfoot 56 for the first time with their surprise set, which also included the biggest circle pit I’ve ever seen. Some of my favorite all time bands performed on Saturday including Insomniac Folklore, HushpadVON Strantz, Listener, and The Soil and The Sun. It was definitely a day of music made just for me.

20130706_164516Of course as a festival, there was more than just music. Various vendors were selling their wares including some grassroots clothing companies, vintage trinket merchants, and other various artists. Plenty of food vendors, and of course I spent a lot of time at Momma Linda’s hospitality area for musicians and volunteers. There were plenty of shenanigans to see including hours of buck-buck (break your back for Jesus). At one point I was working admission alone as people were gone to see different bands and a ninja came up from behind. Luckily he just wanted a fist-bump, and not make me dead. There were plenty of goths from the Asylum walking around complaining about daylight, plenty of bikers, and at least one person in a full mascot costume for no apparent reason. Although my conversations with different people started out as “have you heard of the Radon Lounge”, luckily after a while of that, I got to break myself out of promoter mode, and just had lots of good conversations about crazy things.

Sunday morning was filled with a lot of combing the grounds picking up trash. I also enjoyed a very powerful message from Appalachian revivalist preacher Shane Pippen and worship with Noah James and Christina Benton. It was the perfect end to a perfect weekend of music, fun, and community.

As a Christian, this fest was really special to me. I always feel a tension in “Christian music” between authenticity and imitation, and why do we need “Chrsitian music” when really all music is in some part inspired by God, whether the musician is a believer or not. God is the creator, and we were made in his image, which means we create. I’m almost sure every band at this fest was in some part Christian, but most definitely not something you would hear on Christian radio. All of these bands are creating what is on their hearts and many will probably not make millions as their music is too crazy, too different, and too human. After spending an extended weekend with all of these great people, I really felt the presence of God in a way that I haven’t felt for a long time. It felt as if in my day to day life I theorize about who God is, and what His will is for my life. At this event, I just felt the theorizing and guessing was over, He is here, right here with us. The place felt like holy ground, that’s about as close as I can describe it in words.

The organizers of this fest are already planning next year’s AudioFeed, and we at the Radon Lounge will be there as well, helping in any way possible. Hope you can make it!

Cosmetics

2 Jul

We’ve made some cosmetic improvements to the Radon Lounge, which you all get to see July 14th at the Lowder, Lapland, Big Storm show.

Our stage has a whole new look, plus we’ve worked on the arcade machine a bit. Now the top lights up like a real arcade machine, it’s a real boy!

Speaking of the arcade machine, have you seen our arcade page lately? We replaced all the words with new words, word.

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