Bob Dylan

Hey friends, we wanted to share with you a short piece written by Radon friend Chase Abner about the upcoming Bob Dylan Cover Night on Nov 9.

Chase is hosting the show, and if the people like it, perhaps we’ll have more cover nights to come! Here’s Chase:

We were a bunch of 4th graders on a field trip singing at the top of our lungs to a battery-powered boombox as our school bus wound its way through the hills of Eastern Kentucky. The song? “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” by Guns N’ Roses. We probably listened to it 15 times that day. I remember feeling so rebellious. Guns N’ Roses certainly weren’t welcome in my parents’ house in those days. At the time, the music felt so edgy… so rock n roll.
What we didn’t realize, however, is that the song was actually written by a guy who was the rebel of our parents’ generation – Bob Dylan.
For most of us born after 1980, we were first exposed to Bob Dylan through cover songs. How many times did you hear Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” before you knew it was a Dylan song. Or maybe it was “Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, or Adele… or even Billy Joel (who covered it before it even appeared on a Dylan album). Johnny Cash was all about Dylan. He and June Carter Cash have the definitive version of Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe.”The list could go on and on.
Admittedly, Bob Dylan will not top the list of many’s favorite singers. His legacy will always be songs. He’s a writer. And he’s a writer’s writer. And in that spirit, we at the RADON want to honor that legacy with a night of covers. The styles will be diverse. The songs will address everything from politics to love to faith and back. The common thread will be that they are songs both from and inspired by Bob Dylan’s body of work.


As always, we hope you can make it to the show, this is the first time we’ve tried something like this, so you’ll need to tell us whether or not you’d like us to do it again!
Also, for you metal heads, the Black Sheep Cafe is hosting a one day metal fest The End Is Here the same night. This will be the last show for very long time running Springfield metal band Pound for Pound.

Shows, sweet sweet shows

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!