Our next show on April 1st is going to be a Young Eyes record release party! We’re so excited to be once again hosting Brian Lee and the gang as they’re definitely one of the best when it comes to central Illinois indie rock.
Ever since falling in love with their previous band Brian Lee & His Orchestra, we’ve been huge fans of whatever these guys do. However, once it was announced the Orchestra was morphing into a new kind of band, we were a bit worried. We really liked the current thing and didn’t like seeing it go away. Fortunately the Young Eyes are fantastic! The new sound has a vintage timelessness to it that at the same time sounds modern and fresh. Due to the band’s business outside of being a band, it’s a bit difficult to actually see them perform, so make sure you don’t miss your chance this time around.
Also on the ticket is another local indie icon, Kirk Donley. Kirk is a veteran in the scene as he’s performed in quite a few bands, and is currently half of the Dandelion Pickers. When not playing shows, Kirk and his wife also give music lessons. If you’re someone looking to learn a thing or two, they’re the people to see.
We’re also excited to once again host local springfield rockers Stereo Static. Their last appearance was at last year’s Horse Show and they have been playing shows around town since.
Outside of music, we’ll be displaying visual art by Immanuel Ahiable. Last show we experimented with a small art gallery format for Amanda Greive and it worked out really well. It was a challenge to figure out how to do this right in a dimly lit basement but it worked out so well that we’re excited to make this a regular thing. Immanuel will be showing some original paintings and maybe even video!
We’ve got another group of bands to announce for the 2016 Horse Show at Refuge Ranch on June 18th.
First up is St. George from St Louis. Soulful, folky, bluesy, jazzy, historical vibes. Some Radon fans may remember Jordan Bauer who performed at the 2014 Horse Show and a couple times at Radon basement shows. We’re excited to see this new project from Jordan and friends. They’ve just released their first recording, which you can check out here.
Also playing the Horse Show will be Il Neige, electro indie pop from Chicago. Her music feels of winter winds, snowflakes, and clear January nights, which is perfect for a Summer music fest.
Representing the Springfield metal scene will be Vacant Skies. This will actually be the last show for this band, so be sure not to miss. Influences include August Burns Red and Underoath.
Blind Social, a Springfield 3 piece will be here in force with their punk ‘n roll. This band played the 2014 Horse Show and a few basement shows at the Radon, excited to have them back.
And lastly Springfield band Stereo Static. These guys just recently killed in the basement this May. Stereo Static is an alternative rock band that fuses the dancey rhythms with clever lyrics and a bit of distortion.
That’s it for now, we have one more lineup announcement left and then we’ll just be counting the days until June 18th! Hop on the event page here.
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.