As we move into the second weekend of October, reminders of seasonal changes are all around us. For Springfield music lovers, that means we are nearing the end of the year for our many outdoor beer / music garden spaces and popular outdoor festivals. Let’s do our best to enjoy the gentle sounds under the sky, trees, tents or anything in the open air for as long as possible.
Prep your fat bum as the Fat Ass 5K Charity Run makes a triumphant return to downtown Friday night and Saturday all day. Before you laugh at the name (that’s okay, that’s the plan), just remember that this “run” has no recorded time and considers any form of forward movement to be acceptable ambulatory actions, and it also includes dog concessions of corn, ice cream, donuts and beer, as well as live music along the course. The Fat Ass has raised over $ 1.5 million for local charities since its inception. It’s a lot of money made for fun, and it all happens around the Celtic Mist Pub, where organizers first came up with the idea in 2008 during the St. Pat’s Parade.
All Skinny can be found on the Fat Ass website which is well done and easy to navigate. Friday night, Off the Wall will start at 5:00 p.m., After Sunset will depart at 7:15 p.m. and the Shenanigans will play at 9:30 p.m. Saturday after the race, Captain Geech organizes the street party from noon to 3 p.m. It’s good to see the Fat Ass back again.
Live music returns to Lincoln Memorial Garden during their Fall Market Festival this weekend. Music is presented during the event on the utterly excellent and decidedly bucolic outdoor stage in front of the main entrance to LMG on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Saturday Joel Gragg, Kraig Kenning and Cactus Ranch, while Sunday River Ramblers, Tom and Owen Irwin (yes, that’s us) and The Deep Hollow, with each act doing about an hour and a half of performance. There’s a lot more to do at the Garden, but hey, this is a live music column, so you know, you’re on your own to find out about each other.
In another neat and clever outdoor event, this Saturday from noon to 5.30 p.m., West of Wise Winery near Petersburg hosts its annual Foddershock Festival with libations, food and of course live music. We encourage you to bring your favorite form of movable seating outdoors, feel at home near the pretty sycamores, and enjoy music from The Lovedahls at 1 p.m. and Stuart Smith at 3 p.m.
The Keg, a well-known and long-standing local bar located on the corner of Ash and Eleventh streets, is now under new ownership and management. Lucky for us, they plan to host live music almost every weekend, open up a mic, and generally be a part of our scene starting soon. This Saturday marks the grand opening with stuff happening all day and all night, including live music from 6pm to 9pm hosted by me, Tim Harte and Bruce Williams, and all the other wayward musicians coming in to play.
Take your beauty to Bar None this Sunday when rockabilly rockers Delta Bombers, Hillbilly Casino and Volk hit the corner of the stage and hit it hard. See the FB invitation page for tickets and information.
As usual, there are a lot more activities involving music taking place this week, and I hope you check out our listings to see what tickles your fancy.