Music Notes and Entertainment Briefs, April 20, 2017 Edition

Music Notes and Entertainment Briefs, April 20, 2017 Edition
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Big Muddy Brewery
Hangar 9
Hard Copies Records
Jackson County Stage Company
Joe's Records
Plaza Records
Shryock Auditorium
SIU School of Music
WDBX 91.1 FM

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Flowers of Evil, the Heat Tape, and Kentucky Knife Fight: Reverent Roots, Progressive Pedals, Malevolent Melodies
Flowers of Evil: Dreamhead Blooming
Flowers of Evil’s Rubber Seoul and The Life and Death of William Feigns
Southern Illinois Symphony and Southeast Missouri University Symphony: Two Orchestras Perform Pictures at an Exhibition with David Halen
Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra and New Arts Jazztet: Holiday Jazz
Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Simply Sinatra Christmas: Classic Tunes in the style of Classic Croons
Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra featuring Yesterday: Beatlemania Comes to Shryock
Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra Joins with the SEMO Orchestra: An Ode to Joy
Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra plays a Song of Peace
Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra presents Messiah Singalong
Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra presents The Nutcracker
Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra Presents... The Stars of Altgeld
Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra Presents: The Stars of Altgeld 2015!
Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra Says “So Long, Stemper!”
Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the SIU Choral Union, and the SIU Concert Choir present: Buon Natale! The Holidays From Italy
Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra: An Afternoon of Enchantment
Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Dick Kelley Shows off the Saxophone
Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra: The Stars of Altgeld Come Out to Shine

Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Celebrating America
Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Three Tenors and More
Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s A Night at the Oscars

Pictured: Flowers of Evil.
Nightlife staff

I Shall Be Released

In last week Nightlife’s Leah Williams wrote about underground glam star Bobby Conn’s show with locals the Flowers of Evil Friday, April 21 at the Hangar 9. The event is designed to promote Record Store Day Saturday, April 22 at Hard Copies and Joe’s Records. Since then, Conn wrote to say, “[I]t looks like I will have new seven-inch singles arriving from Germany on Friday that we can bring down for the show— this will truly be an exclusive, hot-off-the-press release!”

In addition, the Flowers will release a new album, Pick Up Your Mind: Live at Plaza Records March 29, 2017/Indian Tape Trick. The disc combines a live show with demo and rehearsal recordings. Meanwhile, the Flowers are gearing up to release a studio album this summer...

Plaza Records, meanwhile, will also celebrate Record Store Day, with special discounts, coffee and pastries by Cristaudo’s while supplies last, and a table where young women can register for the annual Girls Rock Camp...

Local duo Kelven will release their new album, Kelven II, Saturday, April 22. The release party will take place in the WDBX Backyard Garden at 2 p.m. Music will start with a set by Comedian, followed by Kelven playing two shows (one acoustic and one electric). Hope Fiend will close the show.

“It’s Record Store Day, so that seemed like a fitting day to let go of our newest batch of recorded material,” Kelven guitarist Matthew Decker tells Nightlife. “Fun, informal, and relaxed is the idea.... [W]e’ll be cooking out, so there will be free food and we’ll have games and stuff going on so people can feel more than welcome to bring their kids.”

Those who can’t make it to the CD release party can pick up Kelven II at local music stores...

Author and Carbondale music-scene alum Kent McDaniel has a new disc, He Flies, with a bluesy Americana sound to it. Songs vary from silly (“Zombies Stink [and Vampires Suck]”) to the serious (the beautiful ballad “Since Time Began”). Along the way, McDaniel pays tribute to “Big Jim,” a song that sounds like early ZZ Top (McDaniel’s voice resembles Billy Gibbons’s, and plays straight country in “Over Yonder and Round the Bend.”

There’s more good news where McDaniel is concerned— he’s planning to move back to Southern Illinois sometime soon, and hopefully will reestablish himself on the local music scene once here...

Being for the Benefit of...

DJ Woo and the Tim Trocke Band will perform Thursday, April 27 at the Bangar at Hangar event, designed to raise money for the Serious Fun Network. The organization furthers the late actor Paul Newman’s goal to help seriously ill children and their families attend camps and escape the gravity of their conditions.

Those who attend the benefit can not only enjoy great music, but win gift cards from local businesses while they contribute to the cause.

Get more information at <>...

The annual Backyard Cookoff Saturday, April 22 at Big Muddy Brewing in Murphysboro will raise money for Saint Francis Community Animal Rescue and Education. Barbecue teams will compete to cook the best pork steaks, chicken, and cheeseburgers. The public may enjoy barbecue from Seventeenth Street, Souther Que, Pat’s, and Hamp’s. (Is it any wonder that ‘Boro City is the state’s barbecue capital?) Twenty local and regional breweries will offer tastings.

Find out more about the beneficiary at <>...

The Rainbow Café, which provides a safe space for Southern Illinois’s lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth, will benefit from the Breaking the Silence! festival Saturday, April 22 at the Murphysboro Youth and Recreation Center. The event will feature live music by Unapologetic Eyes, Trophy Shop, Vivid Blue, and Sleeping Tapes, plus an open mic featuring performances by Rainbow Café members. Chip Loghry will emcee.

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Casting Call

Auditions will take place Monday and Tuesday, April 24 and 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Varsity Center for two plays the Jackson County Stage Company will stage this summer.

The Red Shoes, directed by Catherine Field and based on a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, calls for six actors, ranging in age from a young girl who can dance to a grandmother. Performances begin July 22.

Simultaneously, auditions will take place for Susan Zeder’s The Edge of Peace, set in nearby Ware, Illinois. Kevin Purcell will direct. The cast requires a woman in her twenties, a man in his twenties, two men in their forties, two women in their forties, and a bunch of pre-teen boys and girls. Performances begin July 27.

Actors may audition for one show or both shows.

For more information, visit <>...

Orchestral Maneuvers

The Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra will join forces with the Southeast Missouri Symphony to present Great Rivers Tuesday, April 25 at Shryock Auditorium.

The program consists of Robert Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony (celebrating the Rhine River), Bedrich Smetana’s Moldau (the longest river in the Czech Republic), and Ferde Grofé’s Mississippi Suite.

The combined orchestras, conducted by SIU’s maestro Edward Benyas and SEMO’s Sara Edgerton, will number among them more than ninety musicians.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for students with valid identification. For tickets, call (618) 453-6000 or visit ticket outlets at McLeod or the SIU Arena. To buy online, visit <>, click on the Tickets popup, and then on the Tickets Home link. There are no service charges for in-person purchases, though phone and online purchases will carry $2 charges.

For more information, visit <>...

Stage Left

Craig Gingrich-Philbrook’s Stardust Chicken, a surreal ensemble piece, will expose how horribly humans mistreat the popular culinary species April 27 through April 29 in the Marion Kleinau Theater on the second floor of the SIU Communications Building.

All performances start at 8 p.m. Get there early— nobody is admitted once shows begin.

General admission tickets are $7, or $5 for students with valid identification.


For tickets and other information, call the Kleinau box office at (618) 453-5618 or visit <> and follow the link to the Kleinau Theatre...