Music Notes and Entertainment Briefs, August 10, 2017 Edition

Pictured: Jungle Dogs.
Nightlife staff

Stock Up

Officials expect the size of the city’s population to triple as SIU students return for the fall semester at about the same time that tens of thousands of eclipse-chasers arrive to enjoy the astronomical event of the century. Traffic will get slow, lines will grow long, and supplies at local retailers may dwindle.

Folks would do well to take a little time and stock up on food and other necessities before the flood arrives...

Big Shows

In addition to the bigger activities detailed in the Fall Festivities section of this issue, a whole bunch of significant events are coming to various Southern Illinois nightclubs, wineries, and restaurants this semester. What follows are a small sample of items that should get inked into anyone’s calendar:

The four-day Moonstock festival at Walker’s Bluff, which takes place during the total-eclipse weekend, will culminate in a performance by, no kidding, Ozzy Osbourne.

Events kick off with the move-in Friday, August 18 with Blackstone Cherry, American Lion, and Doc and the Practice.

A big metal showcase takes place Saturday, August 19 with Halestorm, Pop Evil, the Texas Hippie Coalition, Wilson, Metal Toyz, Lori’s Puppets, Isabella, Four Deep, and Cause of Ruin.

Five Finger Death Punch headlines the bill Sunday, August 20, which also includes Hellyeah, All That Remains, Otherwise, Failure Anthem, Betty Whitesnake, System Slave, Teeze, Emaciation, and Skydweller.

Ozzy caps off everything Monday, August 21 at 1:20 p.m., performing his classic “Bark at the Moon” as the total solar eclipse takes place.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now at <http://Moonstock2017.com> at prices ranging from $125 to $750...

John Brown’s on the Square in Marion is starting off the semester strong, with Saint Louis fireballs Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, one of the most popular groups to make regular stops in Southern Illinois. The high-energy reggae jam band plays Friday, August 18. Other highlights at John Brown’s: California bluesman James Armstrong performs at John Brown’s Friday, August 25, and ferocious progressive jazz band Marbin Friday, September 8...

Carbondale legends the Jungle Dogs will play their annual reunion show Saturday, September 2 in the Pinch Penny Pub Beer Garden (with the Copper Dragon Brewing Company as the rain location). The Dogs are the best musical representation of the party-school image that once brought SIU to national prominence. With a blend of ska, funk, reggae, and calypso that has made them local stars since the 1980s, their reunions are a fiery glimpse into how much fun SIU students could have when the school really earned its reputation for good times. Don’t miss this show— you haven’t partied in Carbondale till you’ve shaken your ass with the Jungle Dogs. Find out more at <http://www.JungleDogs.com>...

Chicago band Titty Citty will perform Saturday, September 9 at the Hangar 9. Look for a theatrical, comedic presentation fronted by a woman singer. For a good example, search Youtube for their tune “Will You Still Love Me With All This Air Inside Me.” If the lyrics don’t drive home the message, the subtitle will...

Local punk quartet the Copyrights have toured with some pretty amazing friends over the years, and occasionally they bring a few to Carbondale for their hometown to enjoy. Their Red Scare Records labelmates Make War will come from Brooklyn to perform with them Friday, November 3 at the Hangar 9 along with Good Friends...

PK’s isn’t known for booking gentle, jazzy, psychedelic music, which is what Portland, Oregon trio Teton will play there Tuesday, September 12...

Local splatter-metal band the Raw Flesh Eaters will reunite for a Halloween show Saturday, October 28 at PK’s. As with Gwar shows, make sure to wear clothing to that gig that you don’t mind getting stained...

Bill Forness and One More Round will pay tribute to the Man in Black Saturday, September 16 at Von Jakob Orchard. Forness cuts a pretty good likeness of Johnny Cash, and Sharon Newell will portray June Carter Cash...

Those looking to break into the local music scene can hit weekly open mics on three consecutive nights. The Hangar 9 holds a weekly open mic on Mondays, while Tres Hombres does so on Tuesdays and Brews Brothers Taproom in Murphysboro on Wednesdays. Then, once a month, Dakota Cummins and Ray Hogan host the Howlin’ at the Moon open mic at the Yellow Moon Café in Cobden; the next one takes place Saturday, September 16.

Aspiring jokesters, meanwhile— or those who just need a laugh— should join the Carbondale Comedians, who perform every Wednesday at Traxx...

Several benefits are planned at Alto Vineyards and Winery this semester. The Toasting to Hope Fundraiser on Sunday, August 27 for the American Cancer Society Fundraiser via Jackson County Relay for Life. Admission is $20 for two people. Get there early to hear Nashville musician Nicole Nelson. The Hearts and Vines Toast to Congenital Heart Defects will raise money for local organization Mended Little Hearts Sunday, September 17, with music by Nashville guitarist and banjo picker Tom Smith. Foodworks, a not-for-profit devoted to local food production and consumption, will hold the annual Fall Feast Fundraiser Friday, November 3, while the Friends of the Shawnee will hold a benefit Saturday, November 4 with live music by Ethan Stephenson beforehand...

The annual Saint Andrew School Festival takes place Friday and Saturday, August 11 and 12 in and near Saint Andrew’s Catholic Church in Murphysboro. In addition to activities and games for children of all ages (including inflatables and fundraising activities like bingo and a silent auction), the fest features all-you-can-eat dinners of fried fish (on Friday) and chicken and dumplings (on Saturday) and a beer tent. Not a purely parochial event, Saint Andrew also brings in outstanding secular live entertainment by top-notch local bands— this year, it’s bluegrass greats the Nine88s on Friday and local country stars Murphy500 on Saturday.

For more information, log on to <http://www.SaintAndrew-School.org> and click on the link for the festival, or call the school at (618) 687-2013...