'Twas the week after Christmas
, when all through the Tri-states,
local musicians were stirring, not wanting to be late;

The guitars and amps were loaded in the venues with care,
In hopes that the fans soon would be there;

The fans were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of rockers danced through their heads;

And engineers at their boards, and DJs with their headphones
had just settled in checking the musical tones;

When out in the winter air arose a screech of vocals,
The fans sprang from their beds to see the guitar solos;

Away from their beds they flew like a flash,
ran up to the venue doors in their hands was cover cash;

The music whaled through the speakers to the crowd below,
making the treacherous trek worth it through the snow;

When what to the fans eyes should appear,
but Jubal's Lantern reunited, and La Dispute playing near;

With Predawn Hour releasing new songs,
the fans raced to buy merch fighting through the throng;

More shows than ever all the fans came,
and they whistled, and shouted, and call'd them by name:
"Now! Cheeks, now! Funerals, now! Renae and Fielder,
On! Jubal's, on! Antidote, on! Torque and Snake Eater;"

"To the top of the stage! To the top of the crowd!
Now dash and play! Dash and play! Play so loud!"

But we heard the lead singers exclaim as they came into sight
"We're glad you all came to rock on through the night!

I saw that La Dispute, who is touring through Eolia, Mo., recorded the original version of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and it inspired that little live show rant above. There really are a ton of shows available in the next week and a lot worth checking out, or I would not of spent time writing that!

Please check out the plethora of events below with new shows added from The Threshing Floor, Movin On Band and Spirit Knob.

Also, we plan on shedding more light on the closing of The Crux, an all ages venue in Hannibal, but for now please check out those who are trying to bring it back at We did a story on what the Crux was doing for area music in February and it is posted at the end of this blog. Good luck to everyone striving to BRING BACK THE CRUX and in the mean time check out similar all ages venues in Keokuk at Music @ the Mall and in Eolia at The Threshing Floor.

Happy New Year and SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC while being safe this holiday season!


After X-Mas Bash with Fielder and Jubal’s Lantern (jam)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Dec. 26
WHERE: Turner Hall, 926 Hampshire

Winedown with Cheeks McGee (acoustic)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Dec. 26
WHERE: Spirit Knob Winery, Ursa, Ill.

Texas Funerals (surf/western), Kentucky Knife Fight, The Trashingtons and Mob Action
WHEN: 8 p.m. Dec. 27
WHERE: Turner Hall, 926 Hampshire

Cheeks McGee (acoustic)
WHEN: 9 p.m. Dec. 27
WHERE: Brix Wine Bar, Fourth Street

Pike County Theatre Guild benefit show with The Business Casuals,
The Usual Suspects and Brad Fox

WHEN: 7 p.m. Dec. 27
WHERE: Crossroads, Pittsfield, Ill.

Snake Eater, The Red Beard Conspiracy, Bury The Ocean, Siva (hardcore)
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27
WHERE: Music @ the Mall, 300 Main, Keokuk, Iowa
HOW MUCH: $5, all ages

Antidote (rock)La Dispute - December 30 Flyer (11x17) (web)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Dec. 27
WHERE: The Back Alley Bar & Grill, 113 Williams Dr., Pittsfield, Ill.

Gabe Meyer and Jacob Best (blues/country)
WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Dec. 27
WHERE: Rumor Has It, Hannibal, Mo.
HOW MUCH: No cover

 Movin On Band (variety)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 27
WHERE: Idol Times, Quincy

Renae, The Rose McCoy and La Dispute (post hardcore)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Dec. 30
WHERE: The Threshing Floor, Eolia, MO
HOW MUCH: $8, all ages


The Masquerade and Predawn Hour CD release with Downcast (rock)
and DJs Hausgeist, Phelo and J-Lanx (electronic)

WHEN: 8 p.m. Dec. 31
WHERE: Winter’s West Wing, 415 Hampshire (next to O’Griff’s)
HOW MUCH: $6/person and $10/couple, all ages
INFO: and

Impakt (country/classic rock)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Dec. 31
WHERE: Eagles Club, 3737 N. Fifth

TORQUE (rock)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Dec. 31
WHERE: Twilight Zone, 906 Hampshire

Hillbilly Bash with Jerad Harness and the Martini Time Cowboys (rockabilly)
WHEN: 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31
WHERE: Shady Cats, Warsaw, Ill.

Thru the Ashes (rock)
WHEN: 9 p.m. Dec. 31
WHERE: Scribbles, Hannibal, Mo.

Staggard (Southern rock/country)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Dec. 31
WHERE: Warsaw Brewery, Warsaw, Ill.

Argyle Road (country/classic rock)
WHEN: 9 p.m. Dec. 31
WHERE: Mean Girls, Wayland, Mo.

Infacy (hip hop/rap)
WHEN: 9 p.m. Dec. 31
WHERE: Blue Print Lounge, Hannibal, Mo.

Movin On Band (variety)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31
WHERE: Adams Trading Post


Blend (a'cappella/Christian)
WHEN: 7p.m. Jan. 1
WHERE: State Room, 434 S. Eighth
HOW MUCH: $12 at the door and $10 in advance

Esther Moore CD release show (acoustic)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Jan. 2
WHERE: Spirit Knob Winery, Ursa, Ill.

Blend (a'cappella/Christian)
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2
WHERE: Star Theatre, 215 S. Main, Hannibal, Mo.
HOW MUCH: $8 at the door and $7 in advance

Kidnap The Sun’s CD release with A No Coast November and Shindig (screamo/pop)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Jan. 3
WHERE: Music @ the Mall, 300 Main, Keokuk, Iowa
HOW MUCH: $5, all ages
INFO: and

Sweet Diesel, The Collapse, Rectified, Almost Famous and Predawn Hour (rock)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Jan. 3
WHERE: Turner Hall, 926 Hampshire
HOW MUCH: $5, all ages

Raised On Radio (classic rock/blues)
WHEN: Jan. 3
WHERE: The Dock, Quincy

The Crux boasts nationally touring bands in shows for all ages

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Tim Fenton wants people in the area to know there is a thriving local music scene.

Fenton manages the Crux at 421 Broadway in Hannibal. Opened in October, the Crux has three or four shows a month and hosts a big concert Wednesday, when Michigan band the Skies Revolt plays.

"I want this to be a place for touring artists, but also for local artists to play," Fenton said. "Most shows we have three bands play, one a touring artists, one a regional band and a local Hannibal or Quincy band."

Fenton and his wife, Courtney, helped Believer's Church start in the Crux building at 421 Broadway. When the church outgrew the facility, it agreed to let Fenton continue to use it rent-free to have shows.

"I've wanted to do something like this for a long time," Fenton said. "There were no shows in Hannibal at all. I found myself usually driving to Macomb, St. Louis, to see shows."

Most of the bands are hardcore, punk, indie, acoustic or emo, attracting a young audience. The room is simple and small, and the crowd has been at the capacity of 50 the past few shows.

Fenton charges $5 a show and splits the gate with the bands. Sometimes the touring acts will stay at Fenton's house and he'll cook them breakfast.

All proceeds go to paying for the sound system and making improvements to the room. Fenton has college and high school kids volunteering during shows, as well.

He also has a strict code of conduct for both bands and fans.

Bands sign a contract before they play and promise to not use profanity, vulgarity, or sexually explicit or violent behavior or lyrics while performing.

"If they do, they'll be kicked off the stage and they won't get paid," Fenton said.

The Crux also has a no-preaching policy. Fenton says the venue is not an appropriate place for bands to rant and rave about political, religious or social views.

Band members are also expected to do their part in promoting themselves. If a band wants to gain Fenton's respect, it has to bring paying people to the show.

Fans are also expected to behave, and Fenton says they've been well-behaved so far.

It must be working — Fenton says he has about 10 bands a week contact him and ask about playing at the Crux.

Fenton is also thinking about having other artists — improv groups and painters, for example — use the facility.

"We want to bring in creativity and artistic expression that Hannibal is known for and bring it to the younger generation," he said.


Local bands/artists, please send show listings to Jessica Martin at