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MARRA: ‘Fall’ into live music this weekend

Logan Kammerer (acoustic)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE:  Spirit Knob Winery, Ursa

Days Taken (classic rock)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Hangovers Bar & Grill, 518 W. Jackson, Macomb

Nocebo with Icon & Anchor, Battalion and Jason Todd (rock/metal)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: The New Hampshire Bar, 1000 Hampshire
COST: $5

Aaron Miller
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Johnny Bang Bang’s, 138 N. Front

The KingBees
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: O’Shea’s Bar and Grill, 339 Cedar

Dueling Pianos at Barry Apple Festival
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: downtown Barry

Contagious (rock)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Johnny Bang Bang’s 138 N. Front

Harlot (classic rock)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: The Blind Pig, 900 N. 12th

Octoberfest with Tim Hart (acoustic)
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Spirit Knob Winery, Ursa

More details on shows are available on the calendar page at www.thelocalq.com.

For information on bands and concert venues, go to the music page at www.thelocalq.com.

Submit details for upcoming shows at www.thelocalq.com/node/1767.

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More live music than you can shake a stick at

Photo by Jessica M. Martin-Cate

Eleven (classic rock)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Driftwood 13, Keokuk, Iowa

BBQ Blast featuring ImpaKt Band (classic rock)
WHEN: noon Saturday
WHERE: St. Johns Anglican Cathedral, 3728 Payson Road

Great River Grape Escape featuring Tim Hart, Cheeks McGee and Logan Kammerer
WHEN: noon-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Clat Adams Park, Quincy riverfront

Love Junkie (classic rock)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: The Purple Cow, Alexandria, Mo.

Owen Mays, Dogbite Harris and Kentucky Knife Fight (punk/rock)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: New Hampshire Bar, 1000 Hampshire

Sequoi Drive (rock/country)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: HotSpots Bar, Clayton

Eleven (classic rock)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: The Dock, 1021 Bonansinga Drive

New Crime Theatre (pop/rock)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Johnny Bang Bang’s, 138 N. Front

Ken Carlyle (acoustic)
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Ridge View Winery, Mount Sterling

Dave Griffin (classic rock)
WHEN: 1-5 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Spirit Knob Winery,  Ursa

More details on shows are available on the calendar page at www.thelocalq.com.
For information on bands and concert venues, go to the music page at www.thelocalq.com.
Submit details for upcoming shows at www.thelocalq.com/node/1767.

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Put live music in your weekend plans

Rockin Roddin Reunion featuring Bible Belt Sinners (rock)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: South Side Boat Club, 640 S. Front

The Catalyst, Corcid and Nocebo (rock/metal)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: The New Hampshire Bar, 1000 Hampshire

Chicago Farmer and Blaisin’ Timothy (acoustic)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Johnny Bang Bangs, 138 N. Front St.

Rockin Roddin Reunion featuring Bible Belt Sinners, Rat Rod Kings and Texas Funerals (rock/metal)
WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Adams County Fairgrounds
COST: $5

Grape Stomp Festival featuring Acoustic Avenue and Highway 99 (acoustic/country)
WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Ridge View Winery, Mount Sterling

Days Taken at Beaverfest (rock)
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Beaverfest in New Berlin

Zwarte (rock)
WHEN: 5 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: HotSpots Bar, Clayton

Lewis County Relay for Life featuring Harlot (classic rock)
WHEN: 5 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Martin Park, South Fourth Street, Canton, Mo.

Big on Blondes (classic rock)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: The Dock, 1021 Bonansinga Drive

13 Stitches (rock)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Johnny Bang Bangs, 138 N. Front St.

Road King (classic rock)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: River City Billiards, Hannibal, Mo.

Grape Stomp Festival featuring Timewell Spent (country)
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Ridge View Winery, Mount Sterling
More details on shows are available on the calendar page at www.thelocalq.com.
For information on bands and concert venues, go to the music page at www.thelocalq.com.
Submit details for upcoming shows at www.thelocalq.com/node/1767.

Moore

MOORE: What’s the Catch?

Have you ever had a day (or week or month) where you just cannot get a particular song out of your head? Do you ever wonder if it means something to have that particular song or that particular line of lyrics running through your head over and over?

Moore

I listen to a lot of music and therefore I get a lot of it stuck in my head. I would guess that probably 50 percent of my brain space is used up with random melodies and lyrics from songs that I’ve heard enough times to remember them forever. Most of the time, this doesn’t bother me. Occasionally, however, I have a day where I just can’t get a song out of my head. It always seems like it’s the most random song most of the time; something I haven’t heard in years or something I don’t particularly like. Today is was Spice Girls’ “Wannabe.” Yesterday, it was the Doug cartoon theme song. (Anyone who’s ever watched the show knows exactly how catchy that theme song is.) Last week, it was “Popular” from the famous Broadway musical, “Wicked.”

I haven’t heard any of the three of these songs in months, if not years, so I’m not really sure why they came to the surface when they did. All I know is that it’s a blessing and a curse to have a random song come to your head that you just cannot seem to get rid of. On the one hand, it’s obnoxious to be singing the same song or line over and over but on the other hand, a particular song can bring back a lot of memories and feelings that you may not have remembered without the song coming to mind. Whenever I hear a song that I’ve been neglecting, I instantly remember the very first time I heard it. Even just the first few notes can bring back a rush of thoughts — Where I was when I first heard it, what I was doing, who I was with, what else was happening.

So, does it mean anything to have a particular song glued in your noggin? I don’t believe so. I think maybe you just listened to a song that’s very catchy and now you’re suffering the consequences. A catchy song is a song that everyone knows. It’s easily remembered. It goes in one ear and gets caught, unable to go out the other ear. I’ve heard that a catchy song is a good song. That’s not to say that all good songs are catchy or all catchy songs are good … it’s just a saying after all. I think the only meaning of having a song (good or bad) lodged in your brain is just that: it’s caught.

Getting a song caught in your thinker isn’t necessarily a bad thing. My trick to getting a song out of my head once it seems to be stuck is the last thing you’d think: I listen to it. Sometimes I listen to it two or three times, singing along, and then I listen to something completely different and it works almost every time. However, there are still a couple songs that I just can’t get rid of …

Esther’s list of Hole-in-the-Head Songs:

And last, but not least:

  • The Christmas carol, “Pinecones and Holly Berries (with “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas),” from The Osmond’s Christmas album. (This one is thanks to years of singing it relentlessly in school chorus.) Link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P793pPmJ6TU

What are your unforgettable tunes?

Esther Moore

 

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Plethora of live, outdoor music this weekend

Cory B. Clay and The Twains (country/rock)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Music Under the Stars, Mark Twain Boyhood Home, 120 N. Main St., Hannibal, Mo.

Smoke on the River BBQ and Blues Fest featuring Blue Eyed Soul and Dave Chastain
WHEN: 4 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Kesler Park near “The Dock”

Reverend Raven (blues)
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Blues in the District, Washington Park

Boulevard at New Canton Fall Harvest Picnic (blues/rock)
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: New Canton

Cheeks McGee (acoustic)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Johnny Bang Bang’s, 138 N. Front

Smoke on the River BBQ and Blues Fest featuring Rich Berry, BJ Allen and Blue Voodoo, Rockin’ Jake and Reba Russell
WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday
WHERE: Kesler Park near “The Dock”

Cory Wilkey Memorial Concert featuring  Further Ado, Days Taken, Overdraft, Predawn Hour, Small Time Crook (rock/metal)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: The Grove Inn, 6510 Broadway

Cheeseburgers (classic rock)
WHEN:7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: One Restaurant and Bar, 600 Hampshire

Annual Street Party featuring Mamaz Boys and Sequoia Drive
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Marcelline

Septemberfest featuring Heidelberg German Band and Eleven (classic rock)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Blessed Sacrament Church, 1119 S. Seventh

Viva Le Vox, Filthy Still, and Mob Action (punk/rock)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: New Hampshire Bar, 1000 Hampshire

Double Tap (rock)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Johnny Bang Bang’s, 138 N. Front

Barrington Wildfire
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Ridge View Winery, Mount Sterling

 

More details on shows are available on the calendar page at www.thelocalq.com.

For information on bands and concert venues, go to the music page at www.thelocalq.com.

Submit details for upcoming shows at www.thelocalq.com/node/1767.

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Say goodbye to summer with live music

King Omowale & the Majestic Lions (reggae)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Music Under the Stars, Mark Twain Boyhood Home, 120 N. Main St., Hannibal, Mo.

Quincy Musicfest featuring the Cheeseburgers and Smokin’ Mojo Kings (classic rock/blues)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Oakley-Lindsay Center, 300 Civic Center Plaza

Vessels: Pop’s Pizza Art Show featuring Esther Moore, Nalani Proctor and Katie Clair (acoustic)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Upstairs of Pop’s Pizza, 938 Maine

Nauvoo Grape Festival featuring No Outlet (cover band)
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Nauvoo State Park

Ketcham Louden Live (acoustic)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Johnny Bang Bang’s, 138 N. Front

David Greathouse (folk)
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Riverfront Park, Clarksville, Mo.

Second Time Around (classic rock)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: O’Shea’s, 339 Cedar

Quincy Musicfest featuring Grand Marquis and Lil’ Brian and the Zydeco Travelers (blues)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Oakley-Lindsay Center, 300 Civic Center Plaza

Nauvoo Grape Festival featuring Moneyshot (cover band)
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Nauvoo State Park

Christopher Walken Orchestra (cover band)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Johnny Bang Bang’s, 138 N. Front

Sally Weisenberg & the Famous Sidemen (acoustic)
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Ridge View Winery, Mount Sterling

Quincy Musicfest featuring Blackdog and the Rainmakers and Dr. Duke Tumatoe and the Power Trio (blues)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Oakley-Lindsay Center, 300 Civic Center Plaza

Nauvoo Grape Festival featuring the Gibbs Brothers
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Nauvoo State Park

More details on shows are available on the calendar page.

For information on bands and concert venues, go to the music page.

Submit details for upcoming shows at www.thelocalq.com/node/1767.

Esther Bio

MOORE: More Music, More Passion, More Fun with new guest blogger Esther

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to introduce Esther Moore as the latest Local Q blogger. Esther Moore. A native Quincyan, Esther has been playing and writing music since a young age and has been a staple of the music scene, both playing and organizing shows. Read more about Esther here.

My mother always told me that I would do big things if I used my head. I sort of took her advice and twisted it somewhat, deciding that my hands were much more useful than my head and definitely less confused. Little did I know that my head would be the most important part in everything that I did.

I started writing music at a young age — compositions about kittens and my insect friends, jingles about products I liked, parodies of classic musical numbers with lyrics about doing laundry or how I didn’t want to clean my room. It was all very juvenile until I hit Junior High and had my first boyfriend. I started writing real music about real things. I wrote about what I thought was love. I wrote about teenage angst and frustration and the pressures of growing older, making friends, gaining trust and losing time. I wrote mostly about what it was like to be young; to be different. I’ve been writing original music for a little over six years, and I still haven’t put everything I feel like I need to say into a song.

That’s exactly the point, though. Sometimes, it’s not about creating. Creation is a wonderful thing, whether you are painting a mural, writing a song, or building a castle. However, there are times when someone else may be able to say what you are feeling in a way that you can’t. They may put the words in order in a way you couldn’t even if you tried and tried and tried again. Sometimes, it’s more fulfilling to enjoy someone else’s creation. Something different.

Anyone who’s ever heard a song and thought, “Wow, I love this!” the first time through knows exactly what I mean. You nod to lyrics you relate to, you tap your hand or your foot to the rhythm of the music, sing at the top of your lungs, and sometimes applaud at the end. Music speaks in a way that is hard to explain until you hear that perfect song, and then you know: Music is life, love and everything in between.

Think about it. In all of your favorite movies, all of your favorite scenes: What song is playing? In all of a person’s best memories — birthdays, graduations, marriages, anniversaries, children and grand-children — there is almost always a song that comes to mind. You can go years without hearing a song that you love and the first time you hear it again after all that time, the melody and the lyrics flow through you like it’s only been an hour since the last time you heard it. Music is emotion. Music is memory.

I’ve never met a person who didn’t like music. It’s all about feeling and everyone feels. Musicians and artists take those feelings and ideas and shove them into music. Anyone who’s ever written even the simplest of melodies knows how hard it is to put all of that — sometimes years worth of thoughts and emotions — into a song. Sometimes you need words, and sometimes you don’t. We, as artists take all of that, and we make something. We create. We create something that others can relate to, which in itself is comforting. If others can relate to what you have felt and written down — maybe we’re not so different after all?

My goal is to take my passion for music and spread it as far and as wide as I possibly can. Whether it’s traveling to a show just to be able to share the experience with readers or going to a show in our very own back yard … My love for music would drive me to the ends of the Earth if I let it. I just hope that I can have some of you right there along with me, singing at the top of your lungs, tapping the rhythm on the dashboard and of course, applauding at the end.

Esther Moore

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Live events from all genres this weekend

Lisa Henry Jazz Group
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Music Under the Stars, Mark Twain Boyhood Home, 120 N. Main Street, Hannibal, Mo.

Dave Herrero (blues)
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Blues in the District, Washington Park

Rag Tag (acoustic/celtic)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Main Street Wine Stoppe, 303 N Main St., Hannibal, Mo.

Time Well Spent (country)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Ridge View Winery, Mount Sterling

The Local Q Birthday Bash featuring Cheeks McGee, Fielder, Predawn Hour, the Cheeseburgers, Logan Kammerer and George Cate (rock/acoustic)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Johnny Bang Bang’s, 138 N. Front St.

Wine Down with Tim Hart (acoustic)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Spirit Knob Winery, Ursa

Parrothead Bike Night featuring the Horndogs and Phins (classic rock)
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Maine Street between Fifth and Sixth streets

Me’Lisa Matson’s Birthday Bash featuring Nocebo, P. Assassin, Small Time Crook and Krazy Caucasionz (metal/rock)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: The Cougar’s Den, Ninth and State

Fill the Silence and the Huckabutt Trio (acoustic/rock)
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: The New Hampshire Bar, 1000 Hampshire

St. Peter’s Picnic featuring Boulevard Band (classic rock)
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: St. Peter’s Church, 2025 Maine

All’s Forgotten (rock)
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: HotSpots Bar, Clayton

AD/HD (AC/DC tribute band)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Johnny Bang Bang’s, 138 N. Front St.

Eleven (classic rock)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: The Dock, 1021 Bonansinga Dr.

PimpKatz (classic rock)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: The Grove Inn, 6510 Broadway

The Cheeseburgers (classic rock)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Adams Trading Post, 1619 N. 735th Ave, Liberty

Acoustic Avenue
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Ridge View Winery, Mount Sterling
For more information, go to the music page.

The Graduate performs at the State Room during the group's farewell concert.

CORNELL: ‘Graduate’ says farewell

The Graduate performs at the State Room during the group's farewell concert.

The Graduate not being around is like coming to Quincy and not getting home cooking. They turned out to be one of those consistencies in life that I took for granted. I always thought they would be out there, living the dream, but it looks like enough is enough. The end is nigh. The Graduate had a big part in the formative years of my musical preference, and let’s just say I am grateful they had a larger part than the Spice Girls CD my parents saw fit to buy me. I did lose track of them after high school, but “Horror Show” was never far from the “play” button on my iPod. From what I heard Saturday, I didn’t know what I was missing, but now that the Graduate is making like a banana, no one knows what we will missing.

Cornell

For those who haven’t been, the State Room is a relatively small venue, but is it one of Quincy’s finest. It is a little bit darker with mood lighting. There are chairs and stools as well as plenty of standing room. I thought the smell of incense was just one of the bands performing last time I went in, but I now believe the State Room has the light yet constant smell of flaming perfume.

Fielder started off the night with an impressive set. These guys have been playing a ton of shows lately, so I don’t feel the need to go crazy reviewing them. I’ll save that for the Birthday Bash. Just know they were good, and they made me glad I did not arrive late. The Forecast was also very good. I cannot figure out why their name sounds so much more familiar than their music, but it was good nonetheless. I did have a hard time making out their vocals seeing as their guitars were louder than their mics. They were friends of The Graduate and had played many shows with them in the past. The camaraderie was never more apparent than when Corey Warning hopped on stage to help The Forecast belt out their last chorus. I thought that was charming.

A guy that I recognized from high school got on stage to give the Graduate their introduction. He made note of the band’s exploits, some real, some fictitious. It was the kind of tomfoolery that you would expect from a band reliving the glory days. Video and audio of the show was also being recorded. The film is for a documentary (or rockumentary depending on your classification system). I am not sure if the audio is for that as well or if Graduate fans still have one more album to look forward to streaming in their ears.

Before I knew it, the Graduate was on stage singing my favorite song. Suddenly, I was a little bit chubbier with a gelled up faux-hawk standing in O’Griff’s East Room: the first time I ever saw the Graduate live. I can’t deny becoming a little apprehensive that the show had nowhere to go but down after hearing my favorite song right off the bat, but listening to the songs in the band’s catalogue that I had missed after “Horror Show,” I could see my assumption was wrong. The last song before the encore convinced me I needed to go back through and listen to what I had neglected. The Graduate never failed to play some of the best music Quincy has ever experienced, and it looks like they never will. It is very rare to hear the introduction, “I wrote this song about my hometown… which is right here” in a town of 40,000, especially from an internationally touring band. The music was awesome, and the environment was lively if not a little cathartic. The grand finale saw the Graduate and friends on stage belting out to fans screaming right along.

I would personally like to thank the Graduate for the great music and great performances over the years. I have a lot of great memories involving the Graduate, and I know I am not the only one who can say the Graduate played a part in their lives. I have never been so proud or shocked as when I saw “Anhedonia” on a friend’s laptop in San Diego. “They’re from where I’m from! I’ve seen them in a bar!” Only a lucky few get to experience a moment like that. It was great while it lasted, and I hope the guys are happy with their decision. A wise man once said, “The times, they are a-changin’.” An even wiser one said, “Change is usually for the better.”

Patrick Cornell

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CORNELL: Open up to open mic night

Looking back, I have to have been to an open mic night before. I don’t see how I could have made it this far in life without attending just one, but have I ever chronicled one? I think not! The concept of a musical subject untrodden by “The Breakdown” filled me with the passion to write you all up a little something-something.

Cornell

Last night, I rolled over to The Blind Pig for their weekly open mic. It goes from 8 p.m. until midnight, and this week around seven or so different people got up to share some of their favorite tunes as well as a few originals. I really enjoy watching people share their own musical creations. It is always amazing to see people get up and share a piece of themselves simply for the love of music. They did not get paid to play there, but they are just as happy. As far as covers are concerned, this open mic had a regular cover band beat. The people were not there to see the music. The music was there to entertain the people. They were not required to play “crowd pleasers” like Bon Jovi or “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down (which I have learned is apparently a very popular song). No, instead these artists played songs by their own favorite bands like Oasis and Say Anything. It made the music more personal and, in my opinion, more enjoyable.

I happened to run into Justin Haubrich of The Gentlemen, one of Quincy’s finest musical acts, and we chatted about the pleasant environment of an open mic night. Justin pointed out to me that there was a great community vibe happening. I am not sure if all the equipment was one guy’s, but at least the guitar was. The guitar was happily on loan for anyone who wanted to play but did not bring his or her own instrument. I thought that was very generous and trusting. Everyone in the crowd was great as well. Each table might have been having its own conversation, but everyone was sure to clap as soon as a song was over.  It was very laid back and low pressure. Everyone, the crowd and the musicians, were having a good time.

If you ever find yourself wanting to attend or, heck, even play an open mic, I recommend Thursday nights at The Blind Pig. The New Hampshire Bar also hosts an open mic every Tuesday night, but I have not attended this one and cannot vouch for its awesomeness. I imagine you could expect much the same with a little variation in terms of musical selection. Even if you don’t think you would like the harder selection there, I urge you to check it out. Variety is the spice of life.

Patrick Cornell