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Al Holliday and The East Side Rhythm Band are playing SamJam this Saturday.

Dive straight into our observations and distillations of the Springfield music scene to find what you can on our journey of discovery and adventure. This week unfortunately brings the mourning of a great friend and fellow musician in our small part of the world, as well as an assortment of things to do involving live music that our late, but far from forgotten compadre would have enjoyed at maximum.

Sam Draper passed away on September 14, 2022, and with that, we all lost a decades-long driving force on the local scene. From all his bands playing great, so many songs people love to hear, to countless hours of open mic entertainment, Sam was an integral part of what was happening in music in Springfield. But beyond the musical aspect of the performance, he also gave his heart and soul to everything he was involved in, including doing charity work in many fundraisers and deeply and lastingly encouraging the others to make their own music, while creating lasting friendships that have crossed borders. and generations.

I read so many amazing tributes and memorials to Sam on Facebook and each had the same thread about his ability to motivate and uplift those around him. And I believe he has given us the greatest gift (and the answer…) by leading a life of inspiration that survives by flourishing and growing within us from those seeds of love that Sam has planted in his day on earth. Rest well, Sam, and know the music you made through everyone you moved and motivated.

On Saturday, on Carlinville Road at the Macoupin County Fairgrounds, do good and have fun by visiting SamJam. The long-running fundraiser (and fundraiser) is organized by Pete Oswald through the inspiration of his son Sam Oswald, who has suffered from neurofibromatosis since he was four years old. Now, decades after that time, Sam-O continues to deal with illness while living a good life and loving live music. Musical acts for 2022 include Positively 4th Street, Isaiah Christian and the Rebel Saints, Pete Jive, One Way Traffic and Al Holliday & the East Side Rhythm Band. Check the event website at for all the other details, then go enjoy.

Now onto Sunday afternoons, where it’s all dog friendly and you can tell someone to go fly a kite in a fun way, when we go wild at Chatham Paws-a-Palooza & Kite Up the Park held from 1 to 6 p.m. at Chatham Community Park. The coordinator and backstage guy is bassist and hard-working musician extraordinaire Jeff Cunningham, who also happens to be a happy dog ​​owner, which means he’s happy to have a dog and the dog is happy too. The event is a fundraiser for “the ongoing construction, landscaping and maintenance of the new Chatham Community Dog Park, which has been funded by previous festivals” and features live music from Dave Littrell, Rock & Roll Sisters and Brandy Kristin and the Revival, plus a non-musical, but equally thrilling performance by world champion St. Louis Disc Dogs. More stuff includes food and drink by the Chatham Jaycees, pet-themed vendors, visual artwork and a pet and owner costume contest, plus a professional kite company who has “kites to fly and buy”, all for a good cause to maintain a nice dog park where the canines can go and bark.

Have a great week, enjoy the downtown car show and be sure to check out all the other live music happening around town.

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