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Jim Rea brings songs, strings and friends together

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, April 10, 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. Jim Rea has brought forth a new project with an ensemble cast, “Songs and Strings of the Ozarks,” a self-imposed musical … Continue reading

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2 things: One-night supper club, iPods for Seniors

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, April 3, 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. Tonight, April 3, drummer Warren Sandwell and vocalist Ran Cummings will transform Lindberg’s into a Rat Pack-era supper club, with Cummings … Continue reading

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Dreams, decisions determine Tara Lynn’s musical path

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, March 26, 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. (Tara) Lynn said people often approach her at shows to thank her for performing a certain song that moves them. “There’s … Continue reading

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Author returns to Springfield with new novel

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, March 24, 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. Springfield native Steve Yates, the award-winning writer of historical fiction about the Ozarks, will make three appearances in Springfield to promote … Continue reading

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Big tent of blues includes willing jazz musicians

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, March 20, 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. “It’s a universal language,” Bryce said. “If you can play the blues, you can play the blues with anybody.” This big-tent … Continue reading

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LUX: Building a small empire of drums, synth, songs

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, March 13, 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. “At first it’s terrifying using a computer onstage. Everyone can relate to how computers cannot be reliable sometimes,” (Jake) Rogers said, … Continue reading

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Temple Israel celebrates new rabbi

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, March 7, 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. Rabbi Block said she’s mindful of the fact that Temple Israel is the only synagogue in the Springfield area; it must … Continue reading

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New band: Everybody shines without getting in the way

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, March 6, 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. The songs became vehicles for (Angelia) King’s expressive voice tinged with gospel, (Ernie) Bedell’s fluid guitar-like lines, and (Adam) Buker’s knotty, … Continue reading

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Out of Eden goes social, eating fruit of the tree of rock

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, Feb. 27, 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. Last Friday, as forecasts proclaimed a descent into an icy hell, Out of Eden made an offer on Facebook: The first … Continue reading

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‘Pinocchio Jr.’ retells classic Disney tale

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, Feb. 26, 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. … Director Jessica Palmer noted that Geppetto is a wholesome character, and Pinocchio’s lying is not a willful thing. Even so, … Continue reading

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