Echoes of Brown, Shipps resonate in young players

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, July 18, 2014
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Bill Brown. News-Leader file photo

Bill Brown. News-Leader file photo

Bill Brown nurtured his sons from early ages in the ways of music. Older brother Cooper took up guitar, and Dillon, 2-plus years younger, chose drums so they could jam together.

When they were 10 and 13, their father started to help them play in bands, leading to getting them gigs and recording opportunities, Dillon Brown said. In their early teens, they formed Benefit of a Doubt, which had a decade-long run through late 2013.

“My brother and I — if we didn’t say it, we felt it — that we’d always play music together in remembrance of our dad, because of how much he influenced us doing that,” Dillon Brown said.

Don Shipps. News-Leader file photo

Don Shipps. News-Leader file photo

Versatile guitar ace Bill Brown and Don Shipps, a catalyst for so much Springfield music, died in a house fire 10 years ago next Wednesday breaking hearts across the local music community.

Brown was the central figure of the Misstakes, a band that toured widely in the 1980s. He played with the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, the Bluesberries and Shipp’s Titanic Blues Band.

Shipps, who played bass, was a founding member of the 1970s funk group Granny’s Bathwater, which toured for a time as the backing band for Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas. Shipps took an omnivorous approach to music, embracing blues, funk, soul, R&B, rock and beyond.

Among the dark, decade-old memories, it’s worth recognizing that Brown’s and Shipps’ generous spirits live on through bandmates and especially through those they mentored and taught.

Nathan Bryce stands out as one of the talented players who benefited from Shipps’ guidance. The young Bryce, whose parents drove him to gigs, found Shipps at the Blue Monday Jam at the Stepchild Lounge. …

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Dining profile: Remo’s Mobile Pizza

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, July 16, 2014
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Hearty Kalamata olives are the main event with the Dalmatian. Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader

… Angela Jenkins, a nutrition specialist and local-food advocate, opened the business a little more than a month ago.

The concept is simple: “It really just comes down to producing what you know you like and then sharing it with other people,” Jenkins said.

… The Dalmatian: The deep flavor of Kalamata olives worked well with the generous coating of onion slices and garlic, and the shredded mozzarella added body. Again, the garlic was great.

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Top bluegrass players to headline meadery’s bash

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, July 11, 2014
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… From his long career that has led him to Nashville, Europe and Branson, Scott Shipley identified the two most commanding entertainers he has worked with: Cash and Branson showman Shoji Tabuchi. Their ability to engage an audience and put on a good show are values that Shipley said he embraces. On that note, he mentioned Vaudeville as a model for his approach to entertainment.

“That was when people were entertainers. They weren’t worrying about being artists,” he said. “I want people to have a good time. I want them to go home and remember it.”

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Dining profile: Ophelia’s

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, July 2, 2014
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Hot baked Brie spills out of a slice in the puff-pastry enclosure. Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader

Hot baked Brie spills out of a slice in the puff-pastry enclosure. Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader

Baked brie: Make sure everyone is ready to consume this dish as soon as it reaches the table. Slice into the side of the puff pastry and let the warm and gooey cheese ooze onto the plate. Strike while it’s hot!

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3 Doors Down goes unplugged on current tour

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, July 10, 2014
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Performing for military audiences has always been a part of the band’s mission, Chris Henderson said. …

Henderson recalled a concert at an Air Force camp in Bahrain. In the huge crowd, everyone was in uniform, all dressed the same, making for a stunning view from the stage.

“I think the military crowds really get into it and appreciate it a little more — and they’re sober, so they’re not trying to fight each other,” he said with a laugh.

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Earth-moving duo finds its place to stand

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, July 4, 2014
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The Archimedian Point: Jeremy Shelton (left) and Daren Hudson. Nick Sloan Photography

The drum is a supercell of raging wind knocking down big oaks. The guitar is a chainsaw throwing off splinters as it dispatches the debris.

Somehow, Bugsy Malone’s South will attempt to contain this ferocity that the Archimedian Point will expel on Thursday, July 10.

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Dining profile: China Wok West Bypass

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, July 2, 2014
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Pepper steak at China Wok. Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader

Pepper steak: Thin strips of beef, red and green bell peppers, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, carrots and yellow onion, sautéed in a brown sauce. The beef was tender, but the vegetables really stood out for their crunch and vibrant flavors — especially the peppers and carrots. The brown sauce had a touch of sweet.

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Space is the place where trio gets inspiration

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, June 27, 2014
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Alien Circuits is, from left: Andy Havens, Kristi Merideth and Tony Stewart. Jeffrey Sweet Photography

Alien Circuits is, from left: Andy Havens, Kristi Merideth and Tony Stewart. Jeffrey Sweet Photography

The urge to make music often leads to flights of fantasy that musicians embrace no matter how strange they may seem to others and even themselves.

Three artists in Springfield – longtime friends Andy Havens and Tony Stewart, along with their new friend, Kristi Merideth – have joined forces as Alien Circuits. They have produced a self-titled EP of songs about alien beings coming to Earth and replacing humans with a digitally enhanced human variant.

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Old church comes alive with spirit of music, fellowship

The musicians at the Northview Jam stretch across two walls of the room. Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader

The musicians at the Northview Jam stretch across two walls of the room. Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, June 22, 2014
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The network of music makers and music lovers, getting on in years, projects not only the strength but also the fragility of the music jam in Northview, an unincorporated community in Webster County about 20 miles east of Springfield, just off Interstate 44. …

Beulah Brashears

Beulah Brashears

After the death of a key exponent of the jam, Beulah Brashears in 2010, roughly 30 more regulars died in the ensuing year or so. Weekly attendance fell from about 100 to roughly half of that but has since rebounded, says Virginia Baker, Beulah Brashears’ daughter.

After this blow to the group, some people stopped coming because their loved ones had died, others because they felt the loss of Beulah, Virginia Baker says. “Some of them I talked to said it just wasn’t the same coming here and her being gone. I guess, after a period of time, a lot of them came back.”

Her father, Otto Brashears, at age 96 still attends the jams and played his guitar once this year. “He can still play a little bit. His rhythm isn’t quite as good as it used to be,” she says. …

Virginia Baker says she assumed some of her mother’s role at the jam, but it was hard at first. She presses on because she recognizes the importance of the jam to those who attend.

“It’s the older people. They enjoy it so much,” she says. “I don’t know how many have said, ‘This is my life.’ And it’s good, clean fun. It makes them happy; it makes me happy.”

Virginia Baker and her father, Otto Brashears, are among the founders of the Northview Jam. Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader

Virginia Baker and her father, Otto Brashears, are among the founders of the Northview Jam. Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader

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Burritos sustain 15 Big Fat years of quality

The pork pibil burrito has incredibly tender meat, and it comes with robust hickory-smoked tomato salsa with a fair amount of heat. Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader

The pork pibil burrito has incredibly tender meat, and it comes with robust hickory-smoked tomato salsa with a fair amount of heat. Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, June 17, 2014
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Pork pibil burrito: A measure of cumin enhanced the incredibly tender pork. Wrapped up within the burrito, all of the elements worked together (rice, black beans, sour cream, cheese, salsa, lettuce, tomato and green onion) for a hearty and savory result. Other burrito choices are chipotle beef, lime chili chicken and veggie.

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