Christmas Lights, Celebrate Kwanzaa, more


Illinois, and Chicago in particular, have always been linked to the blues and jazz scenes, but the ‘State of Sound’ exhibit is still running at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum makes it clear that contributions range from genres such as house and country music to folk and disco.

The world-class exhibit, the work of longtime Chicago Sun Times music critic and writer Dave hoesktra, continues until January 23.

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Speaking of all that jazz, the Buddy Rogers Jazz Trio is back for a pre-Christmas night on Thursday at 3Sixteen Wine Bar in Chatham.

As always, check with the sites about COVID-19 protocols and wearing a mask.

“Celebrate Kwanzaa”

the Springfield and Central Illinois Museum of African American History is organizing a “Celebrate Kwanzaa” event with Shatriya smith, Springfield poet and executive director of the Garvey-Tubman Cultural Arts and Research Center, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The event will explore the symbols and meaning of Kwanzaa, from the Swahili phrase meaning “first fruits”, and will include African art, gift-making activities and a sale.

A celebration of family, culture and heritage, Kwanzaa is inspired by the earliest harvest celebrations in Africa and begins on December 26 and lasts for seven days.

The museum is located at 1440 Monument Ave.

For more information, visit the museum website.

Lance Tawzer, left, ALPLM Exhibitions Director, works with Exhibit Maker Tom Conway on setting up an exhibit during the installation of the “State of Sound: A World of Music” exhibit from Illinois ”at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield on April 23. [Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register]

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There is still time to take ownership “State of Sound: The Music World of Illinois” at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in downtown Springfield.

Billy Corgan of Chicago's Smashing Pumpkins is among those featured in

The exhibit in the 3,000-square-foot Illinois Gallery details the history of Illinois music with special artifacts from artists like Miles davis, Common, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Allison Krauss, Chance the Rapper, Dan Fogelberg and boyfriend guy.

While the “State of Sound” exhibits cover over a dozen musical genres, they also signal importation from companies such as Evanston’s Shure Microphones and DownBeat Magazine from Chicago.

A good complement to the exhibit is a bi-weekly podcast series that featured interviews with James “JY” Young from Styx, alternative country legend Jon Langford, longtime WXRT-FM personality Terri hemmert and Jeff Tweedy from Wilco.

Entrance to the museum puts you in “State of Sound,” which ends Jan. 23.

James guitarist of Styx "JY" Young was interviewed as part of a podcast series complementing "State of Sound: The Music World of Illinois" at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in downtown Springfield through January 23.

Christmas lights in Virden

A public display of Christmas lights and decorations is in place in Virden until December 31.

Sunrise skilled nursing and rehabilitation installed drive-through displays on its campus at 333 S. Wrightsman St.

The lights are on every evening at dusk.

“We love to spread joy to the area and are especially happy when we see families come to see the lights,” said Executive Director Patty Barnes.

The facility, which has been operating for 52 years in Virden, offers short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing, memory and respite care.

Buddy Rogers Jazz Trio

The Buddy Rogers Jazz Trio returns to the 3Size Wine Bar, 316 N. Main St. in Chatham, for an evening of improvised jazz Thursday.

Buddy Rogers has supported entertainment stars Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Kenny Rogers, Mickey Rooney and Cher, and has performed with jazz luminaries like Jeff Hamilton, Tex Benecke and Pancho Sanchez.

José Gobbo Jr. is a Brazilian jazz guitarist and adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Gobbo appears regularly with Chip Stephens organ trio, which opened for Steely Dan at the Illinois State Fair in 2019, and the Brad Wheeler Quartet. Gobbo performed with Springfield’s Frank Parker, Johnnie Owens and Virgil Rhodes.

Ben Taylor is one of central Illinois’ most sought-after bassists, having played for more than 10 years with pianist Donnie Heitler.

The trio take the stage at 6 p.m. Call 217-697-8569 for details.

Winter holiday party

Kids will have the chance to make a fleece scarf, design a pair of New Years glasses and play snowball games, among the activities of the Winter Break Fest at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

It’s free and it’s a coming and going event. No registration is required but visitors aged 2 and over must wear a mask and social distancing will apply.

Call 217-782-6044 for more information.

Check out the Winter Break Fest activities at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.

Things to Do is published every Wednesday on and Thursday in the print edition of the State Journal-Register. Email your upcoming events to reporter Steven Spearie at [email protected] Contributions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Sunday for review.

Contact Steven Spearie: 217-622-1788, [email protected],


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