This weekend has numerous possibilities for fun, but if you wanna party LiveMusic style I've got your get-down destinations below ... featuring a trifecta of Illinois music makers (and not one of them was offered a Senate seat by Gov. Rod Blagojevich).
Friday: Jobu/ Buckner's Brewing Co./ 9 p.m.
If you like Sublime, The Police or Incubus, these guys are for you. Hailing from Champaign, Ill., Aaron VanVooren (vocals, guitar), Matt Hines (lead guitar, vocals), Andrew Neel (bassist) and Evan Ryan (percussion) are sure to get the party started right.
Saturday: The Station/ Broussard's/ 9 p.m.
Voted "Best Original Band" and "Most Likely to Hit It Big" by readers of the Illinois Times, this Springfield, Ill. group brings a unique Allman Brothers-Blues Traveler sound to town on a mission -- to get everyone on their feet. If you want a quiet evening out, avoid Broussard's Saturday. If you wanna rock out, head for The Station.
Sunday: Woody Brothers/ Port Cape Girardeau/ 9 p.m.
This Alton, Ill. folk trio is a great way to wind down after a busy weekend. The Brothers' range from Eagles-style tracks like "Happiness is No Laughing Matter" to the jammin' "Corduroy," so you can sit and relax or get up and dance.
Now that the Grammy nominations have been announced (in a rather boring and unnecessary manner), maybe we can figure out exactly which local artists should be honored for their work in 2008. Tell me, which bands do you think should be nominated for what category (even if you make one up).