Benny DeWitt has traveled around the world and is ready to come home to open his own shop.
Stop by Good Heart Tattoos’ Grand Opening party, taking place all afternoon. The new business is part of the Monroe Street creative renaissance which includes Custom Cup, Dumb Records, Daisy Jane’s and Hair of the Dog.
Benny has invited some of his friends who happen to be some of the Midwest’s best tattooers to tattoo with him that day as a way to celebrate the shop’s launch.
You can choose from two boards of specially priced tattoo designs (ridiculously priced, really!) to mark the occasion from any one of these visiting artists:
Come check out Mac Xavier performing live at Dumb Records! Supporting performances from Satisfy, King Deezy, Unk and More. VIP Package includes early access to the show, a meet and greet with the artists, a special soundcheck performance, a signed copy of Mac‘s second album “Evolution of a Versatile Mind,” and More!
Blushe (nice garage punk rock n roll, very catchy)
Prowess (nice fast punk rock, and that one slow song)
and they are doing their first EVER documentary screening at the downtown space.
“This documentary features the views of a range of women/gender-fluid individuals from all walks of life within the UK music scene. It looks at how and why people get involved in music, the positive and the not-so-positive experiences, and the possible ways we can change things.
The gender divide exists – there’s no doubt about it. And recently there have been an increasing number of press articles on the issue, but they only scratch the surface. So, Which Band is Your Boyfriend in? provides an in-depth account of the situation.
From the outset it was my intention to create a film which could have an impact on the awareness of equality issues in the UK music scene. I hope that this project will inspire young people to pick up an instrument, learn to record music or just get out there to see live bands perform. “
For the second year, DSI is hosting Downtown Open Streets presented by Memorial Health System!! The event takes place on the paved streets around the Old State Capitol on Saturday, May 4 “May the Fourth Be With You” from 11-3, so there’s plenty of time to participate and watch the Kentucky Derby later that day….
Open Streets temporarily opens streets to people and closes them to cars. People can travel the loop from Washington Street to 5th to Monroe Street to 6th on their bikes, skateboards, skates, by foot or otherwise and enjoy the activity hubs on the “spokes” around the Old State Capitol and on Monroe and Adams.
The first 200 attendees at the event will get a free drawstring backpack/shopping bag by visiting the DSI Information Booth on the Old State Capitol Plaza. Maps and times of all of the activities will also be available. Families should also stop by the Ace Bike Shop Corral on 6th at Adams Street to be entered in a drawing for an adolescent’s bike valued at $239. The drawing for the bike will be held at 1:30 pm right before the Bicycle Parade that starts at 6th and Washington.
Plus, “check out” new and gently used paperbacks and hardbacks for free from Land of Lincoln Bookshare.
5th Street between Washington and Monroe
Check your health knowledge and your blood pressure with Memorial; get a first look at Springfield’s coming BikeShare program, Gotcha; play bingo with Girls on the Run; practice Yoga with Willow City Farm’s goats and puppies; watch a performance by Dance Creations Dance Studio; do some crafts with Lincoln Memorial Garden; and learn about roller derby from the MidState Mayhem Roller Derby women’s team and Capital City Hooligans men’s teams.
Adams Street between 4th and 5th
Get ready for the 1:30 pm Bicycle Parade by decorating your bike with US Kiddos and Central Baptist Church; play “old-school” playground games in front of the Kidzeum; and get your portrait taken at the Curtain and Leaf booth.
Adams Street between 6th and 7th
Park your bike for free at the Ace Bike Shop Bike Corral and register for a childrens’ bike giveaway; stop by The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space for the 2 pm public ribbon cutting; and test your abilities at Springfield Bicycle Club’s fun obstacle course.
6th and Washington Streets
Participate in the “Bicycle Parade” at 1:30 pm; enjoy a performance by Springfield Youth Performance Group; take a free boot camp class every half hour with 180 Fitness; sign up to start running with Springfield Road Runners Club with their Abe’s Army program; watch experienced skateboarders in a Ramp Jam hosted by Boof City Skate Shop or learn tips for beginners; and make wind chimes with Wild Rose.
6th and Monroe Streets
Enjoy a Plant It bar with succulents and air plants with The Roost; make on-demand screen-printed T-shirts at Murphy’s Loft; look at APL animals to adopt with Studio on Sixth, enjoy 50% off select items in the store, and participate in Studio’s Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Contest, with prizes for every participant.
Monroe Street between 4th and 7th
Take free classes provided by the YMCA including street hockey, basketball, zumba spin class, and more; sit on the street in Custom Cup’s colorful tables and chairs; and enjoy a live band performance on an outdoor stage thanks to Dumb Records.
7 am – 10 am 5th Annual Kegs ‘N Eggs 2019 at Floyd’s Thirst Parlor
Join QLZ’s Mo Lightning and Kyle Hutchinson as Cooper’s StrEATside Bistro will serving FREE breakfast tacos, eggs, hashbrowns, French toast and more. Grab your seat in the front window or upstairs for the parade.
9 am – Sunday 1 am Parade Route Outdoor Party at The Incubator
Start inside with a continental breakfast including green eggs, sausage and bacon. Then at 11 am, the party moves outdoors for domestic beer, Irish coffees until 5 pm.
9 am St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run
Start your day with a workout and join in with friends for a 2 mile run/walk to kick off the Parade and Irish festivities! First 317 registered will receive a commemorative pint glass. Race starts and finishes on Washington St. between 5th & 6th with a post-race party at The Alamo.
9 am – 2 pm Irish Breakfast at VELE
Serving homemade biscuits & gravy, bloody marys, mimosas & cold beer at their restaurant along the parade route.
9 am – 8 pm Dumb Records’ New Location
Stop by Dumb Records to check out their new location at 418 E Monroe (near Gallina’s).
9 am – 1 pm Winter Farmer’s Market at The State House Inn
Another way to start the day in a healthy way is to shop more than 30 vendors selling farm-fresh fare including sweet potatoes, carrots, radishes, turnips, winter squash, sunchokes, fresh greens and salad mixes, kale, pecans, honey, apples, apple cider, cheese, pastured pork and poultry, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef and local lamb. Plus baked goods, pies, gingerbread men, cookies, jams, jellies, and spices.
Kids activities will be provided by Slow Food Springfield and Kiddos by Urban Sassafras. Hot lunch will be available for purchase from Smart Natured.
10 am – ? Shop of the Mornin’ To Ya
Pop into one of the cute boutiques along the parade route at 6th and Monroe — Corrine’s Closet, Studio on 6th or Murphy’s Loft — for a St. Patrick’s Day-themed purchase or just to browse what’s new!
10:30 am #AdamsFamily Breakfast Bar at Buzz Bomb
Enjoy Café Moxo breakfast and a specialty cocktail from Just the Basics Catering for $25. Later that day, Jermaine Bollinger will play from 8-10 pm.