3 house venues fill void of commercial music venues in Springfield

Yoshiko Yap

Twinkling string lights hang among empty, crushed Pabst Blue Ribbon cans in the rafters. For a moment, it’s quiet; a few musicians mill around, unpacking gear. Then, footsteps thud down a narrow set of stairs and bodies begin to fill a concrete-walled basement. This is Rock Bottom, one of Springfield’s underground music venues.

Driving by, you wouldn’t suspect the two-story house to be a popular music venue for both local and small and mid-sized touring acts. On average, the house venue hosts one show a month — though sometimes more, and for musicians interested in performing in the intimate space, they should plan early. The venue is already booked through the end of April.

Performing and attending concerts in nonconventional spaces, like someone’s home, is not a new concept. But there’s been a resurgence in the do-it-yourself mentality recently, young local musicians say.

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