Arts & Culture

Wild, Weird and Wacky Local Tunes

It’s time to crank up the volume and embrace the unexpected with three of our favorite unusual musical acts here in Springfield, MO.

By Ettie Berneking

May 2018

Liz Moriondo
Photo by Seleste Paige Villarreal PhotographyLiz Moriondo

Kitchen Concerts

Liz Moriondo is one of 417-land’s rising country music stars. In the early days, she took her country-meets-soul sound into her own kitchen and broadcast regular performances on YouTube in what she dubbed her Kitchen Concerts. Her parody, “All About that Bass,” was an online smash hit! Today, the impromptu jam sessions aren’t always in the kitchen, but you can still find them on YouTube and on Moriondo’s Facebook page where you can soak in her favorite covers and originals.

Uke Love

We have long been in love with the crooning of the Queen City Ukulele Club. When the club launched spinoff group Springfield Ukulele Orchestra, we were captivated! To kick off 2018, the orchestra hosted a Beatles singalong at Lindberg’s Tavern and is planning a second singalong this October. In the meantime, attend one of the jam sessions held on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Springfield Music (3100 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield, 417-881-1373).

One Drop Pulse
Photo courtesy One Drop PulseOne Drop Pulse

Reggae Fusion

With terms like “crik” and “holler” still lingering in the local jargon, you’d expect to hear Waylon Jennings and Tammy Wynette covers at open mic night. Jamming out to reggae might seem like a long shot, but thanks to 417-land’s One Drop Pulse, reggae fusion is alive and well in the Ozarks. This group has a full performance calendar and is scheduled to play around Springfield and Missouri throughout the month of May. Follow them on Facebook to see where they’re jamming out next.

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