The long-term relationship between the Champaign-Urbana and Springfield music scenes will become even stronger in 2014.
Error Records owner Nathan Landolt will be teaming up with the owners of The Black Sheep Cafe in Springfield to open his second record store in a year.
The store, Dumb Records, is set to open sometime in the early part of 2014 and will be located at 1107 S. Grand Ave. in Springfield.
The idea came about when Brian Galecki, who helps run The Black Sheep Cafe with owner Kevin Bradford and Cory VanMeter, approached Landolt about opening the store after a former art space closed next door to The Black Sheep Cafe.
“The opportunity came up sort of unexpectedly, and we just took the opportunity and ran with it,” Galecki said. “I’ve always felt that Black Sheep needed some type of distro for local bands’ releases and bands that have come through and played our space. Now we aren’t just doing that; we’re opening an entire record store.”
While Landolt will still spend most of his time managing Error Records in Champaign, the owners from The Black Sheep Cafe will operate Dumb Records.
“Error Records will be a jumping-off point for Dumb Records,” Landolt said. “The goal is to use a lot of what I’ve done here to help mold the new store into its own vital part of the Springfield music community.”
Dumb Records will be its own separate entity, meaning its only affiliation with Error Records and The Black Sheep Cafe will be its shared owners. But although Dumb Records won’t be tied to its parent businesses, its customers will still stem from the same local music community.
“The record store will just be another musical hub for anyone that’s interested in music outside of the norm,” Landolt said.
Galecki said Dumb Records will focus on carrying a lot of local music, including releases from Champaign-Urbana labels Crippled Sound Records, Rat King Records, Error Records (the label) and Skeletal Lightning.
Dumb Records will also look to carry local DIY music from neighboring scenes like St. Louis, Peoria and Bloomington-Normal, building on a strong connection amongst the Midwest music scenes, which was celebrated during The Black Sheep Cafe’s two-day music festival Dumb Fest in June.
“I think it’s a lot better for us to be connected to what is going on elsewhere than to be in our own bubble cut off from the rest of the world,” Galecki said. “We have a lot of young kids going to shows in Springfield right now, and I think a lot of Champaign and touring bands have introduced these kids to a lot of new music and ideas that they wouldn’t have gotten by seeing other Springfield high school bands play.”
Landolt understands the importance of having a strong bond between music scenes and said The Black Sheep Cafe was an inspiration in him opening up his all-ages music venue and record store, Error Records.
“I personally have always looked up to what the Black Sheep has done over the past eight years with their scene,” Landolt said. “As fads come and go, every scene needs a vital center point, and that’s Black Sheep. No matter how tough it’s been over the years, they’ve continued to stick it out because they know without that space, kids wouldn’t have somewhere to call a home away from home.”