The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in Champaign-Urbana (and the outskirts) each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject to change at any time. Thank you for understanding. 

Did we miss something this week? Have a show coming up you think we should know about? Email us at music@smilepolitely.com with the details. 

Monday, December 2nd

UIUC Hip Hop Collective

► Illini Union Courtyard Café // Free // 6 p.m.

Urbana Hootenanny

► Rose Bowl Tavern // Free // 8 p.m.

Tuesday, December 3rd

Josh Quirk and Friends

► Boomerangs // Free // 7 p.m.

UIUC Philharmonia Orchestra

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

UIUC Jazz Combo

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

Samantha Fish

► Castle Theatre // $17 // 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 4th

M&M Duo (Matthew Miller and Mitchel Maftean)

► The Iron Post // $3 // 6 p.m.

Illinois Wind Symphony and Wind Orchestra

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

UIUC Jazz Trombone Ensembles

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

Forebeat

► The Iron Post // $5 // 8 p.m.
James Mauck is hitting up the Iron Post stage with an experimental set: improvised percussion and electronics. If you’ve never listened to Forebeat, head on over to their Bandcamp page to check out their debut album, Duality, which was released back in May.

Photo from the Facebook event. 

Thursday, December 5th

ISU Chamber Singers

► Holy Trinity Catholic Church (Bloomington) // Free // 3:15 p.m.

Nfinite Soul (Krannert Uncorked)

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Free // 5:00 p.m.

UIUC Horn Studio

► UIUC Music Building Auditorium // Free // 5:30 p.m.

Parkland Guitar Ensemble

► Second Stage Theatre // Free // 7 p.m.

Sunny Sweeney’s Dysfunctional Family Christmas (with Jason Eady and Brennen Leigh)

► Castle Theatre // Prices vary // 7 p.m.

EIU Choral Ensembles and Camerata Sinfonia

►Doudna Fine Arts Center (Charleston) // Prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

Illini Strings

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

UIUC Repertory Jazz Orchestra

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

Bones Jugs

► Blackbird // Free // 9 p.m.

Friday, December 6th

Brad Wheeler Group

► Blackbird // Free // 5 p.m.

Like A Storm, Burden of the Sky, Pushing Veronica, Sleep Signals (Holiday on the Rocks)

► The Castle Theatre // Free // 6 p.m.

Hot Sauce Universe

► Neil St. Blues // Free // 7 p.m.

Sierra Hull with 10 String Symphony

► The Castle Theatre // Prices vary // 7 p.m.

UIUC Concert Jazz Band

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

UIUC Clarinet Choir and the Hindsley Symphonic Band

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

The Impalas

► Huber’s West End // Free // 8 p.m.

Aquila, Ani, Lysergic Deity

► nightshop // $6 // 8 p.m.
Champaign’s Aquila is heading up what’s sure to be an interesting night at Bloomington’s nightshop. This show will also feature the dark dub sounds of Chicago’s Ani and Lysergic Deity’s electronica (also, the breaking of things… literally). Doors open at 7 p.m., music’s on at 8.

Photo from the Facebook event. 

Bristle, Ant Hattie, Mporium Allstars

► The Iron Post // Free // 9 p.m.
Chicago’s Bristle will be headlining this Friday night show at the Iron Post. Ant Hattie and the Mporium Allstars will also be playing, making this show a great one for rock lovers.

Photo from the Facebook event. 

UIUC Rap Showcase

► IMC (Urbana) // Free // 10 p.m.

Saturday, December 7th

Central Illinois Youth Chorus present: Peace

►Faith United Methodist Church (Champaign) // $5, Youth/Seniors (65+), free // 3 p.m.

UIUC Jazz Band

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 3 p.m.

The Tons O’ Fun Band (and Friends) Christmas Show

► The Virginia Theatre // Prices vary // 7 p.m.

Broken Prairie Band

►Champaign American Legion // Free // 7 p.m.

UIUC Latin Jazz Ensemble

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

Metaphysics, The Grievace Club, Biitchseat

► The Bird House // $5+ suggested donation // 8 p.m.

This should be a pretty kick-ass house show. Champaign’s Metaphysics will be playing as will two Cleveland-based bands, The Grievance Club and Biitchseat. The night will be a blend of alternative, indie, and pop-punk. DM the hosts on Facebook for the address.

Photo from the Facebook event.

Wildermore

► Pour Bros. // Free // 8:30 p.m.

Sunshine Daydream

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $7 // 9 p.m.

The Data Waves, Poel, Yung Duro

►  The Collective // $5 // 9 p.m.
I splogged about this show last Friday. Urbana-based Data Waves will be bringing their jazz and funk-inspired instrumentals to help celebrate the release of The Collective Magazine’s fifth issue. The show will also have post-punk act, Poel, and Yung Duro. Address can be found in the Facebook event.

Photo from the Facebook event

Sunday, December 8th

Annual Carol Concert 2019

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 3 p.m.
I splogged about this event here!

UIUC Jazz Guitar Ensemble

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 3 p.m.

 Chris Hartley and Offutt’s Stone Cold Cuts

► Rose Bowl Tavern // Free // 5 p.m.

UIUC University Band

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

Flatfoot 56, Still Alive, Must Build Jacuzzi, Bonelung

► nightshop // $10 adv, $12 door // 7:30 p.m.

UIUC Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Vocal Combos

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 7:30 p.m.