WHAT: Anti-Valentine’s Day

WHERE: Bentley’s Pub (free)

WHEN: Wednesday, February 14th at 8 p.m.

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WHAT: New Orleans Jazz Machine

WHERE: The Iron Post (free) or Boomerang's (free)

WHEN: Tuesday, February 13th at 5 p.m. (Iron Post) and 7 p.m. (Boomerang's)

Mardi Gras has arrived, and here's your chance to live up a bit of New Orleans... even though the weather is not comparable around these parts. New Orleans Jazz Machine is performing a couple of places in Urbana on Fat Tuesday, so you have a few opportunities to check them out if you're wanting to feel a bit of the bayou in C-U.

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WHAT: Backdoor Cajun Band

WHERE: The Iron Post (cover)

WHEN: Tuesday, February 13th at 8 p.m.

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WHAT: Dana Sipos, Rebekah Songer

WHERE: The Iron Post (cover)

WHEN: Wednesday, February 14th at 8 p.m.

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WHAT: El Guapo

WHERE: Blackbird (free)

WHEN: Thursday, February 15th at 9 p.m.

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WHAT: Boogie T. & Squnto, Boarcrok

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($18 advance/$20 door)

WHEN: Thursday, February 15th at 9 p.m.

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WHAT: P.O.D., Islander, DED

WHERE: The Castle Theatre in Bloomington ($25 advance/$28 door)

WHEN: Thursday, February 15th at 8 p.m.

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WHAT: Will Schmalbeck Group

WHERE: Blackbird (free)

WHEN: Friday, February 16th at 5 p.m.

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WHAT: Jeff Helgesen Quintet

WHERE: The Iron Post (cover)

WHEN: Friday, February 16th at 5 p.m.

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WHAT: The Chickadee Sermon

WHERE: The Clark Bar (free)

WHEN: Friday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m.

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WHAT: Richard Smith

WHERE: The Upper Bout ($20)

WHEN: Friday, February 16th at 8 p.m.

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WHAT: Whitey Morgan, Alex Williams

WHERE: The Castle Theatre ($20-$75)

WHEN: Friday, February 16th at 8 p.m.

I can't believe it has already been two years since Whitey Morgan performed at the Accord — and if you remember, there was a huge snowstorm that night. Super fun and sweaty show, and if you missed that one, you should consider going to the Castle on Friday night for his next trek through Central Illinois. Morgan performed at PYGMALION back in 2015 as well.

Photo by Sam Logan.

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WHAT: Landon Wordswell, Grill Billyenz, Thetah, p4nther

WHERE: nightshop in Bloomington (cover)

WHEN: Friday, February 16th at 8 p.m.

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WHAT: The Great Cover Up 

WHERE: 51 Main ($10)

WHEN: Friday, February 16th and Saturday, February 17th

The final two nights of the Great Cover Up take place this weekend at 51 Main. Check out our recaps (first weekend is here, and second weekend review debuts tomorrow) to see what you've missed thus far.

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WHAT: Timbalu

WHERE: The Iron Post ($5)

WHEN: Friday, February 16th at 9 p.m.

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WHAT: DJ Tim Williams, DJ TStevenson

WHERE: Blackbird (free)

WHEN: Friday, February 16th at 9 p.m.

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WHAT: 6th Street Brass

WHERE: Memphis on Main (free)

WHEN: Friday, February 16th at 9:30 p.m.

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WHAT: Sonia De Los Santos

WHERE: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (free)

WHEN: Saturday, February 17th at 10 a.m.

This is an all ages and very family-friendly show at Krannert Center on Saturday morning. Sonia De Los Santos is native of Monterrey, Mexico, and is ultra talented. Check out the Facebook event linked above for all the info you'll need about these performers.

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WHAT: Paul Kotheimer, The Merry Travelers, Dewclaw, Revelator, harryoftheEarth Music, Les Urban, and more

WHERE: Red Herring (free)

WHEN: Saturday, February 17th at 4:30 p.m.

This Saturday is the 50th birthday for the Red Herring in Urbana, so this oughta be a party. They'll have live music, as you can see listed above, plus storytellers and poets talking about the history of the Herring from the half century. There's a $10 suggested donation, but if you can't swing it, they aren't gonna turn you away. There will be tons of food and raffle prizes to check out as well. Stay tuned for a preview from our Culture section later this week. Check out the Facebook event linked above for the full slate of programming for this celebration.

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WHAT: Big Wild, Daktyl, White Cliffs

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($18 advance/$20 door)

WHEN: Saturday, February 17th at 8 p.m.

Rising EDM performer and artist Big Wild hits Canopy Club on Saturday in what should be a well attended show. Big Wild performs behind a drum machine, so it isn't just your typical EDM DJ head banging and twisting knobs. Stay tuned for a preview of this show later this week.

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WHAT: Walker McGuire, The NATU Band

WHERE: The Castle Theatre in Bloomington ($10 advance/$15 door)

WHEN: Saturday, February 17th at 8 p.m.

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WHAT: High Valley

WHERE: The City Center ($15-25)

WHEN: Saturday, February 17th at 9 p.m.

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WHAT: Clave Camarads

WHERE: The Iron Post (cover)

WHEN: Saturday, February 17th at 9 p.m.

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WHAT: The Data Wives, Jade Hilton, Cole Brandt

WHERE: Blackbird

WHEN: Saturday, February 17th at 9 p.m.

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WHAT: Chachi and the Bandidos

WHERE: Loose Cobra (free)

WHEN: Sunday, February 18th at 4 p.m.

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WHAT: Knights of Cabiria

WHERE: The Iron Post (cover)

WHEN: Sunday, February 18th at 7 p.m.

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WHAT: Kayzo, 4B, Dubloadz, Gammer, JSTJR

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($18 advance/$25 door)

WHEN: Sunday, February 18th at 9 p.m.