MONDAY, May 21st

There are no shows scheduled for May 21st.

TUESDAY, May 22nd

Jim Gill

► The City Center // free // 5 p.m.

Bob Watson & Andy McDowell

► The Clark Bar // free // 6:30 p.m.

Joey Glassman Quartet

► Boomerang’s // free // 7 p.m.

Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson

► State Farm Center // $26.50-$246.50 // 7:30 p.m.

A couple of legends are heading through Champaign on Tuesday night. Bluegrass/country fans get ready, because Krauss and Nelson are some of the most decorated musicians in the genre(s). Krauss has history here in Central Illinois, she grew up here in C-U.

Corey Flood, Nectar, Spandrels

► Blips and Chitz // $5 // 8 p.m.

Philly's Corey Flood are routing through, and they just released their debut EP back in February. The band has gotten some decent press as of late. They'll be joined by a couple of local staples, Nectar (just released their new album) and Spandrels (just got off of their East Coast tour).


Mank N Sass

► The Clark Bar // free // 6 p.m.

Andrew Walit's Group

► The Iron Post // cover unknown // 7 p.m.

Rogue Tendency, The Delinquents, MAG

► Memphis on Main // free // 10 p.m.

Rogue Tendency has a show this week, though this is the last one featuring emcee Rota, who is moving away soon. He just released an album himself, actually.

THURSDAY, May 24th

Caleb Cook Band

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

Nectar, Bottom Bracket, Witchbender

► nightshop in Bloomington // $5 // 8:30 p.m.

Thomas Brewer, Bob Watson, Matt Stewart, Brad Wheeler

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

FRIDAY, May 25th

Condition Blue 

► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

New Orleans Jazz Machine

► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

The Krank Daddies, Soy City Stranglers

► Loose Cobra // $7 suggested donation // 9 p.m.

Jeremy Harper

► Tin Roof Tavern // cover unknown // 8 p.m.

Jeremy Pinnell, Becky Levi & Mike Vanier, Kenna Mae

► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

Cleverly titled Offchute Opry — this is a pre-Hogchute Opry show of sorts happening at the Iron Post later this week. Hogchute isn't for a few weeks, so to tide you over, here's Kentucky musician Jeremy Piennell, Becky Levi and Mike Vanier out of Chicago, alongside local Kenna Mae.

Brass Junkies

► Memphis on Main // cover unknown // 10 p.m,

SATURDAY, May 26th


► Exile on Main Street // free // 3 p.m.

The Painkiller Blues Band, Dawn Clark

► The Clark Bar // free // 6:30 p.m.

Soft Idiot, Bath Naps, James Mauck, Belle

► Ghost Planet // $5-7 donations // 7 p.m.

Aaron Lewis

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington (outdoors) // $35 advance/$38 door // 7:30 p.m.

Motes, Sisser, Linder

► nightshop in Bloomington // $5 // 8:30 p.m.

Jesse Johnson, Bailey Williams, Hot Iron String Band

► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

Charlie and the Possibly Wilds 

► Memphis on Main // cover unknown // 10 p.m.

SUNDAY, May 27th

Kilborn Alley

► Loose Cobra // suggested donation // 5 p.m.

Joey Glassman

► The Iron Post // $5 // 7 p.m.

Jackyl, Robert Brown Band

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington (outdoors) // $22 advance/$25 door // 7:30 p.m.

Orator, Marathon, sewingneedle

► Urbana Champaign Indepedent Media Center // $5-10 // 8 p.m.

Here's a crunchy show for pre-Memorial Day Sunday: sludge metal outfit Orator, who has been at work on a new record, drone band Marathon, and sewingneedle out of Chicago. The IMC's programming has been great over the last handful of months so this falls in line.

Photo by Tara Lynne Tracy

Super 88, Mammals, DFMK, Radar

► nightshop in Bloomington // $5 // 8 p.m.


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

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