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Ice Cream Social at Common Ground August 17th

Join us in our parking lot for our 3rd Annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 17th from 2-4 p.m.

This year, Common Ground challenges you, our community, to help raise 10,000 meals for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank! For a donation of any amount, you can build your own sundae with local ice cream from Kilgus Farmstead Creamery and organic toppings, enjoy local music from The Church Street Ramblers, face painting, kids entertainment from our own Produce Manager Satina, and the opportunity to meet your local foodbank staff. This event is open to everyone and a delicious way to support our Food Bank during the summer months when the need for food assistance remains high. 100% of the proceeds will directly benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Did you know, summer is actually the time of year the foodbank needs support the most? Children are out of school which means more mouths to feed at home, while at the same time fewer donations are made in summer months.

Join our Facebook event for more details.


WWHP The Whip sold, changing formats

Here's some news that came about an hour ago via the WWHP The Whips' Facebook page, which you can read below.


Urbana currently accepting applications for City boards and commissions

Are you wanting to get more involved in your community? Are you interested in becoming part of one of the many important teams that make recommendations to the Urbana City Council? Are you interested in the expansion of the City, development of infill properties, subgrantee (non-profit) programs, housing rehabilitation, acquisition and demolition programs or reviewing proposed developments in specific design review districts? If you want to serve the City of Urbana in these and other areas, apply for a position on a City Board or Commission.

The City of Urbana is currently accepting applications from people interested in serving on the following City boards and commissions:

  • Community Development Commission
  • Design Review Board
  • MOR Development Review Board
  • Plan Commission
  • Zoning Board of Appeals

For further information or for an application form, please call the Mayor’s office at 217/384-2456, email jaross@urbanaillinois.us or visit http://urbanaillinois.us/departments/office-mayor.


Summer Open Air Sessions

It's round two of the Summer Open Air Sessions and we gonna bring down the walls and let them fall. DJs Reed Richards and Kirkwood West are bringing all the dope house, tech house, and disco edits.

The party is in the back of the HighDive on the patio. Limited bar on the back patio for convenience with a full bar inside.

19 and older. Beats drop at 10 p.m. 

RSVP here.


Blind Pig named one of the best bars in Illinois outside of Chicago by Thrillist

Thrillist has named The Blind Pig one of the best bars in all non-Chicago parts of Illinois. Feel free to review the original article, but here's what Thrillist writers Matt Lynch and Jay Gentile had to say about our local brewery:

You may've spent some fine nights in Champaign drinking whiskey Cokes for free because your friend was in Sigma Chi with one of the bartenders, but you no longer know any (present day) Sigma Chi's, and your tastes have progressed beyond well liquor. Enter The Blind Pig Co., which does some fine brewing in its own right, and also has a draft list stocked with the kind of stuff you never would've appreciated in college: Founders Rubaeus, Deschutes Hop In The Dark, and Stone Cali-Belgique. Just bear in mind that your recovery ability has also changed since college.

Photo from Facebook.


American Football and Braid featured on Stereogum's "Essential Emo" list

A couple of locals were featured on Stereogum's recent "30 Essential Songs From The Golden Era of Emo" list — and to no surprise, American Football and Braid were featured.

Braid's "A Dozen Roses" and American Football's "Never Meant" made their list of "essentials", even though you could go on and on for this conversation. Pretty neat nonetheless. Cap'n Jazz also made the list. Check out the full list linked above.


Menthol on CoS: "Wanna Hear The Greatest Unheard Band of the ’90s?"

After one local band was featured on BuzzFeed and we posted about it earlier in the week, another piece has been brought to our attention. This time, it is a pretty significant feature on locals Menthol by Consequence of Sound. 

"Wanna Hear The Greated Unheard Band of the 90s" tells the story of Menthol and is definitely worth the read. They also put together a 2+ hour interview with some members of the band in a rare interview (and stream it below):

Marc With a C has been chasing the proverbial grail that is the Menthol story since the fateful announcement that Capitol had completely dropped the band and left their material in the vaults. After nearly five years of attempts to make this episode a reality, he’s joined by Menthol’s lead guitarist and vocalist Balthazar De Ley who granted us a “rare as hen’s teeth” interview.

Thanks to the head's up from reader Brian K. As his submission read initially, "Remember these guys?" 

You better believe we do.