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CU Folk and Roots Festival announce first artists

Believe it or not, September isn't simply going to be dominated by indie rock or guitar virtuosos. It's going to be a folking great time as well. OK — bad pun. But seriously, some great acts right out of the gate for the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, the newest group to make good on their promise to deliver a music festival in what is fast becoming the land of them. The CUFRF will be September 25 and 26 in several downtown Urbana venues.

Robbie Fulks:

Kilborn Alley:

Dennis Stroughmatt and Creole Stomp:

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Pygmalion Announcement: Japandroids + Liz Janes + Tina Sparkle +

OK — if Wavves wasn't enough to satiate your need to check out one of the most buzzed bands of the year, just hold on to your local hats, because Pygmalion is presenting recent Polyvinyl Records signees, Japandroids, as part of their annual festival showcase this year.

And if that weren't enough, Liz Janes will come out of hibernation to avenge her missed performance from 2007, and Peoria-based gritty popsters Tina Sparkle will be diving in the pool as well.

Plus, a wide array of locals including the newest project from former fireflies members Take Care (though we have no Myspace or picture for them yet), Tall Tale ex-pats Tracey and Tricia, Steve Ucherek's newest project Village, violin-induced indie-dom in Post-Historic, classic C-U pop punkers jigGsaw, and local songsmith Matt Wagemann.

Whew!

This will likely be your last day or two to take advantage of early bird pricing, so get on that shits!

Japandroids:

Liz Janes:

Tina Sparkle:

Tracey and Tricia:

Post-Historic:

jigGsaw:

Village:

Matt Wagemann:

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Champaign dog park opens this weekend

The Champaign Bark District (pun duly acknowledged) will open this Saturday, June 13. The dog park, located near the southeast corner of Windsor and Rising, has "a 4 foot fence, double-gated entry area, separate areas for large and small dogs, parking lot, and trash cans/dog waste stations."

Go to the Champaign Park District's website to download a membership form. Your pooch needs all their shots and tests before they can join up, and it's $20 a year for your first dog for Champaign residents, and $6 a year for each additional dog. Here's the full press release from last week.

So, what do you think, folks? Is it worth driving out to the country to get your dog(s) some exercise? Any Urbana users who are champing at the bit to cross over to the west side?

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Pygmalion Announcement: Low + Denison Witmer + Light Pollution

Woah! Slow down there folks... just because Wavves freaked out in Barcelona doesn't mean they won't kill it on stage at Pygmalion! In any case, if they don't float your boat, just check out today's announcements.

We'd venture to say that if Wavves defines flash-in-the-pan success with a chance of dissolution by year's end, then Low is definitely the antithesis. They've had a 25+ year career and have helped define an entire genre of indie music: Slowcore.

What's more, there is Philadelphia songsmith Denison Witmer, Dekalb indie popsters Light Pollution, as well as formidable locals Ryan Groff, Good Night and Good Morning, and Golden Quality.

Stay tuned for more soon! And early bird passes are still on sale, but let's be honest, not for long.

Low:

Denison Witmer:

Light Pollution:

Ryan Groff:


Good Night and Good Morning:


Golden Quality:

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Krannert announces 2009-10 events

The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announced their 2009-10 "Marquee Season" today. You can download a word document of the release here, or just be content with the folllowing highlights until the calendar is up on the Krannert Center website:

  • Opening night of the 2009-10 season is Thursday, September 10, which is also the first night of the Third Biennial Guitar Festival. Details for the Guitar Festival will be released next Monday, June 15.
  • Featured classical music performers will include: "Nathan Gunn, Julie Gunn, and Yvonne Gonzáles Redman ... the Orchestra de São Paulo with percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, Vladimir Feltsman, vocalists Nicole Cabell and Frederica von Stade, the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra with pianist Lang Lang, and the young artists of the Sunday Salon Series, including Sphinx Competition Winner Elena Urioste and the 2010 Krannert Center Debut Artist."
  • Pygmalion will again have a performance at Krannert, featuring event headliner Iron and Wine.
  • Theatrical works will include Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (in Russian! performed by Russians!) and Mikel Rouse's new Gravity Radio.

Season tickets go on sale July 16.

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Pygmalion Announcement: Wavves + Marmoset + Cameron McGill

Hold on to your hats! Wavves, the newest Pitchfork-hyped-breakdown-prone-band, will be making their C-U debut at Pygmalion this year, as well as another Secretly Canadian artist, Marmoset, and Parasolorian, Cameron Mcgill. Plus a few other tasty locals for you to chew on as well:

Wavves:

Marmoset:

Cameron McGill:

Angie Heaton:

The Delta Kings:

Sunset Stallion:

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Jesus Lizard and Tortoise + tune into WEFT from 6-8 p.m. tonight!

Hey, y'all. I'm training as an airshifter at WEFT. Dave Witzany was kind enough to let me sit in on his show tonight and told me Wednesday that he'd be happy to have me program a set.

If you're not familiar with it, Dave's show, "We're Only In It For The Music", features bands that are coming to play live in C-U and our region. I thought I would put together a setlist for Friday night at the Pitchfork Music Festival. The festival is six weeks away (17-19 July, Union Park, Chicago) and it's sold out every year, so this is the time to get on board if you want to go. Built to Spill, Yo La Tengo, Tortoise, and the Jesus Lizard will be playing setlists that the audience decides ahead of time. When you buy tickets, your confirmation email includes a link that lets you vote on which songs you want to hear. The top songs out of that election will make up each band's set that glorious night.

I know and love Built to Spill and Yo La Tengo and have already picked what I want to play from each of their back catalogs. But I don't know The Jesus Lizard and Tortoise at all. If you have favorite tracks of theirs (N.B. They Have To Be Radio Friendly - no cursing, cause I don't have time to bleep them), then I could really use your help. Reply here or email me at michael . feltes at gmail . com

And tune in to 90.1 FM tonight! I'll be on the air from 6-8 p.m. with Dave, who is very up on the local scene and will help you get clued in to the great bands and solo artists coming through in the near to medium term. For myself, I would love feedback on my first set, plus you'll learn my DJ name and the story behind it.

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Beer Bulletin: June 5

This weekend should be a good one for outdoor drinking. Here are the latest menu additions.

MIKE & MOLLY'S

On tap: Rogue Imperial Young's Special Bitter, Schneider Organic Edel Weisse, Southern Tier Jah-va Coffee Stout, Founder's Centennial, Strongbow Cider, Avery New World Porter

BLIND PIG

On tap: Left Hand Sawtooth, Ommegang Hennepin, Wyders Dry Pear Cider, Dark Horse Sapient Trip, Unibroue Maudite, Wychwood Hobgoblin, Rogue Morimoto Soba Ale, Bitburger Premium Pils, Southern Tier 422 Pale Wheat Ale, Wittekerke, Lagunitas IPA, Goose Island Matilda

On tap @ the Little Piggie (as I'm calling it, aka the Brew Pub): Rogue Dead Guy, Krusovice Imperial 12, Pyramid Apricot, Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree, Boulder Flashback, Bells Amber Ale, Blanche de Bruxelles, Old Style, Konig Ludwig Weiss, Guinness

CRANE ALLEY

On tap: Avery Old Jubilation Strong Ale, Founder's Centennial IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, Arcadia Hop Rocket IPA, Lindeman's Framboise, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weizen, Dark Horse Plead The Fifth Imperial Stout, Bell’s Oberon, Bell's Best Brown Ale, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Allgauer Buble Pilsner, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Southern Tier Uber Sun Imperial Wheat, Ommegang Witte, Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Ale

In the bottle: Port Brewing 3rd Anniversary, Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA, Lost Abbey Serpent Stout