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The Overture: April 8-14

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in and around Champaign-Urbana each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject …

RENEGADE EL REY keeps going

In the bustling corridors of the music industry, few artists epitomize the essence of perseverance and creativity like RENEGADE EL REY. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, he has charted a unique path through the …

The Overture: April 1 – 5

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in and around Champaign-Urbana each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject …

The Smoking Popes end their tour on a tasty note

Last Saturday, March 23rd The Space held its first sold-out show of the year. Taking center stage for the evening were opening acts Maura Weaver, Rodeo Boys, and of course the headliner, The Smoking Popes. …

The Overture: March 25 – 31

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in and around Champaign-Urbana each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject …

The Overture: March 18-24

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in and around Champaign-Urbana each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject …

Four things in music: March 2024

Now that spring is teasing us it’s near, it’s exciting to see things get busier in the music scene in Champaign-Urbana. I’ve been excited to see bookings increase, and some of the local venues getting …

The Overture: March 11 – 17

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in and around Champaign-Urbana each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject …

The Overture: March 4-10

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in and around Champaign-Urbana each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject …

The Overture: February 26 – March 3

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in and around Champaign-Urbana each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject …

The Overture: February 20-25

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in and around Champaign-Urbana each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject …

The Overture: February 12-18

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in and around Champaign-Urbana each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject …

The Overture: February 5 – 11

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in and around Champaign-Urbana each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject …

The Overture: January 29 – February 4

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in and around Champaign-Urbana each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject …

The Overture: January 22-28

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in and around Champaign-Urbana each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject …

The Overture: January 16-21

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in and around Champaign-Urbana each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject …

Five things in music: January 2024

January in Champaign-Urbana presents a celebration of music’s power to transport us to diverse realms and unite us through the universal language of rhythm and melody. The offerings this month, from the heartfelt storytelling of …

The Overture: January 8-14

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in and around Champaign-Urbana each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject …

Ray Glass: Delivering the gospel through hip-hop

I haven’t run into too many gospel rappers in my protracted dallying with the music business, but horizons can continually expand, and in my search for singer/songwriters residing in our local music mecca, I was …

Taurus Hate Club turns anxiety into art

Alyssa Allen, also known as Taurus Hate Club, performed several songs from her debut EP, Sharks in the Swimming Pool, last week at The Barn. The small house venue lent itself to the intimate nature …

The voice behind Champaign is Also a Band podcast

Nestled within the vibrant music scene of Champaign-Urbana, a unique auditory experience unfolds through the podcast Champaign is Also a Band. Stephen “Sven” Johnson, the creator and host, has transformed his love for local music …

The Overture: December 11-17

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in and around Champaign-Urbana each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject …