Smile Politely


The Overture: April 14-21

Plenty of options for every musical preference this week, with reggae, hip-hop, jazz, death metal, rock, classical, and folk ready for the listening across town.

The new Rose Bowl Tavern

The new owners of Rose Bowl Tavern are commited to keeping the classic charm of the well-loved bar, and equally committed to providing an inclusive space for the entire C-U community to celebrate local music.

The Overture: April 8-13

Record Store Day and Krannert Center's 50th anniversary, among the usual wide variety of live local music, provide the music scene's complement to Ebert Fest this week. 

Tenth Annual DoCha Music Festival preview

Smile Politely chats with the executive director of DoCha about the free music festival's tenth anniversary, taking place this upcoming weekend at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in downtown Champaign.

The Overture: April 1-7

This week brings you a jazz-intensive beginning, and rounds out with two weekend festivals: brand-new Flor Fest, and DoCha Festival's tenth anniversary.

Running to the top

With producer Allen Xu (also known as yourbeautifulruin) at the helm, the seven-song Here for Now by CJ Run is a mesh of hip hop, afrobeat, electronica, and indie-rock influences. Sal learns more from Run about their background and latest album.

The Overture: March 25-31

Students are back from spring break this week, and so is the wide slection of live local music—symphonies, acapella groups, blues, world music, rock, bluegrass—this week has it all.

The Overture: February 25-March 3

This week is the usual bevy of local music events, with a spring folk festival happening in Urbana–bluegrass is sure to push us out of the February blues and toward warmer weather.