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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 …

Local gifts for the music lover

As the holiday season approaches, shopping locally offers not only a chance to find unique gifts, but also supports our vibrant community here in Champaign-Urbana. Our local record stores are treasure troves for music enthusiasts, …

The Overture: December 4-10

Monday, December 4th Jason Finkelman Presents: Improviser’s Exchange ► Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5:30 p.m. Dive into a world of spontaneous creativity with Jason Finkelman’s Improviser’s Exchange. Finkelman gathers a host …

The Overture: November 20-26

Monday, November 20th The Urbana Hootenanny ► Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 8 p.m. The Urbana Hootenanny, a local favorite, brings together musicians for an evening of folk and acoustic music, fostering …

The Overture: November 13-19

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: November 2023

November is here, and the colder temperatures have cooled down the Champaign-Urbana music scene just a tad. The whirlwind of festivals and special performances in September and October are over and the scene is given …

The Overture: November 6-12

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: October 30 – November 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 dual charm of Black Eyed Lillies

Groupies of the Black Eyed Lillies likely had a field day two weekends ago as the band played back-to-back shows in two different Champaign-Urbana locations. For their first show that evening, the Lillies brought their …

The Overture: October 23-29

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 …

DJ Silkee’s sonic odyssey

Twelve years ago Ja’Nea Modest was in a “badass motorcycle rider in a motorcycle club” called the Covergirls. When it came time for nicknames, Modest knew she was smooth as silk, and therefore the moniker …

The Overture: October 16-22

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: October 10-15

Tuesday, October 10 The Chip Stephens Trio ► Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5 p.m. The Chip Stephens Trio, led by pianist Chip Stephens, brings an evening of classic jazz standards and …

Five things in music: October 2023

October is shaping up to be a monumental month for music lovers in Champaign-Urbana. With events ranging from the soulful melodies of the Folk and Roots Festival to the grassroots vibe of Hogchute Harvest, and …