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The Overture: March 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 …

The Overture: March 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: February 21-26

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 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 …

Talking bluegrass with Bella White

Bluegrass singer-songwriter Bella White doesn’t have any ties to Champaign-Urbana, but there is a fellow musician in her genre who hails from these parts that she’s highly aware of. “Alison Krauss is an icon!” White …

The Overture: February 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 …

Chambana Classics: 25 years looking Downward

Twenty five is one of those milestone birthdays that doesn’t really feel like a milestone (unless you’re super psyched to finally rent a car on your own, I suppose). But in terms of works of …

The Overture: January 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 …

Making Noise at the Rose Bowl

On Monday January 16th, three solo acts and one collaboration made a lot of Noise at the Rose Bowl. In the tradition of Prairie Noise Invasion it was an intimate performance, in the way that …

The Overture: January 17-22

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: January 9-15

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 …

Loud feedback and riffs: get to know Edna

With a killer lineup of heavy music acts around C-U, one of my favorites is Edna. They have a new EP on the way, and guitarist Jake Kelley provides some background on the band ahead of their Saturday show at Loose Cobra. 

Meredith Monk dances with what it means to be human

Drawing from the foundations of life, Meredith Monk and the women of her vocal ensemble, with help from girls in the Central Illinois Youth Chorus, performed her composition Cellular Songs at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and wove a richly textured experience into a possibility of being.