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The Overture: April 10-16

4 band members of Ovef Ow standing in front of a light blue wall, and they are all wearing different shade of blue.
Ovef Ow on Facebook

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 to change at any time. Thank you for understanding.

Did we miss something this week? Have a show coming up you think we should know about? Email us at [email protected] with the details.

MONDAY, April 10th

The Urbana Hootenanny

Rose Bowl Tavern // FREE // 8 p.m.

Every Monday at the Rose Bowl, come hang out with some great musicians. A sort of open mic meets song-share, you can expect a variety of music and performers. 

TUESDAY, April 11th

2 members of Oddly Easy in front of a brick wall, dressed very casually.
Oddly Easy from Facebook

Oddly Eazy on Electric Tuesdays

The Canopy Club // FREE, 8-10 p.m.; After 10 p.m. $5 door

Electric Tuesdays feature open decks, this week with The Shade Collective. At 10 p.m. dance to the Producer/DJ Duo Tim & Kevin, performing as Oddly Eazy. 

WEDNESDAY, April 12th

Mateo Sanchez sitting at a drum kit with two sticks raised like he's about to pound the drums. He's wearing a stylish purple suite and the drums are the same shade of purple.
Mateo Sanchez from Facebook

Editor’s Pick: Mateo Sanchez Big Band Master’s Recital

UIUC Music Building Auditorium // FREE // 7:30 p.m.

Professional jazz musician Mateo Sanchez and his 17-piece band perform Big Band and Jazz compositions arranged from a drummer’s perspective. The music is entirely Mateo’s own arrangements and compositions. 

5 members of Vintage Pistol dressed casually and smiling in front of a white wall
Vintage Pistol

Vintage Pistol and MK Ultra

The Canopy Club // $5 Door // 9 p.m.

Vintage Pistol is a high-energy jam band based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The band is composed of five members and describes itself as a roots rock band that draws inspiration from new-age blues, jam rock, and classic rock.

THURSDAY, April 13th

Americana Happy Hour ft. Beth Bombara

The Rose Bowl Tavern // FREE (Tips in Bucket) // 5 p.m.

Beth Bombara is a St. Louis-based artist whose genre-bending music packs a punch. Combining folk, blues, and rock with introspective lyrics, gritty guitar work, and a dynamic voice, her music is a burst of powerful expression.

Editor’s Pick: Ovef Ow w/ Sweetmelk 

The Recreation Club // $10-15 donation // 7 p.m.

Kickoff the Boneyard Arts Festival at The Recreation Club with Chicago post-punk, art rockers Ovef Ow performing live with local punk band Sweetmelk supporting. 

Friday, April 14th


Pour Brothers // FREE // 7 p.m.

Mid-October is an alternative/indie duo who come from diverse musical backgrounds, allowing them to find the vibe of any crowd and play music to entertain them.

Looking up to the stage you see Gable Price singing into a microphone, and you see people on the front rail to the right.
Gable Price from Facebook

Gable Price and Friends

The Canopy Club (Small Hall) // $15 adv,  $18 door // Doors 6 p.m., Show 7 p.m.

Gable Price and Friends is a 4-piece alternative rock and roll band from Northern California, comprised of 3 Midwesterners and a Californian, known for their sentimental and provocative lyrics, screaming guitars, and driving drums. They recently signed with Capitol CMG and are eager to share their new record and continue providing a euphoric live and recorded experience to their growing fanbase.

Saturday, April 15th

The two members of Black Eyed Lillies in a field with the sun just over the horizon behind them. The male is holding a guitar and looking off to the write. The singer is turned to the left.
Black Eyed Lillies from Facebook

Andy Duncanson with the Black Eyed Lillies

The Rose Bowl Tavern // FREE (Tips in Bucket) // 3 p.m.

Join local favorites Black Eyed Lilies and they team up with Andy Duncanson of Kilborn Alley Blues Band for an afternoon of blues and fun. 

New Twang City 

The Rose Bowl // FREE (Tips in Bucket) // 8 p.m.

Come on down to the Rose Bowl and hear New Twang City deliver their twangy take on your favorite country-western music. 

Sunday, April 16th

Caleb Taylor Ft. Ther’upy , Special Guest Lamont Davis

Neil St. Blues // $25 (includes buffet) // 7  p.m. 

Head over to Neil Street Blues for some NuSoul courtesy of Caleb Taylor and Urbana’s own Ther.up.y, the house band for Soul on Sunday/A+. Your ticket includes a delicious buffet from Neil St. Blues. 

Music Editor

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