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The Overture: April 15-21

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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 15th

U of I Repertory Jazz Orchestra

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5:30 p.m.

The Urbana Hootenanny

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 8 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16th

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Jessie Murph

The Canopy Club // SOLD OUT // 8 p.m.

Catch the buzzworthy performance of Jessie Murph at The Canopy Club, where her soulful voice and poignant lyrics promise an unforgettable night.

U of I Jazz Band 3

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5 p.m.

Dixieland Dopplegangers

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17th

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José Gobbo Trio ft. Raphael Ferreira

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5 p.m.

The José Gobbo Trio, featuring Raphael Ferreira, brings a fusion of jazz and Brazilian rhythms to the Rose Bowl Tavern for a midweek musical escape.

Thursday, April 18th

Carrie Sue and the Woodburners

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5 p.m.

Some familiar faces at Rose Bowl Tavern playing heartfelt 3 piece folk music during Americana Happy Hour.

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Josh Spinner with Manifest West and Taurus Hate Club

The Canopy Club // $10 to $15 // 9 p.m.

Dive into the indie rock scene and discover great local music from Josh Spinner, supported by the dynamic sounds of Manifest West and Taurus Hate Club, for a night of raw energy and emotion.

Krannert Center Uncorked with We Ain’t Misbehavin’

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Free // 5 p.m.

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Peter McPoland

Foellinger Auditorium // $25 // 7:30 p.m.

Peter McPoland takes the stage at Foellinger Auditorium, showcasing his latest tour that blends heartfelt lyrics with vibrant melodies. Fans can expect an evening of engaging music that highlights McPoland’s unique blend of folk and indie rock. Local rockers Haunted X Humans will be opening.

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John Till

Rose Bowl Tavern // $5 to $10 Suggested Cover // 7:30 p.m.

Experience the moving music of John Till, a blend of folk, blues, and country music that echoes the spirit of the Great Plains and the Appalachian foothills.

Friday, April 19th

Jeff Helgesen & Friends

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5 p.m.

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Derrick Philips

Versus Me with Discrepancies

The Canopy Club // $15 to $20 // 7 p.m.

Get ready for an explosive night of hard rock and metalcore as Versus Me takes the stage with Discrepancies. This is an early show, with the doors swinging open at 6 p.m., and the air crackling with anticipation as the first power chord strikes at 7 p.m.

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WIKI with ZENtheRapper

Gallery Art Bar // $20 // 7 p.m.

WIKI and ZENtheRapper take over the Gallery Art Bar for an evening of innovative rap and hip-hop, showcasing their lyrical prowess and unique soundscapes. 

The Blues Deacons

Huber’s // Free // 7 p.m.

University of Illinois Wind Orchestra and Hindsley Band

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $4 to $10 // 7:30 p.m.

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EDITOR’S PICK: Open Mike Eagle with $imba P & A$AVV

The Canopy Club // $20 to $25 // 10 p.m.

Join Open Mike Eagle at The Canopy Club on Friday, April 19th, for a night that dives deep into the complexities of life, laughter, and the trauma in between. Known for his unique blend of insightful, socio-political humor and raw, personal exploration through music, Eagle brings his profoundly personal project to the stage, accompanied by $imba P & A$AVV. This event promises an intimate look into the artist’s journey of self-discovery and healing, set against a backdrop of artful rap and progressive production.

Saturday, April 20th

420 at the Bowl

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // All Day

Celebrate 420 with a day-long event filled with music, laughter, and community, honoring the spirit of the day in true Rose Bowl Tavern fashion. Enjoy no cover, Watson’s food truck from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the following bands for your musical enjoyment, starting at 4:20 p.m.: Neon Gravel, Big Daddy Pride and Friends, Keith Hall and the Creepin’ Grass, Formerly the Fox and JEMM.

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EDITOR’S PICK: Dead Horses with Emily Anne

The Channing Murray Chapel // $15 to $20 // 7 p.m.

Dead Horses brings their stirring folk blend to Channing Murray Chapel. Known for their honest storytelling and evocative melodies, the band promises a night of reflective music that explores the complexities of the human experience, set in the intimate setting of the chapel.

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Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra: Fanfares Finale: A Memorial Tribute to Paul Vermel

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $10 to $40 // 7:30 p.m.

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra’s season finale promises an emotional tribute to the beloved conductor Paul Vermel. Under the direction of Stephen Alltop and featuring the talented trumpeter John Hagstrom, the concert will weave through a poignant repertoire, starting with Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme by Haydn.” The evening will also spotlight Puccini’s moving “Crisantemi” and Arutiunian’s dynamic Trumpet Concerto, culminating with Hindemith’s powerful “Symphonic Metamorphosis,” all honoring Vermel’s impactful legacy.

Flux Pavilion with Cofresi

The Canopy Club // $30 to $35 // 9 p.m.

Get ready for Flux Pavilion’s bass-dropping beats and electronic anthems, with Cofresi warming up the night with his own flavor of EDM.

Sunday, April 21st

UFLive! presents the Church Street Ramblers

Urbana Public Library // Free // 2 p.m.

Wine Down Sunday with Stuart Smith

Alto Vineyards // Free // 2 p.m.

University of Illinois Campus Band and University Band

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $4 to $10 // 3 p.m.

The Young & The Fretless

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 3 p.m.

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Amasong Presents: I Sing to Know That Love is Near

McKinley Presbyterian Church // $20 Suggested Donation // 4 p.m.

Amasong, Champaign-Urbana’s premier feminist/treble chorus, brings a resonant message of love, comfort, and hope with their spring concert, “I Sing to Know That Love is Near.” Join them at McKinley Presbyterian Church for an inspiring lineup featuring works by contemporary women composers, traditional songs from Japan and Ukraine, and powerful gospel melodies, all crafted to uplift and unite in these challenging times.

Nick’s Country Jam

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 6 p.m.

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