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The Overture: April 3-9

The four members of Backyard Tire Fire sitting on a couch in front of a wall with much graffiti on it.
Edward David Anderson

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 3rd

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 4th

Super Future

The Canopy Club // $10 adv // $13 door// 8 p.m.

Super Future is a unique EDM artist who blends a wide range of music genres, from downtempo to heavy freeform, and occasionally incorporates a guitar solo. His music provides an engaging spectrum of sound that becomes a journey with every live experience, while also delivering introspective and psychospiritual themes to his fans, who admire his message as much as his music.

WEDNESDAY, April 5th

Barefuzz & Easy Riders

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

Easy Riders is a band from Peoria, Illinois and has been rocking its brand of soul, slide guitar, and Jerry Garcia licks since 2008. They play a variety of music genres including traditional blues, jazz, bluegrass, gospel, rock, reggae, and funk.

BareFuzz is a psychedelic rock fusion band from Columbus, Ohio that blends a wide array of genres and musical influences into their energetic and expansive live performances, creating completely organic and unique musical experiences for everyone. 

THURSDAY, April 6th

Singer Ledisi holding a mic and singing onstage dressed in all black leather.
Ledisi on Facebook


Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $10-$60 // 7:30 p.m.

Ledisi is a 14-time Grammy-nominated powerhouse vocalist who has earned a place in the pantheon of the greatest singers of her generation. With three Soul Train Music awards, an NAACP Theater Award, and 13 NAACP Image Award nominations, she has been a favorite of icons including Prince, Patti LaBelle, and Stevie Wonder. She has also had notable roles in films and television, including portraying Mahalia Jackson in Selma and Patti LaBelle in American Soul, and will star as Gladys Knight in the upcoming film Spinning Gold.

MARAUDA w/ Executioner

The Canopy Club // $19-29 adv , $30 door //  9 p.m.

“Urbana, the Rage Room calls upon you, release your inner hellhound, embrace your inner fury, spill your blood” invites Australian bass music producer and DJ Hamish Prasad (known as MARAUDA). MARAUDA is a national touring act and specializes in the EDM sub-genres tearout, deathstep, dubstep, riddim and melodic dubstep.

Friday, April 7th

Dallas Ugly band members Libby Weitnauer on the left looking off into the distance, Eli Broxham center, staring into the camera and Owen Burton on the right staring off into the distance.
Dallas Ugly

Editor’s Pick: Dallas Ugly

The Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 suggested cover // 8:30 p.m.

Dallas Ugly’s music combines mellow electric guitar and pedal steel with soaring fiddle and heartfelt vocals to create a unique sound that evokes an old-school country version of lofi hip hop radio. Their debut album, “Watch Me Learn,” explores the missed adventures and misadventures of life in your early twenties, and the band hopes that it will evoke an emotional response and help people reconnect with old friends.


The Canopy Club (Big Room) // $16-20 adv , $25 door // 9 p.m.

Whethan is a Chicago-born and Los Angeles-based artist/producer known for his cutting-edge style that blends dance floor-ready electronic synths with alternative experimentation and three-dimensional pop expanse. He has collaborated with popular artists such as Charli XCX, Dua Lipa, and Portugal The Man, and has performed at major festivals such as Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and Coachella.

Saturday, April 8th

Bristle, Blind Adam and the Federal League, The Auctions, Micah Schnabel, Matty Till Dawn

The Space // $7 adv // 7 p.m.

Five acts invade brand new venue, The Space, on Saturday night. Headliner Bristle is a power pop punk rock trio with alternative, grungy styles, founded by Bassist Sticks who has been a fixture in the Boston and West Coast rock scenes since the 80s. Their music combines Sticks’ library of prolific writing with the collaboration of the trio, resulting in songs that tell compelling stories with dynamic energy and sensitivity that connect with the souls of the young at heart.

Editor’s Pick: Backyard Tire Fire, w/ Matthew Curry 

The Castle Theatre // $20 // 8 p.m.

Backyard Tire Fire is a Midwestern guitar rock band that radiates passion and joy in their music, infusing it with crisp guitar tones, tight harmonies, and pointed lyrics. The band’s experience touring the USA and recording in the early 2000s informs the present-day energy of their tunes. Backyard Tire Fire has performed at Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL, Alternating Currents in Davenport, IA and Black Dirt Music Festival in Bloomington, IL.  

Sunday, April 9th

The Kurt Reeder ORGANization

The Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 suggested cover // 7  p.m. 

Kurt Reeder, local master of the Hammond B3 keyboard, has put together a collective of some of the best keys players in the area to form a keyboard super group that might have more talent than the Rose Bowl stage can hold. Come check out this new organ collective playing “classic, hard-hitting, hard-bop organ soul jazz” and everything in between.

Music Editor

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