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The Overture: August 7-13

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The Avett Brothers

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, August 7th

Jason Finkelman presents Improvisers Exchange

Rosebowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5:30 p.m.

Kick off your month with Improviser’s Exchange, a unique exploration of omni-idiomatic improvised music led by Jason Finkelman. Happening every first Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the event offers a platform for University of Illinois ensemble members and other improvising artists from near and far to present their skills. No cover charge, but tips are always appreciated.

The Urbana Hootenanny

Rosebowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 8 p.m.

Every Monday at the Rose Bowl, come hang out with some great musicians. The Urbana Hootenanny is an open mic meets song-share. You can expect a variety of music and performers.

Tuesday, August 8th

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Sara Siders on Facebook


Rosebowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5 p.m.

Brace yourself for the musical force of Sass Siders, who will be owning the whole block as she performs on the Rose Bowl patio for Happy Hour. 

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Gloria Roubal’s Writers in the Round ft. Jill Greenlee, Anthony Gravino, and Joe Asselin

Rosebowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 7:30 p.m.

Rose Bowl Tavern hosts a unique musical experience with songwriters Jill Greenlee, Anthony Gravino, Joe Asselin, and host Gloria Roubal, as they take turns playing songs and adding spontaneous harmonies or guitar embellishments on each other’s music. A splendid event for music lovers and a valuable networking tool for artists, your suggested donation will support these creative writers.

Wednesday, August 9th

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Matthew Miller Trio on Facebook

The Matthew Miller Latin Jazz Trio

Rosebowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5 p.m.

Immerse yourself in a vibrant fusion of jazz and traditional Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music, performed by the Matthew Miller Latin Jazz Trio on Wednesday, August 9th from 5 to 7 p.m. With Matthew Miller on vibraphone, Ben Taylor on bass, and Brant Roberts on congas/percussion, the trio interprets jazz repertoire through guaguanco, samba, bolero, cha cha, and other distinctive styles.

Thursday, August 10th

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Merry Travelers Duo on Facebook

American Americana Happy Hour featuring Merry Travelers Duo

Rosebowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5 p.m.

Merry Travelers unplug and pair down to two as they entertain their home crowd with groovy tunes and cool vibes.

James Jones and the Tri Tones

Rosebowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 8 p.m.

James Jones, Mitchell Killough, Justin Simmons, and JD Dye will have you in the groove all night.

Friday, August 11th

A 3 piece band playing outdoors
Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live

Downtown Champaign // Free // 6 p.m.

Enjoy Downtown Champaign every Friday from June through August for 40 North’s Friday Night Live, a free public performance series. Experience a diverse mix of music genres like bluegrass, jazz, folk, soul, rock, country, and blues, along with unique street performances and weekly kids’ activities, all thanks to the generosity of Pour Bros. Craft Taproom, Busey Bank, the City of Champaign, and the support of Champaign Center Partnership. Check their Facebook page for lineups close to the day of the event.

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Village People with special guests The Family Stone

Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater // $8 to $45 // 7 p.m.

Take a trip back to half a century ago when you were wearing bell bottoms and going to discos, and drown in the nostalgia of these two huge ’70s acts.

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Emma Taylor

Emma Taylor Quintet

Rosebowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5 p.m.

Bassist Emma Taylor leads her group of jazz musicians through an exciting night of tunes. 

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Decadents – Lost in Translation

Decadents Album Release Party

Rosebowl Tavern // $15 suggested donation // 8:30 p.m.

Local rockers Decadents are celebrating the release of their new album, Lost in Translation. The new album will be available on all streaming platforms and physical copies of the album will be available for purchase at the show.

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Joe Stamm Band with Jake Stringer

The Castle Theater // $12.50 // 8 p.m.

Immerse yourself in a distinct blend of storytelling and signature Black Dirt Country Rock sound with the Joe Stamm Band, named Peacemaker Fest’s 2023 “Emerging Artist of the Year.” Their sound, deeply rooted in Midwestern culture and influenced by the Red Dirt music scene, has culminated in several album releases, including the acclaimed “Wild Man” just released this month.

Saturday, August 12th

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Los Guapos

Rosebowl Tavern // $10 suggested donation // noon

Get funky along with the bongos in Los Guapos during the Rose Bowl Tavern After Market series on the patio.

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Hog Bowl 4

Rosebowl Tavern // free // 3 p.m.

Get ready for another Rose Bowl/Hogchute collab, all day and night at Rose Bowl Tavern. Here is the lineup:

3 p.m.  – The Recliners (Patsy Cline tribute)
4:10 p.m.  – Big Daddy Pride (solo)
5:20 p.m.  – Rory Book & The Volumes
6:20 p.m.  – Colonel James presents
7:20 p.m.  – Emily Anne Band
8:30 p.m.  – Nick Gusman & The Coyotes
9:50 p.m.  – Wild Earp & The Free For Alls
11:15 p.m.  – ??-  JEMM

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EDITOR’S PICK: Half House Studios presents Just for the Girls

The Canopy Club // $10 advance and $15 at the door // 8:30 p.m.

Girls just wanna have fun at The Canopy Club Saturday night. This special event is  hosted by Half House in honor of our manager’s birthday, featuring a stellar line-up of local female talents including Jules Rose, Annimal, Billi Fox, BreAmore, and Nayiaa Official, along with some special guests. This event aims to celebrate and showcase the talented women in our C-U area music scene, traditionally a male-dominated space.

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EDITOR’S PICK: The Avett Brothers

State Farm Center // $60.25 to $102.25 // 7:30 p.m.

All the way from North Carolina, indie rock icons The Avett Brothers, an American folk rock band, will be performing at the State Farm Center on Saturday, August 12th. This is a great opportunity to experience their unique blend of bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, indie rock, honky-tonk, and ragtime live. 

William Fitzsimmons, Cody Nicolas, Elijah Settles at The Front Porch

Jim’s Front Porch (Sidney, IL) // free // 7 p.m

Bring a chair and a beverage to enjoy an amazing show on the porch of Jim’s civil war-era house. All are welcome. The address is 1798 County Road 700 N, Sidney, IL.

Sunday, August 13th

Squeezebox Sunday

Rosebowl Tavern // $20 to $25 suggested donation // 4 p.m.

Squeezebox Sunday! is a fundraiser for CU Folk and Roots Festival.

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