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The Overture: February 13-19

Peter Noone performs on stage, holding the microphone in front of a red and black background.
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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, February 13th

Lukas Ligeti, Jason Finkelman, Stefen Robinson, and Joy Yang

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5:30 p.m.

Austrian-American composer, drummer, and improviser Lukas Ligeti is joined by three incredible improvisers for a night of unpredictable, exciting music.

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, February 14th

Nancy Livingston Quartet

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Nancy Livingston brings you a night of Valentine’s jazz with Kurt Reeder, Sam Olson, and Max Osawa.

Hobnob String Band

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7:30 p.m.

Hobnob String Band brings you some great acoustic music, from blues to bluegrass and other styles. Catch some great harmonies, and of course some wonderful fingerpicking.

WEDNESDAY, February 15th

Andrew Binder’s Conspiracy Deliracy

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Bassist Andrew Binder brings original jazz compositions that are inspired by popular conspiracy theories. 

Musician Lukas Ligeti stands in front of a white studio backdrop. He wears a colorful button up shirt, and looks to his left.
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Lukas Ligeti

Smith Memorial Hall // free // 7:30 p.m.

In case you missed Ligeti on Monday at Rose Bowl, he’ll be performing on Wednesday alongside hornist Bernhard Scully, and guest artists Katy Ambrose and Sadie Glass, as well as chamber pieces by Caleb Liddell and Arun Chandra

THURSDAY, February 16th

The Corn Flakes

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

The Corn Flakes play songs about “trucks, trains, and farmers” and this is sure to be a great night of country and folk. 

Prairie Sharks

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7:30 p.m.

Father and son duo of Tim Horger and Frank Horger bring their band to Rose Bowl, playing original and classic blues, country, R&B, and more. 

FRIDAY, February 17th

Jeff Helgesen Quintet

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Local trumpet guru Jeff Helgesen performs at the Rose Bowl with his stellar quintet, bringing you hard bop of the 1960s. 

Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone

The Virginia Theatre // $39.50+ // 6:30 p.m.

The legendary Peter Noone stops by with Herman’s Hermits, known for hits “I’m Into Something Good” and “I’m Henry VIII, I Am.”

Four piece band Mungion sits on a leather sofa, arms around each other, smiling into the camera.
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Mungion, Lowdown Brass Band, Afro D & Global Soundwaves

Canopy Club // $10 // 7 p.m.

Mungion blends jazz, funk, bluegrass, classical, and more. They’re joined by fellow Chicago band Lowdown Brass Band, as well as C-U funk band Afro D & Global Soundwaves.

Dalton Halls Band

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8:30 p.m.

Soul, funk, jazz, and hip-hop is what Dalton Halls Band has to offer this Thursday at Rose Bowl. Come dance and hangout. 

SATURDAY, February 18th

Hot Iron String Band

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 3 p.m.

Bluegrass group Hot Iron String Band performs as part of the Central Illinois Young Farmers Coalition Disaster Relief Fundraiser.

Ms. Jones If Ya Nasty, Bum Rush, Daisy Chain, Romantica, Sweet Hudson and the Rotunds

Independent Media Center // free // 7 p.m.

Pizza FM hosts this fundraiser for Books to Prisoners, with a killer lineup of artists.

Doublewide Blues Band

One-Ts Cornerpocket // free // 9 p.m.

Blues, southern rock, and soul from a great lineup of talented musicians.

SUNDAY, February 19th

Church Street Ramblers

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 3 p.m.

Playing jazz from the early 20th century, Church Street Ramblers will get the toes tapping, with songs by legends such as Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, and other greats.

A black and white portrait of Aizuri. They stand in front of a studio backdrop, they have serious looks on their faces.
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Aizuri Quartet

Krannert Center // $56 // 3 p.m.

This incredible Grammy nominated quartet has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, opened for and performed with Wilco in five performances at New York City’s United Palace, and have been featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Black Sacred Music Symposium

Smith Memorial Hall // $15 // 4 p.m.

The University of Illinois Black Chorus brings their second in-person performance of the 22-23 season.

Nick’s Country Jam

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 6 p.m.

An open mic of sorts, Nicholas Stine invites folks to get on stage and perform folk, country, and more. 

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