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The Overture: February 26 – March 3

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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 25th

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Chelsea Guo

Chelsea Guo, soprano and piano

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $5 to $90 // 7:30 p.m.

Chelsea Guo, a 2022 Young Concert Artists winner with exceptional talents as both a pianist and soprano, will perform a diverse and emotive program that highlights her dual artistry. The concert will feature pieces by Brahms, Clara Schumann, and Rachmaninoff, including both piano works and vocal performances, showcasing her versatility and depth of musical expression.

Monday, February 26th

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Tigre Reale (Silent film)

Lincoln Hall Theater // free // 7 p.m.

Experience the fusion of classic cinema and live jazz at the silent film screening of “Tigre Reale” (1916), accompanied by Italy’s renowned jazz musicians Stefano Maccagno (piano) and Furio Di Castri (double bass). This unique event, free and open to the public, promises an unforgettable evening at Lincoln Hall Theater.

The Urbana Hootenanny

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

The Urbana Hootenanny continues its tradition of inviting musicians for a communal night of folk music. It’s a vibrant gathering for sharing tunes and tales.

Tuesday, February 27th

Jim Pugh Quartet

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

Enjoy an early evening of jazz with the Jim Pugh Quartet, bringing sophisticated harmonies and smooth jazz tunes to the Rose Bowl Tavern.

Wednesday, February 28th

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Vine Street Syncopaters

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

Step back in time with the Vine Street Syncopaters for an evening of lively traditional jazz, perfect for swing dancers and jazz lovers alike.

Jazz Jam

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 10 p.m.

The Jazz Jam session invites local musicians to collaborate in a spontaneous celebration of jazz, offering a late-night showcase of talent and improvisation.

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University of Illinois Philharmonia Orchestra

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

Under the batons of Matthew Christopher Shepard and assistant conductor Hannah Reitz, the University of Illinois Philharmonia Orchestra (UIPO), featuring clarinetist Iura de Rezende, will present a captivating evening of classical music. The program includes Wojciech Kilar’s “Orawa,” W. A. Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, and Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B Minor (“Unfinished”), showcasing the orchestra’s diverse talent and the rich tapestry of major literature spanning four centuries.

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Black History Month: ANCHOR: The Music, the Message, and the Movement of Black American Artists

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

A special presentation celebrating Black History Month through music, message, and movement, highlighting the contributions of Black American artists to the cultural landscape.

Canopy Club Discover: The Almas

Canopy Club // $15 // 7:30 p.m.

The Almas, a hard rock band from New Munster, Wisconsin, known for their energetic performances and compelling music, are set to headline the Discover series at The Canopy Club, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the show starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 22nd, 2024. This event promises an unforgettable night of rock music, supported by the local talent of Ancient Ways, making it an ideal opportunity for fans to explore and add new favorites to their playlists.

Thursday, February 29th

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Americana Happy Hour featuring Dakota Danielle

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

Dakota Danielle brings her unique blend of country and Americana to the Americana Happy Hour, promising a soulful and melodic performance to kick off the evening.

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Krannert Center Uncorked with Nadirah Shakoor

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

Relax and unwind with Nadirah Shakoor at Krannert Center Uncorked, where her soulful voice and heartfelt performance will provide a perfect midweek escape.

University of Illinois Wind Orchestra and Hindsley Band

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

Experience the powerful sounds of the University of Illinois Wind Orchestra and Hindsley Band as they perform a dynamic range of wind ensemble music.

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Afro D and Special Guests

Gallery Art Bar // free // 7:30 p.m.

Afro D and Special Guests offer an evening of eclectic music that crosses boundaries, promising a performance filled with energy and diversity.

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Three Dog Night

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts // $49 // 7:30 p.m.

Legendary rock band Three Dog Night brings their iconic hits to the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, offering a night of nostalgia and timeless music.

Solshine Reverie: On the Road (Battle of the Bands)

Canopy Club // $10-$12 // 7:30 p.m.

The SolShine Reverie: On The Road will feature a competition among local artists including 404, Femi Ishola, Half House, The Hangovers, Mr. Pink, Quantum, Sitrus Sol and Vorborg, with a special performance by Trouble Chasin’. This event offers attendees an opportunity to vote for their favorite performers, potentially influencing the lineup for SolShine Reverie 2024, and a chance to win a 3-Day GA Pass to the festival.

Friday, March 1st

Jordan Kaye’s Django Wrangle

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

Jordan Kaye’s Django Wrangle offers a tribute to Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz, bringing together local musicians for a spirited performance.

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EDITOR’S PICK: Safety? Always Off with Dead Foot and Manifest West

The Space // $10 // 8 p.m.

Dive into the local music scene with Safety? Always Off, Dead Foot, and Manifest West for a night of high-energy performances that promise to electrify The Space.

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Tom Grassman Band

Boomerang’s // free // 7 p.m.

Tom Grassman Band takes the stage at Boomerang’s, delivering a blend of blues, rock, and soul that’s guaranteed to entertain.

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Joel Honey

Pour Brothers // free // 8 p.m.

Spend an evening with Joel Honey at Pour Brothers, where his acoustic set will provide the perfect backdrop for a night out.

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Canopy Club // $15 to $30 // 9 p.m.

SubDocta brings his signature “West Coast Wobble,” to the Canopy Club, a unique blend of dubstep and hybrid beats that pay homage to his Reno, Nevada roots. Joining the “Left For Dead Tour” and accompanied by talents like Wookalow, Spinion, and Mr. Pink, the evening promises an immersive experience in bass music with SubDocta’s trailblazing sound.

New Twang City

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

New Twang City brings their country and Americana sound to the Rose Bowl Tavern, offering a night of storytelling through music.

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Billy Galt

Huber’s West End Store // free // 7 pm

Blues guitarist Billy Galt delivers a soulful performance at Huber’s West End Store, showcasing his skills and deep blues repertoire.

Saturday, March 2nd

Improvisers Exchange: Sonic Location

Krannert Art Museum // free // 1 PM

Explore the boundaries of sound and space in this unique performance, part of the Improvisers Exchange series.

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Robin and the Toad

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

A dynamic band bringing folk and blues to life with their heartfelt performances.

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The Coneflowers: Music Performance for Women’s History Month

Urbana Free Library // free // 3 p.m.

Celebrate Women’s History Month with the enchanting harmonies of The Coneflowers.

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Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $10 to $70 // 7:30 p.m.

Experience the majestic sounds of one of Bulgaria’s foremost orchestras in a night of classical music brilliance.

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Girls Next Door a capella

Canopy Club // $6 to $10 // 7 p.m.

The University of Illinois’ premier female a cappella group, Girls Next Door, brings their compelling and dynamic performances to The Canopy Club. With a repertoire spanning nearly every genre, these thirteen passionate women promise an evening that is both captivating and diverse, appealing to audiences of all ages.

Sammy & The Coaltraine

Huber’s West End Store // free // 7 pm

Dive into the world of blues and rock with Sammy & The Coaltraine’s electrifying performance.

James Jones Trio

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

Enjoy an evening with the James Jones Trio, offering a mix of jazz standards and original compositions.

Sunday, March 3rd

Parkland Chamber Singers and Guitar Ensemble

► McKinley Memorial Presbyterian Church // free // 3 p.m.

A beautiful blend of vocal and guitar music presented by Parkland’s talented ensembles and others. The concert will feature performances by Chamber Singers, Amasong, Unitarian Universalists Choir, CrUUners, McKinley Presbyterian Church Choir and the Guitar Ensemble from Parkland.

A Joint Concert by the Parkland Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Concert Band

Parkland College (U-wing Cafeteria) // free // 3 p.m.

A collaborative performance showcasing the diverse talents of Parkland College’s music department.

Concerto Urbano Spring Concert

Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall // free // 4 p.m.

An afternoon concert featuring a mix of classical and contemporary pieces.

Spring Voice Area Opera

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

Experience the power and beauty of opera with performances by talented vocalists.

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Poundgame Addison, Mousepad, IamLostTwo, and Billi Foxx

The Space // $10 // 7 p.m.

A night of vibrant hip-hop and rap, featuring a lineup of emerging talents.

EDITOR’S PICK: Inzo Visionquest Tour

The Canopy Club // $18 to $25 // 7 p.m.

INZO, the Chicago-based electronic music producer and DJ, will bring his intricate piano melodies and sophisticated percussion to The Canopy Club in Urbana on Sunday, March 3rd. Fans can anticipate a transcendental evening with the “VISIONQUEST” show, offering an aural journey through INZO’s celebrated tracks like “Overthinker,” alongside Moore Kismet, Blookah, and Lhasa Petik.

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