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The Overture: February 27-March 5

Lang Lang stands on stage in front of a grand piano, he holds his right hand over his heart, and looks out to the crowd.
Lang Lang on Facebook

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 27th

The Noah Brooks Coalition

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

Aiming to create “pop music presented in a traditional jazz setting,” the Noah Brooks Coalition will entertain fans of all genres of 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. 

The Painkiller Blues Band

WEFT Sessions // free // 10 p.m.

Tune in to WEFT 90.1 FM to hear the Painkiller Blues Band play some tasty blues tunes.

TUESDAY, February 28th

University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

One of the U of I’s many jazz bands, the Concert Jazz Band is a big band led by Chip McNeill.

WEDNESDAY, March 1st

Chip McNeill Quartet

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Saxophonist Chip McNeill returns to bang out the tunes with his quartet.

DJ Kayzo stands in front of an orange studio backdrop, he holds the chain around his neck, and looks off in the distance.
Kayzo on Facebook


Canopy Club // $19+ // 8 p.m.

Electronic DJ Kayzo hits the Canopy Club stage with support from LAYZ and Automhate.

THURSDAY, March 2nd

Jose Agusti

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Jose Agusti brings retro and modern Americana with a side of pop. 

Dr0psy Trio

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 p.m.

James Mauck on drums, Mitchell Killough on bass, Mark White on guitar. They bring blues, funk, jazz, soul, rock, and more with covers and originals.

FRIDAY, March 3rd

Billy Galt

Hubers // free // 7 p.m.

Billy Galt returns to Huber’s to play some great blues.

Lang Lang

Krannert Center // $65 // 7:30 p.m.

I’m so bummed I didn’t snag tickets for this concert. Lang Lang is incomparable on piano and is incredibly expressive in his playing. There is currently a waiting list for tickets for this show.

SATURDAY, March 4th

The Human Rites trio stands in front of a green, leafy backdrop outside, and smile for the camera.
The Human Rites Trio on Facebook

Human Rites Trio

Krannert Art Museum // free // 1 p.m.

Another entry into the Sudden Sound concert series sees Human Rites Trio taking the stage at Krannert Art Museum, playing avant-garde, improvised music.

Rev. Robert and The Rhumba Bums

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 2 p.m.

Bringing a vast array of musical styles and influences, blues guitarist Reverand Robert brings rhythm and a great acoustic sound to the Rose Bowl. 

Magnificent Musical Pilgrimage

Parkland College // free // 3 p.m.

Go on a musical journey on Saturday afternoon with the Parkland College Chamber Singers and Guitar Ensemble.

Caleb Cook Band

Huber’s // free // 7 p.m.

The Caleb Cook Band will be providing some outlaw country over at Huber’s this weekend.

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra

►Krannert Center // $40 // 7:30 p.m.

The CU Symphony Orchestra plays Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the help of some talented vocal soloists.

Miles Nielsen and his bandmates pose in front of what looks like the side of a semi truck. They look into the camera with serious looks on their faces.
Miles Nielsen on Facebook

Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 adv, $15 door // 8 p.m.

The Rusted Hearts are led by Miles Nielsen (son of Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen) and this band is known for crafting great tunes, wonderful four-part harmonies, and being a very tight live band. Opening the night up is Big Daddy Pride and the East Side Five.

DJ Grapes

Bentley’s Pub // free // 10 p.m.

DJ Grapes spins some funk, soul, reggae, hip-hop and dancehall at Bentley’s Pub.

SUNDAY, March 5th

The Goldman-Lewis-Olson Trio

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 4 p.m.

This trio (aka The GLO Trio) is a new group, made up of Ben Goldman, Reggie Lewis, and Sam Olson.


Urbana Independent Media Center // free // 6:30 p.m.

Hip-hop artist Kao Ra Zen, 3Arts multidisciplinary artist A.J. McClenon, and Urbana poet laureate and dancer Ja Nelle Davenport-Pleasure re-interpret and re-present Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and Sal Martirano’s 1967 antiwar classic, L’sGA.

Space Port

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7 p.m.

A big ole lineup of local jazz greats, Space Port brings jazz fusion with some funk mixed in as well.

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