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The Overture: February 6-12

A light skin Black woman poses while holding a large portion of her long, braided hair in her right hand. She is wearing a black top with spaghetti straps and a reddish patterned bandana on her head. Her hair is long braids.The lighting is red and black.
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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 6th

Improvisers Exchange

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5:30 p.m.

Led by Jason Finkelman, Improvisers Exchange is an initiative to bring together U of I students and community members to practice improvised 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 7th


Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Featuring Chip Stephens on piano, Joel Spencer on drums, and Larry Gray on bass, this jazz trio will keep you entertained all night long.

WEDNESDAY, February 8th

University of Illinois Combo: Jazz Band 3

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

The jazz continues at Rose Bowl with one of the many jazz combos made up of U of I students.

Musician Emily How on stage performing for a crowd. The bassist, guitarist, and drummer are all men. A thin, blonde woman wearing a black dress is in the middle of the stage singing into a microphone. Her left arm is raised. The crowd is in front of the stage.
Emily How on Facebook

Summer Camp: On the Road

Canopy Club // $7 // 7 p.m.

Chuck’s Papas, Drew Cagle & The Reputation, Emily How, Josh Spinner and the BELZ, NoRobot, Sixth Street Brass all compete for a chance to perform at Summer Camp Music Festival.

THURSDAY, February 9th

Black Eyed Lillies

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Bringing together a mix of Americana, blues, and folk, Black Eyed Lillies are sure to keep you entertained with some great guitar playing and wonderful vocals.

Ian Shepherd and Friends

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 p.m.

Drummer Ian Shepherd teams up with other talented local musicians to bring you a great evening of jazz, blues, funk, and rock.

FRIDAY, February 10th

Erik Lund’s Jazz Friends

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

A tuneful Friday night provided by Jazz Friends, a group made up of Erik Lund on trombone, Jeff Helgesen on trumpet, George Turner on guitar, Emma Taylor on bass, and Ricardo Flores on drums. 

Bandits on the Run posed for the camera. A Black woman and two white women are in a triangular formation, with two people seated and one person standing behind the two. The two seated women have their arms extended and are laughing, and the blonde woman standing is smiling and looking into the camera.
Bandits On The Run on Facebook

Bandits On The Run, Emily the Band, Patty Pershayla

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 p.m.

Brooklyn-based folk trio Bandits On The Run take the stage at Rose Bowl, with support from indie folk/pop group Emily the Band and Nashville singer Patty Pershayla.

A Hundred Drums

Canopy Club // $10 // 9 p.m.

Dance/electronic artist A Hundred Drums brings the party to Canopy Club, with support from DEX, Decon, Klozure, & Mr. Pink.

SATURDAY, February 11th

Peter Tijerina Quintet

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 3 p.m.

Trombonist Peter Tijerina brings his quintet to the Rose Bowl to some classic and modern jazz tunes. 

Rory Book and the Volumes

Loose Cobra // donation encouraged // 5 p.m.

Folk and roots group Rory Book and the Volumes head to Loose Cobra for a night of great music.

A Latin Valentine

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

The Latin American Ensemble led by Guido Sánchez-Portuguez takes you on a romantic journey through Latin America.

Carnivale Debauche: Heartstrings & Heartbreakers

Rose Bowl Tavern // $20+ // 8 p.m.

A wonderful burlesque show from Carnivale Debauche, with musical support from Bruiser Queen closing out the evening.

Super Fun Vinyl Time

Bentley’s Pub // free // 10 p.m.

An array of DJs will be spinning tunes throughout the night.

SUNDAY, February 12th

Matthew Miller

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 2 p.m.

This is Miller’s 2nd recital in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Doctor in Musical Arts degree in Jazz Performance at UIUC. He’ll be on vibraphone with help from James Mauck on drums and Ben Taylor on bass.

The Painkiller Blues Band

Alto Vineyards // free // 2 p.m.

The Painkiller Blues Band will be playing a mix of traditional and original tunes this Sunday, with vocalist Dawn Clark.

Bella White standing outdoors among trees. She is a thin, white woman with reddish hair. The photo is blurry to create an atmospheric effect. She wears a light blue quilted coat and uses her right hand to hold the collar of her jacket.
Bella White on Facebook

Bella White

Rose Bowl Tavern // $12 adv, $15 door // 7 p.m.

Canadian singer-songwriter Bella White brings her folk and bluegrass influences to Rose Bowl, with a supporting act to be announced.

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