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The Overture: January 22-28

Branford Marsalis, a Black man is seated, wearing a well-tailored, grey plaid suit with a white shirt underneath. They are also wearing a dark tie that features an intricate red pattern.Their hands are clasped together in front of them. The background is plain and light-colored, putting focus on the individual. The individual’s arms are crossed or hands together, suggesting they might be in mid-conversation or contemplation.
Branford Marsalis

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, January 22nd

Guitarist, singer and upright bass player posing outdoors in front of some trees.
The Jaybirds on Facebook

The Jaybirds

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5:30 p.m.
The Jaybirds bring their dynamic bluegrass sound to Rose Bowl Tavern. Known for their energetic performances, this group promises a toe-tapping evening.

The Urbana Hootenanny

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 8 p.m.
The Urbana Hootenanny offers a vibrant mix of folk and acoustic music, making for an engaging evening at the Rose Bowl Tavern.

Tuesday, January 23rd


Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5 p.m.
TromBari, known for their unique blend of jazz and brass music, will be set to deliver an  evening of dynamic rhythms and soulful melodies, perfect for jazz enthusiasts.

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Ten Ten Creative

JOSEPH with Sister

The Castle Theatre // $30.00-$130.00 // 7:30 p.m.
Indie folk band JOSEPH, accompanied by the harmonious Sister, is set to enchant the audience at The Castle Theatre. Their performance is expected to be a heartfelt journey through indie folk music, showcasing their impeccable vocal harmonies.

Wednesday, January 24th

Vine Street Syncopators

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5 p.m.
The Vine Street Syncopators bring their lively jazz tunes to the Rose Bowl Tavern. 

J.Y.N. (Just Your Name) with Bittersweet Live

The Canopy Club // $12 to $15 // 8 p.m.
J.Y.N. is fronted by Jin Lee, a Korean-American singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Chicago, known for his single “Hard to Love Reflections”, which he created in his bedroom at age 17. 

United States Air Force Band

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts // free (see details) // 7:30 p.m.
The United States Air Force Band promises a patriotic and inspiring musical showcase at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Thursday, January 25th

Americana Happy Hour ft. Jake & Mikayla

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5 p.m.
Experience a soothing evening with Jake & Mikayla at the Americana Happy Hour. Their folk and Americana tunes are perfect for a relaxed atmosphere.

Shannon Hayden

Editor’s Pick: A Journey Through Neoclassical Soundscapes with Shannon Hayden

Illini Courtyard Cafe // free // 7 p.m.
Experience the innovative fusion of classical and modern music as Shannon Hayden, a Central Illinois native, performs at the Illini Courtyard Cafe on January 25th. This University of Illinois School of Music presentation will highlight Hayden’s unique blend of string arrangements and electronic experimentation, showcasing her virtuosity in creating a captivating musical narrative.

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Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $10 to $100 // 7:30 p.m.
Join two of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of their generation, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, for an intimate evening of music and stories at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see these two Grammy-winning artists perform together on stage, sharing songs from their vast catalogs and their friendship.

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Spafford on Facebook


The Castle Theatre // $25.00 // 8:00 p.m.
Spafford is a jam band that blends rock, funk, jazz, reggae, and electro-pop to create a unique musical experience. Their improvisational style is fun for audience members and band members alike.

Four musicians are on stage, bathed in bright lights and surrounded by a cloud of smoke. The individual on the far left is clad in a dark outfit, strumming an electric guitar. Next to them, another musician, also in dark attire, is positioned behind a drum set. On the right, two more guitarists are present; one is attired in a light-colored jacket paired with dark pants, and the other is dressed in a dark outfit. They are all performing in front of a backdrop that boldly displays the text “MANIFEST WEST”, amidst an enthusiastic crowd.
Manifest West

Manifest West with S’appelle

The Canopy Club // $10 to $12 // 9 p.m.
Manifest West is set to play The Canopy Club to celebrate the debut of their new 7-track EP, I Just Feel Nothing at All, during a captivating live performance on Thursday evening. The night begins with S’appelle as the opening act, promising an evening filled with fresh tracks.

Friday, January 26th

Chip Stephens Organ Trio

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5 p.m.
The Chip Stephens Organ Trio, known for their jazz excellence, will perform at the Rose Bowl Tavern. Their music is both soulful and invigorating.

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Clayton Burke on Facebook
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Blue Velvet Couch Series at Gallery Art Bar

Blue Velvet Couch Series

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

Dive into the heart of musical storytelling at Gallery Art Bar’s “Blue Velvet Couch Series,” launching this Friday, January 26th. Experience the emotive and diverse talents of Emily Anne, Fiona Kimble, Emily How, and Paul Kotheimer in an intimate setting, where each song becomes a personal narrative against Urbana’s rich artistic backdrop.

3 members of the band Bristle performing onstage.
Bristle on Facebook

Bristle with The Vaudevillians

The Space // free (reserve a spot) // 8 p.m.
Experience an electrifying night of music at The Space in Champaign, as local favorites Bristle bring their dynamic blend of power pop punk to the stage on Friday. Joining them are The Vaudevillians, promising a show filled with high-energy performances and unforgettable entertainment.

Clayton Burke Band with Hunter Peebles & The Moonlighters

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 to $15 suggested cover // 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy a night of country and folk with the Clayton Burke Band, joined by Hunter Peebles & The Moonlighters at the Rose Bowl Tavern.

5 members of Caleb Cook band in a dark room with a string of lights in front of a red curtain in the background
Caleb Cook Band

Caleb Cook Band

Huber’s West End Store // free // 7 p.m.
The Caleb Cook Band brings their unique country flair to Huber’s West End Store. A perfect evening for those who love heartfelt country music.

Saturday, January 27th

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Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons

Rose Bowl Tavern // $15 to $30 // 4 p.m.
Dom Flemons, known as the “American Songster,” brings his multi-instrumental genius to the Rose Bowl Tavern. His performance is a deep dive into the roots of American music.

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Branford Marsalis

EDITOR’S PICK: An Evening with Branford Marsalis

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $10 to $90 // 7:30 p.m.
Branford Marsalis, a legendary figure in jazz, offers an evening of extraordinary music at Krannert Center. His saxophone mastery is simply unparalleled.

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Terminus Victor on Facebook

Terminus Victor with Rory Book & the Volumes and Gonzo Diablo

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 cover // 8:30 p.m.
Terminus Victor, along with Rory Book & the Volumes and Gonzo Diablo, promises an electrifying rock experience at the Rose Bowl Tavern. T-Vic will be playing songs off their brand new album, Everending as well as older tunes.

Anika Emily and Jake Fava

Huber’s West End Store // free // 7 p.m.
Anika Emily and Jake Fava offer a cozy acoustic evening at Huber’s West End Store. Their performance is a blend of soulful vocals and beautiful guitar work.

Sunday, January 28th

Church Street Ramblers

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 4 p.m.
The Church Street Ramblers bring their traditional folk and bluegrass music to the Rose Bowl Tavern for a delightful Sunday afternoon.

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James Maucks Forebeat on Facebook


Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5:30 p.m.
James Mauck’s Forebeat offers a unique fusion of music and rhythm that will enthrall as well as entertain.

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