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The Overture: January 29 – February 4

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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, January 29th

The Urbana Hootenanny

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

A long-standing Urbana tradition, this event at the Rose Bowl Tavern is a weekly open jam session where musicians share songs in a collaborative atmosphere, fostering community and musical exchange.

Tuesday, January 30th

Justin Dyar Quintet

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

Experience the smooth and soulful jazz tunes of the Justin Dyar Quintet. Their performance at the Rose Bowl Tavern is sure to offer an evening of sophisticated musical delight.

An Evening of Warren Zevon

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

Enjoy a tribute to the legendary Warren Zevon at the Rose Bowl Tavern. This evening features classic hits and deep cuts, celebrating the enduring legacy of a music icon.

Faculty Recital – Larry Gray, Double Bass

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

Join Larry Gray for a faculty recital at Smith Memorial Hall. This free event showcases the profound depth and versatility of the double bass in a classical setting.

Wednesday, January 31st

The Ben Carrasquillo Project

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

The Ben Carrasquillo Project offers a refreshing blend of jazz and fusion at the Rose Bowl Tavern. Their performance is a must-see for enthusiasts of innovative and captivating jazz rhythms.

Studio Recital – Viola Students of Prof. Rudolf Haken

Auditorium, Music Building // free // 7:30 p.m.

Witness the talented viola students of Prof. Rudolf Haken in a studio recital. This free event at the Music Building Auditorium showcases the future stars of classical music.

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Discover: Samsara at the Canopy Club, with Brain Sex and WATF?

The Canopy Club // $10 to $12 // 9 p.m.

Emerging from the Champaign-Urbana DIY music scene, the band Samsara has rapidly gained momentum within a year, merging the edge of alternative punk with undertones reminiscent of 1990’s garage rock. Check out this new talent along with supporting acts Brain Sex and WATF?

Thursday, February 1st

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Garden Girl, Sunshine Scott, Taurus Hate Club

EDITOR’S PICK: Urbana Sandwich Series featuring Garden Girl, Sunshine Scott, and Taurus Hate Club

Gallery Art Bar // $10 to $15 // 7 p.m.

The Urbana Sandwich Series at the Gallery Art Bar is a unique musical experience featuring Garden Girl, Sunshine Scott, and Taurus Hate Club. Tickets are priced between $10 and $15.

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Lee Foss with Nasty Nastia, DJ Belly

► The Canopy Club // $15 to $25 // 9 p.m.

Lee Foss, along with Nasty Nastia and DJ Belly, is set to electrify The Canopy Club. The event promises a night of thrilling electronic music.

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Krannert Center Uncorked with Afro D and Global Soundwaves

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

The Krannert Center Uncorked series presents Afro D and Global Soundwaves. This free event promises an evening filled with global rhythms and engaging musical explorations.

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Paul Kotheimer on Facebook

Americana Happy Hour with Paul Kotheimer

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

Join Paul Kotheimer for an Americana Happy Hour at the Rose Bowl Tavern. Enjoy an evening of authentic Americana music filled with soulful tunes and heartfelt stories.

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John Till

Rose Bowl Tavern // $5 to $10 suggested cover // 7:30 p.m

John Till brings his unique blend of folk and blues to the Rose Bowl Tavern. With a suggested cover of $5 to $10, experience a performance that resonates with soul and authenticity.

Friday, February 2nd

Billy Galt

Huber’s // free // 7 p.m.

Enjoy a free performance by Billy Galt at Huber’s. His bluesy guitar and soulful vocals are sure to provide a memorable evening for all attendees.

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Dumbed Down, After Care, The Meantime

► The Space // $5 // 8 p.m.

The Space hosts an electrifying lineup with Dumbed Down, After Care, and The Meantime. At just $5, this event promises a night of high-energy performances and unforgettable moments.

Jordan Kaye’s Django Wrangle

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

Experience the lively gypsy jazz of Jordan Kaye’s Django Wrangle at the Rose Bowl Tavern. This performance is a must-see for fans of energetic and intricate jazz melodies.

Tim Reynolds & TR3 with Birddog

The Castle Theatre // $30.00 // 8:00 p.m.

Tim Reynolds & TR3, along with Birddog, take the stage at The Castle Theatre. Tickets are priced at $30.00 for an evening of exceptional musical craftsmanship.

Saturday, February 3rd

Annual 21st Century Piano Composition Competition Concert

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

The Annual 21st Century Piano Composition Competition Concert at the Krannert Center showcases contemporary piano compositions. Tickets range from $4 to $10 for this innovative musical experience.

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Kream with 404, Debs, DJ Tim Williams

The Canopy Club // $20 to $35 // 9 p.m.

Kream, joined by 404, Debs, and DJ Tim Williams, brings a night of dynamic electronic music to The Canopy Club. Tickets are available from $20 to $35 for this high-energy event.

The B-Sides

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 to $15 suggested donation // 3 p.m.

The B-Sides offer an afternoon of classic covers and original songs at the Rose Bowl Tavern. Enjoy their engaging performance with the convenience of tipping in the bucket.

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EDITOR’S PICK: RightHereMusic.Org Presents Ryan Necci and the Buffalo Gospel

Upper Bout // $10 // 7 p.m.

Ryan Necci and the Buffalo Gospel, presented by RightHereMusic.Org, bring their soulful country sound to Upper Bout. Don’t miss another great event from RightHereMusic.Org.

Tractor Kings with Colonel James Presents and Ant Hattie

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 to $15 suggested donation // 8:30 p.m

Tractor Kings, along with Colonel James Presents and Ant Hattie, offer an evening of eclectic indie rock at the Rose Bowl Tavern. A suggested donation of $10 to $15 supports these talented artists.

Sunday, February 4th

The Painkillers Blues Band

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 4 p.m.

The Painkillers Blues Band brings their gritty and soulful blues to the Rose Bowl Tavern. Spend your Sunday afternoon immersed in the deep grooves of blues music.

The Bluetone Drivers

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 7 p.m.

Catch The Bluetone Drivers at the Rose Bowl Tavern for an evening of classic blues and rock. Their performance is sure to energize and entertain.

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Rescheduled: Kronos Five Decades

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $10 to $70 // 5 p.m.

The rescheduled Kronos Five Decades concert at the Krannert Center celebrates the groundbreaking ensemble’s vast repertoire. Tickets range from $10 to $70 for this extraordinary musical journey.

Sunday Wine Down with Jake & Jackson

Alto Vineyards // free // 2 p.m.

Enjoy a relaxing Sunday Wine Down at Alto Vineyards with Jake & Jackson. This free event combines soothing music with a serene ambiance.

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