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The Overture: January 30-February 5

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The Cold Stares 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, January 30th

The Tumbleweeds

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5:30 p.m.

C4A’s Country music ensemble The Tumbleweeds are performing Monday night, bringing bluegrass, western swing, and country rock. 

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, January 31st

Chambana Jazz’ on Facebook

UIUC Joan Hickey Combo

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Pianist Joan Hickey leads this jazz combo of U of I students.

WEDNESDAY, February 1st

Chip McNeill Quartet

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

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

The Cold Stares, Painted Canyons

Canopy Club // $15 // 8 p.m.

Indiana rock band The Cold Stares stop by Canopy Club with the help of americana/indie rock group Painted Canyons.

THURSDAY, February 2nd

CU Folk and Roots Fest on Facebook

Folk and Roots Winter Weekend (Day One)

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Winter Weekend kicks off with some wonderful acts, including Ashley Riley, Bandoneon Massacre, and Occasional Cajun Band.

Rest Lab Sound & Light

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Krannert Art Museum, Urbana Dance Company, and artist Matt Harsh create an immersive relaxing space to chill, with music from twoleggedzoo.

FRIDAY, February 3rd

Folk and Roots Winter Weekend (Day Two)

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Day two of Winter Weekend includes Tunewrangler, New Missouri Fox Hunters, and Rory Book and The Volumes.

DJ Tim Williams

Bentley’s Pub // free // 9 p.m.

DJ Tim Williams brings the party to Bentley’s, so come ready to start your weekend with some dancing.

SATURDAY, February 4th

Folk and Roots Winter Weekend (Day Three)

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 2 p.m.

Winter Weekend comes to a close with Occasional Cajun Band, River Valley Rangers, Papashoy Klezmer Band, and the Woke Mountain Boys.

Doublewide Blues Band

One-Ts Cornerpocket // free // 9 p.m.

Blues, southern rock, and soul from a great lineup of talented musicians.

SUNDAY, February 5th

The Blues Deacons

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7 p.m.

The blues outfit The Blues Deacons bring some tasty licks to Rose Bowl Tavern on Sunday night.

House of Blues Anaheim

Destroy Lonely

Canopy Club // $35 adv, $40 door // 7:30 p.m.

Atlanta rapper Destroy Lonely performs at Canopy Club on his No Stylist tour.

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