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The Overture: July 31 – August 6

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Monday, July 31st

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James Mauck’s Forebeat

Rosebowl Tavern // Tips in bucket // 5:30 p.m.

Experience an extraordinary performance by Forebeat, a one-man band where “Beats collide in an accelerator, frozen together within the moments needed to take a sharp breath.” Experience the harmonious convergence of an entire ensemble channeled through a single, dynamic musician.

The Urbana Hootenanny

Rosebowl Tavern // Tips in bucket // 8 p.m.

Every Monday at the Rose Bowl, come hang out with some great musicians. The Urbana Hootenanny is an open mic meets song-share. You can expect a variety of music and performers.

Tuesday, August 1st

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Papashoy Klezmer Band

Rosebowl Tavern // Tips in bucket // 5 p.m.

Come out to the Rose Bowl Tavern and enjoy Papashoy Klezmer Band, acclaimed for their captivating performances of old-time Klezmer music. Allow yourself to be transported on a musical journey through Jewish and Yiddish Eastern Europe with their authentic and heartwarming tunes.

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Peach Pit with Babe Corner

The Canopy Club // $32 (SOLD OUT) // 7 p.m.

Peach Pit, the indie pop band from Vancouver, is coming to The Canopy Club in Urbana on Tuesday, August 1st. They will be performing their unique “chewed bubblegum pop” sound live. Fellow Canuck rockers Babe Corner bring their “Babe Core” vibes and dreamy melodies in support.

Wednesday, August 2nd

Chip McNeil Quartet

Rosebowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5 p.m.

Saxophonist Chip McNeill returns to bang out the jazz tunes with his quartet. Come hang out for happy hour.

Thursday, August 3rd

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Americana Happy Hour featuring Mat Kuhlig

Rosebowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5 p.m.

Enjoy Americana Happy Hour on the patio with singer/songwriter Mat Kuhlig.

Friday, August 4th

Jordan K’s Django Wrangle

Rosebowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5 p.m.

The Rose Bowl Tavern parking lot patio is the spot tonight for an entertaining happy hour with the unique talent of Jordan Kaye, now known as “The Tunewrangler”. Be prepared for an eclectic mix of songs, stories, and witty banter, with an open request policy, as long as they’re songs by Homer & Jethro, every 1st Friday of the month.

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Free Folk & Roots Fridays

The Lake House at Crystal Lake Park // free // Noon

Treat yourself at lunch, and come see Merry Traveler‘s Duo (Holly and Charlie) at Crystal Lake Park on Friday. The organizers of C-U’s Folk and Roots Festival put on year-round events in the theme of the genre for Free Folk & Roots Fridays. Every first and third Friday of each summer month is a Folk & Roots Friday, featuring groups playing at the Crystal Lake Park lake house at noon. Come pick up some good vibes during your lunch hour and let them carry you through the rest of your work day.

Friday Night Live

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Friday Night Live

Downtown Champaign // Free // 6 p.m.

Enjoy downtown Champaign every Friday from June through August for 40 North’s Friday Night LIVE, a free public performance series. Experience a diverse mix of music genres like bluegrass, jazz, folk, soul, rock, country, and blues, along with unique street performances and weekly kids’ activities, all thanks to the generosity of Pour Bros. Craft Taproom, Busey Bank, the City of Champaign, and the support of Champaign Center Partnership. Check their Facebook page for lineups close to the day of the event.

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Squirrel Movement EP Release Show

Independent Media Center // Free // 7 p.m.

This (very) young and up-and-coming rock band from Champaign is releasing their first EP and putting the rock music world on notice. Come check them out so you can say you were there from the beginning. 

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The Falbonauts with Resurrectionists and Rory Book and The Volumes

The Space // $10 // 8 p.m.

Fresh off their Pricklefest appearance, the Falbonauts headline The Space with Resurrectionists and Rory Book and The Volumes in support.

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Dalton Halls Band

Rosebowl Tavern // $10 suggested cover // 8 p.m.

Experience a vibrant evening with the Dalton Halls Band, renowned for their unique blend of Funk, Soul, Jazz, and Hip-Hop. This dynamic ensemble will captivate you with their fresh and funky music, making you dance and ensuring a memorable night of musical entertainment.

Saturday, August 5th

Ngoma Africa Ensemble

Rosebowl Tavern // Tips in bucket // Noon

This week the Rose Bowl After Market series features the captivating African drum ensemble, Ngoma Africa Ensemble, led by Jean Rene Balekita. This vibrant outdoor event, hosted every Saturday at noon, promises an exciting mix of live music, arts, and more, with all ages welcomed, and while admission is free, tips and donations to support the artists are highly appreciated.

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The Claudettes

Toast to Taylor Street Block Party

Downtown Champaign // free // 4 p.m.

August’s installment of the Toast to Taylor Street Block Party is headlined by the “garage cabaret” masters, The Claudettes. Here is the lineup for this month:

4 p.m. – Bloco Gaviao
5 p.m. – Woke Mountain Boys
6 p.m. – Soft Coup
7:10 p.m. – Kittens Incorporated
8:30 p.m. – Tractor Kings
10 p.m. – The Claudettes

Hessel Park Free Concerts presents MeadowHawk

Hessel Park // free // 6 p.m.

Join the community for the final Hessel Park Concert of the summer, featuring the exceptional Meadowhawk, on August 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring along your lawn chairs and refreshments, and enjoy food from vendors Ice Daddy’s and La Paloma, while savoring the summer night with great music.

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Allerton Park Concert Series: Reggae Concert

Allerton Park // $5 individual/$10 donation per family // 6 p.m.

Make your way to the Gatehouse Lawn at Allerton Park for an outdoor concert featuring the reggae music of Colt Ball & Friends and Gizzae on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 6-9 p.m. This event, part of the Allerton Park Concert Series presented by the Ayers Family, promises food and a cash bar, while attendees are also welcome to bring their own food (outside alcohol not permitted), and is perfect for a summer evening – just don’t forget your lawn chairs or blankets!

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Kilborn Alley Blues Band

Alto Vineyards // $5 cover // 7 p.m.

Can you think of a more relaxing Saturday evening that sipping wine and listening to the Kilborn Alley Blues Band in a Vineyard? If you do, please let us know.

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Isolator with J.U.G., Keep and SMV

The Space // $10 // 8 p.m.

Louisville metalheads Isolator invade The Space on Saturday, ready to shake the walls and rattle the drink glasses. Three bands are in support: J.U.G., Keep and SMV.

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EDITOR’S PICK: Chicago Farmer’s 45th Birthday Bash with Carrie Sue and The Woodburners

Rosebowl Tavern // $20 // 8 p.m.

Come on out to Rose Bowl Tavern as they celebrate the 45th birthday of everyone’s favorite Farmer, Cody Diekhoff, better known as Chicago Farmer, on a special evening filled with exceptional folk music. Diekhoff, the son of a small-town farming community who was profoundly inspired by fellow Midwesterner John Prine, brings a unique blend of small-town roots and city streets mentality to his performances. Tickets are now on sale for this outdoor event (weather pending), which promises an intimate encounter with Diekhoff’s music – reminiscent of a John Steinbeck short story turned into a song, encapsulating the essence of rural life and hard work. Local up-and-coming folk sensation Carrie Sue and the Wood Burners are in support. 

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Listening Room Experience with Phillip -Michael Scales

Yellow and Company // $20 to $25 // 7:30 p.m.

Phillip-Michael Scales, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter, known for his unique “Dive Bar Soul” style that intertwines Indie-Rock storytelling with the passion of the blues, will be playing at the intimate venue at Yellow and Company in Mahomet. Having toured extensively across Europe, North America, and the Middle East, and shared stages with artists like Fantastic Negrito and Anderson East, Scales brings his rich musical experiences to the stage, promising an evening of soulful, narrative-driven music.

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Smash Mouth with special guest Fastball

Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater // $8 to $45 // 7 p.m.

Hey now, you’re a rock fan. Get your tickets on. Go play. Get a big whiff of 90’s nostalgia in Decatur on Saturday night. Original members not guaranteed to be present.

Sunday, August 6th

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Black Eyed Lilies

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

The Black Eyed Lillies, a duo from Champaign, IL, is made up of musicians Joe Asselin and Lindsay Lilly. They bring together a classic mix of Americana, blues, and folk. Don’t miss your chance to see them perform live on the Rose Bowl patio.

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Houndmouth with Frames

The Castle Theatre // $25 // 6:30 p.m.

Their unique blend of Americana, blues, and folk are what Indiana alternative blues band Houndmouth are known for and they are bringing it with them to the Castle Theatre in Bloomington. Frames is the support act.

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EDITOR’s PICK: Right Here Music Presents The Brother Brothers

Rosebowl Tavern // $15 // 7 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the harmonious sounds of identical twin brothers, The Brother Brothers, brought to you by RightHereMusic at Rose Bowl Tavern. Renowned for their stunning harmonies and thoughtful Americana sound, their masterful performance promises an unforgettable evening, with an opening acoustic set by local songwriter, Clayton Burke.

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