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The Overture: June 3-9

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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, June 3rd

A black and white image of a white man holding primitive musical instruments.
Jason Finkelman

Jason Finkelman Presents: Improviser’s Exchange

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 5:30 p.m.

Experience a unique evening of improvised music curated by Jason Finkelman. This event showcases local talent and encourages spontaneous musical creativity.

The Urbana Hootenanny

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

Tuesday, June 4th

The Jaybirds

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

John Moreland on Facebook

EDITOR’S PICK: John Moreland

The Castle Theatre // $25 to $35 // 7 p.m.

Join celebrated singer-songwriter John Moreland at The Castle Theatre for an unforgettable evening of music. Known for his deeply personal and evocative lyrics, Moreland’s live performances are a powerful blend of soulful melodies and poignant storytelling that resonate deeply with audiences​.  

Wednesday, June 5th

Fagalgy, Ferguson & Friends

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

Jazz Jam

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 10 p.m.

TherUp,Y w/Aaron ‘A Plus’ Wilson

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

6 members of The Painkillers Blues Band standing in a room with wood paneling in the background
The Painkillers Blues Band on Facebook

The Painkillers Blues Band

Lake House at Crystal Lake Park // free // 6:30 p.m.

Neighborhood Nights at the Lake House in Crystal Lake Park features a live performance by The Painkillers Blues Band. Enjoy a family-friendly evening with free popcorn and lemonade, fun activities, and an opportunity to meet local officials while listening to the best Chicago blues in a beautiful park setting. Bring your picnic dinner, chairs, and blankets, and immerse yourself in the vibrant local music scene.

Thursday, June 6th

Backyard BBQ Band

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

Kick back and enjoy the Americana Happy Hour with the Backyard BBQ Band, featuring a blend of country and Americana music.

Woke Mountain Boys on Facebook

Woke Mountain Boys (Album Release)

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

Celebrate the album release of the Woke Mountain Boys at Rose Bowl Tavern. This special event will feature performances by the band members, including Professor Jay Rosenstein, John “JT” Tubbs, Sean Kutzko, and Jesse Brown, along with special guests. Enjoy a night filled with their unique blend of bluegrass and folk music​. Check out a track on the new album

Friday, June 7th

Django Wrangle

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

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Friday Night Live

Downtown Champaign // free // 6 p.m.

Friday Night Live transforms downtown Champaign into a bustling music venue with various artists performing on the streets. Visit their Facebook page for lineup information.

Billy Galt

Huber’s West End Store // free // 7 p.m.

Craig Morgan with Drew Baldridge

The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater // $29 to $55 // 7 p.m.

Chip McNeill

Jazz UpFront (Bloomington) // $8 to $10 // 8 p.m.

Renowned jazz saxophonist Chip McNeill brings his quartet to Jazz UpFront for an evening of smooth jazz.

Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway

The Castle Theatre // $27.50 // 8 p.m.

Award-winning bluegrass artist Molly Tuttle and her band Golden Highway perform at The Castle Theatre.

Terminus Victor

Terminus Victor with Yap Trap and Kilverez

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 8:30 p.m.

Get ready for a thrilling night of alternative rock at Rose Bowl Tavern. Terminus Victor, known for their intense and dynamic soundscapes, will headline the evening with their powerful performance. Joining them are Yap Trap, bringing their unique blend of rock and experimental sounds, and Kilverez from St. Louis, adding their own alternative edge to the lineup. 

5 members of Haki n'Dem posing for the camera
Haki n’Dem on Facebook

Haki n Dem

Neil Street Blues // $10 // 9 p.m.

Haki n Dem bring their soulful sound to Neil Street Blues for an exciting night of live music.

Saturday, June 8th

A Black woman holds headphones up to her ears in front of her computer with her title, DJ Silkee on the cover of the laptop
DJ Silkee at the Gallery Art Bar; Photo by Amy Penne

DJ Silkee and Emily the Band

Busey Bank, Downtown Urbana // free // noon

Kick off your summer with PostMark Urbana, presented by 40 North and the Urbana Arts & Culture Program. The event will feature a lively set by DJ Silkee and Emily the Band. Bring the whole family to participate in crafts with Uniting Pride of Champaign County and discover special deals at downtown businesses. This celebration of art and music promises to deliver good times to downtown Urbana.

Bobby Tomberlin and Tess Frizzell; photo by Haley Mitchell Godwin

EDITOR’S PICK: Bobby Tomberlin and Tess Frizzell

Allerton Park // $10 suggested donation // noon

The Nashville Singer-Songwriter Round at Allerton Park features well-known songwriters sharing their music and the stories behind their compositions. Among the performers are Grammy Award-nominated Bobby Tomberlin and Tess Frizzell, daughter of Shelly West and Allen Frizzell, and niece of country music star Lefty Frizzell. Attendees can bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy food and drinks from the Greenhouse Café during this event set in the Meadow​. 


Rose Bowl Tavern // Tips in bucket // 2 p.m.


Riggs Beer Company // free // 4 p.m.

5 members of a band performing onstage at Red Rocks in Colorado.
REO Speedwagon

REO Speedwagon

The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater // $325 (VIP Only) // 7 p.m.

Local legends REO Speedwagon will perform at The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater, bringing their extensive catalog of hit. Opening the show is the dynamic young Nashville band Levon, known for their fresh sound and energetic performances. This concert promises a memorable evening of classic rock and new tunes in a stunning outdoor setting​. 


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

Ryan Conner

Yellow and Company // free // 7 p.m.

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Rose Bowl Tavern // SOLD OUT // 8 p.m.

Tophouse, an acclaimed indie-folk band known for their soulful melodies and intricate acoustic arrangements, will be performing at the Rose Bowl Tavern at 8 p.m. This highly anticipated show promises a captivating blend of traditional folk instruments and modern influences, making for an unforgettable musical experience.

Sunday, June 9th

Occasional Cajun Band

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

The Occasional Cajun Band brings their lively Cajun music to Rose Bowl Tavern.

Candy Foster & Shades of Blue

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 to $15 suggested donation // 7 p.m.

Candy Foster & Shades of Blue perform a soulful set at Rose Bowl Tavern.

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