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The Overture: March 13-19

The members of Nick Gusman and the Coyotes stand outside in front of a trailer. The photo is in black and white.
Nick Gusman and The Coyotes 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, March 13th

Joy Yang Presents

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5:30 p.m.

Organized by solo improv/classical musician Joy Yang, this event sees performances by Yang, IamLostTwo, Forebeat, and Tukupi, bringing hip-hop, improv, DJ sets, electronic, and more.

A black and white photo of the five members of Buckcherry. They pose in a bathroom, most of them in leather jackets and black pants. They look into the camera.
Buckcherry on Facebook


Castle Theatre // $29 adv, $32 door // 7:30 p.m.

Hard rock band Buckcherry is stopping by The Castle Theatre with support from No Resolve.

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, March 14th

The Duke of Elvintones

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Brian Stark, Andrey Goncalves, Paul Mock, and Mateo Sanchez make up this group of jazz all stars, playing high-energy hard bop.

Hobnob String Band

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7:30 p.m.

Hobnob String Band brings you some great acoustic music, from blues to bluegrass and other styles. Catch some great harmonies, and of course some wonderful fingerpicking.

WEDNESDAY, March 15th

The 5 members of Drive By Truckers stand in the desert, all looking in different directions. They stand under what looks to be a Joshua Tree.
Drive By Truckers on Facebook

Drive-By Truckers

Canopy Club // $30+ // 7 p.m.

The incredibly popular Georgia rockers Drive By Truckers stop by Canopy Club with support from singer-songwriter Margo Cilker.

THURSDAY, March 16th

Rebekah Songer

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Rebekah Songer has a new album on the way, so you can expect to hear some songs from said album at americana happy hour on Thursday.

Ian Shepherd and Friends

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 p.m.

Drummer Ian Shepherd teams up with other talented local musicians to bring you a great evening of jazz, blues, funk, and rock.

FRIDAY, March 17th

Jeff Helgesen and Friends

Rose Bowl Tavern // donations encouraged // 5 p.m.

Incredible trumpeter Jeff Helgesen performs at the Rose Bowl with some jazzy friends, bringing you hard bop of the 1960s. 

The Blues Deacons

Huber’s // free // 7 p.m.

The blues outfit from Gibson City are hitting Huber’s. Playing originals as well as blues classics, come by and “let the blues ease on into your soul.”

The 5 members of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades are caught jumping into the air. They are outside in front of what looks to be a forest.
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades on Facebook

Chicago Farmer & The Fieldnotes + Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Castle Theatre // $20 adv, $23 door // 8 p.m.

The always popular folk group Chicago Farmer & The Fieldnotes returns to the Castle Theatre alongside the incredible Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, playing progressive folk and bluegrass.

Until I Wake

Canopy Club // $15 // 8 p.m.

Metal-core band Until I Wake headlines Friday night at Canopy Club. They are joined by Dark Divine, Catch Your Breath, Discrepancies, and Corrupt The Masses.

Nick Gusman & The Coyotes, The Screechin’ Halts

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 // 8:30 p.m.

Need St. Patrick’s Day plans? Now you got some. Head to Rose Bowl on Friday to hear two great St. Louis bands playing rock, bluegrass, and more.

SATURDAY, March 18th

Bandoneon Massacre

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 2 p.m.

An Argentine tango orchestra collective, this large group will for sure get you dancing on this Saturday afternoon.


Champaign Public Library // free // 3 p.m.

If you’re looking for some family fun on Saturday, look no further than the Champaign Public Library, where Babaloo will be bringing his zany, high-energy musical comedy.

New Twang City

Huber’s // free // 7 p.m.

Some good ole country honky tonk, you’re in for a night of fun at Huber’s with New Twang City. 

Dom Flemons sits at a bar, facing the camera and smiling. He wears a blue and red plaid shirt with blue suspenders and a tilted boater hat.
Dom Flemons on Facebook

Dom Flemons

Rose Bowl Tavern // $20 adv, $30 door // 8 p.m.

Dom Flemons has played C-U a few times, and each time has been great. He is a Grammy winning songwriter, musical historian, and more. He is truly a treat, and if you’ve never seen him before, I highly recommend.

SUNDAY, March 19th

CATsNAP Benefit Concert

Rose Bowl Tavern // donations encouraged // 2 p.m.

Champaign cat shelter CATsNAP is hosting a fundraiser featuring some wonderful musical guests, including Church Street Ramblers, the Peter Tijerina Quintet, the Fiddle-Sax Fusion Band, the Tania Arazi Coambs Trio, and more.

Kilborn Alley Blues Band

Loose Cobra // free // 3 p.m.

What better way to close a weekend than with some blues? Head to Tolono on Sunday to hear Kilborn Alley play some tasty tunes.

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