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The Overture: March 21-26

Musician Djunah photographed in a staged image for album promotion from the chest up. A white presenting woman with long, brown hair is pictured fully frontal. She has a neutral expression and wears a metal necklace that appears to connect to a metal bra top. Behind her is a red background with an organic, rounded chair or decorative design.

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.

TUESDAY, March 21st

U of I Latin Jazz Ensemble

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

University of Illinois Jazz students will perform for two hours. Latin jazz is personally my favorite form of jazz, and those students are talented. It’s bound to be a good couple of hours of music.


► Canopy Club // $5 // 7 p.m.

Zoska is a Chicago-based DJ who creates “jazzy bass music.” She’s spinning this week as part of the Summer Camp Music Festival Series.


► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7:30 p.m.

Silverweed plays jam band-y music mixed with some country, rock, and Americana. You’ll hear original music, of course, and probably a handful of covers, too.

The band Afro D & Global Soundwaves play on a stage with purple-blue lighting on a brick wall behind them. There is a crowd in front. There are six members on stage, including two who are playing the saxophone and the trumpet.
Afro D & Global Soundwaves / Justine Bursoni

Afro D & Global Soundwaves + D’Funk & The Grease Monkeys

► Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center // $5-$10 suggested // 8 p.m.

This all ages show will feature hip hop, jazz, funk, and soul.

WEDNESDAY, March 22nd

The North 41 + Nasty Snacks

► Canopy Club // $5 // doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m.

The North 41 is a jam band with a pop-funk perspective. Like Zoska, The North 41 is playing this week as part of the Summer Camp Music Festival Series.

THURSDAY, March 23rd

Americana Happy Hour with LoveSeat

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

LoveSeat is a duo from Effingham who describe themselves as “singing funny and sad love songs you may know and some they just made up.”

UI Symphony Orchestra

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $10 // 6 p.m. pre-show discussion + 7:30 p.m. show

Carolyn Watson conducts this orchestra, which will perform five pieces. If you have time, do head to KCPA at 6 p.m. for pre-concert talk with Aboriginal Australian didgeridoo soloist William Barton. Didgeridoo soloist! How cool is that?!

Kayla Brown

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7:30 p.m.

You might know C-U native Kayla Brown from her solo work, or in We The Animals and Belle Isle.

Drew Cagle & the Reputation on stage. The lights are red and there is a large "Drew Cagle" sign behind the band. Cagle, a white man, is in front wearing a ripped white jeans and a light colored jean jacket. He is wearing sunglasses and has long hair. There are two other white men pictured to his left and right playing guitar and bass.
Drew Cagle & The Reputation on Facebook

Drew Cagle & The Reputation

► Canopy Club // $10 adv, $15 doors // doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m.

Cagle is a C-U native who has been gaining notice for his classic rock sounds. This is a rescheduled show from earlier this month.

FRIDAY, March 24th

Chip McNeil Trio

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Chip McNeil is a Grammy award-winning saxophonist and professor at the University of Illinois. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear him play just a few feet away from you.


► Huber’s // free // 7 p.m.

Mid-October is an alternative-indie band playing a lot of original music and some covers.

Sinfonia da Camera: English painters, poets, and playwrights

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $40 // 7:30 p.m.

Sinfonia da Camera will present several works inspired by English artists of the past, including Shakespeare and Coates.

The Lone Canary

► Pour Bros.  // free // 8 p.m

Rockford duo Jesse Fox and Heather Camacho play Americana of fans of Jason Isbell, The Civil Wars, and the Head and the Heart.

Beth Bombara + Tractor Kings

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $10-$15 suggested cover // 8:30 p.m.

Beth Bombara is an Americana / folk singer-songwriter with a rich voice. She’s working on a new album, so you’re likely to hear new songs.

SATURDAY, March 25th

Lyric Theater @ Illinois Presents: Spring Fever

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 adv; $15 day of // 2 p.m.

A unique opportunity to see Lyric Theater programming outside of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Lyric Theater is the U of I’s opera and musical theatre program, and the students will perform selections from Trial by Jury and City of Angels.

BNNY w/ NIIKA + Fiona Kimble + Tessa Turner

► Rose Bowl Tavern // 18+ // $12 // 8 p.m.

Bnny is a Chicago-based quintet with vibe-y, softly feminine sounds. This will be a really good show; if you’re only seeing one this week, this should be it.

Big Daddy Pride and the East Side 5, Haki n’ Dem

► Loose Cobra  // $5-$10 suggested // 8 p.m.

The description of this show promises “cool sounds and delicious vibes” and a night of smooth music. Yes, please.

SUNDAY, March 26th

Gloria Roubal

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 4 p.m.

Roubal has been playing original music in C-U for a long time. This will be a nice pop/rock Sunday show.

Los Guapos + Kittens Incorporated

► Rose Bowl Tavern // suggested $10 // 7 p.m.

Los Guapos are performing at the Rose Bowl for the first time in a while, with new music, too. This is an excellent way to end your Sunday and begin the next week.

Terminus Victor, Djunah (Chicago), Sweetmelk

► The Space // $10 // 7:30 p.m.

These three acts that span rock/punk/post-punk/noise/singer-songwriter genres. The Space is brand new.

Yheti w/ Ternion Sound, Toadface, HoneyBee

► Canopy Club // 18+ // $10 adv, $15 doors // doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m.

Yheti is on their Knew Sound Tour, and if you’re into trippy electronic music, this is your chance to vibe.


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