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The Overture: March 25 – 31

A singer at the front of the stage performing and surveying the large crowd. In front of him are enthusiastic fans in the front row singing along.
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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, March 25th

U of I Trombone Ensemble

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

Experience the rich sounds of brass with the U of I Trombone Ensemble.

Tuesday, March 26th

U of I Jazz Guitar Ensemble

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

Experience the smooth and sophisticated sounds of the U of I Jazz Guitar Ensemble.

Wednesday, March 27th

The five members of Vine Street Syncopaters lined up against a tan wall, each holding their instruments.
Vine Street Syncopaters

Vine Street Syncopators

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

Step back in time with the Vine Street Syncopators for a lively evening of early jazz and swing music.

A band is performing on stage in an indoor venue with warm lighting. On the left, a drummer is seated at a drum set, intently playing. To the right of the drummer is a bass guitarist, standing and strumming his instrument. In the center, a musician is passionately singing into a microphone, crouching down with one hand extended outward. On the far right, a saxophonist holds his saxophone to his side and stands attentively. The stage is equipped with microphones, cables, and speakers. Behind the performers, a brick wall and a series of recessed lights set the backdrop, while a wood-paneled ceiling with additional lighting fixtures extends overhead.
Anna Longworth Singer

Afro D and the Global Soundwaves with D’funk and the Grease Monkeys

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

Afro D and the Global Soundwaves team up with D’funk and the Grease Monkeys for a vibrant evening at Gallery Art Bar. Expect a fusion of global beats and funky grooves.

A quartet stands before a stone wall, each clad in dark attire. One sports a black t-shirt with a white skull design, another a black t-shirt with a white band logo, and the remaining two in black hoodies. All are in jeans and sneakers.
The Raging Nathans from Facebook

Less Than Jake with Strung Out and The Raging Nathans

The Castle Theatre // $30 // 7:30 p.m.

Less Than Jake brings their energetic ska-punk vibes to The Castle Theatre, supported by Strung Out and The Raging Nathans. 

Thursday, March 28th

2 adult women sitting on a very small couch looking like they are about to have a tea party.
Indica Gals from Facebook

Indica Gals

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

Indica Gals bring their Americana sound to Rose Bowl Tavern for a happy hour filled with soulful tunes.

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EDITOR’S PICK: The Glorious Sons and Southall with Them Dirty Roses

City Center // $20 to $25 // 8 p.m.

Discover why The Glorious Sons are the hottest rock band in Canada, and why The Rolling Stones picked them as their opening band in Toronto, Los Angeles and Marseille, France. The Glorious Sons stop by in Champaign on their co-headling tour with American band Southall. Joining the fray are dirty southern rockers, Them Dirty Roses. 

Electronic Music Club Showcase

Gallery Art Bar // $10 to $15 // 8 p.m.

The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Electronic Music Club presents its first showcase of the semester. Young DJs will be showing off their chops and getting the crowd moving.

Haunted X Humans with Mousepad and Rios Mios

Canopy Club // $10 to $15 // 9 p.m.

Experience the unique brand of rock and roll delivered by Haunted X Humans at the Canopy Club. A night of discovery with emerging musical talents.

Friday, March 29th

Jay Ferguson Trio

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

The Jay Ferguson Trio sets the stage for a jazzy evening at Rose Bowl Tavern. Expect a masterful blend of jazz and blues. 

Five members of Modern Drugs in their recording studio, all smiling at the camera. In the background you can see a photo of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust hanging above the window to the control room
Modern Drugs on Facebook

EDITOR’S PICK: Modern Drugs (album release) with OTNES and Emily How

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 to $15 // 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate the album release of Modern Drugs’ album Power Dynamics, with OTNES and Emily How helping them and Rose Bowl Tavern crowd celebrate the momentous occasion. 

Jake & Jackson

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

Jake & Jackson deliver a night of acoustic melodies at Huber’s West End Store.  

TromBari Quintet

Jazz Up Front // $8 to $10 // 8 p.m.

The TromBari Quintet brings their vibrant jazz sound to Jazz Up Front.

Saturday, March 30th

The B-Sides

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

The B-Sides take you on a nostalgic trip with their classic hits at Rose Bowl Tavern.

The image captures a vibrant concert scene. Two performers command the stage, bathed in the glow of yellow and orange lights. One is clad in a blue jacket, while the other sports a green shirt. The large screen in the background displays the words “Trouble Chasin’” in bold white letters. In the foreground, the audience is a sea of raised hands, their enthusiasm palpable even in stillness.
Trouble Chasin on Facebook

Trouble Chasin’ with Haki N Dem and Ms. Jones If You Nasty

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 cover // 8:30 p.m.

It’s time for some hip-hop up in the Bowl. Check out Trouble Chasin’, Haki N Dem, and Ms. Jones If You Nasty as they showcase hip-hop, soul, and R and B at Rose Bowl Tavern. 

5 members of Caleb Cook band in a dark room with a string of lights in front of a red curtain in the background
Caleb Cook Band

Caleb Cook Band

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

The Caleb Cook Band brings their country flair to Huber’s West End Store.

heaving. with Harrison Gordon, Grey Slush and Glittermouth

The Castle Theatre // $15 // 7:30 p.m.

Heaving and guests deliver an unforgettable night of indie and alternative rock at The Castle Theatre. 


Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts // $24 to $49 // 7:30 p.m.

Experience the unparalleled guitar virtuosity and charisma of Charo at Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. 

Unfinished Business

Jazz Up Front // $8 to $10 // 8 p.m.

Unfinished Business brings their jazz expertise to Jazz Up Front for a night of sophisticated jazz tunes. 

Sunday, March 31st

This photo shows a group of musicians playing various instruments in front of a brick wall. The instruments being played include an accordion, a violin, a guitar, and a drum. There is a music stand in front of the violinist.
Jennifer Lask

Papashoy Klezmer Band

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

Immerse yourself in the vibrant sounds of Yiddish Eastern Europe with Urbana’s own Papashoy Klezmer Band, bringing the original party music to life at Rose Bowl Tavern.

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