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The Overture: March 6-12

Bill Callahan portrait. He is pictured wearing a dark collared shirt with a bold pattern and a baseball hat. He looks into the camera with a blank expression. There is a ghost image effect that has a faint outline of his face to the right of the in-focus face. That ghost image shows him without a hat, eyes closed, smirking. The image is filtered in a pale orange.
Hanly Banks Callahan

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 6th

Jason Finkelman Presents: Improviser’s Exchange

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

Director of Global Arts Performance Initiatives at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Finkelman regularly brings together and plays with musicians to build a community of improvisers on campus and in our community.

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 7th

UI Philharmonia Orchestra

Krannert Center // $10 // 7:30 p.m.

The orchestra will play music in the Muqam tradition of Central Asia, which will feature the North American premiere of Uyghur composer Nusrat Wajiding’s Homeland.

Bill Callahan w/Pascal Kerong’A

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $30 // 8 p.m.

Indie darling Bill Callahan will play music from his latest album. Pascal Kerong’A is a Congolese singer-songwriter sure to win over some new fans in C-U.

WEDNESDAY, March 8th

Peter Tijerina pictured from the shoulders up. He is wearing a blue collared shirt and holding a trombone just in front of his mouth as if he is about to play it. He looks into the camera. The background is  out of focus trees.
Chris Brown

Peter Tijerina Quintet

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Trombonist Peter Tijerina returns to bang out the tunes Lauren Pellant on viola, Paul Mock on guitar, Sam Olson on bass, and Drew Cox on drums.

Joe Marcinek Band featuring Jason Hann with special guest Squeaky Feet

Canopy Club // $19+ // 8 p.m.

Jam rocker Joe Marcinek features different guest artists at each show, so no two are alike.

THURSDAY, March 9th

Caleb Cook Band

Loose Cobra // $5-$10 suggested donation // 6:30 p.m

Some guitar and twang to kick off the end of the week.

Scarlet Demore, Ocean Child, Emily How and the Why’s, Pure Intention

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 // 8 p.m.

An indie and punk rock show with bands from Chicago.

FRIDAY, March 10th

Claud w/Hank

Espresso Royale (612 E Daniel St, Urbana) // sold out // 7:30 p.m.

Claud Mintz’s album, Super Monster, is described as “sparkling pop,” and they’ll be performing songs from this album acoustically.

Musician John Till is pictured from the side, waist up. He is a white man wearing a white t-shirt and green baseball hat. He is playing a light wood colored guitar. He is standing outside.
D. Cherry Photography

John Till

Rose Bowl Tavern // $5-$10 suggested // 8 p.m.

John Till blends funk, blues, and country to create an American(a) sound (with the harmonica, too!).

SATURDAY, March 11th

Painkillers Blues Band

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 3 p.m.

If you missed their WEFT session last week, here’s an opportunity to see them live.

TyJon Charlie

Huber’s // free // 7 p.m.

TyJon Charlie of the Unemployed Architects will bring his indie-alt twang to Huber’s until 10 p.m.

Clayton Burke Band, Noah G Fowler, Brandon Good

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

Americana, country, rock, funk, and a little punk will make this an exciting night of music.

SUNDAY, March 12th

Curb Service, Official Claire, Pachimushka

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

Urbana native Curb Service hosts new Chicago band Official Claire, and C-U singer-songwriter Pachimucska.


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