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The Overture: May 13-19

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Patty PerShayla and the Mayhaps from 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, May 13th

The Tumbleweeds

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

The Urbana Hootenanny

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

Hawthorne Heights with BIKE ROUTES

The Castle Theatre // Sold Out // 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14th

From L to R: Roubal, Duncanson, Rose, Elliot on Facebook

Gloria Roubal, Andy Duncanson, Jules Rose and Kevin Elliot

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 to $12 suggested donation // 7:30 p.m.

This gathering of songwriters presents a unique opportunity to hear acoustic music in its purest form, with artists sharing stories behind their songs in an intimate setting.

Wednesday, May 15th

Justin Dyar Quintet

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

Thursday, May 16th

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Emily Anne on Facebook

Emily Anne

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

Emily Anne’s Americana Happy Hour features soulful vocals and a blend of folk and Americana tunes. Her performances are noted for their intimate storytelling and acoustic charm. 

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Patty Pershala and the Mayhaps on ElevatorAGoGo

EDITOR’S PICK: Patty PerShayla and The Mayhaps with The Hangovers

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

Girls Rock CU and Rose Bowl Tavern are set to host an electric evening of rock music with Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps along with special guests The Hangovers on Thursday, May 16th. Patty PerShayla, a dynamic performer known for her commanding stage presence and unique blend of riff-driven rock, punky blues grit, and a dash of twang, promises a show filled with energy and big attitudes. The event offers attendees a night of powerful music and heartfelt performances that challenge conventions and celebrate big feelings.

Sweetmelk’s Hopeless Romantic Residency

The Space // Free // 7 p.m.


Riggs Taproom // Free // 5 p.m.

Friday, May 17th

Jeff Helgesen & Friends

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

Lauren Grace

Riggs Taproom // Free // 6 p.m.

The Blues Deacons

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

Overboard by Stay Outside

EDITOR’S PICK: Stay Outside and Emily How with Sitrus Sol

The Space // $12 // 8 p.m.

Stay Outside is set to fill The Space with their distinct brand of alt-rock tunes. Opening acts Emily How and Sitrus Sol will kick off the night, adding a diverse mix of sounds to an evening of rock music in downtown Champaign. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m., offering a night of energetic performances and innovative music from some of the Midwest’s rising talents.

This performance is promoted by PYGMALION, which shares the same parent company as Smile Politely.

Abbath with Imperial Triumphant, Black Anvil, Final Gasp

The Castle Theatre // $26 // 8 p.m.


Tigerbeat with Clayton Burke Band and Claws of Joy

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

Tigerbeat, a beloved staple of the Champaign-Urbana music scene, is reuniting for a special one-night-only performance, promising an evening filled with nostalgic tunes and vibrant energy. Joining them are Clayton Burke Band and Claws of Joy, featuring Matt Yeates and Eric Fitts, ensuring a night packed with good tunes, good friends, and good vibes

Saturday, May 18th

The B-Sides

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

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Afro D and the Soundwaves on Facebook

Toast to Taylor Street

Downtown Champaign // Free // 4 p.m.

It’s back! A celebration of downtown Champaign with live music from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Here’s the lineup for the first Toast of the season:

  • 4 p.m. – Minor Moon
  • 5 p.m. – Rory Book and the Volumes
  • 6 p.m. – Small Time Napoleon
  • 7:10 p.m. – Afro D and the Global Soundwaves
  • 8:30 p.m. – Kilborn Alley Blues Band
  • 10 p.m. – Mother Nature

Catlin Crozier

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

Voodoo Exiles

► Alto Valley Vineyards // Free // 7 p.m.

Nothing More with Veil of Maya, Kingdom Collapse

The Castle Theatre // $38.50 // 7 p.m.

Tyler Lance Walker Gill

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 to $15 suggested cover // 8 p.m.

Tyler Lance Walker Gill brings a unique blend of country and rockabilly, delivering heartfelt lyrics with a charismatic southern twang that captivates his audience.


The Canopy Club // $25 ADV / $30 DOS // 8 p.m.

CKY hits the stage with their signature blend of alternative metal and skate punk, known for their energetic performances and iconic guitar riffs.

Sunday, May 19th

Candy Foster Unplugged

Alto Valley Vineyards // Free // 2 p.m.

Candy Foster performs an unplugged set that highlights his soulful vocals and charismatic stage presence, ideal for an afternoon of relaxing and soul-stirring music.

Philo Country Opry

Rose Bowl Tavern // Tips in bucket // 3 p.m.

Power of Dusk, Cel Rey, TBD

C4Arts Center // $10 // 3 p.m.

Get your weekend dose of hardcore punk at this DIY show at Community Center for the Arts, in downtown Urbana.

Nick’s Country Jam

Rose Bowl Tavern // Tips in bucket // 6 p.m.


Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts // $21 // 7 p.m.

Gangstagrass is set to deliver their signature blend of bluegrass and hip-hop at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, merging two distinct musical genres into a dynamic and innovative live performance. Known for their genre-defying sound, the band will take the stage on at 7 p.m., promising an exhilarating experience that showcases their unique musical fusion.

Dayseeker with Silent Planet, Rain City Drive, AVOID

The Castle Theatre // Sold Out // 7 p.m.

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