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The Overture: May 28 – June 2

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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.

Tuesday, May 28th

Leon Lewis-Nicol Quartet

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

Wednesday, May 29th

Reverend Robert and the Rhumba Bums

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

A large band performs on a stage with a vibrant, red and white light show in the background featuring the band's logo. The group consists of musicians playing keyboards, electric guitars, drums, saxophones, a trombone, and trumpets. The lead keyboardist stands at the front, holding a keytar, while the drummer is centrally positioned with a large drum kit. The performers are energetically engaged, with the brass section delivering a dynamic visual and auditory experience.
Dave Gruen Photography


State Farm Center // $67 to $314.25 // 7:30 p.m.

Chicago will perform at the State Farm Center. The band, known for hits such as “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday in the Park,” and “If You Leave Me Now,” combines rock, jazz, and pop elements in their music. With a career spanning over five decades, Chicago’s live performances are noted for their complex horn arrangements and strong vocals. This event offers an opportunity to hear a wide range of their well-known songs live.

The Occasional Cajun Band

Carle Park // free // 6:30 p.m.

The Occasional Cajun Band brings the vibrant sounds of Louisiana to Carle Park. Enjoy traditional Cajun music and dance under the open sky.

Thursday, May 30th

Jay, Bob and Rod

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

Relax with Americana Happy Hour featuring Jay, Bob, and Rod. This trio delivers a mix of classic and contemporary Americana tunes.

217 Collective Original Series

Four visible members of the band Modern Drugs performing onstage
Derrick Philips

Cowboy Monkey // free // 6 p.m.

The first 217 Collective Original Showcase at Cowboy Monkey will feature a diverse lineup of original music from artists including Modern Drugs, Ryan Byfield, Curb Service, Sass, Project M, Cameron Sheets Trio, and Booth Blues. Each artist will perform two to three songs, providing a showcase of their unique sounds and styles. This event promises an evening of fresh, original music in a vibrant setting.

Friday, May 31st

Jay Ferguson Trio

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

A 3 piece band playing outdoors
Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live

Downtown Champaign // free // 6 p.m.

Downtown Champaign will host Friday Night Live, a free street-side performance series every Friday from May 31st through August 23rd, from 6-9 p.m. The event will feature multiple bands each week across various genres and include free children’s activities at the intersections of Main & Fremont, Neil & Park, and Market & Taylor. Check the Facebook page for lineups.


Allerton // free // 6 p.m.

Experience a live pop-up concert by Appaloosa at Allerton. This event offers a diverse mix of musical genres performed in a scenic outdoor setting. Attendees can enjoy the natural beauty of Allerton while listening to an engaging and varied musical performance. The concert is free and open to the public, making it an excellent opportunity for a relaxing evening of entertainment in the great outdoors.

Caleb Cook Band

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

Sister Hazel featuring Deep Blue Something

Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater // $9 to $42 // 7 p.m.

Catch Sister Hazel and Deep Blue Something live at the Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater. This event promises an evening filled with 90s nostalgia and classic hits from both bands. Known for songs like “All for You” by Sister Hazel and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something, the concert will feature memorable tunes that defined a decade. Enjoy a night of iconic music in a beautiful outdoor setting.

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Noah G Fowler and Hunter Peebles with The Moonlighters

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

Enjoy an evening of live folk and country music at the Rose Bowl Tavern with performances by Noah G Fowler and Hunter Peebles & The Moonlighters. This event features a blend of folk and country music, showcasing the harmonies and storytelling lyrics of both acts. 

Black and white photo of 3 members of Decadents performing onstage. Two are standing at microphones and playing guitars. The third is seated at a drum set behind them.
Decadents on Facebook

EDITOR’S PICK: Decadents

Cowboy Monkey // free // 9 p.m.

Join the Decadents for a night of live music at Cowboy Monkey. This free event will showcase the Decadents’ signature rock sound, known for its blend of bluesy riffs and powerful hooks. These three musicians are tight as a drum, and it shows. Come out and experience one of Champaign’s finest local bands in an intimate and energetic setting.

Saturday, June 1st

Brandon Hardway Memorial Beer and Spirits Festival

Pour Bros. Taproom // free // 2 p.m.

Celebrate the life of former Pour Bros. manager, Brandon Hardway, who passed away tragically early this year at his namesake’s Memorial Beer and Spirits Festival. Enjoy live music, local brews, and a festive atmosphere. Stay tuned to the event’s Facebook page for more details.


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

People watching a concert from the rafters of a barn.
Hogchute Opry

EDITOR’S PICK: Hogchute Opry

Kalyx Center for Sustainability (Monticello) // $20 at gate // 4 p.m.

The 2024 Hogchute Opry will take place Saturday, June 1st at the Kalyx Center for Sustainability in Monticello, Illinois. This annual event features a diverse lineup of local and regional musicians performing Americana, rock, and folk music. Attendees can enjoy live music, camping, and a communal bonfire, all for a $20 entry fee.

The Fairchilds

Alto Valley Vineyards // free // 7 p.m.

The Fairchilds perform at Alto Valley Vineyards. Enjoy their classic rock and folk-inspired music while sipping on local wines.

Redd Volkaert with the Philo Country Opry Band

Rose Bowl Tavern // $15 to $20 // 8 p.m.

Come experience renowned guitarist Redd Volkaert as he takes the stage with the Philo Country Opry Band at the Rose Bowl Tavern. Known for his exceptional guitar skills and engaging stage presence, Volkaert, along with the Philo Country Opry Band, will deliver a captivating performance featuring a blend of country and western swing. This event offers an evening of high-energy music and masterful musicianship. 

Sunday, June 2nd

A group of people who appear to be musicians stand in front of a brick wall and a blue wall.
Candy Foster

Candy Foster and Shades of Blue

Lake of the Woods Peninsula // free // 5 p.m.

Local legend Candy Foster will bring his band and his talent to Lake of the Woods for an outdoor concert as part of the Champaign County Forest Preserves Summer Concert Series.

This is a photo of two people playing guitars on a stage. The person on the left is playing a hollow body electric guitar with a natural wood finish. The person on the right is playing a black electric guitar with a white pickguard. The background is a stage with purple lighting and wooden paneling.
Bonnie Newberry

Official Claire with Nectar and Aunt Hattie

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10-$15 Suggested donation // 8 p.m.

Join Official Claire, Nectar, and Ant Hattie for an electrifying Sunday Rock Show at the Rose Bowl Tavern on June 2nd from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Official Claire, acclaimed for her poetic lyrics, rock-infused catharsis, and witty insights, headlines this event. Enjoy an evening of dynamic live performances, and support local music by throwing some cash into the bucket.

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