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The Overture: November 20-26

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Monday, November 20th

The Urbana Hootenanny

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

The Urbana Hootenanny, a local favorite, brings together musicians for an evening of folk and acoustic music, fostering a warm, community-driven atmosphere. This event is perfect for those who enjoy impromptu performances and a diverse range of string instruments.

Tuesday, November 21st

The Kurt Reeder ORGANization

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

The Kurt Reeder ORGANization, led by the talented Kurt Reeder, is known for their smooth jazz and soulful organ sounds. Their performances are a blend of classic jazz tunes and original compositions, providing a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Prairie Sharks

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 7:30 p.m.

Prairie Sharks deliver a unique blend of tropical rock, creating a laid-back, beach-like atmosphere wherever they play. Their music, often infused with elements of reggae and calypso, is perfect for fans of relaxing, sunny-day melodies.

Wednesday, November 22nd

Vine Street Syncopators

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

Vine Street Syncopators bring the vibrant energy of traditional jazz to the stage, delivering performances rich in rhythmic complexity and melodic joy. This band’s lively sound is sure to transport listeners back to the golden age of jazz.

New Souls

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

New Souls are known for their soulful blend of R&B and funk, delivering performances that are both energetic and deeply emotive. 

Thursday, November 23rd

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Thanksgiving Evening with Ian Shepherd & Friends

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 7 p.m.

Enjoy a warm Thanksgiving evening with Ian Shepherd & Friends at the Rose Bowl Tavern, where the mood will be set with heartfelt folk and acoustic melodies. 

Friday, November 24th


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

Mid-October brings an engaging blend of indie and folk music, characterized by harmonious vocals and thoughtful lyrics. Their performance is a must-see for fans of heartfelt, narrative-driven songs.

Jay Ferguson Trio

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

The Jay Ferguson Trio, known for their skillful jazz improvisations, brings a sophisticated and smooth sound to the Rose Bowl Tavern. 

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EDITOR’S PICK: Terminus Victor Album Release with Sweetmelk and Edna

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

Terminus Victor celebrates their album release, joined by Sweetmelk and Edna, for an electrifying night of alternative rock. Expect a high-energy performance filled with dynamic sounds and compelling lyrics.

Marc Boon & The Day Drinkers

The Castle Theatre // $15 // 8:00 p.m.

Marc Boon & The Day Drinkers bring their country-rock flair to The Castle Theatre, offering a blend of heartfelt country tunes and energetic rock rhythms. Their music is perfect for fans of modern country with a twist of rock.

Saturday, November 25th

Dave ‘n’ Lisa

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

Dave ‘n’ Lisa’s acoustic performances are a harmonious blend of folk and soft rock, characterized by their engaging vocal harmonies and storytelling. Their music is perfect for a relaxed evening of soulful melodies.

Kurt Crandall & Friends

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 12 p.m.

Kurt Crandall & Friends bring a refreshing mix of blues and jazz to the afternoon crowd. Their soulful harmonica-led tunes and rhythmic beats are a treat for anyone who appreciates the blues genre.

The B-Sides

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

The B-Sides, a local band, offer a nostalgic journey through classic rock and pop hits. Their energetic renditions are sure to evoke memories and get audiences singing along.

90’s Daughter

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 adv, $15 door // 8 p.m.

90’s Daughter takes you back to the era of vibrant pop and rock hits. Known for their dynamic stage presence, they deliver a high-energy performance that’s sure to get the crowd on their feet.

Mello Buckzz and Queen Key

The Canopy Club // $25 to $40 // 10 p.m.

Mello Buckzz and Queen Key bring their unique blend of hip-hop and rap to The Canopy Club. Expect a night of powerful lyrics and beats that will resonate with fans of contemporary urban music.

Sunday, November 26th

Wine Down Sunday with Chris Clemens

Alto Vineyards // free // 2:00 p.m.

Chris Clemens provides the perfect soundtrack for a relaxing Wine Down Sunday at Alto Vineyards. His acoustic sets, often infused with soul and blues, offer a soothing backdrop for an afternoon of unwinding.

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