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The Overture: November 6-12

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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, November 6, 2023

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Chris Renzema

Canopy Club // $17.50-20 ADV / $25 DOS // 8 p.m.

Chris Renzema is a dynamic singer-songwriter with a unique ability to connect with his listeners through his emotional and authentic style. His deeply heartfelt lyrics paired with his soulful voice provide a comforting, honest reflection on life’s trials and hopes.

Jason Finkelman Presents: Improviser’s Exchange

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

Dive into a world of spontaneous creativity with Jason Finkelman’s Improviser’s Exchange. Finkelman, a connoisseur of the improvised, gathers a host of innovative musicians for a journey into the uncharted territories of live improvisation.

The Urbana Hootenanny

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

Join the Urbana Hootenanny at Rose Bowl Tavern for a homegrown, heartwarming musical experience. Their communal atmosphere and eclectic, rotating roster of musicians create a welcoming space for everyone to share and enjoy the power of song.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Sol y Canto

Sol y Canto

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // free // 5 p.m.

Let the sun-soaked rhythms of Sol y Canto transport you to a place of vibrant celebration. This Boston-based Pan-Latin ensemble has been warming hearts and uplifting spirits with their music for over two decades, embodying the beauty and diversity of Latin-American heritage.

U of I Jazz Stephens Combo

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

Delve into the rich textures of jazz with the U of I Jazz Stephens Combo at the Rose Bowl Tavern. These up-and-coming musicians bring a fresh, inventive approach to the genre, showcasing their skill and passion through every performance.

Percussion Ensemble

University of Illinois School of Music  // free // 7:30 p.m.

Feel the pulse of rhythm with the Percussion Ensemble at the School of Music. This collective brings a captivating array of percussive sounds to the stage, delivering a riveting performance that showcases the primal power and sophistication of rhythm.

John Richardson

Walter Trout

The Castle Theatre // $25 // 8 p.m.

Experience the electrifying blues-rock of Walter Trout as he takes the stage at The Castle Theatre. A veteran of the genre, Trout’s fiery guitar work and gritty vocals have been captivating audiences worldwide, marking him as a true blues titan.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

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KRONOS Five Decades

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $10 to $70 // 7:30 p.m.

Witness the boundless innovation of KRONOS Five Decades at the KCPA. Celebrating a monumental five decades of groundbreaking contributions to contemporary music, this iconic quartet continues to inspire with their daring explorations across genres and cultures.

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Blacklite District

Canopy Club // $15 ADV / $20 DOS // 8 p.m.

Head to The Canopy Club for an authentic musical journey with Blacklite District, led by Kyle Pfeiffer, who has overcome personal struggles to create chart-topping hits. Experience the raw emotion and inspiration in their music, including the viral sensation “Cold As Ice”.

Gomeh Barak & Eric Binder

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

Indulge in the transcendent jazz musings of Gomeh Barak & Eric Binder at the Rose Bowl Tavern. This instrumental duo crafts a lush soundscape of jazz-informed melodies, offering an evocative musical narrative that engages the soul and ignites the imagination.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

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Heather Rae

Heather Rae Fundraiser on WEFT 90.1 FM

WEFT 90.1 FM // donations welcome // 11 a.m.

Join Nashville singer/songwriter Heather Rae for a celebration and support at WEFT 90.1FM’s fundraising event on Thursday, November 9th. This special event, sponsored by See You CD’s & Vinyl, commemorates the launch of Rae’s debut EP, with all proceeds aiding WEFT 90.1FM in their mission to uplift independent music and artists.

An Evening with Logan Henderson from Big Time Rush

Braden Auditorium // $16 // 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Step back in time with Logan Henderson from Big Time Rush as he reminisces on the journey and brings the timeless hits to life at Braden Auditorium. This evening promises a blend of nostalgia and fresh, engaging performances from a beloved pop icon.

An individual stands in front of a vibrant mural, cradling a double bass. They are attired in a blue t-shirt and jeans. The mural depicts a pair of legs and feet, the latter clad in red heels. In the foreground, various plants add a touch of greenery to the scene.
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Krannert Center Uncorked with Conspiracy Deliracy

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // free // 5 p.m.

Unwind and enjoy the engaging performances of Andrew Binder’s Conspiracy Deliracy at the Krannert Center Uncorked event. This gathering is a perfect blend of relaxed atmosphere and captivating music, promising a refreshing break from the weekday routine.

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Dave Pride

Americana Happy Hour ft Big Daddy Pride

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

Settle into the cozy vibes of the Americana Happy Hour at Rose Bowl Tavern, featuring the hearty tunes of Big Daddy Pride. This event offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere to enjoy some good old Americana music as the week winds down.

Wade Bowen with Clayton Mullen

The Castle Theatre // $20 // 8 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the heartfelt, down-to-earth tunes of Wade Bowen, accompanied by Clayton Mullen at The Castle Theatre. Their authentic storytelling and smooth musical stylings offer a comforting, relatable experience for all in attendance.

Friday, November 10, 2023

The Impalas

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

The Impalas will take you on a trip down memory lane with their nostalgic tunes at Huber’s West End Store. With a repertoire that spans the golden era of rock and roll, this band promises a night of joyful reminiscence and dance-friendly beats.

On stage, four individuals are seated on blue chairs, each holding a string instrument. The person on the left, dressed in a black suit, is holding a violin. Next to them, an individual in a vibrant skirt is also playing a violin. On the right, someone in a pink top and colorful skirt is handling a cello. In the back, another person in a black suit is holding a double bass. There is a photo of a woman with a string instrument as an inset in the bottom right corner.
Jupiter Quartet with Kirsten Docter

Jupiter String Quartet with Kirsten Docter, viola

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $10 to $60 // 7:30 p.m.

Join the Jupiter String Quartet and violist Kirsten Docter for an evening of eloquent string music at the KCPA. Their refined performance will explore the profound emotional and technical depths of classical chamber music, offering a transcendent experience to the audience.

Friday Music with Logan Allen

Alto Vineyards // free // 5 p.m.

Kickstart your weekend on a melodious note with Logan Allen at Alto Vineyards. His soothing acoustic renditions and engaging originals make for a pleasant backdrop as you unwind amidst the serene vineyard setting.

Erik Lund’s Jazz Friends

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

Immerse yourself in the cool, sophisticated sounds of Erik Lund’s Jazz Friends at the Rose Bowl Tavern. Their performance encapsulates the timeless allure of jazz, offering a captivating musical journey through improvisation and classic tunes.

A musician is captured in the spotlight, engrossed in playing a white electric guitar. Dressed in a black outfit, the musician stands before a microphone, ready to serenade the audience. The stage is awash with a hazy, purple hue, punctuated by the glow of blue stage lights.
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Emily How with Grey Slush and Sweetmelk

Gallery Art Bar // $5 suggested donation // 8 p.m.

Experience the incredible ambiance of Gallery Art Bar while enjoying some great rock music from local acts Emily How, Grey Slush and Sweetmelk.

The K-Tels

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

Get ready to groove with The K-Tels as they deliver a high-energy performance at the Rose Bowl Tavern. Their eclectic mix of tunes is sure to have everyone on their feet, making for a night of non-stop fun and dancing.

Saturday, November 11, 2023


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

Indulge in the acoustic melodies of Meadowhawk as they perform at the Rose Bowl Tavern. Their folk-infused tunes are a soothing balm, creating a peaceful ambiance perfect for a laid-back Saturday afternoon.

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The Dollhouse Presents: V.V. Lightbody with special guest NIIKA

Fire Doll Studio // $25 // 7 p.m.

Fire Doll Studio presents a candlelight concert where the reflective music of V.V. Lightbody meets the soulful sounds of NIIKA, offering a tranquil evening in the subdued and intimate environment of the Dollhouse. This gathering celebrates the art of quiet listening, surrounded by the soft glow of candles.

New Twang City

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

Get ready for a foot-tapping evening with New Twang City at Huber’s West End Store. Their unique blend of country twang and modern rhythms promises an engaging musical experience for all attendees.

Latin American Ensemble

Smith Recital Hall in the School of Music // free // 7:30 p.m.

Join the Latin American Ensemble of the University of Illinois for “¡Fiesta y Cancion!”, a vibrant evening directed by Guido Sánchez Portuguez with the distinguished Ricardo Herrera lending his voice. The celebration takes place on Saturday, November 11th at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall, showcasing the rich tapestry of Latin American music and culture.

Varsity Men’s Glee Concert—Dads Day Concert

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $4 to $10 // 7:30 p.m.

Join the Varsity Men’s Glee Club for a special Dads Day Concert at the KCPA. Their harmonious renditions are a testament to their vocal prowess, making for an enjoyable and heartwarming performance.

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Free Throw, Prince Daddy & The Hyena with Charmer, Saturdays At Your Place

The Castle Theatre // $25 // 7:30 p.m.

Don’t miss the chance to see Free Throw, the Nashville emo-punk band that blends raw energy and catchy melodies, live at The Castle Theatre. They will be joined by Prince Daddy & The Hyena, a New York-based indie rock band with a DIY ethos, and Charmer, a Michigan-based emo band with a nostalgic sound. The show will also feature Saturdays At Your Place, a local pop-punk band that will get you in the mood for a fun night.

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Clayton Burke Band with Carrie Sue and the Woodburners and Rory Book and the Volumes

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

Enjoy a night of diverse Americana music at the Rose Bowl Tavern, featuring Clayton Burke Band, Carrie Sue & The Wood Burners, and Rory Book & The Volumes. Don’t miss this chance to support local talent and have a great night out in Urbana.

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Saxophone Ensemble

University of Illinois School of Music  // free // 5:30 p.m.

The Saxophone Ensemble at the U of I School of Music is set to deliver a riveting performance, displaying their collective harmony and individual prowess. The concert will explore a range of musical pieces showcasing the versatility of the saxophone.

Sunday Wine Down with The Nightcaps

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

Unwind with the soothing tunes of The Nightcaps at Alto Vineyards’ Sunday Wine Down. Their laid-back melodies create the perfect ambiance to relax and enjoy a leisurely Sunday afternoon.

Occasional Cajun Band

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // 4 p.m.

Feel the rhythms of the bayou with the Occasional Cajun Band at the Rose Bowl Tavern. Their authentic Cajun sounds will transport you to the heart of Louisiana, making for a lively and enjoyable Sunday afternoon.

4 members of Silverweed performing on a stage with a red wall in the background
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EDITOR’S PICK: Silverweed Finale

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

Experience the harmonious folk tunes of Silverweed one last time at Rose Bowl Tavern. Their nostalgic melodies and heartfelt lyrics have created a cozy sonic ambiance for years. Come enjoy one more night and say goodbye to our old friends.

Wednesday 13 with Gemini Syndrome, Infected Rain, Black Satellite

The Castle Theatre // $28 to $108 // 6:45 p.m.

Gear up for a hard-rocking evening as Wednesday 13, Gemini Syndrome, Infected Rain, and Black Satellite storm the stage at The Castle Theatre. Their electrifying performances and heavy guitar riffs promise a night of rock and roll revelry.

String Chamber Recital

University of Illinois School of Music  // free // 7:30 p.m.

Immerse in the resonant sounds of strings at the String Chamber Recital at the U of I School of Music. The ensemble’s meticulous coordination and emotive performances promise an evening of sublime musical engagement.

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The Driver Era featuring Ross Lynch

Braden Auditorium // $35 – $65 // 7 p.m.

Indulge in the charismatic performances of The Driver Era, featuring the talented Ross Lynch at Braden Auditorium. Their upbeat tunes and energetic stage presence are sure to entertain and inspire.

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Canopy Club // $22 ADV / $25 DOS // 9 p.m.

Experience the unique “Pretty Dark Loud” style of bass music with EDM artist Mersiv, who has been captivating audiences since 2015. Don’t miss this immersive performance that promises to transport you into the present moment.

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