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The Overture: October 23-29

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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, October 23

U of I Latin Jazz Ensemble

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

The University of Illinois Latin Jazz Ensemble is a talented group of students showcasing their musicianship through a blend of jazz with Latin rhythms. The lively performances by the ensemble at the Rose Bowl Tavern will get everyone tapping their feet to the beat, making it an enjoyable evening out.

The Urbana Hootenanny

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 p.m.

The Urbana Hootenanny is a local collective that brings together musicians and music lovers every Monday night at the Rose Bowl Tavern. With an open mic format, this event allows musicians to share their talent and the audience to experience the rich, local music scene of Urbana-Champaign.

Tuesday – Friday, October 24-27

Lift Every Voice Symposium

U of I School of Music // free // All day

This symposium at the U of I School of Music is a multi-day event dedicated to exploring and celebrating the African-American choral tradition. Attendees will have the chance to delve into various discussions, performances, and collaborative opportunities, aiming to uplift every voice in the community. The symposium runs all day, every day from Tuesday to Friday.

Tuesday, October 24

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The Chickadee Sermon

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

Folk band The Chickadee Sermon bring a fresh and modern perspective to the genre. Their music, deeply rooted in traditional folk and bluegrass, is known for its soulful harmonies and storytelling lyrics.

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EDITOR’S PICK: Dale Watson w/ Matt Hillyer

Rose Bowl Tavern // $15 to $25 // 7 p.m.

Dale Watson, an Ameripolitan music artist, teams up with Matt Hillyer for an evening of traditional honky tonk and country music at the Rose Bowl Tavern. Known for his authentic and old-school style, Dale Watson’s performances are a journey back to the golden era of country music. As of 10/20, there are only standing-room tickets available.

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Billy Liar with Tightwire and Sweetmelk

The Space // $10 // 8 p.m.

Scottish punk singer-songwriter Billy Liar joins forces with Tightwire and Sweetmelk for a high-energy show at The Space. Known for his intense live performances and poignant lyrics, Billy Liar’s music is a raw expression of modern-day angst and social commentary.

Wednesday, October 25

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Vine Street Syncopators

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

The Vine Street Syncopators are known for their traditional jazz and swing tunes that transport audiences back to the 1920s and 1930s. Their performances at the Rose Bowl Tavern are a treat for those who appreciate the nostalgic and lively sounds of early jazz.

Thursday, October 26

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Americana Happy Hour ft. Snowbird Street Band

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

The Americana Happy Hour at the Rose Bowl Tavern features the Snowbird Street Band, known for their lively Americana and folk tunes. With a warm and engaging performance style, they create a cozy atmosphere that pairs well with a cool evening.

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CU JazzFest: Opening Night with Crystal Rebone Quartet

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

Kick off the CU JazzFest with the Crystal Rebone Quartet at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The ensemble’s intricate harmonies and innovative jazz arrangements promise an evening of musical exploration and celebration.

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Rozwell Kid with Nectar and Bottom Bracket

The Space // $16 // 8 p.m.

Indie rock band Rozwell Kid, known for their catchy tunes and energetic performances, teams up with Nectar and Bottom Bracket for a night of indie and alternative music at The Space. The lineup promises a high-energy show filled with engaging music that resonates with the rocker inside you.

Los Angeles Master Chorale: Music to Accompany a Departure

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $10 to $80 // 7:30 p.m.

The Los Angeles Master Chorale presents “Music to Accompany a Departure” at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, showcasing their vocal prowess through a curated selection of chorale pieces. The event promises an evocative musical journey that explores themes of departure and reflection.

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Ship Wrek

The Castle Theatre // $30 // 8 p.m.

Ship Wrek, the young and dynamic DJ/Producer duo, known for their energetic performances and unique blend of electronic music genres are set to rock The Castle Theatre on a Thursday night. They are bound to get the crowd moving with high-energy beats and infectious rhythms.

Friday, October 27

CU JazzFest: Improviser’s Exchange

Krannert Rehearsal Room // free // 3 p.m.

Engage with the art of improvisation at the CU JazzFest’s Improviser’s Exchange. Hosted in the Krannert Rehearsal Room, this event aims to nurture a dialogue around jazz and its spontaneous nature, showcasing the genre’s dynamic spirit.

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CU JazzFest: A Night with Ella: Olivia Flanigan

► Copper Creek Church // Pick Your Price // 7:30 p.m.

Delight in the timeless tunes of Ella Fitzgerald, brought to life by the talented Olivia Flanigan at Copper Creek Church. This tribute to the Queen of Jazz is a part of the CU JazzFest and is bound to leave audiences enchanted with the enduring charm of Ella’s music.

Lift Every Voice Symposium – Closing Performance

U of I School of Music // $4 to $10 // 7:30 p.m.

The closing performance of the Lift Every Voice Symposium at the U of I School of Music marks the culmination of a week-long exploration into the African-American choral tradition. This event showcases the profound and vibrant musical contributions explored throughout the symposium, providing a fitting finale to an inspiring week of music and dialogue.

Chip Stephens Organ Trio

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

The Chip Stephens Organ Trio is known for its soulful and smooth jazz tunes. With Chip Stephens’ expertise on the organ leading the way, the trio provides a relaxed yet engaging musical experience, perfect for unwinding at the Rose Bowl Tavern after a long week.

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Sunshine Daydream

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

Sunshine Daydream pays tribute to the Grateful Dead with their authentic renditions of classic Dead tunes. Their performance at the Rose Bowl Tavern is bound to take the audience on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, encapsulating the free-spirited essence of the Grateful Dead. Costumes encouraged!

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Tom Grassman Band with GUIDO

Pipa’s Pub // free // 8 p.m.

Tom Grassman Band pairs up with GUIDO for an evening of rock and blues at Pipa’s Pub. With soulful vocals and electrifying guitar riffs, they are set to create a lively and entertaining atmosphere that keeps the audience engaged throughout the night.

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Doublewide Blues Band

Huber’s West End // free // 7 p.m.

Doublewide Blues Band brings their blues-infused rock to Huber’s West End for a night of soul-stirring music. Known for their gritty sound and energetic performance, the band offers a hearty dose of the blues that resonates with audiences.

Friday Night Jam Sessions

Champaign Public Library – Douglass Branch // Free (sign up here) // 6 p.m.

The Friday Night Jam Sessions at the Champaign Public Library – Douglass Branch is a communal event where local musicians gather to play and enjoy music together. A friendly, open atmosphere welcomes musicians of all levels to share their love for music and learn from each other.

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Vince Herman

The Castle Theatre // $23 to $30 // 8 p.m.

Vince Herman is a stalwart in the jam band and bluegrass scenes, known for his tenure with Leftover Salmon. His performance at The Castle Theatre will showcase his multi-instrumental talents and infectious energy, ensuring an evening of toe-tapping, feel-good music.

Saturday, October 28

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Sudden Sound: Jon Irabagon Trio

Krannert Art Museum // free // 2 p.m.

The Jon Irabagon Trio, led by saxophonist Jon Irabagon, is known for their innovative approach to jazz. Their performance at the Krannert Art Museum as part of the Sudden Sound concert series will showcase their improvisational prowess and eclectic musical explorations.

American Choral Directors Association Illinois Regional Conference – Honor Choirs Performance

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $4 to $10 // 3 p.m.

The American Choral Directors Association’s Illinois Regional Conference culminates in an Honor Choir performance at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. This event showcases the exceptional talent of the selected honor choirs, celebrating the beauty and community of choral singing.

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Merry Travelers with Asher Danziger

Rose Bowl Tavern // tips in bucket // noon

Kick off your Saturday afternoon with the Merry Travelers and Asher Danziger at Rose Bowl Tavern. The Merry Travelers’ folk-rock vibes mixed with Asher Danziger’s unique sound create a laid-back yet energetic atmosphere, perfect for easing into the weekend.

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

PBS brings their blend of rhythmic tunes to the Rose Bowl Tavern for an afternoon of musical exploration. Their engaging performance is sure to captivate the audience, offering a refreshing musical experience on a cozy Saturday afternoon.

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Merry Travelers with Daisychain, Big Daddy Pride & The East Side Five and Neon Gravel

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

The Merry Travelers, Daisychain, Big Daddy Pride & The East Side Five, and Neon Gravel will all be at Rose Bowl Tavern performing in celebration of the debut album from Merry Travelers. Come join the fun and groove to the beautiful vibe the bands will be laying down.

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Certainly So & Coyote Island

The Canopy Club // $12 ADV / $15 DOS // 6 p.m.

Join Certainly So and Coyote Island for an evening of indie and alternative music at The Canopy Club. The bands’ distinct sounds will fill the venue with a blend of melodic harmonies and stirring rhythms, ensuring a memorable musical journey for the audience.

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EDITOR’S PICK: Cheap Data Presents: Trouble Chasin’, AMS, First Eye Therapy, Half House and Herm Everlasting

Gallery Art Bar // $10 suggested donation // 7 p.m.

Indulge in a night of hip-hop rhythms and captivating visuals at Urbana’s freshest music scene, the Gallery Art Bar, orchestrated by DJ Belly, Gallery.artbar, and Matt Harsh. The six-hour sonic journey features a stellar lineup with Trouble Chasin, AMS, First Eye Therapy, Half House, and Champaign’s own Herm Everlasting, enriched by immersive video artistry from Harsh.Pro. Doors open at 7 p.m., with a suggested $10 donation at the entrance, fully dedicated to supporting the artists.

The After Party

Huber’s West End // free // 7 p.m.

The After Party brings their upbeat and energetic performance to Huber’s West End. With a mix of popular covers and original songs, they promise a lively evening full of dancing and singing along to your favorite tunes.

Sunday, October 29

CU JazzFest Jazz Brunch with Jose Gobbo Duo

Seven Saints // $22 // 11 a.m.

Indulge in a morning of tasty brunch and soothing jazz music with the Jose Gobbo Duo at Seven Saints. This event, part of the CU JazzFest, combines culinary delight with musical brilliance, ensuring a serene start to your Sunday.

Reginald Lewis Quartet

Champaign Public Library // free // 3 p.m.

Wrap up your weekend with the soothing sounds of the Reginald Lewis Quartet at the Champaign Public Library. Their soulful jazz renditions are a part of the CU JazzFest, providing a relaxing ambiance for audiences to unwind and relish in the beauty of jazz music.

Graduate Recital – Adib Young – Jazz Saxophone

Auditorium, Music Building // free // 11:30 a.m.

Adib Young showcases his mastery of the jazz saxophone in this graduate recital at the Music Building Auditorium. This performance is a reflection of his musical journey and an exhibit of his profound understanding and love for jazz music.

Faculty Recital – William Moersch and Friends

Recital Hall – Smith Memorial Hall // free // 3 p.m.

Join William Moersch and friends for a faculty recital at Smith Memorial Hall. The event features a blend of classical and contemporary compositions, showcasing the ensemble’s versatile musical talents and their shared passion for performance.

Eddie and the Sensations Reunion

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

Eddie and The Sensations Reunion at Rose Bowl Tavern is a nostalgic journey through classic tunes. Their seasoned musicians bring a wealth of experience to the stage, promising an afternoon of feel-good music and cherished memories.

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Candy Foster & The Shades of Blue w/ Haki N Dem

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 cover // 6 p.m.

Candy Foster & The Shades of Blue team up with Haki N Dem for a soulful evening at Rose Bowl Tavern. Their robust vocals and rhythmic blues create a vibrant atmosphere, enticing the audience to groove along to their soul-stirring performances.

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The Funeral Portrait

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

The Funeral Portrait brings their theatrical rock performance to The Canopy Club. With their energetic stage presence and engaging storytelling through music, they captivate audiences, taking them on an emotional roller-coaster ride.

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Conspiracy Deliracy

The Space // $10 // 6 p.m.

Andrew Binder’s Conspiracy Deliracy’s show at The Space is set to be an energetic and enthralling performance. Their unique sound, engaging stage presence, and titillating subject matter promise an evening full of musical exploration and a lively atmosphere.

C-U JazzFest: Live Music at the Library

Urbana Free Library – Busey Mills Reading Room // free // 2 p.m.

CU JazzFest presents an afternoon of live jazz music at the Busey Mills Reading Room at Urbana Free Library. This event brings together local jazz enthusiasts and musicians for a communal celebration of jazz music, fostering a sense of community among attendees.

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