Smile Politely

The Overture: April 11-17

What: Houndmouth

Where: The Canopy Club ($20)

When: Wednesday, April 13th at 9 p.m.

Roots rock group Houndmouth have been making the rounds of some major festivals including Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo ever since the release of their debut album From The Hills Below the City, which was released back in 2013. Check out their latest hit- “Sedona” ahead of their show this Wednesday at The Canopy Club where they will be playing along with Lucy Dacus.


What: Grand Ambassador

Where: The Accord ($8)

When: Wednesday, April 13th at 8:30 p.m.

Good mix of bands playing in this one, including Normal, IL based indie-pop group Alex and the XO’s, who utilize a ukelele and a mandolin to help them create their unique sound. Sharing the stage with them will be local indie rock group Grand Ambassador and local brass band Big Easy Brass Band.


What: Bashful Youngens

Where: The Canopy Club ($5)

When: Thursday, April 14th at 9 p.m.

Local americana duo Bashful Youngens will be headlining this show along with Tyler from Unemployed Architects and Andy Mo. The Bashful Youngens released their debut album earlier this year- check it out here.


What: R.A.C.E.S. Benefit Show

Where: The Accord (5+ donations)

When: Friday, April 15th at 6 p.m.

Come out and show support for R.A.C.E.S., a local organization that provides support to victims of sexual assault. Performing will be We the Animals, New Souls, Love Handles, as well as some ladies amateur wrestling from CLAW, some stand-up comedy, and music from DJ mingram.


What: Tracy Lawrence

Where: The City Center ($20-35)

When: Friday, April 15th at 7 p.m.

Country star Tracy Lawrence released his first album Sticks and Stones all the way back in 1991, since then he has had eight number one hit singles on the Billboard country music charts, his latest one being “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”.


What: Terminus Victor

Where: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

When: Friday, April 15th at 9 p.m.

Local post-punk group Terminus Victor are headlining this Friday night show. Joining them will be electropunk group Bloody Knives, who are coming to us all the way from Austin, TX, experimental group Courtesy, and local shoegaze duo We Have Ghosts.


What: Record Store Day

Where: Exile on Main Street 

When: Saturday, April 16th from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday is Record Store Day. That means it is time to celebrate independantly owned record stores across the US. One way to do that would be to head down to Exile on Main Street and check out their deals while taking in some local music from one of over a dozen acts that will be performing throughout the day including Euriah, The Bashful Youngens, The Phantom Broadcast, Terminus Victor, and many more.


What: Shawn Mullins

Where: The Accord ($20 in advance, $25 at the door)

When: Saturday, April 16th at 7 p.m.

Early show on Saturday over at The Accord featuring adult alternative singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins, who is best known for his song “Lullaby”, which was a big hit back in the 90s. Joining him will be fellow singer-songwriter Cody Lee.


What: Kyle Gass Band

Where: The Accord ($12 in advance, $15 at the door)

When: Saturday, April 16th at 10:30 p.m.

Later on at The Accord catch actor/musician Kyle Gass of Tenacious D as he performs with his rock band the Kyle Gass Band. Should be a fun one. Also performins is Andy Mo.


What: Tractor Kings Album Release Show

Where: Cowboy Monkey ($7)

When: Saturday, April 16th at 9 p.m.

Local alt-country group Tractor Kings are celebrating the release of their latest album CodeAlso performing will be Rockford based americana group Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts, and Rebecca Rego.


What: The Inn Keepers

Where: Mike N Molly’s ($5)

When: Saturday, April 16th at 9 p.m.

Local rock group The Inn Keepers have been steadily building a buzz in C-U, and on Saturday night over at Mike N Mollys, they’ll be playing to what is sure to be a packed house. Also on the bill is local rock-jazz group The Phantom Broadcast, indie rock group Fargo, and local garage rock group The Underwerewolves. Plus, the show only costs a fiver. What’s not to love?


What: Bill Kirchen & Redd Volkaert

Where: The Rose Bowl Tavern ($20 in advance, $25 at the door)

When: Saturday, April 16th at 7 p.m.

Rockabilly guitarist Bill Kirchen is known as the “Titan of the Telecaster” for his ability on guitar. He will be playing over at The Rose Bowl Tavern on Saturday night with Redd Volkaert, country guitarist who used to play in Merle Haggard’s backing band.


What: U of I Rodeo Club Benefit

Where: The City Center ($10)

When: Saturday, April 16th at 7 p.m.

This benefit for the U of I Rodeo Club will feature country music singer Chris Cavanaugh, as well as the Scott Marek Band, and Travis Beasley with a solo acoustic set.


What: Father John Misty

Where: Foellinger Auditorium ($25)

When: Sunday, April 17th at 6:30 p.m.

Josh Tillman performing under the moniker Father John Misty has generated a lot of buzz in the world of indie music, especially since the release of his 2015 album I Love You, Honeybearan emotional and tender album that was instantly deemed a classic. Give it a listen and get excited for his show this Sunday at Foellinger Auditorium on campus.

Related Articles