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The Overture: April 16-22

MONDAY, April 16th

Flat Moon, Night Sex

► The Iron Post // $3 // 7 p.m.

TUESDAY, April 17th

Church Street Ramblers

► The Iron Post // $3 // 7 p.m.

Selector Dub Narcotic, HUJO, DJ Ira K, Room 22

► nightshop in Bloomington // $5 // 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, April 18th

McNeill Quintet

► The Iron Post // $5 // 6 p.m.

The Maine, The Wrecks, The Technicolors

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $23 advance/$25 door // 7:30 p.m.

Joey Glassman 

► The Iron Post // $2-$3 // 8 p.m.

Ian Shepherd, James Jones, Mitchell Killough

► Blackbird // free // 8 p.m.

Ganja White Night, The Widdler

► The Canopy Club // $22 advance/$25 door // 9 p.m.

THURSDAY, April 19th

Ryan Byfield and Nucleus

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

Lawrence Brownlee

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ Foellinger Great Hall // $10-$38 // 7:30 p.m.

Twin Peaks, Nectar, Wulfpac, Kachi

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $16 advance/$18 door // 8 p.m.

Chicago’s skuzz rock outfit Twin Peaks are back through the region this week, this time performing over in Bloomington after hitting Champaign a handful of times before that (most recently at the Accord in 2016). They’re joined by Nectar, which just celebrated thier album release show at the Iron Post last week with Flasher.

Blackberry Smoke, Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown

► City Center // $28-$40 // 8 p.m.

Bones Jugs

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

Blackbird continues their free music Thursdays, this time with the truest Urbana folk, Bones Jugs. They’re releasing their new EP, Rag Day 2, and they have a new line up, incorporating new instrumentation. If you’re looking for a new-ish version of Bones Jugs, hit this one on Thursday.

DJ Pauly D

► The Canopy Club // $25 advance (SOLD OUT) // 9 p.m.

FRIDAY, April 20th

Brad Wheeler Group

Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Azarias, Januari, Grill Billyyenz, DrxQuinnx, Cochise Soulstar, Badwolff

► nightshop in Bloomington // cover unknown // 8 p.m.

Patriot Patrol, Slick Lisp

► The Iron Post // $5 // 9 p.m.

Champaign Freight 

► Memphis on Main // cover unknown // 9 p.m.

Vader, DJ Belly

► Cowboy Monkey // free // 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, April 21st

Record Store Day 

► Exile on Main Street // free // 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Record Store Day 2018 is on Saturday, and Exile has two stages of live music planned this year —Bashful Youngens, Melvin Knight and the Amber Sky, V.V. Lightboyd, Ryan Groff, and many more will perform throughout the day in Downtown Champaign. As of last Friday, Exile had reached their goal for their GoFundMe campaign, which means good things for RSD goers this year.

Rollo Tomasi, Phantom Noise, Karat’s Gold

nightshop in Bloomington // cover unknown // 8 p.m.

V.V. Lightbody, Ryan Groff, Minor Moon

► Mporium // donation // 8:30 p.m.

V.V. Lightbody is Vivian McConnell’s solo project, and she’s going to be releasing her brand new record Bathing Peach soon enough. While she’s down in Champaign-Urbana, she’s performing at this awesome space with Ryan Groff (of Elsinore) and Minor Moon. Check her out here, or at Exile for RSD, if you’re into it.

Kilborn Alley

► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

Kilborn Alley Blues Band is celebrating their 18th anniversary on Saturday night at the Iron Post. They have been slugging it out for a while now, and it isn’t surprising to see this one land at the Post on Saturday.

Airacobra, RedLeg, Edna

► Blackbird // $7 // 9 p.m.

Boneyard Brass Band

► Cowboy Monkey // $5 // 10 p.m.

SUNDAY, April 22nd

Lishan Xue

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ Foellinger Great Hall // $10-$53 // 7:30 p.m

Pressure Fit, Melvin Knight and the Amber Sky

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

Reginald Chapman’s Pressure Fit was an outfit I highlighted recently, and they are performing on Sunday with the very talented Melvin Knight. Knight and the Amber Sky just released a new music video as well, so check that one out, and head here for a nice Sunday show.


The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in the Champaign-Urbana area (and the outskirts) each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish, but all shows and performances are subject to change at any time. Thank you for understanding.

Have a show you think we should know about? Email us at [email protected] with the details.

Executive Editor

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