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The Overture: April 9-15

MONDAY, April 9th

There are no shows scheduled for Monday, April 9th.

TUESDAY, April 10th

Nectar, Flasher, Bookmobile!

► The Iron Post // $8 advance/$10 door // 9 p.m.

Washington DC’s Flasher heads through for this one, which is situated between two locals — Nectar (celebrating their album release for this one), and Bookmobile! who hasn’t performed in a hot minute. Tuesday night works for a show if it looks like this one.

George Porter Jr., James Jones Trio

► The Canopy Club // $15 advance/$18 door // 9 p.m.

WEDNEDSDAY, April 11th

Wyclef Jean, Culture Crew

► The Canopy Club // $25-30 advance/$35 door // 7:30 p.m.

The legendary Wyclef Jean heads through Urbana on his tour called the Carinval — and you can read James’ interview with the man here. Jean’s solo career is incredible enough, and as one part of the Fugees, this is a pretty rare show opportunity to check out here in C-U.

Josh Quirk, Ian Shepherd, James Jones, Mitchell Killough

► Blackbird // free // 8 p.m.

THURSDAY, April 12th

Boneyard Arts Festival 

► Various Venues // price + date varies

While predominantly a festival by 40 North that celebrates local artists across our community, there’s definitely music attached to it at certain points. Check out the link above to see all the options you have ahead of you this week, as Boneyard runs from the 12th through the 15th.

Feathered Mason, Chris Corkery

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


► Krannert Art Museum // free // 7;30 p.m. 

Papadosio, Bluetech

► The Canopy Club // $15 advance/$18 door // 9 p.m.


► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.


FRIDAY, April 13th

New Orleans Jazz Machine

► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

The Duttons

► The Virginia Theatre // $22.50-$33.50 // 7 p.m.

The Lacs, Hard Target, Crucifix, Nate Kenyon

► The City Center // $20 // 7 p.m.

Thollem’s Hot Pursuit Of Happiness

► Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center // free // 7:30 p.m.

The Mound Builders, Person, Edna

► Ghost Planet // $5 // 8 p.m.

Geoff Beran & The Mystery Van, Calamities, Radio Indigo

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

Ryan Groff, Kayla Brown, Kurt Bielema

► Cowboy Monkey // $5 // 8:30 p.m.

DJ Tim Williams

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

Spandrels, Lung, Sleeping Okami

► The Iron Post // 9 p.m.

Spandrels have returned from their tour — which they were kind enough to report back for a Tour Diary for us — and they are slated for the Iron Post on Friday evening. They’re joined by Sleeping Okami, another excellent local band, and Lung out of Ohio.

The Dry Look, Maness Brothers, Mark Porkchop Holder, Primitive Lights

► Undisclosed Location // $5 // 9 p.m.

If you can find it, this would be worth the visit. That’s what I’ll say about this one.

SATURDAY, April 14th

DoCha Chamber Music Festival

► Orpheum Children’s Science Museum // free (Friday and Saturday) // 1 p.m.

Joe Asselin, Fiona Kimble, Joey Glassman, Jeremy Harper, Cole & Jade

► Blackbird // free // 1 p.m.

The Chickadee Sermon

► The Clark Bar // free // 6:30 p.m.

Motes, Marathon, Not For You, Honey and Salt

► Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center // $7 // 8 p.m.

The Cadillac Three, Hannah Dasher

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $22 advance/$25 door // 8 p.m.

The Floozies, Artifacts

► The Canopy Club // $17 advance/$20 door // 9 p.m.


► Blackbird // $5 // 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, April 15th

Bye Mom, New Age Americans, Telephone Junkies

► The Canopy Club // free // 8 p.m.


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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