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The Overture: August 15-21

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, August 15th

Andrew Binder Trio

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5:30 p.m.

Bassist Andrew Binder brings his trio to the Rose Bowl, with James Mauck on drums and Brian Stark on sax. 

Urbanna Hootenanny

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

Every Monday at the Rose Bowl, come hang out with some great musicians. A sort of open mic meets song share, you can expect a variety of music and performers.

TUESDAY, August 16th

Image from Rose Bowl Tavern’s Facebook.


Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

JVR3 returns after two years, with Jenelle Orcherton on alto saxophone, Andrey Gonçalves on bass, and leader Jamie Ryan on drums.

Space Port

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7:30 p.m.

A big ole lineup of local jazz greats, Space Port brings jazz fusion with some funk mixed in as well.

WEDNESDAY, August 17th

Image from Rose Bowl Tavern’s Facebook.

Jose Gobbo Trio

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Buddy Rogers and Max Beckman join jazz guitarist Jose Gobbo this week for a night of tunes. 

THURSDAY, August 18th

Big Daddy Pride

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Big Daddy Pride performs at Rose Bowl for americana happy hour, with special guests Clayton Burke and Nicholas “Hot Knife” Stine.

Immersion Festival: DJ Quad

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 9 p.m.

Immersion Fest kicks off at Rose Bowl with DJ Quad playing the original quadraphonic mix of Dark Side of the Moon alongside a liquid light show. 

FRIDAY, August 19th

Jeff Helgesen Quintet

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Local trumpet guru Jeff Helgesen performs at the Rose Bowl with his stellar quintet, bringing you hard bop of the 1960s.

Image from Brass Rail’s Facebook. 

Josh Caterer Trio

Brass Rail // $15 // 7:30 p.m.

Known for his work in Chicago punk band Smoking Popes, Josh Caterer has a new solo album out, The Hideout Sessions. He’ll be performing with his trio. 


Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 p.m.

Rock band Decandents will be playing a set at Rose Bowl, for a night of classic and old school style rock. 

Yellow Ostrich, Bathtub Cig, LLYN

Loose Cobra // $15 // 8 p.m.

Indie rock band Yellow Ostrich is joined by self described “depression pop” artist Bathub Cig. Opening the show is C-U’s dream pop band LLYN. 

Luma City

NOLA’s // free // 8 p.m.

Out back at NOLA’s, Soundscapes will drench the walls in projections as DJs and musicians provide the tunes. Part of Immersion Festival. 

Soul Shakedown with DJ LEGTWO

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 10 p.m.

Late inside at Rose Bowl, Larry Gates, aka DJ LEGTWO will be spinning funk and soul favorites.

SATURDAY, August 20th

Immersion Festival Day 3

Cohen Building // free // 10 a.m.

An interactive sound gallery can be explored at Cohen Building on Saturday, with synthesizers, drum machines, theremin, multi-person jam stations, and more.

Van De Pants

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 3 p.m.

An exciting afternoon of funk awaits you at Rose Bowl this Saturday. Van De Pants plays classic funk, “ala The Meters.” Guitar, bass, keys, drums, come vibe.

The Dirty Feathers, Big Daddy Pride and The East Side Five, Sweetmelk

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 suggested cover // 7 p.m.

A killer lineup for Saturday evening with these three groups. Plus, Sweetmelk will be making their full band debut. 

Modern Drugs, Curb Service

Pour Bros // free // 8 p.m.

Indie rock group Modern Drugs is joined by alt-rock band Curb Service for an exciting night of music. 


NOLA’s // free // 8 p.m.

Jazz, rock, and R&B fusion provided by Aquila. Come hangout and jam and dance.

Image from Weird Meat Boyz Facebook.

Yap Trap, The Falbonauts

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

The music at Rose Bowl continues with punk rockers Yap Trap, and rock group The Falbonauts.

SUNDAY, August 21st

Summer’s Not Over Festival

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 // 2 p.m.

A great lineup for this Sunday festival, including Kangaroo Court, Soft and Dumb, Decapitation in the Food Court, Ultraviolet, and more.

Quad Day Unofficial After Party

Canopy Club // free before 8 p.m., $10 after 8 p.m. // 4 p.m.

Come kick off the start of the school year with a kick butt lineup of artists, including The Data Waves, Jarrel Young, Sixth Street Brass, and much more. 

Shinrin Onyoku

Japanese Gardens // free // 4 p.m.

Shinrin Onyoku returns to Japanese Gardens, with musical guest DJ Van Paugam, playing 70s and 80s Japanese city pop. 

Post Sex Nachos, Similar Kind

NOLA’s // $10 adv, $12 door // 8 p.m.

Alt-rock band Post Sex Nachos joins indie pop band Similar Kind. 

Top image from Pygmalion’s Facebook.

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