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The Overture: August 20-26

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.

MONDAY, August 20th

Traditional Jazz Orchestra

► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

TUESDAY, August 21st

Church Street Ramblers

► The Iron Post // cover // 8 p.m.


► 25 O’Clock Brewery // free // 11 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, August 22nd

Today Is The Day, Edna, Real Bad Real Fast, Chalk

► nightshop in Bloomington // $10 advance/$12 door // 6 p.m.

Merry Travelers

► Sipyard // free // 7 p.m.

The Merry Travelers are a folk quintet that have some rock and psych elements mixed around in their music. They’re performing on Wednesday as a part of Sipyard’s summer-long Wednesday night music series that has been moving along throughout these past few months. 

Ian Shepherd, Mitchell Killough

► Blackbird // free // 8 p.m.

THURSDAY, August 23rd


► 25 O’Clock Brewery // free // 7 p.m.

Motes, Neiv, Spandrels

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

Shoegaze outfit Neiv is no stranger to these parts — the Euro crew has played here a bunch of times, and recently played over in Bloomington at nightshop. This week they perform with a couple of excellent locals, Motes and Spandrels. Motes just released their lovely Crash the Day a little while back, so check that out and head over to this one.

Dripping Slits, Blind Adam & Federal League, Jeremy David Baker

► nightshop in Bloomington // $7 // 8 p.m.

Deriki Cordoba Group

► The Iron Post // cover // 8 p.m.

Kayla Brown

► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, August 24th

Ex Cathedra, Sherwood Forest, James Mauck, xPOPPYxROSEx vs リービング l e a v i n g, Anika Nims, Ryan Gilmore

► Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center // free (donation suggested) // 5 p.m.

Friday Night Live

► Downtown Champaign // free // 6 p.m.

Mark Chestnut, Ray Fulcher, The Finchely Boys, Whiskey River Band

► Mahomet Music Festival // free // 6 p.m.

Bones Jugs, Painkillers Blues Band, We The Animals, Avon Dale

► Downtown Urbana // free // 6 p.m.

Inland Calypso Band

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

Indulge/Devour, A Kingdom in Peril, Event of Collapse

► nightshop in Bloomington // $5 // 8 p.m.

Sun Stereo

► Bunny’s Tavern // // 10 p.m.


► Blackbird // free // 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, August 25th

Rodney Adkins, Adam Sanders, Kasey Tyndall, Jake Loban & Onoliegh Pommier

► Mahomet Music Festival // free // 11 a.m.

Jordan and Jill

► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

Tito Carrillo Sextet, Melvin Knight and the Amber Sky

► The Front Porch // free // 6:30 p.m.

The Front Porch is located out in Philo, and they have been putting on shows for quite a while now. Just in case this is the first you’re hearing of it, you’re in luck, because here’s an awesome bill for you for some easy listening jazz and soul on Saturday. Do yourself a favor and listen to Melvin Knight’s Shades of Uswhich came out recently.

New Souls, Lou DiBello Band, Ant Dogg

► Downtown Urbana // free // 7 p.m.

Super 88, Demolition Derby, Back Alley Riot, Cordoba, Royal Richards

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

SUNDAY, August 26th

Parachute Day, The Royalists, Lil Blake

► nightshop in Bloomington // $5 // 3 p.m.

Matt Woods and the Natural Disasters, Tobin Kirk & The Bye Gone Band

► nightshop in Bloomington // $8 // 7 p.m.

Soul on Sunday

► The Iron Post // donation suggested // 7 p.m.

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