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The Overture: February 11-17

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, February 11th

There are no shows scheduled for this date.

TUESDAY, February 12th

Brad Wheeler Group

► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, February 13th

Hickey Gray Spencer Trio

► The Iron Post // cover // 6:30 p.m.

Todd Snider, Kevin Gordon

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $20 advance/$23 day of show // 8 p.m.

Adam Lee, Brett Conlin, Smoke & Sopranos

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

THURSDAY, February 14th

Knights of Cambria

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

T’Monde, The Chickadee Sermon

► The Iron Post // $10 advance/$15 day of show // 7 p.m.

The third annual Winter Weekend by C-U Folk & Roots Festival kicks off on Thursday, and you can look forward to a slew of shows over the next few days to keep you warm as February rolls on. You can read all about what’s coming up from James’ interview with Charlie Harris, which we featured last week. 

Jaik Willis

► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, February 15th


► The Iron Post // $5 // 5 p.m.

Nfinite Soul

► Neil St. Blues // free // 7 p.m.

The Great Cover Up

► The City Center // $10 // 8 p.m.

Night three out of five kicks off weekend two of the 28th annual Great Cover Up on Friday night. Here’s what you can look forward to on Friday night, and if you look at the next couple of listings below, you can see the schedule there as well.

8:00-8:20pm Zorila
8:40-9:00pm Planet Piss
9:20-9:40pm Slick Lisp
10:00-10:20pm SPRK
10:40-11:00pm V.V. Lightbody
11:25-11:50pm We The Animals
12:15-12:45am Elsinore

Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle, Hobnob String Band

► The Iron Post // $10 advance/$15 day of show // 9 p.m.

Matthew Curry, Joe Asselin

► Blackbird // $5 // 9 p.m.

SATURDAY, February 16th

All Out A Capella

► Unity High School Auditorium // $10-$15 // 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

From Circumstances, Belle, Vor Pilatus, Wes Harmony リービング leaving – no funeral 避難病気

► Exile on Main Street // $5 suggested donation // 6 p.m.

Tania Coambs Trio

► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

Timbalu, Hot Club of Urbana, Cole Bridges

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 advance/$15 day of show // 8 p.m.

This is a highlight of the week as far as I’m concerend — Timbalu is always a treat, and they’re continuing Winter Weekend over at the Rose Bowl.  Cole Bridges (formerly of the Fights) opens this one up down at the hootenanny.

Photo by JP Gougen

The Great Cover Up

► The City Center // $10 // 8 p.m.

As I made mention above, here’s Saturday’s schedule:

8:00-8:20pm Three Hour Tour
8:40-9:00pm Nadafinga
9:20-9:40pm Nick Rainey
10:00-10:20pm Underwerewolves
10:40-11:05pm Decadents
11:30-11:55pm Caleb Cook Band
12:20-12:45am The Bashful Youngens

Pokey LaFarge

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $20 advance/$23 day of show // 8 p.m.

Paris Monster

► Blackbird // $7 // 9 p.m.

Matt Miller Jazz Combo

► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, February 17th

Nectar, Balms, Metaphysics, Of Course You Realize

► Casa de Sasha // $5-$7 // 7 p.m.

The Great Cover Up

► The City Center // $10 // 7 p.m.

7:00-7:20pm Charlie & The Possibly Wilds
7:40-8:00pm Love Handles
8:20-8:40pm Love Roxx (Love Sign + Pet Roxx)
9:05-9:30pm Whiskey Shadows
9:55-10:20pm X-Krush
10:45-11:10pm Brother Embassy
11:35-12:00am 90’s Daughter

Tori Leppert

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

Pelafina, The Flips, Dahinda

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

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