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The Overture: January 17-22

WHAT: Old Home / Stars Hollow / With Iowa In Between / Dead Split Egos

WHERE: Blips and Chitz ($5 donation for touring bands

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 17th at 8 p.m.

Blips and Chitz welcomes in the semester with some mosh-tastic jams all set to floor you. Punk, emo, and screamo acts from both here and away are sure to get the job done right.


WHAT: Rob Ulrich

WHERE: Leadbelly’s Links Drinks and Arcade (cover unknown)

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 17th at 7 p.m.

It’s always good to be adventurous. Check out the newly opened Leadbelly’s in the spot formerly occupied by the Fluid Event Center for classic American food and rock and roll jams on Tuesday.


WHAT: The Upper Bout’s Anniversary Celebration

WHERE: The Upper Bout (free)

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 17th at 5 p.m.

One of C-U’s best music supply shops is The Upper Bout, and they’ll be celebrating their third birthday tonight at this party. Be in attendance to participate in a guitar giveaway, and chat up an associate for tips on honing your craft. This may not be an actual show, but the folks at this place are skilled at getting you on your way to having shows of your very own. Use the tools you’re given.


WHAT: The C-U Open Invite Cypher at the Canopy Club

WHERE: Canopy Club ($5)

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 19th at 8:30 p.m.

The Open Invite Cypher is an open-mic specific to rap and hip-hop. Each emcee will be given 2-3 minutes to perform a rap or song over an instrumental, chosen and spun by the house DJ. There will be rap battles, and the event will be recorded for future release. Get up, throw down, and don’t miss it.


WHAT: William Marsala

WHERE: Memphis On Main (cover)

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 20th at 9 p.m.

William Marsala brings some southern rock to MoM on Friday in support of the International Blues Challenge Fundraiser.


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WHAT: The Great Cover Up

WHERE: The Accord ($7 at the door each day/$35 full event pass)

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 20th – Saturday, Jan. 21st at 8:30 both days

The 26th annual C-U Great Cover Up will run its first leg this weekend. Your favorite local bands will cover your favorite non-local bigtime bands, often in full masquerade (costumes and all) for your listening and viewing pleasure. This is one of the most fun local music events to occur every year. Check out the event page for the full lineup and more info. Who’s covering whom, you ask? Well, you’ll just have to show up to find out.


WHAT: Brushville

WHERE: City Center ($10)

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 20th at 10 p.m.

City Center can help you celebrate your first week of the semester well completed with some energetic country music on Friday.




WHAT: Windmills / The Dry Look / Falling / Good Doom

WHERE: Blips and Chitz ($5 donation for touring bands)

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 20th at 8 p.m.

Locals emo acts Windmills and The Dry Look will welcome Falling and Good Doom, both from Minnesota, and a splendid spacey emo time will be had by all.


WHAT: Tell Mama with Square Donuts

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 21st at 9 p.m.

Catch the snazzy soul and jazz jams of Tell Mama on Saturday, accompanied by the loungey sound of openers Square Donuts.



WHAT: Girls Rock! C-U Benefit House Concert

WHERE: Tjarks Cafe ($5 – $7 donation suggested)

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 21st at 6:30 p.m.

This show has an eclectic bill consisting of R&B, emo, and folk music coming together to support Girls Rock! C-U, an awesome organization that puts on rock and roll camps for girls in the area. Put a few dollars towards supporting women in music, and take in some good tunes at the same time.


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