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The Overture: January 24–30

A DJ mixing muis on his turntables.

WHAT: The Palace Flophouse, Comfort Food, Cheyenne Social Club

WHERE: The Brass Rail ($5)

WHEN: Thursday, January 26th at 9 p.m.

In the second round of shows to benefit the CU Collective, they take their efforts to the cozy Brass Rail Thursday night. Cheyenne Social Club will be playing as a full band with Greg Jaeger of local punk vets Roberta Sparrow (this will probably be his last show in Champaign for some time, as he’s all set to move to the east coast). 

WHAT: Emmylou Harris

WHERE: The Virginia Theatre ($79 – $33)

WHEN: Friday, January 27th at 7:30 p.m.

It’s not too often a 12-time Grammy winning artist rolls through town. It might hit your wallet a bit as far as the ticket prices go, but this is your ticket for singer-songwriter legends if you’re looking for one. Harris is entering 2012 touring with her most recent record, Hard Bargain, under her belt.  


WHAT: Bailiff, Petunias, Bed Time

WHERE: Mike ‘N Molly’s ($5)

WHEN: Friday, January 27th at 9 p.m.

A fusion of folk and blues, this Chicago duo Bailiff stops at Mike ‘N Mollys the night before being lined up to play with the likes of Drive-By Truckers, Dawes and Joe Pug in Chicago on the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival. An interesting combination of fairly dark and spooky grooves and borderline math-rock tempos make the blend of genres work. Locals Petunias and Bed Time make the cover charge quite the bargain.

WHAT: Empires, Horrible Things, Draft Week, Deathtram 

WHERE: Canopy Club ($8 advance/$10 door)

WHEN: Friday, January 27th at 9 p.m.

Alt-rockers Empires are no strangers to C-U, having made stops here in the past few years. Coming off of their fall tour in support of Colour Revolt, there will be plenty of power-alt-rock from top to bottom on this bill.


WHAT: Figure, DJ SOLO, Positive Vibr8ions, Mondope, White Rabbit, Milk N Cookies, 
Trinketz, D1rty No1ze

WHERE: Canopy Club ($7 advance/$10 door)

WHEN: Saturday, January 28th at 8:30 p.m.

The Chalice Dubs Masquerade invades Canopy in the spring installment of the event with plenty of bass to satisfy the dubstep kids. Along with the bill of DJs listed above, there are others TBA.


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