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The Overture: January 7-13

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, January 7th

George Schlunaker

► WEFT // free // 10 p.m.

TUESDAY, January 8th


► Clark Bar // free // 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, January 9th

Ian Shepherd, Mitchell Killough, Jesse Brown, Clayton Thompson

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

THURSDAY, January 10th

The Chickadee Sermon

► Clark Bar // free // 6 p.m.

Gavin caught up with folk outfit The Chickadee Sermon back in November as a part of our local scene update column, so read up on them there ahead of this free early-ish show on Friday Thursday* night. Clark Bar is kind of the best.

*Editor’s Note: I accidentally had this show listed for Friday, when it fact is was Thursday.

Hot Club of Urbana

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.


► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, January 11th

Matthew Miller Group

► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Erik Lund’s Jazz Friends

► The Iron Post // $2 // 5 p.m.

Cole Bridges, Bobby Stevens, Neoga Blacksmith

► The Loose Cobra // donations // 9 p.m.

Cole Rabenort, aka Cole Bridges, takes the stage at the Loose Cobra on Friday night ahead of his tour with a couple of pals down to Texas and back up through Tennessee before heading back home. I’ll post about the tour soon enough in the SPlog, but you might remember Bridges from his days with the Fights.

DJ Belly

► 51 Main // free // 9 p.m.

The Science Projects, Aquila, Norobot

► The Canopy Club // $7 // 9 p.m.

Doc Shredd and the Heartstrings

► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

Reverend Robert and the Rhumba Bums

► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, January 12th

Jim Pryor Trio

► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

Parker Millsap, The Mighty Pines

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $17.50 advance/$20 day of show // 8 p.m.

The Deep Hollow

► Pour Bros Craft Taproom // free // 8:30 p.m.

Pour Bros continue their live music schedule with The Deep Hollow, an acoustic three piece from neighborly Springfield, Illinois. As always, these shows are free and in the front area of the bar, so a no-risk fun time to be had, if you ask me.

Lonely Trailer, Gonzo Diablo, Jake Fleischli

► The Iron Post // cover // 9:30 p.m.

El Guapo

► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, January 13th

Jupiter Styles, Hit Like A Girl, Carly Beth, Overwork

► Blips and Chitz // $5-$7 // 8 p.m.

Sean Neumann’s Single Player project turned itself into Jupiter Styles, and he’s headed back to C-U for this house show on Sunday night as a part of the band’s tour with Hit Like A Girl out of New Jersey. Read more about one of the support acts, locals Carly Beth, from a scene update last year. Listen up on Jupiter Styles’ record from last year, Be Goodover at their Bandcamp page.

Executive Editor

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