While we encourage you to check out what's happening in live music this week, please use precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are out and about, please wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, and most importantly, respect the people around you, especially the employees that work at these establishments.

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in and around Champaign-Urbana each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject to change at any time. Thank you for understanding.

Did we miss something this week? Have a show coming up you think we should know about? Email us at music@smilepolitely.com with the details.

MONDAY, July 6th

Chip McNeill Quartet, Chip Stephens

► The Iron Post // donations encouraged // 6 p.m.

TUESDAY, July 7th

John Sergel Combo

► The Iron Post // donations encouraged // 6 p.m.


Tito Carrillo Quintet 

► The Iron Post // donations encouraged // 6 p.m.

IMAGE: Poster with a light blue background, and white text overlaying with photos of the artists and info about the event. Photo from the Facebook event page.
Photo from the Facebook event page.

Aaron Wilson, Kevin Cory LeSure

► Independent Media Center (virtual event) // free // 7 p.m.

Here's one of the more unique shows this week, featuring live music and poetry readings with Soul on Sunday's Aaron Wilson and music from Kevin Cory LeSure. It'll be live streamed, so this is a virtual event, but you can join the livestream here to check it out.

THURSDAY, July 9th


► Riggs // free // 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, July 10th

TMB Trio + Doro

► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Erik Lund’s Jazz Friends

► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

Hobnob String Band

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, July 11th

IMAGE: Black background, featuring white text overlay WHAT'S GOIN ON?, and a rainbow colored fist raised. Photo from Canopy CLub.
Photo provided by Canopy Club.

What’s Goin’ On?

► The Canopy Club (virtual) // free // times vary

Last week, The Canopy Club, in partnership with a ton of organizations around C-U, announced What's Goin' On? featuring a bunch of artists performing for a virtual fundraiser. While you can't exactly go attend this event in-person, you can check it out virtually as a ton of acts are lined up, including Trouble Chasin', WilliamGold, Sweet Melk, Bashful Youngens, Dance Music Therapy, Bones Jugs, and more. Check out the Facebook event for all the details.

Luke Rund

► Riggs // free // 5:30 p.m.

The Blues Deacons

► Alto Vineyards // $5 // 7:30 p.m.

IMAGE: Two musicians playing instruments in a field. Photo from Unemployed Architects Facebook page.
Photo from Unemployed Architects' Facebook page.

The Unemployed Architects

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

Pour Bros have kicked off their live music series for the summer, which is a little different now of course, but they have the outdoor stage which provides a space for the musicians to play to the patio folks. This week, the duo from Pontiac, The Unemployed Architects, take the stage. The band is no stranger to C-U, though I'm sure this is one of the most unique situations they've performed in town in, naturally. Music is always free at Pour Bros, so head over and check it out.

SUNDAY, July 12th

IMAGE: Black background with text overlay for event information. Image from Blackbird's Facebook event page.
Photo from the Facebook event page.

DJ Belly

► Blackbird // free // 1 p.m.

DJ Belly performs every Sunday at Blackbird, which has a solid patio in the back of the venue for a bunch of space to sit and enjoy the tunes. He'll be spinning from 1 to 6 p.m., so head over and wind down on Sunday.

Top image from Canopy Club.