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The Overture: June 4-10

MONDAY, June 4th

Jenna Rae

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

TUESDAY, June 5th

Traditional Jazz Orchestra

► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

Doubletruck, Infirmary, Foolish Belief

► nightshop in Bloomington // $3 // 9 p.m.


Larry Gary

► The Iron Post // cover //  6 p.m.


► Sipyard // free // 7 p.m.

Ani DiFranco, Haley Heynderickx

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $35 advance/$38 door // 7:30 p.m.

Ian Shepherd, James Jones, Mitchell Killough

► Blackbird // free // 8 p.m.

World’s Greatest Dad, Fiona Kimble, Snayl

► The Iron Post // $5 // 9 p.m.

A mixture of indie rock and experimental tunes hit Iron Post on Wednesday night, as World’s Greatest Dad heads through town. The Atlanta crew is supporting their new record, Get Well Soon, and with a showbill with a couple of dogs on it, there’s a lot to check out here. A couple of locals are supporting them: Alt/folk singer-songwriter Fiona Kimble and experimental crew Snayl.

THURSDAY, June 7th

The Moondogs

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

Krannert’s Uncorked series features The Moondogs this week on Stage 5 in the looby, and there’s half-priced wine for this event, so on top of being a free show, here’s something to get you to Friday. Then, eventually, the weekend.

Nick Ailes

► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

The Bashful Youngens

► Barrelhouse 34 // free // 7 p.m.

Alex and the XO’s, Emily Blue, Kayla Brown

► nightshop in Bloomington // $5 // 8 p.m.

Lou DiBello Band

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

FRIDAY, June 8th

Mike Fegnolio Combo

► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

Brad Wheeler Group

► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Friday Night Live

► Downtown Champaign // free // 6 p.m.

Last week was the first Friday Night Live of the season, so week two is upon us. If you’re looking for some free music options in Downtown Champaign, check this out. Though the lineup isn’t available yet, be on the lookout via their website and Facebook event for the info when 40 North reveals the performers.

The Mavericks, Ray Wylie Hubbard

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $27.50 advance/$30 door // 7:30 p.m.

Blake Miller and the Old Fashioned Aces

► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

DJ Substitute

► 51 Main // donations // 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, June 9th

Turtledoves, Fiona Kimble

► The Front Porch // free // 6:45 p.m.

Turtledoves is the new project by Ashley and Alex McGrath, once the two behind The Soil & The Sun, if you are familiar with that act. They’ve been through town a few times, and the husband/wife duo are back through at this hosue show. Fiona Kimble is on this bill as well, as this makes a second show for her this week.

The Josephines, Timbalu, New Souls

► Neil Street & Main Street // free // 7 p.m.

Them Gringos

► The Clark Bar // free // 7 p.m.


► Urbana High School // $10 suggested donation // 7 p.m.

The Blues Deacons

► Alto Vineyards // free // 7:30 p.m.

Steve Earle & The Dukes, The Mastersons

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $32 advance/$35 door // 8 p.m.

Motes, V.V. Lightbody, ZXO

► Cowboy Monkey // $7 // 9 p.m.

The album release show for Motes has arrived. Crash the Day is the new record from the band, as they are following up their excellent last record Keep It In The Dark from a couple of years back. Not only that, but V.V. Lightbody (Vivian McConnell’s project, you likely remember her from Grandkids and Santah) is releasing a new album as well, Bathing Peach. All of that, plus the always-excellent psych outfit ZXO to open. There’s a lot happening here, which is a highlight of the week in live music around these parts.

Henhouse Prowlers

► The Iron Post // $10 // 9 p.m.

Henhouse Prowlers head back through Urbana after their performance at last year’s C-U Folk & Roots Festival. Then, they performed at the IMC, and this time around, the folk outfit hits the Iron Post just down the street.

Soy City Stranglers, NIL8

► Blackbird // $10 // 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, June 10th

Bach Shines

► St. John’s Newman Center // free // 7:30 p.m.


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.

Executive Editor

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