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The Overture: March 11-17

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, March 11th

Urbana Hootenanny 7 year anniversary

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7:30 p.m.

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U of I Hip Hop Collective

Illini Union Courtyard Cafe // free // 7:30 p.m.

There’s a good chance you might not know about UIUC’s Hip Hop Collective, and here is a good chance to change that! The Collective is comprised of UIUC students, both domestic and international, and combines live instrumentation, vocals, beatboxing, rappers, gtrafritgi argtisgts, visual artists, and anyone else interested in performing hip hop or related musical styles. Learn more about this diverse and dynamic group on their website, check out the video of their December performance below, and catch them live agt the union this monday!


TUESDAY, March 12th

No events scheduled

WEDNESDAY, March 13th

Joan Hickey Trio

The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

The Perrilles Project ft. Sarah & The Underground

nightshop in Bloomington // $7 // 7 p.m

Los Lonely Boys

The Castle in Bloomington // $25 advance/$28 day of // 8 p.m.

Jazz Jam

The Iron Post // cover // 10 p.m.

THURSDAY, March 14th

Hobnob String Band

► The Rose Bowl // free // 5 p.m.

Kvn Tajzea

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

U of I Repertory Jazz Orchestra

The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

The Vienna Boys’ Choir

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts // $24-39 // 7:30 p.m.

Good Morning Bedlam, Bear The Voyager, Chasing The Turn

nightshop in Bloomington // $5 // 7:30 p.m

Ike Willis with Brother’s Rage

The Castle in Bloomington // $10 advance/$13 day of // 8 p.m.

Boogie T.Rio, Mersive, and Vampa

The Canopy Club // $22 advance/$26 day of/$75 VIP // 9 p.m.

FRIDAY, March 15th

Jeff Helgesen Quintet

The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

Joey Glassman Group

Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.


The Clark Bar // free // 6:30 p.m.

Parachute Day, Bottom Bracket, & Airplane Radio

nightshop in Bloomington // $TBA // 7:30 p.m

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Samantha Fish

The Castle in Bloomington // $17 advance/$20 day of // 8 p.m.

If you’re in the mood for a balance of sweet vocals, and guitar solos that absolutely shred, get yourself over to the Samantha Fish show at the Castle this Friday. The singer-songwriter released her most recent album, Belle of the West in 2017. Check out her Audiotree performance below, or head to her website for more info.

Tim Parrish

► The Rose Bowl // free // 8 p.m.


The City Center // $22-$32 // 8:30 p.m

Aunt Hattie

The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

Zomboy, Space Laces, Badklatt, Luzcid

The Canopy Club // $25 advance/$30 day of show // 9 p.m.

The Grass is Dead

Blackbird // $10  // 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, March 16th

Matthew Miller Vibes

The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

The Ike Reilly Assassination

The Castle in Bloomington // $15 advance/$17 day of // 8 p.m.

Nooky Jones, New Souls, and Karena Tse

► The Canopy Club // $5 advance (facebook rsvp)/$7 day of // 8 p.m.

Lou DiBello Band

The Rose Bowl // cover // 8:30 p.m.

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Joe Asselin

25 O’Clock Brewing // free // 9 p.m.

This is one of two opportunities this week to see Champaign-based Joe Asselin play country and traditional blues locally. Joe is adept at several instruments, specializing in guitar and harmonica. In addition to performing solo, hye fronts his band Joe Asselin and The Moonlight Ramblers, and is currently working on his next album. Check his WEFT session performance below, and if you can’t make it to his show tonight, you have another chance tomorrow at the Iron Post.


We The Animals and Terminus Victor

► Blackbird // $7 // 9:30 p.m.

Cole Bridges and Friends

► The Iron Post // cover // 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, March 17th

Joe Asselin

The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

Wes Duffy Trio w/ Feathered Mason

nightshop in Bloomington // cover // 9 p.m

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