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The Overture: March 4-10

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 4th

Dennis Stroughmatt and Rob Krumm

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

Future Teens, Worlds Greatest Dad, Nectar, Yarrow, Fer De Lance

► Blips and Chitz // $5-$7 // 8 p.m.

TUESDAY, March 5th

Boneyard Brass Band

The Rose Bowl // free // 5 p.m.

Photo from Facebook

Bones Jugs

25 O’Clock Brewing // free // 5 p.m.

Local darlings Bones Jugs are bringing the heat this Tuesday at 25 O’Clock Brewing. Always exuberant and enthusiastic performers, Bones Jugs are providing the quality entertainment while local food truck Oh, Honey Pie is dishing up Mardi Gras-inspired pies and king cakes, and 25 O’Clock will be running happy hour specials from 5-7 p.m. 

Cornstalker Cajun Band

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

Church Street Ramblers

The Iron Post // cover // 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, March 6th

UI Philharmonia Orchestra

Foellinger Great Hall // $10/$7 SC/$4 STU&YTH  // 7:30 p.m.

McNeill Quintet

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

Jon Small Combo

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

Jazz Jam

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

THURSDAY, March 7th

Almost “A” Quintet

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

Hobnob String Band

The Rosebowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

U of I Guitar, Sax Combos

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


The Castle Theater in Bloomington // $15 advance/$18 day of // 8 p.m.

Fine Lines, The Unemployed Architects, Long Ladder Home

► nightshop in Bloomington // cover // 7:30 p.m

147Calboy, Ovaeast Mook, & Rockstar Rodie

The Canopy Club // $25 advance/$70 meet and greet // 9 p.m.


FRIDAY, March 8th

Erik Lund’s Jazz Friends

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

Brian Stark Quartet

Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Carnage the Executioner, Smoke in Space, Black Mage, and Cago

Exile on Main // free // 5 p.m.

Ausar, Ryan Brewer, Melvin Knight, Mermaid Heaven, Shouting Matches, zzo

► Krannert Art Museum // free // 7 p.m.

KAM’s annual Remastered is a showcase of local musicians that improvise a piece of music in repsonse to a piece of artwork at the museum, and that’s happening on Friday. The show is free, so head over and check this one out on Friday evening.

DJ FiDlin

The IMC // $5 // 7 p.m.

6 band Punk Sludge Doom Rock Party

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

Photo from Canopy Club event page

Steady Flow

The Canopy Club // $8 advance/$12 day of show // 9 p.m.

Feeling funky this Friday? Steady Flow’s the show for you. These guys are known for bringing a powerful energy to every live show, and this stop on their album release tour promises more of the same. The icing on the cake is the opening act: The North 41 brings together rock, jazz, and funk in songs that highlight their technical proficiency. Check out Steady Flow’s sound below to get a taste of what’s headed your way:

The Claudettes

► The Iron Post // cover // 9:30 p.m.

Anthony Gomes

► The Castle Theater in Bloomington // $18 advance/$20 day of // 8 p.m

SATURDAY, March 9th

Jim Pryor Trio

► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

FERN, Kiddsoul, Shaya, and Frozegold

The IMC // $5 // 7 p.m.

Photo from Facebook

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra

► Foellinger Great Hall // $40/$36 SC/$5 STU&YTH  // 7:30 p.m.

The CU Symphony Orchestra is performing Terra Nostra this evening, orchestrated by CUSO Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Stacy Garrop. This work “celebrates the beauty of earth and humanity’s historic search for living in balance.” The three sections of music are designed to move listeners, and draw from and expands on the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Walt Whitman, Lord Alfred Tennyson, William Wordsworth, and others.

Red Hot Winter

The City Center // $20-$99 // 8 p.m.

The Waydown Wanderers

The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $15 advance/$20 day of // 8 p.m.

Robert Kimbrough Sr.

► Neil St. Blues // cover // 9 p.m.

Lonely Trailer, Tijuana Hercules, Relevator

► The Loose Cobra in Tolono // cover // 9 p.m.

Henhouse Prowlers

The Iron Post // cover // 9:30 p.m.


The Canopy Club // $15 advance/$25 day of // 10 p.m.

SUNDAY, March 10th

UI Black Chorus and friends

Foellinger Great Hall // $10 // 5 p.m.

The Voice of Champaign: The Final Round

The Canopy Club // $11 // 5:30  p.m.

After Curfew

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

Power Of Dusk, Alien Thing, Mother Meat, Overworry

The IMC // $5 // 8 p.m.

Wes Duffy Trio w/ Feathered Mason

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

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