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The Overture: November 21-27

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 [email protected] with the details.

MONDAY, November 21st

Parkland Jazz Combo

Parkland College // free // 7 p.m.

The Parkland jazz combo will be performing their fall concert with some contemporary and classic jazz from the likes of Herbie Hancock to Paul Desmond and more. 

The Urbana Hootenanny

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 p.m.

Every Monday at the Rose Bowl, come hang out with some great musicians. A sort of open mic meets song share, you can expect a variety of music and performers.

TUESDAY, November 22nd

Larry Gates Presents 3 Song Monte

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Larry Gates of Curb Service invites the audience to play a card game with him in which the audience helps to pick the setlist three songs at a time. 

WEDNESDAY, November 23rd

Photo from Jeff K%NZ’s Facebook page.


NOLA’s Rock Bar // $20 adv, $25 door // 5 p.m.

Danksgiving is back at NOLA’s, with an incredible lineup of hip-hop including Chase Baby, Sandman Slimm, JEFF K%NZ, GR8Sky, $imba P, Forrest Bump, and many more. 

Vine Street Syncopators

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Jazz at Rose Bowl on Wednesdy with the Vine Street Syncopators. Come hear some piping hot jazz to warm you up on a chilly evening.

Caleb Cook Band

Loose Cobra // free // 6 p.m.

The Caleb Cook Band will be providing some outlaw country at Loose Cobra on Wednesday night. 

Dan Hubbard

Castle Theatre // $23 adv, $25 door // 7:30 p.m.

Americana singer-songwriter Dan Hubbard brings his full band to the Castle Theatre in Bloomington for a night of great tunes.

Photo from Rose Bowl Tavern’s Facebook page.

Mike, Kayla, and Brandon T

Rose Bowl Tavern // $5 // 9 p.m.

Come hangout with this all star trio, made up of Mike Ingram, Kayla Brown, and Brandon T Washington providing some tunage for your Wednesday night. 

THURSDAY, November 24th


Bentley’s Pub // free // 8 p.m.

DJ Belly will be spinning some tunes on Thanksgiving at Bentley’s Pub, so if you’re needing to party on Turkey Day, this is your spot.

FRIDAY, November 25th

Jay Ferguson/Jose Gobbo/Max Beckman Trio

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5:30 p.m.

More jazz at the Rose Bowl on Friday evening, with Ferguson, Gobbo and Beckman.

Photo from Terminus Victor’s Facebook page.

Terminus Victor, Djunah, Bristle, Fiona Kimble

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 // 9 p.m.

A killer Black Friday show, these four rock acts are going to bring the energy for a killer night of music. 

SATURDAY, November 26th

Church Street Ramblers

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 3 p.m.

Playing jazz from the early 20th century, Church Street Ramblers will get the toes tapping, with songs by legends such as Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, and other greats.

Sammy and the Coaltraine

Huber’s // free // 7 p.m.

Country group Sammy and the Coltraine stop by Huber’s to play some originals and covers. 

SUNDAY, November 27th

Suzanne, John and The Limping Cowboy Band

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 3 p.m.

This group brings originals and covers of country, folk, and cowboy music.

Top photo from Rose Bowl Tavern’s Facebook page.

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