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The Overture: November 25-December 2

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, November 26th

Iron Post Big Band

► The Iron Post // cover // 8 p.m.

TUESDAY, November 27th

Kurt Reeder Organ Trio

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, November 28th

Dada Veda

► The Red Herring // free // 12 p.m.

McNeill Quintet

► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.


► The Virginia Theatre // $50-$100 // 7 p.m.

One of the most popular “boy bands” of the late 1990s-early 2000s, 98°, are in town this week. You could consider them in the same conversation as bands like NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, and they’ll be performing on their Christmas Tour and hit the Virginia. There are a variety of ticketing options within that scale, so head over to the Virginia’s site to read more about it.

Matt Storie Combo

► The Iron Post // cover // 8 p.m.

Ian Shepherd, Mitchell Killough, Jesse Brown, Clayton Thompson

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

THURSDAY, November 29th

Nfinite Soul

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

Jared Rabin, Matt Casali, Hannah Kerrigan, Justin Miller

► nightshop in Bloomington // $5 // 7 p.m.

Chip McNeill

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Foellinger Great Hall // $4-$10 // 7:30 p.m.

Aaron Lewis, Matt Poss Band

► The City Center // $32-$47 (sold out) // 8:30 p.m.

EGi, Aquila

► Blackbird // $7 // 9 p.m.


► The Canopy Club // $12 advance/$15 day of show // 10 p.m.

FRIDAY, November 30th

Joey Glassman Group

► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

TMB Trio

► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Bones Jugs, Wes Duffy Trio, Sunday Afternoon

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

Amanda Shires, Cordy Branan

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $20 advance/$23 day of show // 8 p.m.

Larry Gray

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Foellinger Great Hall // $4-$10 // 7:30 p.m.

Evan Bartels

► Pour Bros // free // 8:30 p.m.

Red Sun Rising, Spirit Animal, Dube, Burden of the Sky

► The Canopy Club // $13 advance/$15 day of show // 9 p.m.

Grant Farm, The Bashful Youngens

► Blackbird // $5 // 9 p.m.

Wonky Tonk

► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

Calboy, Lil Lord

► 51 Main // $10-$50 // 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, December 1st

Prevalence, Telephone Junkies, Vonne, Rockford Band, Archer Elevator

► Waluigi’s Mansion // free // 7 p.m.

There’s a new house venue in Urbana amazingly called Waluigi’s Mansion (you must know the Mario Bros character? yes?), and this free show is taking place this week. 

Bill Kirchen, Caleb Cook Band

► The Rose Bowl Tavern // $15 advance/$20 door // 7:30 p.m.

Bill Kirchen headlines the WHIP’s Honky Tonk Holiday show at the historic Rose Bowl Tavern. The guitarist is joined by locals Caleb Cook Band.

Stone & Snow, Nick Africano

► nightshop in Bloomington // $10 // 8 p.m.

The Claudettes

► The Iron Post // cover // 10 p.m.

Catch the jazzy/blues outfit The Claudettes perform their last show in a bunch of months this weekend at the cozy Iron Post. You can check out all of their catalog here ahead of time if you’re interested in looking this crew up.

SUNDAY, December 2nd

Rolston String Quartet

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Foellinger Great Hall // $5-$55 // 3 p.m.

The 2016 First Prize winner of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition and the winner of Chamber Music America’s 2018 Cleveland Quartet Award, the Rolston String Quartet, perform this Sunday at Krannert Center. This show will be served up Salon Style in the Great Hall, so if you’re looking for a change of pace, hit this early afternoon show late this weekend.

Leah Marlene, Kindred

► nightshop in Bloomington // free // 6 p.m.

Ekim & Pieces, Allryze, Spinion

► The Canopy Club // $8 // 8:30 p.m.

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