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The Overture: Oct. 31-Nov. 6

WHAT: Purity Ring

WHERE: Canopy Club ($25)

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 31st at 9 p.m.

This Pygmalion Series event features dreamy electronica group Purity Ring, whose ethereal performance at last year’s PygFest left us wanting more. With a new setting to shake things up, they won’t disappoint.



WHAT: Eric Stanley / Pass The Flask / Old Fox Road / Brandon Rosa

WHERE: Ghost Planet ($5)

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 1st at 8 p.m.

North Dakota rockers Pass The Flask are coming through the area, and they’ll be joined by some punky locals for support, including Euriah’s Eric Stanley with a solo set.


WHAT: Waka Flocka

WHERE: Canopy Club ($20 advance/$25 door)

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 1st at 9 p.m.

Waka’s 10/30 show was rescheduled due to family matters, and all tickets for Sunday will be honored on Tuesday night. If you happened to have been unable to attend the Sunday show, this is your second chance to catch this fresh rapper blow it up at Canopy.



WHAT: Pablo Villegas

WHERE: Krannert Center (tickets start at $10)

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

Spanish guitar virtuoso Pablo Villegas has had huge audiences: he’s played for the Dalai Lama as well as the Spanish Royal Family. His intimate performances bring spectators in and make them part of his heritage. This ELLNORA Guitar Festival event features one of the very best contemporary guitarists in recent history.


WHAT: C-U Folk and Roots Festival

WHERE: Multiple venues in downtown Urbana (See site for pricing)

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 3rd – Saturday, Nov. 5th

The C-U Folk and Roots Festival returns to downtown Urbana this weekend, bringing with it an original festival experience. Folk and Roots Fest is an all-arts collective, featuring over 80 different events consisting of music, dances, storytelling, jams, and much more. Most events are all ages, and lots of them are free. Check the website for details.


WHAT: The Manhattan Transfer & Take 6

WHERE: The Virginia Theatre (tickets start at $29.50)

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

These two renowned vocal groups each create amazing music that transcends genres, and on Thursday they’ll be combining efforts to make the harmonies that much richer.


WHAT: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades/The Way Down Wanderers

WHERE: Canopy Club ($10 advance/$12 door)

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 9 p.m.

A bluegrass kind of Thursday at Canopy consists of The Way Down Wanderers, who enjoyed playing The Accord in August enough to come visit with us again in quick fashion. The foot-stomping band will share the stage with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, who have played with Merle Haggard and are sure to folk things up.


WHAT: Homme / Emily Blue / Lightbody

WHERE: Clark Bar (was originally at The Accord) ($8 advance/$10 door)

WHEN: Friday, November 4th at 7:30 p.m.

This will be a girl-powered evening at Clark Bar with a lineup of talented indie-pop ladies. Emily Blue will be celebrating the release of her anticipated first solo album, Another Angry Woman, with which she has raised thousands of dollars for C-U organization R.A.C.E.S. The profits from the album will continue to go to the cause and will be available at the show.


WHAT: Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey (cover)

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 4th at 8:30 p.m.

A solid evening of roots-influenced rock and roll fills up Cowboy Monkey this Friday. Crenshaw, an acclaimed singer-songwriter whose hit “Someday, Someway” climbed the charts in the 80’s is joined by alt-country act The Bottle Rockets. If you can’t make it out to Urbana on Friday, you can still grab some folky tunes at the Monkey.


WHAT: Girls Next Door Acapella

WHERE: Canopy Club ($6 advance/$10 door)

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 4th at 6 p.m

Canopy is breaking from their usual shows for a night to offer a performance from Girls Next Door, U of I’s first female a cappella group. They cover a wide range of genres in their performances, from classical to contemporary songs. Come support these talented students as they let their voices shine.


WHAT: Richard Smith

WHERE: The Upper Bout ($20)

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 5th at 7:30 p.m.

Finger-style guitar champion Richard Smith will be another skilled guitarist to catch this week, and he’ll be hosting a master class clinic before the show at 5 p.m. Those that strum should make sure to be present for this one.


WHAT: Empty Vessels / RIBBONHEAD / The Tuesday Lovelies / Doc Otis

WHERE: Ghost Planet ($5)

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 6th at 8 p.m.

Bands from Chicago, Missouri, Connecticut, and Champaign are all coming together on Sunday to provide a killer night of hardcore, punk, noise, and even “Junkyard Gypsy Jazz” music. This eclectic show is worth checking out.

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