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The Overture: October 7-13

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.

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, October 7th

Olivia Farabaugh

► Illini Union Courtyard Café // free // 7 p.m.

Rags and Riches

► Sipyard // free // 7 p.m.

David Chiriboga (Gateways to World Music series)

► Music Building Auditorium (UIUC) // free // 7:30 p.m.

This concert, sponsored by the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, feautres Flamenco guitarists David Chiriboga. Come check out this chicago-based artist to hear some some intense, passionate music. 

Photo from Facebook event page.

Urbana Hootenanny

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 p.m.

Tuesday, October 8th

Jazz at Boomerangs

Boomerangs Bar and Grill // free // 7 p.m. 


The Virginia Theatre // prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

SOM/ EDNA/ Epiphyte

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $5 // 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 9th

Kurt Reeder Organ Quartet

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

Jesse Dayton

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $12-$25 // 7:30 p.m.

The Avant-Guardians, Vol. II

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

Wednesday Night Spotlight

Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

Thursday, October 10th

The Illinois Flamenco-Jazz Project (feat. David Chiriboga)

► Spurlock Museum // free // 7 p.m.

If you miss Monday’s opportunity to hear Chiriboga, then you really want to come check out this even at the Spurlock Museum on UIUC’s campus. This flamenco-jazz fusion concert will feature the Illinois Jazz Study students playing with Chiriboga with Patricia Ortega on vocals. This will be a great opportunity to hear traditional flamenco pieces from Andalusia, Spanish folk songs, and some of Chiriboga’s compositions expanded to a full ensemble. 

Photo from Facebook event page


► The City Center // $15-$20 // 7 p.m.

Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Pistol Annies, Tenille Townes

► State Farm Center // prices vary // 7 p.m.

Good Morning Bedlam, Stone & Snow

► nightshop // $12 // 7:30 p.m.

If you have a chance to make it on out to Bloomington this Thursday, then you won’t want to miss this show. Good Morning Bedlam, known for their high-energy playing, is one of the growing names in the midwest folk scene. Stone & Snow, winners of the 2019 NAMM John Lennon Songwriting Contest, are sure to blow you away. 

Photo from Facebook event page

Mark Stuart & the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $12-$20 // 7:30 p.m.

Wreck the Stage (competition, Champaign Cypher Series)

► The Canopy Club // $10 // 8 p.m.

This will probably be the most exciting musical event of the whole week. Wreck the Stage will feature over a dozen local CU artists putting it all out on the line to win a spot to open for Montana of 300 at Hollowicked next weekend. This will definitely be a night of showmanship and craft you won’t want to miss. 

Photo from Facebook event page.

Kayla Brown

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

This week’s Free Music Thursday at Blackbird will feature local artist Kayla Brown. If you’ve seen We The Animals or Dearie while out and about CU, then you’ll know Brown is not a musician you want to skip out on this week. 

Photo from Facebook event page.

Friday, October 11th

Jazz Friends Quintet

► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

Brad Wheeler Group

► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Dan & Ocean

► Neil St. Blues // free // 6 p.m.

Lume, REZN, Swim Ignorant Fire, Encounter At L-5

► nightshop // $6 // 6:30 p.m.

Keith Harden

► Huber’s West End // free // 8 p.m.

Hekler & Aweminus

► The Castle Theatre // $15-$18 // 8 p.m.

José Gobo & Reginald Lewis Duo

► Crudo // free // 8 p.m.

Wild Earp & The Free for Alls

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 9 p.m. 

Lividity, Bastard’s Asylum, Goremonger, Interspecies Erotica, BTW

► nightshop // $7 adv., $10, door. // 9 p.m.

Dr. Shredd and the Heart Strings (October Fest at the Iron Post)

► The Iron Post // No Cover // 9 p.m.


► The Canopy Club // $22 advance/$25 door // 9 p.m.

Saturday, October 12th

Mank & Sass

► Alto Vineyards // free // 4 p.m.

Illini Utsav

► Illini Union Courtyard Café // free // 6:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Spicmacay, a student organization at UIUC that works to promote Indian arts in the Midwest, Illini Utsav will be an awesome opportunity to hear some Carnatic and Hindustani music and to see some classical Indian dance. Head on over to the Courtyard Café in the Illini Student Union and check out this early show to start your night. 

Photo from Facebook event page.

Abram Shook, Narrow/Arrow, Jonathan Hape

► The Front Porch (Philo) // free // 6:45 p.m.

If you find yourself feeling a little caged-in and want to head out of town, but not too far, you should really head over to Philo and see this Front Porch concert featuring Abram Shook, Narrow/Arrow, and a solo set by Jonathan Hape. From Mansfield, OH (near my old stomping grounds) Narrow/Arrow is bringing some Math Rock our way. If you like Local Natives, but wish they gave you just a little bit more, you’ll love Narrow/Arrow. 

Photo from Facebook event page

Chick Corea Trilogy

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

Emily Anne Band, Elliot Pearson, Painted Canyon /Merry Travelers

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 // 8 p.m.

Fiona Way (Heroes of Habitat Concert)

► The Castle Theatre // $15 // 8 p.m.

The Bloody Wankers, Rockaway Beach, The Bloodsoaked Boogie Bandits

► Blackbird // No Cover // 9 p.m.

The Founding Daddies (at Queerformative)

► nightshop // No Cover // 9 p.m.

Sunday, October 13th

DR Dixie Band

► Curtis Orchard // free // 12 p.m.

UI Symphony Orchestra

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // prices vary // 3 p.m.

Skylar Rogers & the Blue Diamonds (PCBS Blues Jam)

► Pipa’s Pub // free // 4 p.m.

If you’ve never had an opportunity to check out Prairie Crossroad Blues Society’s monthly blues jam, this will be a solid sunday afternoon to do so. Southern Illinois based blues singer Skylar Rogers is sure to impress. 

Photo from Facebook event page.

Papashoy Klezmer Band

► The Iron Post // $5 // 6 p.m.

Hindsley Symphonic Band

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // prices vary // 7:30

Thadeus Gonzalez

► Sipyard // free // 8 p.m.

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