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The Overture: September 21-27

WHAT: Roy Zimmerman

WHERE: The IMC ($15)

WHEN: Tuesday, September 22nd, 7:30 p.m.

“Funny songs about ignorance, war and greed.” Enjoy this picture of ZImmerman accusing himself of the crime of “satire.”


Various locations around C-U (prices vary)—Wednesday, September 23rd-Sunday September 27th


The biggest music (and lit and tech and Made Fest) event in C-U is this week! Starting on Wednesday with a free show at Krannert Art Museum and carrying on into Sunday with headliners like Run The Jewels and Ride. Check out the full schedule here.


WHAT: Trauma Harness, Kowabunga! Kid, Gush, Copper Blue

WHERE: Dingbat Dungeon ($5)

WHEN: Wednesday, September 23rd, 8 p.m.

Spooky, scary St. Louis deathrockers Trauma Harness recently put out a full-length LP on Kowabunga! Kid singer-guitarist Aaron Shults’ label Rat King Records.


WHAT: Wildwood, Jennifer Hall, Mayhew the Traitor

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Thursday, September 24th, doors at 8 p.m.

Checkout contemporary bluegrass band Wildwood at MNMs with Chicago’s Jennifer Hall and Mayhew The Traitor.


WHAT: EGi., Flaccid, James Jones Trio

WHERE: Canopy Club ($7)

WHEN: Thursday, September 24th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

EGi plays “infectiously danceable experimental funk” and stands for Ethereal Groove Inc.


WHAT: Culture Shock Danville

WHERE: Downtown Danville (free)

WHEN: Friday, September 25th-Sunday, September 27th

A weekend-long music festival just down the road in Danville? It’s no Pygmalion, but it is free! Davina and the Vagabonds, Upshot, James Jones Trio and way more.


WHAT: Tell Mama, West of Staley

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Friday, September 25, 8:45 p.m.

While Pygmalion rages in Urbana for the day, Cowboy Monkey still has music for Champaignans.


WHAT: The Nth Power, Family Groove Company, Brainchild

WHERE: Canopy Club ($10 advance, $15 door)

WHEN: Saturday, September 26th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

The Nth Power list their genre on Facebook as “Love,” so I’d bet their show will be anything but a bummer.


WHAT: Killer of Giants

WHERE: Fat City Bar and Grill

WHEN: Saturday, September 26th, 9:30 p.m.

A tribute to Ozzy Ozbourne. ‘Nuff said.


WHAT: Anna and Elizabeth

WHERE: Pizza M ($15, $10 student, free for 16 and under)

WHEN: Sunday, September 27th,

C-U Folk and Roots presents two musical storytellers.

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