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The Overture: September 27-October 2

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.

TUESDAY, September 27th

Larry Gates Presents 3 Song Monte

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Power to the listener — Larry Gates of Curb Service invites the audience to choose three songs for him to play at Rose Bowl Tavern. 

Image from the Chicago Immigrant Orchestra’s Facebook page.

Chicago Immigrant Orchestra

Krannert Center // $30 // 7:30 p.m.

The Chicago Immigrant Orchestra is a 20-piece ensemble that consists of members of the Chicago immigrant community, who play a broad range of musical styles.

WEDNESDAY, September 28th

Vine Street Syncopators

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Jazz at Rose Bowl on Wednesdy with the Vine Street Syncopators. Come hearsome piping hot jazz to warm you up.


Castle Theatre // $30 adv, $35 door // 8 p.m.

Rapper B.o.B. is hitting the stage at Castle with his live band on his Better Than Drugs tour.

THURSDAY, September 29th

Image from Rose Bowl Tavern’s Facebook.

Greg Klyma

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Greg Klyman plays old school country and rock. He is currenly touring in support of his newest album Singing For My Life. 

Joel Weir

Riggs Beer Co. // free // 6 p.m.

Indiana based singer/songwriter Joel Weir will be bringing his intimate acoustic and alt-country songs to Riggs. 


Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7:30 p.m.

Silverweed plays originals and covers, ranging from Grateful Dead to Bob Dylan. This week they’re joined by Dyke Corson.

Image from Maddy O’Neal’s Facebook page. 

Maddy O’Neal, zoska

Canopy Club // $15 // 8 p.m.

With roots in rock as well as old-school hip-hop, Maddy O’Neal manages to tie these roots into a unique electronic sound. 

Goth Night

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 9 p.m.

Goths unite for a night of synthpop, darkwave, industrial, noise, and more at Rose Bowl. Wear all black, obviously.

FRIDAY, September 30th

Chip Stephens Organ Trio

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

Organ, guitar, and drums come together to form this jazz trio, bringing some great tunes.

Curb Service, Trouble Chasin’

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 p.m.

Larry Gates returns to Rose Bowl with his band Curb Service, alongside local hip-hop duo Trouble Chasin’.

Inland Calypso

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 10 p.m.

A night of Caribbean music with a midwest spin. With steel drums, electric guitar, keys, and more, it is sure to be a night of fun and dancing.

SATURDAY, October 1st

Champaign-Urbana Symphony

Krannert Center // $40 // 7:30 p.m.

The C-U Symphony presents The Beauty Of Brahams, playing Braham’s “Symphony No. 1” as well as Ranjbaran’s “Violin Concerto.”

SUNDAY, October 2nd


Seven Saints // free // 2 p.m.

WEFT is celebrating 41 years on the air and will be hosting live music throughout the day at Seven Saints. Performers include Dr0psy, Rev Robert and the Rhumba Bums, and Ballet Folklorico Mitotiani. 

Image from The Virginia Theatre’s Facebook page.

Melissa Etheridge

Virginia Theatre // $50+ // 7:30 p.m.

Pride Fest comes to a close this Sunday with a performance from the legendary Melissa Etheridge. 

Jamestown Revival

Castle Theatre // $20 adv, $23 doors // 7:30 p.m.

Southern folk duo Jamestown Revival stops by The Castle Theatre with support from David Ramirez.

Top image from The Virginia Theatre’s Facebook page. 

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