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Inaugural local band Merch-Mart to debut at Gallery Art Bar

Five individuals appear in separate photos. All are on a stage with musical instruments. The individual on the left is attired in a black crop top and black pants. The next person is donning a large hat and a yellow coat. The central figure is dressed in a white shirt and blue jeans. The person to their right is in a red shirt and blue jeans. The individual on the far right is wearing a blue crop top and blue jeans. The backdrop is a red wall with a white window.
Inaugural Holiday Local Band Merch-Mart

The Inaugural Holiday Local Band Merch-Mart is making its debut at Gallery Art Bar in Urbana, and it’s a unique event put together to support our local music scene and get your Christmas shopping done all at the same time. Scheduled for Friday, December 15th, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., this unique gathering offers a twist on holiday shopping. As the event poster says, “Partake in Capitalism Like an Anarchist” and snag a special local band t-shirt as a quirky and memorable Christmas gift for your mother, your neighbor, your boss, or anyone else who appreciates the local music scene. It’s a chance to support your favorite local bands while getting your hands on some cool merch.

The Merch-Mart at Gallery Art Bar isn’t just about shopping; it’s a full-on celebration of local talent. The event features live performances by Clayton Burke, Emily How, Sweetmelk, and Paul Koethiemer, ensuring a lively and engaging atmosphere. In addition to these fantastic acts, the event will host various local bands who will be selling their merchandise.

Expect to see stands from @dad_pride_and_the_east_side_5, @greyslush, @emlyhow,, @_sweetmelk, @fakepolaroidsofpaul, @merrytravelersband, @carriesueandthewoodburners and others. And if you’re a band looking to join the fray as a vendor, reach out to Kenna Mae at [email protected]. Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle with the local music community and grab some one-of-a-kind merchandise at the Inaugural Holiday Local Band Merch-Mart.

Inaugural Holiday Local Band Merch-Mart
Gallery Art Bar
119 W Main St
F Dec 15th, 4:30 p.m.
Free (but buy stuff!)

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