Gallery Art Bar in Urbana is gearing up for a unique musical treat with the launch of its new concert series, “Urbana Sandwich”. Conceived by Emily Otnes, a musician originating from Urbana and co-founder of the innovative At a Glance artist agency, this series promises to be a vibrant addition to the Champaign-Urbana music scene. Beginning in February, the event is scheduled for the first Thursday of every month, in collaboration with Gallery Art Bar. Otnes, inspired by the eclectic ambiance of Gallery Art Bar, envisioned a platform that blends the talents of local artists with those of touring musicians, creating a dynamic musical exchange. The series, co-sponsored by WEFT 90.1 FM, follows a novel format where two local acts bookend a touring artist, mirroring the ‘sandwich’ concept in its name. This setup not only brings a diverse range of music to the audience but also fosters connections between Champaign-Urbana musicians and their touring counterparts, enriching the local music community. The first show is Thursday, February 1st, and features local acts Garden Girl and Taurus Hate Club playing before and after Sunshine Scott from Nashville.
Urbana Sandwich is more than just a concert series; it’s an expression of creativity and community bonding. Otnes’ inspiration drawn from vintage logos and a penchant for vibrant colors is evident in the retro-diner menu-inspired posters, adding a nostalgic yet refreshing vibe to the event. This thoughtful aesthetic complements the diverse genres of music that will grace the stage, promising an immersive experience for attendees. Bands and artists from C-U and beyond are encouraged to be a part of this exciting journey. For those looking to join future Urbana Sandwich lineups, applications are open, inviting a wide range of talent to contribute to this burgeoning musical tradition. If you or your band is interested in performing, fill out the application at this link. Whether you’re a local music enthusiast or a touring artist, Urbana Sandwich at Gallery Art Bar is set to become a staple event, promising a blend of great music, artistic community, and a splash of vibrant, retro charm.