Overture: August 15-21 : Music : Smile politely

The Overture is a roundup of live music and performances happening every week in and around Champaign-Urban. All information is as accurate as we can make it public; however, all shows and performances are subject to change at any time. Thank you for your understanding.

Did we miss something this week? Any shows you think we should know about? Write to us at [email protected] with details.

MONDAY, August 15

Andrew Binder Trio

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5:30 p.m

Bassist Andrew Binder brings his trio to the Rose Bowl, with James Mock on drums and Brian Stark on sax.

Urbana Gutenanni

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 pm

Come hang out with great musicians every Monday at the Rose Bowl. A kind of open mic meets song sharing, you can expect a variety of music and artists.

TUESDAY, August 16

Image from Rose Bowl Tavern Facebook.


Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5:00 p.m

JVR3 returns after two years with Jenel Orcherton on alto sax, Andrii Gonsalves on bass and frontman Jamie Ryan on drums.


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

Space Port’s large lineup of local jazz acts brings jazz fusion with a touch of funk.

Wednesday, August 17

Image from Rose Bowl Tavern Facebook.

Jose Gobbo Trio

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5:00 p.m

This week, Buddy Rogers and Max Beckman join jazz guitarist José Gobbo for a party of tunes.

THURSDAY, August 18

Big daddy’s pride

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5:00 p.m

Big Daddy Pride performs at the Rose Bowl during America’s Happy Hour with special guests Clayton Burke and Nicholas “Hot Knife” Stein.

Immersion Festival: DJ Quad

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 9 pm

Immersion Fest will kick off at the Rose Bowl with DJ Quad playing an original quadraphonic mix The dark side of the moon along with a rare light show.

FRIDAY, August 19

The Jeff Helgesen Quintet

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5:00 p.m

Local trumpet guru Jeff Helgesen hits the Rose Bowl with his all-star quintet, bringing you 1960s hard bop.

Image from Facebook Brass Rail.

The Josh Caterer Trio

Brass rail // $15 // 7:30pm

Josh Caterer, known for his work in the Chicago punk band the Smoking Popes, has released a new solo album. Hideout sessions. He will perform with his trio.


Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 pm

Rock band Decandents will play a set at the Rose Bowl for an evening of classic and vintage rock.

Yellow ostrich, bath meat, LYN

Free cobra // $15 // 8 p.m

Indie rock band Yellow Ostrich has been joined by self-described “depressed pop” artist Bathab Sig. The dream pop group CU LLYN opens the show.

The city of Luma

NOLA // free // 8 pm

NOLA’s Soundscapes will flood the walls with projections, while DJs and musicians create music. Part of the Immersion Festival.

Soul Shakedown with DJ LEGTWO

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 10:00 p.m

Late at the Rose Bowl, Larry Gates, aka DJ LEGTWO, will be spinning funk and soul favorites.

SATURDAY, August 20

Immersion Festival Day 3

Cohen Building // free of charge // 10 h

An interactive sound gallery can be explored in the Cohen Building on Saturday with synthesizers, drum machines, a theremin, multi-part jam stations and more.

From The Pants

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 3:00 p.m

An exciting night of funk awaits you at the Rose Bowl this Saturday. Van De Pants plays classic funk, “ala The Meters”. Guitar, bass, keys, drums, any atmosphere.

The Dirty Feathers, Big Daddy Pride and The East Side Five, Sweetmelk

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 featured cover // 7 p.m

A killer Saturday night lineup with these three bands. In addition, Sweetmelk will debut as a full band.

Modern Drugs, Kurb Service

For Bros // free // 8 pm

Indie rock band Modern Drugs, along with alternative rock band Curb Service, are hosting an exciting night of music.


NOLA // free // 8 pm

Jazz, rock and rhythm and blues from Aquila. Come to the party, jam and dance.

Image from Weird Meat Boyz Facebook.

Yap Trap, The Falbonauts

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 suggested cover // 10:30 p.m

The music at the Rose Bowl continues with punk rockers Yap Trap and rock band The Falbonauts.

SUNDAY, August 21

Festival “Summer is not over yet”.

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 // 2 p.m

Great line-up for this Sunday’s festival including Kangaroo Court, Soft and Dumb, Decapitation in the Food Court, Ultraviolet and more.

Unofficial Quad Day Party

Canopy Club // free before 8 p.m., $10 after 8 p.m. // 4 p.m.

Come kick off the school year with a great lineup of artists including The Data Waves, Jarrel Young, Sixth Street Brass and many more.

Shinrin Onyoku

Japanese gardens // free // 4:00 p.m

Shinrin Onyoku returns to Japanese Gardens with musical guest DJ Van Paugam playing Japanese urban pop music from the 70s and 80s.

Nachos after sex, similar

NOLA // $10 adv, $12 door // 8pm

Alt rock band Post Sex Nachos joins indie pop band Similar Kind.

Main image from Pygmalion Facebook.

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