While we encourage you to check out what's happening in live music this week, please use precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are out and about, please wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, and most importantly, respect the people around you, especially the employees that work at these establishments.

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 music@smilepolitely.com with the details.

MONDAY, August 17th

Chip McNeill Group

► The Iron Post // donations suggested // 6 p.m.

Anika Emily

► WEFT (virtually) // free // 10 p.m.

TUESDAY, August 18th

Paul Mock Group

► The Iron Post // donations suggested // 6 p.m.

Chicago Farmer

► Rose Bowl Tavern (virtually) // donations suggested // 7 p.m.


Photo from the Facebook event page.

Kayla Brown

► Rose Bowl Tavern // donations suggested // 7 p.m.

I haven't seen many appearances by singer-songwriter Kayla Brown as of late, as far as shows go during these times of the pandemic, but she will be making it happen this week at Rose Bowl Tavern. You might recognize her from her solo work alone, but she's a member of Dearie and We the Animals as well, two other local bands.


WEDNESDAY, August 19th

Kavi Naidu Combo

► The Iron Post // donations suggested // 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, August 20th

Eric Devey

► The Iron Post // donations suggested // 6 p.m.

Hobnob String Band

► Rose Bowl Tavern // donations suggested // 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, August 21st

Jeff Helgesen Trio

► The Iron Post // donations suggested // 6 p.m.

Matt Ellis

► Pour Bros Craft Taproom // free // 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, August 22nd

Jordan Kaye

► The Iron Post // donations suggested // 6 p.m.

A man (left) and a woman (right) sit on a small flight of stairs. There's a partially opened door behind them. Photo by Anna Longworth.
Photo by Anna Longworth.

The Bashful Youngens

► Pour Bros Craft Taproom // free // 7 p.m.

The patio plays at Pour Bros continue this week with a scene staple in the Bashful Youngens. It appears that this will be a performance as a duo, which means you'll be getting Carrie Chandler and Aaron Short on stage, which is a normal pivot for TBY and their alt-country selves.

The Blues Deacons

► Alto Vineyards // $5 // 7:30 p.m.

Inland Calypso

► Rose Bowl Tavern // donations encouraged // 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, August 23rd

Kelli Bonomo

► Alto Vineyards // free // 2 p.m.

Four people sit in the grass, trees and wooded area behind them. One man sits on the far left, another man sits on the far right wearing a hat. Two women with brown hair sit in the middle. Photo by Anna Longworth.
Photo by Anna Longworth.

Chickadee Sermon

► Rose Bowl Tavern // donations suggested // 5 p.m.

Folk outfit Chickadee Sermon perform early on Sunday evening at Rose Bowl ahead of Soul on Sunday later that night. If you're really looking to hang and watch a ton of live music on Sunday, Rose Bowl is your spot with an early and late show. 

Afro D and Gobal Soundwaves

► The Iron Post // donations suggested // 6 p.m.

Soul on Sunday

► Rose Bowl Tavern // donations suggested // 7 p.m.