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, July 20th

Chip McNeill Quartet

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

Pinky the Destroyer

► WEFT (virtual) // free // 10 p.m.

TUESDAY, July 21st


Photo by Anna Longworth.

Jose Gobbo Duo

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

The Iron Post has live music basically every day of the week, which is a nice thing to see in the midst of figuring out how live music can work in this new era of COVID-19. While I'm highlighting this show on Tuesday, check out their calendar for a full list of shows, all seven days of this week.


WEDNESDAY, July 22nd

Reverend Robert

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

THURSDAY, July 23rd

Andrew Duncanson and Robbie Shellist

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

Hobnob String Band

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

FRIDAY, July 24th

Inland Calypso

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


Photo from the Facebook event page.

Joe Stamm Band

► Pour Bros Craft Taproom // free // 8:30 p.m.

Self-proclaimed "Black Dirt Country Rock band" Joe Stamm Band hits the outdoor stage at Pour Bros on Friday evening. This is the continuation of Pour Bros' outdoor live music series that's been ramping up since Phase 4 began in Illinois.

SATURDAY, July 25th


Photo from the Facebook event page.

Sunshine Daydream

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 // 5:30 p.m.

Yes, Sunshine Daydream is a cover band, performing Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia tunes throughout their set(s). We typically stick to original live music for the Overture, but if you've seen them perform, you know what I'm talking about. This would be a great one to check out this weekend at Rose Bowl's outdoor stage.

Hot Club of Urbana

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

Candy Foster

► Alto Vineyards // $5 // 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, July 26th

DJ Belly

► Blackbird // free // 1 p.m.

Doc Shredd, Maria Adams

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


Photo from the Facebook event page.

Soul on Sunday

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

Soul on Sunday has moved around a bit over the years, taking place at Iron Post or IMC at times, and they'll hit the outdoor stage at Rose Bowl on Sunday. It's usually comprised of live music and poetry, and other forms of art in front of a mic, so check out the Facebook event for more details about this.

Top image by Anna Longworth.