The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in Champaign-Urbana (and the outskirts) 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, March 9th   

Urbana Hootenanny

► Rose Bowl Tavern // Free // 8 p.m.

Poisoned Rationality (March Boom Jam)

► Boomerangs // Free // 8 p.m.


Tuesday, March 10th

Southernicity

► Clark Bar // Free // 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11th

Choirs at University of Illinois present: “O be joyful,” (Chandos Anthem Series)

► Smith Memorial Hall // Free // 1 p.m.

The Tucked in T’s

► nightshop // $5 // 7 p.m.

Drum Tao 2020

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

A graphic announcing the Performance-Talk by Elsinore lead singer, Ryan Groff. A picture of Groff appears in a diamond surrounded by Blue and Green bars on three corners of the diamond. Small green diamonds appear next to this picture against a white background. The information for the event is given in text on the right-hand side.Image from the Facebook event.

Performance Talk with Ryan Groff of Elsinore

► Levis Faculty Center // Free // 7:30 p.m.

Local musician Ryan Groff, lead singer for Elsinore, will be giving a Performance-Talk as part of Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities event series. Groff will perform some of his original music and speak to life as a songwriter, musician, and owner of Champaign’s Perennial Sound Studio.

DEHD with Ex Okays, zzo

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 // 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 12th

UI Lyric Theatre Showcase (Krannert Uncorked)

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Free // 5 p.m.

Sam Payne Trio

► Rose Bowl Tavern // Free // 5:30 p.m.

Dave-n-Lisa

► Boomerangs // Free // 6 p.m.

Jake and Jackson

► Riggs Taproom // Free // 6 p.m.

Cara Stacey with The Improvisers Exchange (Sudden Sound Concert)

► Krannert Art Museum // Free // 7:30 p.m.

UI Symphony Orchestra

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

A black and white picture of the five members of Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy. All the members sport either a beard or a goat-tee. The stare blankly into the camera. The member second from the left holds a beer in a koozie, the member second from the right wears aviator sunglasses with one eyebrow cocked.Image from the Facebook event.

Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy, Tara Terra, Sherwood Forest

► nightshop // $10 // 7:30 p.m.

Wichita-based “Brass ‘n’ Grass” outfit, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, will be holding court at Bloomington’s nightshop in a show made to kick off your weekend. Tara Terra (Champaign and Chicago) will also be performing along with Bloomington-Normal’s Sherwood Forest, a folk-rock group that’ll compliment Carrie Nation’s thrashfolk and Tara Terra’s alt rock.

Ana Popovic with Josie Lowder

► The Castle Theatre // $20 // 8 p.m.

Meadowhawk

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $5 // 8 p.m.

Boogie T and Boogie T.rio

► The Canopy Club // $18-$22 adv. // 9 p.m.

Friday, March 13th

Brad Wheeler Group

► Blackbird // Free // 5 p.m.

Lady Lynn, LaQuisha Burries, Andre Crittenden with Theo Fisher, others (Musical Celebration for Pastor Shelby)

► Salem Baptist Church // Free-will offering // 6 p.m.

Jimi Dragonfly

► Clark Bar // Free // 6:30 p.m.

Joe Stamm Band

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $7 adv., $10 door // 7 p.m.

Corduroy

► 25 O’Clock Brewing Company // Free // 7 p.m.

Nuclei

► Neil St. Blues // Free // 7 p.m.

Michael Fisher Recital (Organ)

► Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church // Free // 7:30 p.m.

The Impalas

► Huber’s West End // Free // 8 p.m.

Candy Foster

► Boomerangs // $5 // 8 p.m.

Casey Donahew Band

► The City Center // Prices vary // 8 p.m.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

► The Castle Theatre // Prices vary // 9 p.m.

DJ Gumby & fiDlin (Bass & Lace Neon Party vol. 2)

► Blackbird // $5 // 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 14th

The Local Session

► Market in the Square // Free // 10 a.m.

Double Dots

► Clark Bar // Free // 6:30 p.m.

J.P. Cormier

► Autumn Ridge House Concerts // Donation // 7:30 p.m.         

Edward David Anderson (album release show)

►nightshop // $15 adv., $17 door // 8 p.m.

Keith Hardin

► Huber’s West End // Free // 8 p.m.

Reckastro

► Neil St. Blues // Free // 8 p.m.

Corduroy & Co.

► Pour Bros. // Free // 8:30 p.m.

The four members of Ratboys sit outside on large stones, the wind blowing two of the members long hair. The light is bright, but the clouds are overcast.Image from the Facebook event.

Ratboys, Take Care, Gnarly Beth

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 // 8:30 p.m.

Chicago’s Ratboys (post-country, indie) will be performing music from the recent LP, Printer’s Devil, which was released on February 28th. They will be joined by C-U favorites, Take Care and Gnarly Beth. This is definitely my show of choice for this weekend.

Lou DiBello Band

►Goldy’s // Free // 9 p.m.

Aquila with Formidable Foe

► Blackbird // $5 // 9 p.m.

Sunday, March 15th

Hot Sauce Universe

► Alto Vineyards Champaign // Free // 2 p.m.

Keith and Kathy Harden with Bob Watson

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $5 // 7 p.m.

FEA, Power of Dusk, Blushe, Kat and the Hurricane

► nightshop // $6 adv., $8 door // 7:30 p.m.

Blunts & Blondes

► The Castle Theatre // Prices vary // 8 p.m.