The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in the Champaign-Urbana area (and the outskirts) each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish, but all shows and performances are subject to change at any time. Thank you for understanding.
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MONDAY, November 19th
There are no shows scheduled for this date
TUESDAY, November 20th
► Avionics // $7 // 7 p.m.
Acoustic/folk outfit The Chickadee Sermon have been playing a ton this year all around C-U, and they're joined by a couple of other solo acoustic projects on Tuesday night at Avionics. ts foss is the touring act from Madison (one of the members of the band Proud Parents), and Eli Amariah is from Sleeping Okami.
► Blackbird // free // 7 p.m.
► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.
WEDNSEDAY, November 21st
► Boomerang’s // free // 7 p.m.
► Loose Cobra // free // 7 p.m.
► Blackbird // free // 8 p.m.
► The Iron Post // cover // 8 p.m.
► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $12 advance/$15 day of show // 8 p.m.
► Pipa’s Pub // cover // 8 p.m.
► Cowboy Monkey // free // 9 p.m.
► Goldy’s // free // 9 p.m.
► Blackbird // free // 12 a.m.
Here's one option for Blackout Wednesday: Old School Party with DJ LegTwo and DJ Belly on the decks at Blackbird in Downtown Urbana. No cover gets you a few hours of old school hits from these two to help provide a hangover for Thursday at your family's Thanksgiving table.
THURSDAY, November 22nd
► Bentley's Pub // free // 9 p.m.
Want to slug down $3 White Lies and some cheap beers on Thursday night after you stuff your face with Thanksgiving grub? Here's your spot to go, Bentley's has DJ Belly on the decks, and drink specials to boot. Plus, you can bring in outside food, so maybe you can bring your 3rd or 4th round of Thanksgiving food with you.
FRIDAY, November 23rd
► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.
► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.
Sapphire, Jane Done, Blacktop Audio, Korupter, Soul on Sunday, Crazy Johnny Band, Garrett & Geezers, and more
► Boomerang’s // $5 // 6 p.m.
► nightshop in Bloomington // cover // 8 p.m.
► 51 Main // cover // 9 p.m.
► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.
SATURDAY, November 24th
► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.
► The Canopy Club // $10 // 7 p.m.
A ton of rappers are lined up for the Champaign Cypher Series homecoming show on Saturday night at Canopy Club. Bubba Mane, Playboi Gigalo, Frito, Young Blu, Jay Moses, Chase Baby, Gr8SKY, Truth AKA Trouble, and so many others — which you can see at the Facebook event above. Doors are listed at 7 p.m. for this, and music starts thereafter.
► Pour Bros // free // 8:30 p.m.
Local staple, Americana/roots outfit Bones Jugs, haven't played a ton of shows as of late, aside from their PYGMALION and C-U Folk & Roots Festival appearances. Here's a free show at Pour Bros you can check out to get yer dance on post-Thanksgiving.
► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.
► Cowboy Monkey // $5 // 9:00 p.m.
A trio of locals are lined up at Monkey on Saturday night for their Post-Thanksgiving Hootenanny. Headlined by Tractor Kings, and even though the band hasn't put out anything since 2016's Codes, they're still one of the most reliable and best bands in town. Longtime scene crew Lonely Trailer and new-ish outfit Primitive Lights join in on the fun.
► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, November 25th
► Champaign Public Library // free // 2 p.m.
► The Iron Post // donations // 7 p.m.
► 51 Main // free/$3 under 21 // 10 p.m.