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 [email protected] with the details.

MONDAY, April 18th

Citlalli Pino Quartet

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

Jazz vocalist Citlalli Pino brings her talent to the Rose Bowl, backed by her rhythm section trio.

Image from Parkland College's Facebook page. 

Parkland College Jazz Combo

Parkland College // free // 7 p.m.

At the Parkland College Second Stage Theatre, this combo will be playing some classic jazz tunes from the greats. 

Urbanna Hootenanny

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 p.m.

Every Monday at the Rose Bowl, come hang out with some great musicians. A sort of open mic meets song share, you can expect a variety of music and performers.

Jake McNamara

WEFT Sessions (virtual) // free // 10 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Jake McNamara hits the WEFT studios. 

TUESDAY, April 19th

Joan Hickey Quintet

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

Pianist Joan Hickey leads her quintent in a tribute to one of my favorite pianists, Bill Evans, playing his 1963 release Interplay. 

WEDNESDAY, April 20th

4/20 Party at Rose Bowl

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 4 p.m.

A big ole lineup of musicians, including DJ CBD, Fully Baked (Kenna Mae, Paul Kotheimer, JP Goguen, Charlie Harris, Cody Jensen), and Blues Deacons. There will also be vendors set up. Lot's going on, lots of ways to party.  

THURSDAY, April 21st

Ashley Riley

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

Americana Happy Hour continues another week, this time with Ashley Riley, bringing an americana, indie, earthy tunes to the Rose Bowl. 

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Adam Neiman

Krannert Center // $40 // 7:30 p.m.

The C-U Symphony Orchestra is joined by acclaimed pianist Adam Neiman, playing Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43." The Easy Central Illinois Youth Orchestra will also be joining this evening.

Image from Deeohgee's Facebook page. 


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

Psychedelic, hippie, rock and roll with Deeohgee at Rose Bowl. They have a Christmas song called "Santa Claus Is Dead," so that should give you an insight into their humorous, wild songs. 

Lil Keed

Canopy Club // $30 // 9:30 p.m.

Atlanta rapper Lil Keed is stopping by Canopy Club on Thursday. Known for his trippy, auto-tuned trap music, Lil Keed is quickly rising in popularity. 

FRIDAY, April 22nd

Caleb Cook Band

Huber’s // free // 7 p.m.

Country musician Caleb Cook brings his band to Huber's for a kick-butt night of country.

Tim Kinsella & Jenny Pulse, Ricki Marvel, IVO

Nightshop // $10 adv, $13 door // 8:30 p.m.

You may know Tim Kinsella from bands such as Cap'n Jazz or Joan of Arc. You may know Jenny Pulse from her solo work as well as Spa Moans. Did you know the two are married and making some great music together? Well they are, and opening up the night is Ricki Marvel, bringing lofi and art-pop, and Bloomington's own IVO, playing indie, alternative, dream pop.

Image from OPIUO's Facebook page. 


Canopy Club // $15 // 9 p.m.

New Zealand-born, Australian-based DJ OPIUO is mix of bass, glitch, and funk to Canopy Club for a wild night of music. 

Beth Bombara, Emily Anne Band

Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 // 9 p.m.

Missouri based singer-songwriter Beth Bombara joins Urbana's Emily Anne and her band for a night of folk and country.

SATURDAY, April 23rd

Jive Bag

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 4 p.m.

A five-piece jazz band playing New-Orleans inspired funk and contemporary jazz, you can expect traditional tunes and originals.

Image from Thomas Nicholas' Facebook page. 

Thomas Nicholas Band

Nightshop // $15 adv, $20 door // 7 p.m.

You might recognize Thomas Nicholas from his role as Kevin Myers in the American Pie film franchise. Thursday, he brings his band for a night of rock and roll.

The Tripp Brothers

NOLA's Rock Bar // $7 // 7 p.m.

It's going to get funky with Jimmy and Sean Tripp, two brothers on saxophone and trombone who combine their sound with some heavy bass to keep the party going. 

John David Daily Band

Castle Theatre // $25+ // 7 p.m.

A night of country music with the Nashvile-based John David Daily Band. Opening the show is Matt Miller.

Colonel James Presents, Nick Gusman & the Coyotes, Yard Eagle, Tim McGee

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

An exciting night of folk, country, blues, psych, and more with four uniquely amazing artists. You'll be getting bang for your buck with this show. 

SUNDAY, April 24th

Tenor Titans

Spurlock Museum // free // 2 p.m.

3 musicians will discuss their favorite jazz heroes and each play an individual set. Finally, all three musicians will combine forces for a great set of jazz tunes. 

Union Avenue

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 2 p.m.

Playing rockabilly music from the 1950s, Union Avenue's energy is contagious. 

Tenor Titans

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

A night of jazz hosted by Chip McNeill, this is an afterglow performance from the Tenor Titans following their performance at Spurlock Museum. 

Thomas Nicholas Band

One-T's Cornerpocket // $10 // 7 p.m.

In case you couldn't make it to Bloomington on Saturday night, not a problem. Thomas Nicholas is stopping by Champaign tonight. 

Image by Jetrail Photography, from Wednesday 13's Facebook page.

Wednesday 13

Castle Theatre // $20 adv, $23 door // 7 p.m.

Horror punk, gothic metal, hardcore punk — basically, if you're into spooky punk rock, this will be a show right up your alley. 

Good Morning Bedlam, Emily the Band

Nightshop // $10 adv, $13 door // 7:30 p.m.

Minneapolis indie folk band Good Morning Bedlam joins a bill with Peoria's own Emily the Band, playing indie pop. 

J. Jones and the TriTones

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 p.m.

James Jones, Mitchell Killough, Justin Simmons and JD Dye make up this group, bringing some smooth tunes and tasty licks.

Top image from OPIUO's Facebook page.