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The Overture: January 9-15

Musician Cachi performs on stage, holding his guitar and wearing a cowboy hat.
Photo from Rose Bowl Tavern’s Facebook page.

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 with the details.

MONDAY, January 9th

The Goldman-Lewis-Olson Trio

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5:30 p.m.

This trio (aka The GLO Trio) is a new group, made up of Ben Goldman, Reggie Lewis, and Sam Olson.

The Urbana 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. 

TUESDAY, January 10th

Four piece band Los Guapos perform in the Sipyard alleyway, with graffiti covered walls surrounding them. They each play their respective instrument.
Photo from Los Guapos’ Facebook page.

Los Guapos

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

Come get a taste of traditional Peruvian Chicha and Cumbia with Los Guapos.  With covers and originals, Los Guapos always entertains.

Hobnob String Band

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7:30 p.m.

Hobnob String Band brings you some great acoustic music, from blues to bluegrass and other styles. Catch some great harmonies, and of course some wonderful fingerpicking.

WEDNESDAY, January 11th

Mango Pods II

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7:30 p.m.

Mango Pods II is a rebirth of Mango Pods, blending jazz and popular music for an exciting night of music.

THURSDAY, January 12th


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

Another round of americana happy hour at Rose Bowl, this time with Chachi bringing the tunes and great guitar playing.

Five piece band Haki N Dem poses for a photo, looking into the camera and smiling.
Image from Haki N Dem’s Facebook page.

Amy Mitchell & Friends, Aces & Rhythm, Haki N Dem

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7:30 p.m.

Amy Mitchell & Friends brings their new funk project to Rose Bowl, alongside Aces & Rhythm and the newly formed Haki N Dem.

FRIDAY, January 13th

Erik Lund’s Jazz Friends

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

Erik Lund’s Jazz Friends return to Rose Bowl, with Erik Lund on trombone, Jeff Helgesen on trumpet, George Turner on guitar, Emma Taylor on bass, and Ricardo Flores on drums.

Masquerade d’Vampire

Rose Bowl Tavern // $13 adv, $15 door // 8:30 p.m.

The Darkness Underground brings a blood-curdling night of fun with a vampire themed costume and dance party.

SATURDAY, January 14th

Los Texano’z

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

Los Texanoz from Arcola provide Conjunto and Tejano music. With guitar, bass, drums, and accordion, Los Texano’z music will give you a taste of Mexico. 

Five piece band Motel Breakfast sits on a couch smiling into the camera. The member in the middle wears a paper mache bird head.
Photo from Motel Breakfast’s Facebook page.

Motel Breakfast, 4×4 Animal Style, Bum Rush

Rose Bowl Tavern // $7 adv, $10 door // 9 p.m.

Chicago indie-rockers Motel Breakfast stop by the Rose Bowl Tavern to bust out some tunes with the help of groovy 4×4 Animal Style and the fast-paced rockers Bum Rush.

SUNDAY, January 15th

Rose Bowl Big Band

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 3 p.m.

This U of I jazz group will be bringing all of the big band energy to Rose Bowl on Sunday, so get ready to dance. 

Music Editor

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