Smile Politely

The Overture: April 23-29

MONDAY, April 23rd

Beth Lee & The Breakups

► The Iron Post // $10 //  7 p.m.

The Merry Travelers

► Sipyard // free // 7:30 p.m.

OC45, Dirty Rotten Revenge, Green Laser 

► nightshop in Bloomington // $5 // 8:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, April 24th

Wished Bone, Marble Teeth, Jarring, Nick Keeling

► Flynn’s Arcade // $5 suggested donation // 8 p.m.


► The Iron Post // $3 // 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, April 25th

SSG Trio

► The Iron Post // $7 // 6 p.m.

STATIK & LWKY, Trouble Chasin’, Fidlin, Pvpabear

► The Canopy Club // $8 // 9 p.m.

THURSDAY, April 26th

The Owl Club

► The Iron Post // cover unknown // 7 p.m.

C.L.A.W. vs Spandrels, Brief Candles, ZXO

► Memphis on Main // $7 // 8:30 p.m.

A rock show and wrestling — that’s what’s happening on Thursday at Memphis on Main with Champaign Ladies Amateur Wrestling, Spandrels, Brief Candles, and ZXO. Not only that, the Bookmobile! crew will be the backing band for C.L.A.W., as always, so check this out on Thursday eve, especially if you’ve never seen C.L.A.W. before.

Supa Bwe, Louie Kason, Young Jasper, Adot, Freako, 3Name

► The Canopy Club // $8 advance/$11 door // 9:30 p.m.

The Surreal Deal

► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, April 27th

Vance Bollinger Group

► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Love Handles, Charlie & the Possibly Wilds, Don Con, Jesse & James, McKenzie Jeremiah, Madelyn Childress

► Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center // $10 suggested donation // 7 p.m.

Smile Politely 10 Year Anniversary Party featuring Timbalú

► Maize (Downtown Champaign location) // $10 // 8 p.m.

This here magazine turned 10 at the end of last year, and we’re celebrating this Friday at Maize in Downtown Champaign. Timbalú will provide the salsa music, Maize is the venue with tacos and all that good stuff, and Triptych will have Fiesta Forever available. Come join us, won’t you?

Ryan Groff, Justin Walden, Eli Amariah

► Seven Saints // free // 8 p.m.

Dripping Slits, Jeremy David Baker, Non Exotic, Tina Sparkle, Pat Craig & the Morning News

► nightshop in Bloomington // $8 // 8 p.m.

J Roddy Walston and The Business, Dan Luke and the Raid

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $20 advance/$23 door // 8:30 p.m.

DJ Tim Williams, T. Stevenson

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

Jarrel Young, Jay Moses

► The Canopy Club // $10 // 9 p.m.

San E, Mad Clown, Sobe, DJ Juice

► The City Center // $40-$110 // 9 p.m.

A couple of pretty huge Korean musicians are in town this Friday at City Center — Mad Clown and San E. They are on their WE WANT YOU tour, and this show is brought to you by Miga and Sakanaya, plus some others.

SATURDAY, April 28th

John Prine, Milk Carton Kids

► The Virginia Theatre // $68-$108 (SOLD OUT) // 7 p.m.

It appears that John Prine’s performance at the Virginia Theatre is sold out, which is no surprise to me. Prine is a legendary singer-songwriter who just released a new album, Tree of Forgiveness, a couple of weeks ago. Be on the lookout for some post-show coverage from us next week.

Angry Gods, Stay Asleep, Reduced to Instinct, Falter

► nightshop in Bloomington // $7 // 7 p.m.

The Polkaholics

► Cowboy Monkey // $5 // 8:30 p.m.

The Claudettes

► The Iron Post // $7 // 9 p.m.

The Claudettes return to one of their self-proclaimed favorite venues, The Iron Post, on Saturday night following hte release of their brand new album, Dance Scandal a tthe Gymnasium! Produced by Grammy-winner Mark Neill, I’m sure they will be rolling through this new material on Saturday evening. Check it out over at their Bandcamp page.

Killer Bee Honey

► Blackbird // $5 // 9 p.m.

DJ Fern, DJ Aa, JONT 500

► Urbana // cover unknown // 9:30 p.m.


► The City Center // $10 // 10 p.m.

SUNDAY, April 29th


► Illinois Main Quad // free with iCard // 2 p.m.

That’s right — there’s a free T-Pain show on the Quad on Sunday. If you’re a student, you can see it for free with your iCard. If you’re not a student, you probably just can’t enter the barrier they have, but could listen or watch from beyond that barrier. Nothing like some afternoon T-Pain to fill your Sunday with some autotuned bangers.

Soul on Sunday

► The Iron Post // donations accepted // 7 p.m.

Carnage the Executioner, Katana Da Don, Rogue Tendency, Young Club, Smoke in Space

► The Canopy Club // $7 // 8 p.m.

Drity Rotten Revenge, The Subservients, Dead End Lights

► nightshop in Bloomington // $5 // 8 p.m.


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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