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The Overture: Aug. 26-Sept. 1

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, August 26th

Mike Fenolio Group

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

TUESDAY, August 27th

To our knowledge, there are no shows scheduled on this date.

WEDNESDAY, August 28th

Del Ray

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

Weedeater, California Mummy, RedLeg

► Loose Cobra // $20 // 8 p.m.

Weedeater is a rad stoner metal band that will fit quite nicely at Loose Cobra for this Wednesday night show. You best get tickets early if you’re going to hit this one, as the limited capacity at the Cobra will make this a jam packed sweaty show. 

Photo from the Facebook event

Ian Shepherd, Mitchell Killough, Jesse Brown, Clayton Thompson

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

THURSDAY, August 29th

Spoken Nerd, Werepire Day, Jared Grabb, City Mouth, If Only, If Only

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

Aquila, Hollow Down

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

FRIDAY, August 30th

Chip Stephens

► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

Emily Blue, The Fantastic Plastics

► Blackbird // $8 advance/$10 day of show // 7:30 p.m.

C-U ex-pat Emily Blue heads back down this way for a show at Urbana’s Blackbird with another act that spent a bunch of time here in the Fantastic Plastics. Emily Blue has been hard at work on her solo project (outside of Tara Terra) up in Chicago, and the Fantastic Plastics were performing in C-U back in the early 2010s, and have a new record out in October. 

Photo from the Facebook event page

Chachi and the Bandidos

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 p.m.

DJ Belly, Stricklee

► Watson’s // free // 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, August 31st

James Mauck’s Forebeat, Of Course You Realize…, Apsal’ara, Malady Jane

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $5 // 4 p.m.

Black Eyed Lillies

► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

Evan Bartels

► Pour Bros Craft Taproom’s Artist Alley // free // 8:30 p.m.

Pour Bros is celebrating their one year anniversary this weekend with Evan Bartels as their musical guest for the evening. It is hard to believe it has already been a year since the new watering hole opened in Downtown Champaign, and with the continuation of their Artist Alley Series towards the end of the summer months, this should be a good way to spend an evening this weekend.

Photo from the Facebook event page

CLAW, Broad Comedy, Bookmobile!

► The Canopy Club // $15 advance/$20 day of show // 9 p.m.

Caleb Cook Band

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 9 p.m.

Cypher Saturdays

► Blackbird // $10 // 10 p.m.

SUNDAY, September 1st

Prairie Jam 2019

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7 p.m.

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