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The Overture: August 10-16

While we encourage you to check out what’s happening in live music this week, please use precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are out and about, please wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, and most importantly, respect the people around you, especially the employees that work at these establishments.

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, August 10th

Chip McNeill

► The Iron Post // donations encouraged // 6 p.m.

TUESDAY, August 11th

A man wearing a white shirt plays a red guitar, he's singing into a microphone. Image by Janet Soesbe.

Photo by Janet Soesbe.

Urbana Backyard BBQ Duo

► The Iron Post // donations encouraged // 6 p.m.

Head out to Urbana for this oldtime country and blues band, Urbana Backyard BBQ Band, which is headed up by Robb Krumm. You might recognize him as one of the faces behind C-U Folk & Roots Festival.

Chicago Farmer

► Rose Bowl Tavern (virtually) // donations encouraged // 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, August 12th

Matt Storie Group

► The Iron Post // donations encouraged // 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, August 13th

Simply This Jazz Quintet

► The Iron Post // donations encouraged // 6 p.m.

Hobnob String Band

► Rose Bowl Tavern // donations encouraged // 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, August 14th

Joe Longardner

► The Iron Post // donations encouraged // 5 p.m.

TMB Trio, Doro

NOLA’s Rock Bar // free // 5 p.m.

The Impalas

 Huber’s // free // 6 p.m.

Three members of a band stand on a stage, all singing into microphones. Image by Robert K Recordings.

Photo by Robert K. Recordings.

New Souls, Strick Lee

► Rose Bowl Tavern // donations encouraged // 7 p.m.

A two act bill is lined up this Friday at Rose Bowl, which is something of a rare thing these days due to COVID-19. New Souls will kick it off, followed up by DJ Strick Lee, outside at Rose Bowl in Downtown Urbana. Read about New Souls member Cii La’Cole Stewart, as we featured her last week in the Music section.

Mank N Sass

► Pour Bros Craft Taproom // free // 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, August 15th

Inland Calypso

► Rose Bowl Tavern // donations encouraged // 7 p.m.

The Painkillers

► Alto Vineyards // $5 // 7:30 p.m.

A man wearing a black flat billed hat looks at the camera. there's a image on top of it that looks like a well. Image from Justin Larkin's Facebook page.

Image from Justin Larkin’s Facebook page.

Justin Larkin

► Pour Bros Craft Taproom // free // 8:30 p.m.

Justin Larkin hails from Springfield, Missouri, and will head this way to play his blend of rock and Americana on the patio at Pour Bros in Downtown Champaign.

SUNDAY, August 16th

Billy Galt

► Alto Vineyards // free // 2 p.m.

Three people stand in the middle of a brick-paved road. The woman in the middle is holding a guitar by her feet. Image by Veronica Mullen.

Photo by Veronica Mullen.

Merry Travelers

► Rose Bowl Tavern // donations encouraged // 7 p.m.

Merry Travelers will close out the busy week/weekend at Rose Bowl for a socially distanced hang on Sunday evening. Remember to wear a mask when you’re not at your seat, and to respect one another, of course.

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