Smile Politely

The Overture: December 15-21

WHAT: The Beach Boys

WHERE: The Virginia Theatre ($59.50-$99.50)

WHEN: Monday, December 15th at 7:30 p.m.

There aren’t many things I can say about the Beach Boys that isn’t known by the masses already, so I won’t bother. Tickets are still available, and this is happening tonight at the Virginia Theatre.

WHAT: Solo Showcase featuring Ryan Groff, Cody Sokolski, Kurt Bielema, Chris D. Davies, Garret Gengler, and Nick Rainey

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($5)

WHEN: Thursday, December 18th, doors at 8 p.m.

This month’s edition of the Solo Showcase familiar faces from local bands Elsinore, Finer Feelings, Cody & The Gateway Drugs, and Tomorrow is Already Here.


Cowboy Monkey ($6, or $4 with a toy)—Thursday, December 18th at 9:30 p.m.

Bring a toy to this gig and not only will you get $2 off admission but also karma points. It’s a Toys For Tots benefit featuring two local metal bands and a brand new local band, Euriah, featuring members of Take Care.

WHAT: The Renaissance — Host: WhatMoneyKing, Kilo D. DJ : Jody Digital featuring Yung G, Murr & OG, Dev Divine, Lei’ani Kay, Just-Sayin,Audrey Valetine, Domo Perriano, Squad Nemm, and B.O.

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($5)

WHEN: Thursday, December 18th at 10 p.m.

I’ve really got no clue about this one. Seems to be a DJ night with some nicely-named DJs.

WHAT: Ode Vinter, Airacobra, Caecus, Everdying

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($5)

WHEN: Friday, December 19th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

The occasional metal show at Canopy with locals Ode Vinter.


WHAT: Acker, Engine Summer, The Autocorrect

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Friday, December 19, doors at 9 p.m.

If you’re getting sick of Christmas music, why not check out local instrumental/noise rock/post rock/definitely not holiday tunes band on Friday?

WHAT: The New Souls

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Friday, December 19th at 10 p.m.

Catch Mike Ingram and Brandon T. Washington as The New Souls.


WHAT: Cloud Gavin, Thin Gin, Krelboyne, Northbound

WHERE: Error Records ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, December 20th at 8 p.m.

Danville emo band Cloud Gavin and Northbound, who are on tour from Ohio are coming through Error Records to play with local bands Thin Gin and Krelboyne.

WHAT: Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($7)

WHEN: Saturday, December 20th at 7:30 p.m.

50s-70s cover songs as well as some Christmas cheer thrown in for good measure.


WHAT: Jamaican Queens, Mitchell Kent Dietrich, I Am God.

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Saturday, December 20, doors at 9 p.m.

Catchy computer pop by way of Jamaican Queens, low-key groovy goth coming from Mitchell Kent Dietrich, and local support from chiptune weirdos I Am God.


Since Smile Politely will not be publishing for the next few weeks, here are those events. Expect a New Year’s Eve Overture as well.


WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($1)

WHEN: Friday, December 26th, doors at 9 p.m.

Local hip hop DJs spinning Mike N Molly’s.


WHAT: Surreal Deal

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Friday, December 26th at 10 p.m.

Surreal Deal are a jam band from Urbana.


WHAT: The Brat Pack

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($7)

WHEN: Saturday, December 27th at 10 p.m.

Can’t go wrong with a standard 80s cover band.

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