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The Overture: February 2-8

WHAT: Steel City Jug Slammers

WHERE: The Rose Bowl

WHEN: Monday, February 2nd at 8 p.m.

A bit of a late addition to this week’s Overture, but the Steel City Jug Slammers will be performing a special set during the Rose Bowl’s Monday night Hootenanny.


WHAT: Traitional Jazz Orchestra

WHERE: The Iron Post (cover)

WHEN: Tuesday, February 3rd, 5 p.m.

This local jazz band’s name is pretty self explanatory!


WHAT: Brainchild

WHERE: Canopy Club ($3)

WHEN: Wednesday, February 4th, doors at 8 p.m.

This is the first installment of Summer Camp Wednesdays at Canopy Club — by attending each show featuring an Illinois band playing the festival this summer, you could win a ticket — all while enjoying drink specials and free pizza.


WHAT: Sidewalk Chalk, Church Booty, Tara Terra

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($5 advance, $7 door)

WHEN: Thursday, February 5th, doors at 6 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m.

Even though the sidewalks may be covered with snow, this kind of Sidewalk Chalk knows how to warm Urbana up with sunny tunes in a fusion of old school hip-hop and soul.


WHAT: Story’s End, Terminus Victor, The Dirt Poor

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Thursday, February 5th, doors at 9 p.m.

Orlando Florida alt rock band Story’s End is set to rock Cowboy Monkey on Thursday.


WHAT: Beats By Otter

WHERE: The Brass Rail (free)

WHEN: Thursday, February 5th, 10 p.m.

DJ Matthis Helmick is spinning vinyl at the Rail Thursday night, and Thursday nights after that.


WHAT: Kap Slap

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($10 advance, $12 door)

WHEN: Thursday, February 5th, doors at 10 p.m., show at 10:30 p.m.

Kap Slap serves up EDM pop-remix fare at this Heartland Music Festival pre-party.


WHAT: Seventeen Sisters Carnival of Rock w/ Sun Stereo

WHERE: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Stage 5) (free)

WHEN: Friday, February 6th, 5 p.m.

Two performances by local bands, local business exhibitors and carnival games, all for free. Can’t beat that, can you?


WHAT: Brasstastic

WHERE: The Iron Post (cover)

WHEN: Friday, February 6th, 8 p.m.

It’s almost Mardi Gras time—celebrate with some New Orleans jazz.


WHAT: Chalice Dubs Masquerade feat. Porn & Chicken

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($5 advance, $10 door)

WHEN: Friday, February 6th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

The Chalice Dubs Masquerade is back yet again — this time with Chicago dubstep group Porn & Chicken, known for their all-encompassing musical and theatrical performance.


WHAT: Decadants, Anger Management

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Friday, February 6th, 9 p.m.

Two local hard rock bands bring the sweet licks to Cowboy Friday night.



WHAT: Ocean Glass, Modern Dialect, Harry Mickalide and the Butter Gone Bad, Kyle Solner

WHERE: Urbana

WHEN: Saturday, February 7th, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Acoustic, fingerpickin’ indie at an Urbana house.


Canopy Club ($20 advance, $25 door) — Saturday, February 7th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m.

In the midst of his Hulk Hogan-led training to become WWE superstar the “Neon Python,” oddball Houston rapper RiFF RAFF is on tour. Catch him at the Canopy Club before he tiptoes away in his “jawdins.”


WHAT: Hospital Job, Drilling For Blasting, Closed Mouths, Bullnettle

WHERE: Error Records ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, February 7th, 8 p.m.

Springfield pop punkers Hospital Job are back at Error Records with two Chicago bands and local punk band Bullnettle.


WHAT: Penny Horses w/ Kenna Reiss, Walt Falbo & the Falbonauts

WHERE: The Iron Post ($4)

WHEN: Saturday, February 7th, 9 p.m.

Just some sweet local folk at the Iron Post.


WHAT: Our Lady, Aviator, Euriah, Fifty Year Storm

WHERE: Thee DeathTower ($5)

WHEN: Sunday, February 8th, 8 p.m.

Springfield’s heavy, intense, emotional Our Lady and Boston hardcore emo band Aviator are finishing off their tour at Thee DeathTower.

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