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The Overture: February 9-15

WHAT: The Illinois Modern Ensemble w/Feral States

WHERE: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts ($10/$7 senior/$4 student)

WHEN: Wednesday, February 11th, 7:30 p.m.

This will be the performance of local band Feral States’ Joe Meland’s concerto “FAUVE,” which fuses modern contemporary music with contemporary rock and metal.

WHAT: Flaccid

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($3)

WHEN: Wednesday, February 11th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Even if you could take or leave Bloomington-Normal’s Flaccid, there are drink specials and free Manolo’s on the table here.


WHAT: Cherub, Mystery Skulls, Forte Bowie

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($15 advance, $17 door)

WHEN: Thursday, February 12th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Definitely for fans of Chromeo — Cherub bring some extra funky electro-pop to Canopy Club Thursday night.


WHAT: Digital Tape Machine, Indigosun, Dead Language, Citizun

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($10 advance, $13 door)

WHEN: Friday, February 13th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Digital Tape Machine’s glitchy dub/dubstep is prime dancing material.


WHAT: Total Asshole, The Timmys, Krelboyne

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($5)

WHEN: Friday, February 13th, doors at 9 p.m.

Local “novelty punk” band Total Asshole take the Mike N Molly’s stage Thursday night, with locals Krelboyne as well as Springfield’s The Timmys. No punk politics here, just punk rock.


WHAT: The Fights, Huck Fate

WHERE: The Loose Cobra (113 East Main St, Tolono)

WHEN: Friday, February 13th at 9 p.m.

The Loose Cobra is located out in Tolono, but it’s The Fights we’re talkin’ about so it may be worth the drive.


WHAT: Beat Kitchen Brass Band

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey 

WHEN: Friday, February 13th at 10 p.m.

Celebrate Mardi Gras like you’re in the Big Easy (well, kind of) and watch Beat Kitchen Brass Band perform two sets on Friday night.


WHAT: Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen

WHERE: Sleepy Creek Vinyards (8254 E 1425 North Rd, Fairmount, Ill.)

WHEN: Saturday, February 14th, 7 p.m.

Music, wine and dessert. If you’re looking for the most romantic date on this list, hint hint, this is it.


WHAT: Thin Gin, Small Houses, Jared Bartman, ZXO

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Saturday, February 14th, doors at 8 p.m.

If you’re into the kind of music assosciated with beards and flannel, then this show is for you. Locals Thin Gin, Jared Bartman and ZXO along with Small Houses from Michigan round out this lineup of cozy indie folk.

The Iron Post ($8) — Sunday, February 15th, 7 p.m.

Guitar, fiddle and golden vocal harmonies — Michigan’s Red Tail Ring play American folk music in the traditional sense. Not a simple feat, but they excel. Local Sam Payne works along the same lines and is also performing.

WHAT: The Culture (hip-hop/spoken word/DJ open mic night)

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($3)

WHEN: Sunday, February 15th, doors at 9 p.m.

The theme is “Black Lives Matter” and the featured DJs will DJ Forrest Bump & MC O.G. Drink specials and a screening of the documentary “Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin” compliment this open mic night.

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