Smile Politely

The Overture: Jan. 26-Feb. 1

WHAT: Kenna Mae & Bob Watson

WHERE: The Iron Post (cover)

WHEN: Tuesday, January 27th at 7:30 p.m.

Find your way to the Iron Post for a laidback Tuesday night with local folk folks Kenna Mae & Bob Watson.


WHAT: The Renaissance II Hip Hop Showcase

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($5)

WHEN: Wednesday, January 28th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Check out a showcase of local hip hop.


WHAT: Yonder Mountain String Band, Horse Feathers

WHERE: Canopy Club ($22.50 advance, $25 at the door)

WHEN: Thursday, January 29th, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Bluegrass fusion band Yonder Mountain String Band is back at the Canopy Club with two new touring members. Be on the lookout for our interview with one of them later this week.


WHAT: Doby Watson, Austin Swearengin, Sean Neumann, Isaac Arms

WHERE: Error Records ($5)

WHEN: Friday, January 30th, 8 p.m.

Doby Watson released his tape Live-In Son on Error Records last year, and now he’s back for a show with Single Player’s Sean Neumann, and Withershins’ Isaac Arms.


WHAT: Neoga Blacksmith, The Fights

WHERE: Monticello Bowl (free)

WHEN: Friday, January 30th, 8 p.m.

What’s better than a night of bowling? A night of bowling accompanied by Neoga Blacksmith and The Fights. Sounds like a good reason to make it out to Monticello.


WHAT: Winter Warmer with Flaccid, Woo Park, Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, and The Ars Nova

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($8)

WHEN: Friday, January 30th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.

Four bands make up the lineup of this “Winter Warmer,” including Chicago “psychedelic soul” band Woo Park, whose debut album Smokes came out last month.


WHAT: The Superior State, Career Woman, Eric Christian Stanley

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Friday, January 30th, doors at 8 p.m.

Local indie-folk and emo acts are joined by Chicago power-pop band Career Woman.


WHAT: Bad Medicine

WHERE: Memphis On Main (cover)

WHEN: Friday, January 30th, 9 p.m.

“Chicago’s #1 Bon Jovie and 80s tribute band”


Mike N Molly’s ($7) — Saturday, January 31st, doors at 8 p.m.

Rock from the C-U and Chicago areas will flow freely at this show. But does Malort yet flow at Mike N Molly’s? It certainly should.


WHAT: The Tomblands, Downer’s Groove, We Have Ghosts, Lucky Eddie

WHERE: The Itchy Pig ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, January 31st at 9 p.m.

This message-for-address house party/show features three fairly new local bands and Lucky Eddie, a Chicago experimental singer-songwriter. It looks to be quite the rager.


WHAT: The Kickback, Carbon Tigers, Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen

WHERE: Urbana ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, January 31st at 9 p.m.

Another house show this weekend headlined by Chicago’s The Kickback. You’ll find locals Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen opening this one up.


WHAT: Delta Kings

WHERE: Memphis On Main (cover)

WHEN: Saturday, January 31st at 9:30 p.m.

Long-standing local twangy blues band Delta Kings are playing ‘till 12:30 at Memphis On Main.


WHAT: DJ Belly

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey (free before 11 p.m.)

WHEN: Saturday, January 31st at 10 p.m.

DJ Belly will be spinning the jams at Cowboy Monkey all night long.


WHAT: Eve EP Release Show feat. T.R.U.T.H. with Rancall MANce O.G./Murr, Chasin Treez, Deshawn, Cii la’Cole, Josi Green, and Gr8Thinkaz

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($7)

WHEN: Saturday, January 31st, doors at 10 p.m., show at 10:30 p.m.

T.R.U.T.H. is releasing her new EP with a totally stacked show featuring local rappers, poets and singers.

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