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The Overture: January 28-February 3

The Overture is a rundown of live music and performances happening in the Champaign-Urbana area (and the outskirts) each week. All of the information is as accurate as we can publish, but all shows and performances are subject to change at any time. Thank you for understanding.

Have a show you think we should know about? Email us at with the details.

MONDAY, January 28th

Brad Wheeler Group

► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

Iron Post Big Band

► The Iron Post // cover // 8 p.m.

TUESDAY, January 29th

Derick Cordoba Quintet

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

Today’s Children

► Portlandia House // free // 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, January 30th

Hickey Gray Spencer Trio

► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

Ian Shepherd, Mitchell Killough, Jesse Brown, Clayton Thompson

► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, January 31st

Joe Asselin

► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, February 1st

Jordan Kaye

► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

Joey Glassman Group

► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Ridgeracer, Formerly the Fox, Hot Sauce Universe

► Nightshop in Bloomington // $7 // 7:30 p.m.


► The Iron Post // cover // 8 p.m.

DJ Belly

► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.

DJ Belly is spinning for free over at Blackbird on Friday night. Belly has been on the decks in this scene for quite some time, he knows how to throw down. 

SATURDAY, February 2nd

Almost a Quintet

► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

Today’s Children, Sorner, Wes Harmony, Discoverer

► Exile on Main Street // $5 suggested donation // 7 p.m.

The Something Brothers, We the Animals

► Nightshop in Bloomington // $12 advance/$15 day of show // 7 p.m.

Prevalence, Nibiru, Charm Regalia, NP0

► Casa De Sasha // $6-$8 // 8 p.m.

This house show has a lot to offer on Saturday night, headlined by punk/indie outfit Prevalence, who put out Panic Button EP towards the end of last year. They’re joined by Nibiru out of St. Louis, Wisconsin’s Charm Regalia, and local rapper NP0 — who you can read about here.

Here Come The Mummies, Sun Stereo

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $22.50 advance/$25 day of show // 8 p.m.

Primitive Lights, Of Course You Realize, Ant Hattie

► The Iron Post // $5 // 9:30 p.m.

Primitive Lights have stayed busy, playing a bunch of shows over the past year, and releasing their debut EP last year. They’re heading this one up at the Iron Post with a couple of support acts. Always fun to check out a show at the Post.

New Souls

► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, February 3rd

Recka Sto

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

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