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The Overture: January 5-11

WHAT: Bobby Bare, Jr., Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen

WHERE: The Loose Cobra ($10)

WHEN: Tuesday, January 6th at 8:30 p.m.

Son of iconic Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, Bobby Bare Jr. will hit the Loose Cobra in Tolono on Tuesday night. He’s joined by local support Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen.

WHAT: Pets With People Names, Lucid, Loses The Mighty, Krelboyne, Ashland

WHERE: Error Records ($5)

WHEN: Thursday, January 8th at 7 p.m.

Wisconsin’s Pets With People Names play textbook-perfect pop punk and are doing so on their tour, which stops at Error Records on Thursday with a score of IL bands.


Jupiter’s Place ($5 suggested donation) — Thursday, January 8th at 8 p.m.

Single Player is kicking off their tour with an acoustic show, joined by fellow locals The Fights and Sad Man. This should be a chance to see some warm, intimate performances by all three bands. Check the Facebook event for the address.



WHERE: The Clark Bar

WHEN: Friday, January 9th at 6:30 p.m.

JMT are a local Christian rock and country-pop cover trio.


WHAT: Old Fox Road, Ghoul For A Goblin, The Clock Looks Like The Sun, Keeley E.

WHERE: Error Records ($5)

WHEN: Friday, January 9th at 7 p.m.

Old Fox Road finish their tour with an Error Records show.



WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Friday, January 9th at 8:30 p.m.

A cover band playing classic rock favorites ‘til 11:30 p.m.

WHAT: Feudin’ Hillbillies

WHERE: Memphis on Main

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

Rock/country outfit Feudin’ Hillbillies make their return to C-U at Memphis on Main this Friday night. We’re not certain of the cover charge, but if we do find out, we’ll make sure to update it here.

WHAT: International Blues Challenge Fundraiser

WHERE: Bentley’s Pub ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, January 10th at 5 p.m.

This show is put on by the Prairie Crossroads Blues Society and the cover charge benefits Monica Morris and Josie Lowder’s trip to Memphis to perform in the solo/duo competition.


WHAT: The Painkillers

WHERE: The Iron Post (cover)

WHEN: Saturday, January 10th at 6 p.m.

Indulge in some C-U blues.


WHAT: The Chemicals, Dog Brother, Windmills

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Saturday, January 10, doors at 8 p.m.

Things are back in swing at Mike N Molly’s post-holidays. Warm up with locals The Chemicals and their dreamy brand of alt-rock, Dog Brother of Indianapolis and local newcomers Windmills


WHAT: Bookmobile!, The Villens, Seismic Toss, Lovely Noir

WHERE: Error Records ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, January 10th at 8 p.m.

Power pop takes over Error Records with locals Bookmobile! headlining. Why don’t more people use the Jokerman font on flyers?


WHAT: Recka-Sto, Time Zone

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, January 10th at 8:30 p.m.

Another cover band at Cowboy Monkey, but this time it’s a funky one.


WHAT: Junior Kisantear Benefit featuring Naked Bitches, Bacon Band, and JC DJPoppz Barbosa

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($5)

WHEN: Sunday, January 11th at 6:30 p.m.

This show benefits Junior Kisantear, victim of a beating that has left him on life support and in need of funds. There will also be a raffle.

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