Smile Politely

The Overture: January 8-15

WHAT:  Puddle Splasher / Eric Stanley / Keegan Dayne / Linder

WHERE: Blips and Chitz ($5 suggested donation for touring artists)

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 12th at 8 p.m.

New Jersey’s alternative/emo band Puddle Splasher comes back through town to play a set with local and regional favorites of the emo, indie, and pop variety.


WHAT: The Fromps / The Inn Keepers / Jarring

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($7)

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 12th at 9 p.m.

The Fromps, an emo indie act from the Chicago burbs, stop at Cowboy Monkey on Thursday to play with local eclectics The Inn Keepers, who are halfway through their own tour. Those two plus Jarring all put out new music in 2016 for you to enjoy.



WHAT: Porch Fire with Pete’s Sake

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($7)

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

Carbondale’s Porch Fire return to C-U on Friday to provide us with some more of their signature “jam grass” sound, with an assist by the easy-going dudes of Pete’s Sake.




WHAT: Advance Base with Lisa/Liza and Mari3113

WHERE: Library House (free/donations suggested for touring artists)

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 14th at 7 p.m.

This show marks the first for Library House in several months, and it’ll feature singer-songwriters with electronic and psychedelic leanings. Advance Base, formerly known as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, will bring keyboard pop, and all artists in attendance will contribute to a lo-fi theme. 


WHAT: The Blackout with Hostyle Gospel

WHERE: Independent Media Center ($10)

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 14th at 7 p.m.

Hostyle Gospel group kicks off The Blackout concert series at IMC with their unique version of Christian hip-hop.


WHAT: Conscious House Concert #8

WHERE: Ananda Liina center ($5 suggested donation)

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 14th at 8 p.m.

The first Conscious House show of 2017 will donate all proceeds to UC Books for Prisoners. The featured performers are Luke Bergkoetter on vibraphone, pianist and vocalist Olivia Dimangondayao, and pop singer/songwriter Mark Laughlin.


WHAT: Wu-Morse Duo with guest Jason Finkleman

WHERE: Community Center for the Arts ($10 general admission, $5 children/students/artists/musicians)

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 14th at 7:30 PM

The Ensemble Concert Series at C4A brings you a night of electronic improvisation featuring Shu-Cheng Wu and Barry Morse, multi-instrumentalists that intend to provide music that is “avant-garde as much as possible.” The addition of Jason Finkleman will make them a trio for an evening.


WHAT: Sunshine Daydream / The Chickadee Sermon

WHERE: Iron Post ($5 cover for touring artists)

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 14th at 9 p.m.

These two fun groups return to play another set of Dead covers and light-hearted indie, and do what they do best – bring a little warmth to your weekend. The middle of January is just when we need it most.


WHAT: Tongues Unknown / Phantom Broadcast with the 92s and Sleeping Okami

WHERE: Canopy Club ($8)

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 15th at 8 p.m.

Tongues Unknown is the psych rock project of U of I alum Connor Grant, and he released a brand new album under the moniker just last week. Phantom Broadcast are C-U natives with an eclectic sound who are using this gig as their “soft” album release show. That and more awaits as Canopy gets things moving for 2017.

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