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The Overture: July 18-24

WHAT: Dr. Responsible with Asumaya and Gogetum

WHERE: Library House (free/donations suggested)

WHEN: Tuesday, July 19th at 7 p.m.

This past Friday, we said goodbye to Withershins as the band gave us their last show before an indefinite hiatus. Guitarist Bryce Robert Hays is moving to Utah, and if you missed Withershins’ last show, you still have one more chance to catch a performance from Hays via his synth/ambient project, Dr Responsible. One more chance.


WHAT: Neighborhood Nights Concert

WHERE: Larson Park (free)

WHEN: Wednesday, July 20th at 6:30 p.m.

This session of Neighborhood Nights will feature the ever-cuddly Kittens Incorporated to accompany your picnic basket dinner.


WHAT: Punk Rock Karaoke

WHERE: The Accord (free)

WHEN: Thursday, July 21st at 9 p.m.

From the venue who brought you Karaoke Underground a little while back, here comes Punk Rock Karaoke. The trial run of this event will be another opportunity to sing along to some out-of-the-ordinary karaoke songs with fellow punk fans.


WHAT: Miss Haze & DJ Belly

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Thursday, July 21st at 10 p.m.

Catch some drum-n-bass thumping at Cowboy Monkey and dance it up on Thursday night.




WHAT: Summer Twilight Concert on the Quad

WHERE: U of I Quad on campus (free)

WHEN: Thursday, July 21st at 7 p.m.

Here is this summer’s second session of the Twilight Concert on the Quad, which features the U of I Summer Band playing a variety of tunes, including standard and contemporary works from a wide array of musical styles. This is a popular, family-friendly event that drew a great crowd for the first session in June, and is sure to do the same this time around.


WHAT: Souls/Forty Fathoms/The Tooth/Torture Trend

WHERE: Institute 4 Creativity ($5)

WHEN: Thursday, July 21st at 9 p.m.

There’s triple the hardcore music at I4C on Thursday with this lineup. These bands from South Dakota, Colorado, and Oklahoma will be bringing you some face-smashing sets from all over the country. Get ready.


WHAT: Finer Feelings Album Release Show, also with Penny Horses/Rebecca Rego/Nick Rainey

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($7)

WHEN: Friday, July 22nd at 9 p.m.

Folk rock group Finer Feelings are gearing up to release their new album this Friday. They’ll be breaking out the new material at this Friday show, and you’ll also be able to get your hands on it at a low low price. With some other favorite local bands in attendance, this Cowboy Monkey show is a steal at $7.


WHAT: Anger Management

WHERE: The Accord ($7)

WHEN: Friday, July 22nd at 8 p.m.

Rock and roll band Anger Management have been playing the local music circuit for several years now, and they haven’t slowed down a bit. They’ll be rockin’ The Accord on Friday.


WHAT: Joe Diffie

WHERE: The City Center (Tickets start at $20)  

WHEN: Friday, July 22nd at 7 p.m.

Country music artist Joe Diffie blew up big in the 90’s, cranking out a dozen chart-topping hits and cementing a real following within the genre. He’s been cranking away at it ever since. His most recent project is a collaboration with hip-hop outfit Jawga Boyz for the single, “Girl Ridin’ Shotgun.”


WHAT: Kowabunga! Kid/Our Lady/Henrietta/Krelboyne

WHERE: Institute 4 Creativity ($5)

WHEN: Friday, July 22nd at 9 p.m.

Emo/punk group Kowabunga! Kid are some up-and-comers that have had quite the year already with a recent album release and tour. They’ll be playing the home field this weekend with assists from locals and out-of-towners alike.




WHAT: Friday Night Live

WHERE: Downtown Champaign (free)

WHEN: Friday, July 22nd at 6 p.m.

Here’s the latest lineup for Friday Night Live, Champaign’s summer evenings of downtown street-side performances.  

FRIDAY, July 22nd

Walnut & Chester:

6pm: Nick Rainey – indie/singer-songwriter

7pm: Ryan Byfield & Nucleus – neo-soul/reggae/Latin/jazz/fusion


Neil & Park:

6pm: Desafinado – Brazilian jazz

7pm: Gypsy Hips – belly dancing troupe


Neil & Church (One Main Plaza):

6pm: Concordia – acoustic favorites

7pm: Rebecca Rego & the Trainmen – indie/folk/rock


WHAT: Urbana Pops Concert

WHERE: Urbana High School (free)

WHEN: Saturday, July 23rd at 7 p.m.

Urbana Pops’ July concert is titled Made in the USA and will feature a performance by former CU resident Andrew Edwards, who is returning to play in the high school he graduated from. The concert will include classic tunes that many listeners will recognize from television to radio to just day to day life. Also performing is the cast of Urbana Park District’s summer musical.


WHAT: The Groovy FRYS

WHERE: The Iron Post (cover unknown, typically $5)

WHEN: Saturday, July 23rd at 9 p.m.

Get your Saturday moving with some rock and blues grooves from the Groovy FRYS, who pay tribute to some of your favorite artists from the genres.

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