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The Overture: July 27-August 2

While we encourage you to check out what’s happening in live music this week, please use precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are out and about, please wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, and most importantly, respect the people around you, especially the employees that work at these establishments.

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

Did we miss something this week? Have a show coming up you think we should know about? Email us at with the details.

MONDAY, July 27th

Chip McNeill Quartet

► The Iron Post // donations encouraged // 6 p.m.

TUESDAY, July 28th

The Rives Brothers

► The Iron Post // donations encouraged // 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, July 29th

Tommy Kelly

► Sipyard // free // 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, July 30th

IMAGE: Two men wearing baseball caps looking at the camera. There's a fence in the background.

Photo from Tractor Kings’ Bandcamp.

Jake Fleischli

► The Iron Post // donations encouraged // 5 p.m.

The frontman of Tractor Kings (pictured right, above) will be playing some songs outside at Iron Post on Thursday evening. Tractor Kings released a new EP Virgo’s Fall back in June, which you can check out here. I’d imagine he’ll be playing some of these new songs this week.

Hobnob String Band

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, July 31st

Chip Stephens Organ Trio

► The Iron Post // donations encouraged // 5 p.m.

IMAGE: Four men are pictured, three sitting and one second from the left is standing facing to his right.

Photo from the Facebook event page.

Kilborn Alley

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 suggested donation // 7 p.m.

Rose Bowl continues their parking lot show series with Kilborn Alley Blues Band this Friday. If you’re interested in reserving a spot, hit up Rose Bowl at to reserve a table. Friendly reminder about shows at the RB: Masks are required when you are up from your seat, and all events and service are exclusively outdoor in the parking lot patio.

IMAGE: A man sits cross-legged on the ground with his arms spread, and a guitar with piano keys sticking out sits on his lap.

Photo from the Facebook event page.

Chicago Farmer

► Pour Bros Craft Taproom // free // 8 p.m.

Folk singer Cody Diekhoff, aka Chicago Farmer, makes a pit stop in C-U on Friday to play the outdoor stage at Pour Bros in Downtown Champaign. This is a rare opportunity to see the band for free in C-U, as usually the shows are ticketed and high-demand. 

SATURDAY, August 1st

Inland Calypso

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $10 suggested donation // 8 p.m.

SUNDAY, August 2nd

​There are no shows scheduled for this day.

Top image from the Facebook event page.

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