Smile Politely

The Overture: July 5-10

WHAT: Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen

WHERE: Library House (free/donations suggested)

WHEN: Wednesday, July 6th at 7 p.m.

Visiting musicians Daniel Amedee & Goldlight and Jake Stanton with also be there for an evening of country music in the family room setting of Library House.


WHAT: Tinderbox Circus Sideshow

WHERE: The Accord ($8 advance/$10 door)

WHEN: Wednesday, July 6th at 9 p.m.

The Tinderbox Circus Sideshow is the “one-stop shop for all things icky in entertainment.” This means a show goer is in for the bawdiest, most outrageous fun of the carnival variety: sword-swallowing, fire-eating, human pincushions, body piercing weight lifting (ouch and ouch!), and don’t forget a healthy dose of good old-fashioned burlesque. The Subsect will open up this crazy evening that is guaranteed to disgust you in a most delightful way.


WHAT: Billy Nelson/Go Getum/Two Legged Zoo

WHERE: Institute 4 Creativity ($7)

WHEN: Thursday, July 7th at 9 p.m.

Kentucky’s Billy Nelson, co-founder/co-writer of indie synth-folk outfit Whistle Peak, is about to release his first solo album. Water Sports is being called his “post-Genesis Phil Collins record.” Two Legged Zoo and Go Getum will be adding a C-U flavor to this synthy evening.



WHAT: Trouble Chasin’

WHERE: The Accord ($7)

WHEN: Thursday, July 7th at 10 p.m.

Trouble Chasin’ is a rap duo consisting of Champaign-based artists Chase Baby and Truth aka Trouble. This late show will also feature Cii La’Cole and Jarrel Young, promising some sweet lines to take you into your Friday.


WHAT: Abnormous & Church Booty

WHERE: The Accord ($8 advance/$10 door)

WHEN: Friday, July 8th at 9 p.m.

Funk-rock band Abnormous are getting ready to release an album this summer. This eclectic Champaign band is loads of fun, and fully prepared to bring the funk to The Accord on Friday. With the help of Church Booty, it’ll be cake.


WHAT: The Underwerewolves & Slick Lisp

WHERE: Exile on Main St. (free)

WHEN: Friday, July 8th at 7 p.m.

The Underwerewolves make hilarious novelty rock that has a hint of They Might Be Giants and also very reminiscent of video game music. Their EP Felicia vs. Stegotron is a three-song soundtrack to a comic of the same name also put out by the band. This all-ages show is sure to bring out the laughs.


WHAT: Bach’s Lunch Summer Concert featuring John Coppess

WHERE: West Side Park (free)

WHEN: Friday, July 8th at 12 p.m.

Come enjoy another lunch time show in the park, this time featuring folk and country artist John Coppess. A little music and a little mother nature go a long way to help you relax and make it through the final stretch of your work week.


WHAT: Outside at Research Park with Bones Jugs and Las Cafeteras

WHERE: Lot at Research Park in Champaign (free)

WHEN: Friday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m.

Krannert Center is continuing their Outside at the Research Park concerts this Friday, this time with the local wacky folksters Bones Jugs and Las Cafeteras, an eclectic Latin act. A number of C-U’s best food trucks will make for a cheap and family-friendly evening.


WHAT: UCIMC Official Mural Unveiling Party

WHERE: Independent Media Center (free)

WHEN: Saturday, July 9th at 12 p.m.

C-U’s Independent Media Center has a brand new mural, and they’re having the official reveal party on Saturday. The kid-friendly event will include a DJ, bounce house, and activities for kids. Come celebrate new art in C-U.


WHAT: The Kickback

WHERE: The Accord ($8 advance/$10 door)

WHEN: Saturday, July 9th at 9 p.m.

Chicago’s indie pop band The Kickback are on the cusp of stardom and poised to make a big breakout. The band has gathered buzz through the support of big name critics, and their first LP was produced by Jim Eno of Spoon. The Inn Keepers and King of the Coast will also be there in support of the band.


WHAT: Rockin’ for the Trail

WHERE: The City Center ($10)

WHEN: Saturday, July 9th at 7 p.m.

The City Center will be hosting a benefit concert and auction for the Kickapoo Rail Trail. The Brat Pack will be cranking out 80’s tunes at this event, which is donating 100% of its proceeds to the construction of the trail.


WHAT: Marathon & Melkbelly with Wallow

WHERE: Independent Media Center ($5)

WHEN: Sunday, July 10th at 8 p.m.

The IMC is preparing to host many more shows in the near future, so keep an eye out. This one will be drone rock, and very loud.


WHAT: Summer Garden Concert with Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen

WHERE: Lake of the Woods Botanical Gardens in Mahomet (free)

WHEN: Sunday, July 10th at 5 p.m.

Rebecca’s second mention this week is for a family-friendly afternoon show in Mahomet. The Summer Garden concerts are another way to enjoy the season with music amongst the flowers.

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