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The Overture: June 19-25

WHAT: Haz Lo Correcto, Dream Probe and Voidbringer at Ghost Planet

WHERE: Ghost Planet

WHEN:  Monday, June 19th at 8 p.m.

Coming all the way from Philidelphia to serve up some metal is Haz Lo Correcto, fresh off their first EP release (Fata Morgana) this past January. Joining in on the metal will be locals Dream Probe and Voidbringer. Metal Mondays anyone?


WHAT: Church Street Ramblers at the Iron Post

WHERE: The Iron Post

WHEN: Tuesday, June 20th 7 p.m.

Do you like jazz? If so, make sure to stop by The Iron Post for two hours of it. Locals Church Street Ramblers will be performing and encouraging you to shake your “thang.” It’s the perfect way to get through the middle of your week.


WHAT: Make Music Day Guitar Jam

WHERE: The Upper Bout (free)

WHEN: Wednesday, June 21st at 5:30 p.m.

Is jamming your thing? Make your way down to The Upper Bout to participate in Make Music Day. Bring any instrument EXCEPT the bagpipe and jam through songs provided. No age or skill level required.



WHAT: Something FUNKY at Bentley’s

WHERE: Bentley’s Pub (free)

WHEN: Thursday, June 22nd at 8 p.m.

Like slushies and funky music? Bentley’s Pub will be having this Thursday night. Come for the music and take in the nice weather on their patio, you can’t go wrong either way.


WHAT: Nectar, The Dry Look, Suzi Trash, Spellbreaker at Ghost Planet

WHERE: Ghost Planet (suggested $5 donation, message for address)

WHEN: Thursday, June 22nd at 8:30 p.m.

Ghost Planet hosts local pop-punk giants Nectar and The Dry Look. Accompanied by Springfield, Missouri veterans Suzi Trash showcasing their SEVENTEENTH release. And Spellbreakers from the glimmering capital of Illinois, taking punk rock to the extreme. This is not a show to miss.


WHAT: Ryan Groff (of ELSINORE) with Justin Walden and Kurt Bielema

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: ThursdayJune 22nd at 9 p.m.

Come enjoy a nice summer show at Cowboy Monkey while taking in their newly renovated beer garden. Music is suitable for the whole family (minors must be accompanied by a parent). 


WHAT: Friday Night Live

WHERE: Downtown Champaign (free)

WHEN: Friday, June 23rd at 6 p.m.

Another Friday Night Live presented by 40th North, details to be announced later today or Tuesday. No matter the lineup it’s always a fun time. Bring the family, walk around downtown, and grab a drink and food at any one of the great downtown restaurants.




WHAT: Macseal, Kowabunga! Kid, Sleeping Okami (solo) at Espresso Royale

WHERE: Expresso Royale, 602 E. Daniel St, Champaign ($5)

WHEN: Friday, June 23rd at 8 p.m. 

Expresso Royale on Daniel Street hosts it’s first show! Locals Kowabunga! Kid and Sleeping Okami (Eli Amariah solo) will be accompanied by New Yorkers, Macseal. This lineup should make for one hell of a first show, especially if you did emo/alternative tunes.


WHAT: Corey Smith

WHERE: 51 Main ($20)

WHEN: Saturday, June 24th at 7 p.m.

Experience one the first shows at 51 Main (previously The Accord/High Dive). Corey Smith has been performing since 2003 and will be showcasing songs from his 10th album “While the Gettin’ is Good.” If you’re a fan of country music and interested in experiencing the new atmosphere of 51 Main, you’ll want to catch this show.




WHAT: Give A Little: A Benefit for the Up Center

WHERE: Exile on Main Street (suggested donation of $5 to benefit the UP Center)

WHEN: Saturday, June 24th at 12-4 p.m.

From noon to 5 PM Exile and Dandelion will contribute 10% of their sales to the benefit, making this a great time to stop putting off your vinyl/thrift store needs.

Music will be performed by acts such as Isaac Arms, Bardo, Kenna Mae, and more. Along with poetry from e. majerus and Elissa Mullins.

If any of the above strikes your fancy, or you’re just looking to support a good cause or have a good time, stop on by.




WHAT: The Merry Travelers + Love Handles + Rebekah Songer: a benefit at The Iron Post for Girls Rock! C-U

WHERE: The Iron Post (donations suggested to benefit Girls Rock! C-U)

WHEN: Saturday, June 24th at 9 p.m.

Two benefit shows in one day? Could the feels get any better? The Iron Post will be hosting some great bands that continually inspire girls of CU to pick up a guitar or pair of drumsticks and rock away.

This benefit will be directly supporting Girls Rock! CU.


WHAT: Sounds at Sunset: Big Bluestem String Band

WHERE: Clark Park (free)

WHEN: Sunday, June 25th at 6 p.m.

Another park, another concert in the Sounds of Sunset Series. This series is fun for all ages and perfect for laying out in the grass while enjoying music alongside great musicians, the Big Bluestem String Band in this case. Make sure to bring lawn chairs and be prepared to have a good time.



WHAT: Sebastian Bach

WHERE: The City Center ($20)

WHEN: Sunday, June 25th, 7 p.m.

Do you love 80’s Rock? Then get your ass to The City Center to see Sebastian Bach of Skid Row this Sunday night. Just don’t be afraid to take a trip down memory lane.



WHAT: Backpacks w/ Parachute Day, Dingus., Plans, Cardboard Hilltop

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

WHEN: Sunday, June 25th at 7 p.m.

Both Backpacks and Plans are coming through on tour, hailing from Mountain Pleasant, Michigan and Indi, respectively. Dingus coming from Chicago, Parachute Day a central Illinois neighbor, and locals Cardboard Hilltop. Making for one hell of an emo/punk show.


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