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The Overture: March 19-25

MONDAY, March 19th

No shows listed for March 19th.

TUESDAY, March 20th

Church Street Ramblers

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

10 Years, Brave the Royals

► The City Center // $17-$22 // 8:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, March 21st

McNeill Quintet

► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

Bow and Spear, Pretty Pleased, Bottom Bracket. DJ Chumblebee

► nightshop in Bloomington // cover // 8 p.m.

Mank N Sass, Ian Shepherd, James Jones. Mitchell Killough

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

THURSDAY, March 22nd

Parachute Day, Clem, Bark Bark Disco, Hungu

► nightshop in Bloomington // cover // 7 p.m.

If you haven’t checked out Parachute Day yet, read up on them from Austin’s feature of the band a few weeks ago. Nightshop in Bloomington just opened up in a lot of ways, so this might be a cool oppotunity to shoot over there and catch a show.

Photo by Veronica Mullen

Wonky Tonk, Chalie Ford Group

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

Daikaiju, Shazu, Old Home

► Urbana-Champaign Indepedent Media Center // $6 // 8 p.m.

Surf rock outfit Daikaiju hails from Alabama, and the IMC continues to push forward with pretty cool shows over the last few months. Shazu is the project of Teddy Lerch (of ZXO), and Old Home is a local indie rock outfit.

Photo by Laura Vosteryte


► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, March 23rd

New Orleans Jazz Machine

► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Chad Atkins, Shane Cnfield, Smoke in Space

► Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center // $5 // 7 p.m.

PoorBoyLuke, Dru Has, Ranger Andy & Dr.Ing, Casperthaghost

► nightshop in Bloomington // $5 // 8 p.m.

Our Landmark, The Complaint Line

► Loose Cobra // $5 suggested donation // 9 p.m.

In the last installment of my local scene happenings series, I made mention of Our Landmark’s new video that came out from their album released back in December. Check that out, and if you’re interested, they are lined up at Loose Cobra in Tolono on Friday.

Photo provided from Our Landmark.

Ryan Byfield and Nucleus 

► The Iron Post // $5 // 9 p.m.

DJ Tim Williams, DJ Terrance

► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.


► Memphis on Main // cover // 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, March 24th


► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

Horseburner. Pillårs, Blackwater, Haunt

► nightshop in Bloomington // cover // 8 p.m.

Killer Bee Honey

► Memphis on Main // cover // 8 p.m.

Marathon, Salvation, High Priests

► Casa De Sasha // $6-8 // 8:30 p.m.

House venue Casa De Sasha was featured by Constantin a little while ago, and the DIY space is hosting a few rad bands this weekend. Headlined by Marathon, pictured above from last year’s PYGMALION show at Krannert Center, and joined by a few others.

Photo by Veronica Mullen.

Slick Lisp, Love Handles, Grand Ambassador

► Cowboy Monkey // $7 // 8:30 p.m.

Caleb Cook Band

► Blackbird // $5 // 9 p.m.

Carrie Whitesnake, The Underwerewolves

► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, March 25th

Chia-Ying Chan, Samuel Gingher, Jiafeng Yan, Tatiana Shustova

► Good Shepherd Lutheran Church // donations accepted // 3 p.m.

Knuckle Puck, Boston Manor, Free Throw, Hotshot Mulligan & Jetty Bones

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $18 advance/$22 door // 6:30 p.m.

Soul on Sunday

► The Iron Post // free ($5 donation suggested) // 7 p.m.


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

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