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The Overture: March 26-April 1

MONDAY, March 26th

No shows listed for March 26th.

TUESDAY, March 27th

Kayla Brown

► Blackbird // free // 7 p.m.

Archarus, Edna, Arboris, Cosmic Lung

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

Daikaiju, The Fantastic Plastics

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

Tao: Drum Heart

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ Colwell Playhouse // $10-$35 // 7:30 p.m.


► The Iron Post // $5 // 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, March 28th

Dwight Yoakam, Brandy Clark

► The Virginia Theatre // $50-$125 // 7:30 p.m.

The legendary Dwight Yoakam heads through Champaign at the Virginia on Wednesday night. Country singer Yoakam has a laundry list of accolades, so I won’t dive too much into that, but this is a highlight of the week in live music in C-U.

Ian Shepherd, James Jones, Mitchell Killough

► Blackbird // free // 8 p.m.

THURSDAY, March 29th

New Budapest Orpheum Society

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ Stage 5 // free // 5 p.m.

It is high time you go to a Krannert Uncorked — I can sense it. Here’s one that’s happening on Thursday with New Budapest Orpheum Society, so make your way over to Stage 5 for a free show during happy hour.

Sweedler Band

► Riggs // free // 6 p.m.

Rochelle Sennett

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ Foellinger Auditorium // $4-$10 // 7:30 p.m.

Reginald Chapman

► Smith Hall // free // 7:30 p.m.

Big Mo and the Phat Groove

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

FRIDAY, March 30th

Good Vibes Only Showcase

► Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center // free // 5:30 p.m. 

IMC has assembled quite the showcase this Friday, featuring all of the artists you see above. All of that for free sounds like a way to start your weekend.

Woodland Remedy, Joseph Huber

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

Impalas, Kenna Mae

► The Iron Post // cover // 8 p.m.

Kenna Mae has been performing here and there over the last year or so in C-U, and her last record came out in 2015 (read the review here) called Blue Darlin’. It was one of the best releases of the year in our mind. Mae performs with Impalas at the Iron Post on Friday night.

John Hiatt & The Goners, Sonny Landreth

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $38-$45 // 8 p.m.

Twiddle, Sun Stereo

► The Canopy Club // $15-$18 // 9 p.m.

Joey Glassman Group (performing Radiohead)

► Blackbird // $5 // 9 p.m.

Lovejoy, The Datawaves, Case, The Telephone Junkies

► Chaz BonBon // $1-$5 // 9 p.m.

Wildwood String Band

► Watson’s Shack & Rail // free // 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, March 31st

Elohim, Yoshi Flower

► The Canopy Club // $15 advance/$18 door // 7:15 p.m.


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

Marathon, Bath Naps, Nonconnah, Pretend I’m not There

► Flynn’s Arcade // cover unknown // 6 p.m.

Last Acre

► The Iron Post // cover unknown // 6 p.m.

UniBOOM, Strip Croquet, Reckless Breakfast, Turok, The Trevor Dowdy Experience, Birthday Cookie, Stolen Boats, 11.5.75

► Ghost Planet // donation // 7 p.m.

The 2nd annual C-U Band Lotto benefit show is happening on Friday at Ghost Planet. The Facebook event (linked above) has all you need to know about the benefit for Puerto Rico, and how the lotto works. There are a shit-ton of bands lined up, so make your way there.

Cornstalkers Cajun Band

► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

Social Imaginary, Anthony Gravino’s All-Stars, Tori Leppert

► Blackbird // $5 // 9:30 p.m.

Adam Fein (you might remember a few projects he was in: Absinthe Blind, Gazelle), Mike Ingram (most notably New Souls these days), and company are performing at Blackbird. They haven’t played a show in a bit, and have some new material they seem to be cooking up.

Photo by Billi Jo Hart.

Porch Fire, Ant Hattie

► Cowboy Monkey // $7 // 10 p.m.

Birds on a Wire

► Memphis on Main // cover unknown // 10 p.m.

DJ Monstreau

► 51 Main // free // 10 p.m.

SUNDAY, April 1st

No shows listed for April 1st.


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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