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The Overture: May 20-26


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.

Have a show you think we should know about? Email us at with the details.

MONDAY, May 20th

Kurt Reeder Trio

The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

Urbana Hootenanny, various artists

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 p.m.

TUESDAY, May 21st

Church Street Ramblers

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

The Hussy, Nectar, and more

nightshop in Bloomington // $6 // 7:30 p.m.

Walt Falbo and The Falbonauts

The Iron Post // cover // 8 p.m.


Larry Gray Project

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

Jazz Jam

The Iron Post // cover // 10 p.m.

THURSDAY, May 23rd

The Fantastic Plastics, Bitches of the Sun, The Hell Yeah Babies

nightshop in Bloomington // $20 // 8 p.m.

Ryan Koenig and The Golden Rods

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 p.m.

West of Staley

Iron Post  // cover // 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, May 24th

Derick Cordoba Quiintet

The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

Brad Wheeler Group

Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Chickadee Sermon

25 O’Clock Brewery // free // 6 p.m.

The Maine

The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $25 // 8 p.m.

Rhumba Bums CD Release

The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

SATURDAY, May 25th

Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders

Rose Bowl Tavern  // free // 8 p.m. 

Ex cathedra
Photo from Facebook event page

EX CATHEDRA, Distant Eyes, Biff K’narly, Chuckie Knucks

The Sipyard // $5 suggested donation // 8:30 p.m. 

Check out this DIY show at The Sipard for good beer and innovative sounds. Biff K’narly and the Reptilians and Distant Eyes are coming through from Saint Louis, and EX CATHEDRA and Chuckie Knucks are local C-U favorites. This is a great way to get into the DIY scene if you’re interested in checking it out for the first time. If you’re a seasoned DIY-er, you won’t be disappointed. Check out EX CATHEDRA below before you go:

Hot Sauce Universe

Pour Bros Craft Taproom // free // 8:30 p.m.

Ryan Byfield and Nuclei

The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

Psychic Honey, Indulge, Devour, CHALK, Primitive Deception

nightshop in Bloomington // $10 // 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, May 26th

WES HARMONY, Winnebago Vacation, and more

25 O’Clock Brewery // cover // 5 p.m.

Soul on Sunday

The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.


**Top photo of Chickadee Sermon from band’s Facebook page

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