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The Overture: November 11-17

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

Did we miss something this week? Have a show coming up you think we should know about? Email us at with the details. 

Monday, November 11

Jenny Roques with Sam Golden

► Rose Bowl Tavern // Free // 8 p.m.

Urbana Hootenanny

► Rose Bowl Tavern // Free // 8 p.m.

Tuesday, November 12

The Indigo Girls

► The Virginia Theatre // $40-$60 // 7:30 p.m.

The Marcus King Band

► The Castle Theatre // $25 // 8 p.m.

Wednesday, November 13

Logan Mize, Aileeah Colgan

► The Castle Theatre // $20 // 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 14

Bruiser and the Virtues (Krannert Uncorked)

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Free // 5 p.m.

Harlem 100 – Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

KCPA has paired with the Nation Jazz Museum in Harlem to help pay tribute to the African American cultural boom that was the Harlem Renaissance. Mwenso and the Shakes, along with Brianna Thomas, Michela Marino Lerman, and Vuyo Sotashe, will create a multi-media experience to transport the listener back in time.

Photo from the Facebook event page.

Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy, Matt Garrison & The Robber Barons

► nightshop // $8 // 7:30 p.m.

DJ Hivemind and Strick Lee (Bat Factory—November)

► 25 O’Clock Brewing Co. // Free // 8 p.m.

Bat Factory is a monthly celebration of all things creepy in music and fashion. 25 O’Clock Brewing Company hosts DJ Hivemind and DJ Strick Lee for a night of dancing, Industrial, Noise, and other, darker alternative music, and local brews. Show is open to adults 18+.

Photo from the Facebook event page.

Rebekah Songer, Chad Gosselin, Jesse W. Johnson (Sngwrter Shwcase)

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $5 // 8 p.m.

Kayla Brown

► Blackbird // Free // 9 p.m. 

Friday, November 15

Will Kimbrough

► Sandwich Life House Concerts // $20 // 6 p.m. 

Gloria Roubal

►The Ice House // Free // 8 p.m.

Motes, Jupiter Styles, Palm Ghosts, Nectar

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $7-10 // 8:30 p.m.

This will be a great show to start off your weekend. Local acts Motes and Nectar are joined by Jupiter Styles (a project of Sean Neumann, a familiar face in the Champaign scene), and Palm Ghosts (Philadelphia, PA). The cover is on a sliding scale from $7-10, so be prepared for anything.

Photo from the Facebook event page. 

Withershines, Take Care, Vaudevileins, Sisser

► Brass Rail // $5-10 // 9 p.m.

Saturday, November 16 

Elsinore, Prevalence, Mermaid Heaven, Family of Geniuses

► The City Center // $12 // 7 p.m.

The City Center is hosting Elsinore’s release show from their new album, A Life in the 21st Century. The show will feature a range of other local acts before Elsinore takes the stage around 10:30. This is a great show to fill up your Saturday night if you’re not one to run around town. 

Photo from the Facebook event page.

Telekenetic Yeti, Sweet Cobra, Dibiase, Shazu, Edna

► Loose Cobra // $20 suggested donation // 7 p.m.

Peach Pit

► Foellinger Auditorium // $12 students, $18 public // 7:30 p.m.

City Mouse, Bonelung, Stick People, The Complaint Line

► nightshop // $7 // 7:30 p.m. 

Caleb Cook Band

► Rose Bowl Tavern // Free // 9 p.m.

The Mighty Pines, Bones Jugs

► The Canopy Club // $10 // 9 p.m. 

Sunday, November 17 


► Urbana Free Library // Free //2 p.m.

Nick Ailes

► Alto Vineyards // Free // 2 p.m.

Matt Ellis

► Pour Bros // Free // 3 p.m.

Improvisers Exchange Ensemble with Bishop/Blonk/Smith/Walter Quartet

►Allen Hall // Free // 4 p.m.

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // Prices vary // 7 p.m.

The SLO, under the baton of Stéphane Denève, is marking 140 years of music making this season. Sunday’s concert at KCPA will feature “Venit Illuminatio” by Aaron Jay Kernis, Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 (Gil Shaham Violin), and Barhms’ Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98. 

Photo from the Facebook event page.

Hot Club of Urbana

► The Iron Post // $5 // 7 p.m.

Zion-I with Mister Burns, DJ Rascue, V8 Vast Change

► nightshop // $12 // 8 p.m.

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