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The Overture: November 12-18

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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MONDAY, November 12th

There are no shows scheduled for this date

TUESDAY, November 13th


► The Clark Bar // free // 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, November 14th

Chip McNeill Group

► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

Kavi Naidu Group

► The Iron Post // cover // 8 p.m.

The Oh Hellos, Samantha Crain

► The Canopy Club // $18 advance/$20 day of show // 8 p.m.

Here’s a good show to be featured here in the Overture this week at Canopy Club. Their new EP Eurus came out earlier this year, so the folk outfit is touring in support of that new material.

The Get Up Kids, Remember Sports

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $22 advance/$25 day of show // 8:30 p.m.

The Get Up Kids signed to our very own Polyvinyl Records earlier this year, and released their most recent EP Kicker into the world. There’s a new full length on the way from this emo crew, and they make a stop in nearby Bloomington for this one on Wednesday night.

THURSDAY, November 15th

Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Harms Way, Capitol Offense

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $25 // 7:30 p.m.

The Golden Fleece, Pale Tongue

► nightshop in Bloomington // $5 // 7:30 p.m.

Charlie Par, Ghost of Paul Revere

► Blackbird // $10 // 8 p.m.

Truth aka Trouble

► The Canopy Club // $8-$10 // 9 p.m.

Local rapper Truth aka Trouble’s album release show is on Thursday night. He released Cornfield Waves earlier this year, and this show marks the proper release show for it. Help him bring it into the world later this week.

Moon, Sisser, Dahinda, Uptown Traffic

► nightshop in Bloomington // $6 // 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, November 16th

Jeff Helgesen Quintet

► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

Brad Wheeler Group

► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Waterparks, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, Nick Gray, Super Whatevr, De’Wayne Jackson

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // SOLD OUT // 6:30 p.m.

Caleb Cook Band

► Huber’s // free // 8 p.m.

Johnny Rawls

► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

We the Animals, The Dry Look, Smoke in Space

► Cowboy Monkey // $7 // 9:30 p.m.

A couple of local scene staples (and a new-ish project Smoke in Space) hit up Cowboy Monkey on Friday night. The Dry Look will be closing out their tour on this date, and WTA have been hard at work on their new record, so they will likely be performing a bunch of new songs, if I had to guess.


► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.


► The City Center // $10 // 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, November 17th


► Grange Grove // free // time TBD

Little Graves, Nectar, These Wonderful Evils, Heck, Tara Lynne Tracy

► nightshop in Bloomington // $6 // 8 p.m.

Marc Broussard, PhanieRae and the Soul Shakers, Suzy Jones

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $20 advance/$22 day of show // 8 p.m.

The Unemployed Architects

► Pour Bros // free // 8:30 p.m.

Bad Columbus

► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

Grand Ambassador, Bristle, Moon

► Cowboy Monkey // $7 // 9:30 p.m.

Joe Asselin Trio

► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, November 18th

Hannah Aldrige, Matt Woods, Brett Conlin

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

Derik Cordoba Gorup

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

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