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The Overture: November 18-24

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 18th

Urbana Hootenanny

► Rose Bowl Tavern // Free // 8 p.m.

Tuesday, November 19th

Nick Ailes

► Wicked Rascal Barbershop // free // 4 p.m.

Grün Wasser, LLYN, Kagami Smile, Empousa, Foolish Belief

► nightshop // $6 adv, $8 door // 7 p.m.

Nightshop in Bloomington is starting out the week strong with this packed Tuesday-night show. Chicago’s Grün Wasser is coming down, bringing their brand of experimental electronic music. One of Champaign’s newest members to arrive on the scene (though the members are by no means rookies), LLYN, will be playing as well. If EDM and all the sounds that came after is your wheelhouse, this is an early-week, must-attend show.

Photo by Anna Longworth from LLYN’s Facebook page

Cody Canada and the Departed

► Castle Theatre // $15 // 7:30 p.m.

UI Steel Band and World Percussion Ensemble

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

Wednesday, November 20th

Brand of Sacrifice, Portals, Bind the Sacrifice, Bad Blood, Freely Spoken, and Indulge, Devour

► nightshop // $10 // 6 p.m.

Illinois Modern Ensemble

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


► Castle Theatre // $25// 8 p.m.

Thursday, November 21st

Krannert Uncorked with the Jim Pryor Trio

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

Binary, Vertigo Children, Portals, Atrophy Order

► Dexter’s Lab // $8 suggested donation // 7 p.m.

Urbana’s Pattern Recognition Records—a DIY label focusing on the extreme and experimental—is hosting this underground show (follow the event link to get details about how to get to “Dexter’s Lab”). Philadelphia’s Binary will be one of a few –core bands playing this show. All the other artists are local. The fee is an $8 suggested donation, but the event also has a pay-what-you-can option as long you’re not a bigot, a cop, or any type of phobe. Do with that what you will.

Photo from the Facebook event.

Telekinetic Yeti, Toke, Night Mother, others TBA

► nightshop // $10 adv, $12 door // 7:30 p.m.

Carly Pearce

► Castle Theatre // $20 // 8 p.m.

Black-Eyed Lilies

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

Sixth Street Brass with Karena Tse

► Canopy Club // $5 // 9:15 p.m. 

Friday, November 22nd 

Stone & Snow (Vinyl Release Show)

► nightshop // $10, $40 w/vinyl // 7:30 p.m.

Wooden Rings, Mporium Allstarts

► Mporium // donations suggested // 8 p.m.

Follow the link to the contact info for the address.

Shed Brothers

► Huber’s West End // free // 8 p.m.

The Way Down Wanderers, Old Shoe

► Castle Theatre // $15 // 8 p.m.

Johnny McGuire

► The City Center // prices vary // 8:30 p.m.

Hot Iron String Band

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 9 p.m.

If you’re in need of some pickin’ or some grinnin’, then the Hot Iron String Band has just what you need. Head down to C-U’s premier country-western bar to get a dose of that good, good bluegrass medicine.

Photo from the Facebook event.

Frontier Folk Nebraska, Pikas

► Loose Cobra // $7 // 9 p.m.

Saturday, November 23rd

Cosmology (CD Release Show)

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $5 // 5 p.m.

Champaign-based Cosmology is celebrating the release of their CD, It’s a Nice Dream. The band describes their style as a perfect mixing of Jazz, Rock & Roll, and Classical music. CD’s will be on sale for $10.

Photo from the Facebook event.

Black-Eyed Lilies

► Iron Post // free // 6 p.m.

LLYN, ZZO, Tessa Turner, Richie Dagger’s Crime

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $10-$5 sliding scale // 8 p.m.

The Coal Cave Hollow Boys

► Huber’s West End // free // 8 p.m.

Justin Larkin

► Pour Bros. // free // 8:30 p.m.

Toke, Soy City Stranglers

► Loose Cobra // $10 // 9 p.m.

Sunday, November 24th

Buddy Mondlock

► Champaign Public Library // free // 2 p.m.


► Iron Post // $5 // 7 p.m.

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