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The Overture: November 4-10

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; 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 4th 

Urbana Hootenanny 

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

Tuesday, November 5th 

The King’s Singers

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

Parkland Jazz Combo 

► The Iron Post // $2 // 8 p.m. 

Wednesday, November 6th

The Four Italian Tenors 

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

Mark Deutsch (Gateways to World Music performance and lecture series) 

► University of Illinois School of Music // free // 7:30 p.m.

Mark Deutsch, an artist with a diverse background, presents a concert featuring his original instrument, the Bazantar. Deutsch’s Bazantar music combines musical elements from the West and East. This free concert at the Music Building Auditorium will be an unique experience. 

Loud Luxury 

► The Canopy Club // $17 // 8 p.m.

Primitive Lights, Novagolde, Devin Frank 

► The Brass Rail // free // 9 p.m.

This show features two local bands, Primitive Lights and Devin Frank, and Wisconsin’s Novagolde. The show is being billed as an opportunity to “taste the different colors of the psychedelic rainbow,” so this show sounds like a great way to get you over the midweek slump. 

Flora, Pink Neighbor 

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 9 p.m.

Thursday, November 7th

Hot Sauce Universe 

► Baxter’s American Grille // free // 6 p.m.

Jason Boland & the Stragglers, The Bottle Rockets, Nick Sizemore 

► The Castle Theatre // $20 // 6:30 p.m.

The Visions 

► nightshop // free // 7 p.m.

Moonshine Bandits, Sarah Ross 

► The City Center // $17 // 7 p.m.

The Bridge #2.2 (Sudden Sound Concert Series) 

► Krannert Art Museum // free // 7:30 p.m.

This free show will be one for Jazz lovers and New Music lovers alike. The Bridge #2.2 quartet brings together to talents of French guitarist Raymond Boni, London-based double-bassist Paul Rogers, Japanese composer and saxophonist Mai Sugimoto, and Illinois native Anton Hatwich for a truly global cosmopolitan musical event. 

UIUC Trombone Choir, UIUC Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble 

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

Bob Watson and Andy McDowell, Catfish 

► The Brass Rail // free // 8 p.m.


► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 p.m.

Bone Jugs

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

SoDown with Megan Hamilton, Since JuliEYE

► The Canopy Club // $15 adv, $18 door // 9 p.m.

Friday, November 8th

Brad Wheeler Group

► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Milad Concert ft. Ahl-e Qulub 

► Channing Murray Foundation // free // 6 p.m. 

The Impalas 

► Huber’s West End // free // 8 p.m.

Vestiges, Little Black Spiders, Water Between Continents, NM Garcia

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $5 // 8 p.m.

I covered Vestiges’ World Tour EP in October, so I am excited to for this show. It’s going to be an eclectic night, with music from post-punk to power pop; surf jazz to baroque folk. NM Garcia goes on first followed by Water Between Continents, so if you’re experimentally inclined, get to the show early. 

The Hangovers 

► The Iron Post // free // 9 p.m.

Saturday, November 9th 

Kuroshio Quartet

► Krannert Art Museum // free // 2 p.m.

Tijerina Nonet ft. Suzy Nichols 

► The Iron Post // $8, $3 for students/seniors // 6 p.m.

Smoke in Space 

► Exile on Main Street // free // 6 p.m.

The Cash Box Kings 

► Rose Bowl Tavern // $15 adv, $20 door // 7:30 p.m 

William Moersch and Ricardo Flores 

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

Overworry, Penknife, Pretty Pleased, Bad Egg 

► Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center // $5 suggested donation // 8 p.m.

If you’ve been missing your punk fix, you’ve got to check out this show at the IMC. You’ll be sure to get more than one flavor of punk, from Overworry’s screamo, Pretty Pleased’s pop-punk, to Bad Egg’s skate punk. 

Aaron Lewis

► The City Center // $40 // 8 p.m.

New Twang City 

► Huber’s West End // free // 8 p.m.

Edward David Anderson (live album recording) 

► nightshop // $15 adv, $17 door // 8 p.m.

Harvest Sons, Dan Hubbard, Dearie 

► Blackbird // $7 // 9 p.m.

Finsihing out their 2019 tour, Harvest Sons will be playing with singer-songwriter Dan Hubbard, and Kayla Brown (We the Animals) and Carrie Chandler’s (The Bashful Youngens) duo, Dearie. Harvest Sons will be playing from their new album, Flat Black Sessions, Volume 2, which they released back in September. 


► The Iron Post // free // 9 p.m. 

Sunday, November 10th 

The Unemployed Architects 

► Alto Vineyards // free // 2 p.m.

Yi-Nuo Wang 

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // prices vary // 3 p.m.  

Chris Hartley and Offutt’s Stone Cold Cuts 

► Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.


► State Farm Center // prices vary // 7 p.m.

Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH) 

► UniPlace Christian Church // prices vary // 7:30 p.m.

Flora, Black Esther 

► nightshop // free // 8 p.m.

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