Smile Politely

The Overture: October 19-25

WHAT: Church Street Ramblers

WHERE: The Iron Post (cover)

WHEN: Tuesday, October 20th at 7 p.m.

From the Facebook event: “It will be a most unusual and spectacular event one of a kind Jazz show…”

If that doesn’t excite you, I’m not sure what will


WHAT: UI Chamber Singers

WHERE: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts ($10 Public/$4 Student)

WHEN: Thursday, October 22nd at 7:30 p.m.

Formerly known as “Chorale,” the UI Chamber Singers are the university’s premiere choral group, made up of undergraduate music majors, graduate students, and other outstanding singers.


WHAT: Nick Rainey, Evan Opitz, Alisa Greene, Eric Stanley, Rachael Wilson, Josh Zuckerman, Fiona Kimble, Madeline Marsan, Emily Otnes, Alleya Weibel, Isaac Arms, Mike Ingram

WHERE: Catgang Attic (House Show)

WHEN: Thursday, October 22nd at 7:45 p.m.

If you want to see a singer/songwriter in Champaign-Urbana, there’s a 99% chance they’re playing this show — wow, what a stacked lineup (complete with retro Mike Ingram photo, pictured here).


WHAT: Lil Herb

WHERE: Canopy Club ($15)

WHEN: Thursday, October 22nd at 9 p.m.

Hailing from Chicago, Lil Herb has been a driving force behind the “conscious trap” movement that has propelled himself and Lil Bibby to nationwide acclaim over the past couple of years.


WHAT: Jessica Lee Wilkes, Coco Butter Kids, Cody Lee

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Thursday, October 22nd at 8 p.m.

Combining soulful rhythms with a distinctly twangy style of rock, Jessica Lee Wilkes brings her show to Mike N Molly’s for a rare Thursday show.


WHAT: Orator, Lark’s Tongue, Manray, Darleen

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Friday, October 23rd at 9 p.m.

It’s been a while since Mike N Molly’s has hosted a band as loud as Orator, and for the sonically inclined, that’s pretty good news. Come through and get your sludge on.


WHAT: Rhinestone Cowgurl

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Friday, October 23rd at 9:30 p.m.

One of CU’s finest country/party bands plays a room named after cowboys! What could be more apt?


WHAT: Snails, Kyral x Banko, Dirty Di$co, MIHKO

WHERE: Canopy Club ($20)

WHEN: Friday, October 23rd at 10 p.m.

Snails, a French-Canadian DJ, seeks to rock Canopy on Friday, enlisting help from Pygmalion alumnus Dirty Di$co, Kyral x Banko and MIHKO


WHAT: Cold Fronts, Heyrocco, The Elwins

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Saturday, October 24th at 9 p.m.

Philadelphia rockers Cold Fronts bring their unique brand of poppy guitar rock to Mike N Molly’s on Saturday. Reminiscent of Smith Westerns, this band is surely not to be missed.


WHAT: Motes, The Autocorrect, Angie Heaton

WHERE: Exile On Main St. ($5 suggested donation)

WHEN: Saturday, October 24th at 12 p.m.

It’s always a great thing when musicians in Champaign-Urbana come together for charity, and this Saturday is certainly no exception. This week’s show benefits Imerman Angels, with plans for 3 or 4 more shows to benefit various charities over the course of a year. It’s so great to have artists and C-U rallying for a good cause.


WHAT: Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra: Haydn’s The Creation

WHERE: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts ($40 public, $5 students/youth)

WHEN: Saturday, October 24th at 9:30 p.m.

Joined by the University of Illinois Oratorio Society, the CUSO opens the season by celebrating the beauty of nature to the fullest through Haydn’s lively genius.


WHAT: Single Player, Ratboys, Jared Roberts

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($5)

WHEN: Sunday, October 25th at 9 p.m.

Following a spectacular Pygmalion set, Single Player plays a very rare Sunday headliner at Mike N Molly’s — something we don’t get to see very often.

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