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The Overture: October 29-November 4

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, October 29th

Parkland Jazz Improv

► The Iron Post // $2 // 6 p.m.

Iron Post Big Band

► The Iron Post // cover // 8 p.m.

TUESDAY, October 30th

The Brother Brothers

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

David and Adam Moss are The Brother Brothers, and make their way back through Urbana this week at the Iron Post. They have ties to the area, David going to U of I to get his degree in cello performance, and they just released their debut record Some People I Know a few weeks back.

Photo by Justin Camerer

Big Gigantic, Flamingosis, Flapjaques

► The Canopy Club // $32.50 advance/$35 door // 8:30 p.m.

Canopy Club’s 20th anniversary celebration rolls on this week with jazz/funk/electronic duo Big Gigantic. You’ve probably seen them on a bunch of Summer Camp Festival bills over the years, and certainly they will fill up Canopy Club on Tuesday night.

WEDNESDAY, October 31st

McNeill Quintet

► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m

Rich Kruger and Paul Kotheimer

► The Iron Post // cover // 8 p.m.


► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $35 // 8 p.m.

Sun Stereo

► Blackbird // $7 // 9 p.m.

Blackbird is throwing down on Wednesday night for actual Halloween, and one of the best local bands doing it at the moment is Sun Stereo. Kelly McMorris’ funk band just put out a new track “Eleanor” earlier this month, so check that one out, and wear your costume to this one on Wednesday.

THURSDAY, November 1st

Jim Pryor Trio

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

Jazz outfit Jim Pryor Trio hit Stage 5 for Krannert Center’s Uncorked series on Thursday night. This free show features award winning pianist Jim Pryor, Jon Small on bass, and Joel Spencer on drums. A fun happy hour show on Thursday night at KCPA, indeed.

The Black Watch, Adam Lee, Geoff Beran & The Mystery Van, Calamities

► nightshop in Bloomington // $5-$7 // 7 p.m.

Ghastly, Tynan, Callie Reiff

► The Canopy Club // $15-$30 // 9 p.m.

FRIDAY, November 2nd

Jordan Kaye, Paul Assaro

► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

Joey Glassman Group

► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Hot Sauce Universe, Norobot, Nolan Kelly, Luke Schneider

► nightshop in Bloomington // $6-$8 // 7 p.m.

Girls Next Door

► The Canopy Club // $6 advance/$10 door // 7 p.m.

Confutatis, Product KF, Understudy, In The Shadow of the Horned Serpent

► Casa de Sasha // $5-$7 // 8 p.m.

The Cadillac Three, Hannah Dasher

► The City Center // $20-$30 // 8:30 p.m.

Derick Sedrwall

► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

Boneyard Brass Band

► Cowboy Monkey // $5 // 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, November 3rd

Katie Flynn, Love Handles, V8 Vast Change, Relenter, Metaphysics, Jake Lawson, Lowkeylife

► Exile on Main Street // free // 1 p.m.

Hot Club of Urbana

► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

Pamphleteers, Casey Morrow

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

New Souls

► Pour Bros Craft Taproom // free // 8:30 p.m.

If you haven’t checked out the newly-opened Pour Bros Craft Taphouse in Downtown Champaign, here’s an opportunity to do so and see some live music for free. New Souls are Mike Ingram, Cii La’Cole, and Brandon T. Washington — all three have performed solo and as New Souls, and in a bunch of other forms as well in the scene for quite some time — and their blend of soul, funk, R&B will be served up this weekend.

Dennis Stroughmatt, L’Esprit Creole

► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

The Broken Forties, The Bloodsoaked Boogie Bandits

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.


► Cowboy Monkey // $5 // 9:30 p.m.

Merry Travelers

► Watson’s Shack & Rail // free // 10 p.m.

Sixth Street Brass, SPRK

► The Canopy Club // cover // 10 p.m.

SUNDAY, November 4th

Spoken Nerd, Theater of Magic

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

Riff Raff, DJ Belly

► The Canopy Club // $20 advance/$25 door // 9 p.m.

All I can think of when I see Riff Raff is James Franco. That is all.

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