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The Overture: October 8-14

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 8th

There are no shows scheduled for this date.

TUESDAY, October 9th

After Curfew

► The Iron Post // $5 // 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, October 10th

SSG Trio

► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

The Doobie Brothers

► State Farm Center // $24-$146 // 7:30 p.m.

The laundry list of accolades to be listed for the Doobie Brothers spans far too long to put here in just a few sentences. They’ve sold millions of records over the course of their existence, and the trio hits Champaign’s State Farm Center on Wednesday night. Their most recent material came out in 2014, though look no further than your streaming platform to check out some material from the Doobs to warm up for Wednesday.

Vibrating Skull Trio, Finkelman/McAdara Duo

► Independent Media Center // free for students with iCard/$5-$10 general public // 7:30 p.m.

Rave Ami, Social Circle, Ashes

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

THURSDAY, October 11th

The Wedding Funeral

► Exile on Main Street // free // 7 p.m.

Feathered Mason, Kiely Connell

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

Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen

► The Virginia Theatre // $40-$70 // 7:30 p.m.

Chris Knight, Joe Stamm

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $17 advance/$20 door // 7:30 p.m.

DJ Pauly D, DJ Zay

► The Canopy Club // $28-$30 // 9 p.m.

Joe Asselin

► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, October 12th

John Coppess

► Springer Cultural Center // free // 12 p.m.

Chip McNeil Sax Pack

► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Paul Kotheimer, Matt McFarland and Cubby Knox, WellSpring Duo (Corey and Becca Wells), Kelsey Sharp

► Exile on Main Street // donations // 5 p.m.

Erik Lund’s Jazz Friends

► The Iron Post // $2 // 5 p.m.

Ryan Groff, Kayla Brown, Sarah Durbin

► Avionics // $5 // 7 p.m.

Ocean Glass, Kowabunga! Kid, Alien Boy, Terrible Teeth

► Casa De Sasha // $5-$7 // 8 p.m.

Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends, Thoughts Detecting Machines, Axtell

► nightshop in Bloomington // cover // 8 p.m.

Lonely Trailer, Terminus Victor, Not For The Faint Of Heart

► The Iron Post // $5 // 9 p.m.

Here’s a trio a local rock outfits take the stage at the Iron Post, which doesn’t host rock shows this heavy very often. Lonely Trailer put out their most recent record earlier this year, Battle of Duh, which you can stream here — their first record since 2012’s Secret Information Booth.

DJ Belly

► Cowboy Monkey // free // 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, October 13th

Hogchute Opry Harvest

► Kalyx Center for Sustainability in Monticello // $10 // 3 p.m.

After this summer’s Hogchute Opry featuring Ryley Walker, Jack Grelle, and more, they are gearing up for Saturday’s fall iteration with Hogchute Harvest. Headliners include HUM’s Matt Talbott and Adam Remnant, and the full lineup is as follows:

Adam Remnant
Matt Talbott
The Bashful Youngens
The Chickadee Sermon
Clayton Deering
Cole Bridges
Colonel James Presents
Our Landmark
Rebekah Songer

For $10, you can’t really ask for more quality — check out photos from Hogchute Opry back in June.

Jim Pryor Trio, Shelly Masar Exhibit

► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

Imelda Marcos, Ex Cathedra, Lysergic Deity, Arboris

► Exile on Main Street // donation suggested // 6 p.m.

The O’Jays

► The Virginia Theatre // $70-$120 // 7:30 p.m.

The O’Jays were founded way back in 1963 (sorry if the use of “way back” offends our older demographic, but that was a long ass time ago) and Walter Willams and Eddie Levert are still playing over five decades later. Their first number one hit back in 1972 was “Backstabbers”, but you probably know them from their hit “Love Train”

Petra Glynt, Thetah, Hungu

► nightshop in Bloomington // cover // 8 p.m.

What So Not, Manic Focus

► The Canopy Club // $25 advance/$28 door // 9 p.m.

Kilborn Alley

► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, October 14th

Tania Coambs, George Turner

► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

Hey Guy, Tiny Tree

► nightshop in Bloomington // $7 // 6:30 p.m.


► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $22 advance/$25 door // 7 p.m.

Matthew Storie Group

► The Iron Post // cover // 8 p.m.

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