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The Overture: September 10-16

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, September 10th

Jose Gobbo and Friends

► 25 O’Clock Brewery // free // 7 p.m.

TUESDAY, September 11th

Glenn Wilson, Chip Stephens

► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, September 12th

Chalk, Fool’s Brew, Godspeed, Nicholas Raymond, Kyle Yap

► nightshop in Bloomington // cover // 5:30 p.m.

Caleb Cook Band

► The Loose Cobra // free // 8 p.m.

Ian Shepherd, Mitchell Killough, Crofton Coleman, Clayton Thompson

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

THURSDAY, September 13th

Snoop Dogg, Naughty By Nature

► The Corn Crib in Normal // $39-$90 // 7 p.m.

How can I not mention that the legendary Snoop Dogg AND Naughty By Nature are performing just down the road where the Normal Cornbelters play ball. That’s really it — they don’t really need more of an intro than that.

DJ Horsecorn Cole 

► The Loose Cobra // free // 7 p.m.

Anderson East, The Shacks

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $20-$40 // 7:30 p.m.

Dailey & Vincent

► Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts // $30-$50 // 7:30 p.m.

Mid October, Georgetown, Corduroy, Granny Tweed

► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, September 14th

Chip McNeil Sax Pack

► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Jazz Walk

► Meadowbrook Park // free // 5:30 p.m.

Though this was scheduled for last weekend originally, Urbana Park District’s Jazz Walk was rescheduled for this weekend as to avoid the rain. Jazz Walk features a variety of jazz artists in Meadowbrook Park, all for free, so take a stroll and check this out.

SmokePurpp, The Harley Boys, Gatson

► The Canopy Club // $25 advance/$30 door // 7 p.m.

Chicago Miami-native rapper SmokePurpp headlines this early show at Canopy (below you’ll see the late option). You can read more about the rapper here via Pigeons and Planes. The rapper has been on the rise since last year’s Deadstar was released.

We the Animals, Tigerbeat, Bashful Youngens, Dearie

► The Loose Cobra // donation suggested // 7:30 p.m.

Though the show doesn’t start until 7:30 p.m., the Loose Cobra’s outdoor show will probably have the bar set up by this time on Saturday night in Tolono. A handful of local bands are performing in what is the final show of the week of shows celebrating the Cobra’s birthday.

The Hot Sardines

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // $10-$35 // 7:30 p.m.

Animals with Human Names, Off-white, Cornbread, DrxQuinnx, DJ Misfit Lyfe

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

Henhouse Prowlers

► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.

Zeshan B

► Krannert Center for the Performing Arts // free // 9:30 p.m.

Soul artist Zeshan B heads back to Champaign-Urbana after visiting just last year at PYGMALION, and this time around he hits Urbana at Krannert Center’s Stage 5. This is a part of KCPA’s Global Transfer Afterglow series, and is free of charge. An awesome show after the Hot Sardines finish up for you to check out.

Dr. Fresch, Sodown, DJ Belly

► The Canopy Club // $15 advance/$20 door // 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, September 15th

Melinda Rose

► The Iron Post // cover // 6 p.m.

Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery, The Jericho Harlot

► The Front Porch // free // 6:30 p.m.

Mustasch, Beitthemeans, Blackwater

► nightshop in Bloomington // $15 advance/$18 door // 8 p.m.

JD McPherson, The Minks

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $20 // 8 p.m.

Netochka, Beyond Peace, Power Of Dusk

► Casa de Sasha // $5-$7 // 8:30 p.m.

Frontier Folk Nebraska

► Blackbird // $5 // 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, September 16th

Paul Kotheimer, Gloria Roubal, Bali Lantari, Guaranteed Fresh, Aquila 

► Seven Saints // free // 12 p.m.

The annual fundraiser for WEFT — WEFT Fest — is happening on Sunday at Seven Saints, right next door to where WEFT exists. The community radio station has a few bands lined up to celebrate 37 years on the airwaves, and you can get food and drink directly from Seven Saints while you’re there.

Adam Remnant, Cole Bridges

► See You CD & Vinyl // free // 1 p.m.


► Spurlock Museum // free // 2 p.m.

Them Coulee Boys

► The Loose Cobra // free (donation suggested) // 5 p.m.

Tom Brewer

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

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