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The Overture: September 12-18

WHAT: The Chickadee Sermon with Dana Sipos, Benjamin Hermann, and Anaïs Genevieve

WHERE: Library House (free/donations suggested)

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 6:30 p.m.

Library House brings you another harmonious evening of folk and indie music, featuring the lilting melodies of The Chickadee Sermon.


WHAT: Lydia Loveless

WHERE: The Accord ($12 advance/$15 door)

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 8 p.m.

Rising alt-country star Lydia Loveless has been raved about by big names like Pitchfork and NPR. Her music has a country twang with a punk punch strong enough to be almost palpable. Consider this show a prelude to Pygmalion and the awesomeness that is to come. 


WHAT: The Jazz Collective

WHERE: Baxter’s American Grill (free)

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 15th at 6 p.m.

Baxter’s is a new food spot on the radar that boasts great American cuisine and an extensive wine list. Come give them a test run while enjoying original songs and improvised sessions by The Jazz Collective. 



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WHAT: The Pygmalion Festival

WHERE: Downtown Champaign (at The Accord and Memphis On Main), prices vary, see website

WHEN: The evenings of Friday, Sept. 16th and Saturday, Sept. 17th

This weekend is the first for Music of C-U’s Pygmalion Festival! The artists this weekend consist of many local favorites and a few great touring bands as well. It’ll be rock to folk to DJ’s to singer-songwriters, and everything in between. Check out the schedule for the complete line-up on each day, and grab your tickets NOW.


WHAT: Sounds Of Youth

WHERE: Foellinger Auditorium (Base price $12, discounts available. Children 17 and under free)

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17th at 7:30 p.m.

This family-friendly event will feature the winners of Sinfonia’s high school and college Student Concerto Competition. Sinfonia da Camera is a professional chamber orchestra, affiliated with U of I and Krannert. They traditionally open each season by showcasing talented youth of the area. See the event page for more information.


WHAT: WEFTfest 35th Birthday Street Festival

WHERE: Downtown Champaign (North Market St. outside of WEFT Community Radio) (admission is free)

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17th from 2 – 6 p.m.

WEFT Radio will be celebrating its 35th birthday on Saturday with food, music, and a lot more. A handful of fun bands will be jamming out in Seven Saints’ beer garden, and they start early, so consider extending your Saturday fun and stopping by this festival on your way to Pygmalion.


WHAT: The Laurie Berkner Band

WHERE: Krannert Center ($15, kids 1 year old and under free)

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17th at 10 a.m.

I’ve read that if you have a child, they will know a song by the Laurie Berkner Band. She’s HUGE among the diapered ones of us. Laurie Berkner has done wonders for children, and this will undoubtedly be a fantastic show for those so inclined.


WHAT: Conscious House Concert No. 4

WHERE: Ananda Liina Yoga Center in Urbana ($5 suggested donation)

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17th at 8 p.m.

The fourth concert in this series will feature acoustic singer-songwriters, as well as rolk and folk artists. As usual, all proceeds go to benefit a monthly charity. This month’s charity is Rosecrance


WHAT: Allerton Festival

WHERE: Allerton Park ($15 advance/$18 at the gate. Kids 12 and under free)

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 16th at 6 p.m.

Allerton’s fall festival will feature famous roots and folk music act Rusted Root, as well as Lupe Carroll and I-Pan. This eclectic concert will also have food and drinks available for purchase. This is an all-ages festival choice for your Saturday, and the Allerton meadow can’t be beat.


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