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The Overture: September 17-23

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 17th

Traditional Jazz Orchestra

► The Iron Post // cover // 5 p.m.

TUESDAY, September 18th

Church Street Ramblers

► The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, September 19th

Ian Shepherd, Mitchell Killough, Crofton Coleman, Clayton Thompson

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

THURSDAY, September 20th

Ryan Groff

► 25 O’Clock Brewing Co. // free // 7 p.m.

Cole DeGenova, Franky and the Plexicats

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


► The Canopy Club // $35 // 8:30 p.m.

Canopy Club’s semester is getting ramped up after being dormant throughout the summer months for the most part. They’ve booked three pretty big shows this week, starting with electro-jam pioneers STS9 on Thursday evening. Beats Antique and Space Jesus are the last two, which you can read details about below.

Tom Grassman

► Blackbird // free // 9 p.m.

FRIDAY, September 21st

New Orleans Jazz Machine

► Blackbird // free // 5 p.m.

Feudin’ Hillbillys

► Grange Grove // free // 5 p.m.

LYSARGIC DEITY, Black Mage, The Tuesday Lovelies, Of Course You Realize…, Ex Cathedra

► Independent Media Center // donations // 6:30 p.m.

This DIY show at the IMC appropriately references the American Football song of the same name to reference… the end of summer. This show is happening outside the IMC, and acts as the second installment of this series which happened last year at Sipyard.

Jose Gobbo & Friends

► 25 O’Clock Brewing Co. // free // 7 p.m.


► Memphis on Main // cover // 8 p.m.

Red Wanting Blue

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $12 advance/$15 door // 8 p.m.

Beats Antique, Balkan Bump, Sepiatonic

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

Young Duro, BlackDanielWhite, fefenextdoor

► Chez Bon Bon // $5 // 9 p.m.

Owl Club

► The Iron Post // cover // 9 p.m.


► Blackbird // $5 // 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, September 22nd

Aaron Short

► Sleepy Creek Vineyards // free // 4 p.m.

Aaron Short of the Bashful Youngens will be performing on Saturday afternoon out at Sleepy Creek Vineyards. To my knowledge, Short doesn’t play a lot of solo shows — Bashful Yougens typically play full band or as a duo, so check this out on Saturday for free.

Sixteen Tons, Our Landmark

► The Loose Cobra // donation // 6 p.m.

Cornhole tourney and rock show? Sign me up. Earlier in the day, there’s a cornhole tournament by Uptown Concrete Design (double elimination style!), and later on, a couple of local rock bands will play. There’s a happy hour-time DJ outside alongside the tournament, and the bands perform inside afterwards.

Chicago Farmer

► Pour Bros // free // time unknown

Flaccid, Shinzon

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $12 advance/$15 door // 8 p.m.

Space Jesus, Conrank, Chee

► The Canopy Club // $18 advance/$25 door // 9 p.m.

DJ Tim Williams

► Blackbird // free // 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, September 23rd

Joe Asselin and The Moonlight Ramblers

► Sleepy Creek Vineyards // free // 2 p.m.

Keep Flying, Dead End Lights, Blind Adam and the Federal League

► nightshop in Bloomington // $5 // 6 p.m.


The Iron Post // cover // 7 p.m.

Danny Gokey, Tauren Wells, Riley Clemmons

► The Virginia Theatre // $25-$75 // 7 p.m.

John Popper, Katrina Woolverton

► The Castle Theatre in Bloomington // $28-$38 // 7:30 p.m.

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