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The Overture: September 5-11

WHAT: Into It. Over It.

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

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 7th at 8:00 p.m.

Evan Thomas Weiss, through his project Into It. Over it., was one of the key figures in the modern emo revival of recent music history. On Wednesday he will be playing tracks from his new album, and he’ll be accompanied by Champaign’s own emo stars, Euriah, as well as King of the Coast.


WHAT: Jantsen X Dirt Monkey with Blastfome

WHERE: Canopy Club ($10 advance/$13 door)

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 7th at 9 p.m.

DJ Jantsen, as both a musician and a producer, wears many hats, and collaborates with many artists. He is joined by his partner Dirt Monkey for this show on Wednesday.



WHAT: Kenna Mae with Hope Arthur and Eric Stanley

WHERE: Library House (free/donations suggested)

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 8th at 6:30 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Kenna Mae returns to her old stomping grounds this week for a show at Library House. She’ll be aided by indie pianist Hope Arthur and Euriah’s Eric Stanley. 


WHAT: Moosh & Twist with Trouble Chasin’

WHERE: Canopy Club ($15 at the door)

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 8th at 9 p.m.

Philadelphia hip hop duo Moosh & Twist are an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with. They put out their new album Growing Pains last month, and are prepared to give it their all this Thursday.



WHAT: Opening Night Party

WHERE: Krannert Center ($5)

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 9th at 6 p.m.

This is KCPA’s opening night party, and it’s going to be a big one. There will be three musical acts to start things out with a bang: Afro-Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez, sultry keyboardist Davina with her bluesy backing band The Vagabonds, and the eight-piece jazz/rock group Red Baraat. Other family-friendly activities will be had, and at least six food vendors will be parked outside to feed hungry party-goers. It’s guaranteed that Krannert will kick things off right.


WHAT: 2016 Jazz Walk

WHERE: Meadowbrook Park (free)

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 9th at 5:30 p.m.

The annual Jazz Walk features a selection of jazz soloists and combos placed throughout the lovely Meadowbrook Park. Take the family for a walk and enjoy some music at sunset, coupled with some just-turning colorful fall foliage.


WHAT: Nectar/The Radiation Babies/Mayweather/You Vandal/The Sun Will Rise

WHERE: Blips and Chitz ($5)

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 9th at 8 p.m.

Blips and Chitz brings you another show of local and touring indie, punk and emo acts that could leave you feeling happily sad, or even sadly happy.



WHAT: Tech N9ne/The Calm Before the Storm Tour with JL and Stoarrzz

WHERE: Canopy Club ($31 advance/$36 door)

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 9th at 8 p.m.

Tech N9ne has been making music for long enough to make him a pioneer within the genre of indie hip-hop: he helped define that phrase. The eclectic rapper’s sound comes not only from his innovative spirit, but from his openness to collaborate with other alternative musicians, such as Kendrick Lamar and Serj Tankian. His own label is called “Strange Music,” and that is what you can expect to see and hear on Friday.


WHAT: CU Pride Fest

WHERE: Downtown Champaign, starting at The Accord (free)

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 9th at 8 p.m. – Sunday, Sept. 11th at 4 p.m.

The 7th Annual Pride Festival and Parade will kick off at The Accord with the Big Gay 80’s Prom on Friday, and then continue all weekend. There will be all sorts of events in addition to the parade, with music including bands, singer-songwriters, and DJs. Check out the event page for the full list.



WHAT: Bach’s Lunch Concerts

WHERE: Springer Cultural Center (free)

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 9th from 12 – 1 p.m.

This session of Bach’s Lunch Concerts will feature classical guitarist Guido Sanchez-Portuguez to provide tunes for your lunch hour. 



WHAT: Terminus Victor/Lonely Trailer

WHERE: Memphis On Main (cover unknown)

WHEN: Friday, September 9th at 9 p.m.

Two veteran CU rock bands come together at Memphis for another super entertaining show that is always to be expected from them. They won’t disappoint.  


WHAT: Ultra Blackout – Champaign

WHERE: Fluid Event Center (tickets start at $30)

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 10th at 10 p.m.

Ultra Blackout seeks to be electronic dance music experienced on a whole different level of consciousness. It’s a totally immersive experience for all five senses, featuring contortionists, aerial acts, stilt performers, and a giant foam blast, all set to non-stop thumping music. If you’ve got the energy for this sort of thing, congrats, and enjoy having all of the fun.


WHAT: Noise Problem

WHERE: Blips and Chitz ($7)

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 10th at 6 p.m.

This hefty show boasts eight acts, each one bringing noise music of all different types and influence. This is a show that will definitely make your ears bleed in the best way. 




WHAT: Angelspit with Die Sektor and The Dead Room

WHERE: The Accord ($10 advance/$13 door)

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 11th at 8 p.m.

The Accord gets loud and heavy with industrial and electronica music on Sunday, featuring Angelspit, an act known for its stage presence as well as musical prowess. Get ready for a dark set.

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