In the 1962 filmed production of Meredith Wilson and Franklin Lacey’s The Music Man, the con man “Professor” Harold Hill explains to his noisy school audience during the show’s first act that he has come to town to organize the River City Boys Band. He asks his audience if any pool table can hope to ever compete against a gold trombone and then inquires if anyone has ever felt the electric thrill of the music of Gilmore, Pat Conway, Giuseppe Creatore, W. C. Handy and John Philip Sousa all coming to town to play on the same historic day. He then sings “Seventy six trombones lead the big parade with a hundred and ten cornets close at hand.” Henry Fillmore, every bit the colorful pitchman of America’s brass band movement as the fictional character Harold Hill, was one of the country’s most respected early twentieth-century composers of unconventional and spirited music written for the trombone and wind band. Frequently referred to as the father of the trombone smear, Fillmore’s fifteen popular novelty pieces which he later titled the Trombone Family, beginning with “Miss Trombone” (1908) and ending with his “Ham Trombone” (1929) are continually played by bands and trombone sections today for the zany enjoyment of audiences across the country. Douglas Yeo, retired professor of trombone at Arizona State University and bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the students and faculty of the School of Music trombone studios will join the Marching Illini, under the direction of Barry Houser, in a special Dad’s Day musical extravaganza dedicated to the golden sounds and technical wizardry of America’s slide trombone. Visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa/american-music-month/ for more information.
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Saturday, November 5, 2016 (All day)
Memorial Stadium, 1402 S 1st Street, Champaign
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Avenue, Urbana
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music is again sponsoring a series of free family performances as part of the 2016 Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival. The performers and special activities include a noontime concert by the Cielito Lindo Family Band, a family dance lead by Neal Schlein and the Thursday Night Lincoln Square Jam music ensemble, a sing along with Cielito Lindo performing a wonderful variety of Mexican and American folk songs, Irish set dancing with Daniel Flora, and English and Scandinavian dance instruction with Jon and Sue Hanson. All of this programming is free and open to the general public during this year’s wonderful Folk and Roots Festival. For further information either call 217-333-4577 or visit http://folkandroots.org/.
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 6:00pm
Fluid Event Center, 601 N Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821
Blues Blast Magazine and Fluid Event Center are pleased to present the 9th annual Blues Blast Music Awards held at Fluid Event Center in Champaign, IL on September 23rd, 2016.
Featured Performances by:
Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges
Too Slim & The Taildraggers
& Many, Many, More!!
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 2, 2016 (All day), Thursday, September 15, 2016 (All day) to Monday, October 3, 2016 (All day), Friday, September 16, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, October 4, 2016 (All day), Saturday, September 17, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, October 5, 2016 (All day), Sunday, September 25, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, October 13, 2016 (All day), Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, October 15, 2016 (All day), Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 16, 2016 (All day), Thursday, September 29, 2016 (All day) to Monday, October 17, 2016 (All day), Friday, September 30, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (All day), Saturday, October 1, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (All day), Sunday, October 9, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, October 27, 2016 (All day), Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, October 29, 2016 (All day), Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 30, 2016 (All day), Thursday, October 13, 2016 (All day) to Monday, October 31, 2016 (All day), Friday, October 14, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (All day), Saturday, October 15, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (All day), Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 12:00am to Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 11:00pm, Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 12:00am to Friday, November 11, 2016 - 11:00pm
Sylvia's Irish Inn. 312 W Green St, Urbana Ill 61801
Come & join us for a night of Greek food and music.
Tzatziki, Hummus, Eggplant Dip & Grilled Pita Bread.
Stewed Green Beans
Spiro's Home made Secret
Saturday October 1st, 2016 @7Pm
Please call for reservation @ 217 384 4800
312 West Green St
Urbana, Il 61801
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 10:00am
Meadowbrook Park, Urbana
The Wandell Sculpture Garden is a beautiful backdrop for live, local jazz music during this sunset event brought to you by the Urbana Park District, Clark-Lindsey, Commerce Bank and the Urbana Parks Foundation. A selection of jazz soloists and small combos will be scattered along the paths of Meadowbrook Park; you can listen to as many as you like as you walk at your own pace through the Garden.
Parking is available at the Race Street entrance with overflow parking thanks to Stone Creek
Church on the corner of Race and Windsor. Call the Rainout Line for postponement information: 217-367-9575.
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 7:00pm
Wesley Foundation 1203 W. Green St. Urbana
It's back to school for students at the University of Illinois, which means it's back to dancing for the Illini Swing Society! To celebrate we're hosting the Fall Kickoff dance for free! Come on out to join us for a night filled with dancing and fun. New to swing dance, feeling a little rusty, or bringing a friend? We'll be having a free beginner lesson starting at 7 pm, so there's no excuse to miss out on this exciting night! Regular dancing starts at 8pm and will continue until Midnight!
We'll be dancing at Wesley Foundation, 1203 W. Green St. Urbana, IL 61801 (The best way to enter is through the doors near the parking lot on Goodwin)
For more information about the Illini Swing Society and other events we'll be hosting check out www.illiniswing.org
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 8:00pm
The Virginia Theatre
Friday, September 30, 2016 – 8:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm)
Seating: Reserved Seating
Add’l per ticket processing fees apply: $4 (online only)
Tickets now on-sale.
Presented by the Champaign Park District with Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment.
Described by Spin as ‘one of the greatest living voices in rock,’ Grace Potter continues to impress critics and audiences alike with her captivating shows.
Heralded as one of today’s best live performers, Potter has played every major music festival from Lollapalooza to Bonnaroo and has had the honor of sharing the stage with Dave Matthews Band, The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, and Neil Young, to name a few.
For an artist who has built a devoted fan base through electrifying live shows, Grace Potter refuses to be defined by a single genre. Over the last three years, she’s transitioned from songwriting to producing soundtracks for film and TV and recording multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated country duets with friend Kenny Chesney.
In 2015, Grace performed (at the invitation of Michelle Obama) for the troops in Qatar.
Last fall, Ms. Potter was honored with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in her home state of Vermont.
Her epic musical journey has included four studio records, countless collaborations, plus a new milestone with the August 2015 arrival of her solo CD debut, ‘Midnight’.
For more, visit http://gracepotter.com/.
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Community Center for the Arts, 202 West Main St., Urbana, IL
Event: The Tone Road Ramblers, concert of improvised music.
Date: Friday, August 19
Place: Community Center for the Arts, 202 West Main St., Urbana, IL
Contact: Robin Kearton
Phone: (217) 384-5150
Admission: Free-will donations to benefit Community Center for the Arts
Morgan Powell: trombone
Ray Sasaki: trumpet
Eric Mandat: clarinet
Howie Smith: saxophones
Jim Staley: trombone
The Tone Road Ramblers are legendary among improvising musicians. Their point of departure is jazz, but their sound embraces traditions from around the world, Western avant-garde, micro-tonality, and sounds yet uncharted. The ensemble had its debut concert in New York City in 1981. Since then the group has performed concerts in New York, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Tampa, Miami, San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Austin, and Urbana. They have presented concerts at Festivals in Bucharest, Romania and Latvia, at Merkin Hall, NYC, and at the International Trombone Festival at
Urbana, Illinois. The Ramblers have recorded two LPs and nine CDs. This concert will include discussion and a Q&A session.
Not to be missed by anyone interested in first-rate improvised music!
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 5:00pm
Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana
Two music legends - incredible singer-songwriters Iain Matthews (founding member of Fairport Convention with Richard Thompson & Sandy Denny, Matthews' Southern Comfort) & Andy Roberts (Cat Stevens, Pink Floyd, and dozens of others) are celebrating 45 years of making music together as Plainsong. In honor of this, and the release of their new cd "Reinventing Richard: The Songs of Richard Farina," the duo have embarked on their first U.S. tour in over a decade. Nightjar Promotions, in conjunction with The Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival, will be bringing them to the Independent Media Center in Urbana on Sunday, September 25. Special guests include Kevin Elliott, John Coppess, Gloria Roubal, and Jeff Arrigo.
This is a show NOT to miss!
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 7:30am
KAM Lower Level, Classroom Studio B (formerly CRL Gallery), 500 E Peabody Drive, Champaign IL
Come to the first concert of this season's Sudden Sound Concert Series, which presents leading artists in the fields of improvised music and the jazz avant-garde.
Secret Keeper is a creative musical collaboration of guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson and bassist/composer Stephan Crump.
Meeting as members of the New York creative music scene in 2011, Halvorson and Crump immediately planned to collaborate. Their recent second release Emerge reveals a new level of chemistry first heard on their Intakt debut, Super Eight.
Crump last appeared in Urbana in 2014 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as a principle member of Vijay Iyer’s Trio. Halvorson makes her second Sudden Sound appearance; her first was as a member of the Tomeka Reid Quartet, which performed at KAM earlier this year.
The Sudden Sound Concert Series, now in its 11th year at KAM, is curated by Jason Finkelman.