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

Time: 5:00-6:00pm

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
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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
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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.

Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 7:00pm
the Virginia Theatre
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Special tribute concert is free to all veterans and active duty military personnel

Champaign, IL – The Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign will host a special Independence Day celebration of the very best in American music on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. (doors open at 6:00 P.M.). Reserved seating tickets start at $12.50 and are available at the Virginia Theatre Box Office, online at, or charge by phone at 217.356.9063. Admittance is free to all veterans and active duty military service personnel—however, everyone must have a ticket to attend. An “ice cream social” will take place in front of the theatre from 5:00-6:30 P.M., with TCBY Champaign on hand to provide frozen yogurt sundaes, free of charge, to all ticket holders.

The concert showcases the 60+ member Champaign-Urbana Civic Wind Band, conducted by Linda R. Moorhouse, DMA, Senior Associate Director of Bands at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Special guest artists—and renowned father-son trumpet duo—Ronald and Aaron Romm will be featured. Local radio personality Jim Turpin will again act as Master of Ceremonies and narrator for the event, which is being simulcast on WDWS NewsTalk 1400 AM. It’s an evening of frosty treats, patriotic music, and heartfelt tribute to those who have served and are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. Presented by the Champaign Park District and the University of Illinois Bands Program. Additional support by WDWS NewsTalk 1400 AM, The News-Gazette, Illinois Public Media, and TCBY. For more, visit

Ticket Pricing:
$19.50/$15.50/12.50 Standard
$17.50/$14.00/$11.00 Senior (55 and up)
$8.00 (all seats) Children (12 and under)
FREE for all Veterans and Active Duty Military Service Personnel

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 7:00pm
Grace Lutheran Church
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Cast of Bronze is a handbell ensemble from Dallas, Texas dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in music and the promotion of the art of ringing handbells.

This year's program entitled "The Stars Await" features original handbell compositions by Ron Mallory, William Payne, Hart Morris, Donald Allured, Arnold Sherman, and many others. We will premier a commissioned arrangement by Carol Lynn Mizell of St. Louis Blues March. We will play circus tunes, classical and sacred music, and other familiar tunes. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

Come and join us for a fun-filled informal and interactive concert that is free and open to the public. Come see and hear the largest and the smallest handbells ever manufactured! Following the concert, members of the audience will be invited to come and ring bells or chimes and ask questions of the ringers and director.

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 2:30pm
Champaign Central High School
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Champaign Central's Acting Class Presents Little Shop of Horrors the Musical!
May 18-20 at 7:00 pm and the 22nd at 2:30pm, with an invited dress rehearsal on the 17th. Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults.
(There is no show on Saturday, May 21st)

Seymour Krelbourn lives life as a poor, previously orphaned young-adult working in a florist shop to raise his strange plants and make ends meet. Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists, owned by Mr. Mushnik, has not been doing well, and Mr. Mushnik is ready to close up shop. In an act of desperation and dedication, Seymour, encouraged by Audrey, shows Mushnik one of his strange and interesting plants. Seymour has always had a crush on Audrey, however she leans toward not-so-nice men and her relationship has turned abusive. But, since Audrey is still working with him at the shop, he does not want the shop to close. Once Seymour places the plant in the window, business starts to pour in, but the plant won’t grow. Seymour discovers that the only thing that the plant will eat is blood… fresh blood.. And as he begins to run out of blood from his fingers, Seymour must decide whether to continue feeding the plant by taking lives, or to let it die and lose the love of his life, Audrey...

Cast List:
Seymour: Quinton Ohlsson
Audrey: Shireen Hassan
Mushnik: Josh Harris (Tues/Thurs/Sun) Mitchell Flanagin (Wed/Fri)
Orin: Will Kanter (Tues/Thurs/Sun) Nick Henson (Wed, Fri)
Ronnette: Zoë Dunn
Crystal: Lauran Miller
Chiffon: Symone Howell
Bebop Understudy: Diana Golmeeva
Audrey II (The Plant): LaDonna Wilson
Audrey II Puppeteer: Rajheem Haymon
Customer: Jack Wierschem
Arthur Denton: Seth Lerner
Ensemble: Seth Lerner, Joe Stevens, Arnold Brown, Ben Wendt, Jack Wierschem, Rajheem Haymon, Offnight Mushink, Offnight Orin

Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 6:00pm
Fluid Event Center, 601 N Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821

One night only, ladies and gentlemen, at the Fluid Event Center in Champaign, Illinois, you have he opportunity to partake in some of the city’s finest Food Truck delicacies. And while you washing it down with a cold brew or tasty orange whip, you can enjoy the Classic Blues Brothers movie.

BUT don’t stop there! According to Nigel, this party is an 11 (exactly one more than 10). The second half of our double feature is This is Spianal Tap!

There will be auctions, several 50/50 drawings, drink specials, Food Trucks, and so much more! Don’t miss out!

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 7:00pm
Wesley Foundation, 1203 W. Green St. Urbana
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Come out to learn swing dancing and enjoy a live band at the Illini Swing Society’s free Saturday Spring Dance! Join us first for the free beginning swing lesson and then get ready to swing out to the Magnolia Jass Band from Chicago! The drop-in lesson is from 7-8pm and the dance follows from 8-11pm. Both lesson and dance are free! No partner, experience or special shoes are needed. Just be ready to learn a few fun steps and meet some new people!

This free live event will be held at the Wesley Foundation, 1203 W. Green St. Urbana (enter from the Parking Lot on Goodwin). Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or at

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 7:30pm
The Virginia Theatre
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Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Staples will perform in concert at the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign on Friday, April 1, 2016, at 7:30 P.M. Reserved seating tickets ($29.50-$79.50) are on sale at the Virginia Theatre box office,, or charge by phone at 217-356-9063. Presented by the Champaign Park District.

As both a solo vocalist and with her family group, the Staple Singers, R&B legend Mavis Staples has recorded everything from 1950s delta-gospel—a sound she helped create—and civil rights era protest songs to Number One hits like Respect Yourself and I’ll Take You There. A dedicated collaborator, Ms. Staples has worked with producers from Prince and Ry Cooder to Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and has performed with dozens of different recording artists, including a legendary spot in the concert film The Last Waltz. At his inaugural The Late Show on September 8, 2015, Stephen Colbert invited Staples to lead an all-star band performing in the episode’s celebratory finish.

While Mavis Staples has cemented her legacy as one of the most distinctive voices of the past sixty years, appreciation for her contributions to American music continues to grow. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, was awarded an NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award in 2006, and was listed as one of Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in 2008. In 2007, Mavis was awarded the Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award, co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center.

Her life has been the subject of a 2014 book (I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers and the March Up Freedom’s Highway, by Greg Kot), and a forthcoming HBO Documentary (Mavis!, set to air on February 29, 2016). In April, 2015, she released a new, critically-acclaimed four-song EP, Your Good Fortune.

Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 7:00pm
Virginia Theatre
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The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will perform a free concert at the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. The originally scheduled show time of 3:00 P.M. was changed to 7:00 P.M. to better allow performers to attend church services that day. Free reserved seating tickets for the concert are available at the Virginia Theatre box office,, or by phone at 217-356-9063. Presented by the Champaign Park District.

The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus is the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. Founded in 1946 and 1957 respectively, these two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.

The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics, and Broadway musicals.


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