Cultivating Creativity in Champaign County!

40 North is dedicated to fueling the growth and well-being of Champaign County by nurturing its arts, culture, and education community. It is guided in this effort by three principal themes: ADVOCATE, INFORM, AND COLLABORATE.



Downtown Champaign will serve as the backdrop for Friday Night Live, a free street-side performance series featuring multiple bands every week. Friday Night Live will be held every Friday from 6-9pm starting May 31st through August 23rd.  Performances will be held at the intersections of Main & Fremont, Neil & Park, and Market & Taylor in Downtown Champaign. Friday Night Live will include an eclectic mix of music including rock, folk, bluegrass, jazz, R&B, funk, hip-hop, country, indie, and blues, along with a free kids’ activity such as bubbles, balloons, face painting, caricatures, hula-hooping, and glitter tattoos.

FRIDAY, June 14th

Market & Taylor:
6pm: Haki N’ Dem – R&B/soul
7:30pm: Modern Drugs – Midwest pop

Neil & Park:
6pm: Jake & Jackson – rock/pop/country
7:30pm: Kilborn Alley Blues Band – blues

Fremont & Main (next to The Space):
6pm: The Tangents – eclectic duet
7:30pm: Chickadee Sermon – acoustic folk

Also featuring our special weekly kids’ activity: Caricatures with Dan Wild!

CLICK HERE to follow Friday Night Live on Facebook!

EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to our title sponsor: Pour Bros. Taproom!

If you are a musician or band interested in performing at Friday Night Live, please reach out to Kelly at

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