Friday, September 9, 2016 - 10:00am
Meadowbrook Park, Urbana
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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
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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

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 8:00pm
The Virginia Theatre
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Friday, September 30, 2016 – 8:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm)

Seating: Reserved Seating

Tickets: $44.50/$35.50/$29.50
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

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!


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