Community Calendar

Jul
16
Sun
2017
Illinois Old Time Fiddlers Association Monthly Jam @ Lions Building
Jul 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A monthly jam session for people interested in old time fiddle music.

The Illinois Old Time Fiddlers Association is a non-for-profit organization. Formed in 1966, the association is dedicated to reviving and furthering old time fiddle music, to the preserving of the old time tunes and fiddling techniques, and to the passing on of this traditional form of entertainment to the younger generation. Anyone who agrees with the purposes of the association can become a member of this association.

The Old Time Fiddle Association also sponsors a yearly fiddle contest, which is scheduled for Sunday October 21st in 2012.

Please check with contact for confirmation of time and place.

Jul
17
Mon
2017
Slow Jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

SLOW JAM, first and third Mondays, 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Lincoln Square hallway behind Common Ground Food Coop. Traditional, folk, country songs in a beginner-friendly setting. For all acoustic stringed instruments and/or voices. Singalong, play-along format.

Hootenanny at the Rose Bowl @ Rose Bowl Tavern
Jul 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Come out and celebrate good friends, good times, and good acoustic music every Monday evening from 8 – 11pm at the historic Rose Bowl Tavern in downtown Urbana. All acoustic styles and instruments are welcome; microphones are provided. There will be a sign-up sheet for anyone who wants to come up to the stage and share their music and there may even be a few extra instruments lying around in case you forget to bring one. Sam Payne, Dustin Norder, and Black Coffee Fridays will all be standing by to make sure the music never stops, so the possibilities are endless and it’s sure to be a hell of a good time! Check out the Facebook page for updates.

Jul
18
Tue
2017
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meets most Tuesdays, an informal gathering of musicians playing bluegrass style. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, dulcimer, mandolin, uke, and come share a tune, or learn a new one.

Located in the Lincoln Square Mall in the southwest corridor, near the former location of Art Mart. Lincoln Square Mall is located in downtown Urbana, IL between Race and Vine on Broadway.

Jul
19
Wed
2017
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Traditional Irish dance music played by a group of local musicians. If you like playing Irish music you’re invited to join in.

Jul
20
Thu
2017
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Informal gathering of musicians playing old-time stringband style. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, dulcimer, mandolin, uke, and come share a tune, or learn a new one.

Located in the Lincoln Square Mall behind the Common Ground Food Co-op. Lincoln Square Mall is located in downtown Urbana, IL between Race and Vine on Broadway.

Jul
21
Fri
2017
Folk and Roots Fridays @ Lake House in Crystal Lake Park
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join the Urbana Park District and the C-U Folk and Roots Festival on the first and third Fridays of each month this summer for some great FREE live music. Buy or bring your lunch and enjoy an afternoon lunch break on the lake. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the air conditioned room at the Lake House.

Up today: blues, swing, and improv with Dewclaw!

Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Euphor

Caller: Gail Hintze (Chillicothe, IL)

Jul
23
Sun
2017
Storyteller Kath Brinkmann at Spurlock Museum @ Spurlock Museum
Jul 23 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

The family-friendly Cultural Celebrations Performance Series highlights music, dance and storytelling from around the world on the 4th Sunday of the month from 1:00—1:45pm.   Kath Brinkmann been telling stories all her life, turning professional with the turn of the century. She is a founding member of the C-U Storytelling Guild and has told at the U of I Youth Festival, the Urbana Park District Chautauqua Centennial Celebration, the Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival, and the Sterling Storytelling Festival, as well as numerous smaller venues. From 2008 to 2012, she produced and hosted “The Stories We Tell,” a program of recorded concerts and interviews with authors and storytellers televised on UPTV cable channel 6. Kath has a master’s degree in Folk Tales and Storytelling from the University of Illinois in Springfield and has co-authored The Gift of the Unicorn and Other Animal Helper Tales for Storytellers, Educators, and Librarians with award-winning teller Dan Keding.

Jul
24
Mon
2017
Open Chantey Sing @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Jul 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

An open sing for chanteys (work songs), forebitters (recreational songs), traditional or modern songs of or about the sea, lakes, rivers, or water—if you can justify it, sing it.  Lead a song or just sing along.

Located in the Lincoln Square Mall behind the Common Ground Food Co-op. Lincoln Square Mall is located in downtown Urbana, IL between Race and Vine on Broadway.

Hootenanny at the Rose Bowl @ Rose Bowl Tavern
Jul 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Come out and celebrate good friends, good times, and good acoustic music every Monday evening from 8 – 11pm at the historic Rose Bowl Tavern in downtown Urbana. All acoustic styles and instruments are welcome; microphones are provided. There will be a sign-up sheet for anyone who wants to come up to the stage and share their music and there may even be a few extra instruments lying around in case you forget to bring one. Sam Payne, Dustin Norder, and Black Coffee Fridays will all be standing by to make sure the music never stops, so the possibilities are endless and it’s sure to be a hell of a good time! Check out the Facebook page for updates.

Jul
25
Tue
2017
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meets most Tuesdays, an informal gathering of musicians playing bluegrass style. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, dulcimer, mandolin, uke, and come share a tune, or learn a new one.

Located in the Lincoln Square Mall in the southwest corridor, near the former location of Art Mart. Lincoln Square Mall is located in downtown Urbana, IL between Race and Vine on Broadway.

Jul
26
Wed
2017
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Jul 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Traditional Irish dance music played by a group of local musicians. If you like playing Irish music you’re invited to join in.

Jul
27
Thu
2017
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Informal gathering of musicians playing old-time stringband style. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, dulcimer, mandolin, uke, and come share a tune, or learn a new one.

Located in the Lincoln Square Mall behind the Common Ground Food Co-op. Lincoln Square Mall is located in downtown Urbana, IL between Race and Vine on Broadway.

Jul
29
Sat
2017
Music of the Summer of Love @ Iron Post
Jul 29 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The C-U Folk and Roots Festival presents “The Summer of Love and Folk Music,” a musical celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Summer of Love. This night of coolness features the music of Bob Dylan and other folk legends of the 1960s and will be performed by a groovy assortment of local musicians from Champaign-Urbana and surrounding communities, including John Coppess, Nick Ailes, Chachi El Bandido, John McMahon, Anne E. Clements, and many others. 

Best of all, this celebration is a fundraising event for the 9th Annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival, coming to Urbana on November 2-4, 2017.

Be there or be square!

$10 at the door

Jul
31
Mon
2017
Open “trad” sing @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Informal gathering of folks who like to share in singing traditional folk songs. Instruments welcome (but not required). Meets the second and fifth Mondays, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Located in the Lincoln Square Mall behind the Common Ground Food Co-op. Lincoln Square Mall is located in downtown Urbana, IL between Race and Vine on Broadway.

Hootenanny at the Rose Bowl @ Rose Bowl Tavern
Jul 31 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Come out and celebrate good friends, good times, and good acoustic music every Monday evening from 8 – 11pm at the historic Rose Bowl Tavern in downtown Urbana. All acoustic styles and instruments are welcome; microphones are provided. There will be a sign-up sheet for anyone who wants to come up to the stage and share their music and there may even be a few extra instruments lying around in case you forget to bring one. Sam Payne, Dustin Norder, and Black Coffee Fridays will all be standing by to make sure the music never stops, so the possibilities are endless and it’s sure to be a hell of a good time! Check out the Facebook page for updates.

Aug
1
Tue
2017
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meets most Tuesdays, an informal gathering of musicians playing bluegrass style. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, dulcimer, mandolin, uke, and come share a tune, or learn a new one.

Located in the Lincoln Square Mall in the southwest corridor, near the former location of Art Mart. Lincoln Square Mall is located in downtown Urbana, IL between Race and Vine on Broadway.

The Champaign/Urbana Singer-Songwriter Collective @ Clark Bar
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Started in the Spring of 2011 by Jeff Arrigo and Christopher Todd Durnil, the Champaign-Urbana Singer-Songwriter Collective originally met at the UC-IMC on Wednesday nights. We have now moved the location to the Clark Bar and meet on the first Tuesday of the month, with special showcases the following Tuesdays. This is a great group and all of us have become fast friends – it’s open to all styles, all ages, we’re non-judgmental – we’re all just there for the love of music and sharing songs and ideas for songs with one another, and talking about the music scene. If you haven’t come out to the group yet, please be sure to mark the first Tuesday of the month on your calendar. It’s a great time, and I’m always looking for musicians who would love to play on Tuesdays!

Be sure to check the Facebook page for announcements of the second Tuesday special showcases!

Aug
2
Wed
2017
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Traditional Irish dance music played by a group of local musicians. If you like playing Irish music you’re invited to join in.