Community Calendar

Oct
18
Wed
2017
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Oct 18 @ 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.

Oct
19
Thu
2017
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Oct 19 @ 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.

Oct
20
Fri
2017
Urbana Barn Dance! @ Anderson's Barn
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Community Band
Open Mic Calling
New Dancer Orientation @ 7:30 pm
Come out to Anderson’s barn to enjoy snacks, a bonfire and a night of music, dancing and general merriment!
Oct
21
Sat
2017
Kalyx Barn Dance! @ Kalyx Center for Sustainability
Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Saturday, October 21, 5:00-Midnight
Kalyx Center, Monticello

Music by Cliff Harrison and Friends
Calling by Lauren Peckman from St. Louis
5:00 pm – Potluck
6:30 pm – New Dancer Orientation
7:00 pm – Dancing
9:00 pm – BIG Bonfire, Followed By More Dancing
11:00 pm – Even more dancing with open band and open calling
Directions to locations can be found at: www.urbana-contra.org/directions.html or call 352-4108.
Oct
23
Mon
2017
Open Chantey Sing @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Oct 23 @ 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
Oct 23 @ 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.

Oct
24
Tue
2017
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Oct 24 @ 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.

Oct
25
Wed
2017
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Oct 25 @ 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.

Oct
26
Thu
2017
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Oct 26 @ 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.

Oct
27
Fri
2017
Danny Schmidt House Concert
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm

Danny Schmidt (singer/songwriter from Austin, named to the Chicago Tribune’s 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, winner of the Kerrville New Folk Award, and prior invited performer at the CU Roots & Folk Festival) will be giving a house concert at 7:30 pm on Friday October 27. There will be limited seating. For reservations and more information please click on the email link above. Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for seniors and students.

Oct
28
Sat
2017
English Country Dance Halloween Masqeurade Ball @ Phillips Recreation Center
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

English Country Dance
Halloween Masquerade Ball
Costumes, of any sort, encouraged
Admission: $5 ($4 with a snack or dessert contribution)

Oct
30
Mon
2017
Open “trad” sing @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Oct 30 @ 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
Oct 30 @ 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.

Oct
31
Tue
2017
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Oct 31 @ 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.

Nov
1
Wed
2017
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Nov 1 @ 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.

Nov
2
Thu
2017
Ninth Annual C-U Folk and Roots Festival
Nov 2 – Nov 4 all-day

Check our website for all the juicy details!

Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Nov 2 @ 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.

Nov
3
Fri
2017
Contra Dance! @ Independent Media Center
Nov 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Contra Dance, with The Young and the Fretless and caller Dale Wilson – The Young and the Fretless play old-time mountain music on the prairie – a mix of Appalachian Mountain and Midwestern tunes and songs. Arrive half-an-hour early (7:30 pm) for a contra dance lesson!

Nov
6
Mon
2017
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Cowboy Monkey
Nov 6 @ 6:30 pm

Blues Dancing Every Monday!  Beginner Friendly Lesson 6:30 – 7. Dancing 7 – 9. Free. Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor St. in downtown Champaign.

Please join us for a fun and friendly evening of dancing! Whether you have never danced before, you are experienced in other dances, or just love blues music, come try blues dancing! It’s free! No partners necessary.

We dance every Monday except for Winter Break: NO dances December 18, December 25 and January 1.

What is blues dancing? It is a family of African American social vernacular dances that have evolving in various regions throughout the United States since the early 1900’s. It is danced largely to blues music, but also to early jazz and swing. The evolution of blues music as well as historical and geographic factors impacted the development of various styles of blues dance, such as jukin’, ballroomin’ and struttin’.  The revival of blues dance followed the Lindy Hop revival in the 1980’s and 1990’ss. Over the last 20 years it has become so popular that there are blues dance communities in many major cities and instructors and enthusiasts travel nationally and internationally to attend blues dance festivals. But you can join us right here in Urbana every Monday night!

Slow Jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Nov 6 @ 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.