Community Calendar

Nov
16
Thu
2017
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Nov 16 @ 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
17
Fri
2017
David Greely – Cajun fiddler @ Community Center for the Arts
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Master fiddler, singer and songwriter David Greely will be performing a solo show at the Community Center for the Arts in downtown Urbana. An original member of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, David toured with this band for many years before embarking on a solo career. Over the years, David has been assembling a repertoire of uncommon Cajun music. He uses old and rare tunes, new companion pieces to old ones, and striking new melodies that meld Cajun roots with fiddle sounds he’s heard in his travels worldwide, and arranges them with novel instrumentation and rich harmonies. David’s solo shows are totally acoustic, intimate and engaging. There will be a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Nov
19
Sun
2017
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Nov 19 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Illinois Old Time Fiddlers Association Monthly Jam @ Lions Building
Nov 19 @ 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.

Nov
20
Mon
2017
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Pizza M
Nov 20 @ 6:30 pm

Blues Dancing Every Monday!  Beginner Friendly Lesson 6:30 – 7. Dancing 7 – 9. Free. Back room at Pizza M, downtown Urbana.

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!

Dulcimer jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Informal gathering of mountain dulcimer players, meets first and third Mondays from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

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
Nov 20 @ 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.

Nov
21
Tue
2017
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Nov 21 @ 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
22
Wed
2017
Irish Music Session @ Dublin O'Neil's
Nov 22 @ 8:30 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
23
Thu
2017
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Nov 23 @ 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
27
Mon
2017
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Pizza M
Nov 27 @ 6:30 pm

Blues Dancing Every Monday!  Beginner Friendly Lesson 6:30 – 7. Dancing 7 – 9. Free. Back room at Pizza M, downtown Urbana.

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!

Open Chantey Sing @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Nov 27 @ 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
Nov 27 @ 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.

Nov
28
Tue
2017
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Nov 28 @ 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
29
Wed
2017
Irish Music Session @ Dublin O'Neil's
Nov 29 @ 8:30 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
30
Thu
2017
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Nov 30 @ 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.

Dec
1
Fri
2017
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Euphor (Urbana, IL; Bloomington, IN; Lexington, KY)

Caller: Scott Meyer

Dec
3
Sun
2017
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dec
4
Mon
2017
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Pizza M
Dec 4 @ 6:30 pm

Blues Dancing Every Monday!  Beginner Friendly Lesson 6:30 – 7. Dancing 7 – 9. Free. Back room at Pizza M, downtown Urbana.

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!

Dulcimer jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Informal gathering of mountain dulcimer players, meets first and third Mondays from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

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.