Community Calendar

Jan
16
Tue
2018
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Jan 16 @ 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.

Jan
17
Wed
2018
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Jan 17 @ 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.

Jan
18
Thu
2018
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Jan 18 @ 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.

Jan
19
Fri
2018
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Acoustic Mayhem

Callers: Amanda Ramey & Anne Huber

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Jan
21
Sun
2018
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

English Country Dance is the dance form that was popular in England and America in the 1600’s, 1700’s and early 1800’s. It is one of the dance forms from which modern contra and square dance are descended. If you’ve seen any of the recent Jane Austen movies then you’ve seen this sort of dance. We also do some early American dances from the Colonial and Revolutionary War eras. Follow this link for more information.

Illinois Old Time Fiddlers Association Monthly Jam @ Lions Building
Jan 21 @ 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.

Jan
22
Mon
2018
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Cowboy Monkey
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm

Blues Dancing Every Monday!  Beginner Friendly Lesson 6:00 – 7:00pm. Dancing 7:00 – 9:00pm. 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!

Open Chantey Sing @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Jan 22 @ 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
Jan 22 @ 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.

Jan
23
Tue
2018
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Jan 23 @ 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.

Jan
24
Wed
2018
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Jan 24 @ 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.

Jan
25
Thu
2018
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Jan 25 @ 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.

Jan
29
Mon
2018
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Cowboy Monkey
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm

Blues Dancing Every Monday!  Beginner Friendly Lesson 6:00 – 7:00pm. Dancing 7:00 – 9:00pm. 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!

Open “trad” sing @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Jan 29 @ 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
Jan 29 @ 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.

Jan
30
Tue
2018
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Jan 30 @ 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.

Jan
31
Wed
2018
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Jan 31 @ 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.

Feb
1
Thu
2018
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Feb 1 @ 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.

Feb
2
Fri
2018
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Tim Macdonald & Jeremy Ward (Chicago)

Caller: Martha Tyner (Bloomington)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Feb
3
Sat
2018
Israeli Folkdancing @ Phillips Recreation Center
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
You are invited to an evening of Israeli folkdance. All are welcome,
regardless of experience. We will begin with a half hour class
at the beginner level. More advanced teaching will follow,
interspersed with lots of open dance time. Please bring a separate
pair of clean, soft-soled, non-marking, non-street shoes to help
protect the floor.