Community Calendar

Feb
9
Fri
2018
58th Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival @ Mandel Hall
Feb 9 @ 8:00 pm

The concert schedule is subject to change

Friday, February 9 at 8:00 PM

    • Mike Compton and Band
    • Dan Gellert (Solo)
    • Jarochicanos
    • The Western Elstons
    • Sheryl Cormier and Band
Feb
10
Sat
2018
58th Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival @ Ida Noyes Hall
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Free Daytime Workshops

58th Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival @ Mandel Hall
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 PM

    • Mary Lane and the Blues Band
    • Pauline Conneely and Jonathan Whitall
    • Dan Gellert Trio
    • Mike Compton and Band
    • Sheryl Cormier and Band
Feb
12
Mon
2018
Weekly Blues Lesson and Dance @ Guido's Bar & Grill
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Weekly Blues Lesson and Dance

On Monday evenings we gather for a lesson and dance at Guido’s Bar & Grill. The lesson and the dance are both FREE.

Beginner-Friendly Lesson: 6-7pm. Our friendly and experienced instructors Jennifer, Sierra, and Dave share the teaching role.

Blues Social Dance: 7-9pm

Open to all ages. No cover. Drinks and food available from our host venue, Guido’s Bar & Grill.

Beginners welcome. No partner required. Come dance with us!

Open “trad” sing @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Feb 12 @ 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
Feb 12 @ 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.

Feb
13
Tue
2018
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Feb 13 @ 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.

Backdoor Cajun Band @ The Iron Post
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join the Backdoor Cajun Band for an evening of traditional Cajun and Creole songs, with the real deal feel of Cajun country. Lively two steps, graceful waltzes and get-down Zydeco…bring your dance shoes and let’s have a party. Matt Turino on fiddle, Sam Payne on guitar, Randy Cordle on bass and Rob Krumm on accordion.

Feb
14
Wed
2018
Dana Sipos and Rebekah Songer @ The Iron Post
Feb 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Originally hailing from the industrial landscape of Hamilton, Ontario, Dana Sipos inhabited the far Canadian north – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – for many years before going nomad.  Her captivatingly nuanced songs continue to be infused with a wild wind and a haunting, slightly hypnotic surrealism, akin to the mysteries of the north.

Dana Sipos in videos on Vimeo

Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Feb 14 @ 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
15
Thu
2018
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Feb 15 @ 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
16
Fri
2018
Special Contra Dance! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Band: The Cosmic Otters (Chicago)
  • Caller: Sarah Kaiser (St. Louis)
  • 7:00 p.m. Vegetarian Potluck
  • 7:30 p.m. Beginner’s Lesson
  • 8-11 p.m. Full-Fledged Contra Dance!!!

Come help us kick off the 50 year celebration of the Red Herring and Anniversary Celebration of Channing Murray for an evening of Contra Dance with The Cosmic Otters and Sarah Kaiser. There will be a small potluck at 7, a beginners lesson at 7:30, and the full fledged dance starting at 8pm. We will be using the beautiful space of the Channing Murray Chapel at 1209 W Oregon St, Urbana, IL 61801 and the event is co-hosted by the Urbana Country Dancers.

What is contra dance?
Learn more here—> http://urbana-contra.org/

This event will be $10 suggested donation (more if you can, less if you can’t). The event is being held to celebrate and support the Channing Murray/ Red Herring as they continue to provide space in this trying time to build community, promote peace and eat spectacular vegetarian food.

We look forward to seeing you there!!

Feb
17
Sat
2018
The Red Herring’s Golden (50th) Birthday Party @ The Red Herring
Feb 17 @ 4:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Join us on February 17th for The Red Herring’s Golden Birthday Party. We are celebrating The Red Herring’s 50 year anniversary with live music, storytellers from over The Red Herring years, memorabilia from half a century of our history, a raffle of local goods and Red Herring swag, cooking from the Red Herring kitchen, and more to be announced soon.

Musicians include PAUL KOTHEIMER, The Merry Travelers, Dewclaw, Relevator featuring Kenna Mae, harryoftheEarth Music, Les Urban (from the Red Herring LP’s of the 1970s), U of I Jazz players, Riders of the Golden Maize, and more folks from The Red Herring’s rich past and present.

Storytellers include founding participants Bill Taylor and Vern Fein. Poetry by Ruth Walker, read by Emmett Silver.

Memorabilia from The Red Herring decades will be displayed throughout the building all night.
U Of I Library Archives will be exhibiting underground newspapers, The Walrus and The Geek (originally laid out at The Herring in the 1970’s), from 4:30-6:30pm.

Feb
18
Sun
2018
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Feb 18 @ 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
Feb 18 @ 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.

Kevin Burke @ House Concert TBA
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for over 30 years. In the US he received a National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA, in Ireland the prestigious Gradam Ceoil award, both acknowledging him as a master of the tradition. Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the “naked fiddle” as he sometimes puts it. His solo concerts are mesmerizing, you feel like a fortunate guest in the home of this gracious master of the Irish tradition.

Feb
19
Mon
2018
Weekly Blues Lesson and Dance @ Guido's Bar & Grill
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Weekly Blues Lesson and Dance

On Monday evenings we gather for a lesson and dance at Guido’s Bar & Grill. The lesson and the dance are both FREE.

Beginner-Friendly Lesson: 6-7pm. Our friendly and experienced instructors Jennifer, Sierra, and Dave share the teaching role.

Blues Social Dance: 7-9pm

Open to all ages. No cover. Drinks and food available from our host venue, Guido’s Bar & Grill.

Beginners welcome. No partner required. Come dance with us!

Slow Jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Feb 19 @ 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
Feb 19 @ 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.

Feb
20
Tue
2018
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Feb 20 @ 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.