Community Calendar

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
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Cowboy Monkey
Feb 19 @ 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!

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.

Feb
21
Wed
2018
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Feb 21 @ 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
22
Thu
2018
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Feb 22 @ 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.

Klezmer Slow Jam
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Periodic gathering of folks interested in learning and playing klezmer style. Charts provided for some tunes, but ear learning is highly encouraged. All instruments welcome. Call or email for location details.

Feb
23
Fri
2018
C-U Folk and Roots Festival Winter Weekend Friday @ Iron Post
Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm

Picture of Filisko and Noden

Filisko and Noden. Photo Credit: Paul Natkin

Save the date so you don’t miss two fantastic evenings of music to wind down February.

Friday, February 23rd
5pm – Happy Hour with the Backyard BBQ Band. Blues and…
Main Event
8pm – Sharp Dirt. The debut performance from a locally grown Urbana group. Skiffle, Bluesey.
9:30 – Joe Falisco and Eric Noden. Acoustic Blues duo from Chicago..

More Info…

Feb
24
Sat
2018
C-U Folk and Roots Festival Winter Weekend Saturday @ Iron Post
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm

Save the date so you don’t miss two fantastic evenings of music to wind down February.

Saturday, February 24th
6pm – Happy Hour with the Community Center for the Arts band and ensemble performances
9pm – Hobnob String Band. Bluegrass, newgrass, groovegrass…
10:30 – Kilborn Alley Blues Band. Chicago Blues from Urbana!

More info…

Feb
26
Mon
2018
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Cowboy Monkey
Feb 26 @ 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!