Community Calendar

Feb
19
Mon
2018
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Pizza M
Feb 19 @ 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!

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 @ Pizza M
Feb 26 @ 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
Feb 26 @ 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
Feb 26 @ 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
27
Tue
2018
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Feb 27 @ 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
28
Wed
2018
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Feb 28 @ 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.

Mar
1
Thu
2018
2017 Festival Volunteer & Sponsor Appreciation Party @ Pizza M
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Did you volunteer for the 2017 festival or support the festival with your contributions? Please join us for an appreciation party to celebrate everyone’s collective efforts in making the festival a great event. Read more…

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

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

Band: Patt & Possum (Chicago)

Caller: Jonathan Sivier

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Mar
3
Sat
2018
Charlie Walden Fiddle & Mandolin Workshop @ Community Center for the Arts (C4A)
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Old-Time Fiddle & Mandolin Workshop
with Charlie Walden
Master Traditional Fiddler & Four-Time Illinois Champion

Advance Registration is Encouraged!

This workshop will emphasize improving your technique and overall sound.
You’ll learn three Midwestern tunes that you can put to use for dancing,
“contesting” or just jamming with your pals. We’ll discuss ways to fill
out some tunes you may already know. Finally, I’ll give you a chance to
record some tunes of your choice.

Israeli Folkdancing @ Phillips Recreation Center
Mar 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.
Mar
5
Mon
2018
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Pizza M
Mar 5 @ 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!