Community Calendar

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 @ Cowboy Monkey
Mar 5 @ 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
Mar 5 @ 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
Mar 5 @ 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.

Mar
6
Tue
2018
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Mar 6 @ 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.

The Champaign/Urbana Singer-Songwriter Collective @ Clark Bar
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Started in the Spring of 2011 by Jeff Arrigo and Christopher Todd Durnil, the Champaign-Urbana Singer-Songwriter Collective originally met at the UC-IMC on Wednesday nights. We have now moved the location to the Clark Bar and meet on the first Tuesday of the month, with special showcases the following Tuesdays. This is a great group and all of us have become fast friends – it’s open to all styles, all ages, we’re non-judgmental – we’re all just there for the love of music and sharing songs and ideas for songs with one another, and talking about the music scene. If you haven’t come out to the group yet, please be sure to mark the first Tuesday of the month on your calendar. It’s a great time, and I’m always looking for musicians who would love to play on Tuesdays!

Be sure to check the Facebook page for announcements of the second Tuesday special showcases!

Mar
7
Wed
2018
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Mar 7 @ 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
8
Thu
2018
CUFRF Steering Committee Meeting @ Techline
Mar 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

All are welcome!

Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Mar 8 @ 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
12
Mon
2018
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Cowboy Monkey
Mar 12 @ 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!

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

Mar
14
Wed
2018
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Mar 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.

Mar
15
Thu
2018
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Mar 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.

Mar
16
Fri
2018
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Rare Privilege (Wisconsin)

Caller: Jim Hemphill (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Mar
17
Sat
2018
Marchfest: Traditional Dance & Music Festival @ Phillips Recreation Center
Mar 17 @ 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Bands: Rare Privilege (Wisconsin) and The Flatland Consort

Dance Leaders: Jon Hanson and Jonathan Sivier

  • 1:00-2:00p   Early Americana, Lloyd Shaw Dances — Jon & Sue Hanson
  • 2:15-3:15p   Zesty English Country Dancing — Jonathan Sivier w/ Flatland Consort
  • 3:30-4:30p   Irish Set Dances — Daniel Flora
  • 7:00-10:00p English Country Ball  — Jonathan and Jon with Rare Privilege
Mar
18
Sun
2018
Music at the Museum: Rare Privilege @ Museum of the Grand Prairie
Mar 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us in welcoming Rare Privilege! This group features Maria Terres on fiddle and Amy McFarland on piano. Their music has often been described as “way more sound than we ever thought two instruments could make.” Devotion to their individual instruments, a sense of innovation, and a deep love and respect for the living tradition of folk music and dance combine to give their music an imaginative and lyrical energy and drive. Rare Privilege plays for New England Style Contra Dancing, Irish and Scottish Social Dancing, English Country Dancing, and many other traditional dance styles. Based in Wisconsin, they have performed throughout the US and also in Canada. With spring on the horizon, join us for an afternoon of music and energy at the museum! FREE! For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.