Community Calendar

May
16
Wed
2018
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
May 16 @ 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.

May
17
Thu
2018
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
May 17 @ 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.

May
18
Fri
2018
Roots Walk @ Crystal Lake Park, Urbana IL
May 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • The Firetones
  • Bones Jugs
  • The Young and the Fretless
  • Strings Attached
  • Grass Roots Revival
  • Rebekah Songer
  • Doug Schroer and Matt Stewart
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
May 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: West Urbana Ceili Band

Caller: Karen Jackson (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Cornstalkers Cajun Band @ The Iron Post
May 18 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
  • Tom Turino – Cajun Accordion, Fiddle
  • Matt Turino – Fiddle, Frottoir
  • Shannon Arnold – Guitar, Vocals
  • Kristi Emilsson – ‘Tit-fer
  • JB Faires – Bass
  • Sam Payne – Guitar
May
19
Sat
2018
Milonga Epoca @ Regent Ballroom
May 19 @ 9:30 pm – May 20 @ 1:00 am

Regent EPOCA

Milonga Epoca at Regent Ballroom
1406 Regency Dr West, Savoy, IL 61874
217-359-5333
9:30 pm – 1:00 am
$10 admission (students $8)
Join us for a night of tango dancing in an elegant atmosphere!
DJ
Live music with Bandoneon Massacre!
Cash bar til 11 pm; $10 corking fee for BYOB
Suspended (floating) oakwood dance floor
Air conditioned
Dress to impress
Preceded by West Coast Swing dance (7:00 pm) — {WCS, Salsa, 2 Step, Bachata and more} $10 for the whole evening.
May
21
Mon
2018
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Cowboy Monkey
May 21 @ 6:30 pm

Blues Dancing Every Monday!  Beginner Friendly Lesson 6:30 – 7. Dancing 7 – 9. 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
May 21 @ 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.

May
22
Tue
2018
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
May 22 @ 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.

May
23
Wed
2018
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
May 23 @ 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.

May
24
Thu
2018
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
May 24 @ 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.

May
28
Mon
2018
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Cowboy Monkey
May 28 @ 6:30 pm

Blues Dancing Every Monday!  Beginner Friendly Lesson 6:30 – 7. Dancing 7 – 9. 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!

May
29
Tue
2018
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
May 29 @ 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.

May
30
Wed
2018
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
May 30 @ 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.

May
31
Thu
2018
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
May 31 @ 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.

Jun
1
Fri
2018
Folk and Roots Fridays: Nancy Livingston & Rick Kubetz @ Crystal Lake Park
Jun 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Free folk and roots music at the Lake House in Crystal Lake Park.

Join the Urbana Park District and the C-U Folk & Roots Festival on the first and third Fridays of each month this summer for some great FREE live music. We’ll have boating and drink/snack specials, just bring your lunch and enjoy an afternoon lunch break on the lake. Enter your name into our raffle each Friday to win a free Lake House rental in 2018. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the air conditioned rental room at the Lake House.

Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jun 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: The Mean Lids

Caller: Bob Green (St. Louis, MO)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Jun
4
Mon
2018
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Cowboy Monkey
Jun 4 @ 6:30 pm

Blues Dancing Every Monday!  Beginner Friendly Lesson 6:30 – 7. Dancing 7 – 9. 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
Jun 4 @ 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.

 

Urbana Hootenanny @ Rose Bowl Tavern
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm

Urbana’s home-grown open mic night with performances from solo artists as well as entire bands. There are a lot of “instant bands”….made up on the spot, depending on who is in the crowd. A great vibe, a local treasure.