Community Calendar

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 @ 6:00 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
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.

Jun
5
Tue
2018
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Jun 5 @ 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.

Jun
6
Wed
2018
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Jun 6 @ 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.

Jun
7
Thu
2018
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Jun 7 @ 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
8
Fri
2018
Blake Miller and the Old-Fashioned Aces @ The Iron Post
Jun 8 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Blake Miller & the Old Fashioned Aces are breathing new life into an old sound. It’s traditional Cajun music in a traditional setting, but more than that, it’s a powerhouse trio having fun. Whether they appear as an acoustic trio or a full electric band, finer musicians playing Cajun music cannot be found. In a world where it seems everyone is continually stretching the boundaries of Louisiana French music, the Aces nest comfortably inside the well worn tracks of Cajun Music. From old fiddle tunes, to classic dance floor packers, to bilingual country classics, their music is comfort food for the Cajun music fan.

Jun
10
Sun
2018
English Country Dance Playford Ball @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jun 10 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Central Illinois English Country Dancers
Invite You To An
English Country Dance
Playford Ball

The Central Illinois English Country Dancers will be holding their twenty-third annual Playford Ball on Sunday, June 10, 2018. The dance will be held at the Phillips Recreation Center, 505 West Stoughton, Urbana, IL. The Ball will run from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. There is a $7.00 suggested donation to help cover the cost of the Ball. Bring a snack or dessert to share at the break and get $1 off the admission price. Fans and finery are encouraged. All lovers of English Country dance and music are welcome.

Jun
11
Mon
2018
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Cowboy Monkey
Jun 11 @ 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!

Urbana Hootenanny @ Rose Bowl Tavern
Jun 11 @ 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.

Jun
12
Tue
2018
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Jun 12 @ 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.

Jun
13
Wed
2018
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Jun 13 @ 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.

Jun
14
Thu
2018
CUFRF Steering Committee Meeting @ Techline
Jun 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

All are welcome!

Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Jun 14 @ 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
15
Fri
2018
Folk and Roots Friday: Backdoor Cajun Band @ Lake House in Crystal Lake Park
Jun 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join the Urbana Park District and the C-U Folk and Roots Festival on the first and third Fridays of each month this summer for some great FREE live music. Buy or bring your lunch and enjoy an afternoon lunch break on the lake. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the air conditioned room at the Lake House.

Up today: Laissez les bons temps rouler with the Backdoor Cajun Band.

Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jun 15 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Big Bluestem String Band

Caller: Kristen Planeaux (Cincinnati, OH)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Jun
18
Mon
2018
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Cowboy Monkey
Jun 18 @ 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!