Community Calendar

Nov
27
Tue
2018
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Nov 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.

Nov
28
Wed
2018
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Nov 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.

Nov
29
Thu
2018
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Nov 29 @ 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.

Dec
2
Sun
2018
Rational Dress Society Performance @ Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Come out to the IMC and enjoy the latest edition of Rational Dress Society’s songbook! But first, feast on the sounds of local poets Shaya Robinson and Rachel Lauren Storm! Come as early as 6pm for the full event, including Drag Queen Storytime! (Our performance at 7:30)

Come earlier for more performance and activities:
6:15pm Drag Queen Storytime
6:45 What’s your love strategy? (A workshop with Dr. Patch Adams)
and will also include booths with fortune telling and more.

Admission is free, donations are requested!

This event is part of a fundraiser to complete construction of a teaching center for the Gesundheit! Institute in West Virginia.

Dec
3
Mon
2018
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Cowboy Monkey
Dec 3 @ 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
Dec 3 @ 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
Dec 3 @ 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.

Dec
4
Tue
2018
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Dec 4 @ 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.

Dec
5
Wed
2018
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Dec 5 @ 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.

Dec
6
Thu
2018
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Dec 6 @ 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.

Dec
7
Fri
2018
Contra Dance! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Big Bluestem String Band

Caller: Tamara Loewenthal (Bloomington, IN)

7:30p New Dancer Orientation

Dec
8
Sat
2018
English Country Dance Christmas Ball @ Phillips Recreation Center
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

The Central Illinois English Country Dancers will be holding their twenty-fourth annual Christmas Ball on Saturday, December 8, 2018. The dance will be held at the Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton, Urbana, IL. The Ball will run from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m., with refreshments and carol singing during the break. There is a $7.00 suggested donation to help cover the cost of the Ball. Bring a snack or a dessert to share and get $1 off the admission price. Fans and finery are encouraged. All lovers of English Country dance and music are welcome.

  • Dances Led By: Susan, Burt, Jon Hanson, Scott Meyer and Jonathan Sivier
  • Music Provided By: The Flatland Consort
  • Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
  • Christmas Ball: 7:00 to 10:30 p.m.
  • Break With Refreshments and Carol Singing: ~8:30 p.m.
  • Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Location: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton, Urbana, IL
  • Suggested Donation: $7.00 ($6.00 with a snack for the break)
Dec
9
Sun
2018
Papashoy Klezmer Band @ The Iron Post
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

It’s Papashoy‘s inaugural show at Urbana’s Iron Post! We’ll have a variety of delicious klezmer tunes to keep you warm on a winter Sunday evening. Frances Harris and Amanda Ramey on fiddles, Charlie Harris on bass, Rob Krumm on guitar, Cody Jensen on mandolin and xylophone, and Rob Sweedler on accordion and spoons.

Dec
10
Mon
2018
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Cowboy Monkey
Dec 10 @ 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
Dec 10 @ 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.

Dec
11
Tue
2018
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Dec 11 @ 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.

Dec
12
Wed
2018
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Dec 12 @ 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.

Dec
13
Thu
2018
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Dec 13 @ 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.

Dec
14
Fri
2018
Contra Dance! @ University YMCA
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Euphor

Caller: Dale Wilson (St. Louis)

7:30p New Dancer Orientation

Chickadee Sermon and Emily Anne @ Iron Post
Dec 14 @ 9:30 pm