Community Calendar

Feb
18
Mon
2019
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Cowboy Monkey
Feb 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!

Slow Jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Feb 18 @ 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
Feb 18 @ 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.

Feb
19
Tue
2019
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Feb 19 @ 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
20
Wed
2019
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Feb 20 @ 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
21
Thu
2019
Festival Volunteer Thank You Party @ Blackbird
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Volunteer Thank You Bash @ Blackbird
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Feb 21 @ 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.

Feb
25
Mon
2019
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Cowboy Monkey
Feb 25 @ 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
Feb 25 @ 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.

Feb
26
Tue
2019
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Feb 26 @ 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
27
Wed
2019
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Feb 27 @ 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
28
Thu
2019
Krannert Uncorked with The Young and The Fretless @ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

At Krannert Uncorked, Stage 5 is the crossroads to gather, make connections, and try a new wine. The Young and The Fretless will perform old-timey and Americana favorites with Lyle Konigsberg on fiddle, Tom Bassett on banjo, Hilary Valentine on guitar and dulcimer, and Rebecca Grosser on bass.

Wine samples selected and served by Marketplace Selections.

Stage 5 now offers previously featured wines at half price during Krannert Uncorked.

Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Feb 28 @ 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
1
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Mar 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Acoustic Mayhem (Champaign)

Caller: Karen Jackson (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Mar
4
Mon
2019
Blues Dancing lessons and dance @ Cowboy Monkey
Mar 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!

Dennis Stroughmatt et L’Esprit Creole @ The Iron Post
Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Dear friends and music lovers,

I’ll be playing music with my uber-talented buddy Dennis Stroughmatt
on Monday, March 4 at The Iron Post in downtown Urbana. We’ll start at
7:00PM. Monday will be Lundi Gras (or Shrove Monday), the day before
Mardi Gras. In Cajun country, this day serves as the last warm-up,
party-hearty day before Fat Tuesday.

So come out if you can, bring your beads, friends and dance shoes and
we’ll pass a good time. The band will play a mix of Creole, Cajun,
blues, Zydeco and more. We’ll honor the Mardi Gras traditions of old
Upper Louisiana (that’s right here) and Cajun country as well. Expect a
second-line medley or two, so bring your white handkerchiefs.

The band will be Dennis on fiddles, accordion, vocals; Doug Hawf on
guitar, Greg Bigler on bass and me on percussion and accordion.

I hope to see some of you there.
Rob Krumm

Slow Jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Mar 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
Mar 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.

Mar
5
Tue
2019
Cornstalker Cajun Band @ The Iron Post
Mar 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Mardi Gras at The Iron Post