Community Calendar

May
12
Sun
2019
Mother’s Day with Papashoy! @ Rose Bowl Tavern
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with a little old-timey village klezmer music at the historic Rose Bowl Tavern in downtown Urbana! Plenty of space on the dance floor, great drink selection, and free popcorn. Music lovers under age 21 welcome with their responsible adult.

$5.00 cover (kids under 12 free)
106 N. Race St., right across the street from the Courier Cafe.

May
17
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
May 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Euphor (Urbana, IL; Bloomington, IN; Lexington, KY)

Caller: Lauren Kriel (Evanston)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Jun
7
Fri
2019
Steampunk Contra Dancing @ Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Steampunk Contra Dancing

Ticketed event. Come dance the night away with the Chicago band Ceilidh Bandicoots! Featuring callers Jonathan Sivier, Jon Hanson, and Scott Meyer.

Contra dancing was popular in the 19th century and it’s had a big revival this past decade. You don’t need a partner and you don’t need fancy lessons. Any level of dance skill can join in just listen to the caller and have a ball. A costume is not required, but it makes it more fun!

Light refreshments will be served. Cash bar. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Note: Event will break to allow dancers to attend the Arc Attack Demo and will resume afterwards. Ticket price provides admission to both dance sessions.

Jun
14
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jun 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: The Young and the Fretless

Caller: Jonathan Sivier

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Jun
21
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Fiddlin Banjo Billy & The Old Time Players (Tolono, IL & somewhere in the Ozarks!)

Caller: Jim Hemphill (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Jul
12
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jul 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Too Old To Be Controlled (McLean County)

Caller: Bob Green (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Jul
19
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Acoustic Mayhem

Caller; Gail Hintze (Chillicothe, IL)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Aug
2
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Mean Lids

Caller: Karen Jackson (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Aug
30
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Aug 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: The Cosmic Otters (Chicago, IL & Bloomington, IN)

Caller: Georges Augustin (Chicago)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Sep
6
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Sep 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Too Old To Be Controlled (McLean county)

Superhero Caller: Martha Tyner (Bloomington, IL)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Sep
20
Fri
2019
Gender-Free Electro-Contra Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

DR Shadow will mix banjos with beats for music that will get you moving. Dance with whoever’s coming at you because this dance will be gender-free! Caller Deborah Hyland will lead dancers who have chosen to dance on the LEFT as LARKS and on the RIGHT as RAVENS.

  • 7:30 Beginners Lesson
  • 8-11pm Dancing
  • $5-10 Sliding Scale
Sep
28
Sat
2019
10th Anniversary Kalyx Center Barn Dance!!! @ Kalyx Center for Sustainability
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Euphor (IL, IN, KY)

Caller: David Ernst (Bloomington, IN)

  • 5:30p  Potluck Dinner
  • 7:00p  Barn Dance
  • 9:00p  Massive Bonfire
  • 9:45p  More Dancing!
Oct
4
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Bands: Big Bluestem (first half) / Open Band (second half)

Caller: Sarah Kaiser (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Oct
13
Sun
2019
Papashoy Klezmer Band @ The Iron Post
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for this early show at The Iron Post in lovely downtown Urbana! Papashoy (“corn”) is excited to share our old-time Jewish klezmer music played in the style of the village bands of Yiddish Eastern Europe’s own corn country. $5.00 cover.
Oct
18
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: The Young and the Fretless

Callers: Amanda Ramey & Miriam Larson

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Oct
25
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Urbana Dance Company
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Band: Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers (Viroqua, WI)

Caller: Martha Tyner (Bloomington, IL)

7:00-7:30p  Intro Contra Dance Lesson
7:30-9:30p  Contra Dance!!!

Oct
26
Sat
2019
Yiddish Dance with Veretski Pass and Mitch Harris @ Urbana Dance Company
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Veretski Pass is one of the most highly regarded bands playing in today’s klezmer scene, offering a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world. The trio plays Old Country Music that is a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Rumanian, and Ottoman styles seamlessly integrated with original compositions. The full itinerary for their residency in C-U through October 28 can be found at https://tinyurl.com/veretskipass.

Oct
27
Sun
2019
Veretski Pass Performance (free) @ Sinai Temple
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
28
Mon
2019
Gateways To World Music: Veretski Pass (Music from the Carpathian Bow) @ Music Building Auditorium
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm

Veretski Pass features Cookie Segelstein (violin), Joshua Horowitz (chromatic button accordion) and Stuart Brotman (bass) performing music from the Carpathian Bow. Together they offer a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world. With colorful instrumentation, unique arrangements and compositions, Veretski Pass plays “Old Country” music; music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. Co-sponsored by C-U Folk and Roots Festival; Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation Endowment Fund of the C-U Jewish Federation; Hillel at the University of Illinois; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center and Program in Jewish Culture and Society, UIUC.

The Gateways to World Music Series is supported by School of Music and College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois.

Nov
1
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Nov 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Patt & Possum (Evanston, IL)

Caller: Bob Green (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation