Community Calendar

Jul
11
Wed
2018
Esther Rose @ The Iron Post
Jul 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Esther Rose released her debut album ‘This Time Last Night’ June 16th, 2017. The album was recorded live to a 2-track tape machine at Mashed Potato Studios in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Since it’s release, Rose has toured with her album throughout the U.S. and Europe and shared the stage in support of The Punch Brothers, Pokey LaFarge and The Deslondes.

Esther Rose collaborated with Jack White for his solo album ‘Boarding House Reach’ on the country-soul duet ‘What’s Done is Done’, and performed with him at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in May, 2018.

Rose is inspired by the honest writing and soaring melodies of American greats such as Hank Williams Sr. and Joni Mitchell, and the community of writers and musicians around her New Orleans neighborhood.

Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Jul 11 @ 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.

Jul
12
Thu
2018
CUFRF Steering Committee Meeting @ Techline
Jul 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

All are welcome!

Miss Tess & The Talkbacks @ The Iron Post
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Miss Tess got her musical start at home in Maryland, her childhood nights ending in music. Her parents would sing her to sleep with the gentle, tender sounds of American folk songs, occasionally interrupted by their 30s swing band rehearsing in the basement. Tess studied piano as a child, and continued on as a teenager to take up the guitar and singing, and eventually began her own studies in early jazz and blues. All grown up and currently living in Nashville, Miss Tess and her band regularly steal the show at venues with something a little rowdier and more eclectic. Infused with classic country and honky-tonk, southern rhythm & blues, New Orleans jazz and swing, and sounds of swamp pop and early rock n’ roll, she is an embodiment of everything that it still home-grown in America.

Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Jul 12 @ 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.

Jul
15
Sun
2018
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Jul
16
Mon
2018
Weekly Blues Lesson and Dance @ Guido's Bar & Grill
Jul 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Weekly Blues Lesson and Dance

On Monday evenings we gather for a lesson and dance at Guido’s Bar & Grill. The lesson and the dance are both FREE.

Beginner-Friendly Lesson: 6-7pm. Our friendly and experienced instructors Jennifer, Sierra, and Dave share the teaching role.

Blues Social Dance: 7-9pm

Open to all ages. No cover. Drinks and food available from our host venue, Guido’s Bar & Grill.

Beginners welcome. No partner required. Come dance with us!

Slow Jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Jul 16 @ 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
Jul 16 @ 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.

Jul
17
Tue
2018
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Jul 17 @ 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.

Jul
18
Wed
2018
Backdoor Cajun Band @ Sipyard
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Rob Krumm – Accordion
  • Matt Turino – Fiddle
  • Randy Cordle – Bass
  • Sam Payne – Guitar
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Jul 18 @ 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.

Jul
19
Thu
2018
Eileen Gannon & Brenda Castles @ Piper's Hut
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

HOUSE CONCERT and Potluck Dinner.

PLEASE NOTE: this is a house concert and potluck. Seating is very limited. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Concert details and location will be sent to reservation holders a few days before the show.

Eileen Gannon has been lighting up the St. Louis music scene for many years. Eileen, a St. Louis native, is one of the top Irish harp players in the world. She has won numerous accolades including the highly coveted Senior Harp title at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (World Irish Music Championships). She has a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from St. Louis University and a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from University of Limerick. Eileen has toured and performed all over the world and is a regular tutor at international festivals like the Catskills Irish Arts Week, and Scoil Eigse. Eileen also represented Ireland at World Expos in 2010 in Shanghai, China and in 2015, in Milan, Italy.

Old-time jam @ Lincoln Square Mall behind Common Ground Food Co-op
Jul 19 @ 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.

Jul
20
Fri
2018
Folk and Roots Fridays: Jay Sand & All Around the World @ Lake House in Crystal Lake Park
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jul 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Too Old To Be Controlled (McLean county)

Caller: Jim Hemphill (St. Louis, MO)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Jul
23
Mon
2018
Weekly Blues Lesson and Dance @ Guido's Bar & Grill
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Weekly Blues Lesson and Dance

On Monday evenings we gather for a lesson and dance at Guido’s Bar & Grill. The lesson and the dance are both FREE.

Beginner-Friendly Lesson: 6-7pm. Our friendly and experienced instructors Jennifer, Sierra, and Dave share the teaching role.

Blues Social Dance: 7-9pm

Open to all ages. No cover. Drinks and food available from our host venue, Guido’s Bar & Grill.

Beginners welcome. No partner required. Come dance with us!

Urbana Hootenanny @ Rose Bowl Tavern
Jul 23 @ 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.

Jul
24
Tue
2018
Bluegrass jam @ Lincoln Square Mall in southwest corridor
Jul 24 @ 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.

Jul
25
Wed
2018
Irish Traditional Music Session @ Blind Pig Co.
Jul 25 @ 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.