Community Calendar

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.

Dennis Stroughmatt and Friends @ The Iron Post
Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dennis Stroughmatt and Friends

Dear friends and music lovers,

I’ll be playing Cajun music & more with my musical compadre Dennis Stroughmatt, this Saturday Sept. 21.  This will be an early show at the Iron Post, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This will be a “full band” gig at the Iron Post, so come on out for two sets of Cajun, Creole, Zydeco, blues, trad country and more. I’ve played a good handful of gigs with Dennis in recent months, and all of them have been a lot of fun.

If you’ve never seen and heard Dennis before, then you’re in for a treat.  Besides being a terrific fiddle player (and solid on accordion as well), Dennis has a really strong singing voice. His knowledge of music is deep, and he usually hits on a fair number of music genres during each show (Cajun, Creole, blues, etc.).  Come out if you can and I hope to see some of you there.


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.
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

Veretski Pass Performance (free) @ Sinai Temple
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm
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.