Fat Fingers Jim is a one-man band who specializes in fingerpicked prohibition-era blues, ragtime, and jazz guitar with foot percussion, harmonica, and the occasional ukulele number. He has been playing music ever since discovering his mother’s accordion in a closet as a small child. Since then he studied piano, clarinet, saxophone, voice, and classical guitar throughout school. Originally from the Rock Island, Illinois area, Jim played with the short-lived band Hellwater, a local favorite, opening for acts such as Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, James Leg’s Black Diamond Heavies, The .357 String Band, The Hooten Hallers, and many more. He also leads his own blues trio, Blind Baggage, playing mainly western Illinois venues including an opening event for the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest. Jim has since moved to Danville, Illinois, and plays solo gigs as well as leading a new incarnation of Blind Baggage and teaching guitar in a music store in Champaign. He has participated in workshops with Mary Flower, Ernie Hawkins, Paul Rishell, Roy Book Binder, Del Rey, and many others.
The Young and the Fretless play old-time mountain music on the prairie–a mix of Appalachian Mountain and Midwestern tunes and songs. Members are Lyle Konigsberg (fiddle, banjo), Tom Bassett (fretless banjo, ukulele), Hilary Valentine (guitar, dulcimer), and Ben Juday (bass). “We love the groove of fiddle-banjo music and have so much fun playing it. When the toddlers start swaying and jumping, we know we’ve got the right rhythm going!”
On Friday afternoon from 4:00pm – 5:00pm in the Busey Bank lobby, get your banking done and your mood lifted while listening to the Spudhunters, who specialize in the traditional dance music of rural Ireland – jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, waltzes, marches, and more – with a few songs thrown in for good measure. The band features Jake Schumacher on button accordion and piano, David Glenn on concertina, and Dean Karres on whistle, percussion, Uilleann pipes, and vocals.
The Wind Symphony is the premier concert band at Urbana High School. The group performs at various events throughout the year including school concerts, community performances, contests, and festivals. Within the group, a woodwind choir, brass choir, and percussion ensemble also rehearse weekly and perform at concerts and contests.
Morris dance is a traditional dance from England that has been done for hundreds of years. There are several references to Morris dance in Shakespeare. Each village or region has its own set of dances. Come check out this unique form of dance demonstrated by our local Morris dancers! Audience members will be encouraged to try it out too.
Local music educator and multi-instrumentalist Steve Meadows will demonstrate and discuss the basic skills you’ll need to play the ukulele in this workshop. Topics covered include instrument anatomy/terminology, basic chord voicings, right hand techniques, and tablature. There will be about a dozen loaner ukuleles available (first come, first serve) so don’t worry if you don’t own one!
Join Anne Newman and her magical and musical marionettes on a parade that will start in the Landmark Hotel Ballroom. Can you dance as well as the marionettes? We can’t wait to see!
Calling all musicians! Jams are open to musicians of all skill levels and experience, and each jam will be facilitated by jam-seasoned musicians. Jake Schumacher will host this session. Spectators welcome.
Calling all musicians! Jams are open to musicians of all skill levels and experience. These late night Iron Post events are “no-host” sessions, so get there first and pick your style! Spectators welcome.