Writers in the Round July 13


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Rebecca Rego, Paul Kotheimer, Olivia Tasch at the Rose Bowl Tavern Early show, 3-5 pm. Three songwriters sharing their creative works and stories. Our featured songwriters:     * R. A. Rego (Rebecca Rego of Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen)     * Olivia … Continue reading

Del Rey August 28

at the Iron Post. Wednesday August 28.

Del Rey, a festival favorite, is coming back to Urbana.

“One of the ukulele’s most important players and teachers.” Ukulele Magazine 2016

“One of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“One of the most sublime modern guitarists.” La Hora del Blues Barcelona

$15 at the door

Willi Carlisle July 14

@Techline, 307 S. Locust Street, Champaign

A folk singer based in Arkansas, Carlisle is a multifaceted writer, performer, and instrumentalist with a big voice. He plays banjo, guitar, fiddle, and more. His musical stories hoot, stomp, and saunter through joys and troubles uniquely southern and timelessly true.

No cover charge for this show, though we suggest a donation of $10 (or more). BYO beverage.

Honky Tonkin’ in the Free World July 6

Saturday @ the Rose Bowl Tavern

4 pm till it’s over! Honky tonk, country, western, and swing music at the historic Rose Bowl Tavern in downtown Urbana. You can call it a festival, a party, a concert, or another Saturday, but whatever ya call it, please join us for an amazing lineup of bands from Chicago to Carbondale, Champaign to Urbana. Dancing shoes recommended.

4:00-5:30 pm:John, Suzanne, and the Limping Cowboy Band (CU)

6:00-7:30 pm:Horseshoe Bender (Chicago)

8:00-9:30 pm:Dennis Stroughmatt and The Honky Tonk Circus (Albion, IL, pictured right)

10:00 pmChachi and The Bandidos (CU, pictured below)

Don’t forget! You can always bring your own food to the Rose Bowl Tavern. We hope to have food vendors parked in the lot too.

No cover! Rose Bowl and the bands are throwing a party and we want everyone to come! Tips to help pay the entertainment are always appreciated but not required. Buy the band a round if you prefer!

Folk & Roots Fridays 2019

@ The Lake House at Crystal Lake

12-1 pm. Join the Urbana Park District and the C-U Folk & Roots Festival on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month this summer for some great FREE live music.

July 5: Tom Koehler and Jose Agusti (folk/bluegrass)
July 19: Emily McKown (folk/country)
Aug 2: Two and a Third (folk/jazz standards)
Aug 16: The Young & the Fretless

We’ll have boating and drink/snack specials–just bring your lunch and enjoy an afternoon lunch break on the lake.

Enter your name into the Park District’s raffle each Friday to win a free Lake House rental in 2019!

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the air-conditioned rental room at the Lake House.

Evie Ladin and Keith Terry, March 24 at the Iron Post

March 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Iron Post, 120 South Race St., Urbana IL

Innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, Oakland, California-based Evie Ladin & Keith Terry throw down original folk songs and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance. Ladin sings and plays infectious clawhammer banjo, while Terry is a master percussionist. It was Appalachian string band music pared to the absolute minimum of accompaniment, but packed with an orchestra’s worth of rhythm. — Music City Roots, Nashville

A prolific singer-songwriter, percussive dancer and square dance caller, the polyrhythmic heat of Evie’s clawhammer banjo has been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. She can write, she can sing, and she pulls back from the saccharine brink with wit – a sharp intelligence. –Grant Alden, No Depression

Trained as a jazz drummer, Keith Terry brings tonal percussion to stand-up bass, is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, the founder of the International Body Music Festival, and a collaborator with a host of inventive performers from Bobby McFerrin, Tex Williams and Robin Williams, to Turtle Island Quartet, Charles “Honi” Coles and Bill Irwin. Mr. Terry in action is like visiting an anatomical carnival, where hands, feet, fingers, engage in a musical ballet. – Wall Street Journal

Evie & Keith perform for all ages, and are skilled educators, often offering workshops and in-school activities while touring, from elementary through professional level training on a host of topics.

For more information visit Evie’s website at www.evieladin.com

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

It’s the return of the C-U Folk and Roots Stage at the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival!

Come out for the music, and be sure to drop by our booth to check out our 2018 festival swag and hang with us.

Friday, August 24 —
6:00 – 6:45 – Vinny Santanelli A singer and songwriter, Vinny is a folk and blues artist who combines harmonica, acoustic guitar and vocals in a soulful way.

7:15 – 8:00 – Community Center for the Arts (C4A), Country Music Ensemble This class is taught by Dyke Corson and the band performs a diverse array of traditional country music.

8:30 – 9:30 – Painkillers Blues Band Featuring Dawn Clark on vocals, the Painkillers Blues Band plays a hefty mix of traditional Chicago and Southern Blues along with a variety of original tunes.

10:00 – 11:15 – Bones, Jugs Based right here in Urbana, Bones Jugs is a favorite of the summer festival circuit.  With quirky songwriting and blazing xylophone, this band is sure to bring a smile to your face.

Sweet Corn Festival

Saturday, August 25 –
6:00 – 6:45 – George Faber & Friends A veteran singer/songwriter with a colorful thirty-year music career, George Faber has deep ties to the CU area.  Matt Stewart, Gary Gardner and Bruce “Bruiser” Rummenie will be joining George for this set.

7:15 – 8:00 – Jean Rene Balakita & Bomoyi  Congolese musicians Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi sing in English, French, Lingala, Kikongo and Tshiluba. Their music is tinged with Gospel and Jazz, all played with solid African rhythms.

8:30 – 9:30 – Hot Club of Urbana This group of local musicians has a modern take on Gypsy Jazz music and pays tribute to the musical legacies of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

10:00 – 11:15 – Surreal Deal One of the best bands in the CU area, The Surreal Deal combines power with improvisational wizardry and brings a crackling freshness to audience favorites. Expect Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, the Beatles and more!

Pokey LaFarge at Pygmalion, 10/5

Bloomington-born LaFarge has a repertiore that’s a mix of Americana, early jazz, country blues, early 20th century string-band, and Appalachian folk. Now based in St. Louis, he tours internationally both with and without his band.

His solo show at the Independent Media Center is part of his extensive summer tour. You can get a feel for Pokey in this 2015 session of World Cafe. His latest album was released on Rounder Records in 2017, so his stop in Urbana will be fresh and interesting.

Friday, October 5, 2018
Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana IL
Tickets are $20 at Ticketfly

This show is hosted by the Pygmalion Festival and Co-Sponsored by the C-U Folk and Roots Festival.

The April Verch Band Comes to the Iron Post

Canadian fiddler April Verch may be best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada. But her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and far beyond for a well-rounded tour de force of North Americana sounds. Verch and her fellow trio members pare down their arrangements highlighting the simple pleasures of upright bass, guitar, clawhammer banjo, voices, fiddle, and stepping in intimate conversation. At the heart lie Verch’s delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing. Sometimes she sings, steps and fiddles all at once, with apparent ease and precision. Verch is – as they say – a triple threat in performance, her live show a beautiful companion to her music: versatile, robust, and masterfully executed.

The April Verch Band features world-class musicians Cody Walters on upright-electric bass and banjo, and Alex Rubin on guitar and mandolin. Together, these three passionate musicians tour tirelessly across Canada, the United States, the U.K., Europe, Australia & China. They have established a reputation as consummate performers, winning over audiences not only with sheer virtuosity on their respective instruments, but also with charm, humor and boundless energy on stage.

August 3, 2018, 8:00pm
Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., Urbana
The tickets are $15 at the door.

The Iron Post will also be featuring Jordan Kaye and his band from 5-7pm. Come out and make a night of it.