Performances 2015

The Amigos

The Amigos

  • Allos Musica Ensemble - Founded in 2006 by James Falzone and featuring the oud (an ancient Arabic lute), voice, accordion, clarinet, and percussion instruments from around the world, Allos Musica explores the intersection of divergent streams of contemporary classical, jazz, and traditional music from … Continue reading
  • Amigos - The Amigos deliver foot-stomping, accordion-infused Americana music blending folk-rock, zydeco/cajun, and hot jazz. As global ambassadors for American music, the Amigos toured 6 countries and 20 states in the past year, sharing a message of ecstatic collaboration and inclusion in over … Continue reading
  • Amigos Family Show: Adventures in America’s Musical Landscape - Featuring the music of Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, and more, this concert addresses the distinctive styles of American folk music. We’ll follow songs across oceans and mountains and through cities as people migrate throughout the country. Expect joyous grooves, accordion-spirited … Continue reading
  • Anne Shimojima, Featured Storyteller Performance - A retired elementary library media specialist, Anne Shimojima has performed literary stories, historical pieces, and folk tales from her Asian heritage and around the world for the past 30+ years. A Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center in 2014, she … Continue reading
  • Barb Silverman and Colby Maddox - Acclaimed as a “stunning vocalist, master teacher, and folk festival in a box,” Barbara Silverman has performed for three decades solo and with The Laketown Buskers, The Teflons, The Schticklers and Silver Rose. Appearances include Prairie Home Companion, Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago … Continue reading
  • Bashful Youngens - The Bashful Youngens are Carrie Chandler-Harrison and Aaron Short. Both Central Illinois natives, they’ve been playing their blend of folk and alternative country in the C-U area since 2011. After meeting for the first time at a mutual friends party … Continue reading
  • Black Ridge Road - Black Ridge Road is a Champaign, Illinois-based bluegrass band, with Roger Bowen, on mandolin and harmony vocals, Roy Britton on guitar and lead and harmony vocals, Doug Buchanan on resonator guitar and harmony vocals, Jim Hand on upright bass and … Continue reading
  • Bucky Halker presents Rebel Voices: The Songs of Joe Hill and Woody Guthrie - Fusing elements of folk, blues, honky-tonk country, straight ahead rock, and jazz, Bucky Halker has recorded a dozen albums since the 1980s, including his recent double-CD,The Ghost of Woody Guthrie (2012), an original music tribute to Guthrie, and Welcome to … Continue reading
  • Cedric Watson and Les Amis Creole - Cedric Watson is one of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade. He is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist, and songwriter, and we’re thrilled to have him and Les Amis Creole joining … Continue reading
  • Cornstalkers Cajun Band - C-U’s favorite local Cajun band will be joining Cedric Watson and Les Amis Creole at Thursday’s free performance co-sponsored by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
  • David Francey - We are sorry to announce that David Francey has cancelled all November appearances due to vocal impairments. We wish him speedy recovery! David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk … Continue reading
  • Dump Chickens String Band - The Dump Chickens is an exciting old-time string band based in Champaign /Urbana. Five musicians who are veterans of (and some still playing in) several groups across the two communities over almost 40 years. Midwestern old-time music with a raggy … Continue reading
  • Ed Clem’s Country Band -
  • Fat Fingers Jim - 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 … Continue reading
  • Hillbilly Jones - Since 2001, members of The Hillbilly Jones have established themselves as one of the area’s most unusual musical acts, catering to audiences of all ages with their collection of high-energy rockabilly, rock and roll, and classic country. Pairing stellar musicianship … Continue reading
  • Hot Iron String Band - The Hot Iron String Band is a four-piece acoustic ensemble featuring Samuel Payne on guitar, Dustin Norder on mandolin, Jeremy Koch on banjo, and Nolan Lee on upright bass. Their inspiration is drawn from the hard-driving back-beat pulse of Bill … Continue reading
  • Idea Garden - Idea Garden is an original acoustic duo, named after a small plot in the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign Arboretum. Dan Andree on Fiddle/Vocals and Aaron Dorfman on Guitar/Vocals perform a set primarily of original songs sprinkled with contemporary covers … Continue reading
  • John Gorka - From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. With 11+ critically acclaimed albums to his name, John has graced the stage of Austin … Continue reading
  • Kaia Kater - Banjo player and singer Kaia Kater is is an eclectic traditionalist, having quickly gained the attention as one of the most promising young performers in the North American folk world. Born in Quebec of mixed Afro-Caribbean ancestry, she now resides in … Continue reading
  • Katie Belle and the Belle Rangers - Katie Belle & the Belle Rangers is a roots-rock band shaped by earthy tones and riveting tales. Acoustic and electric guitars intertwine with banjo, electric bass, and drums to form the foundation, with tight three-part vocal harmonies gliding over the top.
  • Kevin Elliott - Kevin Elliott has maintained an uninterrupted love affair with the contemporary folk sound he first heard as a child in the 1960’s. Over the past 30 years or so, Kevin has written numerous songs, written pieces for solo guitar, performed alone … Continue reading
  • Kurt Bielema - Kurt Bielema has been playing guitar and writing songs for thirty years. It wasn’t until a few years ago that he found his voice, and officially became a singer/songwriter. He’s played in metal bands, jam bands, prog-rock power trios, and toured Japan, New … Continue reading
  • Lilli Lewis - Whether looping solo a cappella as “a one woman Sweet Honey in the Rock,” throwing down at Tipitina’s with her award-winning folk-rock band The Shiz, or performing timeless spirituals from the African-American Folk tradition, Lilli Lewis is a modern day … Continue reading
  • Local Storyteller Showcase - The Local Teller Showcase features some of Champaign-Urbana’s favorite tellers: Kim Sheahan, Kathe Brinkmann, Elaine Bearden, Linda Dust, and Camille Born. All are members of the C-U Storytelling Guild and enjoy telling to audiences of all ages. Come join the … Continue reading
  • Lynn O’Brien - Lynn O’Brien is wrapping the world in song. A masterful vocalist and dynamic songwriter, she engages any audience in musical experiences full of energy and depth.  With several instruments and albums up her sleeve, plus a degree in music therapy, Lynn … Continue reading
  • Man the Still - Man the Still is a locally-grown five-piece bluegrass band. Transplanted here for grad school, the band members all took root in the fertile ground of the Champaign/Urbana folk and bluegrass scene. After one particularly hoppin’ Hootenanny, the seed of an idea was planted, which (nourished by … Continue reading
  • Matt and Tom Turino - Matt Turino grew up playing old-time and Cajun fiddle tunes with his father Tom, a clawhammer banjo player and button accordionist. Tom has also studied music in, and has played the music of India on vina, of Peru on kena … Continue reading
  • Morris Dancers - 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 … Continue reading
  • Mr. Stephens and Friends - Mr. Stephens is still playing goofy songs for kids even after some of them have grown up. He saw one of them driving away from Urbana High School the other day. Lucky there are still kids in the Kindergarten classrooms. … Continue reading
  • Noah I. Brown and Company - Local gospel favorite, Noah I. Brown and Company, has been going strong for sixteen years, proclaiming the word of God through song.
  • Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra - The Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra comes to us from Bloomington, Illinois, where it grew out of old-time jam session that attracted a remarkable number of mandolin players. The Orchestra’s repertoire includes popular turn-of-the-century songs, ragtime, classical, jazz, and bluegrass. The Orchestra is … Continue reading
  • Paul Asaro - Paul Asaro is known as one of the finest of a select group of pianists who have mastered the demanding two-handed jazz and ragtime piano styles from the first half of the 20th century. The Stride piano of James P. Johnson, Willie “The Lion” … Continue reading
  • Paul Hinson - Paul Hinson taught himself bagpipe basics shortly after college and has been playing in pipe bands since 1982, often for competitions. He has studied with internationally known master pipers and participated in numerous solo piping competitions. Since 1996, he has been … Continue reading
  • Paul Kotheimer - Paul Kotheimer has been writing, recording, and releasing DIY acoustic music since the days of the cassette tape. He is quite possibly one of the finest songwriters you’ve never heard of, period. He got his start as an Urbana local music legend … Continue reading
  • Prairie Dogs - The Prairie Dogs have been a fixture of the Champaign-Urbana music scene for 15+ years. They know a thousand songs and a hundred jokes. Guaranteed to make you laugh or cry!
  • Shari Kane and Dave Steele - Shari Kane and Dave Steele throw a four handed guitar party of original and time-honored blues, gospel, swing and ragtime. Steeped in Dave’s smoky vocals, percussive rhythm and innovative lead lines, Shari’s crisp picking style, rootsy leads, and stinging slidework, … Continue reading
  • Spudhunters - 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 … Continue reading
  • Stone and Snow - Singer-songwriters Karen Bridges and Clint Thomson, who comprise Stone and Snow, draw from their connection to the snow-capped landscape of the west to create profoundly lyrical folk songs. With an eclectic mix of upbeat anthems and somber folk ballads, Stone & Snow’s … Continue reading
  • Swing It! With the New Orleans Jazz Machine - The New Orleans Jazz machine is a Traditional/Dixieland jazz band that began over 20 years go. At the 2015 festival the band will feature the following musicians: Carl Johnson, clarinet/soprano sax; Brighten Godfrey, trumpet; Barry Wagner, trombone; Ernie Hoffman, piano; Josh … Continue reading
  • Tiny Arms - Meet C-U’s newest old-time band! Tiny Arms features Claire Johnson and Amanda Ramey on fiddles and Matt Turino on guitar.
  • Under the Wolf Moon - Under the Wolf Moon is a group of local musicians, connected through the local Irish session scene.  They bring the session experience to the stage, playing traditional Irish tunes (and a few new originals) with just a bit of polish, along … Continue reading
  • Urbana High School Wind Symphony - 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 … Continue reading
  • Waterfowl - Waterfowl is a four piece folk-rock band from Champaign, IL whose style and sound invites its listeners through the highs and lows of shifting, seasonal Midwestern life. And like the seasons, Waterfowl continues to adapt and change, creating their own … Continue reading
  • Way Down Wanderers - Fast-emerging Midwestern Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers draw in audiences with soulful generosity, soaring instrumentals, lively harmony vocals & foot stomping sing-alongs. Playing, performing and writing together for just over 2 years, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing … Continue reading
  • Woody Pines - No stranger to fans of the new folk music coming from all corners of the USA. Alongside artists like Old Crow Medicine Show and Pokey LaFarge, Woody Pines continues to forage through the secret world of old 78’s and to … Continue reading
  • Young and the Fretless - 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 … Continue reading