Swing Dance, with the Champaign Central High School Jazz Ensemble

Central High School Jazz EnsembleThe Champaign Central High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by John Currey since 1997, has been the cornerstone of the Central High School music program, garnering awards and distinctions at almost every festival or competition attended. There are three separate big bands in the Central program:  Jazz Lab band, Jazz Stage Band and the Jazz Ensemble, as well as several smaller combos made up of students from these bands. Central Jazz Bands and Combos perform throughout the year, in venues large and small, from the Iron Post to prestigious festivals in New York City and California. Many jazz band students from Central have gone on to play in jazz ensembles at Indiana University, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, among others. Let’s welcome this next generation of musicians to the festival!

Paul Kwiat

Be sure to stop in for the lesson with local swing master (and UIUC physics professor) Paul Kwiat beforehand – 6:00pm-6:45pm. Hope to see a lot of teens at both!


Friday, November 1st,  7:00pm-8:00pm
Landmark Hotel Ballroom
Wristband or cover

Prairie Dogs Performance and Beatles Play-Along

Prairie Dogs

Calling musicians of all levels!! The Prairie Dogs invite you to BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT and play and sing along to all your Beatles favorites, including, but not limited to, the Rubber Soul album. Then, sit back and listen to a few Prairie Dogs favorites.

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! Join them for a good old-fashioned singalong!

Friday, November 1st, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Iron Post

The Viper and His Famous Orchestra

The Viper and His Famous OrchestraBurdened with four strings and the truth, The Viper and His Famous Orchestra deliver a powerful blend of street-corner jazz, front-porch country, and meeting-hall agitprop.

The Famous Orchestra features a unique lineup of ukulele, trombone, upright bass, and suitcase. Their millennial DIY sound frames The Viper’s well-crafted songs about love, theft, buildings, bus routes, life in the key of Bb, and the work of skiffle in an age of mechanical reproduction.


Saturday, November 2nd, 11:15pm-12:30am
Iron Post
Wristband or cover