The Overture: March 21-27: Music: Smile Politely

The Overture is a preview of the live music and performances happening weekly in and around Champaign-Urbana. All information is as accurate as we can publish; however, all shows and performances are subject to change at any time. Thank you for your understanding.

Did we miss anything this week? Got an upcoming show you think we should know about? Email us at [email protected] with the details.

MONDAY March 21

Andrew Binder’s Conspiracy Delirium

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5:30 p.m.

Bassist Andrew Binder brings original jazz compositions inspired by popular conspiracy theories.

Urbanna Hootenanny

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8 p.m.

Every Monday at the Rose Bowl, come rub shoulders with great musicians. A kind of open mic meets song sharing, you can expect a variety of music and performers.

TUESDAY March 22

Combo Jazz U of I

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Rose Bowl continues to host U of I jazz bands. This week, a student jazz combo visits the venue, led by pianist Joan Hickey.

Gemini syndrome, pushing Veronica, Alborn

Castle Theater // $17 before, $22 at the door // 7:30 p.m.

Metal band Gemini Syndrome will headline the Castle Theater on Tuesday, alongside Pushing Veronica and Alborn.

Image of Jukebox the Ghost on the Rose Bowl Tavern Facebook page.

Jukebox the Ghost, Olivia Klugman

Rose Bowl Tavern // $20 front, $25 door // 8 p.m.

Jukebox the Ghost has steadily grown in popularity since its inception in 2006. They’ve played Conan and David Letterman, as well as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and more. Their show at the Rose Bowl will be a truly unique experience, as it will be interesting to see how the band brings their energy to a smaller venue like the Rose Bowl.


Syncopators of the rue de la vigne

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

More jazz at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday with the Vine Street Syncopators. Come listen to scorching jazz and get your feet tapping.


Stone and Snow image from the Rose Bowl Tavern Facebook page.

stone and snow

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Beautiful vocal harmonies and thoughtful songwriting, Stone and Snow are a talented folk duo who bring their wonderful songwriting abilities to the Rose Bowl on Thursday night for Americana Happy Hour.

Todd Snider, Aaron Lee Tasjan

Canopy Club // $25 before, $35 at the door // 8 p.m.

With a career spanning nearly thirty years and still going strong, Todd Snider’s music is political, funny, heartfelt and authentic. He toured with Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Jimmy Buffett, etc. It will be worth catching at the Canopy Club this Thursday.

FRIDAY March 25

Chip Stephens Organ Trio

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 5 p.m.

Not your typical jazz trio! Organ, guitar and drums blend together to create great tracks.

New Orleans Jazz Machine

NOLA’s rock bar // free // 5 p.m.

Playing Dixieland and traditional jazz favorites, New Orleans Jazz Machine will perform at NOLA for happy hour.

Leighton ewers

Clark Bar // free // 6:30 p.m.

Country musician Leighton Ewers will play Clark Bar with a full band. He just released an EP, so we can assume that he will play some songs from it.

Image of Asleep At the Wheel taken from the band’s Facebook page.

Asleep at the wheel

Castle Theater // $30 // 8 p.m.

Legendary swing western band and nine-time Grammy winner Asleep At the Wheel will take the stage Friday night at The Castle.

Neoga, Minor Moon, Honky Tonk

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 8:30 p.m.

Three major country bands perform at the Rose Bowl on Friday.


Island University Trombone Set

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 3 p.m.

More jazz from the talented U of I students. Today the trombone ensemble performs.

Dan Hubbard

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 7 p.m.

American singer-songwriter Dan Hubbard makes his Rose Bowl debut, performing his originals with his powerful, resonant voice.

vintage gun

NOLA’s rock bar // free // 7 p.m.

Vintage Pistol hails from Fayetteville, Arkansas, bringing a wild and exuberant energy alongside their brand of jam, rock and roots.

Image of Charley Crockett on Charley Crockett’s Facebook page.

Charley Crockett, Vincent Neil Emerson

Castle Theater // $25 // 8 p.m.

Blues, country and Americana singer Charley Crockett performs at the Castle Theater in support of his new album Charlie’s Jukebox.


Pour Bros // free // 8:30 p.m.

The mid-October alternative and indie rock band heads to Pour Bros with original tracks as well as covers, part of Pour Bros’ Cabin Fever sessions.

Image of Elderbrook from the Canopy Club Facebook page.


Canopy Club // $18 in advance, $23 at the door // 9 p.m.

Exploring themes like mental health and identity, Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist and producer Elderbrook heads to the Canopy Club for an evening of electronic music.

SUNDAY March 27

Bandoneon Massacre

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 1 p.m.

An Argentine tango orchestra collective, this great group will certainly have you dancing on Sunday afternoons.

almost a

Rose Bowl Tavern // free // 4 p.m.

Almost A plays jazz, folk, gypsy, gypsy jazz, tango and klezmer music. This combo of sounds comes together to create something truly wonderful.

Summer camp: on the road

NOLA’s rock bar // $12 // 7 p.m.

Another ride from On the Road. Essentially a battle of bands, artists perform and listeners vote on who is the best band. The winner gets a spot on the Summer Camp Music Festival 2022 lineup.

Image from the top of the Rose Bowl Tavern Facebook page.

Corina C. Butler