Karuna featuring Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake, and Ralph M. Jones

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Event Date: 
September 16, 2018 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL
Description: 

The Spurlock Museum, Center for Advanced Study and Robert E. Brown Center for World Music celebrate 2018 Welcoming Week with a free performance by music trio Karuna.

Hamid Drake (drumset, percussion)
Ralph M. Jones (woodwinds, flutes)
Adam Rudolph (handrumset, electronics, percussion)

What makes Karuna's music magic is the special history and decades of shared experiences among Drake, Jones and Rudolph, who bring their unique and evolved rhythm and sonic languages to the fore, reaching to inspire any audience though spirited dialogue.

Deep roots were established between Hamid and Adam in 1969, when they met in a Chicago drum shop, started studying music together, and began performing regularly with the great Baba Fred Anderson by 1972. The 1974 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival would bring Adam and Ralph together in performance in groups led by Detroit artist / mentors Kenne Cox and Charles Moore.

When Drake, Jones and Rudolph started performing together in the Moving Pictures ensemble in 1997, it was immediately clear a special chemistry was at play. Karuna reflects their ongoing research into the connection of the inner life to musical expression and speaks to the idea of creative action as a gesture of compassion.

This performance is presented as part of Improvisers Exchange, the annual CAS Initiative for 2018-19 broadly exploring the field of music improvisation.

Improvisers Exchange is a two-year initiative deeply investigating the field of music improvisation. This multifaceted program features performance and engagement residencies by leading artists representative of a wide spectrum of the practice, initiates a new performance course on improvisation for students, and promotes scholarly discourse through lectures and panel discussions.

Jason Finkelman (KCPA) and Mike Silvers (Musicology) have been appointed CAS Resident Associates for AY2018-19, which includes a graduate seminar (CAS 587) in Spring 2019.

For more information please consult cas.illinois.edu

Cosponsored by
Division of Musicology
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
School of Music

Admission: 
admission free
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VojoDeyl Trio

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Event Date: 
August 26, 2018 - 1:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S Gregory St, Urbana, Illinois
Description: 

The VojoDeyl Trio (Radim Vojtek, Martin Deyl and Karolina Magdelena Kupczyk) from the Czech Republic will be offering a sampling of Czech folk music from their homeland at several venues during an August visit to Illinois this year. The trio will perform at the Pilsen Fest in Chicago on 18 & 19 August, and will then spend a week in Mahomet, to learn firsthand what life in America’s heartland is like. While here, they will bring a little of their own culture to our community. Their visit in Mahomet is being hosted by Trudy & Gary Matthews, Debra & Dennis Kimme, and the Matt DiFanis Family, who are arranging several opportunities for local families to hear them perform.

The idea for the Trio’s visit was born when their host families from Mahomet visited the Czech Republic last year and had an opportunity to hear Radim perform during a visit to the Jan Deyl Conservatory and Secondary School for the Visually Impaired in Prague. Radim, who is blind, so impressed his American guests with his multiple talents (voice, piano & violin), that an invitation was later initiated via the Czech Consulate in Chicago to bring his trio to the U.S. Following acceptance of the invitation, representatives of the T. G. Masaryk Czech School in Chicago facilitated arrangements for their visit, including their performance at the Pilsen Fest event.

Radim is from the small village of Boršice u Blatnice in the Czech Republic. Although blind since birth, he has studied music since he was 4, starting with the flute and graduating to the piano at age 5. He obtained his secondary school education at the Jan Deyl Conservatory, where he also studied piano and piano tuning, violin and voice. He has been performing in public since childhood, and at age 11, he received the most outstanding talent award at a music festival for blind children from the Czech Radio Foundation. He has won numerous other music competitions, and has also recorded and toured with Aneta Langerová, a popular Czech pop star. In addition to performing professionally, he now teaches piano and violin in the Primary School of Music in his home town.

Martin is from the village of Hulk, about 4 miles from Radim’s home. He and Radim are childhood friends, who have frequently performed together at folklore festivals, as well as for weddings and private parties. Martin has been playing guitar and winning music awards since elementary school. During his boyhood years, he also sang and danced in a children’s folk group that performed at many international festivals. In high school, he founded his own band, which won a regional competition of high school bands. Martin graduated from the Prague Conservatory where he studied bass and guitar. Currently, Martin teaches guitar at a Music School in Uherské Hradiště.

Karolina is from Jaworzynka on the border between the Czech Republic and Poland. She is currently an Erasmus (European exchange program) student at the Comenius University in Bratislava, where she is studying the Slovakian language. She has studied both violin and viola and now plays the viola in the Trio.

Radim and Martin first met Karolina at a folk festival in Hungary in 2014 and the three have performed together on various occasions since. When Radim was approached about performing in the U.S., he proposed coming with his friends Martin and Karolina, and the VojoDeyl trio was born. A sample (external link) of their folk music can be found on YouTube.

This event is cosponsored by the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

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Event Date: 
August 25, 2018 - 11:00am - 11:59pm
Venue: 
Downtown Urbana
Description: 

The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is host to two nights of live music and this year will be focusing on our local gems. International and folkloric music is scheduled on both the Folk and Roots Stage on Friday and Saturday (6:00p - 11:15p)and One Community Together Stage on Saturday (11:30a - 6:30p).

Friday Night Folk and Roots Stage
6:00-6:45 – Vinny Santanelli (singer/songwriter)
7:15 – 8:00 –Country Music Ensemble from Community Center for the Arts (traditional country)
8:30 – 9:30 – Painkillers Blues Band (traditional blues)
10:00 – 11:15 – Bones Jugs (jug band, ragtime & more)

Saturday One Community Together Stage
11:30-12:00 – Vojodeyl Trio
12:00-1:00 – Bow-Dascious String Band and BBL Jazz Band
1:15-2:00 – Tune Wrangling with Jordan Kaye
2:15-3:00 – Bali Lantari
3:15-4:00 – Ngoma Expressions
4:15-5:00 – Traditional Jazz Orchestra
5:15-6:30 – Urbana, Central and Centennial Marching Bands

Saturday Night Folk and Roots Stage
6:00 – 6:45 – George Faber & Friends (singer/songwriter/soulful bluesman)
7:15 – 8:00 – Jean Rene Balekita & Bomoyi (Congolese folk music)
8:30 – 9:30 – Hot Club of Urbana (Django Reinhardt style jazz)
10:00 – 11:15 – Surreal Deal (70’s rock/jam band)

For more information, please consult the Sweetcorn Festival website below.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

Event Information
Event Date: 
August 24, 2018 - 5:00pm - 11:59pm
Venue: 
Downtown Urbana
Description: 

The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is host to two nights of live music and this year will be focusing on our local gems. International and folkloric music is scheduled on both the Folk and Roots Stage on Friday and Saturday (6:00p - 11:15p)and One Community Together Stage on Saturday (11:30a - 6:30p).

Friday Night Folk and Roots Stage
6:00-6:45 – Vinny Santanelli (singer/songwriter)
7:15 – 8:00 –Country Music Ensemble from Community Center for the Arts (traditional country)
8:30 – 9:30 – Painkillers Blues Band (traditional blues)
10:00 – 11:15 – Bones Jugs (jug band, ragtime & more)

Saturday One Community Together Stage
11:30-12:00 – Vojodeyl Trio
12:00-1:00 – Bow-Dascious String Band and BBL Jazz Band
1:15-2:00 – Tune Wrangling with Jordan Kaye
2:15-3:00 – Bali Lantari
3:15-4:00 – Ngoma Expressions
4:15-5:00 – Traditional Jazz Orchestra
5:15-6:30 – Urbana, Central and Centennial Marching Bands

Saturday Night Folk and Roots Stage
6:00 – 6:45 – George Faber & Friends (singer/songwriter/soulful bluesman)
7:15 – 8:00 – Jean Rene Balekita & Bomoyi (Congolese folk music)
8:30 – 9:30 – Hot Club of Urbana (Django Reinhardt style jazz)
10:00 – 11:15 – Surreal Deal (70’s rock/jam band)

For more information, please consult the Sweetcorn Festival website below.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Irish Fest

Event Information
Event Date: 
August 10, 2018 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Allerton Park
Address: 
515 Old Timber Road Monticello, Illinois 61856
Description: 

Grab your friends, family, lawn chairs and blankets and head out to Allerton for the sixth season of the Concert Series, presented by the U of I Community Credit Union! Experience nature, culture, music, and community as they come together in this unique venue to create lasting memories.

Irish Fest will feature The Shanties and The Tannahill Weavers.
$5/person or $10/family, suggested donation (at the gate)

Food + drinks available for purchase:
Dragon Fire Pizza
Fusilli Tony’s Italian Food
NitroCup
The Pop Stop
Dave’s Dogs
Caribbean Grill
Cool Bliss Popped Bliss

Also, don’t forget to get your face painted at our Kids’ Corner to get in the Irish spirit!

No outside alcohol, please.

About the bands:
The Shanties “new Irish” music is filled with rocked-up Irish favorites, old, new, and originals. The focus is the up-tempo rowdier melodies with pop Irish influence from Solas, Gaelic Storm, Great Big Sea, and Flogging Molly. The blended singing and instrument sounds of fiddle, mandolin, whistle, guitar, and the Irish (drum) bodhran create their unique sound.

The Tannahill Weavers celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, and they are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can’t get better…yet continue to do just that.

For more information on the 2017 Concert Series, click the link below.

Concerts may be cancelled or postponed due to weather.

Admission: 
$5 – $10
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All Around This World! A Family Concert

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Event Date: 
July 21, 2018 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 W. Green Street, Urbana
Description: 

Explore the world by enjoying global music, rhythms, and movement from African, Asian, and Latin American cultures. Musician Jay Sand brings his unique and engaging experiences with music, dance, and song to all ages.

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Park District and The Urbana Free Library and paid for by a City of Urbana Arts Grant

Location: The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

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Peoria Irish Fest - Erin Feis

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Event Date: 
August 24, 2018 (All day) - August 26, 2018 (All day)
Venue: 
Riverfront Park, Peoria, Illinois
Address: 
200 NE Water Street, Peoria, Illinois
Description: 

Three day celebration of Irish culture. Three live music stages, Irish dance stage, cultural exhibits, highland games, childrens' activities, celtic merchandise, food and drink. This year's artists include The High Kings, The Elders, Daimh, The Outside Track, Seven Nations, and Paddy Homan and the Noble Call, with Brian Cunningham.

Price of Admission: $$8.00 before 5:00 pm; $10.00 after 5:00 pm; Weekend Pass (advance only) $15.00. Children 12 and under free with adult.

Admission: 
$8.00 before 5:00 pm; $10.00 after 5:00 pm; Weekend Pass (advance only) $15.00. Children 12 and under free with adult.
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Backdoor Cajun Band

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Event Date: 
June 15, 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Venue: 
The Lakehouse
Address: 
Crystal Lake Park in Urbana
Description: 

As part of the "Folk & Roots Fridays" concert series, Backdoor Cajun Band will be playing on Friday, June 15.

Who: Backdoor Cajun Band
Where: The Lakehouse at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana
When: Noon to 1:00 PM
More Who: Sam Payne on guitar, Randy Cordle on bass, Frances Harris on fiddle, and me on accordion.

Thanks to the Urbana Park District, these free shows happen the first and third Friday of June, July & August.

Location is the patio at the Lakehouse, at Crystal Lake Park. Some people call it the Boat House. Bring your lunch and enjoy the show.

Upcoming dates:
June 15 Backdoor Cajun Band (Cajun)
July 6 Billy Galt (Blues Guitar)
July 20 Jay Sand & All Around This World (World)
August 3 Vinnie Santanelli (Folk/Blues)
August 17 Inland Calypso (Calypso/Steel Drum)

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Summer Garden Concert Series: Jean-René Balekita and Bomoyi

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Event Date: 
August 12, 2018 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden
Address: 
Mahomet, Illinois - just off State Route 47, one mile north of Interstate 74)
Description: 

Museum of the Grand Prairie and Champaign County Museums Network are hosting an evening of music and treats all with a view of their stunning Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens! Congolese musicians Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi will join us and sing in multiple languages. Sounds of jazz and gospel will be intertwined with an African rhythm for a truly unique performance. Having toured in Africa, Europe and the United States, their talents have been appreciated across the globe. Don’t let the summer sun get you down, as we will be making and sampling ice cream! FREE. Other refreshments will be available for purchase. All ages.

Admission: 
admission free
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OUTSIDE at the Research Park with Marcia Ball and Jive Bag

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Event Date: 
July 20, 2018 - 6:30pm
Venue: 
Research Park
Address: 
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign
Description: 

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts once again joins forces with Fox/Atkins Development, LLC and the University of Illinois to present Marcia Ball and Jive Bag as part of the FREE and popular OUTSIDE at the Research Park series. The sensational Southern blues woman Marcia Ball will take the stage at 7:30pm with her superb keyboard skills that blend “rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana swamp rock, and smoldering Texas blues” (Boston Globe). Ball’s inventive songwriting, renowned vocals, and boundless, barrelhouse piano chops have earned her worldwide fame in soul-satisfying concerts that, like Krannert Center, have spanned five decades. Arrive early for an opening set at 6:30pm of New Orleans funk and jazz from local favorite Jive Bag, led by Jonny Beckett.

Admission: 
admission free
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highlights

  • August 24, 2018 (All day) - August 26, 2018 (All day)

    Three day celebration of Irish culture. Three live music stages, Irish dance stage, cultural...

  • August 24, 2018 - 5:00pm - 11:59pm

    The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is host to two nights of live music and this year will be focusing...

  • August 25, 2018 - 11:00am - 11:59pm

    The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is host to two nights of live music and this year will be focusing...

  • August 26, 2018 - 1:00pm

    The VojoDeyl Trio (Radim Vojtek, Martin Deyl and Karolina Magdelena Kupczyk) from the Czech...

  • September 16, 2018 - 2:00pm

    The Spurlock Museum, Center for Advanced Study and Robert E. Brown Center for World Music...