2nd Annual Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival at Rockome Gardens

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Event Date: 
May 17, 2014 - 11:00am - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Rockome Gardens
Address: 
125 N. County Road 425 E., Arcola, IL
Description: 

2nd Annual Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival at Rockome Gardens

2ND Annual Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival, Saturday, May 17. Music all day and evening featuring the outstanding lineup of nationally award winning bands and local favorites - BALSAM RANGE, JAMES KING BAND, JEFF BROWN AND STILL LONESOME, MACKVILLE and FIREBOX BLUEGRASS BAND. Music starting at noon. Bands will perform an afternoon and evening concert with Balsam Range doing one big show to close the festival at 7 p.m.

Bluegrass jamming is welcomed and encouraged inside the park, but not in the concert area.

Outdoor festival in the heart of Amish Country, Central Illinois at Rockome Gardens, Arcola! One of the best bluegrass festivals in the area!

Please visit www.rockome.com for more information.

Admission: 
Cost: $15 adults, $6 children
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Midwest Mandeng - African Drum and Dance Festival

Brace yourselves Central Illinois for the first ever Midwest Mandeng--a full weekend of dancing, drumming, partying, shopping, and community building.

Organized by C-U West African Drum and Dance Collective, Midwest Mandeng takes place on September 12-14, 2014 and will feature 9 drum workshops and 7 dance workshops led by some of the most talented instructors from Guinea, Senegal and Mali. The classes are "all levels" and will be open to people of all ages, races, sizes, classes and fitness ability. In fact, kids under 13 who are accompanying a paying adult attendee and senior citizens dance for free!

In addition to the workshops, there will also be a demonstration and Q&A session geared towards kids at the Urbana Free Library and a "dundunba" party which is an open dance party with live drumming. And to top it all off we are inviting vendors to participate in our African Marketplace to sell clothes, food, instruments or other small items.

The Urbana Arts Council awarded C-U West African Drum and Dance Collective a generous grant towards planning a West African drum and dance festival in our local community! Visit their website to learn more about the festival and how you can get involved with this community effort. http://cuwaddc.weebly.com/

Hands to Drum with Rocky Maffit

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Event Date: 
May 31, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Champaign Public Library - Robeson Pavilion Room A & B
Address: 
Main Library, 200 W. Green St, Champaign, IL
Description: 

Hands to Drum with Rocky Maffit

Rocky Maffit, percussionist extraordinaire, will share his unique way of the drum. Join us for a bang and a boom, then sign up for Paws to Read, our 2014 Summer Reading Game!

Admission: 
free admission
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Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

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Event Date: 
July 18, 2014 - 6:30pm
Venue: 
UI Research Park
Address: 
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign
Description: 

OUTSIDE at the Research Park: Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience with opening act Candy Foster and Shades of Blue

Friday, July 18, 2014, at 6:30pm; Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience starts at 7:30pm | UI Research Park (1816 South Oak Street, Champaign)

Grammy winner Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience may make you reconsider everything you thought you knew about roots music from the heart of Louisiana. Armed with an accordion, an infectious smile, and a voice straight out of a sixties soul hit, Simien has been sharing his innovative approach to zydeco for more than 30 years. Singled out as an “alluring” performer by the Village Voice, he and his band have been in numerous commercials and films, made a memorable appearance in the classic film The Big Easy, and are regulars at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Ever changing, their sound hearkens back to Creole traditions, and their deep harmonies plus infusions of funk, reggae, and blues evoke a global musical language.

Getting you into the groove with authentic rhythm and blues is the legendary Candy Foster with his band Shades of Blue. He’s shared the stage with greats like Etta James, KoKo Taylor, and Junior Wells, and Foster’s direct approach to classic songs and forceful vocals have ignited crowds for five decades.

OUTSIDE at the Research Park is held just southwest of the State Farm Center on First Street in the Research Park. Parking is available in the lot south of the Caterpillar building at 1901 South First Street.

Brought to you by Krannert Center, Fox/Atkins Development, LLC & the University of Illinois

Admission: 
free admission
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Roots Walk

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Event Date: 
May 16, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Crystal Lake Park
Address: 
Urbana, IL
Description: 

Listen to live, local roots, folk and Americana music while strolling past the mature trees of our oldest park. This sunset event brought to you by the Urbana Park District and the C-U Folk and Roots Festival will have a selection of soloists and small combos scattered along the candlelit walks of Crystal Lake Park. Parking is available at the Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center; the musicians will be centered around the North Woods Pavilion. Rain date is scheduled for the following night in the case of inclement weather. Call the Park District Sports & Event Hotline for postponement information: 367-9575.

Scheduled to appear:
The Flower Jax
Justin Rondón
Sam Payne and Friends
Don’t Ask klezmer band
John Elder, blues guitar
Irish music from Monster Buttermilk
Traditional folk tales from storyteller Linda Dust

Admission: 
free admission
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Community Gamelan Classes Return Fall 2014

Community Gamelan will be on break throughout the summer, and will return at the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester.

As part of the center’s outreach programming, the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music offers community members the opportunity to learn and play traditional Balinese Gamelan music under the direction of I Ketut Gede Asnawa, a master gamelan musician and composer at the University of Illinois. A gamelan is an orchestra consisting mainly of keyed metallophones, gongs, and drums, often functioning as accompaniment to dance, dramas, and other Balinese performance arts.

In session, our monday evening classes run from 6pm to 8pm in Room 1188 of School of Music at 1114 W. Nevada Street. Community gamelan is open to all, free of charge, with no prior experience required. No credit is offered. There is no need for registration, but participants who join the ensemble should understand that regular attendance is expected in order to enjoy making music in an orchestra dependent upon the contribution of every player.

We look forward to having new members join community gamelan in the Fall.

Feel free to contact us at worldmusic@illinois.edu to express your interest or to request more information.

The Prairie Ensemble - Around the World in One Night

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Event Date: 
May 10, 2014 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
McKinley Presbyterian Church
Address: 
809 S. Fifth St., Champaign
Description: 

The Prairie Ensemble, led by Music Director Kevin Kelly, is presenting a concert program titled “Around the World in One Night," that will travel from Japan to Eurasia to Italy and to an Africa-inspired Harlem.

The program will feature koto virtuoso Yoko Reikano Kimura in Daron Hagen's "Genji: Concerto for Koto and Chamber Orchestra," along with Darius Milhaud's jazzy "The Creation of the World," Alan Hovhaness's Armenian-inspired "Tzaikerk" (“Evening Song”) and Felix Mendelssohn's "Italian Symphony."

The Prairie Ensemble is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Admission: 
Tickets are $18 for general admission, $8 for children and students with ID.
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ISAMS Conference: ACTIVIST TRANSFORMATIONS/ TRANSFORMING ACTIVISM

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Event Date: 
April 26, 2014 - 8:30am - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Levis Faculty Center
Address: 
919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

ACTIVIST TRANSFORMATIONS/ TRANSFORMING ACTIVISM

Illinois Student Association of Music Scholars (ISAMS) First Interdisciplinary Conference

Friday April 25

Smith 25, Smith Memorial Hall
Free and Open to the Public

6:30 pm
Welcome by Dr. Jeffrey Magee, Director of the University of Illinois School of Music and Professor of Music and Theatre

6:35 pm
Introduction by Megan Woller, President of ISAMS

6:35 pm Keynote:
Ethnomusicology and Advocacy Research: Ukraine as Case Study
Dr. Adriana Helbig, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh

Funded by:
The Student Organization Research Fee

Saturday April 26

Music Room, Levis Faculty Center

8:30 am
Registration and Coffee

9:00 am
Panel 1: Composer as Activist
Chair: Professor Stephen Taylor, Associate Professor of
Composition-Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Feminism as Nationalism?: A Critical Perspective on Dame Ethel Smyth
Trevor Nelson, Michigan State University

An Inescapable Sermon: Expressions of Spirituality and Nationality in Ralph
Vaughan Williams’s A Song of Thanksgiving (1944)
Emily Wuchner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Variation with a Point: Social Critique in Frederic Rzewski’s Polytonal Works
Bree Guerra, University of Texas-Pan American

10:30 am
Coffee Break

10:45 am
Panel 2: Social Activism and Performance
Chair: Dr. Michael Silvers, Assistant Professor of Musicology,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”: Music, Spectacle and the Execution of John Wayne Gacy
Michael Siletti, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“I want to be normal”: representations of gender and sexuality in the music of the
former Yugoslavia
Laura Jorgensen, University of Texas at Austin

(En)voicing Pluralism: Janelle Monáe’s Cyber-vocalities
Christopher Nickell, New York University

12:15 pm
Lunch Break (provided)

1:30 pm
Film Screening and Discussion:
WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971), Directed by Dušan
Makavejev
Introduced by Steve Wilson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dinner on your own

7:30 pm
optional
Concert: Balkanalia
“Zbogom Selo: Songs of Farewell, Dances of Joy”
Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall
Free and Open to the Public

Sunday, April 27

Music Room, Levis Faculty Center

9:00 am
Coffee

9:30 am
Panel 3: Space and Identity
Chair: Lillie Gordon, Visiting Lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Staging the Revolution: Live Music and Social Change in “Post”-Revolutionary Egypt
Darci Sprengel, University of California, Los Angeles

Digital Activism and Expressive Culture in the Syrian Revolution
Maria Trogolo, Indiana University

Queering the Harp: Reorienting Social Space in Midwestern Sacred Harp Singing
Jonathon Smith, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

11:00 am
Concluding Roundtable Discussion
Moderated by Dr. Adriana Helbig, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh

Admission: 
free admission
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Keynote Lecture: "Ethnomusicology and Advocacy Research: Ukraine as Case Study"

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Event Date: 
April 25, 2014 - 6:30pm
Venue: 
Smith 25, Smith Memorial Hall
Address: 
805 South Mathews Avenue Urbana, IL
Description: 

ACTIVIST TRANSFORMATIONS/ TRANSFORMING ACTIVISM

Illinois Student Association of Music Scholars (ISAMS) First Interdisciplinary Conference

Friday April 25

Smith 25, Smith Memorial Hall
Free and Open to the Public

6:30 pm
Welcome by Dr. Jeffrey Magee, Director of the University of Illinois School of Music and Professor of Music and Theatre

6:35 pm
Introduction by Megan Woller, President of ISAMS

6:35 pm Keynote:
Ethnomusicology and Advocacy Research: Ukraine as Case Study
Dr. Adriana Helbig, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh

Funded by:
The Student Organization Research Fee

Saturday April 26

Music Room, Levis Faculty Center

8:30 am
Registration and Coffee

9:00 am
Panel 1: Composer as Activist
Chair: Professor Stephen Taylor, Associate Professor of
Composition-Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Feminism as Nationalism?: A Critical Perspective on Dame Ethel Smyth
Trevor Nelson, Michigan State University

An Inescapable Sermon: Expressions of Spirituality and Nationality in Ralph
Vaughan Williams’s A Song of Thanksgiving (1944)
Emily Wuchner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Variation with a Point: Social Critique in Frederic Rzewski’s Polytonal Works
Bree Guerra, University of Texas-Pan American

10:30 am
Coffee Break

10:45 am
Panel 2: Social Activism and Performance
Chair: Dr. Michael Silvers, Assistant Professor of Musicology,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”: Music, Spectacle and the Execution of John Wayne Gacy
Michael Siletti, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“I want to be normal”: representations of gender and sexuality in the music of the
former Yugoslavia
Laura Jorgensen, University of Texas at Austin

(En)voicing Pluralism: Janelle Monáe’s Cyber-vocalities
Christopher Nickell, New York University

12:15 pm
Lunch Break (provided)

1:30 pm
Film Screening and Discussion:
WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971), Directed by Dušan
Makavejev
Introduced by Steve Wilson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dinner on your own

7:30 pm
optional
Concert: Balkanalia
“Zbogom Selo: Songs of Farewell, Dances of Joy”
Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall
Free and Open to the Public

Sunday, April 27

Music Room, Levis Faculty Center

9:00 am
Coffee

9:30 am
Panel 3: Space and Identity
Chair: Lillie Gordon, Visiting Lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Staging the Revolution: Live Music and Social Change in “Post”-Revolutionary Egypt
Darci Sprengel, University of California, Los Angeles

Digital Activism and Expressive Culture in the Syrian Revolution
Maria Trogolo, Indiana University

Queering the Harp: Reorienting Social Space in Midwestern Sacred Harp Singing
Jonathon Smith, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

11:00 am
Concluding Roundtable Discussion
Moderated by Dr. Adriana Helbig, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh

Admission: 
free admission
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Balkanalia Annual Spring Concert: "Zbogom selo . . . Songs of Farewell, Dances of Joy"

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Event Date: 
April 26, 2014 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Smith Memorial Hall
Address: 
805 South Mathews Avenue Urbana, IL
Description: 

BALKANALIA

Donna Buchanan, director

Admission: 
free admission

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