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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Sipyard Live: Zecca Bom

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Event Date: 
June 13, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Sipyard
Address: 
204 W Main St, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Every Wednesday from 7pm-9pm we have a local musician lineup jamming in the beer garden.

This weeks installment of Sipyard Live features Zecca Bom, one of CU's newest bands. Zecca Bom plays music that grooves, maybe it's funk, maybe it's world music, maybe you'll have to be at Sipyard at 7pm on Wednesday June 13th to find out for yourself!

Zecca Bom features:
Robert Sena - MC
Chad Dunn - Surdo and timbau
Jason Finkelman - Congas
Ben Juday - Guitar
Cody Jensen - Keyboard
Gordon Kay - Drums
Charlie Harris - Bass

Admission: 
No cover. If you like the sounds, put something in the tip jar for the musicians.
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International Arts Experience 2018: AFRICA Opening Cultural Event

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Event Date: 
June 1, 2018 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Madden Arts Center
Address: 
125 N. Water Street, downtown Decatur
Description: 

Visit all 3 floors of the Madden Arts Center for a lively evening of African culture!

Anne Lloyd Gallery

Enjoy the AFRICA exhibit featuring original art, crafts and artifacts:

Second Floor Studio

Hands-on art making - All ages invited:
weaving, masks, Ndebele huts & figures

Third Floor

A taste of African cuisine by Chef Nick at Bizou

AFRIKY LOLO, nationally acclaimed West African dance, drums, costumes
Audience participation - Learn African dance steps & expess the joy!

6 pm - IBIYINKA ALAO, Nigerian Ambassador of Art presents art of Africa followed by dance drama of "Ibi's Fireflies" with Afriky Lolo

Admission: 
admission free
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Summer Reading Kick-Off Party w/ Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi

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Event Date: 
May 26, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 W. Green Street, Urbana
Description: 

Reading Takes You Everywhere! Summer Reading Kick-Off Party

— Featuring —
Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi and
Spurlock Museum of World Cultures

Saturday, May 26 • 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) • For families

Join Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi for a world dance party to kick-off Reading Takes You Everywhere! Enjoy crafts with Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, coral reef activities with Brandon Rutherford, and ice cream and lemonade. Then, of course, sign-up for the Library’s Summer Reading Program!

The concert is generously sponsored by Larry and Margaret Jobe in honor of grandsons Arlin and Berk Orr.

The Summer Reading Program is generously supported by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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UFLive! presents Schlomo and the Schleptet

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Event Date: 
May 20, 2018 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 W. Green Street, Urbana
Description: 

Come enjoy klezmer music--known as the mournfully happy music of the Jewish diaspora. Clarinetist Sol Baer will be joined by Frances Harris, Sam Gingher, Derick Cordoba, and Rob Sweedler.

UFLive! concerts are generously sponsored by The Urbana Free Library Foundation and are scheduled on the third Sunday of most months.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Timbalú - Iron Post Outside

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Event Date: 
May 12, 2018 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Venue: 
The Iron Post
Address: 
120 S. Race Street, Urbana
Description: 

Timbalú is a local, LIVE! salsa band that will make you dance!

Timbalú will perform outside if the weather's good enough - starts at 8 - don't be late. Can't go on all night as the neighbours would complain.

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Art at the Market | Timbalú and KOOP Adventure Play

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Event Date: 
May 12, 2018 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana's Market at the Square
Address: 
corner of Illinois and Vine Streets
Description: 

Join the City of Urbana Public Arts Program as we kick off Art at the Market this season with an adventure playscape with KOOP Adventure Play and performance from Timbalú on Saturday, May 12th, 2018!

From 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. KOOP will offer an open environment with raw materials for children to build their own kind of playground. A trained adult playworker would be on hand to assist and keep things safe, but the children are encouraged to lead and create!

From 9:30am-11:30am, enjoy a musical performance from Timbalú, a local LIVE! salsa band that will make you dance! "Percussion, horns, keys, bass, and vocals combine to produce amazing polyrhythms atop a wonderful groove."

All these events are free, open to all ages, and require no registration to participate. The workshop and performance will be held on Walnut Street near the City of Urbana tent at the northwest entrance to the Market at the Square, located in historic downtown Urbana on Illinois and Vine.

The City offers art programming during Urbana’s Market at the Square season. Workshops and performances will take place every second Saturday of the month at Urbana's Market at the Square!

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Amasong Concert - Nevertheless, She

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Event Date: 
May 19, 2018 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
McKinley Presbyterian Church
Address: 
801 S. Fifth St., Champaign
Description: 

Amasong will present ‘Nevertheless, She,’ a concert of music written by women, on May 19 and 20, at 4:00 pm at McKinley Presbyterian Church.

Women composers have long been viewed as less qualified or serious than male composers. Nevertheless, women continue to compose! Join Amasong as we honor these great musicians.

The concert will include a newly discovered piece from the Baroque era convents, Justice Choir protest music composed in 2017, and a variety of music from around the world. Other pieces include an Indian devotional song written by Amasong’s own Smitha Vishvishwara, an avant garde work by Meredith Monk, and a contemporary favorite by Imogen Heap.

A raffle of items donated from chorus members and the community will also be offered at both concerts.

Admission: 
$15, more if you can, less if you can't
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