Traditional Irish Music Sessions - Wednesday Nights

Event Information
Event Date: 
December 26, 2012 - 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Venue: 
Dublin O'Neil's
Address: 
301 N. Neil Street, Champaign, IL
Description: 

WEEKLY IRISH MUSIC SESSION RETURNS AT NEW TIME, NEW PLACE

Champaign-Urbana's longest-running weekly Irish traditional music
session will resume on Wednesday evenings beginning August 8th, from
8:30 to 10:30 pm at Dublin O'Neil's, 301 N. Neil Street in Champaign.

Jake Schumacher, who leads the session, said, "We want to thank Dublin
O'Neil's for making the Wednesday evening session a welcome addition to
their music line-up. The genial and cozy Irish pub atmosphere should
provide a great listening experience for old and new fans of Irish
traditional music. And we want to thank Bentley's pub for their support
of the weekly session over the last decade."

The session focuses on the traditional dance music of Ireland--jigs,
reels, hornpipes, waltzes and much more--played on authentic Irish
instruments including fiddle, button accordion, concertina, piano, pipes
and tenor banjo. Throughout the evening occasional songs are sung and
stories told as well. Musicians with some experience in playing Irish
music are welcome, and those with an interest in learning to play Irish
music are encouraged to come and listen, as well as all who enjoy Irish
and Irish-American culture, food and drink. For more information,
contact Jake Schumacher at boscapod@gmail.com.

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Traditional Irish Music Sessions - Wednesday Nights

Event Information
Event Date: 
August 8, 2012 - 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Venue: 
Dublin O'Neil's
Address: 
301 N. Neil Street, Champaign, IL
Description: 

WEEKLY IRISH MUSIC SESSION RETURNS AT NEW TIME, NEW PLACE

Champaign-Urbana's longest-running weekly Irish traditional music
session will resume on Wednesday evenings beginning August 8th, from
8:30 to 10:30 pm at Dublin O'Neil's, 301 N. Neil Street in Champaign.

Jake Schumacher, who leads the session, said, "We want to thank Dublin
O'Neil's for making the Wednesday evening session a welcome addition to
their music line-up. The genial and cozy Irish pub atmosphere should
provide a great listening experience for old and new fans of Irish
traditional music. And we want to thank Bentley's pub for their support
of the weekly session over the last decade."

The session focuses on the traditional dance music of Ireland--jigs,
reels, hornpipes, waltzes and much more--played on authentic Irish
instruments including fiddle, button accordion, concertina, piano, pipes
and tenor banjo. Throughout the evening occasional songs are sung and
stories told as well. Musicians with some experience in playing Irish
music are welcome, and those with an interest in learning to play Irish
music are encouraged to come and listen, as well as all who enjoy Irish
and Irish-American culture, food and drink. For more information,
contact Jake Schumacher at boscapod@gmail.com.

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Sones de México

Event Information
Event Date: 
September 21, 2012 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
600 N. East St, Bloomington, Illinois
Description: 

Sones de México

“They move seamlessly between styles and instruments Grammy nominees Sones de México bring the music and playing with rock ‘n’ roll energy without sacrificing cultural authenticity.” -The Chicago Tribune

Grammy nominees Sones de México bring the music culture of the Mexican fandango (“dance fiesta”) to the BCPA stage with acrobatic dance, four-part harmony vocals and over 25 authentic folk, string, percussion and wind instruments.

Pre-show activities at 6:45 pm

Sponsored by Jerry and Carole Ringer

http://www.sonesdemexico.com

Admission: 
$19-$25 Adult, discounts for Senior, Youth and Group Sales
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Don't Ask Klezmer Band

Event Information
Event Date: 
August 12, 2012 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Champaign Public Library
Address: 
200 W. Green St., Champaign
Description: 

Don't Ask plays Klezmer music in the spirit of Eastern Europe's village string bands, with Middle Eastern and Balkan influences and a few other surprises in the mix. The sound is joyful yet haunting - sometimes lively and raucous, sometimes gentle and melancholy, always evocative. The group features Frances Harris and Sara Sasaki on fiddle, Chris Reyman on accordion, Michael Shapiro on guitar, and Mike Meadows on bass.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Guitarist Robert Michaels

Event Information
Event Date: 
August 3, 2012 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Doudna Fine Arts Center
Address: 
S. Ninth St. and Cleveland Ave., Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Description: 

Roberto Michele Buttarazzi (Robert Michaels) was raised in the picturesque, ancient mountainside town of Arpino, about 95 kilometers southeast of Rome. It was there that Robert first heard the music that would stoke his ambition.

"The name change to Robert Michaels came with the demand for a CD of music from my show," he says. "I began the recording and decided that I didn't want to use the name Roberto Michele Buttarazzi because it's too long and hard to pronounce. I decided to use my middle name, Michele, and that evolved to Robert Michaels."

Michaels' debut CD, Paradiso, would ultimately sell more than 100,000 copies in Canada, an extraordinary achievement for an instrumental artist. His impressive sales figures and a Juno Award nomination for Instrumental Artist of the Year following the release of his sophomore album, Arizona, caught the attention of Warner Music in Canada, who would ultimately sign him for the release of his third album, Utopia, in 1998. His fourth CD, Allegro, released in 2003, won Michaels the Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album.

Michaels received nominations as a best vocalist, instrumentalist and album for his self-titled fifth album, a two-CD set. That was followed by The Spanish Guitar Collection, a compilation of instrumental compositions from his previous six CDs, all of which have exceeded gold and platinum sales status.

Admission: 
Tickets: $12 per person, includes cookout and concert. (Vegetarian options available)
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Hurricane Gumbo

Event Information
Event Date: 
August 3, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Downtown Danville Summer Sounds
Address: 
Temple Plaza, corner of Vermilion and North
Description: 

Hurricane Gumbo is an eight-piece, Chicago-based band that combines zydeco, rhythm & blues, jazz and funk to produce a sound that can only be called one thing – Louisiana party music. Featuring the music of Dr. John, Neville Brothers, Funky Meters, Chubby Carrier, Edgar Winter, Terrence Simien, Bobby Rush, Little Feet, Radiators, and so on..not to mention some tasty originals.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Desafinado at the I-Hotel

Event Information
Event Date: 
May 18, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
I-Hotel
Address: 
1900 S. First St., Champaign, IL 61820
Description: 

The STAR Expo brings together citizens from the general public, neighborhood and community volunteers, community-based organizations, educational and faith institutions, local businesses and local government officials for an annual community education and networking opportunity. Participants are able to showcase the latest projects, initiatives, products, services and information relating to the preservation and improvement of quality of life in the Champaign community. The STAR Awards Ceremony is a feature of the Annual STAR Expo.

Desafinado will play from 7 - 9pm @ the

I Hotel And Conference Center.
1900 South First Street, 61820 Champaign

Come join us to recognize outstanding civic activities of local citizens working to make the City of Champaign a great place to live, work and play.

Please call 403-7070 to reserve your seat by Wednesday, May 16.

West African Dance Classes with Djibril Camara

Event Information
Event Date: 
June 3, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Channing-Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 West Oregon, Urbana, IL
Description: 

West African Dance Classes with Djibril Camara

About the Classes: Open to beginners through advanced. Offered every Sunday evening.

The classes introduce attendees to dances from Guinea, in particular. Dances from other West African countries are also presented. Yankadi, Macru, Soli, Dundunba, Lamban, Sinte, Triba, Koukou and more are among the dances taught. Live drumming accompanies the class. Class begins with a warm up with live drumming, instruction in particular steps associated with a dance (w/o drums), dancing those steps (drumming), and solo circle (drumming).

What to Bring: Water, wear comfortable dance/workout clothes, and shoes are optional.

About Djibril: Djibril Camara teaches these classes. He is originally from Guinea in West Africa. He has danced professionally for 17 years and was the principal choreographer and dancer with the Ballet du Afrique Noir, touring throughout Africa, Europe and the U.S. He has been introducing various U.S. communities to the joys of African dance for over 5 years. He has lived in Champaign-Urbana for the past 3 years.

Admission: 
$10 for students/$12 for non-students; Or buy in bulk for reduced rates
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West African Dance Classes with Djibril Camara

Event Information
Event Date: 
June 10, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Channing-Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 West Oregon, Urbana, IL
Description: 

West African Dance Classes with Djibril Camara

About the Classes: Open to beginners through advanced. Offered every Sunday evening.

The classes introduce attendees to dances from Guinea, in particular. Dances from other West African countries are also presented. Yankadi, Macru, Soli, Dundunba, Lamban, Sinte, Triba, Koukou and more are among the dances taught. Live drumming accompanies the class. Class begins with a warm up with live drumming, instruction in particular steps associated with a dance (w/o drums), dancing those steps (drumming), and solo circle (drumming).

What to Bring: Water, wear comfortable dance/workout clothes, and shoes are optional.

About Djibril: Djibril Camara teaches these classes. He is originally from Guinea in West Africa. He has danced professionally for 17 years and was the principal choreographer and dancer with the Ballet du Afrique Noir, touring throughout Africa, Europe and the U.S. He has been introducing various U.S. communities to the joys of African dance for over 5 years. He has lived in Champaign-Urbana for the past 3 years.

Admission: 
$10 for students/$12 for non-students; Or buy in bulk for reduced rates
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West African Dance Classes with Djibril Camara

Event Information
Event Date: 
June 17, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Channing-Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 West Oregon, Urbana, IL
Description: 

West African Dance Classes with Djibril Camara

About the Classes: Open to beginners through advanced. Offered every Sunday evening.

The classes introduce attendees to dances from Guinea, in particular. Dances from other West African countries are also presented. Yankadi, Macru, Soli, Dundunba, Lamban, Sinte, Triba, Koukou and more are among the dances taught. Live drumming accompanies the class. Class begins with a warm up with live drumming, instruction in particular steps associated with a dance (w/o drums), dancing those steps (drumming), and solo circle (drumming).

What to Bring: Water, wear comfortable dance/workout clothes, and shoes are optional.

About Djibril: Djibril Camara teaches these classes. He is originally from Guinea in West Africa. He has danced professionally for 17 years and was the principal choreographer and dancer with the Ballet du Afrique Noir, touring throughout Africa, Europe and the U.S. He has been introducing various U.S. communities to the joys of African dance for over 5 years. He has lived in Champaign-Urbana for the past 3 years.

Admission: 
$10 for students/$12 for non-students; Or buy in bulk for reduced rates
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