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Repeats every week until Sun Jun 13 2010 .
December 20, 2009 - 11:00pm - December 21, 2009 - 2:00am
December 27, 2009 - 11:00pm - December 28, 2009 - 2:00am
January 3, 2010 - 11:00pm - January 4, 2010 - 2:00am
January 10, 2010 - 11:00pm - January 11, 2010 - 2:00am
January 17, 2010 - 11:00pm - January 18, 2010 - 2:00am
January 24, 2010 - 11:00pm - January 25, 2010 - 2:00am
January 31, 2010 - 11:00pm - February 1, 2010 - 2:00am
February 7, 2010 - 11:00pm - February 8, 2010 - 2:00am
February 14, 2010 - 11:00pm - February 15, 2010 - 2:00am
February 21, 2010 - 11:00pm - February 22, 2010 - 2:00am
February 28, 2010 - 11:00pm - March 1, 2010 - 2:00am
March 7, 2010 - 11:00pm - March 8, 2010 - 2:00am
March 14, 2010 - 10:00pm - March 15, 2010 - 1:00am
March 21, 2010 - 10:00pm - March 22, 2010 - 1:00am
March 28, 2010 - 10:00pm - March 29, 2010 - 1:00am
April 4, 2010 - 10:00pm - April 5, 2010 - 1:00am
April 11, 2010 - 10:00pm - April 12, 2010 - 1:00am
April 18, 2010 - 10:00pm - April 19, 2010 - 1:00am
April 25, 2010 - 10:00pm - April 26, 2010 - 1:00am
May 2, 2010 - 10:00pm - May 3, 2010 - 1:00am
May 9, 2010 - 10:00pm - May 10, 2010 - 1:00am
May 16, 2010 - 10:00pm - May 17, 2010 - 1:00am
May 23, 2010 - 10:00pm - May 24, 2010 - 1:00am
May 30, 2010 - 10:00pm - May 31, 2010 - 1:00am
June 6, 2010 - 10:00pm - June 7, 2010 - 1:00am
Blind Pig
120 N. Walnut St., Champaign, IL

Every Sunday afternoon, from 5:00-8:00 p.m., in the "parlor" of the Blind Pig, 120 N. Walnut St., Champaign, IL, there is a traditional Irish Music session led by Shane Rhoades, of the local group "Emerald Rum." The Emerald Rum consists of: Shane Rhoades (banjo, mandolin), Andy McDowell (guitar, mandolin), Jerome Colburn (tin whistle, concertina), Miriam Faux (accordion), and William Wolfe (fiddle, guitar). This open session also welcomes other musicians who play or wish to learn traditional acoustic Irish music or song.

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Celebrating Navaratri with Subrata and Friends

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September 25, 2009 - 12:30am
Studio Theater, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin, Urbana, IL

The end of the monsoon season in India ushers in the Hindu festival Navaratri. Subrata Bhattacharya (tabla) brings Snehasish Mozumder (mandolin) and other friends to convey the colors and sounds of this joyous festival.

After the performance, the Lobby will be filled with music and movement when I-Bhangra and the Ghungroo Dance Company celebrate this jubilant time of the year.

$5.00 for youth and students, $10.00 general admission
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September 26, 2009 - 1:30am
The Highdive, 51 Main St, Champaign

It is said that if you don't know your past, you don't know your future; well Groundation knows its past, and they're stepping into the future. While capturing the essence of true Roots Reggae, internationally acclaimed Groundation aims to take the art of genre-bending to new heights by blending elements of both Jazz/Funk fusion and transcendental Dub in their progressive amalgam of sound.

The name 'Groundation' came from the Rastafarian ceremony of the same name. Its goal: using the vibration of music to get everyone on the same wavelength in order to forward positive consciousness.

Groundation was founded in the fall of 1998 when three long time musicians Marcus Urani (organ/keys/piano), Ryan Newman (bass) and Harrison Stafford (guitar/lead vocals) came together in the jazz program of California's Sonoma State University to form the core of Groundation's fusion of style and sound.

They were later joined in 2000 by San Francisco based Jazz trumpeter David Chachere and the North Bay's Kelsey Howard on trombone. Groundation saxophonist Jason Robinson has gone on to become the head of the Jazz program at UC San Diego. Drummer Paul Spina (Claypool's Flying Frog Brigage, Will Bernard's Mother Bug) was replaced in 2008 with Reno-based Jazz/Fusion specialist Tekanawa Haereiti. Bay area percussionist Mingo Lewis Jr. (son of Santana percussionist Mingo Lewis) brings Latin and African infused rhythms, adding heady layers to Groundation's already stout syncopations. Jamaicans Kim Pommell and Stephanie Wallace, joining the group in 2007 and 2008 respectively, have helped take Groundation's harmonies and live shows to new heights and are featured lead vocalists on the new studio album.

Though Groundation has played in 30 countries on 4 continents in just the last few years (headlining huge multi-genre festivals in Israel, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco and Brazil to name but a few), 2009 marks a turning point in their development here at home. On their wildly successful coast-to-coast 2008 summer tour, worlds collided as Groundation's internationally seasoned high-energy show style met the American heartland, culminating in an historic tour. Once again, Groundation heads across America at a truly crucial time in our country's history with shows from coast to coast starting in the Fall.

2009 also will see the release of the long awaited full length studio album "Here I Am." Following the release of "Rockamovya," the first Groundation side project featuring Grammy-nominated Jazz guitarist Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio, Dr. Lonnie Smith) as well as Jamaican Reggae legend Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace (Burning Spear, The Abyssinians the cult film 'Rockers') on drums, "Here I Am" is already generating considerable buzz throughout the international music industry and will surely go down as an early 21st century classic (U.S. release set for June).

Reggae music's commitment to an upheaval of our unjust social system and Groundation's livication of forwarding this message through a fresh, improvisation-based musical lens has created a truly unique movement. Groundation is the biggest, most respected American Reggae band in the world today...come join us and find out why.

$10 adv / $15 dos
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