Grass Roots Revival @ Kickapoo Landing

Event Information
Event Date: 
August 23, 2011 - 10:30pm - August 24, 2011 - 12:30am
Venue: 
Kickapoo Landing
Address: 
Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood
Description: 

Grass Roots Revival performs Bluegrass & Gospel

More Information

Bluegrass in the Gardens Music Festival

Event Information
Event Date: 
August 20, 2011 - 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Venue: 
Rockome Gardens
Address: 
125 N. County Road 425E ~ Arcola, IL ~ 61910
Description: 

Some of the best names in bluegrass return to Rockome Gardens for two days of music in their 17th Annual "Bluegrass in the Gardens" Music Festival. The festival features stage shows from 12:00 noon to 6 PM both days, with bluegrass bands from Illinois, Ohio, New York, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri.

For more information, download our flyer.
http://www.bluegrassmidwest.com/downloads/9.pdf

Saturday-August 20, 2011

Noon New Outlook

1:05 PM Tommy Brown & County Line Grass

2:10 PM The Bankesters

3:10 PM **Intermission***

3:30 PM Rigney Family

4:35 PM Dyer Switch

Sunday-August 21, 2011

Noon Dyer Switch

1:05 PM Rigney Family

2:10 PM Link Family

3:10 PM **Intermission**

3:30 PM Guitar Drawing

3:35 PM Punches Family

4:35 PM Pickin Chicks

Admission: 
$12.00 Adults - 2 DAY PASS: $20.00 Children Ages 5-12 Half Price • 4 Years & Under FREE
More Information

Desafinado at Pride Fest

Event Information
Event Date: 
August 20, 2011 - 10:35pm - 10:55pm
Venue: 
Lincoln Square Village
Address: 
201 Lincoln Square, Urbana
Description: 

Based in Champaign-Urbana, IL, Desafinado is a six piece ensemble that plays a combination of Samba, Bossa Nova, and MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira).

CU PRIDE FEST PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

MAIN STAGE
4:00-4:20: DJ Randall(will be playing throughout the evening between performers)
4:40-4:45: Committee Welcome
4:45-5:05: Dawna Nelson
5:30-5:35: DJ Randall/Up Center Welcome
5:35-5:55: Desafinado

6:25 – 6:50 Drag Show 1

7:05-7:25: Amasong
8:00-8:25: Vanattica
8:40-9:05: Drag Show 2
9:20-9:50: Carnivale Debauche
9:50- : DJ Rico with Drag Hotspots

SECOND STAGE:
4:20-4:40: Dona Flor
5:15-5:30: Alex Miffin
6:00-6:25: Zoo Improv
6:50-7:05: Tom Miebach
7:35-8:00: Class Act Improv

Admission: 
Free Admission, donations accepted
More Information

Tree Thump @ Urbana Sweetcorn Fest

Event Information
Event Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Green Alley
Address: 
South Broadway Avenue
Description: 

Dreamy, psychedelic melodies meet funky improvised beats in the didj explorations of Tree Thump. Phil Clark cranks it up with the didjeridu, JB Faires mixes it up on bass, Ben Hay lends a Zimbabwe-pop-and-zydeco infusion to his drum licks, and percussionist Jason Finkelman brings congas, caxixi, bells, and whistles to a music that can only be called—as the band puts it—“an experience.” Special Guest guitarist Ben Juday will join Tree Thump for Sweetcorn Festival.

Admission: 
Free Admission
More Information

CWM at Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

CWM will present Balinese gamelan and dance, performed by the Asnawa family and friends, and Ghanaian drumming, performed by the Adzido Drum Club.

West African Dance Classes with Djibril Camara

Event Information
Event Date: 
Repeats every week until Wed Sep 28 2011 .
August 14, 2011 - 11:00pm - August 15, 2011 - 12:30am
August 21, 2011 - 11:00pm - August 22, 2011 - 12:30am
August 28, 2011 - 11:00pm - August 29, 2011 - 12:30am
September 4, 2011 - 11:00pm - September 5, 2011 - 12:30am
September 11, 2011 - 11:00pm - September 12, 2011 - 12:30am
September 18, 2011 - 11:00pm - September 19, 2011 - 12:30am
September 25, 2011 - 11:00pm - September 26, 2011 - 12:30am
Venue: 
Channing-Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 West Oregon, Urbana
Description: 

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
More Information

Desafinado at Victory Park

Event Information
Event Date: 
August 10, 2011 - 11:30pm - August 11, 2011 - 3:00am
Venue: 
Victory Park
Address: 
Green and Lynn, Urbana
Description: 

Based in Champaign-Urbana, IL, Desafinado is a six piece ensemble that plays a combination of Samba, Bossa Nova, and MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira).

Part of the Neighborhood Nights Concert Series, an Urbana tradition for 20 years featuring free music in a different park each week through the summer. Free popcorn and lemonade. Bring a chair or blanket. In case of rain, the concert will be rescheduled for the next evening.

Admission: 
Free Admission
More Information

The Twenty-Third Annual Tagore Festival

Event Information
Event Date: 
September 24, 2011 - 10:00pm - September 25, 2011 - 3:00am
Venue: 
Channing-Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 W. Oregon Street, Urbana
Description: 

Twenty-Third Annual Tagore Festival

Additional details will be provided as they become available.

5:00 pm: Reception & Invocation

6:00 pm: Catered Dinner

7:00 pm: Keynote Speech - Prof. Keya Ganguly (Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis)

Cultural Program

Admission: 
All events are open to the public and free of charge except for the dinner.
More Information

Laura MacKenzie with Gary Rue

Event Information
Event Date: 
November 16, 2011 - 2:00am
Venue: 
Heartland Gallery
Address: 
112 West Main Urbana, IL
Description: 

With ardent mastery, Laura MacKenzie commands a vast repertoire of wonderfully arresting traditional music. Laura performs a wealth of tunes and songs from Ireland, Scotland, England, Central France and Northern Spain on a splendid array of wind-powered instruments, including flutes, whistles, concertina, many bagpipes and voice. She has received numerous awards and honors for her work in this realm of music, including a prestigious Bush Artists Fellowship in Traditional and Ethnic Performing Arts. With astonishing versatility, Laura's performance is supported by the grace, warmth and humor, the craft, knowledge and lore gleaned over a lifetime of music-making.

With his full-throated, melodic guitar style and vocal contributions, Gary Rue perfectly compliments MacKenzie's musical prowess. He brings a rich and bountiful background of artistry and composition to traditional "Celtic" music, ensuring an extraordinary duo performance.

When MacKenzie and Rue join forces, when pop sensibilities and traditional artistry come together, something wonderful happens: a driving, intensely melodic profusion of sound. a hybrid of flutes in full flight ~ voices that lilt and soar ~ percussive, persuasive guitar ~ and hold-on-to-your-hats piping, delivering an evening of sustained musical elegance.

Admission: 
$20 Adults, $10 Students/Seniors
More Information

Brendan Begley & Caoimhín óRaghallaigh

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 19, 2011 - 1:00am
Venue: 
Independent Media Center
Address: 
202 S. Broadway, Urbana
Description: 

Brendan Begley is a genial giant from the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry, Breandan is a well known and accomplished performer of Irish traditional music on the button accordian, touring at home and in Estonia, Finland, Sweden and France. He is a member of the 'Boys of the Lough', first touring with the band as a guest in th e 1980's in the USA, and full-time member since 1997.

Brendan's exciting dance music, sensitive emotional playing of slow airs on ac cordion, and his singing in his native Irish make him a great favorite. He is acclaimed in Ireland for his TV presentations of traditional music on the Irish language channel TG4.

Caoimhín óRaghallaigh is the Dublin-born fiddler is rapidly becoming known as one of the most interesting and creative musicians in traditional music. Since the widespread success of his 2003 'Kitty Lie Over' album with Mick O'Brien, he has performed in the United States, Canada, Alaska, Asia and all over Europe. Irish performances in 2006 included Farmleigh House, West Cork Music in Bantry, the National Concert Hall, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Liberty Hall, and a tour for the Improvised Music Company.

His concerts have been broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and LyricFM, including a performance at the Masters of Tradition 2004 festival for West Cork Music. Recent television appearances include 'The Highland Sessions', 'The Raw Bar', 'Ceird an Cheoil', 'Se Mo Laoch' and 'Other Voices', and musicians he has recently worked with include The Waterboys, Iarla O Lionaird, Peadar O Riada, Breanndan Begley.

Caoimhín is part of the new traditional wing of Music Network's MusicWide program.

Admission: 
$20 Adults, $10 Students/Seniors
More Information

News

highlights