In Concert at Champaign Public Library: Jean-René Balekita

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Event Date: 
September 30, 2018 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion Room A & B
Address: 
Main Library, 200 W. Green St
Description: 

The Champaign Public Library presents a family concert with Congolese guitarist and vocalist Jean-René Balekita, who will share African rhythms with flavors of gospel, jazz, and Congolese rumba. For all ages.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Latin Dance Night / Noche de Baile Latino

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Event Date: 
September 22, 2018 - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana
Description: 

Dance the night away at Krannert Center! Come enjoy a FREE Latin Dance Night in the Krannert Center Lobby, co-sponsored by La Casa Cultural Latina. Celebrate the fall semester with rhythms from Latin America and the Caribbean—reggaeton, bachata, cumbia, salsa, merengue, and more! Free garage parking. Cash bar available. iVengan a bailar! Please join us!

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Community Gamelan - New Session Begins

Community Gamelan - New Session Begins

September 10, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 0300, School of Music Building
1114 W. Nevada Street

Community Gamelan - New Session Begins

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Event Date: 
September 10, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Room 0300, School of Music Building
Address: 
1114 W. Nevada Street
Description: 

As part of the center’s 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.

Our Monday evening classes run from 6pm to 8pm in Room 0300 at the School of Music, 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. Community Gamelan members will be asked to perform at our end of semester concert on Saturday, December 8, 2pm.

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Marcus Tardelli - Brazilian guitarist

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Event Date: 
October 3, 2018 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana
Description: 

Every other year, Krannert Center produces ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival, the internationally recognized, three-day event described as “one of the world’s most forward-thinking guitar festivals” (Fretboard Journal). In a celebration of the guitar and its close relatives from around the globe, each ELLNORA gathers remarkable musicians and passionate audience members, and the result is magic.

The ninth biennial ELLNORA will take place in fall 2019, but you can get a taste of it now with this ELLNORA | Reverb concert featuring Brazilian guitarist Marcus Tardelli. From a very young age, Tardelli was profoundly interested in music and drawn particularly to orchestral works. The guitar, however, was the only instrument available to him, so he developed ways to play the orchestral harmonies he heard, ultimately creating a new school of guitar technique. From popular Brazilian music to the classical compositions that have influenced it, Tardelli performs with unsurpassed technical mastery and an unwavering devotion to expression.

Admission: 
Single $30 / Senior $25 / STU $15 / U of I STU & YTH $10
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Global Transfer Afterglow: Zeshan B

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Event Date: 
September 14, 2018 - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana
Description: 

Join us after the performance by The Hot Sardines for a free Global Transfer Afterglow concert by Zeshan B at Stage 5.

Virtuoso vocalist Zeshan B blends hard-driving rhythms and horn-heavy soul sounds with Indo-Pakistani folk music to create his own unique, trilingual genre: Brown Skinned Soul. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Zeshan B has established himself as a powerful voice from Chicago’s music scene with his band, The Translators. Together, they have sold out venues from Detroit to London to Chicago, and opened for acclaimed artists and leaders like Mos Def, Aasif Mandvi, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and President Barack Obama (at the White House’s inaugural Eid celebration), all while honing a distinct, multicultural identity that celebrates the universal language of music.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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Krannert Center's 50th-Anniversary Celebration Family Day

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Event Date: 
September 8, 2018 - 9:00am
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana
Description: 

After our Opening Night Party on Friday night, the fun continues on Saturday with craft activities, a Rocky Maffit-led music parade, BowDacious String Band, a didgeridoo demo, Chinese Heritage Association Dancers, Urbana High School Vocal Chords Required, and Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy Drumline. Intermezzo cafe and Promenade Showcase + Gift Shop will also be open starting at 9am.

Admission: 
Free Admission - donations encouraged
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Krannert Center's Opening Night Party - 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Event Date: 
September 7, 2018 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana
Description: 

An Opening Night Party that’s been five decades in the making! Krannert Center invites all to celebrate its vibrant history with fabulous artists, dancing, food and beverage, interactive outdoor chalk art on the Center’s Goodwin Avenue stairs led by Scott Barber, and a by-the-decades car display surrounding the Center. Come dressed from a decade of your choice, 1960s to the future!

South Carolina-based Ranky Tanky—whose name is loosely translated as “get funky”—performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. Combining influences from West Africa and American jazz into arrangements all its own, Ranky Tanky “is a joyous listen” (Elmore Magazine).

Baracutanga, with members representing four countries (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, US), prides itself on arranging traditional South American rhythms in new ways. This blending of ancestral traditions with a modern sensibility results in an exciting Latin flavor all its own that leaves dancers always wanting more.

Steel guitarist AJ Ghent returns by popular demand after setting the stage ablaze at ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival 2015. Ghent, who calls James Brown and Prince big influences and whose family helped to create the “sacred steel” tradition, plays his steel stand-up style, constructing a musical sound that can be heard howling from the church to the streets to the clubs. Fusing blues, funk, rock, and pop, Ghent creates an unforgettable experience for audiences, an energized and soulful musical paradise!

Musical breezes will blow through the Amphitheatre as local favorites New Orleans Jazz Machine and clarinet/sax player Carl Johnson serve up Dixieland and swing classics, and we’ve got even a little more fun up our sleeves—throughout the night, Chicago’s own Mucca Pazza will pop up in performance, combining marching band traditions and street theatre with rock band sensibilities to create eccentric, frenetic fun. The kickoff of Krannert Center’s two-season 50th-anniversary celebration promises to be a one-of-a-kind, sound-good, feel-good occasion!

New to the Opening Night Party this year is a ticketless system for food and beverage purchases—all purchases can be made via cash or credit/debit card at each individual vendor. Joining the Center on the Terrace will be Siam Terrace, Caribbean Grill, Piato, Rosati’s Pizza, and Rick’s Bakery, and on Oregon Street will be Betsy’s Bistro food truck, Oh, Honey Pie food truck, and Chester’s BBQ food truck.

Free parking is available in the garages underneath Krannert Center. Surrounding street parking is free after 6pm. Parking on Goodwin Avenue in front of the Center will not be available.

Ranky Tanky, 6:30pm—Lobby, Stage 6
Baracutanga, 7:45pm—Lobby, Stage 5
AJ Ghent, 9pm—Lobby, Stage 6
New Orleans Jazz Machine, 6:15pm and 8:15pm—Amphitheatre (rain location: Studio Theatre)
Mucca Pazza—wait and see!

All ages are welcome.

Doors open and food and beverage sales begin at 6pm.

Admission: 
Free Admission - donations encouraged
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Japan House Matsuri

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Event Date: 
September 9, 2018 - 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Arboretum
Address: 
1800 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801
Description: 

Japan House Matsuri

Come celebrate our Fourth annual Matsuri! It is our end-of-summer festival that will feature musical performances, martial arts demonstrations, hands-on activities, Asian inspired food and sake! This will also be a celebration of Japan House at its current location for 20 years! Mark your calendars and join us for the fun!

Admission: 
FREE - except for food/drink purchases
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Japan House 20th-Anniversary Celebration

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Event Date: 
September 8, 2018 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Tryon Festival Theatre
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana
Description: 

The lush, immersive setting of the University of Illinois’ Japan House mirrors the embrace of tranquility so central to its mission. For 20 years, this institution of the College of Fine and Applied Arts has provided experiential learning, exposure to new perspectives, and rich study of Japanese aesthetic and traditional arts. Upon its 20th anniversary, Japan House will offer a program that transitions from reflective to festive, beginning with Kosho Fukushima’s Shinto blessing accompanied by violin music and floral arranging. The event will continue with remarks from dignitaries and special guests, a tea ceremony offered by Urasenke Kyoto, lively taiko drumming from the Chicago-based ensemble Ho Etsu, Michiyoshi Sato’s contemporary tsugaru-jamisen musical performance, a traditional koto (both 17-string and 25-string) and shamisen ensemble by faculty members of Toho Gakuen College of Drama & Music artists, a kimono parade, and large-scale calligraphy executed by artist Seiran Chiba. The program will culminate with Bon Odori, a traditional style of Japanese dancing performed at festivals.

Japan House: http://japanhouse.art.illinois.edu/en/

Admission: 
Single: $65; Senior citizens: $55; STU $25; UI students & YTH $10
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