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THE MUSIC ISSUE venues guide editor’s note

Venues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 DJ Hotspots . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Bars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Record Stores . . . . . . . . 15 Restaurants . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Music Stores . . . . . . . . . . 16 Recording Studios . . . . . . 12 Festivals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Radio Stations . . . . . . . . 13 Coulter and Comics . . . . 23 House Shows . . . . . . . . . . 13 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 on Food & Drink

Flip over some homemade banana pancakes! Find out how to make them in this weeks Feats of Eats, online Friday.

Movies & TV

A review of Repo Men up Thursday, the uber-stylized action film starring Jude Law about a man trying to avoid paying off loans for his new mechanical heart ... IN THE FUTURE!!!

april 7, 8 & 14


Valentine’s Day was over a month ago, but the labors of love are just clocking in. Read what experts say about love and the first signs of spring on Saturday. It’s cupid’s resume and every singleton in America is hired.


Opening Act of Laughing Prairie Dog Fest on May 8th, $500 for the winning Fraternity, Interview/Live Performance on WPGU 107.1

If your fraternity’s band wants to enter, email us at At least half of the band members must be in the same fraternity.



Want to know what essentials you will need for spring break? On Thursday let buzz tell you the top shopping items and must-haves for your fun vacation!


Want to know how Neil Young and Stephen Stills got there start? Check out buzz’s review of Buffalo Springfield’s first self titled album which contains their hit “For What It’s Worth.”


Managing Editor

Welcome, my friends, to the annual buzz Music Issue. This year we decided to go with something a little different; instead of trying to encompass the whole of the CU scene into less than 28 pages — the bands, the venues, the tunes — here we focused on one element of this diverse and eclectic community — where to find music. While seemingly a simple question, one query led to another, forming a web of clubs, record stores, promoters, and much more, representing the underlying musical architecture of CU. But buzz can’t be everywhere. As much as we like to think we are omnipotent, digesters and purveyors of all things cultural, leaving trail of informed reader droppings in our wake, we make mistakes. We miss events, locales, scenes, and even whole buildings occasionally. So if you are around town, and happen upon a happening that you think bears out attention, let us know at the “Where do you go for music” thread on the forum section of We will take your suggestions for improvement, and constructive (or even destructive) criticism seriously, as we try to inch up the scale of journalistic perfection. So remember, as Black Sabbath once said in “Iron Man,” “duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-da-da-dada-da-duh-da-da-da.” I think that is a credo we can all live by. So let’s rock.

buzz is Still hiring! Here at buzz, we graduate college. Our photo and image editors are no exception to this rule. We are looking for replacements for both positions. Applicants should have a background in photography, experience with Adobe programs (specifically Photoshop) and managerial experience. If you are interested, please send your resume and a digital portfolio to We can’t wait to hire you!   march 18 - 24, 2010




The return of the prairie dog

buzz staff

Cover Design  Matt Harlan Editor in Chief  Tommy Trafton (not for looooong!) Managing Editor & Copy Chief  Mark Grabowski (See ya,


All of us here at WPGU take a lot of pride in the music we provide for our listeners and feel it’s something we should be sharing with everyone in the community in all forms. Therefore, we’re extremely proud to announce that our very own Laughing Prairie Dog Festival is coming back to the CU this semester! As round two of the event, we’re hoping it can be bigger and better than last time, which featured a bunch of excellent local bands as well as national touring acts. Our inaugural event featured Chicago-based Smoking Popes, Pet Lions and The Hood Internet, as well as some great Champaign acts including Common Loon, Headlights and Santah. For a mere $10 a ticket, Laughing Prairie Dog Fest was a fantastic night of music, and we’re looking forward to providing that to the CU community again. The event was a great success last semester, and we hope to bring about an even better result this semester. Come out to one of the best nights of music of the year on Saturday, May 8, 2010 to see a slew of great bands perform and do what they do best for the Laughing Prairie Dog Festival. More details about artist additions in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to your True Alternative, WPGU 107.1, streaming live at

On the Web Email Write  512 E. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820 CALL  217.337.3801

wouldn’t wanna be ya!) Art Director  Claire Keating Photography Editor  Wallo Villacorta Image Editor  Bekah Nelson Designers  Nicole Hammonds, Kamil Kecki, Huang Li, Annaka Olsen Music Editor  Emily Carlson Food Editor  Maggie Carrigan Movie Editor  Matt Carey Art Editor  Abby Wilson Community Editor  Em-J Staples CU Calendar  Bonnie Stiernberg Copy Editors  Tim Madigan, Danielle Perlin, Emily Siner Sales Manager  Sarah Gleason Marketing/Distribution  Brandi Willis Publisher  Mary Cory

We reserve the right to edit submissions. buzz will not publish a letter without the verbal consent of the writer prior to publication date. buzz Magazine is a student-run publication of Illini Media Company and does not necessarily represent, in whole or in part, the views of the University of Illinois administration, faculty or students. © Illini Media Company 2010.



Nick Martin Assistant Movies & TV Editor


» Jonas Salk: He invented a cure for polio then gave it away for (basically) free! I’ve never done something that nice ... And neither have you! You should feel guilty that you’re not as nice as Dr. Salk. Stop reading and go cure something! (Especially you science majors!) » Old Men: Need some saged advice? Need a new friend with experience? Need someone to fulfill the paternal desires your father could never provide? Become friends with an old man! Not only will you learn life lessons, you might even get put into his will! » Nipple Tape: Sometimes you want to wear a skanky dress, but you don’t want everyone to see your bub-bubs. If you had used nipple tape in those pictures maybe you wouldn’t have lost your job (but you shouldn’t have stolen office supplies either). Matt Carey Movies & TV Editor


» Pearl Jam: I’m beyond ecstatic that they’re touring again, but I wanted them to come to Champaign. This isn’t really a gripe against Pearl Jam, I love them with every fiber of my being. » White Horse: God I miss you. Please, come back to me baby. » Nick Martin: He took “likes”, and I wanted those. claire keating art director


Children in grown-up clothes: No, I do not want to see pictures of a creepy little boy in oversized pants giving a young girl a single flower. 3 Seeing this in real life would be completely unnerving. (See fig. 1) Dogs in human clothes: This is unnatural and cruel. I do not support it. (See fig. 2) Babies in ironic clothes: I don’t think I would want my baby to be ‘Born to Rock.’ That can’t lead 1 to anything good. (See fig. 3) Tommy Trafton and Mark Grabowski: These boys are rude and obnoxious and I hate working with them. It is also their last issue. They are dead to me. I won’t miss them. (See fig. 2)[Managing Editor’s Note: We will miss you too Clairey, and you are really pretty]

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by Sabrina Gosnell

hall 1800 S. First St., C.

N.E.R.D performs at Assembly Hall Thursday, November 12, 2009. Photo by Wallo Villacorta.

Offering a smattering of genres from classic country to hip-hop, Assembly Hall has a show to accommodate nearly every musical taste. Assembly Hall’s unique design — rumored to have been given a failing grade when the architecture student submitted it for a course — offers more than an aesthetically curious conversation piece. The design allows for the intimacy of a small venue while simultaneously having the capacity of a large venue. The hall seats around 16,000 people, give or take. The balconies are always reserved seating, but the floor can range from “festival seating” (see: mosh pit) to general admission. One of the main advantages of Assembly Hall is that it is convenient. “[It] sure beats driving to Chicago and St. Louis (to see a show),” said Kevin Ullestad, director of the facility. He also pointed out that Assembly Hall is generally cheaper than other venues in larger cities. Furthermore, the venue is easily accessible by car and parking is afforable. Perhaps the biggest perk is that almost every show offers a student discount, from a few dollars


Seth Fein,

Talent Buyer, Canopy Club

708 S. Goodwin Ave., U. by Evan Metz


Van Halen — Nov. 5, 1980 Bruce Springstein — Feb. 7, 1981 Barry Manillo — Nov. 5, 1980 Rush — Oct. 13, 1982 Red Hot Chili Peppers — March 28, 2000 Pearl Jam — April 23, 2003 Jay-Z — Nov. 12, 2009

Q&A with

club One of the most well-known venues in CU is The Canopy Club, located at 708 Goodwin Ave. in Urbana. Seth Fein, talent buyer for Canopy, explained that it actually began as a movie theater in the 1960s called the “Thunderbird Theater” — the logo can still be seen on the outside of the building. It was in June 1998 that it officially became The Canopy Club and began putting on concerts. Ever since then, Canopy has been a hot spot in the college music market. “Because of where we are located, we get a lot of filler dates on national major tours,” Fein said. The venue has two rooms: the void room (with a 150 person capacity) and the theater (which can hold 750), both of which give a great intimate feel to any show. As a concert go-er, the Canopy Club will offer you a number of benefits. To begin with, it is right on campus. While many of the other venues in the area are in downtown Champaign or Urbana, Canopy is a block from the quad. Also, because it is in Urbana, the age requirement is 18, allowing freshman with late birthdays to fall in love with the venue early.

off some shows to others offering tickets as low as $10 for UI students. Drawbacks of the facility relate mostly to its age, such as a limited number of bathrooms which can lead to long lines at popular events. Also, when the building was constructed in 1963, air conditioning was not installed; while there are no shows during the summer months, it can get a little warm during late spring and early autumn. Renovations are tentatively planned to address these issues. With previous acts ranging from Elvis to Lord of the Dance to T-Pain to Death Cab for Cutie, just about any musical desire can be met in a comfortable, intimate setting by seeing a show at Assembly Hall.


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The Canopy Club draws a variety of musical acts from across the country to the Champaign-Urbana area. Photo by Brad Thorp

And there is good reason to fall in love: The Canopy Club is one of the most sought after venues in its market for various acts. In the past, they have had performances that range from Dierks Bentley to Nas, The Arcade Fire and The Avett Brothers. But at the same time, Canopy is a great patron of the local scene. As Fein puts it, “As long as a local band is functioning, performing and practicing, they will always be able to get a show here.” So if you are looking for a good place to see great music, both local and national, The Canopy Club is always a great destination for everyone. “I think that the name ‘The Canopy Club’ is kind of telling in that it’s supposed to be this umbrella, this canopy, over all genres of music,” said Fein.


Ages: 18+ Crowd Capacity: The Void Room: 150, The Theater: 750 Atmosphere: Two concert halls with a bar in each. Bar seating, intimate setting and low lighting. Bar: Serves more than twenty different beers and twenty-six different types of liquors. They also sell entire pizza’s and pizza by the slice from Manolo’s. Parking: Meters on Goodwin and Busey Where to eat afterward: Walk down Goodwin for a slice of pizza at Manolo’s, 1115 W. Oregon St., U. Web Site:

» buzz: What are some shows that The Canopy Club is proud of? Seth Fein: I think the list probably tops out with things like The Smashing Pumpkins doing their CD release show here in 2000, Iggy Pop, Flaming Lips, Sufjan Stevens on the Illinois Tour, a couple great shows with Ween, we’ve had a lot of powerful and relevant acts come through here throughout the years. » buzz: How would you describe the “scene” of The Canopy Club? Seth Fein: There is none. I mean it’s absolutely varied. It’s whatever people want it to be here, because we have done sold out shows with Dierks Bentley, a big famous country artist, and we’ve done sold out shows with Nas, who’s a big famous hip-hop artist. We’re not in the business of trying to define ourselves with a genre; we’re in the business of trying to provide Champaign-Urbana with really great live music. » buzz: What would you say is the divide between bigger bands and local groups that you put on shows? Seth Fein: I’d say about 60 percent national bands and 40 percent local. You know the local scene; we really always try to give local bands a chance to play. We are proud of the idea that as long as a local band is functioning, practicing and performing they’ll always be able to get a show here. » buzz: What is your idea of a successful show? Seth Fein: Reasonable ticket price (working with a marketing team that understands that the difference between an 18 dollar ticket and a 30 dollar ticket is substantial), a sold out show, and not to many bands on the bill so that it is not too overwhelming. Something that is entertaining for everyone for a reasonable price.   March 18 - 24, 2010


The Highdive

Q&A with

ward gollings, Booking agent, Cowboy Monkey & Highdive

51 E. Main St., C. by Jack LaBelle

Cowboy monkey 6 Taylor St., C. by Justine Chan However ridiculous or outrageous or fantastic its name is, Cowboy Monkey is the place to be. Spacious and classy, this bar/restaurant hosts a variety of different musical performances every day of the week and brings so many different people together. “We like having anything that’s entertaining,” said Ward Gollings, booking agent and entertainment manager for Cowboy Monkey and The Highdive. “If the music’s good and the stools are filled, people just groove — even if they don’t know the music — and that’s just great.” Cowboy Monkey was born eight years ago when the owners of The Highdive decided that it was evolving into more of a dance club and there needed to be a place more focused on live music with its own particular spicy feel. The walls are soaked a desert sand yellow; hardwood floor flows smoothly, and tables with black stools line the sides of the walls. The stage looms in the back with its rippling red curtains and

Ward Gollings, booking agent at Cowboy Monkey and Highdive. Photo by Wallo Villacorta

concert ambiance. “There’s usually a good aura of energy floating around, and of course that’s enhanced by the music.” Paintings and mosaics — created mostly by local artists — decorate the interior of the club, adding compelling visuals and vivid colors to the captivating Highdive experience. The setting is spacious enough for a crowd of 400 people and is characterized by a horseshoe-

an old jukebox lights up the corner, waiting for quarters to drop into its slot and for the music to play. And come mid-April, the outdoor tables as well as Cowboy Monkey’s Mexican style restaurant will be open for extra seating. And right by all that, a magnificent horse sculpture leaps toward the bar with its cowboy monkey companion. But as always, it is the music and performances that complete Cowboy Monkey’s atmosphere. Cowboy Monkey hosts a series of regular events such as open mics on Mondays, salsa/tango nights on Wednesdays and blues jams every other Thursdays, and bring in a whole range of performances and special events featuring many different kinds of music. With a quaint alleyway in the front, there is no place quite like it.

“Here in Champaign, Cowboy Monkey and the Highdive are out of this world.”

— Ian Erard of Snowsera

shaped bar, sufficient number of tables and ample standing room on both the ground floor and raised lofts. During the coming weeks, The Highdive will host indie band St. Vincent March 30, garage rock band Japandroids April 7, and blues/country musician Paul Thorn April 29, among others, while DJ Mingram will continue to spin for the ‘80s dance parties every Monday night.

Gazelle performs at Cowboy Monkey. Photo used with permission from the band.

Since opening in July 1999, The Highdive has hosted its fair share of well-known musical acts. Located in downtown Champaign, the venue has brought in the likes of The Flaming Lips, Black Eyed Peas, Death Cab For Cutie, and Sufjan Stevens to entertain local music lovers. In recent years, The Highdive has built upon the tradition of live performances, with an expanding repertoire of music. Booking agent Ward Gollings has worked at The Highdive since its beginning and embraces the changes that the venue has seen throughout the past decade. “Recently, it has evolved more into a dance club,” Gollings said. “It’s constantly evolving.” With a layout and atmosphere conducive to both musicians and DJs, the club hosts weekly ‘80s nights, supports local bands and gives attention to touring acts, as evidenced by recent visits from State Radio, Band of Heathens and The Tossers. Each night has its own distinct vibe, but Gollings indicates that every performer and concertgoer finds a way to fill the building with excitement. “I’d say it’s somewhere in the middle but leaning towards crazy,” Gollings said of Highdive’s typical

» buzz: When did Cowboy and Highdive Open? WG: Highdive opened in July 1999, and Cowboy Monkey opened in April 2003 » buzz: How would you describe the “scene” of The Highdive and Cowboy Monkey? WG: The size is one reason that the owners opened Cowboy Monkey, for that flexibility. It’s a great thing to have the right room for the amount of people and the night that’s best suited for it. Put 75 or 100 people in Highdive and it’s not a very impressive show, but put 100 people in Cowboy Monkey and it’s packed. Or going the other way like back in January when Elsinore had a show at Cowboy Monkey and we had sold 100 tickets three days before the concert and obviously we weren’t going to have enough room. Luckily, Highdive didn’t have a conflict and like 350 people showed up and it was a great show. » buzz: What would you say is the divide between bigger bands and local groups? WG: I’m always on the lookout for bigger, national acts, but sometimes it’s just not there. So local bands are your bread and butter anyway, hopefully over time with some of them you build what happened with Elsinore where they can easily draw 150 people every time. Headlights is a good example of that too, it’s good to help people grow like that. » buzz: If you could book anyone, who would it be? WG: Stereolab is one that I’ve always wanted to book, or maybe just see. Them Crooked Vultures would be pretty cool. I’d like to book the DriveBy Truckers again, when they were here before it was a long time ago, so it would be really cool to see them now. I’d like to book The Flaming Lips again. » buzz: What is your idea of a successful show? WG: A good show is one that’s got a decent crowd, which results in a really cool energy and like the crowds feeding of the band and viceversa. Everybody walks away from the show maybe not thinking that music saved their lives, but music is pretty fucking special.

INSIDE BEAT Ages: 19+ Crowd Capacity: 120 Atmosphere: The bar is intimate with a goodsized stage and nice interior. Bar: Cowboy Monkey has around 50 different types of bottled beers and eight different drafts in addition to an expansive wine and martini selection. Parking: Meters on street, private lot Where to eat afterward: Walk down to the 24 hour diner Merry Ann’s. 1 E Main St., C. Website: buzz   

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foellinger 709 S. Matthews Ave., U. by Candice Norwood It’s hard to miss the colossal, dome-shaped structure that is Foellinger Auditorium. Whether hosting a guest speaker or sleeping students in an economics lecture, Foellinger is one of the signature buildings on campus. Dedicated in 1907, Foellinger hosts an array of student activities, including professional concerts put together by the Star Course organization. Star Course is a student-run organization funded by Assembly Hall. The hardworking members of this team bring big name acts to the University for affordable prices. Since 1892 , Star Course has offered CU a wide range of musical performances including the Rolling Stones, U2, John Mayer and Lil Wayne. The Star Course workers do what they can to make sure any acts they book will be able to fill a majority of the 1,936 available seats. “Anytime Jeff Tweedy comes, he does really well at Foellinger; we’ve had him twice in the past four years,” said Senior Star Course Manager Brian Houze. “Ben Folds does well here too, and a couple of years ago we had Lupe Fiasco, which was a really fun show.”

Foellinger stands at the heart of campus with tall, white columns and decorative doors on the outside, as well as an expansive stage with ground level and balcony seating inside. Various technological and structural renovations have been made over the years to ensure that this establishment is more than capable of hosting a great show. Foellinger also hosts orchestras and a cappella groups. With relatively low ticket prices and a convenient location on the Quad, Foellinger is a venue worth checking out.

INSIDE BEAT Ages: All Crowd Capacity: 1,936 Atmosphere: Large theater with both main floor and balcony seats Parking: Meters down Mathews and Wright Website:



809 S. Wright Street, C.

The Mountain Goats plays at the Courtyard Café. Photo used with permission from the band 


Andrew Bird performs at Foellinger Auditorium. Photo by Wallo Villacorta

by Megan Creighton The Illini Union Courtyard Café is everything it claims to be and more. By day, it is a friendly snack and study area. But by night, it can transform to become one of the most dynamic entertainment venues on campus. Other than hosting comedy shows, debates and other performances, the Courtyard Café stages several terrific musical acts. Welcoming student musicians and professional artists alike, the Courtyard Café hosts shows that range from low-key acoustic sets to crowd-raging concerts. While it is spacious, it can receive large crowds without losing a notable sense of intimacy. Its capacity of 449 creates a relatively quaint setting, but does set a limitation for booking certain artists. Though most larger musical acts occur on the weekends, the Courtyard Café hosts free daytime shows as well. Every Thursday, musicians from the UI School of Jazz play a free lunchtime performance. As such, the courtyard can host seated performances in a friendly and relatively quiet environment. While its stage is modest in size and stature, it has supported countless professional artists, as well. In recent years, the courtyard’s spotlight has shone upon groups such as The Hold Steady, Company of Thieves, Brighton, MA, Starfucker and Great Lake Swimmers. It has played a huge role in CU’s Pygmalion Festival since it began in 2005 and hosts shows of its own year round.

UI alumni, Matt Fender, claimed one of his fondest concert memories was seeing The Hold Steady at the Courtyard Café. “The one and only time I ever crowd surfed was at the Hold Steady in the Courtyard Café,” Fender said. “I’ll never do it again, but it was incredible.” Just last weekend, the Courtyard Café hosted local indie band Santa, along with Tigercity from Brooklyn and Wave Machines from Liverpool. No matter what your musical tastes may be, keep your eye out for more great musical performances to come.

INSIDE BEAT Age: 18+ Atmosphere: Dance floor and stage surrounded by tables and booths. Crowd Capacity: 449 Type of acts: Local and small national touring acts Food: Expresso Café located inside serves both drinks and sandwiches Parking: Small lot off Green Street, meter on Wright St. Website:   March 18 - 24, 2010

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March 18th 9pm

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March 19th 9pm

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by Emily Carlson Nestled in downtown Urbana is a cozy little — but not too little — bar known as The Iron Post, where the music is as plentiful as the beer. The floor lined with red carpet and the walls decorated with black and white freeze-frames of jazz greats sets the mood for the style of music that floods the venue. The Iron Post features a variety of musical acts ranging from blues to pop-rock to acoustic sets with regular jazz performances. With near-nightly performances, the Post continues to have something new to see and hear. The Iron Post is also where many past and present students of the University’s School of Music call home. The school’s jazz combo performs at The Post every Thursday from 7 – 9 p.m during the fall and spring semesters. “The owner there has been great about having jazz groups there,” said Charles McNeil, Chair of Jazz Studies. “He supports all kinds of music.” Priding itself on being a neighborhood bar, The Iron Post offers live music, a full menu and an outdoor patio, making it desirable throughout the year. It’s not difficult to see that this is the home of many jazz and blues shows. The Iron Post also presents a variety of genres ranging from acoustic to bluegrass. Artists such as Charlie Sizemore and the Ken Smith Jazz Combo have showcased their talent at the bar, making it one of the top places to hear live music in downtown Urbana.

INSIDE BEAT Age: 18+ Atmosphere: Intimate jazz bar with dim lighting. During the summer there is an outdoor area where the music is still audible from inside. Bar/Food: Pabst Blue Ribbon on tap with a small assortment of both domestic and imported bottles. Also an open grill until midnight Crowd Capacity: 110 Parking: Free parking in the Busey Bank Lot after 4 p.m. on weekends and the Urbana Parking Garage for free after 7 p.m. on weekends Website:

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by Caity LeValley Many students at Illinois know Krannert Center for the Performing Arts primarily as that large, oddly shaped building on the block between ISR and the Espresso Royale on Goodwin. Dance and theatre majors spend half their lives in its hallways, but Krannert is much more than a classroom; it’s one of the premier music venues on campus. The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors in 1969 and celebrated its 40th anniversary last season. Public Information Director Bridget Lee-Calfas explained that part of Krannert’s secret is the quality space it has to work

with. Krannert has a great “flexibility of space and art,� Calfas said. The Center is able to host “a variety of art forms at a variKrannert Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Annette Miller ety of price ranges, from the Chicago Symphony [Orchestra] to indie Festival, named after Center founder Ellnora Kranrock groups to modern dance and classic ballet.� nert, is now in its third year. This September’s When booking acts, Calfas said Krannert strive lineup featured the likes of Ani DiFranco, the Keb’ “to add to the cultural life of the community, and Mo’ Band, The National and University of Illinois is always trying to create alum and blues guitarist Laurie Morvan. the richest mix possible.� Krannert is a busy and vibrant environment One of the largest re- that embraces both student and professional cent collaborations was work. The Center is known for cherishing the “There’s such a wide variety of great musicians of so with Pygmalion Music artistry of the past while encouraging new demany different genres and styles. Especially with the Festival. This past Sep- velopments. Krannert often “helps support an UI music programs, there’s great jazz players, world tember, Iron and Wine, artist as they develop and then gets to showThe Books and Ra Ra case world premiere events,� Calfas said. music, so many disciplines.� Riot performed in the This place is pushing the envelope on creative Mike Ingram, Local muscian Tyron Festival The- expansion, helping the field of arts move forward, atre. The Ellnora Guitar and it’s all going on right in our backyard.

Independent media center 202 S. Broadway, U. by Aaron Shults


Housed in the old brick post office in downtown Urbana, the Independent Media Center (IMC) has been a part of the local media community for almost ten years. The Urbana-Champaign IMC is one of many IMCs that were created in reaction to the 1999 Battle in Seattle, a fight between police and protesters during the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference. The IMCs purpose of creation was to give the story that wasn’t told to the people of their respective communities. The venue prides itself on being a do-it-yourself music and art venue that is completely volunteer-based.

Independent Media Center. Photo courtesy of IMC 


Q&A with Katy Vizdal Performance Venue Coordinator, IMC  buzz: How frequently are there shows going on? Are they mostly local or national touring acts? KV: Usually at least a month, it’s a mix of touring and local. Some months they will all be national acts and others it will be all local.  buzz: How do artists go about getting to play at IMC? KV: They can send an email to the shows group or attend a meeting and suggest an

The IMC has a group of people who organizes concerts, mostly on the weekends. This group of people is ever-changing, so shows there feature a variety of genres. “For a few months we might only put on punk music and then for the next only folk,� said Katy Vizdal, the performance venue coordinator. Although the people who put on shows change, their strong attitude and passion toward music stay the same. Some more famous, recent shows include Kimya Dawson and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. The IMC gives everyone a chance to display his or her talents, providing performers an opportunity that they might not have otherwise. “We want to

event, which are on Thursdays at 7. They can also become a volunteer to help book and learn how to do live sound.  buzz: How do members of the community become DJ’s? What kind of shows can they do? KV: You have to be trained and be a member, and propose a show. It costs fifty dollars to be a member and once they are approved for a show I train them for it.

share the talents of these musicians and artists at an accessible price in an accessible space,� Vizdal said. “We’re all volunteers and are just glad we can contribute to our music scene.� Besides shows, the venue houses its own radio station (104.5 FM), visual art space, library, and much more. This community venue has a bright and fruitful future ahead of itself — a future that anyone could be a part of. To learn more about the center or how to volunteer, visit:

Independent Media Center. Photo courtesy of IMC

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Paranormal Activity (R) Featuring live appearance by Jill from Lix. Digital Presentation. Fri & Sat: 10:30 PM

by Michael Tokoph Mike ‘N Molly’s is a relaxed and welcoming bar located in downtown Champaign. For the past ten years, Mike ’N Molly’s has been a 21-andover bar, catering to the non-college crowd. From the outside, this bar looks like a traditional Irish pub; don’t come looking for a dance club, because you wont find it here. The friendly, relaxed atmosphere makes for a versatile bar experience. Patrons can choose to just sit down to drink and converse with friends or see some great music on one of the two indoor

“Our favorite thing to do right now is play in any venue that has a packed outdoor beer garden like Mike ’N Molly’s.� NATE JONES FROM BOTHER EMBASSY

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stages. During the warmer months, be sure to check out the beer garden, which doubles as an outdoor music space. A fenced-in patio, small stage and tables for patrons make for an intimate yet lively show. This venue primarily books indie rock bands, but you can find the occasional punk rock or acoustic singer-songwriter gig. The relatively new booking staff has brought a new attitude to Mike ‘N Molly’s live music in the past few months. Isaac Burgess and Joe Smyth, who book most


of the shows, bring performers from all over the Midwest. “Our focus is on bringing bands in from out of town and putting them with local bands,� said Smyth. Patrons should expect to see a good mix of bands from the local area as well as musicians from Chicago, Detroit or even Minneapolis. Past performers include JigGsaw, John Hoeffleur, and You & Yourn, among many others. Mike ‘N Molly’s is the place for a smaller show and a few rounds of drinks with some friends.


1209 W. Oregon St., U. by Eli Chen

Beneath the University of Illinois lies a treasure to the campus scene: The Red Herring, adorned by brick walls, four columns enveloped by a myriad of vibrant patterns and populated by some of the most creative minds of the University. Located at the basement level of the Channing-Murray Foundation next to the east side of the Quad, the 42-year-old Red Herring has not only gained notoriety as a vegetarian-friendly restaurant, but also its wonderfully intimate performance space for artists of all kinds. “We want to encourage individuals to express themselves through various forms,� said Doug Jones, Director of Outreach and Development at the Channing-Murray Foundation. During the day, the Red Herring will occasionally have local musicians play during the lunch hour, but often, performances take place during their coffeehouse hours: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, they have “Open Stage� from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. They host a wide range of activities, from sketch

comedy to poetry slams. World’s First Flying Machine perform at The Red Herring. Photo by Annette Miller Famous actors like John Belushi started out at The Red Herring, and curINSIDE BEAT rently, local bands such as The Duke of Uke tend to draw a large crowd. Jones himself especially The Red Herring’s history began in 1967 by enjoys the acoustic, less ampliďŹ ed acts that arrive Bill Taylor who wanted to create a refuge from at the Herring. the “Greekâ€? culture on campus without an Their emphasis on originality and creative overwhelming amount of preaching religion. expression is not the only thing that sets the Red The idea of a concert series at The Red Herring Herring apart. “I also believe that being a nonwas the brainchild of Peter Berkow in 1972 alcoholic, non-smoking venue provides a safe, who booked major national acts at the time in clean environment for people to perform and to both folk and jazz. The building was shut down listen to performances,â€? Jones said. briey in 1973 after one over-capacity show Additionally, The Red Herring is also known for their was dubbed a ďŹ re hazard, and the building congenial staff. “We are not-for-proďŹ t, more focused never again housed more than the allotted 225 on the service aspects than on the business model,â€? person capacity. It was named the Nonesuch Jones said. Both the coffeehouse and the restaurant concert series. It existed for 18 months and are volunteer-run and almost anybody can help out. presented an array of artists including The Check out the Red Herring on Saturday, April Incredible String Band, Herbie Hancock, Bob Gibson and Weather Report. 10, when a gaggle of performances from locals beneďŹ t the venue.

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Beats rose bowl tavern 106 N. Race St., U. The Rose Bowl Tavern offers live music and karaoke. Country music is the Rose Bowl’s typical genre; however, on Tuesday nights, the Rose Bowl features bluegrass music and Thursdays are always karaoke night. These nights, as well as Wednesday and Sundays, are free although they sometimes charge on Friday and Saturday. On weekend nights the tavern offers live bands, and the cover charge depends on the band.

The blind pig 120 N. Walnut St., C. The Blind Pig is as close to a traditional English pub as you are going to get this side of the pond. Primarily known for its vast array of beers both on tap and bottled, The Blind Pig also features Irish music on Sunday nights by

Emerald Rum. Starting at 5 p.m. and lasting until 8 or 9 p.m., Celtic music sets the background to chill night of drinking and chatting. Enjoy with a Guinness, or one of the hundreds of other beers available.


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4 E. Holden, Tolono

123 S. Mattis Ave., C.

Radmakers Rock N Roll Tavern is a musically oriented bar and restaurant in Tolono, Ill. that regularly features national and local artists. Radmakers typically features live bands on Fridays and Saturdays, trying to book local, regional and national acts. Upcoming events include Scaphe, Soul Defenders and Habit of Force on March 20 ($5 cover) and Jackson Taylor and the Sinners on March 27.

It’ll Do 2 is a bar frequently featuring DJs and live music. By the Country Street Shopping Mall, It’ll Do 2, and its sister restaurant, It’ll Do, offers a biker-friendly atmosphere that can be enjoyed by all people. It usually hosts rock musicians. Upcoming events include local band JAB on Friday, March 19 and Triple Play on Saturday, March 20.

Memphis on Main

Bentley’s Pub

55 E. Main St., C.

419 N. Neil St., C.

Memphis on Main offers a variety of live musical events. The majority of the music at Memphis on Main is blues, rock and country, and on Monday nights the bar provides a free show by local bands. Thursday is karaoke night, and on Friday and Saturday nights the bar offers live bands and typically charges a $5 cover. On other days of the week, the musical events are generally free, but depending on the event the cover will be at most $3.

Bentley’s Pub is a bar with both a great beer selection and an eclectic makeup of music that’s sure to provide a fun evening. Wednesday nights from 7 to 10 p.m., Bentley’s offers live Irish music at no cost. On the weekends, Bentley’s hosts a wide range of artists, with a cover of $3-5. The intimate setting of the pub combined with the great acoustics, enhanced by the pub’s beautiful tin ceiling, make for a great evening of music and brews.


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fat city bar & grill


505 S. Chestnut St., C.

501 E. Green St., C.

Fat City frequently hosts musical guests on the weekends. Upcoming events include AD/HD, an AC/DC tribute band, on Friday, April 10, and Too White Crew on Friday, April 24. The pool tables, big screen TVs and laid back atmosphere lend themselves to a bar and grill that can serve as a great place to hang out in addition to a fun music venue. In addition to music and distractions, Fat City features different drinks every night and a limited but delicious selection of burgers, sandwiches and snack food.

The beloved sandwich shop started out in 1977 in Chicago as an antique store that sold sandwiches and desserts to attract customers, and music soon became an integral part of its image. While antiques are no longer sold, the food and music haven’t left the Potbelly’s scene. “This year, our music budget has skyrocketed,” Deidre Wagster, general manager of the Green Street store, said. The campus location has live music four times a week: Tuesday evenings and lunchtime (noon to 2 p.m.) on Thursday through Saturday. All musicians play and sing, so customers can sing along while munching on sandwiches. Wagster might start open mic nights soon as well. “It goes back to our culture,” she said. “It’s part of our history as a sandwich shop.”

801 S. Lincoln Ave., U. Besides serving mouth-watering gyros and other Greek favorites, Zorba’s offers live jazz music every Thursday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and in some special cases, on Friday evenings as well. There is a $3 cover for local artists and a $5 cover for out of town bands. On these nights, Zorba’s has a special on Killian’s Irish Red beer, only $5 a pitcher. “I make it a point to get my stuff done on Thursdays,” said Mallory Weber, a freshman in the College of Engineering. “I really enjoy their music those nights. Plus, the gyros rock.”

aroma café 118 N. Neil St., C. Aroma Café has an inviting and comfortable atmosphere, which makes it a perfect place to spend an evening with some Latin-inspired food and original live music. They feature mostly acoustic solo artists, but there is no set type of music they play. “I’ve only gone twice, but I look forward to going again,“ said Jade Jennings, a freshman in Accounting. “The artists are so passionate about their music.” And (hopefully) soon, you’ll be able to enjoy both music and food on their patio, which opens once the weather turns pleasant. The best part? There’s never any cover.

caffé paradiso 801 S. Lincoln Ave., U. This cozy café has much more to offer than just delicious tea and coffee drinks to the students and inhabitants of Urbana. The coffeeshop hosts live music on Friday and Saturday nights with a range of genres sure to please everyone. “We put on all sorts of music, from jazz, to folk, to even rock,” said Liam Reed, the Arts and Entertainment Director at the café. There is never a cover charge; you can enjoy the variety of music styles all for free. While enjoying the show, make sure to check out their Intelligentsia direct trade coffee — it’s something special.

jim gould 1 Main St., C. In addition to a classy atmosphere and gourmet meals, Jim Gould believes in music diversity at his establishment. He and his wife Tanya hire a jazz ensemble to accompany dinner on Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A harpist entertains attendees of their monthly afternoon teas. And for Valentine’s Day, when the restaurant was too crowded for multiple performers, a strolling violinist walked from table to table, serenading couples. “We utilize quite a variety of musicians,” Gould said. “More and more people go out to eat not just for the music, but for the experience.”

V. Picasso 214 W. Main St., U. While tapas and Sangria make for a pleasant night in Urbana, V. Picasso decided to add music to its meals for extra enjoyment: every night from 6 to 8 p.m., performers entertain diners with piano, guitar, and singing. “It presents a wonderful atmosphere for dinner,” manager Wendy Wolter said. After dinner, the entertainment continues Wednesday through Saturday. Some highlights: Latin dance music on Fridays and a DJ on Saturdays, starting at 9 p.m. Don’t worry about leaving afterward — it’s open until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Victor Fuentes, owner of V. Picasso


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studios by Nick Martin

Discretely located in Downtown Champaign, Pogo Studios is one of the oldest and most respected studios in CU. Pogo owner Mark Rubel has been recording music in CU since 1985. Pogo’s brought in national acts like Rascal Flats, Fall Out Boy, and Alison Krauss. Recently, Rubel has recorded a band from Ireland called Duke Special. “I like to say we specialize in Diversity,” Rubel said. “We’ll do anything from Hip Hop to Death Metal, Opera, Bluegrass, Rock and Roll—all different kinds of music and all different people.” Besides recording in the studio, Rubel has

immersed himself in all different aspects of the music industry. He teaches a “History of Rock and Roll” class at Eastern Illinois University, he teaches recording classes at Parkland College, he writes for Tape Op Magazine, he’s even served as an expert witness in national copyright trials. “I love music and musicians. It’s a positive and productive thing to allow musicians to express themselves; I help facilitate the process. I show them things they haven’t thought of, and make the music come out like it’s in their head. And maybe, even better than it was in their head.” Check the studio out at:

pogo studios

pieholden suite sound Founded by the late Jay Bennet and Matt DeWine, Pieholden Suite Studios is ten minutes outside of CU and one of the area’s leading recording studios. Bennett was a member of Wilco from 1994 to 2001; Bennett played a big part in the recording of Summerteeth, Mermaid Avenue Vol. 1 & 2, and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Bennett also owned a studio in Chicago, where he was introduced to DeWine, Pieholden’s current owner. After Chicago overhead costs continued to rise, Bennett decided to move the studio to the CU area. Unfortunately, Bennett passed away last year, but DeWine continues to run Pieholden and intends to see out the Bennett’s original vision. “Jay built [Pieholden] for musicians,” DeWine said. “Every instrument you could want, every sound you can imagine. Jay was privileged to be a musician and he wanted to see this place brought to life.” 12


Pieholden boast a significant collection of guitars, amps, organs, and drums and a sundry of other instruments. DeWine explained his daily routine: “I get up and listen to classics like Neil Young and David Bowie. Then we get some coffee in everyone, and record music for 14 hours. ... Making a record can be a stupid amount of work.” “Most bands don’t have the budget to stay in the studio for weeks at a time. There’s a million different ways to record an album, but I want to do it the best and cheapest way for every band that comes in.” Similarly, Pieholden is involved with -- a site offering free, legal downloads of new albums from independent bands. “Bands are making great records that need to be heard. We’re getting the music out there so anyone can get a hold of it.”

private studios A few blocks from Strawberry Fields in Urbana, Jonathan Pines is hard at work at Private Studios. Pines has been in CU since the early ‘80s. He’s worked on countless projects and garner. Pines mixes most of the music on Polyvinyl, including Japandroids and of Montreal. He’s also worked with the Gin Blossoms, Eminem, The Martyrs and Alison Krauss. Pines makes sure to stay current with new recording technology. “I’m an engineer at heart. It’s important to know the most useful tools available to get the job done,” he said. Pines prefers working in CU to N.Y. or L.A.

“All the studios around town work together. We’re all friends, not competitors. I do work for them, they do work for me, and we refer clients to one another so everybody gets to stay in business. It’s that helpful Midwestern spirit.” Pines added that his eagerness to adopt new technology into his studio sets him apart from the other studios in the area. “I’m a fan of music. Listening to it, creating it, and helping people make it,” Pine said. “I still get excited to see a rock show.” Contact Private Studios at privatestudios@   March 18 - 24, 2010

The trip was filled with sprinkles and rainbows for all of us.

by Matt Carey


house shows


Whether you knew it or not, you’ve probably seen the WPGU 107.1 studio. Located at 512 E. Green St., you can look through the windows of the station to see DJs playing the latest in alternative rock music, seven days a week. The callsign for WPGU originally stood for “Parade Ground Units,” the dorms where the station initially broadcast from. The Units were demolished in the 1960s to make room for the six pack, so WPGU moved to Weston Hall. In 2006, WPGU moved to its current location inside the Illini Media Building. Unlike the other radio stations in town, WPGU is in the unique position of having a new program director every year or so. Since the station is completely student run, a new program director is necessary when the old one retires. The program director’s job entails overseeing the entire operation (speaking with DJs, engineers, music staff, production staff), keeping track of promotions and making sure the higher-ups


by Amy Armstrong at the company are satisfied with the station. Currently, the program director is senior Liz Rush, with junior Nick Jones fully taking over in a few weeks. As Jones explains, being student run can be difficult. Since DJs are perpetually on their way out with graduation or studying abroad, the program director then must find a new DJ to fill the old one’s spot and rebrand the DJs and the shows. The role of WPGU is to develop and foster talent,” Jones said. “While doing that, it’s hard to maintain a uniform sound because you go through so many cycles of people so quickly.”

When picturing a radio station, what do you think of? A giant room filled with microphones and a console? A large engineering booth filled with CD’s and computers? WRFU’s station at the Independent Media Center may not look like that, but they still manage to fill the airtime with an eclectic mix of inventive talk shows and genre spreading music programs. WRFU (104.5 FM, “Radio Free Urbana”) is located in the Urbana-Champaign Independent

Media Center, located at 202 S. Broadway in Urbana, and broadcasts all day, every day. Since the station focuses on the Champaign community, it is a low power FM station, meaning it provides local service within a range of 3.5 miles. The station may focus on the people in this community, but that does not mean it is all locally produced; some shows are syndicated. Among the many shows on Radio Free Urbana’s 24 hour schedule is Local Music

Rotation, which is on at noon and midnight, and plays songs from budding local bands. Positive Vibes, a show that focuses on techno music and DJ, airs Mondays from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. On the talk radio side, the locally produced Progressive Personal Finance show aims to give its viewers sound financial advice about investments and provide a forum for the public’s societal and environmental concerns. With so many differing shows, there is certainly a program you can find that you will enjoy.


diverse talk shows and music for many counties in East Central Illinois. “Our main goal is to give our community some new music to check out or maybe some new viewpoints to consider,” Mick Woolf said, the station manager at WEFT. Woolf has been at WEFT since February of 1982, where he started as a volunteer. In September of 1994, he became the station manager. WEFT certainly has the wide range of shows needed to give differing opinions. Besides featuring virtually every music genre under the sun, from celtic to gothic to ambient experimental,

the station also has talk programs with many distinctive ideas. Woolf said he was impressed how long the station has been has been in the community, going through different rough economies, ever changing staffs because the station hires mostly volunteers, an age where corporations like Clear Channel Communications and the toughest challenge to face of them all, the Internet. “I think it could be said that radio is struggling even more than newspapers,” Woolf said. “But we’ve been working hard to make sure we adapt to the changes.” Among the steps WEFT is making include webcasts, upgrading their website and making it so the shows from WEFT can be downloaded at any time from the Internet. You can also follow WEFT on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook. Will WEFT make it another 30 years? Woolf likes to think so. “As long as WEFT can maintain a sense of relevance through our local community, then I think we have a reason to continue on.”

In September of 1981, WEFT began broadcasting on terrestrial radio. Now, nearly 30 years later, WEFT 90.1 FM still stands in the same building at 113 N. Market St. in downtown Champaign it has used since its inception, and continues to deliver a unique mix of

Here in CU, throwing and attending house shows is one of the best and easiest ways to find new music. Due to problems with the police, these parties require a certain level of secrecy, inspiring such monikers as “The Sunflower House”, and “The Dan Akroid House.” To find out about more about the house party scene, buzz sat down with a member of “The Sunflower House” to find out what they think. » buzz: What do you like about hosting house shows? Sunflower House: They’re just really nice environment, where people just want to hear and experience music. I guess it’s just an opportunity for me to get all of the music that I want around town in one place. I especially like the eclecticism of it; I feel perfectly fine putting an electronic person next to an acoustic person where that wouldn’t happen at shows. » buzz: How do you get bands to play at your shows? SH: Usually we’ve met around town, at other shows or through music connections. In the beginning we just brought in our friends or people we wanted to hear and then after a while they started emailing us to see if they could play at the next show. » buzz: Why do you think bands like house shows? SH: I think it’s a lot more intimate, people come that wouldn’t always come to your club gig. We had this band the Fantastic Plastics play and they said that it was their favorite show they’d ever done because they felt like they were just dancing with the crowd. They also said that they got spit on and that they liked that.

HOW TO AVOID THE COPS » Don’t advertise too much » Try to face the music away from the street and move the party to the back of the house » Most of the time the music isn’t the problem it’s people peeing on the neighbor’s property or talking too loud in the backyard. Try to control the people at the show » Urbana law states that your first violation is only a warning, so it doesn’t result in a fee. After two months the cycle restarts so either find a friend who you can switch off with or just wait too months to avoid hefty noise tickets. buzz   


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SPOTS [The people in CU are] just really responsive to the underground stuff as opposed to other places I have played. All the other DJ’s around town are really great, all nice and fun to play with.


SOMA ULTRALOUNGE 320 N. Neil St., C. Soma Ultralounge is a great place to go if dancing is on your agenda. The club is open Wednesday through Saturday evenings and features a different DJ each night. DJ Mingram spins the best hits from the ’90s on Wednesday nights, while Thursdays feature remixes of Top 40 hits. Resident DJ Tim Williams plays a mix of Top 40, house, hip-hop and even a little disco on Friday evenings; Saturday plays these genres in addition to funk, R&B and old school tracks. If it’s a DJ you’re looking for, then Soma’s your place.

But what separates Soma from other dance bars? Some say it’s the atmosphere. “Soma is like an upscale club and the dancing takes place in their back room,” said UIUC alumnae Erin Sansone. “It’s darker, but the atmosphere is comfortable, casual, laid back and not too crowded.”


DJ Krause at C-Street. Photo used with permission from DJ

C. STREET BAR Chester Street Bar, better known as C-Street, is a great choice if you are looking to dance the night away. Best known for its alternative lifestylefriendly atmosphere, C-Street is a top choice for groups of girls who want to avoid come-ons and sleezy pick-up lines. But what really draws the crowd at this bar is the music. Two resident DJs spin the hits — from Top 40 to industrial/goth — on alternating nights. Their top priority is keeping the crowd happy, said C-Street bartender Amy Meyers. “We play requests — last night we played country at a frat party,” Meyers said. C-Street plays a wide variety of music to cater to

63 E. Chester St., C.

the unique tastes of its crowd. Monday is industrial/goth night, Tuesday brings back Retro tunes and Saturday pumps club music; Top 40 hits are played on Wednesdays and Fridays. The bar hosts frat parties on Thursdays, which are typically all request, and drag shows on Sundays. The drag performers pick their music playlists, but there is a 15 minute dance break halfway through the show and about an hour of “club play” immediately post-show. “I think [C-Street] is completely different than any other bar. It has a different crowd and a different atmosphere,” Meyers said. “The DJ is the heartbeat of the club.”

V. PICASSO 214 W. Main St., U.

114 S. Race St., U.

Located on Race St. in Urbana, Red Star Liquors is open everyday 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Here, you can listen to the music brought to you by DJs — DJ Delayney and DJ Kosmo. Red Star Liquors invites you

to spice up your Wednesday nights with something retro. Check out their old school hip-hop nights, fea turing music by J-Zay, Biggie and many other old and beloved music legends.

RADIO MARIA 119 N. Walnut St., C. Open until 2 a.m. seven days a week and known for having the largest alcohol selection in the area, Radio Maria offers different events, giving people with a variety of tastes something to enjoy. Every Friday and Saturday, there is a live DJ, and every Friday is “Grown Kids Funk” night, where students can release the weeks stress to some fun, old school music. On April first, Radio Maria is holding a three-day classic music festival. Start spring out by changing up the tempo for an evening and giving Radio Maria a try. 14


Opened in October 2009, Urbana’s tapas bar V. Picasso is a spot for drinking, dining and entertainment. With live music every day from Tuesday through Saturday, this unique venue offers a great Spanish-inspired atmosphere coupled with a variety of musical styles. “We hope you can enjoy the music, but that it does not disturb your dinner,” said front-of-house manager Alisa Modica. The daytime and dinnertime atmosphere is more relaxed, but on Friday and Saturday nights it becomes more upbeat and fun for going out, she said. V. Picasso features primarily jazz artists, but also different piano hits, eclectic mixes, blues, soft rock and more. Usually, the staff moves tables

around 9 p.m. to make space for dancing, making it the only place in Urbana with dancing. On the second Sunday of every month, the fiveperson band Tango Espejo brings live tango to V. Picasso. Salsa band Sandunga has headlined at the bar as well. Right now, they are trying to get Sandunga booked for salsa every Friday night starting around 9 or 10 p.m., Modica said, but nothing is official yet. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, jazz pianists from the U of I School of Music perform, as well. The owner originally wanted live music every day, Modica said, and they are still trying to get more bands. Still, V. Picasso continues to serve up hefty musical helpings five days a week.   March 18 - 24, 2010

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RECORD STORES PARASOL RECORDS 303 W. Griggs St., U. by Lauren Hise Starting up in 1991 as a mail order service, Parasol has made a name for itself despite of, or perhaps because of, a flair for veering away from the mainstream. The result is a company dedicated to finding new, exciting sounds to share. While owner Geoff Merrit first started the company through releasing his friends’ music, Parasol has quickly grown into the premier US mail order for indie pop music by individuals and bands alike. Operating from their location at 303 W. Griggs St., Parasol includes several

labels such as Parasol Records, Mud Records, Spur, Hidden Agenda, Galaxy Gramophon and Reaction Recordings. Uniting them all, however, is Parasol’s dedication to music that makes an impact. Their personal Declaration of Independence professes that for them “this is still a labor of love, not money.” As for the store itself, you can expect to find several familiar sounds spread out amongst its collection. “We carry a lot of self releases from local artists,” said Roy Ewing, who is in Mail Order Purchasing for Parasol. This interest in the promotion of music rising from Urbana-Champaign is nothing new. Mud Records even has roots in CU’s early ’90s rock scene. “We cater to the underground, independent, oddball, hard to find things,” said Ewing. What this means is that along with the local, you can expect to find a collection that is off the beaten path but includes a bit of everything.

record swap 114 E. University Ave., C.

by Hannah Chin

Owner Bob Diener estimates that there are over 20,000 albums for sale at Record Swap Photos by James Kyung

exile on main st.

1 E. Main St., U. by Lauren Hise

Celebrating its fifth year in business, Exile on Main St. serves as more than just a record store. Located at 1 E. Main St. in Champaign, Exile combines a variety of pop culture entertainment under one roof. Those who pass through its doors find not only a knowledgeable staff but an inventory as diverse as the genres offered, which include everything from local artists to country to obscure soul and reggae in a wide range of new and used LPs and CDs. The store carries merchandise that is more than just a treat for the ears, however.

The latest Nintendo, Playstation, and X Box video games can all be found alongside those sure to induce nostalgia, such as the old school Atari and Sega. “We have some customers that come in every day just to make sure they didn’t miss anything new,” said Jeff Brandt, owner of Exile. “Things they didn’t know they wanted.” At Exile, introducing people to things they didn’t even know they wanted, but can no longer live without, extends beyond the products lining the shelves and filling the rows of the store. Holding events meant to bring its customers face to face with a live music experience, Exile will hold an upcoming event called Return of the DJ and has served as a host to the Pygmalion Music Festival in the past. Whether you may be seeking old favorites or new obsessions, Exile on Main Street is sure to help you find what you are looking for.

A look at Parasol’s collection of old a new records. Photos by James Kyung

Open for more than 30 years, Record Swap is home to thousands of vinyls in all genres. Owner Bob Diener estimates that there are over 20,000 albums in his store, which means “lots and lots of vinyl in any genre for years to come.” Record Swap also buys records in good condition or better and offers a trade price of at least 25 percent, so vinyl owners are strongly encouraged to sell whatever they have. Because Record Swap accepts any genre, Diener is proud of the depth of music they carry. He said, “If there is something we don’t own, we are more than likely going to end up buying it.” As for those simply looking to buy or those looking to buy and resell, Record Swap has a large selection of $1-$2 albums. The majority of the records are $4.99-$5.99, while older ones go from $10-$30 each. Diener believes that simply going to a record store is something to experience. Said Diener, “We’re one of the last original record stores in town.” Record Swap is located at 114 E. University Ave. in Champaign.


» buzz: What’s your most popular product right now? JS: We’ve been selling a lot of the new Joanna Newsom and the new Beach House. » buzz: How often do you get classic vinyl? JS: We usually get new stuff about once a week. People will come in and we’ll buy their old CD’s, vinyl, movies, video games. We buy a lot of used stuff. » buzz: What’s your favorite in store concert that has come through Exile? JS: The Living Blue came in and played here a couple of years ago at Pygmalian and that was the only time I got to see them before they broke up, so that was really cool. Also I think Santah has come in and played a couple times and their pretty good to see. » buzz: Why do you sell vinyl? JS: Vinyl is coming back, in the past couple years there’s been a lot of sales of it, and I personally buy a lot of it. It’s something more real, it’s just kind of cool. The people who come in and buy it are people who like more underground music like indie kids. It’s just become really popular and people like the sound of it.

Exile periodically has live performances in the sto Photos by James Kyung



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shopping tHE mUSIC SHOPPE 27 E. Marketview Dr. and 114 S Neil St., C. by Tolu Taiwo The Music Shoppe offers musicians a range of musical selections, instruments, and repairs. Hours are from Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jeffrey Gibbens, a product specialist of the Music Shoppe, believes the store offers the best in instrument add-ons and service. “We probably have the largest selection of band and orchestral accessories in CU,” Gibbens said. “We also have instrument repair service. Those are the two biggest things that no one else does, at least not as well as we do.” The Music Shoppe, all in all, is a great place for sheet music and for ones wallet. “We have the largest selection and best pricing on band and orchestral instruments,” said Gibbens. “And accelerated level sheet music.”

Skins n tins

dRUM shop 29 Main St., C. by Tolu Taiwo Looking for a place to bang your drums, or perhaps get in the rhythm of things? Skins n Tins Drum Shop, located on 29 Main St. in Champaign, can help anyone do that. The shop is a Five-Star Drum Shop member, which means they’re one of the top independent drum shops in America. Besides selling drums, Skins n Tins also caters to drummers by offering music lessons. Skins n Tins Drum Shop is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday & Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday Skins n’ Tins fills its walls with cymbals of all brands . from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photo by Sarah Syman

C.V. Lloyde Music Center 102 S. Neil St., C.

A customer tries out a guitar at C.V. Lloyde Music Center. Photo by Sarah Syman

Corson Music Store 71 E. University Ave., C. and 202 W Main St., U.

Q&A with

Mike arnold Sales, C.V. Lloyd Music Center

by Dan Korenevski Corson Music is now in its third decade of serving the communities of CU and has a long history here in town. Lou DiBello, Urbana store manager and guitar teacher, said the Champaign location has been around as a music store since the midto-late ’70s. The Urbana location first opened as Ax in Hand in 1969. Both locations carry a full line of guitars, basses, amps, and do in-house repairs. The Champaign location, the larger of the two, carries lighting equipment, DJ gear, professional audio gear and more; the Urbana location specializes in acoustic and electric guitars, and provides lessons as well. Students from these classes often prepare for and perform community recitals. Beyond supplying the local community with all their music related needs, Corson Music also regularly helps out with various events by donating prizes, or facilitating them themselves, such as the Strings for Diapers fundraiser in which they restrung guitars in exchange for donations to Crisis Nursery in Urbana.



by Kelsey Rankin

Lou DiBello at Corson Music shows buzz around the shop. Photo by Sarah Syman

C.V. Lloyde Music Center has been around for almost 140 years. They’ve been situated in their Champaign location since the ’70s and provide a variety of services to musicians. These include equipment repairs, sound system installation, bass and guitar lessons, and high end PA equipment rental including microphones, speakers and amps. “We also stock more electric guitars in sheer number than anyone else,” said sound advisor Mike Arnold. Arnold and the rest of the staff pride themselves on the knowledge and expertise of sound equipment and the quality of the products they offer. “I think we’re really approachable and down to earth. We’re not like car salesmen, and we don’t stock junk. I like working here because I can help the community of musicians in the area get what they need and let them enjoy playing,” said Arnold.

» buzz: Do you offer lessons? How should potential students sign up? MA: Yes, if you visit the Web site and click on lessons and look at the different instructors they have their profiles and such and they can contact them. » buzz: How do you feel you contribute to the local music scene? MA: We provide musicians with valuable information and advice and the right high quality products. We also do a whole bunch of video and audio installations for different organizations in the Midwest including Illini Stadium and Assembly Hall. » buzz: What kind of repair services do you have? MA: We are one of the only certified repair center for most of the brands that we carry, the other stores around here don’t have that. We are the warranty service center; we also do electronic and stringed instrument repairs. ††March 18 - 24, 2010

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school of music by Emily Carlson Since 1868, the University of Illinois School of Music has been turning students into musicians through the academic understanding of music. Divided into four core programs, the School of Music approaches the art from a variety of angles: performance, history, theory and pedagogy (music education). Students who have gone through the programs at the School of Music have gone on to be accomplished musicians, teachers, composers, Pulitzer Prize winners and the list continues. “There’s a lot of talent born in CU, but the University has definitely nurtured it,� said Charles McNeil, Chair of Jazz Studies at the University. “Through the years, since the University has been here, has turned out great music students.� Not only does the school produce well-educated students in their field — which doesn’t seem to far off from most majors at the University — the School of Music continues to pump fresh, talented music fanatics into the CU music scene. While some students are required to play as a part of their studies, many present and former students

perform in their own ensembles around town. Its Jazz students frequently perform at the Iron Post, while it’s Music Education majors student teach at local schools, introducing music to the youth of future generations. The Marching Illini — although tryouts are also open to non-music majors — executes musicianship and showmanship to sold out crowds at Memorial Stadium, while the more exclusive Basketball Band pumps up the Orange Krush and the rest of Assembly Hall to cheer on the Illini.

The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is home to daily performances, rehearsals and classes. Its two-squareblock location is home to four indoor theaters, an outdoor amphitheater and ensemble rehearsal rooms all complete with note-worthy acoustics and beautiful architecture. Another place School of Music students call home is Smith Memorial Hall. Built in the 1920s, the ornately decorated building was once a concert hall, library and classroom facility, but has since become a core learning environment for music majors, but continues to house a variety of student recitals. The Music Building, located on Nevada and Goodwin, is the heartbeat of the college. It’s made up of classrooms, an auditorium, the Musicological Archives for Jazz Concert at the Iron Post. Photo by Annette Miller Renaissance Manuscript Studies roughly This list of ensembles and bands within the school 2,300 catalogued microfilms, The Hymn Tune is a long one and includes a variety of concert bands, Index, the Archive of Ethnomusicology, a recordchoral ensembles, orchestras and jazz bands. ing studio and much more. Performances by these groups can be seem “The University is a huge contributor to the muthroughout campus at a variety of venues. sic scene in this town,� McNeil said. “All music, When the University started, Foellinger was the not just jazz but everything. Folk and rock and original concert hall for the School of Music and grunge and that scene would be here already, Smith hall was where most of the offices were held. but also jazz and opera and orchestra and all the With expansion of the university, the school has different things we have that are a part of the Unispread out among Smith Hall, the Music Building, versity as degree programs is turning out some the A.A. Harding Band Building and Krannert. really terrific students.�

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Core Yoga live music Amara Yoga & Arts, U, Jazz in the Courtyard 12pm, $12 movies Illini Union, U, 12pm Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Krannert Uncorked with Screening of Sherlock Don Briskin Desafinado Amara Yoga & Arts, U, Holmes Krannert Center for the 4pm, $12 Virginia Theatre, C, 7pm, Performing Arts, U, 5pm $3 Ashtanga Prep with Sam Gingher Lauren Quinn The White Ribbon V. Picasso, U, 6pm The Art Theater, C, 7:30pm Amara Yoga & Arts, U, U of I Jazz Combo (Hall) 5:30pm, $12 stage Iron Post, U, 7pm, $2 Yin Yoga with Lauren Sudden Sounds Concerts: Cirque du Soleil presents Quinn Rova Saxophone Quartet Alegria Amara Yoga & Arts, U, Krannert Art Museum Assembly Hall, C, 7:30pm 7pm, $12 and Kinkead Pavilion, C, Inner Voices presents faith 7:30pm two short plays Bitter Tears Armory Free Theatre, C, The Sinai Temple Gift Urbana-Champaign Inde- 8pm Shop Passover Showcase pendent Media Center, U, A discussion with the au- Sinai Temple, C, 10am 8pm, $8 dience follows each permiscellaneous Donna Frost formance. Aroma Cafe, C, 8pm Yarn ‘n Yak Chicago Farmer with My art Rantoul Public Library, Dear Alan Andrews and Petals & Paintings Rantoul, 7pm Bob & Priscilla Krannert Art Museum and classes & workshops Canopy Club, U, 9pm, $7 Kinkead Pavilion, C Blues Jam with The Sugar This annual two-day I Am Asian American Prophets exhibition and museum Week Cowboy Monkey, C, 9pm Asian American Cultural fundraiser features inCenter, U, 6pm novative floral arrangedj Week-long event celments inspired by works Country Night with DJ ebrating the cultures of from KAM’s permanent Halfdead and Free Line collection. Asian Americans. Dance Lessons from museum exhibit Scotty Van Zant FRIDAY 19 Radmaker’s Rock & Roll “Korean Funerary Figures: Tavern, Tolono, 8pm Companions for the Jour- live music No cover before 8pm. ney to the Other World” Jeff Helgesen Jazz REMIXXX Thursdays Spurlock Museum, U, Quintet with DJ Bob Bass 11pm Iron Post, U, 5pm Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm Live Jazz lectures DJ Iceberg Jim Gould Restaurant, C, Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm Finance-Bonds Employer 7pm All Request Thursdays Forum Brady Chester Street, C, 9pm Mumford Hall, U, 6:30pm Aroma Cafe, C, 7pm Swing Dance Meet experienced proPBS Illini Union, U, 9:30pm fessionals and gain Huber’s West End Store, first-hand information C, 8pm concert about different career Redneck Remedy with Irish Saints and Sinners: paths you can pursue Leproso, Slow Intentional Tales from the Emerald Damage, & Scathe with a business major. Isle Hear from those within Canopy Club, U, 9pm, $6 Heartland Gallery, U, the industry speak about GTO & Glasspaks 7pm, $5 classes, recruiting and Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, San Francisco Symphony the job. 9pm Krannert Center for the New Riders of the Golden volunteer Performing Arts, U, Maize 7:30pm, $10-$52 Phoenix, C, 9pm UC Books to Prisoners The Handcuffs with Great work session karaoke Urbana-Champaign InCrusade DJ Bange dependent Media Center, Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm, Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, U, 2pm $5 8:30pm kids & families dj Liquid Courage Karaoke Memphis on Main, C, 9pm Preschool Story Time Top 40 CG Productions presents Urbana Free Library, U, Chester Street, C, 9pm, RockStar Karaoke featur- 9:45am $3 ing Crazy Craig Preschool Story Time Ladies Night featuring DJ Senator’s Bar & Grill, SaRantoul Public Library, Snake voy, 9pm Rantoul, 10am Radmaker’s Rock & Roll CG Productions presents Baby Time Tavern, Tolono, 9pm RockStar Karaoke featur- Douglass Branch Library, C, DJ Delayney ing Karaoke Opie 10:30am Highdive, C, 10pm, $5 Bentley’s Pub, C, 9:30pm ARTfusion DJ Belly and DJ Leg Two CG Productions presents Douglass Branch Library, Radio Maria, C, 10pm RockStar Karaoke featur- C, 4pm DJs Ian Procell and 18


Reflex Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm “The Meltdown”: Latin Night at V. Picasso V. Picasso, U, 10pm

museum exhibit


open mic

“Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World” Spurlock Museum, U, 11pm Champaign 150th Anniversary Historical Exhibit Illinois Terminal, C, 4pm

Chess Club for Kids Urbana Free Library, U, 4pm

Anything Goes Open Mic Night with Jeremy Harper Memphis on Main, C, 8:30pm

Radmaker’s Rock & Roll Tavern, Tolono, 9pm Chrissy Corson Trio Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm The Sugar Prophets karaoke Memphis on Main, C, 9pm CG Productions presents AD/HD: A Tribute To RockStar Karaoke featurAC/DC kids & families ing Crazy Craig Canopy Club, U, 9pm, $7 Senator’s Bar & Grill, SaWoodcock Walk Metal Night voy, 9pm River Bend Forest Preserve, Phoenix, C, 9pm, $5 CG Productions presents Mahomet, 6:30pm, $2 Bible Belt Sinners RockStar Karaoke Woodcock Walk Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm, Rumor’s Bar and Grill, U, Homer Lake Forest Pre$5 9pm serve Environmental dj Karaoke at Po’ Boys Education Center, Homer, Po’ Boys, U, 9pm Request Night DJ 6:30pm, $2 Boomerang, U, 8pm movies mind/body/spirit Dance Pop The White Ribbon Power Flow with Amanda Chester Street, C, 9pm, $3 Hip Hop at Bradley’s II The Art Theater, C, 7:30pm Reagan Bradley’s II, C, 9pm, $5 Paranormal Activity Amara Yoga & Arts, U, The Art Theater, C, 12pm, $12 Saturday Night Throw10:30pm Yoga at Krannert Art down featuring DJ Mertz Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm Saturday Night weekly QUICK CASH - GET IT! DJs Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm Salsa Night with DJ Dr. J Radio Maria, C, 10pm DJ & Dancing Highdive, C, 10pm, $5

karaoke ATM conveniently located on campus at 6th & Green.

CG Productions presents RockStar Karaoke featuring Matt Fear Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 9pm DJ Hollywood Karaoke and Dance It’ll Do 2, C, 9pm

literary Book Signing: The Invisible Girl by Sandra Dixon Jane Addams Book Shop, C, 1pm




UC Books to Prisoners work session Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 2pm

Cirque du Soleil presents Alegria Assembly Hall, C, 1pm, 5pm Open Stage Red Herring Coffeehouse, U, 7:30pm Drag Show Chester Street, C, 10pm, $4

kids & families Kids Natural Arts and Crafts Playshops Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 10am, $16 Kids Yoga with Kathryn Fitzgerald Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 11:30am, $12 Middle East Story Time Urbana Free Library, U, 2pm In My Backyard William M. Staerkel Planetarium, C, 7pm, $3-$4

faith Thank God it’s Shabbat Chabad Center for Jewish Life, C, 10am


The Stargazer William M. Staerkel Planetarium, C, 8pm, $3-$4 Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of MEMBER FDIC the Moon movies William M. Staerkel Planstage The White Ribbon etarium, C, 9:30pm, $4 Museum Cirque du Soleil presents Krannert Art Museum and The Art Theater, C, 7:30pm No children under the age Alegria Kinkead Pavilion, C, 12pm Paranormal Activity of six will be admitted. Assembly Hall, C, 3:30pm, Happy Hour Yoga with The Art Theater, C, 7:30pm Amanda Reagan 10:30pm SUNDAY 21 My Fair Lady Amara Yoga & Arts, U, sporting event live music 5:30pm, $12 Rantoul Public Library, Men’s Tennis — ITA Rantoul, 1pm Brunch with Panache miscellaneous National Team Indoor Chinatown Jim Gould Restaurant, C, Championships: Illini vs. The Stargazer Virginia Theatre, C, 1pm, 10am Ball State William M. Staerkel Plan- 7pm, $5 Maria & Co. Atkins Tennis Center, U, etarium, C, 8pm, $3-$4 Luna, C, 12pm stage 10am Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of UFLive! presents Keith Men’s Tennis — ITA the Moon Cirque du Soleil presents Harden National Team Indoor William M. Staerkel Plan- Alegria Urbana Free Library, U, 2pm Championships: Illini vs. etarium, C, 9:30pm, $4 Assembly Hall, C, 3:30pm, Irish music every Sunday Illinois State No children under the age 7:30pm with Emerald Rum Atkins Tennis Center, U, of six will be admitted. Blind Pig Co., The, C, 5pm sporting event 3pm Live music at Carmon’s Women’s Tennis — Illini SATURDAY 20 Men’s Gymnastics — IlCarmon’s Restaurant, C, vs. Wisconsin lini vs. UIC 5:30pm Atkins Tennis Center, U, 7pm live music Huff Hall, C, 3pm The Music of Django Live Jazz Reinhardt art opening museum exhibit Iron Post, U, 7pm, $4 Jim Gould Restaurant, C, “8 Under 21” 7pm “Korean Funerary Figures: The Sugar Prophets Amara Yoga & Arts, U, Keith Harden Companions for the Jour- Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 7pm Huber’s West End Store, ney to the Other World” 8:30pm Eight emerging local art- C, 8pm Spurlock Museum, U, karaoke ists under the age of 21 Seven Year Existence 11pm will be showing their pho- Po’ Boys, U, 8:30pm, $5 Champaign 150th Anniver- Rock Band Sundays tographs, drawings and Scathe with Soul Desary Historical Exhibit Hosted by MC Remy paintings at Amara. scenders & Habit of Force Illinois Terminal, C, 4pm Bentley’s Pub, C, 8pm 1601 South Prospect Avenue :`YehYa_f•Ûddafgakۃ~…‡ÛÝÛ~„€‚‡‡„„ oool`]hjgkh][lZYfc[ge

The White Ribbon The Art Theater, C, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm

museum exhibit “Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World” Spurlock Museum, U, 11pm Champaign 150th Anniversary Historical Exhibit Illinois Terminal, C, 4pm

game-playing Trivia Night at The Blind Pig Brewery The Blind Pig Brewery, C, 7pm

literary Book Club Rantoul Public Library, Rantoul, 2pm

mind/body/spirit Hatha Flow Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 3:30pm, $12 Prenatal Yoga with Tami Mor Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 5:15pm, $12

classes & workshops Yogurt Making Workshop Common Ground Food Coop, U, 3pm, $12-$24 for non-owners Bring an 8 oz container so you can take home your own yogurt starter. West African Dance Classes with Djibril Camara Channing-Murray Foundation, U, 6pm, $10-$12

MONDAY 22 live music Weekly Jazz Jam Session Iron Post, U, 7pm, $2 Chip Stephens Trio Iron Post, U, 7pm, $5 One Dollar Wild Mondays with Jobu Canopy Club, U, 10pm Mayhew The Traitor Memphis on Main, C, 10:30pm



Industrial Night: DJ SorceryKid presents Nekromancy Chester Street, C, 9pm, $2 ‘80s Night Highdive, C, 10pm Ballroom Dancing Classes University YMCA, C, 6:15pm, $45

Yoga Fundamentals Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 12pm, $12 Hatha Yoga with Grace Giorgio Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 5:30pm, $12

karaoke Acoustic Karaoke with Steve Meadows Bentley’s Pub, C, 10pm

open mic

faith Taiwanese Investigative Bible Study Asian American Cultural Center, U, 8:30pm

Tuesday 23 live music

Open Stage for Bands/ Musicians Memphis on Main, C, 8pm

Lara Driscoll V. Picasso, U, 6pm Corn Desert Ramblers Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, movies 9pm The White Ribbon The Piano Man The Art Theater, C, 7:30pm Canopy Club, U, 9pm



Monday Night Comedy Illini Union, U, 8pm Abe Froman Project Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, C, 9pm

Retro Night Chester Street, C, 9pm


“Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World” Spurlock Museum, U, 11pm Champaign 150th Anniversary Historical Exhibit Illinois Terminal, C, 4pm

Paul Faber hosts Dragon Karaoke The Clark Bar, C, 9pm CG Productions presents RockStar Karaoke featuring DJ Switch Bentley’s Pub, C, 9:30pm Rockstar Karaoke Fat City Bar & Grill, C, 10pm


open mic

GAS (Games After School) Rantoul Public Library, Rantoul, 4pm Trivia with Evan and Monte Bentley’s Pub, C, 7pm Board Game Night Radio Maria, C, 10:30pm

This Iz US Tuesday Highdive, C, 9pm, $5 Open Mic Night hosted by Mike Ingram Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm

kids & families


O Baby! Champaign Public Library, C, 10:30am, 11:15am Evening Toddler Story Time Urbana Free Library, U, 6:30pm

Zoo Improv @ Indi Go Gallery Indi Go Gallery, C, 9pm, $2

museum exhibit

movies The White Ribbon The Art Theater, C, 7:30pm

sporting event Men’s Tennis — ITA National Team Indoor

Championships: Illini vs. Stanford Atkins Tennis Center, U, 6pm

museum exhibit “Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World” Spurlock Museum, U, 11pm Champaign 150th Anniversary Historical Exhibit Illinois Terminal, C, 4pm

game-playing Role-Playing Games Rantoul Public Library, Rantoul, 6:30pm Boltini TNT with Cara Maurizi and Tanino Boltini Lounge, C, 7pm WPGU presents Trivia Diner hosted by Fishing With Dynamite Canopy Club, U, 7pm

Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 5:30pm, $12 Ashtanga Yoga with Lauren Quinn Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 7pm, $12 Introduction to Mantra Meditation Ananda Liina Yoga & Meditation Center, U, 7:30pm Introduction to Meditation Classes Ananda Liina Yoga & Meditation Center, U, 7:30pm

Wednesday 24 live music

Donnie Heitler: Solo Piano Great Impasta, U, 6pm Karim Yengsep Iron Post, U, 7pm, $3 Traditional Irish Music at Bentley’s Pub Bentley’s Pub, C, 7pm literary Dave Cooper, Joni Dreyer, Red Herring Fiction & Brad Hendricks Workshop Senator’s Bar & Grill, SaChanning-Murray Founda- voy, 7:30pm tion, U, 7:30pm Caleb Cook Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, volunteer 9pm UC Books to Prisoners dj work session Urbana-Champaign InHillbilly Humpday with dependent Media Center, DJ Halfdead U, 7pm Radmaker’s Rock & Roll Tavern, Tolono, 8pm kids & families Wild West Wednesday Babies’ Lap Time It’ll Do 2, C, 9pm Urbana Free Library, U, Boys Night Out with DJ 9:45am, 10:30am Randall Ellison Princess Party Boltini Lounge, C, 9pm Urbana Free Library, U, I Love the ‘90s 2pm Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm Old School Story Time Champaign Public Library, Red Star Liquors, U, 10pm Tango Night with DJ Joe C, 6:30pm Grohens mind/body/spirit Cowboy Monkey, C, 8pm Core Yoga Rave To The Grave: Amara Yoga & Arts, U, Dance Night 12pm, $12 Canopy Club, U, 9pm Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Weekly Salsa Night Don Briskin Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm Amara Yoga & Arts, U, karaoke 4pm, $12 Slow Flow with Amanda CG Productions presents Reagan RockStar Karaoke featur-

ing DJ Switch The Corner Tavern, Monticello, 8pm International Karaoke hosted by Paul Faber V. Picasso, U, 9pm

Spurlock Museum, U, 11pm Champaign 150th Anniversary Historical Exhibit Illinois Terminal, C, 4pm

Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 6pm

kids & families

Native Americans Homeschool Program open mic game-playing Lake of the Woods ForOpen mic at Green St. Pokemon Fan Club est Preserve, Mahomet, Green St. Cafe, C, 8pm Rantoul Public Library, 9am, $4 Open Stage Comedy Night Rantoul, 5:30pm Happy Birthday to Memphis on Main, C, 9pm Euchre Tournament Who? Po’ Boys, U, 7:30pm Champaign Public Library, movies Bingo C, 9:45am The White Ribbon Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, C, 9:30pm Storyshop at the The Art Theater, C, 7:30pm Screwball Trivia Night Branch Radio Maria, C, 11pm Douglass Branch Library, C, museum exhibit 10:30am “Korean Funerary Figures: volunteer Toddler Story Time Companions for the Jour- Community Connections Urbana Free Library, U, ney to the Other World” & Outreach Group 10:30am

community Girls’ Night Chabad Center for Jewish Life, C, 8pm

mind/body/spirit Core Yoga Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 12pm, $12 Hatha Flow Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 5:30pm, $12 Candlelight Yoga with Kim Morin Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 7pm, $12

classes & workshops West African Dance Classes Capoeira Academy, C, 6pm, $10-$12

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705 W. Stoughton, U Fall 2010 3 bedroom apartment. Spacious living area. Communal balcony, great backyard. Plus a bar area in kitchen, dishwasher, washer/dryer in each unit, value pricing. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP 352-3182


602 E. Stoughton, C Fall 2010. Unique 1, 2 bedroom apartments. Furnished, laundry, internet. 2 Bedrooms starting at $387/ person. Parking available. Must see! THE UNIVERSITY GROUP 352-3182

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105 E. John, C. Fall 2010. Large 1, 2 bedroom furnished, great location. 352-3182. Office at 309 S. First, C. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP

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Fall 2010. Great location on the park. Private balconies. Fully furnished 3 bedrooms. Parking, laundry, value pricing. Office at 309 S. First, C. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP 352-3182

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502 W. Green, Urbana Fully furnished 4 bedroom, 2 bath with fireplace, flatscreen tv, full-size washer/dryer. Walking distance to campus. $1360/mo. Call John 815-436-8262

506 E. Stoughton, C. For August 2010. Extra large efficiency apartments. Security building entry, complete furniture, laundry, off-street parking, value pricing. Office at 309 S. First, C. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP 352-3182

111 E. Chalmers, C. August 2010 studio, 1, 4 bedrooms. Furniture, skylights, off-street parking, laundry. Starting at $295/person. Office at 309 S. First, C. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP 352-3182

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515 W. Washington, C. Old-Towne Champaign 1 BR now available. $435/mo. Great near downtown location. Includes parking, trash, water. No pets. Call 217-352-8540 614 California, U 4 BR, 2 BA, A/C, dishwasher. Available August. 217-377-8797

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Festivals PYGMALION by Em-J Staples As summer fades into fall and students get settled into classes, the sixth annual Pygmalion Music Festival will kick off the school year with a rip-roaring independent music scene. “The focus is on the music itself, celebrating all different venues,” said Bridget LeeCalsas, public information director of Krannert Center. Krannert was one of mulitple theaters playing host to the fest last September. Antlers perform at last year’s Pygmalion Music Festival. buzz file photo “It’s so popular. We always sell out performances. It’s very well programmed,” she said. laxed vibe. The artist selection represents that,” Last year’s favorites included Iron and Wine, she said. Early bird tickets go on sale May 3 for the fest Lucero, RJD2 and Ra Ra Riot. “It’s a unique mix of locally and nationally known next September 22 - 25. To get revved up for the artists,” said Lee-Calsas. fest, there are multiple pre-party concerts this The music heard at this festival defines the spring. crowds in attendance. Check out the website for more information, “It’s a great mixed crowd. There’s a low-key re-

ELLNORA GUITAR festival - 12 2009, and featured a multitude of world-class talent performing styles from the Peruvian-influenced psychedelic pop of Chicha Libre, to the country soul sounds of Junior Brown. Ben Juday from Analog Outfitters in Champaign, an equipment rental and restoration company that provided around 60 pieces of equipment for Ellnora had only good Used with permission from Krannert Center for the Performing Arts things to say. “The festival was well attended, well organized and Krannert did a really by Kelsey Rankin good job of providing free events, and not just the This past fall, the Krannert Center hosted their low budget stuff. They had some of the best acts third biennial guitar festival. Named after Ellnora perform for free in the lobby, and made it so if you Krannert, founder of the Center and patron of the didn’t want to pay $25 -$40 for a ticket, you could arts, this five stage festival ran from September 10 still enjoy the fantastic talent.”


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Blues, Brews, and BBQ of 2009. Photo by James Kyung

by Em-J Staples The Blues Brews and BBQ festival is one of the musical highlights during the summer in Urbana. “We’re getting national attention. We’ve got a lot of great people playing. We’re really excited about this year’s line-up,” said Jeff Grant, coowner of Food Events. Grant and partner Perry Davidson have spent the year prepping for the festival. As summer quickly 22


approaches, it’s getting close to crunch time. The festival has grown extensively over the past fews years. Grant said that numbers have gone from 3,000 to 15,000 people in attendance at the two-day fest. This year it’s all about the future of blues. Grant said this year’s performers include the kids and grandkids of big names like B.B. King. In addition to a good line-up the festival is for all ages. “We try to be as family friendly as possible. We have a very big mix of young people performing on the future stars stage,” he said. Last year the festival gave away 100 harmonicas and taught the audience how to play them. “We try to get kids and families into the mix. We trying to be interactive, and as diverse as possible,” he said. This year the Blues, Brews and BBQ fest runs on Fri. June 25 and Sat. June 26. Admission is free, go to for more information.

by Dan Korenevsky The Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots festival was first envisioned in the spring of 2008, and came to action this past September. The event is to be hosted each year in downtown Urbana. According

to its website, the festival is organized to “combine performances, street-dances, jam sessions, and workshops with national, regional, and local artists in a variety of genres such as Cajun, bluegrass, blues, old-time, Mexican conjunto, salsa, and jazz, among others. The Festival will also include street performances, storytellers, and art-making in special locations.” In addition to scheduled performances, attendees are encouraged to bring their own instruments and jam out with other festival attenders. Street musicians playing for money, also known as buskers are welcome to check-in and set up in designated areas as well. An all-event wristband costs 15 dollars for those 12 and over, and free for the little ones. Additionally, many events are free of charge.


The Sweet Corn Festival of 2009. Photo by James Kyung

by Danielle Perlin Urbana’s Sweetcorn Festival occurs at the end of August annually. This year, downtown Urbana will experience its 35th Sweetcorn Festival on August 27 and 28, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday night and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Susan Toalson, executive director of the Urbana Business Association, said this is the Association’s biggest fundraiser, and people should “expect the unexpected” this year. “A dozen different groups ... are working with us to provide these spontaneous acts of entertainment,” she said. In terms of music, Toalson said they are still working on the headliner for Saturday night. But on Friday night, The Boat Drunk, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, will be playing as well as the Feuding Hillbillies. “The [Feuding Hillbillies] will be straight up singing country music, but he also does top 40. ... they’re a really entertaining band,” said Toalson.   March 18 - 24, 2010

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A Taste of spring A yearly ritual in CU Since I’ve done nothing official St. Patrick’s Day, so they could have just but bitch about it for the been ripped to the tits, but whatever, it was still last six months or so, I think nice to see folks out. Come to think of it, I saw a it’s only fair that I take this guy with his shirt off, and I got the creepy feeling opportunity to give a little that it wasn’t because of the warm weather. In applause to the weather the hindsight, he was probably just really drunk. I was past week or so. Well done. even happy for him. Not too shabby. It actually got warm enough I was completely in a good mood and I was for me to leave the house without the scowl thrilled that everyone else was, too. It is weird I’ve been carrying since October or so. I put on though because it’s always sort of a conflicted shorts. I actually rolled both windows on my emotional thing for me. In a pathetic way, I kind car down at the same time. I squinted — yeah, of enjoy being sort of a crabby bastard most of that’s right, squinted — because of the sun. It the time. Being grumpy actually gives me a cerwas a glorious and well-deserved reprieve from tain measure of joy. Thusly, when I’m actually that old man winter. It seemed like he was really happy, it always feels like something’s not quite a rat bastard this past year. Sure, it got a little right. Because of this problem, I continued to colder since those five or six beautiful days, but point out that it was still a little windy to everyit still feels like we’ve got our boot on his fore- one I saw. God forbid anyone think I was enjoying head and we’re about to push him back down myself completely. in his hole for good, or at least for a few months. I’m greedy and excited Now in all fairness, I think it may have been though, and I want more. Around these parts, you can just that unofficial St. Patrick’s Day, so they tell when it’s getting to be much could have just been ripped to the tits, but too cold. People get a little short whatever, it was still nice to see folks out. with each other. In all fairness, I’m usually kind of short with people all Come to think of it, I saw a guy with his year around, but it does seem to get shirt off, and I got the creepy feeling that it a tiny bit worse when the high tem- wasn’t because of the warm weather. perature is just a tick or two above zero. There does seem like an almost breaking point though. “Seriously, this is I walked around to a few places and had a crap. I swear I’m so sick of freezing my sack off few beers and while they were fine as always, every ... ” Then before you even have a chance to the drinking wasn’t really why I was out. I just think about it, it’s a warm dry day all of a sudden. wanted to experience the day. I suppose I could “Oh, actually, that’s much better. I’m not going have just sat in the yard and enjoyed the weathto kill anybody after all.” er, but for some reason, it felt like it needed to That’s the way it happened this year. In the be shared with other people. Normally I don’t course of twenty-four hours, the whole freaking much want to share anything with anybody. town seemed like it was in a good mood again. That’s how nice it was. That first afternoon when it almost got to seventy Then I started thinking of how great this degrees, I had the smile of a simpleton all damned summer was going to be. Sunday afternoon day. I was driving down Springfield Avenue and margaritas, sipping that cold beer after mowing I saw a fella step out on his porch and actually the yard, jumping in a swimming pool, I wanted throw his arms in the air. When he realized I saw to do those things and everything else, all in the him, he just laughed and did it again in my di- next ten minutes. I should probably settle down. I’m getting way rection. I didn’t exactly know what my response should be in that situation, so I just kept the dum- too excited. I know it’s not completely over. Sevbass smile on my face and drove on. I didn’t call eral people have pointed out to me that it can still him a dipshit or shake my head in a disgusted way. snow in March and that it will probably get cold I was sincerely happy for the guy. That’s not like again. That’s for that DJ Buzzkill. Can you just let me at all. He probably just assumed I had escaped me enjoy my first good mood of the new year from the loony bin. please? The bad part is, I know they’re probably After this, I went downtown to have a few drinks. right. Either way, it was a break we all needed. It turned out it wasn’t just the one guy who was Getting greedy and wanting more warm weather happy. There were actually people on the streets doesn’t necessarily jinx it, but for some reason, who weren’t bundled up and running to the next I think it will, so I’m not taking any chances. For warm destination. They were smiling and walking now, it was just nice little break and I’m just sayand not freezing. They were happy again. Now ing, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if in all fairness, I think it may have been that un- it was like that all the time.



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