Friday Night Live starts this weekend in Champaign

Friday Night Live starts this weekend in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The Friday Night LIVE Street-Side Performance Series in downtown Champaign will kick off Friday and continue through Aug. 16.

The series, which began last summer, features live street-side performances of all kinds of music, dance and magic, as well as activities for children.

Friday Night LIVE will happen from 6 to 8 p.m. each Friday, with performances at the intersections of Neil and Church, Neil and Park, and Walnut and Chester.

This week's schedule:

Neil and Church (One Main Plaza): 6 p.m., Gypsy Hips belly dance troupe; 7 p.m., Desafinado, Brazilian jazz.

Neil and Park: 6 p.m., David Howie and Lou DiBello, the Live Jukebox Duo Show; 7 p.m., John Dahlstedt and Nathaniel Ruiz, Clarinet Jazz Revival.

Walnut and Chester: 6 p.m., Kate Fritz with Tom Turino, old-time Scottish and Appalachian guitar and fiddle; 7 p.m., Briggs-Houchin Duo, jazz.

For directions or to view the weekly lineup of performers, visit or If you are interested in performing, contact Kelly White, 40 North executive director, at 351-9841 or by email at

The performances are free to the public, thanks to BankChampaign at M2, with support from 40 North 88 West Champaign County Arts, Entertainment and Culture Council; the Champaign Center Partnership; and Illini Radio Group.

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