Here's what's happening on the music scene
Band together to hear tunes on the Quad
The first concert of the University of Illinois Summer Band's 104th Twilight Concert series will be at 7 p.m. Thursday and will pay tribute to the storied UI band program and its alumni.
Well-known TV and radio newscaster Dave Shaul, a UI Band alumnus, will emcee "The History of Illinois Through its Music," featuring music written specifically for Illinois bands and music that has become associated with the program.
Those numbers include "By Thy Rivers Gently Flowing, Illinois," "Illinois Loyalty," "Cheer Illini," "Oskee Wow Wow" and "March of the Illini," commissioned by Illinois band Director Albert Austin Harding in 1922. And, of course, the "University of Illinois March" by John Philip Sousa.
Linda Moorhouse, interim director of UI bands, will share the podium with a half-dozen guest conductors:
"You might say this is a prequel to the university's sesquicentennial in 2017," Moorhouse told The News-Gazette.
— Robert Hindsley, retired director of bands at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in suburban Chicago and a son of Mark H. Hindsley, assistant director and then the director of Illinois bands from 1934 till 1970. He will conduct his father's transcription of Richard Wagner's "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral."
— William Kisinger, retired associate director of Purdue University's "All American" marching band and a son of Everett D. Kisinger, director of the Marching Illini from 1948 until 1976. He will conduct two of his father's favorites, "Glory of the Gridiron" and "Revelation March."
— Mark Duker, head of the fine arts program at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora and a grandson of Guy M. Duker, associate director of Illinois bands from 1953 through 1978, will conduct "Illinois March" by Edwin Franko Goldman and "Barnum & Bailey's Favorite" by Karl King.
— Other guest conductors are Gary Smith and Tom Caneva, both former directors of the Marching Illini, and Barry Houser, current director of Illinois Athletic Bands including the Marching Illini.
As always, concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic suppers to the concert on the Quad, just south of the Illini Union. The concert is free.
Tantric scheduled to play at K-Rockfest
The K-Rockfest will take place on Saturday at the I and I Stateline Bar & Grill, 4015 E. Main St., Danville.
The radio station's biggest event of the summer will take place outdoors and feature eight bands, performing from 5 to 11 p.m. The station is promoting it as a "Low-Dough" show because admission is $10 and the lineup includes Tantric, a Louisville-based rock act that last year signed with Pavement Entertainment.
Tantric has sold more than 1 million records worldwide and reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts with its single "Breakdown."
Other bands in the lineup are: Degrade The Signal, Drench, Boomslang, Somber, Against a Burning Sky, From These Ruins, and Airacobra.
The festival is for people 21 and older. Advance tickets are available at Chart Records in Danville and at I and I Stateline. For more information, visit Centrill 74 Entertainment on Facebook.
The Toast of Champaign wins award
The Toast of Champaign, a Sweet Adelines International barbershop chorus, won the Audience Choice Award at the recent Midwest Harmony Region No. 3 convention in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Thirty-two members of the former C-U Sweet Adelines appeared on stage at the contest, competing in the new open division. It considers the entertainment quality of the performance in addition to the a cappella harmony.
The chorus has been singing in the Champaign-Urbana area for 62 years, mainly four-part barbershop harmony. Any woman who enjoys singing is welcome to visit and join in making music.
The Toast of Champaign rehearses at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Grace Lutheran Church, 313 S. Prospect Ave., C. For more information, visit toastofchampaign.com or its Facebook page, Toast of Champaign.