Here's what's happening on the music scene
Not your typical harp performance
Harpist Ann McLaughlin will present at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Parkland College Theatre a solo harp show in which she will interweave live harp, percussion and vocals with animated videos and theatrical lighting.
The show is designed to create an evocative atmosphere enhancing the Middle Eastern-inspired music she will perform. The show is McLaughlin's first at Parkland College since her Celestial Strings: An Evening of Harp Music and Stargazing there in January 2013.
Admission is $5. Tickets will be sold only the evening of the performance. The lobby will open at 6:30 p.m.
The show is sponsored in part by a city of Urbana arts grant and a University of Illinois IMuSE Grant.
Music perfect for those into yoga
For more othan three years, C-U musicians have provided live music for the GROOVIN' Yoga classes Maggie Taylor taught at Amara Yoga & Arts and The Living Yoga Center.
Last year, she and some of the musicians started to rehearse and record some of the music for an album. Called "Interpretations of Light," the full-length CD will be released during Live Music Yoga + CD Release Party from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Living Yoga Center, 212 S. First St., C.
The cost of the class plus the CD is $20.
The album complements a one-hour yoga practice. "It's all instrumental, which makes it excellent accompaniment for a yoga class, home practice, massage, studying, dance or just for some pleasant ambiance for your life," Taylor said.
Musicians on the CD are Andy Miller, Xochi Siobhan John, Mark Enslin, Erin Brooker, JP Goguen and Michael Shapiro. Among the instruments they played were cello, percussion, tabla, guitar, harp, didjeridoo and gongs.
It was recorded by Jake Metz at Ryan Groff's Perennial Sound Studio in Champaign.
Swing music coming to Monticello
Monticello Main Street and the city of Monticello will host "A Midsummer Night's Swing" from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in downtown Monticello.
The Jim Markum Big Band will perform live swing music. The west side of the square (South Charter Street) will be closed down to traffic and tables and chairs will be set up for the public to use. Downtown restaurants will be open to sell carry-out meals, and Monticello Main Street also will sell wine by the glass.