Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 4, 2018

Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 4, 2018

This week's favorite local music event is one I haven't had the chance to experience for myself very often over its 27-year run, but it's undoubtedly my favorite concept ever for a music festival.

The 27th annual Great Cover Up kicked off Friday and Saturday at The Canopy Club in Champaign, but don't fret if you missed those two nights, because you haven't missed the whole thing by a long shot.

This year's Great Cover Up covers six shows over three weekends, ending at 2 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. If you've somehow missed the previous 26 Cover Ups, the idea is that area bands each get roughly 20 to 25 minutes on stage to pay homage to a well-known act, often outrageously and usually in costume.

Ward Gollings, the popular event's organizer for the past couple decades, leaves it up to each band as to what act it will cover, but who that will be or what each will play remains a secret until the night of their performance. Here's the remaining lineup:

Friday, Feb. 9 (at The City Center, 505 S. Chestnut, C.)

Pressure Fit (ft. Reginald Chapman), 8:30-8:50 p.m.; Caleb Cook Band, 9:15-9:35 p.m.; The Underwerewolves, 10-10:20 p.m.; Whiskey Shadows, 10:45-11:10 p.m.; The Bashful Youngens, 11:35-midnight; Mike Ingram, 12:30-1 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 10 (at The City Center)

Bristle, 8:30-8:50 p.m.; Coco butter kids, 9:15-9:35 p.m.; Slick Lisp, 10-10:20 p.m.; Decadents, 10:45-11:10 p.m.; Terminus Victor, 11:35-midnight; Yakuza Triad, 12:30-1 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 16 (at 51 Main in downtown Champaign):

Nick Rainey, 8:30-8:50 p.m.; Motes, 9:15-9:35 p.m.; Ryan Groff of Elsinore, 10-10:20 p.m.; Tigerbeat, 10:45-11:10 p.m.; Airacobra, 11:35-midnight; The Dirty Feathers, 12:30-1 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 17 (at 51 Main)

Love Sign, 8:30-8:50 p.m.; Dalton Halls Band, 9:15-9:35 p.m.; Killer Bee Honey, 10-10:20 p.m.; DeShawnMusic, 10:45-11:10 p.m.; '90s Daughter, 11:35-midnight; Brother Embassy, 12:30-1 a.m.

Proceeds from the annual benefit will be donated to the CU One-to-One Mentoring Program, the Matthew C. Farrell Memorial (scholarship) Fund and the Urbana Middle School Bands program.

Sounds like good cause to run for "Cover" to me!

My favorite dance event of the month? You kidding? I'm clicking my heels over Krannert Center's two-night presentation of Dublin Irish Dance: Stepping Out on Friday and Saturday.

Give me those jigs, jumps and rhythmic stomps any day. One of my favorite dance forms will be performed by world-champion Irish step dancers accompanied by an eight-member traditional Irish band and vocalist at 7:30 p.m. both nights in Krannert's Colwell Playhouse. Last time I checked, tickets were still available, but going fast.

Here's food for thought. Why don't we toss a couple patties on the grill and see if we can't fry up some faves?

In past weeks, I've let you in on my favorite local spots for fajitas and burritos. But what about the good old all-American hamburger? On my first day at The News-Gazette 31 years ago, then-AP correspondent Bob Zimmerman took me up the street to the Esquire for my first local burger, and it was an instant fave.

But what about now? Does Esquire still do it best? Or have I somehow so far missed out on the best burger joint in C-U? I'm hungering to hear your fave!

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Topics (4):Food, Music, People, Theater