Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 10, 2019

Frank's Weekend Faves, Feb. 10, 2019

No need to sit out February like a groundhog hiding from its shadow. The C-U Folk & Roots Festival's third annual Folk and Roots Winter Weekend in downtown Urbana offers ample reason to venture out and get down this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The mini-festival features eight musical acts over three days at two local venues — including the Cajun band T'Monde from Lafayette, La., and as festival steering committee co-chairman and local musician Rob Krumm puts it, "they are top notch."

But the CU Folk & Roots Festival prides itself on highlighting local music talent, and most of the acts booked — six out of eight — are based in Champaign-Urbana. Thursday and Friday's performances will take place at The Iron Post; Saturday's at The Rose Bowl Tavern.

Three-day passes are available in advance for $20 at, or for $30 the day of the show. Single-show prices vary and are also available online or the day of the show.

The annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival has been going strong since 2009 and the group also sponsors shows and events year round. This year's festival is set for Oct. 24-26.

In the meantime, the schedule for this Winter Weekend is as follows:

Thursday at The Iron Post:

7 p.m. — The Chickadee Sermon (Krumm describes this local band as Comfort Folk, featuring original songs with an emphasis on vocal harmony).

8 p.m. — T' Monde (Louisiana trio plays a creative fusion of classic country and out-of-the-way Cajun.

Friday at The Iron Post:

Early show: 5-7 p.m. — Meadowhawk (Local act featuring two fiddles performing traditional and original music for dancing and enjoyment).

Late show: 9 p.m. — Hobnob String Band (Local faves' brand of bluegrass, newgrass, blues and calypso features "top-notch flatpicking, vocal harmonies and a tight rhythmic groove.")

10 p.m. — Buffalo Wabs and The Price Hill Hustle (Cincinnati-based four-piece Americana/folk band that, according to Krumm, "stirs up traditional early American music in a contemporary foot-stomping pot."

Saturday at The Rose Bowl Tavern:

8 p.m. — Cole Bridges (Krumm describes him as a local artist "honestly singing honest songs, accompanied by an acoustic guitar, in the vein of the greats like Woody Guthrie, John Prine, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Patty Griffin and more").

9 p.m. — Hot Club of Urbana (A collection of local musicians paying tribute to the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli).

10 p.m. — Timbalú ("C-U's premier Latin American dance band" playing salsa, timba, boogaloo and more).

And if that's not enough local music for you, or at least, not soon enough, how about some blues — like, today?

The Cobalt Blues Band is hosting a Prairie Crossroads Blues Society Blues Jam from 4 to 7 p.m. at Pipa's Pub on Country Fair Drive in Champaign. Cobalt is Mel Hoaks, percussion; Nancy Leonard Livingston, vocals; Jack Davis, bass guitar; Tom Cortese, keyboards; Lee Reed, saxophone; and AJ Williams, lead guitar — all of whom hail from the C-U/Danville area.

I can't wait for ... The 210th birthday on Tuesday of Illinois' favorite son, celebrated at its favorite museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield will celebrate Old Abe's birthday on Feb. 12 by offering free admission, providing music and children's activities and revealing the winners in a statewide student art contest (admission usually costs $15 for adults and $6 for children).

Historic interpreters portraying President and Mrs. Lincoln will visit with guests, and a roundtable of Lincoln scholars will discuss the 16th president's legacy.

The Lincolns (portrayed by Randy Duncan and Pam Brown) will be at the museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Civil War soldier and Lincoln's stepmother, Sarah, will also be on hand to chat with visitors.

Closer to home, the Vermilion County Museum Society is also celebrating Lincoln's birthday with an open house from 1:30 to 4 p.m. today in the museum center and historic Fithian Home at 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville. Admission will be free, and both buildings will be open for viewing.

Punch and cake will be served, and Lincoln birthday cards, created by students from Vermilion County and Danville schools, will be on display. Students from 15 area schools entered 586 cards in the contest, which was judged by members of the Danville Art League. This year's grand prize winner is Bismarck Henning Junior High fifth-grader Lexie Hall. A full list of winners can be seen at

That's the ticket: The 28th annual Great Cover Up at the City Center

Hottest ticket for a local concert this week? No contest. They've been on sale for weeks, and the event itself is nearly half over, but tickets to the remaining three nights of the 28th annual Great Cover Up are still available at or at the door at The City Center, 505 S. Chestnut St., C. Prices range from $10 to $40, but the best part? The proceeds will benefit the C-U One-To-One Mentoring program, Matthew C. Farrell Memorial (scholarship) Fund and Urbana Middle School Bands program.

And the next best part? A lot of great music and great Cover Up fun are still ahead. Check out this weekend's lineups:


8 p.m.: Zorila
8:40 p.m.: Planet Piss
9:20 p.m.: Slick Lisp
10 p.m.: SPRK
10:40 p.m.: V.V. Lightbody
11:25 p.m.: We The Animals
12:15 a.m.: Elsinore


8 p.m.: Three Hour Tour
8:40 p.m.: Nadafinga
9:20 p.m.: Nick Rainey
10 p.m.: Caleb Cook Band
10:40 p.m.: Decadents
11:30 p.m.: Underwerewolves
12:20 a.m.: The Bashful Youngens


7 p.m.: Charlie & The Possibly Wilds
7:40 p.m.: Love Handles
8:20 p.m.: Love Roxx (Love Sign + Pet Roxx)
9:05 p.m.: Whiskey Shadows
9:55 p.m.: X-Krush
10:45 p.m.: Brother Embassy
11:35 p.m.: 90's Daughter

What I'm watching this week: 'Miracle Workers' on TBS

Steve Buscemi as God? TBS definitely works in mysterious ways in casting its new sitcom, premiering at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Based on the novel "What in God's Name" by Simon Rich, "Miracle Workers" is a heavenly workplace comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe as a low-level angel named Craig who is responsible for handling all of humanity's prayers. Unfortunately, his boss — Buscemi as the Big Guy Himself — has pretty much checked out to focus on his hobbies.

In Tuesday's pilot episode, Craig and fellow angel Eliza (Geraldine Viswanathan) must prevent Earth's destruction by answering a seemingly impossible prayer: help two humans (Jon Bass and Sasha Compère), fall in love.

Think Buscemi as God is a stretch? Count your blessings. The role was originally supposed to go to former co-executive producer Owen Wilson. Now THAT would have been hard to believe!

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