Frank's Weekend Faves, April 14, 2019

Frank's Weekend Faves, April 14, 2019

Champaign's Virginia Theatre wasn't originally on the list of destinations for Jeff Tweedy's 2019 tour in support of his latest solo album. But rest assured, it is now. After all, the former frontman for the Chicago-based alt-rock band Wilco has a pretty rock-solid fan base hereabouts.

As a founding member and leader of Wilco, and before that the co-founder of the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Tweedy has already built an impressive reputation as an accomplished songwriter, musician and performer.

Since launching Wilco in 1994, the Belleville native and current Chicago resident has written original songs for 10 Wilco albums and collaborated with folk singer Billy Bragg on three albums full of Woody Guthrie-penned lyrics in the Mermaid Avenue series. In 2014, Tweedy released "Sukierae," a musical collaboration with his son, drummer Spencer Tweedy. And he has produced a trio of albums for iconic soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples — the 2011 Grammy-winning "You Are Not Alone," 2013's "One True Vine" and the 2017 release, which he also co-wrote with Staples, "If All I Was Was Black."

Tweedy added published author to his resume this past November with the release of his memoir, The New York Times' best-seller "Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.," via Dutton, along with a new solo album, "WARM," from dBpm Records.

Thursday's show, which features special guest James Elkington, starts at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Reserved seating tickets are available, ranging from $39.50 to $59.50.

Today's Children at Canopy Club

If you're up for checking out an up-and-coming local rock band — and once just isn't enough — you can catch Urbana-based Today's Children at any or all of three shows they have booked this month at The Canopy Club.

The first starts at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, when Today's Children opens for Bad Columbus. Tickets are $5 at the door. The band will also host an open jam at 8:30 p.m. April 24, and open for Grant Milliren at 8 p.m. April 28.

Today's Children — Nick Arger, Robert Audino, Cameron Kern and Alex McAfee — have been playing together since September. Having built up a small local following and graduated to Chicago-area bookings, they're now working on original material for their upcoming debut EP, due this summer. Special kudos for their show-closing tribute to "our rock 'n' roll forefathers": Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode."

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