Local guitar heroes will kick off Ellnora The Guitar Festival — two days before it opens.
The Timmy D and Blind Justice Ignite Pre-Festival Local Heroes Night will start at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3, a Tuesday, at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Ellnora opens there on Sept. 5.
Admission to Local Heroes Night is free, while entrance to the Ellnora/Krannert Center’s 2013-’14 season opening night party, starting at 6 p.m. Sept. 5, a Thursday, is only $5 per head.
At the pre-festival event, local guitarists who Krannert says represent the best of Champaign-Urbana’s music scene will perform. Tim Donaldson of Timmy D and Blind Justice curated the lineup; Krannert says the event promises a high-energy night of rock standards and original music.
In addition to Blind Justice, a Texas and British blues-influenced band, other performers will include Brandon Washington, Gloria Roubal & Paul Sabuco, David Howie & Lou DiBello, The Diva & The Dude/Kathy Harden & Andy Baylor, Tim Frazier, Megan Johns, Michael Carpenter of The Decadents, Justin Larkin & Christopher Kunz, Dyke Corson, and Kenna Mae Riess.
“Local Heroes Night celebrates the grand rock band tradition that has thrived in Champaign-Urbana since the 1960s,” said Rebecca McBride, who grew up in C-U (McBride’s Drugs stores) and is Krannert’s senior associate director.
“Every C-U music lover will appreciate this tribute to our community’s rock ‘n’ roll spirit as we rev up to the start of Ellnora The Guitar Festival 2013,” she said in a news release.
In the same sense of community pride, The Art Theater Co-op will present Champaign resident Robert Zimmerman’s documentary, “Out of Nowhere,” about the early rock music scene in C-U, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4, at the Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., C.
For more about the documentary, see my column, first published in late 2012, at http://bit.ly/19Lffnl.
The “Out of Nowhere” trailer is at www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqmOQcq0WcI&feature=youtu.be.
For more about Ellnora, visit KrannertCenter.com or EllnoraGuitarFestival.com. Ellnora will be Sept. 5 to 7 and feature some of the best guitarists in the world, with about half of the events free of charge.
And don’t forget: Tickets for all Krannert season events go on sale starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.