CHAMPAIGN – Kathy Mattea, Funkadesi and Hot Buttered Rum will be the headline acts in the three-concert Outside at Research Park series this summer. Local bands will perform as opening acts at each concert.
The concerts – free and open to all – will be on July 17 and Aug. 14 and 28 in the grassy area south of the University of Illinois research building at First Street and St. Mary's Road, southwest of the Assembly Hall. Free parking will be available in the lot south of the Caterpillar/SAIC Building, 1901 S. First St., C; restrooms will be available in that building.
CHAMPAIGN – For the past decade or so, University of Illinois senior Mackenzie Martin has had fun with her family, traveling on weekends to parks to camp out and bring to life the Civil War.
On Friday afternoon, Martin, her four brothers and their parents from Downers Grove will join other Civil War re-enactors to do the same, this time on the street in front of the Virginia Theatre.
CHAMPAIGN – It's a Sunday night and the Duke of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra have gathered for a rehearsal in the basement of the drummer's home in Champaign.
The Duke – longtime Urbana resident and major character David King – sits in a blue plastic lawn chair with his legs crossed, with one of the gray pants legs pushed up to just under his knee. He's rolled up the sleeves on his red and blue paisley shirt as well.
The Eiteljorg Museum will present its 17th annual Indian Market and Festival this weekend on the museum grounds at White River State Park on the west side of downtown Indianapolis.
The Indian Market and Festival on Saturday and Sunday will feature more work by 130 American Indian artists; performances by native storytellers, dancers and singers; food including Indian tacos; and family activities, from mask-making to corncob-dart tossing.
URBANA – The third annual Summer Piano Institute at the University of Illinois will offer a series of evening recitals beginning on June 28.
The institute, which runs through July 2, will end with a gala concert featuring the institute students, who come from the university and throughout the state.
CHAMPAIGN – At first, Jason Banks was excited about participating in the Mo' Betta Music Premier Camp earlier this month. Then he grew nervous because he didn't know anyone else in the camp, said his mom, Marilyn Banks.
He ended up enjoying it.
"I got to meet a lot of nice people," said the Jefferson Middle School eighth-grader. What's more, Jason, who plays in his school jazz band, improved his chops on alto saxophone.
URBANA – A benefit concert for the new CU Folk & Roots Festival will take place June 28 at the Rose Bowl, 106 N. Race St., U. The benefit concert will feature three local bands:
– 6 p.m., the Ruthless Goats will play old-time string-band music.
A Cherry Jam is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday with the Prairie Dogs, the local bluegrass and country band, in Cherry Alley near the Urbana Free Library.
The Prairie Dogs feature Jordan Kay, Josh Houchin and Ken "Pappy" Holmes. They have performed around the Midwest for near 10 years. Bring lawn chairs; the jam will move inside in the event of rain. The Cherry Jam is funded by the library's Foundation and its supporters.
Krannert Center director Mike Ross and his staff have always viewed their biennial guitar festival as a microcosm of their core philosophy and approach to programming, and that's no exception for the third biennial festival.
The performances at the event on Sept. 10, 11 and 12 will run from the classical to the popular to the experimental to "world," featuring a few returning artists, new discoveries, homegrown talent in jazz guitarist Jake Hertzog and blues artist Laurie Morvan, and major names such as Ani DiFranco, Bill Frisell, Dan Zanes and Jerry Douglas.
In more than 20 years of thrashing rock, L.A. Guns has traded members the way guitarists trade strings. "I think we're at 37," said drummer Chad Stewart. "I'm not even kidding."
But the band hitting Radmaker's Tolono stage on June 25 can boast the band's namesake: Tracii Guns, a legend in the Hollywood rock scene and "magical character," Stewart said. "He is the Guns in Guns N' Roses."