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Allerton Music Barn Festival starting to gain lofty status

MONTICELLO – A rarely produced tango opera, chamber music, jazz and American music, plus a brass band, will be on tap at the third annual Allerton Music Barn Festival over the Labor Day weekend.

The festival runs from Sept. 3 through 7, lasting one day longer than last year. Tickets are on sale now.


Civil War re-enactment will have authentic look, sound

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.


Urbana's Duke of Uke finding his musical groove

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.


Indian Market and Festival to take place this weekend

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.


Summer Piano Institute's evening recitals start June 28

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.


Mo' Betta Music Camp helps students find their rhythm

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.


Benefit for CU Folk & Roots Festival set for June 28

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.


Area towns plan busy weekend for Drivin' the Dixie festival

Several cities and villages along the Dixie Highway (Illinois 1) are planning to keep participants in this year's Drivin' the Dixie event, visitors and area residents busy all weekend.

Both Rossville with a concert and Danville by celebrating the Custard Cup's 60 years on the Dixie Highway will kick off the weekend of events surrounding a trek of cars from Danville to Momence. People from the northern part of the state participate by driving south from Blue Island and meeting drivers coming north.


8 bands to converge on Danville for Slang Metal Fest III

Rich Treadway isn't just the creator of Slang Metal Fest. He's in its headlining band.

Sure, he's got a day job – at Treadwell Flooring in Danville – but over the years, his band Boomslang has slowly and steadily upped its profile and, along with it, the profile of Danville as a metal mecca.

On Saturday, starting at 2 p.m., eight bands from around the Midwest – and as far as Texas – will hit the outdoor stage under what Treadway calls "a serious tent" at the Knights of Columbus, 310 Bryan Ave., for the third annual festival.


Prairie Dogs to play at Cherry Jam set for Sunday

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.