This week, Paul Wood chats with RAII and Whitney Keaton, who met in college here and have been touring with Alicia Keys. Whitney is a Champaign native. They also tour as RAII & WK. Their debut single, “No Worries (Step Clap),” is scheduled for release Aug. 19.
How did you like touring with Alicia Keys?
Wherever there is butter, Pepsi and music, you'll find Corny, the lovable but enigmatic mascot of the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival.
Though he will work 18 hour days this weekend — the festival lasts till 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday — Corny managed to squeeze in an interview with The News-Gazette.
The Sangamon River Music Festival in downtown Mahomet offers free entertainment for everyone.
The event runs from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday on Mahomet's Main Street.
The annual festival offers carnival rides, a food court, beer tent, vendors and music.
CHAMPAIGN — The 17th annual SAFE House Benefit Gospel & Jazz Fest will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hessel Park in Champaign.
The event will feature a variety of entertainment, including the return of Champaign native the Rev. Pam Pirtle.
Food will also be sold during the event.
From web swingers to sword slingers, Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead:
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" comes out on DVD. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone return as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, a young couple whose lives are affected when Peter's alter-ego, Spider-Man, takes on a bunch of supervillains in New York City.
Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come
Folk, not faux
CHAMPAIGN — Brandon Lehman, a rapper who goes by Wakefield, knows exactly when things changed for him, when schoolmates and other peers began to respect rather than dis him.
It happened in the spring of his junior year at Champaign Central High School, after he dropped online his new rap "U.O.E.N.O. Freestyle."
From an online archive of history to Urbana's acoustic open-mic, Melissa "Mimi" Merli has you covered.
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