Here's what's happening on the music scene

Concert will raise money for the TIMES Center

The Music 4 A Mission Concert, benefiting the TIMES Center, will feature five popular local bands, including headliner Candy Foster and the Shades of Blue. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church, 1913 S. Mattis Ave, C.

Top of the morning, Oct. 18, 2014

Those 50 high school marching bands at Memorial Stadium today aren't the only ones making beautiful music in these parts this weekend. The 50th State Fiddle Contest is Sunday in Effingham.

Here's more courtesy Teresa Foreman of the Illinois Old-time Fiddlers Association:

Sinfonia set to celebrate Strauss

High-culture people may know Richard Strauss for his operas "Der Rosenkavalier" and "Salome," but low-culture people like me know him for the great movie music "2001: A Space Odyssey" made of "Sunrise" from "Also sprach Zarathustra."

Entertainment listings, Oct. 16-23, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

John Frayne: Chicago Symphony Orchestra truly a delight

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra came to Champaign-Urbana last Saturday, and that is always a special event, guaranteeing an audience in the Foellinger Great Hall, packed to the rafters.

Rich Warren: Ear ye! Ear ye! These headphones are the real deal

Two new headphones fill your ears with the splendid fidelity of full-range music while reducing, and in one case nearly eliminating, background distractions.

Clubs listings, Oct. 16-23, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Illinois bands corner

Here is what the UI Bands are doing this weekend:


8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.: Illini Marching Band Championships at Memorial Stadium.

The public is welcome to enjoy the music and watch as 50 Illinois bands perform for the finest adjudicators in the nation. The Marching Illini perform at 2:18 p.m. and again at 9:18 p.m.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Ripper the Clown

CHAMPAIGN — Award-winning writer Jake Aurelian and his character, Ripper the Clown, will read from his latest book and area musicians will perform at a free event from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Boneyard Coffee and Tea, 75 E. Chester St., C.

Ripper will read from the new book "The Life & Mimes (& Zombie Apocalypse) of Ripper the Clown."

Crowd-pleaser: Knox's company sets the stage

CHAMPAIGN — Brian Knox once made heirloom jewelry, working small and using precious gems and metals.

Now he's making art of a different kind.

He's painting with light and sound, operating Knoxarray Event Production. And when not on the road, he's making large sculptures at his "creative campus" in north Champaign.