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Irish band The Script coming to State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN — Irish band The Script will visit the State Farm Center on Oct. 7.

Their new album, "Freedom Child," sees the band presenting a collection of urgent, timely, future-facing anthems that speak of both real-life events and real-time sonic adventurism.

The Script have sold over 29 million records.

#TheMJs, July 21, 2017

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Club listings, July 20-27, 2017


BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Kickin & Pickin, 6 p.m.

BLACKBIRD URBANA: Brainchild (Live Music Thursdays), 9 p.m.


BOOMERANGS BAR AND GRILL: David Woolridge, Chase Sieting, Tom Cortese, Nick Ailes, Steve Swigart, John Daily (Corson Music presents CU Bands and Fans Original Artist Night), 7 p.m.

Entertainment listings, July 20-27, 2017


This weekend


What: Traditional fair events including queen pageant, demo derby, wild World of Animals, horse shows, livestock, Nick Lynch Band, 4-H, tractor pull and talent show.

When: July 20-24.

Where: Fairgrounds,1390 E. 2000 N. Road, Watseka.

Notes-Worthy: John Bell

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with John Bell, a member of the Champaign County Fair Board. This year's fair runs from Friday through July 29.

How long have you served on the Champaign County Fair Board and when do you begin planning for the annual event?

Trio of country acts to light up Champaign County Fair main stage

URBANA — Chris Young is an A-list country music star — he's won the International Act of the Year title in 2014 from the British Country Music Association — but he's still playing county fairs.

He will be the headline act July 28 at the Champaign County Fair.

Two other Nashville musicians — Drew Baldridge and Kassi Ashton — will open the show, set to start at 7 p.m.

Top of the Morning, July 18, 2017

ALISON KRAUSS still holds the record for quickest sellout at the Virginia Theatre (20 minutes in 2011). But the interest in ZZ Top has been impressive.

It didn't take long for the veteran Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to pack the place for their Sept. 12 show at the Champaign. Individual tickets for the Virginia's 2017-18 season went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

State Farm Center books country star for September show

CHAMPAIGN — Country star Kip Moore will headline a show Sept. 15 at State Farm Center with guest artists Drake White and The Big Fire.

Blues legend bringing trio to UI Research Park

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is once again teaming up with Fox/Atkins Development and the University of Illinois to host Outside at the Research Park, a free show starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The opening act will be Mank N Sass, featuring acoustic funk and blues. The main act, the Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio, will take the stage around 7:30 p.m.