Music fest announces headliner

MAHOMET — Rising country music star Eric Paslay will headline the Sangamon River Music Festival's Saturday night lineup in August, organizers said.

Young people taking center stage at events next Sunday

While the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra celebrates a first next Sunday night, another area performing arts group will be noting a sixth.

The youth orchestra will perform for the first time at Krannert Center's Foellinger Great Hall, known worldwide among musicians for its excellent acoustics.

Top of the morning, May 4, 2015

I just got back from the Florida Keys, one of my favorite places in the world.

Hated to leave.

But one thing that helped make the departure a little easier was the thought that, soon, Friday Night Live will be back at one of my other favorite places, downtown Champaign.

Ask 'Mimi,' May 3, 2015

Is it true that Indi Go Artist's Co-op is closing?

Yes, at the end of May. Owner James Barham decided a year ago to shutter the venue at 9 E. University Ave., C, but remained open to honor commitments.

Basically, he's burned out after six years, 150 art exhibitions and 100 musical performances.

John Frayne: Showered with great April performances

The Jupiter String Quartet, the University of Illinois' quartet in residence, was joined on April 14 by star clarinetist Jon Manasse in a highly enjoyable evening of chamber music at Foellinger Great Hall.

Here's what's happening on the music scene

Rossaroo announcement

After keeping it hush-hush for the past decade, brother and sister Ross and Carrie Williamson want to get the word out about their grass-roots Rossaroo Music Festival this summer.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Game for a little Gamelan?

It's Your Business: Pizzeria Antica to open this month

The sign is up, the ovens are curing and Pizzeria Antica Champaign is apparently a few weeks away from opening.

"We plan to be open by the end of May if not sooner," said owner Ramin Karimpour.

The new pizzeria is located just north of the Champaign City Building at 10 Chester St., in the building that formerly housed Stipes Printing and more recently Ratio Architects.

'Stand By Me' singer Ben E. King dead at age 76

NEW YORK (AP) — Ben E. King, singer of such classics as "Stand By Me," ''There Goes My Baby" and "Spanish Harlem," has died.