The Jupiter String Quartet concert on Feb. 16 in the Foellinger Great Hall was an event in Sonic Illinois, a monthlong series celebrating the diversity of the contemporary music scene.
C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with singer/songwriter/producer MAC McANALLY:
How old were you when you wrote and composed your first song?
I was 15 when I wrote my first song. I was in church (we didn't lock the doors and I would go there after hours and play piano). The song title was "People Call Me Jesus," and it was on my first album.
TRIVIA NIGHT AND SILENT AUCTION
What: Hosted by Unity West PTO. Arrive early to pick your own table, view and bid on the silent auction items. Maximum of eight players per table; work as a team to come up with the answers. 50/50 raffle and games between rounds. Bring your own food.
THURSDAY, Feb. 23
BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Kickin N' Pickin, Rock/Folk/Bluegrass (rock/folk/bluegrass), 6 p.m.
BOOMERANGS BAR AND GRILL: Live Karaoke Band, 9 p.m.
CANOPY CLUB: Champaign Urbana Open Mic Nights presents Open Decks Night Two with host Mike Ingram, 8:45 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN — You might have a longer wait for some events at State Farm Center.
Doors will open earlier to accommodate new security procedures, including increased use of electronic wands, that will be employed at some events, beginning with Thursday night's Florida Georgia Line concert.
CHAMPAIGN — When he played The University of Illinois' Assembly Hall in 1997 for three consecutive shows March 7, 8 and 9, Garth Brooks thrilled more than 49,000 fans who were fortunate enough to score tickets that sold out in less than three hours.
CHAMPAIGN — Ryan Follese is having a ball joining Florida Georgia Line on their current tour.
He's out promoting his new EP, "Put A Label On It," and working on a new full-length album, and the fun part is performance, he says.
That's even though he got his start as a songwriter — a skill he shares with his parents. He also has roots in rock 'n' roll.