And the winner is ... We'll know soon

We know when Farm Aid 30 will be but, with Sept. 19 fast approaching, mum's still the word on where. Organizers promise an answer this week, with local music fans pushing hard on social media for a return to the site of the original show — the UI's Memorial Stadium. A few numbers of note:

Bobbi Kristina Brown, pop icon's daughter, dies at 22

ATLANTA — The brief, chaotic life of Bobbi Kristina Brown was never really her own.

Born and raised in the shadow of fame and litigation, shattered by the loss of her mother, Whitney Houston, Ms. Brown was overwhelmed by the achievements and demons of others before she could begin to figure out who she was.

Her demise was the most awful inheritance of all.

Studio Visit: Elis Artz

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Elis Artz, 42, of Champaign, the program coordinator for the University of Illinois' Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Artz is also a singer for Desafinado and Pagu, and an artist.

How were you able to bring Brazilian icon Gilberto Gil to the UI?

Here's what's happening in the area's ...

Music scene

April Verch show

CHAMPAIGN — Fiddler, singer and step-dancer April Verch and her band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Upper Bout, 723 N. Neil St., C, as an event of the Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival.

Weekend planner: More Music on the Lake

As Kaitlyn Riopelle hires local bands to perform at Champaign County Forest Preserve sites, she targets groups she knows are good or have solid reputations. For the Music on the Lake Concert Series show from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Homer Lake, she tapped Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen, an Americana act. "I've heard really great things about her and look forward to having her," Riopelle said.

Clubs listings, July 23-30, 2015

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

Notes-Worthy: Sean 'Stigma' Smith

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Sean Smith, who goes by "Stigma" on stage:

Your performances are visually and audibly amazing. How would you describe what you do?

Entertainment listings, July 23-30, 2015

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

Life Remembered: Many mourn 'magnificent' music teacher

CHAMPAIGN — Judy Hoffman grew up in the middle of Nebraska, learning the piano, organ and violin. By high school, she mastered the saxophone. By college, she was playing the bassoon in the band and the violin in the orchestra.

But it's a simple child's song that may best illustrate the longtime local music teacher's abilities.