Chesney's requests for State Farm Center show: Masseuse, 'no sand'

The contract and rider for country star KENNY CHESNEY's concert Friday at State Farm Center doesn't contain any of the bizarre requests some musicians make to ensure the venue is paying attention.

(Think the Foo Fighters, who prohibited fans from bringing bootleg Swedish Fish to their show here in November.)

Nightlife listings, April 11-18, 2019

Bands, comedians, trivia, DJs and more. Here's your guide to a night on the town.

THURSDAY, April 11


BLACKBIRD URBANA: Ben Miller Band, 9 p.m.

CLARK BAR: Bob Watson, Matt Stewart and Tom Brewer, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (stand up comedy show; all signups in advance,, 9 p.m.

Krannert director looking to future while marking its 50th anniversary

URBANA — In the lobby at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts sits a glass-encased model of the building, displaying its four theaters and area around it.

Sometimes, you can catch Krannert Director Mike Ross staring at the model, deep in thought about what the center has the potential to become.

UI Wind Symphony finishing sesquicentennial celebration with Canadian Brass

URBANA — The University of Illinois Wind Symphony will conclude sesquicentennial celebrations with a concert featuring the Canadian Brass at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Krannert Center.

Downtown Champaign's Record Swap may soon play its swan song

CHAMPAIGN — Four decades after Record Swap opened in Champaign-Urbana, the store may be closing this summer if owner Bob Diener doesn't find a new location.

His rent would have gone up 50 percent in July, Diener said, so he declined to sign a new lease at his building on the east edge of downtown Champaign.

Miranda Lambert bringing tour to State Farm Center in October

CHAMPAIGN — Country superstar Miranda Lambert is bringing her "Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour" to State Farm Center on Oct. 10. 

Heavy metal band Megadeth to open state fair

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Heavy metal band Megadeth will be the opening act at this year's Illinois State Fair.

The group will play Aug. 9 at the Illinois Lottery Grandstand Stage.

Megadeth has sold 38 million albums and received 12 Grammy nominations. The group's 15th studio album, Dystopia, was released in 2016.

John Frayne | 'Goldberg Variations' performance full of surprises

Strange things were going on in the Colwell Playhouse at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana on Tuesday night; unfortunately, it was not April 1, a date famously reserved for bizarre activity.

The title of the concert was "Goldberg Variations — Ternary Patterns for Insomnia," a title that omitted the name of the composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Frank's Weekend Faves, April 7, 2019

Rosin up your bows, classical-music fans. The University of Illinois School of Music's artists-in-residence, the Jupiter String Quartet, have two intriguing yet distinctly different performances coming up this month, starting this Wednesday.

Foreigner to play State Farm Center on June 23

CHAMPAIGN — First, Styx. Now, Foreigner.

State Farm Center's turn-back-the-clock year of classic-rock concerts has added a summer date from the band that was here for Farm Aid in 1985, then again 30 years later for a show at the Virginia Theatre.