Frank's Weekend Faves, June 9, 2019


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It's shaping up to be a great weekend to get out and take in some live music. On Saturday, CobraFest 2019 will be heating things up with seven bands on two stages indoors and out at the Loose Cobra in Tolono.

The red-hot musical lineup of area talent features Elsinore, Terminus Victor, We The Animals, The Dry Look, The Bashful Youngens, Nectar and The Falbonauts.

There will also be a Tiki bar, food truck, Jell-O shots, parking-lot margaritas and catering by Chester's BBQ.

There's no official cover, but I'm told that putting $15 to $20 in the glowing orange bucket would be appreciated. Doors open at 4 p.m. and music starts at 5:30. Don't forget to designate a driver!

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You can't get any sweeter than this local summer tradition — strawberries with ice cream and music in the park — also known as Strawberry Jam 2019 at Urbana's Meadowbrook Park. And yeah, it's also on Saturday.

The Urbana Park District and Anita Purves Nature Center host this event from 4 to 9 p.m. This year's lineup:

— 4-5 p.m.: The Young and Fretless with Urbana Country Dancers

— 5-5:30 p.m.: Spomer Prairie Tours

— 5:30-6:30 p.m.: The Chickadee Sermon

— 7-8 p.m.: Big Bluestem String Band

Don't forget a blanket or lawn chairs, as the free concert with the old-fashioned flavor takes place on the grassy meadow adjacent to the Meadowbrook Interpretive Center.

It also features a hayrack ride through the park and guided prairie tours — and, best of all, fresh strawberries over ice cream (while supplies last).

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Also on Saturday at the Rose Bowl Tavern in Urbana is a full night of songs featuring, as the venue's Facebook page waxes, "the lyrical genius and sweet strumming of local and regional troubadours," from 7 to 11 p.m. at 106 N. Race St., U.

The lineup as scheduled:

— 7 p.m.: Kenna Mae and Relevator trio (folk, indie-folk)

— 8 p.m.: Bobby Stevens (Americana)

— 9 p.m.: Emily Anne Band (indie-folk & country)

— 10 p.m.: Cole Bridges and The Overpass (country folk)

No cover. Free popcorn. Tips for the bands are always appreciated.

Raise the Curtain: 'The Night the Music Lived' at Sullivan's Little Theatre on the Square

The Little Theatre opened its summer season last weekend with this production. Brought to the stage by the members of the theater's 2018 company of "Million Dollar Quartet" (which re-created the 1956 jam session at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tenn., featuring Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins), this live-concert setting of Buddy Holly's last concert in Clear Lake, Iowa, with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper promises to take you back in time to celebrate the music of these rock 'n roll legends.

Featured songs include Holly's "Rave On," "Peggy Sue," and "That'll Be The Day"; the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace"; Valens' "Donna"; and many more. The show, sponsored by Agri-Fab and Hydro-Gear, runs until June 16.

By the way, next up in Little Theatre's season will be Disney's "The Little Mermaid," which opens June 19 and runs through June 30.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, the play is a haunting love story with a school of irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World." The production is sponsored by Metro Communications Co. Inc.

Get a load of this: 'Linoleum & Ink' at the Urbana City Building and Urbana Free Library

The city of Urbana is sponsoring this Artist of the Corridor exhibition featuring linoleum block prints by Urbana High School students under the direction of artist-in-residence Lisa Kesler.

The exhibit runs through the end of August at the City Building, 400 S. Vine St., and the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. It includes an artists' panel and meet-and-greet at noon Aug. 15 at the library.

Forty student artists participated in a three-week intensive course in linoleum-block printmaking and reduction printing with Kesler, creating their own work in the process.

Kesler is a Champaign-based studio artist with 30 years experience in a variety of media, primarily painting and printmaking, selling her work to the public and to businesses for public environments and teaching classes and workshops.

Her prints are linoleum-block and letterpress pieces created by traditional printmaking methods. She first developed an interest in printmaking as a senior at the University of Illinois and continued experimenting with the art form after graduation.

All Artist of the Corridor shows, an initiative by the City of Urbana Arts and Culture Program, are free and open to the public.

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Frank Pieper is a copy editor and entertainment editor at The News-Gazette, and the author of Frank's Faves and Frank's Weekend Faves. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@frp308).