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By May 9, school is almost out for the summer. Perfect timing for rock icon Alice Cooper to make his first-ever State Farm Center appearance.

Rodney Atkins — of “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)” and “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Knows)” fame — will headline July’s Georgetown Fair.

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Local band — with the help of several well-known guest singers — to pay tribute to Bruce Springstreen at Urbana's Rose Bowl.

"The Ashley & Brad Show" — hosted by Ashley Paige and Brad Abrell — will join the WKIO's on-air lineup from 5 to 9 a.m. weekdays starting Tuesday.

Urbana High School is preparing to renovate its band room for the first time in 50 years. The fundraising campaign has reached 75 percent of its goal with two weeks left to donate. 

’Twas two weeks before Christmas and all through the house, the creatures were stirring like crazy searching for appropriate holiday gifts. Big-screen TVs overfill a stocking, and we already recommended headphones.

After a two-year absence because of COVID-19, the Philo Country Music Show returned to the stage Sunday afternoon. A crowd of 229 attended at the R.E. Franks Meeting Center.

The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana’s Nov. 6 concert at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Urbana built a musical bridge from a masterwork of the Baroque period by Dietrich Buxtehude to a recent work by Caroline Shaw.

The famous musical, “A Little Night Music,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, opened at 7:30 p.m. in the Tryon Festival Theatre on Oct. 25. It was later performed on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.

Urbana Bands’ “Room to Grow” campaign is more than halfway to its $100,000 fundraising goal, with “50,000-something” already committed, Karen DeBauche reported to the school board. COVID funds and local sales tax revenue will fund the rest of a project with an early estimate of $600,000.