This week's panel: REO bandmates Bruce Hall and Dave Amato, Heart's Nancy Wilson, Alison Krauss' mom, George Thorogood, Derek Trucks, UI President Tim Killeen and local guitar heroes Carrie Chandler, Holly Rushakoff, Gloria Roubal, Brandon Washington, Kenna Mae Reiss, Mike Ingram and Ricky Bright.

The Champaign-Urbana Symphony is back, after 554 days since its last pre-COVID-19 concert. That number was mentioned by conductor Stephen Alltop, and I am sure he had been counting, much like the orchestral players and the audience been watching the calendar and waiting for concert life to resume.

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Minutes after bellowing out some of their first I-L-Ls and I-N-Is, students bobbed along to 'Illini Anthem,' a hip-hop collab with the live Marching Illini and the song’s creative duo: UI Professor Lamont Holden and local rapper Jarrel Young.

In Sunday's News-Gazette: The story of former Illini Lamont Holden and Champaign rapper Jerrel Young, who've teamed up on the slickly produced "Illini Anthem," with plans to perform it during this month's football season opener at Memorial Stadium.

“We are so thrilled to bring the energy and vibrancy back to downtown,”  Kelly White, 40 North executive director, said of the season's first Friday Night Live in downtown Champaign.

Starting at noon Sunday, the three local stations will air their "Parade of C-U Stars" programming. It's a compilation of hits from the many iconic bands in the area.

The parade last year held a two-fold purpose. Because of the pandemic, the club was not able to hold its annual beer tent fundraiser at Mahomet Music Fest. Members wanted to honor those who served and get creative to hold a fundraiser, so the honors parade was born. Parade participants paid a fee to enter.

By the time Jeff Brown stepped outside to take part in “Taps Across America,” Sidell Fire and Rescue personnel had joined the ceremony with a rig that included an American flag hanging from its extended ladder.