Top of the Morning, June 25, 2019


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By all accounts, last weekend's concert scene in C-U was as vibrant as ever.

There was a buzz in downtown Champaign before ART GARFUNKEL played an energetic Virginia Theatre on Saturday night.

"After a long and loud standing ovation at the end, he came out for an (unscheduled) encore to make it an even more special night," said Virginia Director STEVEN BENTZ.

Centennial High senior MEGAN RODERICK took us behind the scenes via Snapchat at Sunday's Foreigner concert at State Farm Center, where the school's choir joined the band on stage for "I Want To Know What Love Is."

"It was soooo good," she said. "We all had a blast."


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