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How to get involved in Champaign’s music scene

How to get involved in Champaign’s music scene

By Christine Pallon, Buzz editor

May 25, 2016


Filed under Campus Navigator, Special Sections

Champaign-Urbana has long been known for its vibrant music scene. Since REO Speedwagon’s formation here in 1967 (fun fact: there’s a street called REO Speedwagon Way in downtown Champaign), the town has churned out other nationally known acts like Hum, American Football, Braid and Poster Children....

An unheard Elsinore, the band is back

An unheard Elsinore, the band is back

April 15, 2015


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Seven days before recording its most recent album, “PUSH/PULL,” local band Elsinore lost half of its members. Studio time was already reserved and a producer was scheduled to be flown out from Portland, but the band’s dynamic wasn’t working, making the previous members opt out last minute. Fro...

Local bands reunite for a triple performance

Local bands reunite for a triple performance

August 28, 2014


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New and long-standing local music fans can unite Friday for a nostalgic reunion show at Cowboy Monkey in downtown Champaign. Current local bands, Elsinore and Hathaways, will join Champaign-Urbana native band Grandkids, which will be making a trip from Chicago on Friday.  “The idea was to have an end...

Five different music venues for University students to check out

Five different music venues for University students to check out

May 28, 2014


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While Champaign-Urbana is most famously known for the Pygmalion Music Festival and Ellnora, there are plenty of opportunities to explore venues and see local artistson a daily basis.  The Canopy Club  From Flux Pavilion to Aaron Carter, The Canopy Club is famous for hosting several top-name artists. The 18+ venu...

UI alum serves as long-time influence on local music scene

UI alum serves as long-time influence on local music scene

By Bridget Hynes

February 11, 2014


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Ward Gollings, who now books bands to play at venues such as The Highdive and Cowboy Monkey, has been involved in the music scene in Champaign-Urbana since his college years at the University in the late ‘80s. It was here that his best friend and roommate at the time, Chris Corpora, introduced him t...