So I went through our calendar and put together a totally subjective list highlighting the amazing quality and variety of concerts you could (and should) enjoy across Central Illinois this month.
Oct. 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana (link)
Admit it, you’ve always wanted to see an actual choir belting out “that one cool classical choir song that they always play when something evil or scary or badass is happening.” Well, here’s your chance to hear the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the University of Illinois Oratorio Society and the Apollo Chorus of Chicago come together to tackle “O Fortuna”
John Miller & The Romaniacs
Oct. 13, Trailside Event center, Peoria Heights (link)
The Central Illinois Jazz Society hosts one area artist in Peoria Heights each month. October’s guest artist is John Miller and the Romaniacs, and their specialties include classic Django Reinhardt tunes, modern Gypsy jazz and romantic French musettes.
Oct. 17, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (link)
It’s hip hop, but performed by two classically trained string instrumentalists. What’s not to love?
Beautiful & Bold
Oct. 18, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts; Oct. 19, Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield (link)
French cellist Camille Thomas doesn’t perform stateside too often. For classical aficionados that should be good enough reason to attend the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-20 season opener, which can conveniently be done on two separate dates in different cities.
CU Folk & Roots Festival
Oct. 24-26, multiple venues, Urbana (link)
Wipe those images of hippy-dippy folkies off your mind. Well, okay, there will be some of that. But this festival goes on for two nights and one whole day, and its idea of folk and roots is quite expansive, including European, African and Latin American sounds.
Young the Giant
Oct. 24 at State Farm center, Champaign (link)
These guys are among the few reliable single artists left in rockdom (work with me and pretend that people still buy singles): every other year or so they put out a new album with a handful of songs you can’t help but hum along to even if you don’t know the titles. If you missed their sold-out show at The Canopy Club this spring, here’s your second chance.
Oct. 29 at Braden Auditorium, Normal (link)
Look, it doesn’t matter how old you are. Dylan is such a foundational figure in popular music that everyone who matters – and I do mean everyone, from The Beatles to Kanye West – is indebted to him in some way or another. So be glad that the man is still alive, and buy yourself some tickets while they’re still available.
And if none of these shows are to your liking, check out the full calendar for more.