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From Dylan to classical-meets-hip hop: 7 shows not to miss in October

From Dylan to classical-meets-hip hop: 7 shows not to miss in October

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.

Carmina Burana

Oct. 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana

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

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.

Black Violin

Oct. 17, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

It’s hip hop, but performed by two classically trained string instrumentalists. What’s not to love?

Beautiful & Bold

ISO: Beautiful & Bold

Oct. 18, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts; Oct. 19, Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield

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

CU Folk & Roots Festival

Oct. 24-26, multiple venues, Urbana

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. Here’s the full schedule.

Young the Giant

Oct. 24 at State Farm center, Champaign

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.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan and his Band

Oct. 29 at Braden Auditorium, Normal

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.

Sergio Barreto

Written by Sergio Barreto

Sergio's American life began as an exchange student in Lincoln, IL. After more than 20 years living up North, writing for outlets such as The Chicago Reader, organizing & promoting cultural events and what-not, he had it with the big city and moved back to Central Illinois. He currently edits financial newsletters, in addition to designing and maintaining websites like this one.

'Enterprising Machines' exhibit by Jessica Gondek opens at Parkland College

‘Enterprising Machines’ exhibit opens at Parkland

Photos: Laura Lein-Svencner's collage art @ CAC Peoria

Photos: Laura Lein-Svencner’s collage art @ CAC Peoria