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Folk, Roots, and More

Folk music in Champaign Urbana

Part 3 of the series had Melissa Merli giving a great overview of this growing and diverse scene in CU. She notes that part of the increased focus on this area is the advent of the new C-U Folk and Roots Festival. This annual festival centers itself in downtown Urbana.

Folk Music Venues in Champaign Urbana

1. Techline- yes its a furniture store. But it is local and the owners love folk. 307 S Locust, C.

2. Strawberry Fields has been in Urbana “forever” and is host to some small acts as well as a good dose of organic hippies. 306 W Sprgfld, U.

3. Sleepy Creek Vinyards near Oakwood. They do some cool local acts as well as better known national ones.

4. Kickapoo Landing at the state park also near Oakwood. A cool setting for some local gigs Tues and Fri in season.

5. Once again…The Iron Post. This place at 120 S Race, Urbana is host to many many acts.

6. Phillips Rec Center, 505 W Stoughton, Urbana, where the Urbana Country Dancers hold forth two Fridays a month.

7.Shady Nook Pub in Saybrook. Yes in Saybrook. No address needed, just drive around for a bit when you hit town and you’ll find it.

Others:

Rose Bowl, Hubers, UCIMC, Buvons, Heartland Gallery, Memphis on Main, Canopy Club, Clark Bar, The Pink House, Channing Murray, Cowboy Monkey, JR Diggers at Country Fair, Champaign.