This weekend, the Illini Union’s Courtyard Café is a lot more than some tables to do statistics homework at, a place to watch MTV U or a small, sometimes slow Espresso Royale. With three nights of great music, it’s a hopping venue right smack in the middle of campus. Make sure to check out all the fantastic artists playing there this Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
Friday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m.
Man Man w/ Privacy, Mit’n
Taking a break from their extensive tour with Modest Mouse, experimental indie band Man Man have decided to grace us with their presence once again. Boasting an extremely energetic live show and a sound that truly needs to be heard to be understood (myspace.com/wearemanman), Man Man is definitely a show that is not to be missed. Their last appearance here at the U of I had their instruments and equipment crammed together at the center of the Canopy Club stage, making for an extremely exciting and fantastic show. This time around, the Courtyard Café should prove to be the perfect venue for their engaging and intimate style.
– Keith Hollenkamp
Saturday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m.
Tally Hall w/ elsinore, Caulfield and the Magic
You may know Tally Hall from their song “A Good Day” played on The OC or through one of their many sold-out shows with bands like OK Go and They Might Be Giants. Band members Rob Cantor, Joe Hawley, Ross Federman, Zubin Sedghi and Andrew Horowitz formed Tally Hall while attending the University of Michigan in December of 2002. Three years later, they released Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum, featuring songs like “Banana Man,” which was recently on The Real World: Key West. Their fans do not just accumulate from prime-time drama or reality TV, as many true-to-their-colors indie rock fans enjoy their lighthearted lyrics, catchy musical craftsmanship and Beatles-like ’60s pop harmonies.
– Rosalind Walters
Sunday, Oct 14 at 8 p.m.
Owen w/ Kevin Devine,
Andy Hull (of Manchester Orchestra)
(Returning Home with Owen)