What’s going on in the world of music right here in our very own community this week, you ask? Well, you won’t believe what I have in store for you: a veritable cornucopia of shows right in your own back yard! Lame opening finished.

Tonight at the ol’ Aroma CafÇ, the usual Acoustic at Aroma series will continue with two very lovely ladies. Jenny Keefe (you might recognize her as the girl singing background vocals on the elsinore track “the Long Run” on their Nothing For Design album) will make the trek up from Charleston to tag-team the crowd with CU scene veteran

G. Lee. As usual, the show is free, but those tip jars are out there for a reason, folks. The show runs from 8 to 10 p.m.

Also tonight, the Cowboy Monkey will feature the awesome power of Like Karaoke Band, sporting all sorts of ridiculous songs for you to get up and sing ridiculously to. Plus, the band gives you beads for performing with them! It’s like Mardi Gras all year long with these guys!

Friday, Friday, Friday! You’ve got Desafinado, one of the finest Latin bands in the area, playing happy hour at the Iron Post (for free, even).

The Boneyard Jazz Quintet will be doing it up for happy hour as well, but over at Cowboy Monkey. That show is free as well. Huber’s will run some live music again with an 8 p.m. show featuring the Backyard BBQ Band (OMGWTFBBQ!). Embassy Tavern will give it a go with Candy Foster and the Shades of Blue – their first appearance since the bar has been revitalized – at 9 p.m. $5.

The show I’m most looking forward to this week is Cowboy Monkey’s Friday night – Headlights members Erin Fein and Tristan Wraight will play again as a duo, reimagining old songs and giving people a peek at some new songs. Will they feature any special guests? Well, you’ll have to show up to find out (or wait for a detailed openingbands posting from Todd Hunter). Also on the bill is Chicago band Casiotone For The Painfully Alone and Laura Gibson. Cover is $5 and the show starts around 9:30 p.m.

Pulsar47, having recently lost keyboard player Cassie Conner to North Carolina, will soldier on by playing a rockin’ bill with Terminus Victor at Mike ‘n Molly’s on Saturday night at 8 p.m.

Corn Desert Ramblers on Tuesday at Rose Bowl Tavern in Urbana! Check out

openingbands.com for more show listings and info.

Mike Ingram can be reached at forgottenwords@gmail.com

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