Tonight (Thursday) Cowboy Monkey welcomes DJ LEGTWO back to the stage. LEGTWO is the DJ call-sign for former Lorenzo Goetz frontman and current kickball phenomenon, Larry Gates, who spins an eclectic mix of music, from Tom Waits to Public Enemy. The show is free and starts at 10 p.m. Ask nicely and Gates might play some new material for you.

Friday night you can catch The Why Store, a mid-to-late-’90s band from Muncie, Indiana, who achieved moderate success in the alternative radio scene. They’ve reunited and will play at the Canopy Club with Santa (featuring temporary keyboardist Greg Spero), Austin Bridges, and Air This Side of Caution. 8 p.m., $10.

If you’re feeling a little more bluesy on Friday, you can take the short drive down to Tolono to catch the Kilborn Alley Blues Band at Radmaker’s, at 9 p.m., playing in the “Blues and BBQ” show. Or you can take your blues jones to the Embassy Tavern, in downtown Urbana, where The Impalas (featuring lead singer Dawna Nelson, singer and guitarist Bruce “Bruiser” Rummenie, bass player John tubs and saxophonist Peter Roubal) will play at 9:30 p.m. for only $3. That’s right – $3 will get you some Dawna Nelson love.

Also on Friday night, you can catch one of the area’s finest indie bands, Shipwreck, at Cowboy Monkey. The band has been holed-up recently, working on a new EP, but will surface to provide downtown Champaign with some rocking. The bill also includes the Minus Story, Old Canes, and Kristov’s Agenda. 9:30 p.m. start, $5 cover.

Radmaker’s scores again on Saturday with a show from ’80s glam-metal band Britny Fox – though I think the market for this show is very specific. If you don’t want to dig your ripped, stone-washed jeans out of the closet, maybe you should check out the show at Cowboy Monkey. Canada, a band off the Nicodemus Agency label that features a two-pronged cello assault, will make another tour stop in town, this time playing alongside locals Sangamon, The Chemicals, and Watery Domestic (possibly one of Watery Domestic’s last shows). Show time is 9:30 p.m., and cover is $5.

Guitar Hero at Cowboy Monkey will continue on Tuesday – get in there and show your skills while playing on a huge projection screen. Another series, Canopy Club’s Rehearsal Space, will also continue on Tuesday, featuring local band The Greytones. Both shows are free and start at 10 p.m.

Next week: Erin Fein and Tristan Wraight play another duo show! Pulsar47 returns!

Mike Ingram – the man, the myth, the legend – reach him at

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