Aug. 11-13, Fat City Saloon will host a three-day reunion for the 40th anniversary of Red Lion Inn. Aug. 12 will accommodate an all-day concert, and Aug. 13 will wrap up with a “Super Jam Session.” Red Lion Inn stood at 3rd and Green in Champaign and hosted a who’s who of local talent, as well as acts all the way from Iron Butterfly to Jawbreaker. Anyone who played at Red Lion Inn is invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a first come, first served slot on the schedule. In addition, it appears The Vertebrats will play twice Sept. 16: an all-ages afternoon performance for the dedication of the Illini Media Company building, and again that night. Set lists and rehearsal schedules are already underway.
June 30, WPGU-buzz Local Music Awards Best New Artist nominee Bailey issues its nine-song debut, the title of which is +. It was recorded and mixed by Brett Sanderson at Second Story and mastered by Jonathan Pines at Private Studios. The first 200 copies will be self-released in Digipak; future copies will be re-released on a label to be announced. The record release is at Caffä Paradiso. Also on the bill are two Decatur bands: The Midwest Hackers and Digital Emotion. Show time is 7 p.m., and admission is free for all ages. The next Bailey concert event is Great Performers of Illinois, Sept. 7 at Millennium Park in Chicago. Bailey is Nathan Hanley with Jessica Evans.
June 16, industrial quintet i:scintilla announced details of Havestar, its EP due worldwide Aug.18 through Belgian label Alfa Matrix. Havestar consists of nine tracks: four songs from self-released debut The Approach, completely re-recorded by Wade Alin, and five remixes of those songs by Alfa Matrix colleagues and Combichrist. A short tour Aug. 7-13 with Mankind Is Obsolete will commence in St. Louis and conclude in Chicago. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Cowboy Monkey was affirmed as the record release.
Monday, Joni Laurence announced the title and Champaign-Urbana release date for her live album. July 1, With No Apology goes on sale at Wind Water & Light, her exclusive distributor here. The art gallery and gift shop co-sponsored her recording concert Feb. 18 at Unitarian Universalist Church. Matt Stewart, Jeff Magby, Josh Walden and Ryan Groff were her backing band.
Saturday at Brass Rail, The Chemicals open for The Beauty Shop and Terminus Victor. This show will be loud and crowded, and Terminus Victor will debut the song “Cue the Disclaimer.” Show time is 9 p.m., and cover is $3.
June 9, Independent Media Center did not host Imaginary Numbers (Chandler, Arizona) and Kid Icarus (Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i). The other Imaginary Numbers is a one-man multi-instrumentalist project from Urbana. The other Kid Icarus is a psychedelic-pop quintet (Scranton, Pennsylvania) together 10 years; founder Eric Schlittler appeared solo.
Dave Witzany hosts “We’re Only in It for the Music,” not “We’re Only in It for the Money.” It spotlights “who’s playing locally and regionally” and airs every Friday at 6 p.m. on WEFT 90.1 FM.
Todd J. Hunter hosts WEFT Sessions and Champaign Local 901, two hours of local music every Monday at 10 p.m. on WEFT 90.1 FM. Send news to email@example.com. Support your scene to preserve your scene.