Writers in the round returns in a big way

When Krukid has an idea, he runs with it. When it involves wanting to put together a group to revive the long-dead Writers in the Round series that has floated around various venues in CU over the years (mainly run by G. Lee), dude’s sprinting. He snagged himself Larry Gates (Curb Service), Ryan Groff (Elsinore), and Brandon T. Washington (Temple of Low Men) to share the stage with him. But wait, that’s not all. Drummer extraordinaire Ian Shepherd will be on hand to lend his ridiculous talents. Where might this be happening? Well, at Mike ‘n Molly’s, of course. On Saturday evening (8 p.m.) you can swing by the beer garden and plop down $6 to catch a truly unique show full of very talented musicians.
What else, what else, what else? Well, a lovely pair of ladies will grace the patio of Aroma Café tonight (Thursday), trying to make it more roller derby and less study hall at the space. Mistress of country Angie Heaton will play alongside my impossible crush, Eleni Moraites. The two will offer up honest original songs (Angie will be packing CDs you can purchase, while Eleni is working on a record). 8 p.m. as always, with no cover.
Elsewhere tonight, the Canopy Club will present Elsinore, now rested after their month-long west coast tour. They’ll be preceded by Sangamon and Jonathan Childers. 9 p.m., $5. This is the first in a series of back to school shows geared towards introducing new students to some of the best local acts. So, if you’re new to the Campustown area and are looking for something cool to check out, the Canopy is 18+, which is handy as a Freshman. With a few exceptions (of 21+), you’ll need to know that Urbana is 18+ while Champaign is 19+. Over at the Highdive in downtown Champaign, Midwest touring juggernaut Backyard Tire Fire will headline a show also featuring locals Tractor Kings and Golden Quality. Showtime is 9:30 p.m., and there is a $7 cover.
Elsinore will return to action on Sunday with a free show at the new Urban Outfitters store (which kicks off a series of shows there, with later acts Headlights, Tall Tale, and World’s First Flying Machine). The show starts at 4 p.m.
Another bit worth noticing — the former home of Nargile/Club E’llusions has re-opened (apparently under new management), with a new name (Clark Bar). The plan is to have live music again (at least one well-attended show has occurred), along with weekly residencies. Stitches (Goth Night) has already begun, running Thursdays at 10 p.m. Keep an eye out for more info about Clark Bar as they start to get into hosting more events.

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