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Fat City Bar and Grill is Champaign-Urbana's home for Live Music.

Check out the crowd from our GRAND OPENING THURSDAY APRIL 2 WITH DUSTIN LYNCH:
SATURDAY APRIL 11 JANA KRAMER: 
Friday May 15, Fat City Bar and Grill is proud to welcome JOE DIFFIE to The City Center entertainment venue!!! With more than 9,000 square feet of space, a VIP Mezzanine level, the 3,700 square foot indoor bar and close to 2,000 square feet of beer garden between the buildings, this will be a 'A Night to Remember!'

$20 Pre-sale General Admission Tickets (Available BOTH online and at the bar)
$30 Pre-sale VIP Pit Pass Tickets (ONLY available online)
$30 Pre-sale VIP Mezzanine Tickets (ONLY available at the bar)

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE JOE DIFFIE TICKETS


Latest News
THE CITY CENTER IS OPEN!!!

The new facility is in place of what was our beer garden and features over 9,000 square feet of space. The building allows us to continue to feature some of the best local and regional acts and now the ability to book larger national acts as well. We have around 14,000 square feet of entertainment space with the addition of The City Center, with a 3,700 square foot indoor bar, a 1,900 square foot Mezzanine level and close to 2,000 square feet of beer garden between the buildings.

Check out photos of our progress HERE



Join us for our next big event:

Friday May 1: WEDDING BANNED!!! 
Skip the ceremony, start the party!

Wedding Banned formed in Gas City Indiana. After being dubbed, “too wild and crazy,” by their hometown, the Banned hit the road looking for gigs. Their first break came when they landed a Thursday night gig at The Cubby Bear in Chicago, IL. Word spread and that performance turned into a seven month long run. Wedding Banned filled Cubby Bear with people who wanted to see their unique performance that combines music, audience interaction, crazy characters and comedy. The band relocated to Chicago.

**The Music: Lot's of 80's, some 90's, other surprises and songs you want to hear. It's your party, we just make it more awesome.

**Where do they play: Wedding Banned now plays over 100 shows a year in front of thousands of fans. Wedding Banned headlines Chicago clubs like Joe’s on Weed Street, 115 Bourbon Street, Durty Nellies and Cubby Bear. Wedding Banned has headlined over 50 street festivals including The Taste of Lincoln Avenue, Belmont Sheffield Music Fest, Retro on Roscoe and Downtown Palatine Home Fest.

Chicago Rocker Magazine: Best dance band in Chicago.
CBS Chicago: Best wedding band in Chicago.

For more information: 

Saturday May 2: MATT POSS!!!
The OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY for the Orange and Blue Rodeo Roundup!!!

Matt Poss Band's FIRST TIME at The City Center at Fat City Bar and Grill!!!

Matt Poss Band is what you get if you throw Shooter Jennings, Blackberry Smoke, Zac Brown and Eric Church into a blender: A hi-octane original Americana show with the grit of a Texas Roadhouse and the soul of a Sunday Southern tent revival.

For over a decade, the members of Matt Poss Band have been doing things their own way, bucking the mainstream and playing by their own rules, straddling the fence between country and rock as if they invented the concept. Frequently on the road, MPB is steadily proving that an “overnight success” can take a while to accomplish. Based in the Midwest, the group has spent the last decade zigzagging across the United States, touring Europe twice and hitching rides on all sorts of military aircraft to entertain our troops in Saudi Arabia and 'downrange' Afghanistan.

Mixing elements of country, bluegrass, rock and blues, MPB has earned a passionate and diverse fan base that continues to grow, and it's about as organic as it can get. Cowboys, rednecks, truckers, hippies, bikers and yuppies can be found arm-in-arm singing along to MPB songs like Three Bricks Shy and Jack Rabbit. Each fan is won by live performance or good old word of mouth.

In the decade they’ve been together, they've released five full-length albums, with the last two being on the band's own label - Bonfire Records. Over 10,000 albums sold is no small feat for any group in this digital day and age, but MPB has hit that mark and continues to chug along, one show and a few fans at a time.

The latest album of original music, Greetings, was released in October of 2013. A compilation of hardcore country covers named Bonfire Bootlegs Volume 1 was recently released in late 2014. Despite a full schedule promoting the recent albums, the band is already carving out enough time to write and record their next batch of songs, which will end up in their early 2015 effort, a tribute to the troops named Beans & Bullets. The result will be an album that encompasses the last 10 years of MPB. Seventeen songs that capture the essence of a road-worn and battle-scarred band of brothers. 

That’s Americana. 

That’s old school. 

That’s the Matt Poss Band.


For more information: Matt Poss @ The City Center (Fat City Bar and Grill) Facebook event

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Wedding Banned

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

Skip the ceremony, start the party!

Wedding Banned formed in Gas City Indiana. After being dubbed, “too wild and crazy,” by their hometown, the Banned hit the road looking for gigs. Their first break came when they landed a Thursday night gig at The Cubby Bear in Chicago, IL. Word spread and that performance turned into a seven month long run. Wedding Banned filled Cubby Bear with people who wanted to see their unique performance that combines music, audience interaction, crazy characters and comedy. The band relocated to Chicago.

**The Music: Lot's of 80's, some 90's, other surprises and songs you want to hear. It's your party, we just make it more awesome.

Age limit: 19+

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Matt Poss

Fat City - City Center , 505 S Chestnut , Champaign, IL

 

For over a decade, the members of Matt Poss Band have been doing things their own way, bucking the mainstream and playing by their own rules, straddling the fence between country and rock as if they invented the concept. Frequently on the road, MPB is steadily proving that an “overnight success” can take a while to accomplish. Based in the Midwest, the group has spent the last decade zigzagging across the United States, touring Europe twice and hitching rides on all sorts of military aircraft to entertain our troops in Saudi Arabia and 'downrange' Afghanistan. Mixing elements of country, bluegrass, rock and blues, MPB has earned a passionate and diverse fan base that continues to grow, and it's about as organic as it can get. Cowboys, rednecks, truckers, hippies, bikers and yuppies can be found arm-in-arm singing along to MPB songs like Three Bricks Shy and Jack Rabbit. Each fan is won by live performance or good old word of mouth. In the decade they’ve been together, they've released five full-length albums, with the last two being on the band's own label - Bonfire Records. Over 10,000 albums sold is no small feat for any group in this digital day and age, but MPB has hit that mark and continues to chug along, one show and a few fans at a time. The latest album of original music, Greetings, was released in October of 2013. A compilation of hardcore country covers named Bonfire Bootlegs Volume 1 was recently released in late 2014. Despite a full schedule promoting the recent albums, the band is already carving out enough time to write and record their next batch of songs, which will end up in their early 2015 effort, a tribute to the troops named Beans & Bullets. The result will be an album that encompasses the last 10 years of MPB. Seventeen songs that capture the essence of a road-worn and battle-scarred band of brothers. That’s Americana. That’s old school. That’s the Matt Poss Band. Matt Poss Band is (left to right): Adam Burtch - bass guitar, vocals; Rob Rennier - drums, percussion, vocals; Matt Poss - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars; Mike (Mac) McDevitt - electric, acoustic and lap steel guitars, vocals; Jeremy Adam - piano, organ, guitars, accordion and vocals.

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Nickel and Dimes

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

Come see Nickel and Dimes perform their own style of blended harmonies in everything from No Doubt to Johnny Cash!

Featuring a thick harmonized blend of past and present favorites from a broad range of genres.

Age limit: 19+

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Too White Crew

Fat City - City Center , 505 S Chestnut, Champaign, IL

 

Alright STOP. Collaborate an’ LIS-en. Remember when hip hop Talked About Sex? When you could Bust a Move, Shake the Rump, do the Humpty and no one was poppin’ caps? When Bell Biv Devoe called all y’all tricks “Poison” and warned all the fellas to “never trust a big butt & a smiiiiiiile”? We do Too. We’ll drink up all the Hennessey you got on yo’ shelf, so just let us introduce ourselves…

There is simply no band anywhere like the Too White Crew. It is a tribute to the golden era of hip hop, featuring all-live music (no tracks) from a six piece band, accompanied by choreographed “Fly Girl” dancers. It’s a party band – it’s a show – it’s art – it’s madness on stage — all packaged in an unprecedented way. TWC has opened for countless hip hop & pop legends and is the only band in the past decade to perform at the Playboy Mansion. Too White Crew’s nationally-touring show is also one of the top-requested festival acts.

Thinking of booking the Crew? Yes we do corporate shows, weddings, birthday parties, festivals — including all ages shows that are family friendly. For prospective bookings, please check out our “booking“ link. TWC is not responsible for injuries sustained from grown ups trying to do the worm, the running man or the Roger Rabbit. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

$10 Age limit: 19+

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Joe Diffie

Fat City - City Center , 505 S Chestnut, Champaign, IL

 

With the release of Jason Aldean’s hit “1994” earlier this year that name-checked many of Joe Diffie’s twelve Number One hits, the legendary singer found himself squarely back in the hearts and minds of country fans. The multi-platinum-selling artist who dominated the charts during a hot streak in the ‘90’s may have been absent from the radio charts for the past few years, but Joe-Joe-Joe Diffie has never slowed down – writing, touring and recording a myriad of projects including his critically acclaimed 2010 bluegrass album “Homecoming,” and his recent “Roots And Boots” acoustic tour and collaborative CD “All In The Same Boat,” with fellow hitmakers Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin. And now he’s back at it again, riding shotgun with hick-hop sensations the Jawga Boyz on a brand new single, “Girl Ridin’ Shotgun,” which was recently released to country radio.

The single, co-written by Diffie, Phil O’Donnell and Derek Thrasher of The Jawga Boyz is a fun, up- tempo romp perfect for summertime cruising and returns Joe to the country charts where he undoubtedly belongs. The performance features D. Thrash (Derek Thrasher) on the verses as Diffie’s signature vocals soar on the choruses and verses. The tune was written in part as an answer to Jason Aldean’s tribute to Joe, (penned by Thomas Rhett, Luke Laird and Barry Dean) and name- checks Aldean in a nod to the monster hit that helped introduce Joe to a whole new generation of fans two decades later.

With chart-toppers like “Pickup Man,” “Third Rock From the Sun,” and “John Deere Green,” and 13 albums and over 20 Top 10 singles to his credit, Joe has little to prove at this point in his career, yet he still has a fire in his belly to make good country music. A renowned songwriter in his own right who recently turned his focus back to writing after years on the road, Joe has hits for artists like Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty, and Jo Dee Messina to his credit, and has cuts on upcoming projects for “X Factor” winner Tate Stevens, Dylan Scott, and Tyler Farr among others. He is also hard at work on an album of brand new material, due out later this year on Bigger Picture Records. The collaboration with the Jawga Boyz and the attention from the Aldean hit is opening all sorts of new doors for Joe at this point in his career, and he’s excited at the prospect of working with some of music’s hot new hitmakers.

“We had a good time writing and recording my new song “Girl Ridin’ Shotgun,’ and making a video for it,” says Joe. “ I’ve been writing with a lot of new artists and I never thought that collaboration with one of them would lead to this, but I’m really glad that it has. It’s a different sound for me and I’m having so much fun with it all. I can’t wait to see what the future brings!”

Age limit: 19+

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Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press GRADUATION BASH!

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

Come celebrate Graduation weekend with the best band in all the land!

"Rod Tuffcurls is like the cover-band that's never seen a cover-band"- a smart, observant man.

Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press is a sodium rich cover band that plays fun songs to which you can dance n' sing along. From The Beatles, to Madonna, to Les Miserables- they play a wide spectrum of songs that mirror our world and existence (which at times can be both confusing, yet beautiful).

They combine "competent" musicianship, "bone-crushing" 3-part-harmonies, and "interesting" song choices- to provide the audience with an experience away from which they can not willingly look.

They're very flexible- both literally, and figuratively.

Come see Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press and be FRIENDS with us!

Age limit: 19+

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Zach Linley and The Rebel Daredevils

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

Most songwriters struggle to establish their musical identity, often trying out different musical styles like shoes, trying to find what fits. There aren’t many that emerge from this process fully formed, in control of their craft, their identity, and their music. Zach Linley fits solidly in the last category . His latest songs are fresh, full of heartfelt truths, and show the signs of a truly gifted and significant talent, one whose music feels familiar, but at the same time rides fearlessly into its own territory.

A small town boy who grew up in Effingham, IL, Zach wrote his first song at age 8, but didn’t take music seriously until he reached his late teens. Zach explains, “I was always fascinated by music, and it pushed me to learn how to play guitar, drums, and bass. I’ve always pushed myself to learn as much as I can musically, so that I can translate the ideas I come up with in my head into song.” Songwriting has been his life long passion. 20 years,10 bands, and 7 albums later, he still isn’t looking anywhere but towards the future.

When asked about his musical influences, Zach explains “I grew up listening to everything under the sun. My dad played a lot of George Jones, Merle Haggard, Eagles, and Alabama albums. I can remember sitting around in our barn playing guitar and singing a lot of those songs together with my parents and brothers, and I have gradually gravitated back to that kind of simple honest sounding music as it applies to my songwriting.”

Age limit: 19+

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