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Fat City Bar and Grill is Champaign-Urbana's home for Live Music.
Join us for our next big event:

Friday December 19: UPSHOT!!!
Upshot originated in 2007 simply as a group of college friends in the Midwest who wanted to jam. What started out as informal sessions for friends and dorm rooms soon blossomed into a local following and a desire to take the project to the next level.

The next few years were spent crafting their songs and developing an identity that is truly theirs and theirs alone. The genres of music that inspire Upshot run across the board and it's clearly evident in their music. After a few years of the ever-so-predictable ups and downs, personnel changes, and several cross-country relocations, Upshot settled down back in the Midwest to record their debut album, City Noise, in March of 2011.

An eclectic mix from the genre-defying band, City Noise defines what Upshot is all about. Socially conscious lyrics combined with elements of rock, blues, reggae, funk, hip-hop, and many other styles to give you a truly remarkable experience.


For more information: Upshot @ Fat City Facebook event


Friday December 26: BRUSHVILLE!!!


Brushville IS BACK @ Fat City Bar and Grill!!! You KNOW this is a party you do not want to miss!

Brushville is INTENSE…they are EXPLOSIVE…think matches and barrels of gasoline…with an unrelenting pressure on the audience of high energy…

Brushville has been igniting stages all over the Midwest for the past 4 years. To prove just how much of an impact Brushville can have, they decided to enter the BATTLE FOR THE SADDLE at Nashville, Tennessee’s legendary WILDHORSE SALOON in early 2012. Out of the over 300 national bands that entered, Brushville came out on top and was selected the winner by a panel of top industry professionals including Michael Knox (the man credited with “discovering” talents such as Jason Aldean, John Rich and Gretchen Wilson).

To further add to Brushville’s resume…they have shared the stage with some of Country Music’s MEGA-STARS including: Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Alan Jackson, The Band Perry, Big & Rich, Justin Moore and many more!

Brushville blends five extremely talented musicians, with incredible harmonies, an explosive stage show and a fresh, dynamic sound produced by an array of instruments to create an unforgettable experience for the audience.

This isn’t just a band…

It’s an experience.

Welcome to BRUSHVILLE.

For more information: BRUSHVILLE BACK @ FAT CITY Facebook Event


Saturday December 27: Nickel and Dimes!
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.


For more information: Nickel and Dimes @ Fat City Facebook Event

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Upshot

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

Upshot originated in 2007 simply as a group of college friends in the Midwest who wanted to jam. What started out as informal sessions for friends and dorm rooms soon blossomed into a local following and a desire to take the project to the next level.

The next few years were spent crafting their songs and developing an identity that is truly theirs and theirs alone. The genres of music that inspire Upshot run across the board and it's clearly evident in their music.

After a few years of the ever-so-predictable up's and down's, personnel changes, and several cross-country relocations, Upshot settled down back in the Midwest to record their debut album, City Noise, in March of 2011.

An eclectic mix from the genre-defying band, City Noise defines what Upshot is all about. Socially conscious lyrics combined with elements of rock, blues, reggae, funk, hip-hop, and many other styles to give you a truly remarkable experience.

Age limit: 19+

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Brushville

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

Brushville IS BACK @ Fat City Bar and Grill!!! You KNOW this is a party you do not want to miss!

Brushville is INTENSE…they are EXPLOSIVE…think matches and barrels of gasoline…with an unrelenting pressure on the audience of high energy…

Brushville has been igniting stages all over the Midwest for the past 4 years. To prove just how much of an impact Brushville can have, they decided to enter the BATTLE FOR THE SADDLE at Nashville, Tennessee’s legendary WILDHORSE SALOON in early 2012. Out of the over 300 national bands that entered, Brushville came out on top and was selected the winner by a panel of top industry professionals including Michael Knox (the man credited with “discovering” talents such as Jason Aldean, John Rich and Gretchen Wilson).

To further add to Brushville’s resume…they have shared the stage with some of Country Music’s MEGA-STARS including: Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Alan Jackson, The Band Perry, Big & Rich, Justin Moore and many more!

Brushville blends five extremely talented musicians, with incredible harmonies, an explosive stage show and a fresh, dynamic sound produced by an array of instruments to create an unforgettable experience for the audience.

This isn’t just a band…

It’s an experience.

Welcome to BRUSHVILLE.

Age limit: 19+

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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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90s Daughter & Johnnie Mae NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

New Year's Eve party featuring 90s Daughter and Johnnie Mae!

This will be THE PARTY OF THE YEAR!

Further details to come, but get your tickets early as we expect to sell out!

$15 Age limit: 19+

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Drew Baldridge

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

With a voice as rich as the mid-western soil he was raised on, Patoka, IL native,

Drew Baldridge's music reflects small town life while living large on the simple things. Drew's music is the soundtrack to life, be if a rowdy Friday night or a peaceful Sunday morning.

His songs and performances transport listeners to their favorite memories all while making new ones. He has shared the stage with artist’s such as Alabama, Phil Vassar, Montgomery Gentry, and Justin Moore to name a few.

Age limit: 19+

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The Brat Pack

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

Almost Totally 80s music, totally!

They're the ORIGINAL imitator, the master impressionator, the impersona non ingrata, the impostor extraordinaire. Accept no substitute!

Since 1996, The Brat Pack has broken attendance and bar sales records all over the Midwest with the finest blend of party attitude and hit 80s tunage: new wave, hair bands, one-hit-wonders, dance, classic rewind, and hip-hop. If it happened in the 80s, or if it should have happened in the 80s, the Pack is all about it.

Age limit: 19+

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Nick Lynch

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

From getting golden tickets on American Idol in 2008 to rocking New Year’s Eve on ABC in 2013, Nick Lynch has been gearing up for his time to Shine on the Country Music Scene.

He’s a little bit Country, He’s a little bit Rock and Roll, but he is all Party… Nick Lynch has the Classic Rock & Roll edge of a Bob Segar or Don Henley with the New Country swagger of a Dierks Bentley.

While Refining his Vocal skills with world renowned vocal coach Mark Goff (Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, Christina Aguilera, Scott Staap), He has put together a combination of astounding musicians that makes for an incredible live show that will keep you wanting more.

It’s no surprise he has been asked to open for National Acts like Chris Cagle and is a regular at Country Hot Spots like Toby Keith’s. Club’s Love him for his Non-Stop Party Sets that keep the Dance Floor packed, and Festival’s Love him for his Spot on Musicianship and Originality.

Nick Lynch is hungry to make is mark on music scene and has released his first independent original album on iTunes available now.

Age limit: 19+

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Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

"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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Chris Cavanaugh w/Third Shift

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

Chris Cavanaugh picked up the guitar when he was 12 years old and hasn't set it down since. Not long after he started playing, with just a few chords and a song, Chris performed in the talent show at his middle school. When the song was over, everybody rose to their feet, and from that point on Chris knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life...

Cavanaugh grew up listening to Garth Brooks, George Strait, and Brooks & Dunn. This influence and his love for music had Cavanaugh making the trip from his hometown of Springfield, Missouri to Tennessee just a few months after graduating high school. After spending a few years hanging out with writers and publishers he had no doubt that he wanted to make Tennessee his home. Shortly after graduating from Middle Tennessee State University Chris signed his first songwriting deal. Over the next few years Chris spent his time on music row honing his craft as a writer. During this time however, he says, "I always knew that deep down my ultimate passion was playing and performing, so I eventually had to get out and do something about it...I had to get on the road." And so he did...

As of recently you can find Chris playing with his band throughout Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. When asked about his career so far, and the path he has taken to get to where he is, Chris says, "I think everything happens for a reason and I believe the time I spent in Nashville digging in and learning how to write songs has built a platform for me and a body of work that I've been able to draw from when I go out on the road to play. I think if it'd happened any other way I wouldn't have these songs..."

Chris Cavanaugh is making music about the land he's from, writing about the people he knew, and playing for the people he knows. Chris did not wait for a record label to tell him what they think of his music. He's taking that straight to the beer drinkers, farmers, housewives, and college kids and letting THEM decide. In the last year alone Cavanaugh has opened shows for Thompson Square, Lee Brice, Montgomery Gentry, and Eric Church. People are hearing Chris’ music, connecting to it, and believing…

With Third Shift.

Age limit: 19+

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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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90's Daughter Valentine's Day/Mardi Gras Party!

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

90's Daughter is the brain child of two local Champaign-Urbana rockers Tommy G and Guido - founding members of The Brat Pack. Amy "Jen X" Mitchell joins them for singing, screaming and yelling and Stephen Johnson hits drums and bangs out a beat for the crowd to dance to. They bring you the best of the 90's and beyond! Only do the fun songs you know that can dance to.

Yeah, they're a party band!

Age limit: 19+

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Brushville

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

Brushville IS BACK @ Fat City Bar and Grill!!! You KNOW this is a party you do not want to miss!

Brushville is INTENSE…they are EXPLOSIVE…think matches and barrels of gasoline…with an unrelenting pressure on the audience of high energy…

Brushville has been igniting stages all over the Midwest for the past 4 years. To prove just how much of an impact Brushville can have, they decided to enter the BATTLE FOR THE SADDLE at Nashville, Tennessee’s legendary WILDHORSE SALOON in early 2012. Out of the over 300 national bands that entered, Brushville came out on top and was selected the winner by a panel of top industry professionals including Michael Knox (the man credited with “discovering” talents such as Jason Aldean, John Rich and Gretchen Wilson).

To further add to Brushville’s resume…they have shared the stage with some of Country Music’s MEGA-STARS including: Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Alan Jackson, The Band Perry, Big & Rich, Justin Moore and many more!

Brushville blends five extremely talented musicians, with incredible harmonies, an explosive stage show and a fresh, dynamic sound produced by an array of instruments to create an unforgettable experience for the audience.

This isn’t just a band…

It’s an experience.

Welcome to BRUSHVILLE.

$10 Age limit: 19+

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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+

Share

Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

"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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Feudin Hillbillys

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

Illinois' leading entertainer and Front-Man (Ryan Ideus) and drummer (Derrick Roy) began this journey many years ago as a duo playing shows across the Midwest before settling on a weekly residency at Rosebowl Tavern in Urbana.

As the years went by, musicians have come and gone as part of Ryan and Derrick's band but it would seem the current group is here to stay with Wes Sperry laying the groove on bass with backing vocals, and Rod Evans on Lead Guitar and third-part harmony. The music varies more than any other band in downstate Illinois and the people love it!

High energy band led by Ryan Ideus fusing together country, rock, rap, and pop so seamless, you gotta see live to believe. Far from a stand behind the mic, sing a song, some dead air, then another song kind of band. They have been know to play THREE HOURS STRAIGHT on numerous occasions. When is the last time you heard a band do that????

Age limit: 19+

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Nick Lynch

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

From getting golden tickets on American Idol in 2008 to rocking New Year’s Eve on ABC in 2013, Nick Lynch has been gearing up for his time to Shine on the Country Music Scene.

He’s a little bit Country, He’s a little bit Rock and Roll, but he is all Party… Nick Lynch has the Classic Rock & Roll edge of a Bob Segar or Don Henley with the New Country swagger of a Dierks Bentley.

While Refining his Vocal skills with world renowned vocal coach Mark Goff (Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, Christina Aguilera, Scott Staap), He has put together a combination of astounding musicians that makes for an incredible live show that will keep you wanting more.

It’s no surprise he has been asked to open for National Acts like Chris Cagle and is a regular at Country Hot Spots like Toby Keith’s. Club’s Love him for his Non-Stop Party Sets that keep the Dance Floor packed, and Festival’s Love him for his Spot on Musicianship and Originality.

Nick Lynch is hungry to make is mark on music scene and has released his first independent original album on iTunes available now.

Age limit: 19+

Share

The Brat Pack

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

Almost Totally 80s music, totally!

They're the ORIGINAL imitator, the master impressionator, the impersona non ingrata, the impostor extraordinaire. Accept no substitute!

Since 1996, The Brat Pack has broken attendance and bar sales records all over the Midwest with the finest blend of party attitude and hit 80s tunage: new wave, hair bands, one-hit-wonders, dance, classic rewind, and hip-hop. If it happened in the 80s, or if it should have happened in the 80s, the Pack is all about it.

Age limit: 19+

Share

Brushville

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

Brushville IS BACK @ Fat City Bar and Grill!!! You KNOW this is a party you do not want to miss!

Brushville is INTENSE…they are EXPLOSIVE…think matches and barrels of gasoline…with an unrelenting pressure on the audience of high energy…

Brushville has been igniting stages all over the Midwest for the past 4 years. To prove just how much of an impact Brushville can have, they decided to enter the BATTLE FOR THE SADDLE at Nashville, Tennessee’s legendary WILDHORSE SALOON in early 2012. Out of the over 300 national bands that entered, Brushville came out on top and was selected the winner by a panel of top industry professionals including Michael Knox (the man credited with “discovering” talents such as Jason Aldean, John Rich and Gretchen Wilson).

To further add to Brushville’s resume…they have shared the stage with some of Country Music’s MEGA-STARS including: Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Alan Jackson, The Band Perry, Big & Rich, Justin Moore and many more!

Brushville blends five extremely talented musicians, with incredible harmonies, an explosive stage show and a fresh, dynamic sound produced by an array of instruments to create an unforgettable experience for the audience.

This isn’t just a band…

It’s an experience.

Welcome to BRUSHVILLE.

Age limit: 19+

Share

90s Daughter

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

90's Daughter is the brain child of two local Champaign-Urbana rockers Tommy G and Guido - founding members of The Brat Pack. Amy "Jen X" Mitchell joins them for singing, screaming and yelling and Stephen Johnson hits drums and bangs out a beat for the crowd to dance to. They bring you the best of the 90's and beyond! Only do the fun songs you know that can dance to.

Yeah, they're a party band!

Age limit: 19+

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