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Join us for our next big event:
Friday July 31: TOO WHITE CREW!!!
There is simply no band anywhere like the Too White Crew

It is a tribute to 80’s and 90’s hip hop, featuring all live music 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. 

This high energy, interactive show features the sites, the sounds, the moves, the fashion and antics of hip hop’s most colorful era. TWC has opened for countless hip hop and pop legends and is the only band in the past decade to perform at the Playboy Mansion.

For more information: Too White Crew @ The City Center (Fat City Bar and Grill) Facebook event


Saturday August 1: CARLE CORE CUP!!!
Benefits Carle's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Doors open at 7 PM.
Shotgun start at 7:30 PM.

Register your team, become a sponsor or buy a ticket for the event HERE, or by calling the Carle Center for Philanthropy at 383-3021.


Friday September 4PARMALEE 
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE PARMALEE TICKETS

Saturday September 12DIAMOND RIO
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE DIAMOND RIO TICKETS


Check out the crowd from our GRAND OPENING THURSDAY APRIL 2 WITH DUSTIN LYNCH:

 

SATURDAY APRIL 11 JANA KRAMER: 

 

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Too White Crew

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

There is simply no band anywhere like the Too White Crew.

It is a tribute to 80’s and 90’s hip hop, featuring all live music 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. This high energy, interactive show features the sites, the sounds, the moves, the fashion and antics of hip hop’s most colorful era.

TWC has opened for countless hip hop and pop legends and is the only band in the past decade to perform at the Playboy Mansion.

$10 Age limit: 19+

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Carle Core Cup

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

BENEFITS CARLE'S NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT Saturday, August 1, 2015 The City Center (Fat City Bar and Grill)

Doors open at 7 p.m. Shotgun start at 7:30 p.m.

Register your team, become a sponsor or buy a ticket for the event here, or by calling the Carle Center for Philanthropy at 383-3021.

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The Brat Pack

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

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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Thomas Nicholas Band

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

You may know him as Kevin Myers from the American Pie film series. Or Henry Rowengartner from Rookie of The Year. But these days, Thomas Nicholas is tearing up the music scene with Thomas Nicholas Band.

TNB has a lot to say on their latest self titled EP

In fact, Thomas pens songs about all kinds of revolutions-from personal and emotional revelations to perspectives changing on a mass scale. However, the riff is just as mighty as the word for Thomas, and there’s no shortage of infectious, soulful rock on the new EP. “My Generation” is the rock anthem for his peers, while “Love and Hate” pulsates with palpable sonic energy. This album stands out as a declaration for the Thomas Nicholas Band, so listen up…

After 2008′s Without Warning and 2010′s Heroes Are Human, Thomas crafted a record that incorporated his influences while further developing his own style. Those influences cascade together that creates something vibrant and alive. Thomas describes his sound best. “I think of it as John Mayer writing the melody, Bruce Springsteen singing and The Foo Fighters backing it all up. The new material definitely feels that way. It’s a little heavier, but it still has that pop influence.”

“… I’m running all of my sites and answering people on facebook and twitter. I’m not going to have someone pretend they’re me.”

The new record definitely juxtaposes emotions in a seamless fashion. Thomas allows fans deeper into his world as well. From starring in everything from Rookie of the Year to the American Pie series, he’s been a part of the pop culture zeitgeist since he was a kid, and his new music reflects his experience. “On the new record, we want to show that soul we have on stage. I feel like the first record was mixed to be ‘radio-ready’ in some ways. This is raw. People don’t feel like they can typically interact with an actor, but I’m doing this 100 percent myself. There’s a pre-conceived notion that actors are untouchable, but I’m running all of my sites and answering people on facebook and twitter. I’m not going to have someone pretend they’re me. There’s a big difference between how music speaks to your soul and how movies interact with you. You don’t drive down the road and suddenly have a memory of your favorite movie. You get a song that plays in your head and you have a visceral connection to the moment.”

Thomas’ band helps foster that connection on the new songs. Bassist Clint Fowler lays down solid melodic grooves while locking in with Tim Moore’s energetic drumming. Matt Kennedy adds explosively creative guitar playing and backing vocals that truly compliments Thomas’ compelling vocals and crunchy rhythm guitar. The latest EP was produced by Damien Starkey (Puddle of Mudd) “I‘ve really had the chance to work with some amazing people in the studio over the years. For Without Warning, I collaborated with people like Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) and Bruce Kulick (KISS) But the best part is playing live concerts. Getting the music out on the road and getting reactions from the crowd has helped create this new EP!

That process yielded songs like the fiery, “Better off Alone.” It’s got a pounding anthemic rhythm that’s ready for the stage. “This song has a really heavy sound. It always sets the tone for the night.

“… directly inspired by my role as Abbie Hoffman. You play a character like that and he gets inside of your head a little bit.”

The revolution theme is pervasive because of Thomas’ recent screen stint as Abbie Hoffman in The Chicago 8. It shows just how connected the creative processes of performing on screen and playing on stage are for Thomas. “I got very inspired by playing Abbie Hoffman, so there are some songs that abide by the perspective of being a revolutionary. One of our personal favorites is ‘Ready to Fly.’ It’s about living outside of the box and thinking outside the box. That’s what I try to do, and I hope others do as well. In reality, we’re only in awe of those who take risks. ‘Get Away’ is all about the counterculture revolution in the 60s directly inspired by my role as Abbie Hoffman. You play a character like that and he gets inside of your head a little bit.”

Ultimately, Thomas has been prepared for this revolution for a long time. “I really took my time with this latest EP, and I want to give fans something. I’m just trying to tell interesting stories. Some people are going to love it and some aren’t, but I’m not afraid to put myself on the chopping block.”

What true revolutionary wouldn’t feel the same way? – Rick Florino (www.bookofdolor.com)

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Parmalee

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

Fat City Bar and Grill is proud to welcome PARMALEE 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, it'll feel like 'Carolina' this night!

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 PM. Live music does not start right at 7 PM. There will be a DJ and then opening acts before the headline act.

From this tiny town that’s home to a gas station, two blinking yellow lights, and a small tin-roofed barn dubbed Studio B, country rickers Parmalee launched their long journey to Nashville. The near-fatal robbery Parmalee experienced after a show would have destroyed most bands. But brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Know and longtime friend Josh McSwain didn’t call it quits. Instead it reinforced their intense motivation and dedication to one another and to their determination to succeed.

Each obstacle that delayed Parmalee’s arrival to Nashville was an extra mile that allowed the groundbreaking sounds of artists like Jason Aldean and Eric Church to pave the way for the worlds of country radio and Parmalee’s brand of country music to meet at the perfect crossroad. Parmalee’s country rock sound has its roots in the bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock and blues covers the guys grew up hearing their families play. Matt and Scott Thomas grew up near Greenville, NC watching their father Jerry front a popular local southern rock blues band. The boys watched and learned, picking up their own instruments and jamming along with their dad’s band. From this they learned how to integrate their own style into the songs they were playing. Barry Knox, who played drums for the church choir, loved what his cousins were doing and soon joined them.

All that practice paid off one night when Matt and Scott, then teenagers, snuck into a club to watch their father perform. “The guitar player got too drunk before the gig and didn’t show,” Matt explains. “I knew all the songs so my dad called me on stage. I was in the band from that point on.” Scott replaced the drummer, and Barry learned bass in order to secure his spot in the band. The line-up became the newly minted The Thomas Brothers Band. The Thomas Brothers Band cut their teeth on the local club circuit and would often share the same marquee with a cover band that starred their friend Josh McSwain on guitar and keys. Josh’s upbringing paralleled Matt, Scott and Barry’s. Josh also traveled and played with his father who was in a bluegrass band called “Get Honked.” A fan of Josh’s musical prowess, Matt invited Josh to play with Barry, Scott and himself. The foursome clicked immediately on stage. Their first gig was held at local watering hole, Corrigans, near East Carolina University where the guys went to school. From this moment in 2001 Parmalee was born.

The band set up camp every Tuesday and Thursday evening in the Parmele, NC barn they named Studio B after its original builder Mark Bryant. They added an extra “e” to the band’s name to make it easier for those outside the area to pronounce it. “Tuesdays and Thursdays were the only nights we could all get together and rehearse – the rest of the time we were each out working in order to fund Parmalee,” Matt says. “Every person in town could hear us practice in the barn, so we also had to stop at 11 p.m. to be considerate of the neighborhood.” The residents of Parmele weren’t the only ones within earshot. The band developed a devout regional following based on the intensity of their live shows. But, the guys knew to turn their dreams into reality they would have to leave North Carolina. Their journey took them all over the country including New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta as they tried to find their musical direction. All of the producers, managers, and label representatives said the same thing: “you guys need to be in Nashville.”

Matt, Barry and Josh parked their RV, which doubled as their studio, in the Comfort Inn parking lot on Nashville’s famed Demonbreun Street near Music Row. For the next month the parking lot was home and office. They began writing new material and networking. Their new connections led to a co-writing session with David Fanning, who is part of the celebrated production team New Voice with Kurt Allison, Tully Kennedy and Rich Redmond. “Going into these appointments, you never know who you’re going to meet or how it’s going to go,” Matt explains. “But when I wrote with David, we hit it off.”

During the same weekend as the infamous Nashville flood, Parmalee and Fanning wrote “Musta Had a Good Time” – even recording the demo in the RV’s recording “studio” – oblivious to the devastation that was happening to the city around them. After the “Flood Sessions,” Parmalee went into the studio with New Voice to record some sides, including “Carolina,” and “Musta Had a Good Time.” NV played the songs for BBR Music Group President/CEO Benny Brown who was impressed and asked to see a showcase as soon as the band returned to Nashville.

Parmalee put together a short tour in North Carolina to fund the trip back to Music City. But after the first show, plans changed.

After their September 21, 2010 show, Josh and Barry were packing gear in the venue while Matt and Scott were outside loading their RV when two armed men knocked on the door. The men put a gun to Matt’s head and demanded money. Shots were fired. Scott, who possessed a concealed weapons license, fired back. One of the gunmen died and Scott was shot three times. One bullet hit Scott’s femoral artery causing him to nearly bleed to death. “He bled out on the air flight to Charlotte, and his heart stopped twice,” Matt recalls. “When we got to the hospital, the doctor gave him a five percent chance to live.” Scott was hospitalized in Charlotte, NC for 35 days – 10 of which he spent in a coma. News of the shooting spread like wildfire and the local news stations carried weekly reports on Scott’s progress. Parmalee’s fans turned out in droves to show their support. Through Facebook campaigns and benefits they raised enough money to help cover Scott’s medical bills. The Nashville community also rallied behind Parmalee donating autographed items and VIP packages to help cover Scott’s medical expenses. “We knew we had a lot of friends and fans,” Josh says. “But we found out exactly how many we had.” By February 2011, Scott was well enough to get behind a drum kit for the first time and the band finally performed their promised label showcase. “We wouldn’t tell everybody how bad off I was because there was no way I wasn’t going to play that show,” Scott says. “I was in a leg brace, but I only had to get through six songs. Parmalee had fought for so much for so long that we decided we hadn’t come this far to stop now.” Through sheer willpower, the band nailed the set and landed a deal with Stoney Creek Records, home to ACM Vocal Duo of the Year Thompson Square and chart-topper Randy Houser.

Looking back on their experiences, the members of Parmalee have no regrets about the path they chose. “All the obstacles and craziness we’ve been through allowed us to help find our home in Nashville,” Matt says. “It took us going through all that to mold us,” Barry continues. “In Hollywood and New York we were always pushed in opposite directions. But Nashville helped us capture our sound – a sound that’s authentic to who we are as both artists and as people.”

All of Parmalee’s hard work, dedication and perseverance is paying off in a big way. Country fans voted the band’s debut single, “Musta Had A Good Time,” #1 for 4 consecutive weeks on SiriusXM’s The Highway “Hot 30 LIVE” countdown and the song became a Top 40 hit on mainstream country radio. The fun-loving party anthem has been featured in national sporting event broadcasts from the PGA to MLB. Parmalee was named a “Bubbling Under Artist” by Billboard magazine (June 2013) and one of Clear Channel’s NEW! Artists to Watch in 2013. MTV Networks also hand picked Parmalee to perform as part of its 2013 O Music Awards and the foursome recently appeared on the 4th Annual American Country Awards. Parmalee recently made history when its multi-week #1 smash “Carolina” became the longest climbing single by a duo or group in the 24-year history of the Billboard Country Airplay Chart. Parmalee was also the first multi-member Country act to garner a #1 single on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase/ Country Aircheck charts since Florida Georgia Line. “Carolina” was recently certified GOLD (for over 500,000 in sales) by the RIAA.

Parmalee’s debut country album, FEELS LIKE CAROLINA, has earned critical praise from People, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsday, Billboard and more. In 2014, Parmalee earned a semi-finalist nod for the Academy of Country Music’s coveted “New Artist of the Year” award, a 2014 Teen Choice Award nomination for “Choice Country Group” and toured with one of country’s leading male vocalists, Jake Owen, on his Days Of Gold Tour. Parmalee’s latest hit, “Close Your Eyes,” recently became its second consecutive Top 3 hit at country radio. This year, Parmalee hits the road with Brad Paisley on his “Country Nation World Tour,” kicking off Jan. 17, 2015 in Morgantown, WV. The band’s new single, “Already Callin’ You Mine” impacts country radio on Feb. 2, 2015.

www.parmalee.com

This show is 19+. You must be 19+ years of age to enter with a valid state or federally issued ID. No refunds. All sales are final.

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Wedding Banned

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

Skip the ceremony, start the party! 80's and 90's with other guilty pleasures that take you back to great times in your life. Be the bride and groom!

Wedding Banned is a cover band 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 and comedy. The band relocated to Chicago.

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. Wedding Banned has played at The Taste of Chicago. Chicago Rocker magazine voted Wedding Banned the best dance band in Chicago.

Wedding Banned performs at corporate events and weddings. They have performed for LinkedIn, The Bradley Center, Easter Seals, Northwestern University, Navy Pier, The City of Chicago, GroupOn!, Peoria Illinois Local 50 Firefighters, CDW and The Mercy Home for Boys and Girls to name a few. Wedding Banned performs at The Blue Chip Casino, Hollywood Casino, Harrah’s Casino and Rivers Casino. CBS Chicago voted Wedding Banned the best wedding band in Chicago.

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Diamond Rio

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

Fat City Bar and Grill is proud to welcome DIAMOND RIO 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, come hang out at The City Center for 'One More Day!'

Six-time Vocal Group of the Year, Diamond Rio won their first Grammy for their first Christian album, The Reason on Word Records which also garnered the band their first Dove award.

Formed in 1984, Diamond Rio features lead singer Marty Roe, guitarist Jimmy Olander, drummer Brian Prout, keyboardist Dan Truman, bassist/harmony Dana Williams and Gene Johnson on mandolin/harmony. The band signed with Arista in the early 90's and embarked on one of the most successful careers in country music. The band has sold over 10 million albums earning three platinum and five gold records and won the Country Music Association’s Vocal Group of the Year award four times as well as netting two Academy of Country Music Awards in the top Vocal Group of the Year category and thirteen GRAMMY ® nominations.

When they debuted in 1991 with the hit “Meet in the Middle,” Diamond Rio became the first group in the history of country music to have a debut single reach No. 1. They continued to place 32 more singles on the Billboard chart, including “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “Norma Jean Riley,” “Beautiful Mess," “Love a Little Stronger," and "One More Day."

The band are long-time supporters and National Spokespersons for Big Brothers Big Sisters and have raised over 1.5 million dollars for the charity to date through annual events including golf tournaments and Team Rio, a marathon and half group.

http://www.diamondrio.com/

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Drew Baldridge

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

As a 12-year-old Drew Baldridge and his buddy rolled his father’s Old MGB in front of the derby crowd because the car wouldn’t even start, the youngster was already a seasoned performer. The duo went on to perform a stellar rendition of “Greased Lightning” with his buddy in the back of the car, fake cigarette in mouth, sliding down the front of the car, and with detailed choreography to match the racy lyrics. You could say it was quite salacious for the small town of Patoka, IL, population 600.

This memory only marks one of the upbeat mid-westerner’s childhood performances. “I’ve loved performing from a very early age. I performed to “Thriller” and “Men in Black” at my elementary school talent show. My mom would make up choreography to go along with the songs. It was great,” recalls Baldridge. “I would take to the dance floor at wedding reception even if no one was dancing just to be able to perform in front of people. That’s when I learned how to win over a crowd. They would all be applauding by the end of the song,” says Drew with a smile.

Standing at 6’1", Drew grew up playing basketball and baseball, but would perform the “National Anthem” at all his games. “The high school I went to was too small for a band, but no one thought anything of me being a jock and a singer. I used any and every outlet I could to share my passion with others. The openly Christian teenager joined a quartet at church singing bass while his father sang tenor. Later on he began playing acoustic gigs at a nearby bar on Saturday nights. “My Dad stood by me and my preacher told me Jesus didn’t just preach in church, and I could be that light through my music.”

“It made perfect sense to become a country artist. I like to tell stories, and singing about where I come from,” explains Baldridge. He recalls his father buying a Dodge Intrepid when he was five years old and the owner threw in a cassette tape with the deal. “Alabama’s ‘Born Country’ was the first country song I fell in love with. We played that cassette over and over. The song rang true to me because my grandpa’s childhood home was just down the road, where the house that his father built by hand still stands.” Four generations of Baldridge’s family have lived and farmed that land in rural Illinois.

“If you have to describe my music in 3 words, I would have to say it’s fun, real, and positive,” says the singer/songwriter. “I love what Keith Urban says about creating music; ‘We don’t make music to impress, but to inspire.’ I truly believe that you know.” One of his favorite songs he recently worked on is “God’s Front Porch,” which was released on Easter of this year and is featured on Crossing County Lines Vol. II. “What a blessing it would be to be in the presence of the Lord on his front porch.”

In 2013, Drew signed with THiS Music, joining the ranks of Nashville’s most prominent and prolific songwriters. He went on to release his debut EP, All Good and his singles “BYOB” and “She’s Taken” became Midwestern radio staples. His new music project, Crossing County Lines is being released in three installments throughout 2015. The first volume was released this past December and debuted at #15 on the iTunes Country Chart. CCL Vol. II released April 7.

Known as much as a performer as a singer, Drew brings a rousing, energy-packed show to every opening or headlining date. “I am so very excited for my fans and future fans to hear my song ‘Dance With Ya.’ I went into the songwriting session with this melody in my head, and I said I want something that I could dance to. That’s what we created,” says Baldridge. The tune features a horn section, hypnotic chorus and topped off with Drew’s signature dance moves, “Dance With Ya” is destined to be a crowd-pleaser.

“I want to build my career the way Eric Church built his. He has an incredible fan base that he gained out on the road, which is similar to what we are doing. “Team work makes the dream work’ is the motto me and my band go by.” Catch up-and-comer Drew Baldridge and his band on the road in a city near you.

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The Brat Pack

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

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.

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Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

“Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press is like the cover band that’s never seen a cover band.” – Said a smart, observant man.

Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press is an exciting cover band from Chicago, entertaining crowds at clubs, festivals, weddings, and other events all across the Midwest since 2008. Their unique song repertoire include hits ranging from Hall & Oates to Taylor Swift, Queen to The Beatles, and Wilson Phillips to Elton John! You may even hear some of our off-the-wall choices from Les Miserables, The Golden Girls, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and classic Disney movies!

Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press combine excellent musicianship, bone-crushing 3-part vocal harmonies, and a contagious stage energy that will keep you dancing!

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