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

TICKETS NOW ON SALE for the kickoff event for the first show at our brand new 9,000 square foot venue. Thursday April 2 we are proud to welcome DUSTIN LYNCH to open THE CITY CENTER. Get your tickets fast as they will go quickly.
$20 Pre-sale General Admission Tickets
$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 DUSTIN LYNCH TICKETS!

Please note: You must be 19+ years of age to enter with a valid state or federally issued ID.

Saturday April 11 Fat City Bar and Grill is proud to welcome JANA KRAMER 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, 'Why Ya Wanna' be anywhere besides The City Center?!?
$15 Pre-sale General Admission Tickets
$20 Pre-sale VIP Pit Pass Tickets (ONLY available online)
$20 Pre-sale VIP Mezzanine Tickets (ONLY available at the bar)

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE JANA KRAMER TICKETS!


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Keep track of our progress on the City Center Entertainment Venue that we are launching this spring. The new facility will be built in place of our existing beer garden and will feature over 9,000 square feet of space. The building will allow us to continue to feature some of the best local and regional acts and have the ability to book larger national acts as well. We will have around 14,000 square feet of entertainment space once the City Center is built, with a 3,700 square foot indoor bar, 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 March 27: OFF THE WALL!!!
Fat City is excited to welcome OFF the WALL to the stage for the first time!

A very talented Party Rock Band ...
Music for those who love to dance !!! 
High Energy , Modern Pop, Modern Country, Classic Funk, Motown ......
You Will Love ....... OFF THE WALL!

Journey, Styx, Bruno Mars, Pink, Maroon 5, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Black Keys, Hall & Oates and MANY MORE!


For more information: Off The Wall @ Fat City Facebook event


Saturday March 28: 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 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.


For more information: Upshot @ Fat City Facebook Event

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Thomas Nicholas Band

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

Come rock out with Thomas Nicholas Band!

You may know Thomas better as Henry Rowengartner from Rookie of The Year or Kevin Myers from the American Pie film series.

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)

Age limit: 19+

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Dustin Lynch

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

 

Broken Bow Records artist Dustin Lynch occupies a unique place in today’s country music. Thanks to his classic sensibilities, he’s been heralded as the heir to George Strait’s throne. Yet with one listen to his newest hit, “Where It’s At,” it’s obvious the young Tennessee native knows how to combine his traditional influences with an edgy intensity that places him at the vanguard of today’s contemporary country scene.

It’s that ability to fuse his country roots with a progressive musical vision that makes Lynch one of today’s most successful young artists. His self-titled debut hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart – making him the only new male artist to achieve such a feat that year. The album’s lead single, “Cowboys and Angels,” exceeded platinum sales status while earning Lynch a legion of devoted fans. “Cowboys and Angels” became a modern day country classic, ending the year as one Billboard’s Top 5 Country Songs of 2012.

Lynch further cemented his next-big-thing status with the sexy, up-tempo barnstormer “She Cranks My Tractor” which reached #1 on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. The accolades continued to pour in, among them Rolling Stone heralding Lynch as “The New Hat in Town” in the magazine’s 2013 “Best of Rock” issue. Lynch’s career momentum continued as he opened for Keith Urban on his recent Light the Fuse Tour and earned critical praise from American Songwriter, Billboard, Country Weekly, Elle, The Los Angeles Times, People, The Washington Post and USA Today, to name a few.

Lynch’s Facebook fan page has grown by nearly ONE MILLION in the last year and his Twitter by 184%. He’s soared to #1 on the MTV Music Meter, earned a #1 ringtone on CMT, a Top 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Songs Chart, two American Country Award and one CMT Music Award nomination. Lynch has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, CBS This Morning, FOX & Friend’s All American Summer Concert Series, MTV’s Best of 2012 Concert; presented alongside Carmen Electra at the 2012 American Country Awards and performed at the 2013 CMT Music Awards.

This Fall, Lynch returns with his highly anticipated sophomore album, WHERE IT’S AT, produced by Brett Beavers (Dierks Bentley), Luke Wooten (Brad Paisley) and Mickey Jack Cones (Jason Aldean), flag-shipped by the up-tempo title track, which has quickly become a summertime anthem and been named an iTunes Top 5 Hot Country Song.

$20-35 Age limit: 19+

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Johnnie Mae

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

***Johnnie Mae is an exciting soul band in the vein of Tina Turner and Marvin Gaye, with Funk, Rock, Disco, Blues and Americana on tap as well. With duo male/female lead vocalists, Johnnie Mae has ultimate versatility. Playing original music along with covers from The Gap Band, Meghan Trainor, James Brown, Amy Winehouse, KC and the Sunshine Band, Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, The Doobie Brothers, Chuck Berry, Nelly, Old Crow, Animals, Stevie Wonder, Peggy Lee, Ray Charles and more, this 7 piece band can bring the party to you and keep you dancing night!

Age limit: 19+

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Clayton Anderson

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

 

It all started with fun-fetti cake and karaoke birthday parties. Every year, Clayton Anderson wanted the same thing and insisted that his little sister do it also.

In college, Clayton decided to learn guitar because he thought it’d impress the ladies. Next thing he knew, he and his friends were playing local parties and bars. After he graduated, he won Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star Competition. It was the boost of confidence he needed to leave his job at a mortgage company and move to Nashville.

Clayton's first record in 2011, Torn Jeans & Tailgates climbed to #12 on the iTunes Country Chart, situating itself next to household names like Zac Brown, Brad Paisley, and Blake Shelton.

Clayton has been traveling across the country playing backrooms, side stages, and honky tonks from Michigan to Florida, each time gaining a few more fans and a better foothold on areas that aren’t traditional country strongholds. He’s opened for some of country’s biggest stars, the likes of Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Darius Rucker and even Mr. Party himself, Jimmy Buffett.

Even though he now spends most of his time on the road, Clayton makes a point to stay tied to home. He still keeps an Indiana phone number so his grandmother can call him, and he made sure he was home for the birth of his first niece.

Clayton writes and sings what he knows. He grew up in Bedford, a small town in southern Indiana. Clayton spent his summer days on Lake Monroe. He loved the Colts before they were good. Clayton pulls a lot of his musical inspiration from his home state’s pool of legends: John Mellencamp, Michael Jackson, John Hiatt, David Lee Roth, and Axl Rose.

Clayton knows he’s been very blessed. He says his success has been thanks to his supportive family, friends and incredible fans. His journey, like most, has been full of ups and downs, but he plans to always remember those who helped him along the way.

This new album is very personal for Clayton. He wrote or co-wrote almost all the songs on this project. Each track marks a different moment in his journey to “Right Where I Belong.”

$7 Age limit: 19+

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Jana Kramer

Fat City Bar and Grill, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign

 

Fat City Bar and Grill is proud to welcome JANA KRAMER 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, 'Why Ya Wanna' be anywhere besides The City Center?!?

“Love,” the debut single from Jana Kramer’s sophomore album, is the perfect musical statement for the singer-songwriter as a woman and an award-winning artist. As its mono-monikered title suggests, “Love” “simply yet profoundly captures the many facets of our most powerful emotion while revealing the edgy authenticity of one of country’s finest vocal stylists.

“This song is all about hope and believing in love and it’s not just about the love of a romantic relationship,” she says. “It’s about the love between a mother and daughter, giving back and paying it forward. If you look, there is love all around you. To me, it’s all about believing in love.

“I wanted something to truly show me to a core of who I am as an artist and a person, and this song really showcases that, especially about how I love to love,” she says. “I love giving back and paying it forward and loving with my whole heart. People want to know me? Well, this is me.”

Kramer is one of the most successful new female artists to emerge in the last few years. She was named the Academy of Country Music’s 2013 New Female Vocalist of the Year and earned the title of the most-played debut artist at country radio in 2012. She was one of the fastest-rising debut artists of 2012 and performed hundreds of shows across the nation. Her self-titled debut album received tremendous critical praise and hit the Top 5 on the Billboard country albums chart, while “Why Ya Wanna” reached No. 3 on the country radio chart. “This entire album will be a real eye-opener not only for Jana’s fans, but also for people who haven’t discovered her yet,” says Scott Hendricks, executive vice president of A&R for Warner Music Nashville.

“She is a great stylist,” he says. “She doesn’t sound like anybody else. In a sea of female singers who are technically amazing, she sticks out because of the way she phrases things.” Through the process of touring and recording her second album, she has also learned to believe in herself and trust her instincts. “I will always be changing, but where I am right now is 100 percent authentic of who I am and how I perform. “I am serious and I am competitive,” says Kramer, who wrote six of the album’s 11 songs. “I am loving and I am fun. I am very sassy and I don’t back down. I still have that edge, but I am going to write songs from the heart and you’re going to know who I am through every song on the album. These 11 songs on this album are me to a ‘T’.” During the last year, the Michigan native performed numerous songs she was considering for her album, and if her fans didn’t respond enthusiastically, the songs didn’t make the album. “I really want them to have a piece in this as well because if they are who I am singing to. I am here because of the fans, so they deserve to have input on my second album.

“My fans have continued to support me, even through some tough times. The excitement that they show me when I am on stage gives me confidence. When I go into the studio, I know I’m getting better every day. I sing with every bit of emotion in my body. I feel like I am giving them the best performance I can give.”

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.

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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Drew Baldridge

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

 

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.

$7 Age limit: 19+

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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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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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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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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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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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