Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Healing powers of the wilderness

Back in the day, he knew them when they were Green

Long before its Tuesday State Farm Center appearance, Green Day played at a Champaign club that has long since closed — Mabel's.

A University of Illinois alum and his band shared the bill.

While living in Champaign-Urbana, Jon Ginoli was in a popular local band called the Outnumbered.

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Here's what's happening the in the area's ...

Music scene

Get close to the music at DoCha

DoCha, downtown Champaign's free music festival, now in its eighth season, will take place Friday through next Sunday in the Orpheum Theatre.

'Exceedingly beautiful' piece

URBANA — St. Patrick's Church in Urbana will host a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday featuring Gabriel Faure's "Requiem," the best-known of the composer's large works.

Club listings, March 23-30, 2017

THURSDAY, March 23

BAXTER'S AMERICAN GRILLE: Andy Moreillon (blues/rock/folk), 6 p.m.

CLARK BAR: New Twang City, 6 p.m.; C-U Comedy's "The Open Mic," (all sign-ups in advance,, 9 p.m.

IRON POST: Gonzo Diablo, 8 p.m.

JT WALKER'S RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR, Mahomet: Thursday Night Trivia League, 6:30 p.m.

John Frayne: Sinfonia, Oratorio Society shine in powerful 'Elijah'

Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah" is a monumental work. It is not as long in performance as George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" or Johann Sebastian Bach's "Saint Matthew Passion," but it can seem as long as either of these.

Entertainment listings, March 23-30, 2017

Special events

This weekend


Notes-Worthy: Band goals

Music notes with C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown:

Glen Campbell's faculties failing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Glen Campbell's wife says Alzheimer's disease has robbed the 80-year-old singer's ability to play guitar.

But Kim Campbell tells The Tennessean that her husband occasionally breaks into a solo air guitar routine, which she says is "kind of fun."

UI alumna will try to prove she's got 'The Voice'

University of Illinois alumna Micah Tryba is not every woman at all — she's in a good position to advance on "The Voice."

She sang "I'm Every Woman" — a la Whitney Houston, not Chaka Khan's original version — to win a place on Blake Shelton's team for upcoming episodes of the NBC reality show.