Guest Artists

  • Barrage

    7 Oct 2011 - 07:30 PM
    Smith Memorial Hall – Urbana, IL   

    $10 Student/Senior Citizen $15 Adult

  • UIUC School of Music presents Paul Rolland seminar

    5 Nov 2011 - 02:00 PM -05:00 PM
    UIUC School of Music – Urbana, IL   

    Rolland was a very influential string pedagogue who taught at the university in the 60s & 70s.  You have all been touched by his teaching without even knowing!  Bow-Dacious will perform at 2:00 for a master class at this event. That means we’ll perform, and then we’ll get coached on how to improve.  It will be really fun!  Our coach will be Dr. Peter Rolland, who is the son of Paul Rolland, a devoted teacher, a very good fiddler, a nice guy, and a friend of Jordan Kaye!  After we play there will be other activities that we can stay around for.  Lots of other kids from the community will be there too. (There’s no cost for this)

  • Bow-Dacious at the Festival of Trees

    2 Dec 2012 - 02:00 PM -03:00 PM
    Hilton Garden Inn – Champaign, IL   

    Last year's performance at the Taste of Champaign

    The Bow-Dacious String Band will perform at the Junior League’s annual Festival of Trees.  Come on out to support a good cause and hear some great tunes!

    Public Hours Admission
    $5 adults
    $3 children 4-12 and seniors
    Children 3 and under FREE Tickets are available for purchase at the door.

    More details

  • Banjo Workshop with Stephen Wade

    20 Apr 2013 - 12:00 PM -04:00 PM
    C4A Studios – Urbana, IL   


    Saturday, April 20, from noon to 4PM, C4A  will host an extended afternoon instructional workshop with banjoist, folklorist, and author Stephen Wade. 

    Stephen is an extraordinary banjo player, a skilled performer, and an experienced teacher and this event will be an unusual treat. 

    The cost for this workshop is $60, and Stephen will do a follow-up workshop in early June at a lower price, for returning participants.

    To register, email Tom Faux

     Here are some links to more information about Stephen:



  • Race Street Bash this Sunday, June 9th!

    9 Jun 2013 - 01:00 PM -05:00 PM
    Community Center for the Arts – Urbana   

    The Race Street Bash is back!

    We got rained out over Memorial Day weekend but we’re back with a vengance–and a SOLID rain plan! If bad weather threatens we will move the whole festival–concerts, workshops, games and all– indoors to Corson’s Music and C4A Studios.  Reduced RSB 2012 try-it smile

    This family-friendly festival is all about the performing arts! There will be live music, family activities, and hands-on ways for you to get involved in music, theater, art, and circus skills!

    C4A faculty and student ensembles will be performing, and the Duke of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra (featuring C4A faculty member, Claire Cannon) will headline this event.

    RSB 2012 Oobleck

    The Race Street Bash is free and open to the public! Be there or miss it.

  • Stephen Wade, 'Getting Their Hands on the Tune' Presentation at MillerComm2014

    30 Oct 2013 - 04:00 PM -05:00 PM
    Knight Auditorium – Urbana   
    Stephen Wade smiling

    Stephen Wade  will give a CAS MillerComm2014 presentation entitled GETTING THEIR HANDS ON THE TUNE: FROM THE FRONT PORCH TO THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS AND BACK AGAIN,  Wednesday, October 30, 4:00pm, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory Ave., Urbana.

    Stephen Wade is George A. Miller Visiting Scholar during his time on campus.  He is an accomplished musician and author whose latest book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience was published by UI Press last year simultaneously with an hour-long CD Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition (Smithsonian Folkways).

    Award winning banjoist and author Stephen Wade explores how American music reinvents itself as individuals reshape the songs and tunes of a common, shared repertoire. Through live music and images, Wade will discuss this meeting of the personal and historical: how in the act of putting their hands on a traditional tune gifted players transform it while connecting it to its history and to their own communities.

    Hosted by: University of Illinois Press

    In conjunction with: Department of African American Studies. Department of Anthropology, Department of Dance, Department of English, Department of Theatre, Division of Musicology, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, School of Music, Sousa Archive and Center for American Music, Spurlock Museum, Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, Community Center for the Arts (C4A) 

    This presentation is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the Center for Advanced Study at 333-6729 or 


    Stephen Wade will also appear the following day at Sousa Archives and Center for American Music.

    The Wanderings of “Rock Island Line” and “Coal Creek March”
    Guest lecture featuring Stephen Wade
    Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
    Oct 31, 3:00pm
    Admission: Free

    Join musician, recording artist, and writer Stephen Wade as he reveals through words, photographs, sound recordings, and live performance on banjo, the origination and perpetuation of Rock Island Line and Coal Creek March by generations of musicians. Wade will explore the living lore associated with each song and their many creators as well as explain his own personal experiences collecting these stories. His presentation promises to not only capture the words and tunes of these traditional folk melodies, but also highlight the songs’ deeper musical and cultural spirit as they crisscrossed America’s musical highways. For further information and reservations contact the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music 217-333-4577 or (

  • Tatiana Shustova & Aaron Jacobs Perform at TUFL

    8 Nov 2013 - 04:15 PM -05:00 PM
    The Urbana Free Library – Urbana   

    Check out two of our resident faculty playing as part of the monthly series, Prairie Breezes, at the Urbana Free Library. Their performance will take place on Nov 8, 4:15-5:00 PM.

  • C4A Bi-Semester Solo Recital

    10 Nov 2013 - 01:00 PM -03:00 PM
    C4A Studios, downstairs – Urbana   

    Join us as our students perform in our bi-semester solo recital! It will be a great way to prepare for our end-of-semester recital, C4A Day!

  • Tatiana's Students' Grand Piano Recital

    16 Nov 2013 - 12:00 PM -01:00 PM
    Clark-Lindsey Village – Urbana   

    Watch Tatiana’s students perform on a baby grand piano at the Clark-Lindsey Retirement Village. 

  • C4A presents Jazz Talks

    23 Nov 2013 - 06:00 PM -07:30 PM
    Iron Post – Urbana   


    Jazz enthusiasts and musicians Morgan Powell, Shab Wirtel, and Gary Peyton arrived in Urbana-Champaign in the 1960s. All three were graduates of the outstanding jazz program at North Texas State University, and quickly joined into what was already a thriving, active jazz scene. Many remember gathering places such as Trino’s, Red Herring, Nature’s Table and Mabel’s, where music and friends could be found at almost any hour of the day or night. Others remember connections to the jazz program at the University of Illinois, with its many jazz bands and their leader, John Garvey.

     On Saturday, Nov. 23, 6-7:30 p.m., the three will gather at the Iron Post to share their memories, sponsored by the Community Center for the Arts (C4A). Tom Faux, a more recently arrived participant in the local music community, jazz enthusiast, and faculty member at C4A and Illinois State, will emcee the discussion, with time for questions and maybe even a little music.

     The cover is $10, and thanks to the Iron Post, all proceeds will go to support C4A. The session is the first of a series, Jazz Talks, to be sponsored by C4A. In addition to sure-fire entertainment for jazz lovers, the session will document the early history of an important time in one of U-C’s strong musical traditions.