The Canopy Club: Live Music On Campus

Just because you’re in central Illinois and not a major city like Chicago doesn’t mean you can’t get a taste of live music like you would get at Lollapalooza, the 4-day summer festival in Grant Park. Illinois is home to The Canopy Club in Urbana, which is just a short walk from the Main Quad.

The Canopy Club is a live music venue that attracts local and world famous musicians that everyone recognizes—artists of all genres that range all the way from Ben Folds to Bone Thugz and Harmony. Whatever music genre you are into, The Canopy Club will have performers for you.

It’s not just musicians that come down to perform at The Canopy Club either. Last November, I had the opportunity to see famous comedian Hannibal Burress come do stand up comedy. The show was announced the night before and my friends and I love watching the show Broad City so we couldn’t miss this show.

My reaction to seeing Hannibal Burress. Source: Giphy

Burress was doing a show in St. Louis and he was going back on his way to Chicago, his hometown but he figured he would do a surprise show in Urbana since it was on the way. That’s another great thing about Champaign-Urbana because it’s a great central location between St. Louis and Chicago.

Last weekend, I saw this amazing cover band from Chicago called Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press. They are a popular cover band and they sang everything from Disney’s Moana to Taylor Swift. There were hundreds of people singing the songs together and it was such a fun time. Tickets were only $8 too, which isn’t surprising for Canopy Club show because it’s a venue that serves affordable tickets for students like us. It’s really a great resource and venue to check out live music. My biggest regret from my college experience will be not going to the Canopy Club enough, so please make sure you take advantage of everything Illinois has to offer!

The view of the amazing cover band at Canopy Club. Source: Personal photo


Class of 2018
I’m an Advertising major in the College of Media. I’m from a northwest suburb of Chicago called Buffalo Grove. I chose Illinois because it was the first university in the entire world to offer an Advertising major, which is pretty cool!