What’s that sound radiating outward from Champaign-Urbana in downstate Illinois? It’s blues-rock band The Ars Nova from the Illinois Chapter of Acacia! The four-piece ensemble competed on October 20th in the Prairie Crossroads Blues Society’s International Blues Challenge. The guys played an energetic set to a full house, with original songs featuring a heavy rock beat and some excellent guitar work. Though The Ars Nova missed out on first place and a trip to Memphis, their tight play after only one year playing together shows promise for a bright future.