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CHEL w/ India Ramey and Grace Blackford - 6PM | $10

  • Uncommon Ground (Lakeview) 3800 North Clark Street Chicago, IL, 60613 United States (map)


With an indie soul spirit threading through her Pop music, artist Chel writes songs that are poignant, accessible and important. Her radio worthy arrangements along with her inspiring positive outlook and on-point delivery keeps her current fans engaged and her fan-base growing. Coming from a challenging start in St. Louis, MO, Chel was told for most of her life that she did not have the body type or look to succeed in the music industry. She was ridiculed, insulted, and even physically bullied on a regular basis. Through it all, two things became clear to Chel. She discovered that her outward appearance was directly correlated with her inward appearance and that her dreams were not going to chase themselves. Chel started to love who she was becoming and to believe in her abilities and soon, sparks began to fly. With a newfound desire to prove the world wrong, Chel released her single: “That Fire” -which had a good freshman run on YouTube with almost 80K views and over 1 million plays on Facebook: People now notice her conviction and confidence and she has their attention. In 4 short years, Chel has amassed a Facebook fan-base of over 1.1 Million followers, her music videos gaining 16M views, and a recent added Instagram account of 49K+ followers and growing quickly. Chel was hired to host her own prime time radio show on DASH X Radio. The EDM/POP show features other up and coming artists and the latest in pop music. Chel’s inspiration led her to a tour in March of 2017 with David Correy (X-Factor finalist) and later she opened for Jason Derulo in August and the following month played a sold out stadium opening for Nelly. Chel has begun to receive offers from several national clothing brands to endorse. Having experimented with a few different sounds and styles of music in the past few years, Chel has recently found her sound and writes about the challenges and barriers that life puts in your path. Believing in yourself isn’t always easy, but Chel inspires us and has an important message for everyone: “You are beautiful and your struggles will only continue to add to your beauty.”

Blasting twin barrels of Americana noire and southern-gothic songwriting, India Ramey fires on all cylinders with her national debut, Snake Handler.

Video With the release of the Home EP, Grace Blackford takes the best parts of some classic genres to breed a sound familiar, but her own. Lush with addicting progressions, a classic jazz vocal approach, and plenty of pop undertones, the record boasts the aesthetic of neo-soul anthems. The first single, “Darkness", pulls you in with its infectious vintage soul vibe, followed by its emotionally driven vocals and its ability to build and breathe as it plays on. “'Darkness' is about the natural doubts and confusion that can arise in a long-term relationship. It also plays with the guilt that often accompany these doubts that might arise; 'How do you know what you’re doing? How do you know if it’s real?' Committing to someone is a deliberate choice that will naturally come with what-ifs, just like any big decision, and this song explores those feelings. ” explains the songwriter of her single. Although the single does speak volumes for the EP, to get a real understanding for where Blackford is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety. “I think its revealed to me that I do not fit in just one genre, and every song I write is a cross between so many genres; jazz, r&b, pop. This realization is cool but also inspires me to see what could happen if I hone it in and focus on one genre, or even try to mix them more intentionally. These songs evolved very organically. Hearing them back has definitely given me ideas for what I want to work on in the future, which I think will cause my sound to mature.” says Blackford of creating the record. Born and raised in Ohio to a musical family, Grace Blackford has always loved music, but she knew she had to learn more about it to truly master her craft. After taking a trip to Chicago with her mother during her high school years, she fell in love with the city fairly quickly and ended up attending a liberal arts school near Chicago to study Jazz. During her time in college she made valuable musical connections, including the very musicians featured on her EP, along with others that taught her about bravery and musicality. The Home EP is a testament to where she is at with her sound right now. Having performed at some classic venues like The Elbo Room, Cafe Mustache, Northbar, and more, Grace is certainly not new to spreading the music through live performance. Home is available for streaming and download on most major digital outlets and the artist already lining up new shows in support of her release.

Earlier Event: November 13
Max Subar w/ Loren Cole $10
Later Event: November 14
Greenstar Brewing Tour - Ticket $30