Southern born, Northern raised, Dylan Doyle has been steeped in everything from Bob Dylan, Wes Montgomery, and Bill Withers to John Prine, Jimi Hendrix, and The Band. From this comes a unique musical interpretation that lies somewhere within the delta of Roots, Rock, and Jazz, giving him a style that defies classification.
Touring nationally since age 15, Dylan became a seasoned professional at a very young age. He has played with such notable musicians Rob Stoner (Bob Dylan, Don McLean), John Platania (Van Morrison, Natalie Merchant), Ben Cauley (Otis Redding) and Bill Payne (Little Feat). Ben Cauley, after playing with Dylan in Memphis said, “Dylan Doyle sounds like a young Jimi Hendrix.” In the words of Bill Payne upon sharing the stage, “Music is a conversation. Dylan spoke beautifully and was listening to the musicians around him. His play was imaginative and original.”
Althea Grace is a young singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Chicago area. Althea’s music can best be described as new age blues with heavy doses of jazz, funk, and soul featuring her powerful, soulful voice and guitar skills to match. Growing up the daughter of music lovers and in a city filled with talent, music quickly became her sole passion in life. Before even learning to drive, Althea began sharing the stage with many notable bands such as X Ambassadors, The Shins & Sylvan Esso. Michael Kaiz of Jambase described Althea as “One of Chicago’s rising gems”.
In 2016, her duo, Future Stuff, released their debut EP. She has spent much of the last year touring the country with Future Stuff opening for blues legend, Doyle Bramhall II and Grammy award-winning band, Los Lobos. Quote via Sheryl Crow (Twitter/Instagram): “Saw a young duo called future stuff last night at City Winery Nashville. They blew me away! Check them out!!” Click here to see the exclusive premiere with Live for Live Music.
Local recording artist (folk), singer-songwriter, Dana Maragos, returns to the hospitality of Uncommon Ground from the recent sold out EP “Dana” release party. Honest and lyrical, the music is spacious and unvarnished reflecting her style. Songs are reflection of her personal journey and shared experience. With a preference for playing out and meeting people, she traverses clubs all over Chicago and across the Midwest where she explores the open mics, makes new friends, listens to new voices.
Born and raised in South Chicago, she began (and continues to) sing in church, and at the age 8 she bought her first guitar for $25 in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. Dana moved to Libertyville as a teen, and later attended U of I in Champaign-Urbana.