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Caleb Ryan Martin, John McDonough, Heather Kropf

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

Caleb Ryan Martin has, according to one reviewer, "a high lonesome voice and rhythm that can at times invoke a lonesome ramblin' man sound, a voice that will haunt you with some type of mysterious mountain holler sound, like a banshee singing in the nether woods." Caleb Ryan Martin, an acoustic bluegrass, folk and roots musician hailing from the hills of Fayetteville, AR. Looking like a man from leaner and meaner times, Caleb has traveled and played music all across the Midwest and Gulf Coast region, singing with expressive vocals, playing guitar, and picking the banjo providing people with melodic medicine. Caleb currently averages between 150 - 200 shows a year, with no sign of slowing down.

John McDonough is a singer/songwriter from Austin, Texas whose shows span five decades of hits combined with unique originals. 

John's acoustic guitar work, passionate vocals, and personal lyrics result in a modern singer/songwriter/pop sound rarely heard. John has been touring the country in support of his current CD "Surrounding Colors." With his single "The Place Where I Belong," he hit number one on the Indie World Country Record Report. He has drawn comparisons to Elton John and Harry Chapin for his vocal style and abilities, while Austin radio host Stephen Rice has compared John's emotional storytelling to the songwriting styles of James Blunt and Damien Rice.

Portland native Heather Kropf, now living in Pittsburgh, has forged a reputation as a talented and dedicated songwriter. With honeyed vocals reminiscent of early influenced Suzanne Vega and Joni Mitchell, she deftly weaves Americana and jazz influences into piano-based songs that capture the complexity of modern life and romance. Her live performances straddle a fine line of relaxing and mesmerizing.

She recently went to Nashville to collaborate with producer/multi-instrumentalist Lex Price (Mindy Smith, Neko Case, k.d. lang). Together, they created her fifth release, Lights, a starkly beautiful album of heart-wrenching pop songs, listed as a best album of 2017 by Pittsburgh's TribLIVE, and an honoree finalist for Top Entertainment + Media Projects of the Year by the Creative Industries Project.

Later Event: July 7