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Mark Gibson, Todd Kessler, Lucy Isabel

  • Uncommon Ground (Edgewater) 1401 West Devon Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)


Soulful. Original. Music. Singer/songwriter Mark Gibson has been a professional musician for 15 years. He’s released numerous albums throughout his career, with his latest offering, “Live From Soul City,” now available. He’s a dynamic performer that can glide between being smooth and unassuming, to creating attention grabbing, emotional crescendos. He recently moved from Tulsa, OK to Cincinnati, OH. He performs in both cities regularly, and will be touring in 2018. 


Calling Todd Kessler a singer/songwriter simply wouldn’t do him justice. The rising folk-rock star is the consummate storyteller, with a remarkable ability to take listeners on a winding, wonderful, and introspective journey through the depths of the human experience. 

Kessler’s highly anticipated new album, About Memory, was released on November 3, 2017. The album finds Kessler going back to his roots, producing a timeless folk sound with hints of alt-rock and classic Americana. Recorded in Los Angeles at New Monkey Studio (made famous by Elliot Smith), About Memory was produced by Marc Daniel Nelson (Fleetwood Mac, Colbie Caillat) and Ran Jackson (Katy Perry, Goo Goo Dolls) and mastered by Eric Boulanger, who has worked with industry titans like Adele, Green Day, and Neil Young. To date, Kessler has released two singles from About Memory: “Old Fashioned Way” and “The Letter.” 

Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Kessler graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Music Theory and Composition. Shortly after graduating, he released his first LP, We Are the Musicmakers. In 2012, Kessler formed Todd Kessler and The New Folk, and they released their first album, Sea Fever, which was produced by Manny Sanchez (Patrick Stump, Umphrees McGee). The album’s release was supported with a lengthy residency at Schubas Tavern, but as it happened, Kessler missed part of the residency when he was chosen as part of Team Ceelo on NBC’s The Voice.

Gaining exposure from The Voice, Todd Kessler and the New Folk began touring more, playing festivals like Summerfest, Taste of Chicago and Mile of Music. Between 2013 and 2015, the band worked on new material and released two singles: "Exactly Where I Should Be" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." But, as members of the New Folk began getting married and having children, life on the road became arduous. Eventually, the New Folk agreed to a break, disbanding indefinitely to spend time with their families.

Influenced by artists like Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Ryan Adams and David Gray, Kessler continues to evolve into the bold storyteller he’s always wanted to be.


Lucy Isabel is a singer-songwriter, originally from Monmouth County, New Jersey. From the age of six, she knew she wanted a career in the arts. She attended a performing arts high school, where she was a piano major. From there, Lucy went on to Yale University. As a Theater Studies major, Lucy participated in numerous stage productions. In her free time, she taught herself to play guitar and began writing music of her own.

In her senior year at Yale, Lucy began singing with the prestigious all-senior a cappella group, Whim 'n Rhythm. Over the course of her senior year, Lucy toured extensively with Whim, both domestically and internationally. It was with Whim that Lucy gained priceless insight as a member of a professional, touring music act.

In the fall of 2014, Lucy embarked on her next journey: a three-month, solitary road trip around the continental US. Relying on the kindness of strangers, Lucy was able to visit 42 states, performing and writing music as she went. Following this adventure, she made her move to Nashville, TN where she continued to hone her skills as a songwriter and performer. In June 2016, she released her debut EP, Along The Way, and followed that with a successful tour of the Midwest. She has been touring consistently since then, and, in February 2017, Lucy released a 4 song EP called "Kane". The release, a song cycle centered on the artist's maternal family, is a triumph in storytelling. Both of her EPs are available on all major online music distribution platforms.