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RJ Comer and Justin Howl

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


Originally from Chicago, bluesy Americana/Alt Country artist RJ Comer has toured in Canada and throughout the United States, including official appearances at SXSW, the Canadian Music Week Festival, the Key Largo Original Music Festival, and the Baton Rouge Third Street Songwriter’s Festival.

As a recording artist, RJ’s garnered critical acclaim and radio success.  His new release, One Last Kiss, is getting air-play throughout the U.S. and the U.K.  It features Parker Milsap’s fiddle player Daniel Foulks and Grammy-winning slide guitarist Randy Kohrs (Jim Lauderdale band).

His 2016 release Nightly Suicide EP got spins throughout the country’s Americana stations, and Tampa’s WMNF 88.5 named it one of the best albums of 2016.  In 2015 RJ released a two-sided single “New Orleans Undercover,” which debuted at #2 on iTunes New Blues Releases Chart. “New Orleans Undercover” was recorded in New Orleans with New Orleans musicians. His debut solo EP “Hell Hole Swamp” (March 2015) included tracks produced in Lafayette, Louisiana by True Blood and Treme’ contributor C.C. Adcock and featuring the legendary Stanton Moore on drums and Artelius Mystic on sousaphone.  


Born and raised in southern Mississippi, but based out of the South Side of Chicago, Justin Howl is a true throwback performer. Despite his home base in the belly of modern blues, he delivers an all-original set that ranges from acoustic to electric while capturing a feel that existed in music 70 years ago. Howl migrated to the Windy City in the mid-2000s to attend graduate school at the prestigious University Of Chicago. Although he’s recently been touring the U.S. performing as a soloist, his band the Salty Dogs have appeared regularly in greater Chicagoland since forming in 2011, performing tunes that are rooted firmly in the pre-War sound even though the songs were penned four or five generations after its heyday.


Earlier Event: August 20
OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure)
Later Event: August 21
OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure)