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Society of Broken Souls and Joe Rian

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


Society of Broken Souls is the songwriting duo of multi-instrumentalists Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter. Performing their own brand of American Roots Music, they write unflinching songs that confront our shared, raw humanity while celebrating the beautiful mosaic of the human experience. Having performed in 25 states from coast to coast over the last decade, their live show features seamless harmony vocals and a wide array of instruments and sounds. From stripped down, bare-bones acoustic arrangements to a denser and edgier electric sound, their songs invite the listener to walk through the fire with them — and to find freedom, strength and courage on the other side.


Joe Rian is a singer and songwriter originally from Rock Falls, IL. He is a working man's songwriter drawing on every day experiences from early life in the country to the early mornings of the city. Somewhere between roots, alt-country, and raw, simple 50s blues. Backing Joe is Americana Slide Master Jimbo Delta (Jim Parks) on Slide Guitar.