Brennan Mackey of King Cardinal, Rebecca Jasso, Alex Pomerantz - 7PM | $10
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Brennan Mackey of King Cardinal, Rebecca Jasso, Alex Pomerantz - 7PM | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


“I moved to Denver on a whim,” says King Cardinal founder Brennan Mackey. “I’d been living in Chicago, working a finance job that I didn’t love, and I knew exactly what the rest of my life would look like if I stayed there. I decided I wanted to throw everything up in the air and see where it landed.”

It makes sense, then, that the cover of King Cardinal’s stellar debut album, ‘Great Lakes,’ depicts a man catapulting himself headlong into the unknown, trading safety and security for adventure and excitement as he leaps over a protective railing. If the record is any indication, Mackey’s own bold leaps have paid off in spades. Pushing raw roots rock into lush, sonically daring territory with hints of cosmic country and delicate folk, ‘Great Lakes’ showcases the five-piece group’s exceptional musicianship and the powerful emotional depth of the vocal interplay between Mackey and fellow singer Texanna Dennie.


Chicago native Rebecca Jasso is a singer/songwriter who playfully writes around the themes of love, loneliness, and fantasy, skillfully weaving her melodies into the harmonic fabric of her fingerstyle guitar playing. Music has had a strong hold over Rebecca since childhood. At age 10, she took up the guitar, and since the very beginning, sought to write good songs. Despite learning at this young age, it wasn't till after college that she worked up the confidence to take her music to the stage. For years she oscillated between playing solo and in bands, with each wave bringing her closer to chiseling out a style that would be her very own. A visual artist, Rebecca conjures images with her lyrics to insert you into pictures from her own imagination. From soft, autumnal landscapes, to dark, Narnian scenes, each song is a journey into a new story. Her honest voice and beautiful songs will absolutely charm you.


Through the years, during times of hardship and happiness, singer/songwriter Alex Pomerantz, constantly found himself plunking keys on his parent’s upright piano in the living room or on the floor in his room strumming chords on his guitar, with one thing in mind; share a story. After spending the past few years in Nashville, TN and seeing first hand the highs and lows of writing songs 5 days a week Alex has returned to Chicago with a new appreciation for the song. While his Folk influences act as a base for his songs, a love for Pop and Country hooks spread throughout his songs to help share life’s joy, disappointment, love and friendship.

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Nicole Muto-Graves w/ Bittersweet Drive & The ET All Stars - 6pm | $10
Feb
24
6:00 PM18:00

Nicole Muto-Graves w/ Bittersweet Drive & The ET All Stars - 6pm | $10


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Nicole Muto-Graves is a singer-songwriter originally from Boxford, MA. After three years in NYC, Nicole moved to Chicago and has enjoyed exploring the vibrant music scene the city has to offer. Inspired by the songwriting of artists such as Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon, Nicole strives to write music that is honest and reflective. Nicole performs both original music and covers, accompanying her vocals with acoustic guitar.


James and Molly met at Columbia College Chicago in 2008. They quickly began to sing and perform together - a vintage blend of strong melody and close harmony fueled their writing. They formed Bittersweet Drive and released their first EP, "Cold Were the Winds" in 2012. Their second, self-titled EP was released on November 27, 2016.


The ET All Stars are indie storytellers comprised of songwriter Emily Thompson on vocals, keys, and uke, Clint Bergin on percussion, Brian Buhman on bass, and Randy Morris on guitar, with haunting harmonies by Ashley Kushner. Lyric-forward ballads and punchy pop tunes are supported by surprising chord changes and catchy hooks, as these musicians blend rock, jazz, Americana, and cabaret influences.


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Homegrown Residency: The East Loop - 7pm | $10
Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00

Homegrown Residency: The East Loop - 7pm | $10


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$1 our of every cover charge is donated to Care For Real to nourish our local community


The East Loop is an instrumental ensemble that occasionally features guest vocalists.

The band stands at the intersection of African American, Middle Eastern and South American music, blending traditions including Jazz, Funk, Rock and Maqam. Complex rhythmic, melodic and musical arrangement ideas come together in electrifying performances of music that’s both complex and groovy.

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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Andrea von Kampen w/ Darling West, Francis King- 7pm | $12
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Andrea von Kampen w/ Darling West, Francis King- 7pm | $12


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"We were completely blown away" - NPR All Songs Considered. With over 7 million Spotify streams and counting, Nebraska-based songwriter Andrea von Kampen has quickly established herself in the recording studio and on the road. Her deft guitar work and intuitive song construction display striking maturity, and her effortless vocal delivery has been praised by Hear Nebraska as "soulful and worn-in." Andrea has shared the stage with Tall Heights, Gregory Alan Isakov, Dead Man Winter, John Moreland, Dead Horses, Ira Wolf, The Brother Brothers, and more. She has performed live on Audiotree in Chicago, was featured as a finalist in NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, and has won Eddie's Attic Open Mic Night in Decatur, GA twice. Most recently, Andrea completed her first coast-to-coast tour across the United States and is set to release her debut full-length album, Old Country, on February 8th, 2019.


Emerging from Norway's burgeoning Americana scene, Oslo trio Darling West deliver a richly harmonic folk sound with elements of bluegrass and old-time music. Mari Sandvær Kreken, Tor Egil Kreken, and Kjetil Steensnæs made their debut as Darling West in 2014 with Winter Passing, an album whose rich vocal blend and string band roots helped earn the trio a Spellemannprisen nomination, which is the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammy Awards. They followed up in 2016 with their acclaimed sophomore set, Vinyl and a Heartache, this time winning the Spellemannprisen.


Francis King, a born and raised Nashville native, is taking a new approach to the standard Nashville musician. While still honoring her country roots, she strives to incorporate aspects of classic rock, R&B, jazz, and pop. She focuses on simple and poetic lyrics, blending them with easy romantic melodies.


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John Lensing w/ Maya Bennett & Joseph the Worker - 7pm | $10
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

John Lensing w/ Maya Bennett & Joseph the Worker - 7pm | $10


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John Lensing writes songs for the same reason he street performs, to make people care. About themselves, about others, and things that sometimes hurt to care about. The Denver based songwriter stumbled upon street performing years ago. Backpacking Europe, Lensing found people introducing themselves and opening up to him. All he had to do was play his guitar and sing. He began to learn how contagious vulnerability can be. Since then, John has toured and street performed across the US and Canada, and been called “an artist to watch" by Folk Magazine No Depression.


After first learning to play the guitar at the age of 12 in her hometown of Loveland, CO, Maya Bennett fell in love with the act of songwriting and soon became intoxicated by the connection and release that performing would bring. Since then, Bennett has won multiple songwriting contests, has moved to Denver, has played in a variety of venues state-wide and nationally, and has released two records, including her most recent “As The Pink Fades”, which portrays her struggles with mental health and her take on her relationship with the surrounding world. These themes are integrated throughout all of Bennett’s folksy songwriting, resulting in a raw and honest sound that tends to leave a profound effect on those listening.


Joseph the Worker is the solo recording project of Chicago-based songwriter Joseph Evans. In 2018, Joseph released “The Truth Rings Blue,” his most recent full length record.

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Elisabeth Pfeiffer, Liv Lombardi & Paul Sottnik - 6pm | $10
Mar
3
6:00 PM18:00

Elisabeth Pfeiffer, Liv Lombardi & Paul Sottnik - 6pm | $10


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Chicago based, singer songwriter Liv Lombardi continues to build her dedicated fan-base through her soulful vocals and radically honest stylings. Liv released her third studio album “Freedom Girl” in 2017. With similar folk roots, Freedom Girl developed into a more universal story than that of the internal representation of her previous two albums. In 2012, Liv released her debut album "Self-Medicate" which went on to win the New Mexico Music Award for Best Pop CD. Liv has been featured on After Ellen’s 15 Lesbian, BI & Queer Musical Artists You Need To Know, The Advocate, NPR Sessions at Studio A, Daytrotter and Folk Radio UK.


Elisabeth Pfeiffer is a solo ukulele player with a strong background in classical guitar. She studied at Lawrence University in the USA and HfM Würzburg, Germany, majoring in classical guitar. 2013 she took up a ukulele and never looked back. Since, she has written three method books on strumming and picking techniques and fretting concepts. On stage she mostly performs solo pieces, but throws in the occasional song, always looking to add something personal to a piece or a song. Her repertoire ranges from Renaissance music to Jazz and Rock covers, as well as contemporary classical music.


Having just moved to Chicago from NY, Paul Sottnik is a full time pianist for ballet classes and theater.


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Palou & Bryn Rich w/ Dog Mom - 7pm | $10
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

Palou & Bryn Rich w/ Dog Mom - 7pm | $10


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Indie singer-songwriter Palou from Michigan creates stormy bedroom pop accompanied by vulnerable yet powerful lyrics. Songs consist of mostly sad tunes on the ukulele. Influences driven by genres such as Alternative Rock, Lo-fi, and Dream Pop.


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As a solo artist and the principal songwriter behind Too Fun, Chicago songwriter Bryn Rich's work ranges from somber folk to fuzzed-out rave ups. He's been named one of Red Eye's Local Artists to Watch, performed as part of the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival and was once mistakenly added to a bill with a metal band. (It didn't go over well and he had a very bad time.)

"When an artist or band can keep me listening to a song simply because of the words, I take notice. Bryn is one of those artists." - Windy City Rock


Dog Mom is the singer-songwriter project of Kim Locke. Based in Chicago, Dog Mom's music combines, fuzzy melodies with sticky hooks. Her raw and honest lyrics are paired with an equally emotional voice.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Mar
5
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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C+ Records Presents: Luke Sherman, John Jon John, John Williams, BC Sherman
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

C+ Records Presents: Luke Sherman, John Jon John, John Williams, BC Sherman


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


BC Sherman is a Chicago based rock country pop act. The band recently released their debut EP "Love is Real" and combines musicians from a variety of backgrounds to create their signature "music to listen to while crying and sitting in your car, in a movie theater parking lot in Green Bay, Wisconsin" sound.


John Jon John is comprised of Jonathan Scaccia (guitar,) John Williams (bass,) and John Merikoski (drums). They have been playing in a variety of musical groups together before forming their own trio. While John comes from a classical background, Jon grew up playing metal. They are melded together with John's added backgrounds of jazz and folk. Led by their fearless leader, Jon, the group fuses indie rock with jazz fusion.



Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Luke Sherman uses his literature and creative writing background to create stories through his folk songs. Luke has been around music all of his life, from reviewing albums and promoting concerts to DJ'ing radio shows


John Williams is a touring upright bassist and guitarist from the Chicagoland area. While he often provides support to artists and bands, drawing from his classical roots, Williams also performs his own original music as a folk singer-songwriter.   


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Craig Alan w/ Kaitlyn Danae & Paul Haris - 7pm | $10
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Craig Alan w/ Kaitlyn Danae & Paul Haris - 7pm | $10


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Craig Alan is a singer-songwriter who jet-sets to distant corners of the world to share musical stories across linguistic, cultural, and religious borders. If you love traveling and poetry, different languages, and even more different people, or you just want to listen to music that resonates and reveals personal narratives from around the world, Craig Alan will take you there. He’s a whirlwind of passion and intrigue.

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Singer-songwriter, Kaitlynn Danae, is a chicago based artist. drawing influences from artists such as bright eyes, alanis morissette, CSNY, and the cranberries; intense emotion and awareness are the base of her songs about life, love, and heartache. accompanied with rhythmic and ethereal melodies, she provides an easily accessible gateway to seek a great perhaps.

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There is a place within the astral plane where the threads of dreams, destiny, and crippling mediocrity intersect. There Paul Harris sits, trying a little too hard to look bored. When he's not drifting mindlessly through lofty and purely conceptual spaces he plays music. Dumb, little folksy songs that, like his bio and even Paul himself, aren't half as smart as he wants them to be.

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Eric Slingo w/ Palmer Anthony, Connor Quinn - 7:30pm | $10
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Eric Slingo w/ Palmer Anthony, Connor Quinn - 7:30pm | $10


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Eric Slingo, born and raised in Chicago, began writing songs in college. As an engineering student, his desire to learn quickly shifted from his studies to songwriting. He grew up listening to everything from Motown to Country, and after graduating in 2017, he made the move to Nashville where he’s currently developing his craft and touring alongside a variety of different artists.


Hailing from the rural Northern California town of Willits, CA, Palmer Anthony is a Nashville, TN based singer-songwriter and musician. Palmer is produced and published by three-time Grammy Award winning producer, Jacquire King. He has penned songs for artists such as the Josh Abbott Band and Chase Rice and has opened for the likes of Adam Wakefield, Craig Wayne Boyd, Lewis Brice and Hank Williams Jr. His country and southern rock roots allow for an upbeat and entertaining live show.


Connor Quinn is an athlete/hockey player turned singer song-writer. Found passion for music in the midst of getting sober. Grew up in Nashville around the music industry. Godfather - John Hiatt


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Elysian Green w/ Morgan Pirtle and Vinny Kabat
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Elysian Green w/ Morgan Pirtle and Vinny Kabat


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Elysian Green is a collaborative jazz fusion group that features original compositions from each of its members. Recent performances include Tonic Room, Subterranean, and Rock House Glenview. Our self-titled, 3-song EP is available on all music services.


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Morgan Pirtle is a versatile vocalist, composer, and arranger in Chicago. As a student of jazz, her music is influenced by the genre, but also resonates with pop, soul, and R&B. She studied at UIC with vocalist Cheryl Wilson and previously has worked with artists such as Rufus Reid, Sheila Jordan, Jon Faddis, Jay Clayton, Dee Alexander, Jennifer Barnes, and Greg Jasperse.  You can find her performing all over Chicago-land, including such venues and events as the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Chicago Summer Dance, The Shedd Aquarium's Jazzin' at the Shedd series, Schubas, the Jazz Showcase, the Promontory, Emporium, and more. She recently made her debut at the 40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival with her group Morgan Pirtle + 5. In 2018, she was named a Luminarts Fellow in Jazz, won the People's Choice Award at the Luminarts 2018 Jazz Finals, and was named Outstanding Undergraduate Vocalist in the 2018 DownBeat Student Music Awards. Her debut EP, “Muse” will be released in February 2019.


Vinny Kabat is a bassist and composer who grew up in Morton Grove, Illinois. He began his musical journey on the violin at age 5 and in later years, around 16, found himself drawn to playing the Upright and Electric basses. Now, preparing to graduate from Elmhurst College, Vinny is thrilled to be performing some of his original compositions with some of his best friends--musicians he deeply respects. He can also frequently be seen playing in Elysian Green and The East Loop, two jazz-fusion bands based in Chicago.


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The Arc Theatre presents: Sheridan by Christian Missonak - 6pm | FREE
Mar
10
6:00 PM18:00

The Arc Theatre presents: Sheridan by Christian Missonak - 6pm | FREE


FREE TO ATTEND. COME EAT, DRINK & LISTEN


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In 2018, Christian Missonak's ten-minute play "Newsfeed Elegy" was selected by The Arc Theater’s arciTEXT audiences to be developed into a full-length work. As part of their new play reading series, The Arc Theatre presents a public reading of "Sheridan" by Christian Missonak. Grab your friends, order some drinks, and enjoy this delightfully touching play about leaning into love when you need it most.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Mar
12
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Young Songwriters Showcase  featuring Interlochen Arts Academy and Midwestern School of Music - 7pm | $8
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Young Songwriters Showcase featuring Interlochen Arts Academy and Midwestern School of Music - 7pm | $8


$8 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


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This will be a showcase featuring the touring students of the songwriting program from Interlochen Arts Academy. They will be joined by other budding songwriters and musicians from Chicago's own Midwestern School of Music. 


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Odd Bodkins Presents: Julius Caesar - 8:30pm | $10
Mar
15
8:30 PM20:30

Odd Bodkins Presents: Julius Caesar - 8:30pm | $10


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It's that time again! Top Shelf Shakespeare! Odd's Bodkins theatre company presents for one night and one night only, Julius Caesar: the DRUNKS of March! Set on the day that Julius Caesar was murdered by his friends and fellow Romans, the Bodkins will perform the tragedy of Julius Caesar with a (lemon) twist! Several of the actors will be "sacrificed" to the audience, meaning each actor will take a shot whenever the audience calls for it! With several actors dizzily trying to remember their lines, how will the narrative change and where will the story even end up going?! Only one way to find out! This isn't your Momma's Shakespeare! We're drinking the Bard under the table, and we invite you to join the hilarity.


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Karen Choi w/ Justin Duenne, MALO - 7pm | $10
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Karen Choi w/ Justin Duenne, MALO - 7pm | $10


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Karen Choi is a singer/songwriter living in the American midwest. Karen’s sophomore album “Through Our Veins” is rooted in the Americana tradition and shaped by the places and people she has met along the way. This new collection of songs explores common human experience from a rich lyrical perspective and with soulful vocal clarity. Karen was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She first picked up her dad’s old Martin guitar when she was 13. Since then, songwriting became a means of storytelling for Karen and an artistic channel for expressing the realities of every day life. Karen resides in St Louis, Missouri.


Justin Duenne is an Americana outfit that can be described as Indiana Roots Music. These songs are meaningful representations of love lost and love gained.


M A L O is a creature of simplicity. A creator. A player of conscience.

The Chicago native may be in the prime of her youth, but her music tells a story as old as the venues she has inhabited. Having graced stages like New York City's Carnegie Hall, Liverpool's own Cavern Club, and most recently the pages of Relix Magazine, she is no stranger to the mystic and magic of captivating an audience. "Music gives me a soul. I play for one simple reason. It is my life support. Without music, I am just a passerby though."

M A L O recently released her debut solo album, Born in a Bad Way. The piece is a haunted, self-reflective collection of ethereal, multidimensional tracks— an authentic snapshot of a creative’s attempt to release themselves from apathy as a means of getting by. It was recorded in Brooklyn, NY at Douglass Studios.

"I admit that I don't have any definitive goals as an artist— but I have preoccupation with the human condition. Writing music, for me, allows me to indulge that. I play for no other reason than to create something using all of my senses. At the base of our populous, we are all the same being— that’s the head, as they call it in jazz. And then you’ve got the personhood of each individual being, and well, that is improvisation. It makes me terribly nervous to not be fully aware of how people resolve when I’m watching them listen to my music, but I wouldn’t trade that feeling for the world.”

M A L O's debut album, Born in a Bad Way, is available at all online retailers now.


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First Take & Audio Radiance – from The School for Music Vocations - 6pm | $10
Mar
17
6:00 PM18:00

First Take & Audio Radiance – from The School for Music Vocations - 6pm | $10


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This 6-member vocal group, First Take, directed by Dr. Jeremy Fox, is from the School for Music Vocations in Creston, Iowa. The group performs everything from R&B to jazz to a cappella music, and original songs/compositions. First Take has been accepted in the past to perform at the Jazz Education Network's International Conference, as well as the International Association of Jazz Educators. The ensemble has wide acclaim, including an award from Downbeat Magazine for "Best College Vocal Ensemble." The group tours each spring, and co-hosts a vocal music festival in Creston, Iowa each April.

Grammy-nominated arranger Dr. Jeremy Fox earned his B.M. degree in Piano-Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University, and his M.M. and D.M.A. in Jazz Composition from the University of Miami. He has taught music at Indiana University, the University of Miami, and now the School for Music Vocations in Creston, Iowa. His music has been performed by such artists as: John Secada, Theo Bleckmann, Terence Blanchard, m-pact, Cadence, and Metropolitan Opera singers Eric Owens and Denyce Graves. Twice in 2013, he conducted and was musical director for a concert of “Bossa Nova Sinfónico” with the Costa Rican National Orchestra and Brazilian singer Rose Max. He has also twice acted as the guest conductor for the famed Henry Mancini Institute Jazz Orchestra, based in Miami.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Mar
19
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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The Wood Pile, Echo & Ransom, Almond&Olive - 6PM | $10
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

The Wood Pile, Echo & Ransom, Almond&Olive - 6PM | $10


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The Woodpile is an indie folk/rock band based in Laramie, Wyoming, established in early 2016 by Evan Gwin (vocal/guitar), Brendan Ruwart (vocal, percussion, guitar, banjo) and Nolan Leibee (vocal, bass, mandolin). Cellists Jessie Salas and Molly DeLau joined in early 2018 with the addition of Jesse Twitchell, electric guitarist, several months later. The six met through their connection with the music department at the University of Wyoming. The origins of the band began with lead vocalist Evan Gwin's solo EP, “The Woodpile,” released in December 2015. Music by The Woodpile is created with unique and thoughtful composition techniques that enhance the sounds and textures of a variety of instruments. Rich, sweet melodies from the cellos are accompanied by energetic electric guitar, and groovy bass lines, with a tight, rock-influenced rhythm section. Unorthodox song arrangements use lyrics derived from folk storytelling, portrayed through dense vocal harmonies. The prominent use of acoustic guitar pairs nicely with the occasional appearance of the banjo or mandolin, providing a homey, Wyoming-based listening experience. Together, the band has compiled their talents to successfully create new music, tour the country and share their musical ideas with the world.


Singer/songwriters Colleen Wild and Jason Benefield met in the early 2000's and quickly became collaborators and friends. After performing together throughout the region, they went their separate ways, had families, and honed their crafts in other projects. In late 2016, they reunited to play a show, which turned into a handful of shows, which eventually became the acoustic duo Echo and Ransom. Since then, they've made a name for themselves for their powerhouse vocals, tight harmonies, honest songwriting, and their ability to engage and entertain a crowd.


Almond&Olive (A&O), comprised of singer-songwriters Natalie Alms and Ollie Davidson, creates inspiring songs that span the folk and Americana genres, while also incorporating Alms’ timeless vocals and the duo’s distinct songwriting. Blended together, Alms and Davidson's voices sound made for each other, soaring and guiding the music through all the ups and downs of these finely crafted songs.


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My One and Only - 7PM | $10
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

My One and Only - 7PM | $10


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My One And Only gathers it’s strength from Southern-Soul mixed with Curious-Grit. They've honed their sound in individual crucibles on stage, TV, radio, solo recording, engineering and producing. The merger brings true-to-life lyrics that bid you to wander through hidden scenes in their lives - to find heart, emotions, the real. Blanket the raw with hollow-body guitars and home-grown harmonies, and My One And Only's music cuts through. My One And Only released their debut album “The Past Year”, produced by Grammy Award-nominated Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes,) and features all original songs by the duo – husband and wife Benjamin and Kassie Wilson. They have played stages throughout the U.S., as well as touring in Uganda, Africa, and have both graced the stage of the famed Ryman Auditorium in their hometown of Nashville. Although My One And Only may be the latest duo to hit the Americana scene, Kassie and Benjamin are no novices. Kassie moved to Nashville from her home state of Alabama to follow a country music career. During her solo years, Kassie perfected her songwriting and vocal chops. Originally from Iowa, Benjamin pursued music early, then segued to audio engineering and pursuits in Nashville. It was in Music City they met, and melded hearts and music. The union is the centering of Kassie and Benjamin; the result is a remarkable off-center sound right for the time. My One And Only declares performance as their love-share to the world. "The stories behind our songs make them come alive, and in our live shows, people discover that," Ben said. Kassie agreed, "We want to share our music and heart with as many people as possible."


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Sam Pilnick's Nonet Project and The Kyle Madsen Trio - 8pm | $10
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Sam Pilnick's Nonet Project and The Kyle Madsen Trio - 8pm | $10


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Sam Pilnick’s Nonet Project is a new and exciting large ensemble lead by Music Educator and Saxophonist Sam Pilnick. Stemming from his original Quartet, The Nonet Project provides Sam Pilnick and his band of young Chicago musicians, the ability to perform original compositions and arrangements that derive from the traditions of modern jazz. This group is heavily influenced by Sam’s love of big band music, small group improvisations and the want to explore different timbral experiences, while utilizing traditional jazz instruments. The Nonet Project has performed to audiences throughout Chicago at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, Elastic Arts and Silvie’s Lounge, among other venues.

Sam Pilnick's Nonet Project features Sam Pilnick (tenor saxophone and arrangements), Emily Kuhn (trumpet), Max Bessesen (alto saxophone), Euan Edmonds (trombone), Joey Rosin (bari saxophone and bass clarinet), Ben Cruz (guitar), Meghan Stagl (piano), Ben Dillinger (bass) and Matt Smalligan (drums).


Led by chameleonic Saxophonist / Multi-Reedist Kyle Madsen, the Kyle Madsen Trio performs an eclectic mix of chordless music that reflects the diversity of Chicago, and it's wide-ranging music scene. Featuring drums, bass, and saxophone/woodwinds, the group performs diverse mix of worldwide music from the past and present. Everything from post bop jazz, modern avant garde, and R&B hits are explored by this instrumental trio.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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The Currys & Steve Everett - 7PM | $15
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

The Currys & Steve Everett - 7PM | $15


$15 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Brought together by family ties and a shared appreciation for folk, pop-rock, and roots music, The Currys are an Americana group featuring Jimmy, Tommy, and Galen Curry. They’re relatives — two brothers and one cousin, to be exact — and like many family groups, their songs are anchored by the sort of elastic, entwined harmonies that only seem to exist among kin. The Currys hail from Port St. Joe, FL and will be releasing their third full length record, This Side of the Glass, on March 1st, 2019


Steve Everett is a Pop'N'Roll singer & songwriter from Nashville, TN. Born in Albany, GA & raised in Greensboro, NC, Steve blends positive vibes with catchy, melodic hooks and hip, clever lyrics to form his fun musical style. Steve studied music performance at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and plays stages ranging from The House of Blues, The Rock Boat music festival, all the way to acoustic home shows. He has been fortunate enough to tour the country (solo & full band) with national acts like Hunter Hayes, Cassadee Pope, Sister Hazel, & Michael Tolcher. His two most recent albums have been nominated for "Album Of The Year" at The 12th & 15th annual Independent Music Awards. Steve also loves film, golf, sports, cigars... & high-fives.


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Annie Fitzgerald & Sarah Morris - 7PM | $10
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Annie Fitzgerald & Sarah Morris - 7PM | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Annie Fitzgerald’s music has been described as “a blend of Tori Amos’ intellectual appeal, Sarah McLachlan’s mystical charm and Edie Brickell’s baroque spirit” (Jamsphere). Honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as an artist to watch, Fitzgerald released her second album You & Me & the Sun on June 1st, 2018. Produced by Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, Dem Yuut), the album finds Fitzgerald joining gifted musicians and shaping a textured pop sound mixed with the raw vitality of rock-and-roll. Since her first release In Good Time, Fitzgerald spent time a part of the NYC Indie scene, started a family, and welcomed a move back to her home state of MN and a newfound sense of space to create. You & Me & the Sun explores connection, vulnerability, love, and sparks in the span of time navigating the balance between motherhood & her life as a songwriter.


Over the last five years, singer-songwriter Sarah Morris  has earned a reputation for engaging performances, with a voice both clear and lush. Sarah hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where from a young age, she immersed herself in her parent’s eclectic record collection before finally falling in love with the storytelling and songcraft in country music.  Spending a few years in Music City instilled a traditional songwriting sensibility that earned her 2015 album Ordinary Things international airplay, and critical acclaim. With the release of her third album, Hearts In Need Of Repair, Sarah offers 11 new songs spanning the Americana sonosphere. Returning to RiverRock Studios in Minneapolis, Sarah co-produced the album with Eric Blomquist. Longtime bandmates Thomas Nordlund, Andrew Foreman, and Zachary Schmidt joined them in the studio, laying a foundation that blends folk-rock and country influences. Hearts In Need Of Repair showcases Sarah’s signature vocals and conversational lyricism, exploring vulnerability, heartbreak, and grown-up, imperfect love. Sarah is a 2018 winner of the Kerrville New Folk competition, as well as an honorable mention in the 2018 Telluride Troubadour contest, and runner up in the 2016 MerleFest Songwriting competition.


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Blue False Indigo w/ Francis King & Margaux - 7PM | $10
Mar
29
7:00 AM07:00

Blue False Indigo w/ Francis King & Margaux - 7PM | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Blue False Indigo is a Spooky Folk Trio currently planted in Kansas City, Missouri. Formed at a small liberal arts college in Springfield, Missouri, the fast friends have spent the past five years cultivating a style that is delightfully unique. With intricately-woven harmonies influenced by a choral background, stirring and soulful vocals, and minimalist americana instrumentation, blue false indigo has coined the term “Spooky Folk” to describe the genre that has been said to be “Mysterious” and “Hauntingly cathartic” by the university daily Kansan. The trio released their debut album, “More Light” in September of 2018.


Francis King, a born and raised Nashville native, is taking a new approach to the standard Nashville musician. While still honoring her country roots, she strives to incorporate aspects of classic rock, R&B, jazz, and pop.
She focuses on simple and poetic lyrics, blending them with easy romantic melodies.


Margaux Reifman a Chicago born and raised musician, recorded her first EP, “Five Months” in March of 2018. The name “Five Months” came to be when she wrote her first five songs in a span of five months while she lived in Hawaii between September of 2017 to January of 2018. Currently based in Chicago, this passionate and dedicated singer/songwriter looks for any and every opportunity she can to showcase her abilities. From open mics to paid gigs, Margaux believes that every performance opportunity is a chance to improve her craft and will bring her one step closer to achieving her goals as a musician. 
 Margaux’s voice combined with the ukulele creates a unique and appealing sound that instantly captures her audiences’ attention. Her lyrics ring with a positivity that not only resonates strongly in her, but with her listeners as well. Margaux hopes that by sharing the lessons she has learned and experiences she has had through song, she can help aid in healing a deeply wounded society. 


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Open Mic Winner's Showcase: Busy Bodies, Daniella Hope, Caroline York - 9pm | $10
Mar
30
9:00 PM21:00

Open Mic Winner's Showcase: Busy Bodies, Daniella Hope, Caroline York - 9pm | $10

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$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Chicago’s Busy Bodies perform a playful brand of indie rock brimming with vocal harmony and melodic sensibility. Not content to stick with any one genre, their songs range from soulful ballads to danceable jams. At once familiar and unpredictable, the band takes inspiration from artists like Allen Toussaint, New Order, and Wilco. Busy Bodies are a truly collaborative project, fusing the songwriting talents of Ben, Mike, John & True into a vibrant sound. They are currently working on their debut release, Extended Play, to be released in early 2019.


Daniella Hope is in her final semester at Oberlin College and Conservatory where she will be receiving two degrees; one from the college in Africana Studies and one from the conservatory in Jazz Voice. She is a singer/songwriter, poet, actor and is looking forward to being more engaged in the Chicago artists' scene after her completion of undergrad.


Caroline York is a musician from the Western Suburbs of Chicago. After a lifetime of classical training and a degree from Taylor University in flute performance, she is now focused on her real love of singing/ songwriting.


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Phil Circle Student Showcase - 6pm | $10
Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

Phil Circle Student Showcase - 6pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Phil Circle Phil Circle may be a critically acclaimed local songwriter, but he's also known as a well respected music coach. For 25 years, he's been working with everyone from absolute beginners to working professionals. He's developed a mindset approach to teaching that works his students through not only the technical issues at hand, but the philosophical aspects of playing music at a professional level. "One key ingredient to continuing playing throughout one's life," says Circle, "is sharing your work with a live audience. Otherwise, you're going to stagnate.

Come see several accomplished students of Phil Circle share their talents as vocalists, guitarists, and even songwriters. Each adult student will play 2-3 songs, either solo or with Phil's accompaniment. At the end of the evening, everyone usually gets up for one big regatta. 


"What makes Circle one of the few ‘professional indie musicians’ is not only his tenacity, but his inherent fluidity with performing, and a zen-like understanding of what it means to be a songwriter."  -Hannah Frank, Chicago Music Guide


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Pieus Productions Present: The Bacchae - 7pm | FREE
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Pieus Productions Present: The Bacchae - 7pm | FREE



In this new translation of Euripides' classic tragedy, Emma Pauly has taken the play back to its roots in an exploration of the character of Dionysus and his historical ties to gender and sexual identity. This staged reading (directed by Jessica Smoot, artistic director of Pieus Productions) will be the first in the development process for this new and innovative translation of a historic piece of theatre.

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Nothing Without a Company Presents: Not One Batu Film Viewing Party - 7pm | FREE
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Nothing Without a Company Presents: Not One Batu Film Viewing Party - 7pm | FREE


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


NOTHING WITHOUT A COMPANY IS PLANTING THEATRE AROUND CHICAGO TO EMPOWER SELF AND COMMUNITY THROUGH IMMERSIVE AND REVOLUTIONARY ACTS OF ART IN SITE-SPECIFIC AND RECLAIMED ENVIRONMENTS.  For this special seated dinner show, they screen the film version of the play, “Not One Batu”


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As Husband & Wife w/ Hannah Lieb and Sunflower Summit - 7pm | $10
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

As Husband & Wife w/ Hannah Lieb and Sunflower Summit - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Currently based in Bluffton, SC the dynamic duo credits the beginning of their music to the city of Chicago, where the two fell in love. Andrea and Geno Miller make up the harmonious sounds of As Husband & Wife, fused together by marriage and bonded by their faith. The songwriters are inspired by the deep desire to be authentic, as their songs are dripping with passion and honesty. Merging gospel, folk and acoustic stylings into their original music, attending a show is a must, truly an experience as their melodies and arrangements transport you.


Hannah Lieb, born and raised in St. Louis, MO grew up on pop music before delving into songwriting as a high school freshman. Hannah has a diverse background as a singer, touring the US, Argentina, and Spain with Millikin University's top Vocal Jazz and Choral ensembles in addition to performing original music on a regular basis. She recently moved to Chicago where she is working on her debut record while she continues to pursue songwriting and performing.


Sunflower Summit is a Chicago based folk/pop singer/songwriter. When she's away from her uke or guitar you can find her working on another 1,000 piece puzzle or volunteering.


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Bug Hunter w/ Anti/Beyond - 7pm | $10
Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

Bug Hunter w/ Anti/Beyond - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


John Wozniak of Marcy Playground says Bug Hunter is “Relentlessly Clever… AWESOME”

Focused on turning mundane moments into emotion-packed tunes, Bug Hunter’s style is often compared to 21 Pilots, Blink-182, and Death Cab For Cutie - but they have carved out a niche that fans can’t easily classify. Bug Hunter are celebrating 1 million streams on Spotify and a new album!


Anti/Beyond is a Chicago-based meditative indie rock act that explores themes of sexual ambiguity over layered, nuanced melodies. Seasoned with the occasional cell phone field recording, the result is a fresh, vulnerable style of indie rock with a “meditative” flair. Their first full-length album, self-titled, was released in late December 2016.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
9
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Fate + Melanie, Liv Lombardi, and Rebecca Jasso - 7pm | $10
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Fate + Melanie, Liv Lombardi, and Rebecca Jasso - 7pm | $10

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$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Fate + Melanie are a folk duo based out of Murray, KY. Using Appalachian style finger-picking traditions, Americana harmony, and insightful lyricism, they create a sound both familiar and unique. Spinning traditional tableaus into more realistic -- whether that be more harsh or soft -- narratives of love, loss, and endurance between fluctuating levels of the two. Fate McAfee is set to release his second LP, Diesel Palomino, in March. Melanie's first LP, Allegoria, is set for release in June.


Chicago based, singer songwriter Liv Lombardi continues to build her dedicated fan-base through her soulful vocals and radically honest stylings. Liv released her third studio album “Freedom Girl” in 2017. With similar folk roots, Freedom Girl developed into a more universal story than that of the internal representation of her previous two albums. In 2012, Liv released her debut album "Self-Medicate" which went on to win the New Mexico Music Award for Best Pop CD. Liv has been featured on After Ellen’s 15 Lesbian, BI & Queer Musical Artists You Need To Know, The Advocate, NPR Sessions at Studio A, Daytrotter and Folk Radio UK.


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Chicago native Rebecca Jasso is a singer/songwriter who playfully writes around the themes of love, loneliness, and fantasy, skillfully weaving her melodies into the harmonic fabric of her fingerstyle guitar playing.
Music has had a strong hold over Rebecca since childhood. At age 10, she took up the guitar, and since the very beginning, sought to write good songs. Despite learning at this young age, it wasn't till after college that she worked up the confidence to take her music to the stage. For years she oscillated between playing solo and in bands, with each wave bringing her closer to chiseling out a style that would be her very own.
A visual artist, Rebecca conjures images with her lyrics to insert you into pictures from her own imagination. From soft, autumnal landscapes, to dark, Narnian scenes, each song is a journey into a new story. Her honest voice and beautiful songs will absolutely charm you.


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Tracy Bonham & Blake Morgan - 7PM | $12
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Tracy Bonham & Blake Morgan - 7PM | $12



Tracy Bonham & Blake Morgan. Grammy™ nominee Tracy Bonham is celebrating yet another banner year that has further underlined exactly what makes her a stand-out serious artist with a unique set of talents. As PopMatters aptly describes, “Bonham, from the beginning and increasingly over time, is a riveting, complicated maker of pop music.” Tracy Bonham has joined the ECR Music Group roster of recording artists, and is currently on tour in the United States throughout 2018-2019. Her artist-in-residence concert series at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall debuts October 26th 2018 and runs through April 18th, 2019.


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Buffalo Rose, Friends of The Bog, Dave Cofell - 6PM | $10
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Buffalo Rose, Friends of The Bog, Dave Cofell - 6PM | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Buffalo Rose is, in the words of its singer/songwriter/guitarist Shane McLaughlin, “not ‘cher Momma’s bluegrass.” Formed in Pittsburgh, PA in 2016, the group blends folk, soul, and bluegrass into something amorphously Americana, but decidedly their own. Three prominent singers (McLaughlin, Lucy Clabby, and Mariko Reid) provide stunning vocal harmonies over dynamic, engrossing layers of stringed instruments. Specifically, acoustic guitar (McLaughlin), upright bass (Jason Rafalak), mandolin (Bryce Rabideau), and dobro (Malcolm Inglis.) Their sharp sense of rhythmic experimentation and evocative, storytelling lyricism come together for a sound with both shimmer and punch; it’s foot-tapping and breathtaking in turn. Buffalo Rose offers a warm, passionate homage to America’s classic musical traditions, with modern twists that keep things interesting—and damn fun. It all started with a the song “Mama Have Mercy.” The three singers got together with Inglis to record a live take of the song for the FoundSound Songwriter Series. “Before the video was shot,” says McLaughlin, “we knew that this was something we had to keep doing together.” Buffalo Rose soon grew to include Rabideau and Rafalak, and they released their debut EP, Red Wagon, in November 2016—just six months after their formation. The local response was enthusiastic. Encouraged, they started to work on a longer record. Meanwhile, their captivating stage presence and strong musicianship scored them lineup spots alongside national acts such as The Infamous Stringdusters, The Dustbowl Revival, Yarn, Kuinka, and Dangermuffin. Their first full-length album, The Soil and the Seed, was released on March 30th, 2018. It received glowing attention from Pittsburgh media, including features on radio stations 91.3 WYEP, 102.5 WDVE and Pittsburgh Pirates "Friday Night Rocks". Buffalo Rose continues to book shows both locally and across state lines. With any luck, you’ll soon hear their catchy ‘soul-grass’ stylings at a venue near you.


Friends of the Bog combines the raucous folk-punk of DIY bands like The Violent Femmes and Neutral Milk Hotel with the gentle parlour sound of classic Americana outfits like The Carter Family and The Weavers. Founded by six real-life friends in the winter of 2015, the band quickly progressed from playing variety shows around Chicago to recording their debut EP with Steve Albini. Their thoughtful, evocative lyrics are balanced by intricately arranged songs and energetic, theatrical live performances. In Chicago, Friends of the Bog has headlined shows at Schuba’s, Martyr’s, Beat Kitchen, and Quencher’s, among others. Nationally, the band has taken its music to stages in Minneapolis, Detroit, Gambier, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Last year, the band released Lyra, their first full-length album. Self-produced, Lyra embraces the textural possibilities offered within the 6-piece collective. Vocal harmonies, layered strings and sustained keys work to lift up the confessionally honest lyrics forming the heart of each song. Lyra was tracked with engineer Norman Marston at Wall of Sound studios in Chicago, and then taken home and mixed at band member Patrick Budde's studio. Lyra is released via the band's own Preserve Records label.


The Best Original Musician of Central MN, (Gannett Media), Singer-Songwriter Dave Cofell performs a variety of styles on six and twelve-string guitars and banjo. In 2016 and 2017, Dave Cofell was selected to perform for the American Folk Life Center for the Library of Congress, alongside Billy Bragg, Si Kahn and Terra (Gordon) Lightfoot. Also in 2016, Dave released his third CD; "A Thousand Shades of Blue", produced by Bobby Vee's Rockhouse Productions. Dave is also a Central Minnesota Arts Board McKnight Foundation Artist Career Development Grant Winner. Dave typically plays 250+ shows per year and has entertained at a wide variety of venues across the world. From festivals and art galleries to breweries, wineries, coffee shops and bistros, to libraries, college residencies and theaters in the Midwest, Ireland, England, and Germany, Dave's live shows are entertaining, engaging and audience-inclusive. At the music platform ReverbNation, (with 3.8 million users), Dave is #1 on the local charts, #1 regionally, #60 nationally and ranked at #88 globally.


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Benny Bassett w/ Chris Moran & Neon Creek - 7pm | $10
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

Benny Bassett w/ Chris Moran & Neon Creek - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Benny Bassett is an acoustic rocker from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Benny grew up in a musical family in Northern California, learning guitar and piano so he could jam with his stepdad and stepbrother in a sunroom in Chico, California. After college, Benny joined up with friends in Chicago, Illinois to form Vintage Blue. As lead guitarist of Vintage Blue, Benny played festival stages around the Midwest, including Taste of Chicago, and Summerfest in Milwaukee. Vintage Blue found commercial success in 2014 with the release of "No Going Back" which charted on AAA radio, and ended up earning the band a place on The Rock Boat, hosted by Sister Hazel. In 2015, the band split, and Benny struck out on his own as a solo artist. The past three years have seen Benny play over 400 shows across North America, in 44 states, 4 Canadian provinces, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. The future looks intensely bright, with Benny's second EP set to release in March 2019. Produced by the team at Alpine Red Studios in Gainesville, VA, the songs are radio ready, and sure to be a hit amongst Benny fans.


Chris Moran is a seasoned performer from the south suburbs of Chicago. He is very active in the cover scene and is currently working on original material for an EP to be released in 2019.


Neon Creek is a songwriter/solo artist based in Chicago. The name Neon Creek comes from a branch of a river that flowed throughout town called Kress Creek. It was contaminated by Radioactive waste from a factory that closed down in the early 70's. Later it was discovered that the company that owned the factory buried that waste all over town. There was old urban legend was that if you flew over Chicago, the suburb was the only one with a greenish glow from all the radiation.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
16
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Ian Fitzgerald w/ Molly Coleman & MMCM - 7pm | $10
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Ian Fitzgerald w/ Molly Coleman & MMCM - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Hailed as "the songwriter's songwriter" by the Newport Folk Festival, Ian Fitzgerald has been criss-crossing the country over the past several years singing what he's written. After having picked up the guitar in his late teens with the simple goal of learning to play the songs of others that had become so integral to his life, Ian began in his early 20s to write songs of his own. Ian's first attempts at songwriting coincided with a deepening appreciation of early folk music, which helped establish the path he would follow with his own work. After three albums in quick succession, Ian evaluated what he'd learned about the songwriting and record-making processes and applied those lessons to his two most recent albums, No Time To Be Tender and You Won't Even Know I'm Gone.

Based in New England, Ian has performed as a solo act for the better part of a decade. Following the release of You Won’t Even Know I’m Gone, Ian assembled a band to bring that album’s fuller arrangements to the stage. That band, dubbed Ian Fitzgerald & Something Else by its other members, has also revisited and rearranged some of Ian’s older songs. The band’s traditional two guitars/(upright) bass/drums lineup places Ian’s songs squarely in the current wave of Americana and roots rock. As an unintended consequence, however, that louder outlet has refocused Ian’s solo performances, allowing him to create something more dynamically intimate with guitar and voice alone.

The result, over these past few years, has been a growing recognition of Ian's work and songwriting ability. Ian maintains a touring schedule of about 100 shows per year which has brought him, so far, to 39 states. Ian has performed both solo and with full band at the Newport Folk Festival. He has been featured in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. And he has opened for such notable artists as Iris DeMent, Joan Shelley, Darlingside, The Ballroom Thieves, Anna & Elizabeth, Matt the Electrician, Willy Mason, and many more. In early 2019, Ian will release an EP of duets with Rachel Sumner. He is also in the process of writing and preparing to record his next solo album.


An acoustic duo emerging from their roots in the midwest, Matthew Michael & Christina Marie approach music with reverence to moment, regard for the past and exploration of the future. From the heartland to the coasts Matthew Michael & Christina Marie engage audiences with honest songs expressed in harmonically-rich layers of voices and strings. Both songwriters with their own perspective, Matthew Michael & Christina Marie write independently and collaboratively, complementing and contrasting each other’s creative voice. Matthew Michael & Christina Marie are currently in production of their first album.


Molly Coleman is a Chicago based singer-songwriter who draws much of her inspiration from the music that raised her. Raised on music spanning from Wilco to Joni Mitchell to Prince, Molly’s music sits in the realm of indie-folk rock, but you can also hear some jazz and soul influences peeking through. Molly’s debut album “the color of mustard” is available everywhere. Find out more on mollycoleman.com and follow on social media @mollycolemanmusic.


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Fawn & the Flame w/ Anna P & Cheryl Rodey - 7pm | $10
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Fawn & the Flame w/ Anna P & Cheryl Rodey - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Out of Minneapolis, The Fawn & The Flame features singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Carey Keavy and Chicago based Mike Marshall.  Carey has been performing in various venues since 2006, and has been a part of the rich music scene of Minneapolis as both a solo artist and founder of several bands.  Rift Magazine describes her voice as "reminiscent of a young Fiona Apple, hitting just the right note of melancholy and mischief."  Her live show includes a variety of styles, from poppy-folksy cotton-candy tunes with kazoo solos, to pensive heartbreak ballads.  Her favorite place in the world is on the stage, connecting with audience members in a live setting, with a mix of her heartfelt originals, fun audience participation and unique interpretations of favorite covers.


Anna P is a singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL. Her metaphoric lyrics, haunting melodies, and crystal-clear voice have propelled her to capture the attention of the local music scene and land gigs at legendary Chicago performance venues such as Cubby Bear, Navy Pier, and House of Blues' Foundation Room.

Her new EP ‘I Was An Iceberg’ is a chronicle through a mental breakdown following a heartbreak. The painfully honest lyrics of songs like “Hesitate” and “Waves” paint a scenery of the inner struggles of mental health.


A Chicagoland local, Cheryl Rodey is a vocal powerhouse that will excite you with a genuineness that can make anyone feel the love of music. With previous band, Ophelia Grey, Cheryl opened up for the band Daughtry, Drake Bell and Aarron Carter. Cheryl will soon be releasing new music in the Spring and Summer of 2019.


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A Girl Named Genny w/ Jessica Minidrum - 8pm | $10
Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

A Girl Named Genny w/ Jessica Minidrum - 8pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


A Girl Named Genny is based in Rochester, NY. The band incorporates traditional folk instruments to produce a new sound that encompasses several genres and styles. Dynamic instrumentation and upbeat melodies drive this high energy Americana band, however, breaking down sets to create intimate tender moments is always a promise. Their self-titled EP was released April 29th 2017, and most recently the group released their first full-length record in May 2018. They have played all over upstate New York, and toured through the midwest in October of 2018. The band has played with acts such as Driftwood, Upstate, Aqueous, Dirty Blanket, David Mayfield, Folkfaces, The Honey Smugglers, Aaron Lipp, and The Crooked North.


Chicago-based singer-songwriter Jessica Mindrum combines elements of indie folk and slowcore in her melodic storytelling. Her voice complements her guitar’s reverb by being soft and easy on the ears. She confronts existential crises, heartache, and loneliness through deeply honest lyricism. She doesn’t hold back when posing questions rooted in the human condition which encourages listeners to do the same. Mindrum’s songs ring like endless thoughts that hover across our minds, but she dresses them up, and puts a tune to the sadness.


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Mike Edel w/ Jessica Mindrum & Grace Blackford - 7pm | $10
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Mike Edel w/ Jessica Mindrum & Grace Blackford - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


The new album THRESHOLDS, (out Feb 22nd, 2019) was produced by Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) and has been in rotation in Canada on CBC Music, featured on PopMatters, Live In Limbo, across the US on NPR and AAA radio and in Europe in all McDonald’s stores! Mike Edel has amassed over 2 million cumulative streams, will tour Europe this spring and has played with Serena Ryder, Foy Vance, Said The Whale and at Vancouver Folk Festival, Rifflandia, Regina Folk Festival, Victoria International Jazz Fest, Upstream Festival (Seattle) and many others.


Chicago-Based singer-songwriter Jessica Mindrum combines elements of indie folk and slowcore in her melodic storytelling. Her voice complements her guitar’s reverb by being soft and easy on the ears. She confronts existential crises, heartache, and loneliness through deeply honest lyricism. She doesn’t hold back when posing questions rooted in the human condition which encourages listeners to do the same. Mindrum’s songs ring like endless thoughts that hover across our minds, but she dresses them up, and puts a tune to the sadness.


With the release of the Home EP, Grace Blackford takes the best parts of some classic genres to breed a sound familiar, but her own. Lush with addicting progressions, a classic jazz vocal approach, and plenty of pop undertones, the record boasts the aesthetic of neo-soul anthems. The first single, “Darkness", pulls you in with its infectious vintage soul vibe, followed by its emotionally driven vocals and its ability to build and breathe as it plays on.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Jake and the Soul Professors & David Burchfield - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Jake and the Soul Professors are a brand new 5 piece soul-pop outfit with R&B and Funk influences. Featuring crooning vocals, tasty licks, and some thick rhythms, these gentlemen cover the range from heartfelt to can't-stop-dancing. Assembled from a truly diverse background of musical experience, from jazz to metal to country, they have found their common voice and are ready to give you a taste (though you will undoubtedly leave hungry for more).


David Burchfield writes American folk music that’s not content to stay within traditional genre boundaries. Taking cues from Josh Ritter and Joe Pug, Burchfield’s literate lyrics meet emotive grace in nods to Gillian Welch, Mandolin Orange, and David Ramirez. There is a powerful candor in Burchfield’s writing – raw, emotive, and rich with details that bring the listener right into the scene of his passion. Solo, Burchfield performs with a surprising ferocity and emotional delivery that has silenced even the rowdiest of rooms. Critics have called his 5-piece band, David Burchfield & the Fire Guild, akin to “the Band meets the Stray Birds” – equal parts all out rock n roll party and sensitively arranged balladry. Burchfield has played the Middle of the Map Fest, Boulevardia, was featured in the Chevy Music Showcase, and has shared bills with Noah Gundersen, David Ramirez, and Joe Pug.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
30
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Horace Green w/ Cullah & Steven P Robinson - 7pm | $10
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Horace Green w/ Cullah & Steven P Robinson - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Horace Greene is a driven, passionate and charismatic band from Oshkosh, WI. Their sound is remarkably diverse and forward-thinking, blurring the lines between various genres. Their songs fall somewhere in between the melodies and grooves of 60s soul and the groundbreaking expressive energy of blues and alternative music.


Originally from Manchester England, now residing in Chicago, Steven P Robinson toyed the scene in various bands and guises before venturing alone under the not too imaginative nom-de-plume Steven P. Robinson. As far back as 2004 he released 'The Thrill of Discovery, The Pain of Invention' to favorable reviews from (now defunct!) music websites Angry Ape and High Voltage, a co-release with French record label Drunkdog and a feature on Fat Cat Label's demo archive. After a musical hiatus he broke out of his cocoon and formed two-piece ‘Adam & Steve’ for a one-off show in 2010 and EP Release 'And On The 6th Day God Created Adam & Steve’. Since then Steven P. Robinson has continued to record solo, releasing several EPs of his own brand of lo-fi tunes, and playing shows around the city


Cullah (Milwaukee, WI) is a multi-disciplinary musician and engineer who writes, records, and releases an album every year on April 27th (his birthday) since 2006. Each album reflects a the eclectic musical styles that Cullah draws from -- an autobiographical journey of musical expression.

Alongside being a prolific songwriter and producer, Cullah's dynamic performance and powerful vocal ability captivate audiences. Cullah performs an array of different genre-focused ensembles including "Cullah & The Comrades"


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Matt Feddermann w/ Pino Farina & Ed Gershon - 7pm | $10
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Matt Feddermann w/ Pino Farina & Ed Gershon - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Taking his early rock influences and melding them with acoustic based music, Matt Feddermann has created a sound that is reminiscent of early Tom Petty, The Beatles, Rhett Miller & Dawes. His music is melodic & his sound is accessible. Over the years, Feddermann has performed at venues like House Of Blues, Metro, Double Door and at festivals such as Taste Of Chicago, Rock Around The Block, Sheffield Garden Walk and many more. During that time, he was seen on WGN TV, NBC Chicago, the Rosie O'Donnell Show and heard on WXRT, WYKT, WRLR & WLUW locally. Most recently, Matt Feddermann was featured in a HGTV television special called "Pumpkin Wars" with Property Brother Jonathan Scott. The show was filmed during the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival in which Feddermann was the headline act. Veering away from over polished production and auto-tuned singing, Matt Feddermann is trying to reacquaint listeners with songs that are acoustic, emotional and raw. His music and performances are inspiring new music lovers, one ear at a time.


Pino Farina is a singer-songwriter in Chicago. In his early career, as a member of the indie-rock band Punsapaya, he toured the country extensively and in 2005 was awarded the Rock Album of the Year by the Chicago Music Awards. After some time off, the band has picked up where they left off, and have been writing and recording new original material as Pino Farina Band. The new album, “Start Over Again”, was released in May of 2018 and Pino is currently playing out in support of the new release as solo/duo/trio/full band.


Ed Gershon is a singer/songwriter native to the Chicagoland area, performing acoustic sets solo and also leading Butterfly In Traffic for the past 10 years. His bluesy vocal and soulful sound have been heard in venues across the area.


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The 502s & Verluna - 7pm | $10
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

The 502s & Verluna - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


"The 502s are a charismatic indie folk band from Maitland, Florida and they've got enough energy to take on the world." - No Depression

Listening to their lighthearted gang vocals and buoyant trumpet lines, you could certainly slap The 502s with an ambiguous indie label. Their loosely boondock, on-the-road-again acoustic tenor makes them a fit with the Americana crowd. And with their big, open strumming patterns, fingerpicked banjo, and mildly twangy vocal flair, it would be easy to call them a folk band, throw on a plaid shirt, and compare them to The Lumineers or The Avett Brothers.

Looking through a bigger lens, however – one that takes into account all aspects of their collective persona – The 502s are best described as the sound of a celebration: a wild, friendly shindig down the street that everyone wants to attend.

Since 2015, The 502s have taken their swaggering blend of Americana across the USA. The band recently gained an international following thanks to a viral Facebook video of their song "What To Do" with over 750k views. Their album is a heartfelt invitation to good old-fashioned fun, and they have been celebrating 2018 with a 50-concert tour across 19 US states, the UK, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands.


Verluna started in 2015 as the brainchild of singer/songwriter Alex Katsaropoulos. Verluna's debut album, Oku, draws inspiration from the poet Matsuo Basho and combines Americana folk with more experimental writing and production techniques.


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So This Is Love? - 7pm | $20
May
18
7:00 PM19:00

So This Is Love? - 7pm | $20



Join this special, seated dinner show at Uncommon Ground for Karen Willough's new show, "So This Is Love?" 
Audiences 30 and older will delight in this satirical look at movie love songs. While sharing comical tales of middle-aged dating woe, post divorce, Willough presents music from Disney's Cinderella, Casablanca, My Fair Lady, Beaches, and more, accompanied by special guest Daniella Rukin.

While in Uncommon Ground's intimate Listening Room, treat yourself to beers from our very own Greenstar Brewery, the first all organic brewery in Illinois, and food from the first 4-star restaurant with a certified organic rooftop farm in the US. 

Doors: 6:30
Show 7-9pm
Full food and beverage service is available upon order throughout show. Food and beverage is not included in ticket price

Online ticket sales close 3:30 day of show

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Rod Abernethy w/ Robinlee Garber, Rick Vines - 6pm | $10
May
19
6:00 PM18:00

Rod Abernethy w/ Robinlee Garber, Rick Vines - 6pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Rod Abernethy’s new double album “The Man I’m Supposed To Be” has currently reached to No. 9 on Folk Alliance International’s Folk DJ chart. He is an authentic southern folk troubadour, storyteller, master guitarist, and award winning soundtrack composer for film, TV and video games.

Rod has returned to his early roots writing both songs and instrumentals that harken back to his early folk artist days with new songs that revolve around family, friends and places across his home state of North Carolina. Rod’s guitar instrumentals evoke styles of his favorite guitar players like Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges and Tommy Emmanuel. Rod collaborated on “The Man I’m Supposed To Be” with legendary producer Don Dixon (REM, Marti Jones, The Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw) recording the basic tracks at Buddha View Studios in Charlotte, NC. All tracks were mixed by Rod at 1101 Studios in Raleigh, NC and produced by Rod, Dixon and Kari Estrin. Star performances include John Teer of Chatham County Line on mandolin, Joe Newberry on banjo, Caitlin Cary and Susan Cattaneo providing background vocals, and Pattie Kinlaw Hopkins of Hank, Pattie and The Current on filddle.


Robinlee Garber was born in Philadelphia and spent her early years listening to and being influenced by her parents’ music which predominantly featured Frank Sinatra and other singers of the Great American Songbook. In high school she became inspired by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, and Elvis Costello.

As a child Robinlee always felt different as she struggled with chronic health issues but found solace in creating art and music. She studied figure drawing and glass sculpture at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and she won a glass blowing scholarship at the Pilchuck School of Glass in Seattle after graduation. Not feeling entirely satisfied with creating her own art for art’s sake, Robinlee did what she calls artist activist work, and then she ultimately got another full scholarship to earn her Masters degree in Art Therapy at University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Since then Robinlee has worked professionally as a creative arts therapist and clinical counselor using music and art to help others heal. Robinlee has been a featured performer several times on WDCB’s  Folk Festival with Lilli Kuzma, she is the music director of Culture Cafe for the widely popular Chicago VeganMania festival, runs a well-attended open mic in Chicago, and has also played her music across the US, Canada, Sweden and Finland. This is Robinlee’s first solo album, and she is looking forward to sharing her music and her message of hope and resilience with everyone.


Decades as a Jazz Drummer, a stint studying composition at Berklee, and playing drums in an alternative band in the 90's are unlikely preparation for life-long musician Rick Vines in his latest incarnation as a singer/songwriter. But it seems to be working.

Rick writes songs that are insightful and haunting with a laid back and soulful feel.
Rick has a broad music sensibility that draws from Folk, Jazz, Rock and the New Orleans sound. He incorporates all of these elements into an honest and straightforward expression of extraordinary songwriting that is not over crafted. He has a warm and almost conversational delivery that can be both intimate and stark, sometimes in the same song.


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Tom West w/ Jory Avner & Kim Schaefer - 7pm | $10
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Tom West w/ Jory Avner & Kim Schaefer - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Tom West is an Australian singer-songwriter performing music that traverses the rocky and undulating ground between simple, whimsical folk tunes and grand and moody soundscapes.

Delivering shows where his purposeful songwriting, unforgettable voice and intricate arrangements come to the fore. Effortlessly shifting between performing solo or with his band where banjos, saxophones & guitars complete the ramshackle wall of sound he has drawn comparisons to the likes of Volcano Choir, Andrew Bird, The Lumineers, Of Monsters & Men & Ben Howard. West’s latest work explores new boundaries in his writing and composing.


Jory Avner is a singer-songwriter based out of Chicago, Illinois. By blending highly stylized lyricism and guitar with synth/rock soundscapes, he strives to create an atmosphere that is both deeply textured, thought-provoking, introspective, and yet succinct in terms of narratives.


Kim Schaefer is a singer-songwriter from Chicago. Mixing a little bit of twang, fearsome strumming and a healthy dose of Rumours-era pop, she leaves you with rootsy tunes to tap your toes to.


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Mark Wilkinson - 7PM | Tickets
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Mark Wilkinson - 7PM | Tickets



Australian singer-songwriter Mark Wilkinson's 2017 EP release, Lost In A Dream, debuted at #1 on iTunes singer-songwriter charts upon release in Australia on May 5. Wilkinson kicked off his global house concert tour the same week, with sold out dates across the U.S., Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Wilkinson returns to the road in 2019 with his forthcoming album and a world tour. A fiercely independent artist, Wilkinson has steadily built up an international following by busking. He made his North American debut in 2013, selling out his first ever show in New York City and debuting on SiriusXM radio, where he was named ‘Discovery of the Year’ after just a few weeks of airplay. Wilkinson’s 2013 release Let The River Run hit #1 on iTunes singer-songwriter charts in Australia. The album also debuted at #2 on Australian Independent Record (AIR) charts and #61 on ARIA charts. Earlier that year, Wilkinson’s single ‘Middle Ground’ was used in a Nescafé ad campaign thanks to an advertising executive who walked by Mark busking and loved the music. As a result, ‘Middle Ground’ debuted at #2 on iTunes singer-songwriter charts (AUS) and hit #12 on ARIA charts.


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Freddy & Francine & Rascal martinez - 7PM | $10 tickets
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Freddy & Francine & Rascal martinez - 7PM | $10 tickets



Authenticity in the music industry is slippery when wet. Everyone praises its value, yet when an artist is truly authentic, it is often only embraced if it can be easily walked on without slipping and landing in a pile of genre-related questions. To the casual observer, Freddy & Francine seem safely cemented as a folk duo. They got the look. The soulful harmonies. The folk circuit bookings — over 150 a year, including the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Festival. They’re even getting married. Cute. Even their act’s name is cute. You could make a movie about it. Someone probably has. But Freddy & Francine (their actual names are Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso) aren’t interested in acting, or genres, or talking or not talking about their relationship. They’ve done all that. They’ve even recently left their longtime home of Los Angeles for Nashville. And they’ve never looked more like themselves. “We just want to play music all the time and we don't care about the rest of the bullshit,” Ferris said. And there’s been plenty of bullshit. The Hollywood types, the rat race, the traffic, Ferris’s struggle with alcoholism (he’s now five years sober). Longtime fans know that the band took a three-year hiatus when Ferris and Caruso’s relationship unraveled, a time which found Ferris turning his back on music while driving trucks in L.A., and Caruso working an office job in New York. During this break, both seemingly were able to land on their feet. Ferris was cast as Carl Perkins in the Broadway and touring productions of Million Dollar Quartet, and Caruso co-wrote and filmed a television pilot in Joni Mitchell’s Laurel Canyon home (her friend rents it), featuring Seth Rogen, and sold the thing to ABC. But appearances can be deceiving. “I was miserable in the whole process, because I wasn't connected to myself in my gut,” Caruso said. “I didn’t enjoy it. I enjoy traveling and playing music.” Despite rockin’ in Perkins’ blue suede shoes from Memphis to Japan, in front of thousands of people, Ferris was also unhappy because he was singing someone else’s songs. “My heroes were Joni Mitchell, The Stones, Dylan, B.B. King, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Carl Perkins, the guys who just tapped into something in themselves, who needed to write and speak their own truth. That’s who I am,” Ferris said. Adding, “The experience of sitting down with an instrument and coming up with something for the first time, you can’t beat that. The best experience I’ve ever had as a person doing that, and coming up with something that is bigger than the sum of its parts, is with Bianca.” But this is all old news. Freddy & Francine are full-time musicians, and have released three full-length albums and two EPs — not to mention Ferris’s production of an album by award-winning actor William H. Macy (featuring Caruso’s vocals), and the duo’s collaboration with Dead & Co. keyboardist Jeff Chimenti on the musical direction and casting for 2017’s Off-Broadway musical “Red Roses, Green Gold,” featuring the music of The Grateful Dead. Keeping truckin’, Freddy & Francine plan to release their latest Nashville-recorded EP in September. The six-song “Moonless Night,” co-produced by Dan Knobler (Lake Street Dive, Rodney Crowell) finds Freddy & Francine — which has often used full bands on its recordings — still produced but more intimately portrayed, a sound closer to the duo’s live performances. But don’t call it folk music. It’s too energetic. “We’re performers. We’re not just folk musicians who play and sing mellow songs with little voices ... there’s screaming,” Caruso said. Don’t call it Americana either. They don’t wear hats. Besides, Caruso says, “The minute you think one of our songs is an Americana song, it can turn into a retro pop song.” Despite the reaction of most roots music fans to the dreaded “P” word, Caruso says she doesn’t mind Freddy & Francine being labeled a pop band. “Pop music gets a bad rap, but it comes from the word ‘popular.’ I’d love to be popular,” she said. “I never discriminate against a song because it’s popular if it stays in your head ... every Beatles song is a pop song.” But mostly, Freddy & Francine sounds like Freddy & Francine. It ain’t the easiest thing to explain, but it makes sense when you hear it, and finally, it makes sense to the two people who matter most. “I’m really happy with who I am and I'm happy with the life I have,” Ferris said. At the end of the day, or road, authenticity is internal. Watch your step.


Singer/Songwriter Rascal Martinez and his brother, Marcello Sanchez hail from Denver, CO. The two brothers grew up in a small Nebraska town where they went from recording albums in a home basement studio to the professional studios of Nashville, Tennessee. Channeling a mix of Indie-folk and country, Rascal Martinez's unique Americana-style roots music elicit memories of Buddy Holly and early Van Morrison. The duo delivers accessible and heartfelt originals, as well as an impressive catalogue of covers and standards.


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Emerging Artist Showcase: New Artist, Who Dis? - 7pm | $10
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Emerging Artist Showcase: New Artist, Who Dis? - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Mark Harper started his musical journey at age twelve as a guitar player. In the last decade, he has gotten experience in a variety of musical endeavors including playing guitar in a Jazz ensemble, singing in various choirs, playing principal roles in musical theatre productions, and even participating in an a capella group. Currently, he produces music in many different genres, is the lead singer and guitar player of his band, Harper's Grove, and for the first time ever is performing solo here at Uncommon Ground.


saraí is a multi-faceted artist and human being. she grew up in multiple areas in and around the city of Chicago. the artist currently attends the university of illinois at Chicago. she studies English and Gender and Women's studies. she considers herself a singer, writer, editor, activist, and thinker. currently, the singer works to complete her bachelor's degree, her first three books, and her demo.


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Though originally born in Oak Park, Rane Simons mostly grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois called Makanda. He joined his first band with some friends from high school who convinced him to start learning guitar. Half of them ended up going to college in Champaign-Urbana where he joined a couple other bands and began developing a passion for singing and songwriting. On a train back to Chicago after seeing a total solar eclipse in my hometown of Makanda in August 2017, he met his girlfriend who has been a big source of inspiration for gim to write, record, and produce his first EP. He’s happy to say that he released Synchronicities exactly a year later!


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Homegrown Residency: The East Loop - 7pm | $10
Feb
18
7:00 PM19:00

Homegrown Residency: The East Loop - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL

$1 our of every cover charge is donated to Care For Real to nourish our local community


The East Loop is an instrumental ensemble that occasionally features guest vocalists.

The band stands at the intersection of African American, Middle Eastern and South American music, blending traditions including Jazz, Funk, Rock and Maqam. Complex rhythmic, melodic and musical arrangement ideas come together in electrifying performances of music that’s both complex and groovy.

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From the Start w/ Old Town School Youth String Band - 6pm | $10
Feb
17
6:00 PM18:00

From the Start w/ Old Town School Youth String Band - 6pm | $10

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$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


From the Start is Max Allard (banjo, guitar), Otto Allard (mandolin, fiddle), Ruben Whitaker (guitar, vocals). The three met when they were toddlers and they have been playing together ever since. They play a mix of bluegrass, fiddle tunes, folk music, alternative rock and jazz.


The Old Town School Youth String Band is a group of young multi-instrumentalists versed in music from a wide variety of genres; including old-time, bluegrass, traditional New Orleans tunes, and even some originals. You can catch members of the YSB performing at the Square Roots Festival, Lincoln Hall, Café Brauer, and many other venues across Chicago and beyond.


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Saltwater Tap w/ Jack Kapson - 7pm | $10
Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

Saltwater Tap w/ Jack Kapson - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


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Saltwater Tap brings elements of Soul, Folk, and just about everything in between to the stage. With 6 musicians, the band provides a large but intimate sound awash with tight background vocals, mellow guitar lines, and tasteful keyboard grooves

With an emphasis on hard-hitting and meaningful songwriting, they keep a certain 70s type of sound alive, and never fail to mention the importance of hydration.


Jack Kapson is Chicago-based guitarist, singer, songwriter. He has developed an eclectic sound as a result of many years of casual, academic, and professional exposure to a wide range of musical styles, including RnB, Soul, Rock, Reggae, Jazz, and Hip-hop. His wide-ranging taste has resulted in a blend of musically stylistic elements that neatly fit together to create his distinct sound. Each song contains carefully crafted lyrics that include but are not limited to themes of positivity, social consciousness, spirituality, going with the flow, and always striving to keep it real.


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South City Revival w/ The Bashful Youngens, Motel Breakfast - 6PM | $10
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

South City Revival w/ The Bashful Youngens, Motel Breakfast - 6PM | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Penning songs with an introspective take on country music, South City Revival blends country, rock & roll, and rhythm & blues into a unique, high energy sound. The quintet met in the parking lot of a Western Ave. bar and agreed they wanted to write songs like Townes Van Zandt and play shows like Bruce Springsteen. They asked each other "what does Chicago country sound like?" -- A question that has shaped the sound and aesthetic of South City Revival since its formation. In 2017, SCR teamed up with Chicago studio guru Mike Hagler (Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Waco Brothers) to record their self-titled, debut EP at his Humboldt Park Studio. The release features a captivating blend of story driven songwriting and high energy studio performances.


Formed in 2015, The Bashful Youngens are an Americana band out of Champaign, Illinois featuring Carrie Chandler and Aaron Short. Carrie and Aaron grew up 15 minutes apart, in Pontiac, IL and Forrest, IL, respectively. But they didn't meet until a few years later, in college, at a party where they happened to spontaneously perform a Ryan Adams song together. Fast forward to 2016 where they recorded and released their self titled debut album and to 2017 where they recorded and released their EP, "Inflorescent." After adding a few more band members along the way (Brian Hildebrand, Mitchell Killough, Stephen Johnson and Matt Chupp) The Bashful Youngens have shared the stage with artists like Paul Thorn, Jana Kramer, Lydia Loveless and Parker Millsap.


Motel Breakfast came to form playing dive bars and basements in the winter of 2016/2017. Originally comprised of southside of Chicago natives Jimmy Drenovsky (lead vox, rhythm guitar), Mick O’Donnell (lead instrumentalist), Conor Brennan (keys), and Jesse Nasadowski (percussion), they’ve since added Columbus native Drue Devente on bass and have a rotating cast of friends who join them on and off stage. Their influences extend across genres, with no sound or instrument off limits in the creative process. Rooted in the simple desires to make good music and have a good time, the band continues to play every chance they get while writing for their debut album.


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Old Timey, G & T, Michelle Billingsley - 7PM | $10
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Old Timey, G & T, Michelle Billingsley - 7PM | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Old Timey is a 2-4piece band, with Kasey Foster (vocals), Charlie Otto (guitar/vocals), Patrick Dinnen (upright bass), and Alan Maniacek (drums), playing both popular and lesser-known hits from the 1920s-50s.

Old Timey's mission is to dig deep for tunes that are near extinction in the memories of both the baby boomer and the silent boomer generations. If you are a fan of Les Paul and Mary Ford, The Mills Brothers, Perry Como, Hank Williams, Willie Dixon, The Andrews Sisters, Georgia Gibbs... you will enjoy this powerhouse foursome. If you know none of the aforementioned musicians/groups, you will still enjoy this powerhouse foursome.


G & T is a ravishing duo perform songs that span a broad spectrum of romantic wins, losses, and draws. All at the expense of their dinner plans.


Michelle Billingsley is Michigan born and raised - right down to the log cabin built by her father and goats milked by her mother. A member of the band $11 Supper, the Folky Americana all-woman trio, she is also a talented multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. 


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Sinema Obscura - 7PM | FREE
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Sinema Obscura - 7PM | FREE



Sinema Obscura presents:

Dinner Theatre Act 3!
Films PLUS a live performance from Ready Freddy Films / Mouthbreathers TV
Music from Elizabeth Saad
Comedy from David Carter and Friends!
Your $5 donation gets you in AND a raffle ticket for a $25 gift certificate from Uncommon Ground. For information on how you can join or help us, please email.... SinemaObscuraChicago@gmail.com


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Feb
12
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Homegrown Residency: The East Loop - 7pm | $10
Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

Homegrown Residency: The East Loop - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL

$1 our of every cover charge is donated to Care For Real to nourish our local community


The East Loop is an instrumental ensemble that occasionally features guest vocalists.

The band stands at the intersection of African American, Middle Eastern and South American music, blending traditions including Jazz, Funk, Rock and Maqam. Complex rhythmic, melodic and musical arrangement ideas come together in electrifying performances of music that’s both complex and groovy.

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Resounding Wayves and The Major Keys - 6PM | $10
Feb
10
6:00 PM18:00

Resounding Wayves and The Major Keys - 6PM | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Resounding Wayves is an aspiring supergroup of Chicago-based singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, making a joyful, mostly acoustic noise. The band performs its own folk- , pop- and Latin-inflected compositions, and puts a fresh spin on covers of familiar tunes with vibrant vocal arrangements that can pivot from tender to thunderous and back again. "Their sound just makes me really happy." -- Aurora Rivera, the B-Side Rebels


Chicago-based folk and country duo, The Major Keys, consists of singing sisters Laura and Ellen Buttitta. Having grown up in a highly musical family, and inspired by a collection of sororal duos such as The Secret Sisters and First Aid Kit, Laura and Ellen have been immersed in harmony and singing together for over two decades. The complimentary registers of an alto and a soprano allow these sisters to produce sweet and sophisticated harmonies with a blend so tight as to often make it impossible to tell whose voice is whose. Featured on Philly D Slim’s album, Teach Me To You, and The Fifth Star Band’s album, Until Further Notice, The Major Keys collaborate frequently with a variety of artists throughout the city, including Resounding Wayves, whose members have provided instrumental backing for the duo. They have performed at an array of music festivals this past summer, as well as local venues such as The Tonic Room, Martyr’s, and the Elbo Room.


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Abigail Rose w/ Oceana and Elizabeth Swan - 7pm | $10
Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

Abigail Rose w/ Oceana and Elizabeth Swan - 7pm | $10


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Abigail Rose is a dedicated Singer/Songwriter who has performed her original music all across the US. Some of her biggest musical influences include John Mayer, Corrine Bailey Rae and Raelee Nikole. She has a soulful raw sound, with heavily jazz and R&B influenced melodies. Her passion for music and love for conveying emotion through lyrics are very evident in each one of her engaging performances.


Formed in 2015 originally as a song development deal called The Lacie Marie Project, Oceana quickly grew into a full-fledged band. Their unique sound: part folk, part rock, a splash of jazz, with a whiskey chaser, and indie as all get out.

A songstress with a captivating voice, Lacie Marie De Souza comprises one half of Oceana. Gerard Estella songwriter, guitar noodler and piano monkey is the other half of Oceana. Through voice and song, they share their stories of love, loss and life. (And coffee.) (And cream.)


Elizabeth Swan is a captivating Indie/Folk singer-song writer, environmental activist and feminist from upstate New York. Writing songs since the age of 5 she has an acute ability to create beauty and flow into her music. Although she is a new artist she has a big following. Her first open mic she was approached by a couple claiming her music was “amazing!” while others claim they are “blown away”. Her music will have you in tears. She will touch move and inspire those with even the coldest hearts. Her music has an amazing ability to bring those from different backgrounds and beliefs together. Her fans come from the US, Peru, Spain, and England! She has performed all over the world and is working on her first album “Place you love”. Her goals with music are to bind humanity together and inspire the world in ways some might say are unimaginable.


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Ian Mahan, Molly Coleman, Caroline York - 7PM | $12
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Ian Mahan, Molly Coleman, Caroline York - 7PM | $12


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A Colorado transplant from small-town Illinois, singer-songwriter Ian Mahan has spent the last decade writing and performing music for the sole purpose of connecting to his audience. His acoustic-style songs, with melodies ranging from mellow to upbeat, are marked by characteristic lyrical vulnerability. Though he attended piano lessons from a young age, Ian did not find his true instrumental passion until his 18-year- old self picked up a guitar. Ian’s high school and college years were spent exploring music in the form of countless different bands, ultimately, establishing himself as a solo artist in 2008. In 2011, Ian produced his first, self-titled EP with his drummer, band director and long-time friend, JD Raab. Four years later, Ian released "Tiger Lily,” his sophomore album which marries the singer-songwriter genre with pop-style, electronic elements. Released earlier this year, Ian’s six-song EP, “Rockford,” showcases his evolving musical style grounded in emotional transparency and whispery acoustics. The album is a collection of curated songs that highlight life’s joys and miseries – inspired by breakups, Rocky Balboa and everything in between. Ian has performed with notable artists such as Ryan Adams, Leon Bridges, Vanessa Carlton, Howie Day, Nina Storey, The Rocket Summer, Parachute, Stu Larsen, Tyler Hilton, Christina Perri and Joe Brooks.


Molly Coleman is a Chicago based singer-songwriter who draws much of her inspiration from the music that raised her. Raised on music spanning from Wilco to Joni Mitchell to Prince, Molly’s music sits in the realm of indie-folk rock, but you can also hear some jazz and soul influences peeking through. Molly’s debut album “the color of mustard” is available everywhere. Find out more on mollycoleman.com and follow on social media @mollycolemanmusic.


Caroline York is a musician from the Western Suburbs of Chicago. After a lifetime of classical training and a degree from Taylor University in flute performance, she is now focused on her real love of singing/ songwriting.


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Robin West w/ Alexandra Blair & Cassandra Kaczor - 7pm | $10
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Robin West w/ Alexandra Blair & Cassandra Kaczor - 7pm | $10


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Robin West is native Chicagoan, multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter - coming back to the stage after a 2 year hiatus.


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Alexandra Blair, singer/songwriter has been playing music in Chicago for ten years. When she’s not playing acoustic music solo, she plays in a rock band called Bad Candy, performs modern dance with the Laboratory Dancers, and does activism work for survivors of domestic violence in the Victorious Project. She is very excited to get back on the Uncommon Ground stage alongside this group of awesome artists.


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Cassandra Kaczor is a Chicago-based composer, pianist and multimedia artist focused on issues of social justice and women’s empowerment. Kaczor currently works as a professional pianist and singer, entertaining on an international scale, and as a freelance teacher, performer and composer.

When she is not working, Kaczor enjoys practicing yoga, feministing, songwriting, long runs on Lake Michigan, ogling strangers' dogs while out walking, good drinks, tolerable company, and chronically overthinking as much as possible.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Noah Brooks Collective w/ Juliette Gardiner, Jack Sundstrom Collective - 6pm | $10
Feb
2
6:00 PM18:00

Noah Brooks Collective w/ Juliette Gardiner, Jack Sundstrom Collective - 6pm | $10


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Noah Brooks, an up and coming young Jazz drummer and band leader was born in Madison, WI and moved early in his life to Dekalb, IL. Showing aptitude and signs of his love for music at a very early age, he started his career in music by taking piano and drum lessons.
Jazz quickly became a life's passion after being introduced to it in the third grade. His growing list of influences that continue to shape Noah's growth in Jazz includes past and present Jazz musicians, Max Roach, McCoy Tyne, Elvin Jones, Xavier Breaker, Marquis Hill and Ulysses Owens Jr.
Noah currently plays in the Chicagoland area with many different groups while also leading his own group, The Noah Brooks Coalition. This group features many up and coming young Jazz musicians from the Chicagoland area.
The Noah Brooks Coalition focuses on playing modern Jazz music composed by Chicago Jazz artists, such as Chris Greene, Rajiv Halim, and Xavier Breaker, while
including original compositions by the member of the group.


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The Gardiner Quintet is a Chicago based group of musicians and composers who perform throughout the city regularly. All students of Elmhurst College, these jazz musicians are some of the city’s up and coming sounds in jazz.


Jack Sundstrom is a bassist composer from the suburbs of Chicago. His music blends modern jazz with various popular and world music styles.


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Matt Griffo & Elisabeth Pfieffer, Emma Grace - 6PM | $12
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

Matt Griffo & Elisabeth Pfieffer, Emma Grace - 6PM | $12


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Matt Griffo from Chicago is an internationally touring musical comedian, combining music with comedic lyrics. Griffo’s show is what you get if Ben Folds and Flight of the Conchords had a lovechild. Griffo sings and plays piano and ukulele. His performances are “both toe-tapping and rib-tickling” (Chicago Sun Times). You can check out his music online at www.mattgriffo.com


Elisabeth Pfeiffer is a solo ukulele player with a strong background in classical guitar. She studied at Lawrence University in the USA and HfM Würzburg, Germany, majoring in classical guitar. 2013 she took up a ukulele and never looked back. Since, she has written three method books on strumming and picking techniques and fretting concepts. On stage she mostly performs solo pieces, but throws in the occasional song, always looking to add something personal to a piece or a song. Her repertoire ranges from Renaissance music to Jazz and Rock covers, as well as contemporary classical music.


Emma Grace. A proud Queer theatre artist and musician thriving in Chicago, IL. She has a fiery spirit and a mad passion for devising, singing, songwriting, and her ukulele. After moving into the city on her own just over a year ago she has graced stages with her presence all over Chicago, including most recently “The Chill As Fuck Show” at Second City, Uncommon Ground, The Shithole show, The Factory Theatre, The Mexican Museum of Modern Art, The Den Theatre, and many more! She hopes to use theatre and music to build community and heal the human heart.


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Tae and Gen, Waltzer, and Burr Oak - 7pm | $10
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

Tae and Gen, Waltzer, and Burr Oak - 7pm | $10


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Genevieve Heyward is an indie-pop & folk artist from Wisconsin with a vocal range as dynamic as her personality. She released her debut album, "It's Not Like Anyone's Listening", in 2017. Genevieve actively tours the US, both as a solo artist and in side-projects. She plans on releasing her sophomore album in the year of 2019.

Tae: "Passionate, open-minded, and willing. As a young human, made of many ideas and drawn to the arts, those are accurate statements that briefly support my works' entirety. I am Tae, a 20-year-old musician that was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin; driven by the hunger for growth, experimentation, and creation. With the help and networking of many people, and with my drive to make music and share it with the world, I have been on the journey of performing at a plethora of different venues. The people I have met, the things I have learned, and the motivation I have gained from these experiences have only driven me to have a hunger for more. I will dedicate my life to the creation of art, and utilize the power I have to be an agent of social change regardless of my state and place in life. Ultimately, I strive to make people feel and think, in the way their interpretation allows them." - Tae


Chicago based singer-songwriter Burr Oak (Savanna Dickhut), often compared to “a young Sheryl Crow,” merges together folky, story driven tunes with pop hooks and vocals to create her own, unique blend of sounds. Breaking away from her solo work to form duo-fronted band Elk Walking with Julian Daniell in 2015, she has yet to record or release any of her music apart from the group but will play a set of her unreleased material on occasion, at select venues around the city. Marinating on these songs for sometime now and still developing her solo sound, she hopes to release them at some point in the not so distant future. For the time being, check out a rough, self-recorded demo on her soundcloud; “Pink Carnation/Dandelion song” and the new Elk Walking single, “Ride the Tide,” available on all streaming platforms.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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The Coffee Jazz Collective Presents: The Raven Quartet - 7pm | $10
Jan
28
7:00 PM19:00

The Coffee Jazz Collective Presents: The Raven Quartet - 7pm | $10


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The Raven Quartet is an ever-evolving experimental quartet led by vocalist and composer Miranda Sprague. An extension of the Coffee Jazz Collective, Raven Quartet is an exploration of textures, ideas and melodies well woven into a ensemble of expression! The purpose of this quartet is to explore new perspectives and layers of sound through improvisation and experimental compositions.


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Wes Urbaniak w/ Co-Stanza, Dacota Muckey - 7pm | $10
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

Wes Urbaniak w/ Co-Stanza, Dacota Muckey - 7pm | $10


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Wes Urbaniak’s experimental expressionism puts fire to the gasoline structure of folk music. As his songwriting began to develop and his content deepen, he began pursuing the absolute dynamics of the solo musician in real time and continually reinvested what was being learned into his artistry. His songwriting can be thought of as a quilting of life lived, lessons learned, humility sought, and understanding earned through the processes of becoming a steady and thoughtful man. In support of that Mountain Folk music that Urbaniak plays, he has brought on some other stringed-talent to help develop the dynamic and the melodic themes for the stories that he delivers. After facing off with some heavy realities, Urbaniak took up finding and building up fire inside of himself. The message he brings with him is a simple one, but an important one: The change in me is the change in you. This single string of thought winds it’s way in and out of his latest sixth/seventh albums, Hippo + Crate / The Adelphos, and is primary to the work he is doing now, called The Long Walk. Another way Urbaniak is tying knots on the fraying end sits within his approach to the image of self. “The work a person does, the way they live, the ideas they sew, all give way to what the person might look like on the inside as presented to the outside world. This is important; this lining up of what we say and what we do. It gives a truth to our journey….” When Urbaniak began building instruments, a common question arose in conversation – where does the wood come from? While trying to secure some materials, Urbaniak was confronted with a depleting supply of wood and a growing concern for harvest methods. Trees are being wiped out on a mass scale for the purpose of instruments – it is not good. Urbaniak began to experiment with alternatives like pallet wood, plywood scraps, old wood flooring, etcetera; and then something good happened. He was presented with the opportunity to scrap a defunct piano. What a beautiful resource. All those years of music being played on a piano that can now become bracing and occasionally a guitar soundboard, once again for the purpose of music. Urbaniak’s guitars, and all the instruments he records his albums with, and several that his group play with, were built with a large amount of repurposed material by Urbaniak. They also have Urbaniak’s voice and are recognized as being as much art as function, each with its own distinct soul and spirit. Often enough, they even look like the person playing them. Out and in.


Co-Stanza (Jack Costanza & band) formed in his home town of Naperville, Illinois. Since then, he has experimented with many different genres before finding the alternative/indie rock sound they have. Pulling from folk, pop, and R&B, Co-Stanza has created a unique sound. At 20 years old, Co-Stanza's music is intensely relatable with lyrics and moods that capture the ups and downs of life.


Dacota Muckey is a young, all-in-one kind of artist. He has been said to burn every bit of himself up on stage. His passion and desire to move forward with his music is evident both on stage and off. Dacota is a full time musician in his early twenties and his music has taken him to music festivals, bars, colleges and more all over the midwest and especially in his home state of Indiana. Playing all of these live shows and recording several full length albums of original material both with his band and solo have brought him extensive recognition over a short time as a musician with a pure passion to pour his entire life and all he has into his craft. His music is a new-age folk, rock, jam band style and his use of a loop pedal creates a seemingly full band. Dacota has opened up for big time acts such as Blues Traveler, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Dustin Thomas, and Laith-Al Saadi from NBC's The Voice. He has also performed at major Music Festivals like Bonnaroo, Shang Ri La and more.


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Owen and the Ghosts, John Boyle, Sean Heffernan - 7pm | $10
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Owen and the Ghosts, John Boyle, Sean Heffernan - 7pm | $10


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Owen and the Ghosts is the Chicago based alternative folk-rock project of Owen Hemming (guitar, vocals) Scott McGivern (bass, vocals), and Jamie Stephens). Their music is melodic but often with an energetic grit to it in the vein of Neil Young, Wilco, and the Rolling Stones.


John Boyle is a singer-songwriter performing original acoustic compositions blended with jazz and soul to lend to lyrical honesty and reflection. His songwriting pulls on a tenor searching for the voice of reflection while blending rich vocal melodies with an acoustic styling. John has spent the last five years playing with the jazz quartet Tripel and the blues/rock band CW & The Working Class Trio. He is now pursuing a solo career with his debut album “Early Lights” set to be released October 2018


Sean Heffernan is a singer-songwriter that grew up playing a mix of folk music, Rock 'n' Roll and traditional Irish tunes in the music room with his multi-instrumentalist father, Brian Heffernan. After playing coffeehouses and bars in Milwaukee while attending Marquette University, Sean returned home to Chicago to study songwriting and singing at Old Town School of Folk Music. Dedicated to writing original music, the Glenview, IL native plays venues around the Chicagoland area.


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Fire Thief w/ cats with guns, Beartrap - 6PM | $8
Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

Fire Thief w/ cats with guns, Beartrap - 6PM | $8


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Fire Thief. A 6 piece band lead by composer Devin Clara Fanslow that explores the margins between jazz, folk, classical, and pop music.


Zane DeBord's cats with guns is an ensemble of rotating musicians that perform original music and free improvisation. Each performance is different, with constantly-changing musicians and repertoire leading to a unique combinations of sound and direction in the music.


Beartrap is a Detroit-based quintet featuring Jason Didia and Tristan Cappel on woodwinds, guitarist David Dunham, bassist Jeffry Cuny, and Drummer Stuart Lyons. The ensemble combines jazz, indie rock, and modern improvisation to create a unique energetic sound. Venues the ensemble commonly performs at include Cliff Bell's (Detroit MI), Spread Art (Detroit MI), Ziggy's (Ypsilanti MI), and Canterbury House (Ann Arbor MI).


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OPEN MIC FINALS (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

OPEN MIC FINALS (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE

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OPEN MIC FINALS !

Proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


The top 5 winners from Monday’s Open Mic Semi-Finals and Tuesday’s Open Mic Semi-Finals come together to perform for the Open Mic Finals!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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