Funkalicious Big Band - 7pm | $10
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

Funkalicious Big Band - 7pm | $10


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


Jack Cassidy and The Funkalicious Big Band has been a presence at The Old Town School of Folk Music since Jan 2015. It is an amateur group representing jazz musicians of all ages and backgrounds. Great strides have been made in the past 4 years as enrollment is steady and performances are more frequent. Come out and Hear Music from the Big Band era of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich. More modern contributions from Thad Jones, Bob Mintzer, Buddy Rich and Gordon Goodwin are performed regularly. Dancing or Listening, you are sure to have an exciting evening of Big Band Music!

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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7pm | FREE
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

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


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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Avon Dale w/ Hitsleep- 7pm | $10
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Avon Dale w/ Hitsleep- 7pm | $10


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


A few years ago, Avon Dale played a series of shows to bid farewell to its founding guitarist, leaving the band to teach abroad. That mini-tour hit three cities, each of which could stake a claim at being the band’s hometown: Champaign-Urbana, Chicago, and Memphis.

The band first formed in the cornfields of the Midwest in their college town of Champaign-Urbana. Chicago was home, where they found their most loyal fanbase. And in 2013, they moved to Memphis, where they found the legendary Ardent Studios and producer/engineer Mike Wilson, who has helmed all three of their records – EPs Dress it Up (2014) and Little Ditty (2016), and their forthcoming debut full-length, Whiskey and Sherbet. 

But fittingly those cities also serve as a sort of sonic road map for Avon Dale, whose sound is Midwest roots rock meets Chicago blues meets Southern soul. They’ve spent plenty of time tearing up the roads between those cities, and across the country, touring steadily since the release of their debut EP. Their 2017 summer outing, dubbed the Strings and Rust Tour after a lyric on the Little Ditty EP, was both an initiation and a three-month long celebration – they’d quit their day jobs to pursue music full-time.

With so much time spent on the road, it’s no surprise that the four-piece – Conrad Polz (lead vocal, guitar), Alec Heist (drums), Drew Allen (bass), Patrick Vaughan (guitar) – is a powerful live act. Their tight rhythm section, blues-inspired electric guitar riffs and soulful vocals make them danceable, drinkable, perfect for your fleeting night out – and their songs, which range from tender and plaintive to gritty and wry, are what bring you back as a lifelong fan.


Hitsleep is an alternative rock band hailing from Chicago, IL. Punches of reggae and pop music make way for a pleasantly unique listening experience.


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Barton Hartshorn & Olivia Ports Band - 7pm | $10
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Barton Hartshorn & Olivia Ports Band - 7pm | $10


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


Barton Hartshorn, first and foremost has a great voice that takes us straight to the heart of the song. Steeped in an English pop-folk universe, his songs have a 70s west coast Americana flavour; it’s this blend of scenes and sounds that gives them their distinctly personal and original touch. Imagine Lloyd Cole fronting Steely Dan or Paul McCartney sitting in with the Eagles.


Olivia Ports is a singer/songwriter from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois whose passion lies in writing about impending doom in an upbeat way. Olivia specializes in live performance and creating a unique environment at every show, with a combination of dark lyrics and indie/pop melodies. The Olivia Ports Band consists of lead guitarist Chris Leonard, bassist Bill Syniar, and drummer/vocalist David Kelly. Each member has an extensive musical background, from audio engineering to live performance and touring. This mix of specialties distinguishes the group, and they will be sure to make light of the darkest lyric.


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The Erly, Thanks Again, and Fragile Soul - 7pm | $10
Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

The Erly, Thanks Again, and Fragile Soul - 7pm | $10


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


The Erly is an American rock band originating from Niles, MI. Forming in 2017, The Erly consists of Collin Mattiford, Trevor McDonald, Ivan Torres, and Fran Gleason. The Erly's first record, Shadows, blends elements of roots music, alternative, and indie rock.


Thanks Again is an independent folk trio from Crown Point, IN. Guitarist and lead singer Roman Ruiz, banjo player Adam Mihal, and bassist John MacNeil met in high school, when they began writing and playing acoustic music together as The Pigeon Boys. In November 2017, Thanks Again released their second album, "Wayfarer." The sophomore record featured a more mature sound with expanded orchestration and harmonization, and explored questions of permanence and purpose in an evolving world.


Fragile Soul is a modern mix of soulful heartfelt vocals with blues and folk rock influences. Being compared to City and Colour, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Kings of Leon they bring a unique energy to somber lyrics that resonates with their audience. Starting as a singer-songwriter duo, the group has expanded their sound by adding a drummer and bassist. They have recently released their EP “The Runaway” in July 2018 to showcase their full blues rock sound.


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Spencer Peterson’s Groove Cartel w/ Kabir Dalawari Quintet & Amelia Papajohn - 7PM | $10
Jun
30
7:00 PM19:00

Spencer Peterson’s Groove Cartel w/ Kabir Dalawari Quintet & Amelia Papajohn - 7PM | $10

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


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Spencer Peterson is a drummer and percussionist from the suburbs of Chicago, and is currently pursuing degrees in both jazz studies and psychology at Loyola University Chicago. His group focuses on blending a vintage sound with modern sensibilities to create a listening experience like no other.


Ameila Papajohn is a singer/songwriter and loves the power of music. Music is fun for her and she loves to share the songs that move her with others. She taught herself piano and has sang in numerous singing groups and bands. Amelia started writing songs when she was very little and that passion has only grown with age.


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Kabir Dalawari Quintet s a collaborative jazz fusion group that features both original compositions and arrangements.

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Ronnie Carrier w/ Christina Eltrevoog & CARA - 7PM | $10
Jul
1
7:00 PM19:00

Ronnie Carrier w/ Christina Eltrevoog & CARA - 7PM | $10


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


Known for literary lyrics, captivating melodies, and a voice of humble power, Ronnie Carrier is a songwriting star rising up in the West. Ronnie cleverly crafts narratives through music with influences varying from southwestern rock, as illustrated songs like Entitled. and Wrong Turn at the Mad Sun and thoughtful lyrics that tug at the heartstrings, like in The Sound.


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Based in Chicago, Cara originally hails from Central Florida. On a relentless quest for a singular sound to call her own, Cara found her match in producer Matt Pittman, and together they fleshed out her sound for this album. One that is equally haunting, emotive, reflective, and longing.


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In 2014, after three spiritually- enriching years living in Santa Cruz, CA, singer-songwriter Christina Eltrevoog returned to her small hometown in Illinois where she became reacquainted with Matthew Pittman, a friend from adolescence, who for the past several years had cut his teeth playing with various groups in music clubs throughout Illinois. The two worked together with other musical allies to produce Eltrevoog’s first recorded project Hallow EP, a concept album released in October 2015. Since early 2017, the two have been touring around the United States performing one another’s songs in an acoustic duo arrangement, Matthew Michael & Christina Marie (MMCM). MMCM is currently in production of their first album, set to release in fall 2019. When Christina is home, she performs solo and collaborates with other songwriters and musicians, such as her freshly formed female string trio, The Morning Larks, songwriter CARA, and Americana/Alt-Country band Katie Belle & The Belle Rangers.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Tiny Shoulders w/ Chad Price & David Lopez - 7PM | $10
Jul
5
7:00 PM19:00

Tiny Shoulders w/ Chad Price & David Lopez - 7PM | $10

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


Tiny Shoulders is an indie-folk rock group based in Chicago, Il, with a sound that blends singer/songwriter folk music with Southern gothic and blues. The band consists of Leigh Yenrick (vocals), Tess Taruskin (fiddle/violin), and Travis Cook (guitar/vocals). They have performed in Chicago at Uncommon Ground, Cornservatory, and Duly Noted/On Tour Brewing, and are looking to record their first album later in 2019. They have big dreams, but such tiny shoulders - they do not care for pigeons.


Chad Price began his musical venture in 1993 when he joined the seminal pop/punk band ALL. In 1995, he and fellow singer/songwriter Jon Snodgrass formed the much loved but often overlooked country flavored rock 'n' roll band Drag The River. While both bands toured around the globe for years, Chad began working on his solo material. Songs too emotional to fit into a band context. He released 'Smile Sweet Face' in 2009 and his 2nd solo record 'It Might Bleed Forever', in 2018. He is currently focusing on his solo project as well as his hard rock band A Vulture Wake.

"...the latest record from Chad Price, is a mournful album waist-deep in heartache. ...laid back and stripped down, lyrically nodding to romantic ideals of individualism and emotion, putting an overflow of feeling as the bullseye of each track."
~Bryant Liggett from The Alternate Root


Chicago born artist David Lopez has been acting and making music since 2012. Following several mixtapes, he officially changed his stage name from "D Lo" to David Lopez and released his first single "Champ" in 2014. In 2015 Lopez founded Passion Park Entertainment and began to release new projects. His first release was the music video for "Lonely Days," which would turn to be the lead single off of his debut LP. On October 27th, 2015 Lopez's debut album, "Preacher's Son," was released to the public via Passion Park Entertainment. In August 2016, Lopez released his second album titled "So Much More," which includes a web-series with the same title. David wrote, directed, & starred in the project. Lopez released his 3rd album "Direct Deposit" in 2018 and the project is accompanied by a short film. On May 22nd 2019, Lopez will be releasing his 4th album "So Much More 2" via Passion Park Entertainment.


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The Bashful Youngens w/ Bronte Fall & Francis King - 7pm | $10
Jul
6
7:00 PM19:00

The Bashful Youngens w/ Bronte Fall & Francis King - 7pm | $10


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


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.


Founded by lead singer and songwriter, Teri Bracken, in the winter of 2015, Bronte Fall is an indie-pop/Americana group out of Chicago, IL. Bracken was initially drawn to the Bronte Sisters' story during her undergraduate experience- outspoken female authors who dared to have a voice in a time when women did not. She found their novels unedited, honest, modern, and, at times, deliciously impolite. That is the dialogue she strives to continue with Bronte Fall. The band blends a Pop songwriting aesthetic with Roots Rock musical influences. Bronte Fall released their debut album in May 2017. Their 2018 release, single Grand Marnier, steps more definitively into an Americana realm, with rockabilly rhythms and pedal steel overtones. 


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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Young Douglas, Busy Bodies w/ Madeleine Mayi - 7PM | $10
Jul
7
7:00 PM19:00

Young Douglas, Busy Bodies w/ Madeleine Mayi - 7PM | $10


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


Emmanuel, Adam, Gabe, and Matt are Young Douglas. They are an Indie band from Chicago that is just hitting the music scene in 2019. They just Released their debut EP "Wtf Is... Young Douglas" on every platform and are going to be performing at venues all across the city of Chicago.


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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.


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To understand California native Madeleine Mayi is to know that her first word was “no,” a powerful sentiment now tattooed on the inside of her arm. A thoughtful and introspective artist with a voice as agile as it is soulful, Madeleine has never been afraid of going after what she wants. Having found her love for performance at a young age, Madeleine sought inspiration from her own experiences and began writing original music at sixteen. Even as a burgeoning songwriter her ability to speak from an honest and unapologetic place has touched those that have heard her play.


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Brianna Musco w/ Cuckoo Baby & Division Point - 7PM | $10
Jul
8
7:00 PM19:00

Brianna Musco w/ Cuckoo Baby & Division Point - 7PM | $10

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


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Brianna is a singer-songwriter based out of New Jersey, traveling and touring major cities throughout the United States and Europe with her band. She is a retired Division I soccer player for Delaware State University and studied classical guitar in college. She will be releasing her highly anticipated EP this June and will be touring all summer.


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The line between comedy act and musical pop-duo is blurred when it comes to Cuckoo Baby. Comprised of lead vocalist Devin Patton and keyboardist/producer Stephen Maher, the duo first met at UMass Amherst in 2016 through performing improv comedy. After they graduated college in May of 2018, they moved to Chicago together to continue to pursue music. By incorporating their comedic training into their musical act, they create a truly unique experience of laughter and song.


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DIvision Point is a three piece alternative/Indie rock band from Chicago Illinois.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7pm | FREE
Jul
9
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Jenny Bienemann’s Northside Release Concert for Haiku Milieu - 7pm | $10
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

Jenny Bienemann’s Northside Release Concert for Haiku Milieu - 7pm | $10


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


Jenny Bienemann is an award winning singer, songwriter, poet and photographer based in the Midwest. "Restoring a sense of wonder in the world by finding the extraordinary in the everyday is my mission as an artist," she says. With five critically acclaimed albums that receive international airplay, Bienemann ventures into new territory with her book Haiku Milieu, a book of photo and haiku developed over the course of a year. For her Northside release, she invites 15 fellow songwriters to write songs based on the photographs and haiku in Haiku Milieu.

Performers include:

Al Rose
Emily White
Kathy Greenholdt
Robinlee Garber
Rick Vines
Earnest & Troubled
Lindsay Weinberg 
Shelley Miller
Rebecca Jasso


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Karen Waldrup - 8pm | $10
Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

Karen Waldrup - 8pm | $10



New Orleans native, Karen Waldrup, is a triple threat musician, songwriter and recording artist known for her thrilling performances and nostalgically new style of country music. Waldrup has spent the last few years touring the world performing thousands of shows everywhere from Long Beach, CA to Dublin, Ireland and is now a true viral sensation with her social media videos gaining mass appeal and more than 220 million views.

Waldrup's NEW album, JUSTIFIED, was released July 2018 and debuted #26 on Billboard's Country Album Sales chart along with #14 Billboard Heatseekers, #7 Billboard Heatseekers South Central & #44 Billboard Independent Albums.

Rolling Stage magazine named Waldrup's "Sometimes He Does" one of the Top 10 Country and Americana songs of the week. Her latest music video of the song premiered worldwide on CMT Nov 2018 & was the most viewed video on CMT.com.


TICKETING INFO:

GA TICKETS:

Uncommon Ground is delighted to present Karen Waldrup in the intimate Listening Room at Edgewater!
While you enjoy your show, treat yourself to beers from our very own Greenstar Brewery, the first all organic brewery in IL, and food from the first 4-star restaurant with a certified organic rooftop farm in the U.S. 
Seating and service begins 6:15p
General Admission to main show (you will receive priority seating if you purchased VIP tickets)
Show 8-10pm
Food and beverage are not included in tickets, but available for order once seated!

VIP TICKETS:

* PLEASE NOTE: THIS TICKET IS FOR THE MEET & GREAT ONLY. This purchase DOES NOT include a ticket for the 8pm show. GA show tickets are sold separately*

Join Karen for an exclusive VIP event before the show! Hang out during a VIP meet & greet with Karen before the show. Listen to Karen play acoustic music exclusively for this group, receive a signed photo ($10 Value) and take a picture with Karen!

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Guilt By Association Records Presents: Phil Circle, Darin Jellison, and Shenendoah Thompson - 7pm | $10
Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

Guilt By Association Records Presents: Phil Circle, Darin Jellison, and Shenendoah Thompson - 7pm | $10


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


Phil Circle is a veteran Chicago-based singer-songwriter-guitarist with several critically acclaimed albums and an award-winning book to his credit. His debut album in the 90's was hailed as "just what the doctor ordered" and "from the master class." Listeners were encouraged to "let this disc wash over your soul" and his style was described as something that "defies rock, jazz and blues." Many years and albums later, The Illinois Entertainer called Circle "one of our town's most unique voices" and CenterStage Chicago noted that "Phil Circle's prolific songwriting and powerful performance make him a staple of Chicago music." Chicago Music Guide recently said in lead up to an interview:
"What makes Circle one of the few ‘professional indie musicians’ (where the phrase isn’t an oxymoron) is not only his tenacity, but his inherent fluidity with performing, and a zen-like understanding of what it means to be a songwriter."


An architect and musician, Darin Jellison brings a unique perspective to his multi-instrumental songwriting. His “Howie Day meets Ben Folds” live performance features acoustic guitar, melodic vocals, and live looping.


For 10 years Shenendoah Thompson performed in numerous musical theatre productions, studying every aspect of performance from acting technique to stage combat choreography to directing; building a resume with hundreds of credits. At the same time, he was experimenting with songwriting and home recording, and began to pour his heart into his lyrics. In 2010, Shenendoah’s freshman album Under the Radar featured a collection of memories of love, solemn regrets & unrequited longing for something a little beyond ordinary.

Now a proud father, Shenendoah’s most recent project is a way to wear his heart forever on his sleeve. Heavy rock ballads blend together with vividly poetic descriptions to confess some of those thoughts we sometimes struggle to find the words for. Quoted as having the longest list of musical inspirations a reporter had heard of, Shenendoah Thompson always strives to find new sounds to express the ever-evolving emotions of a love-sick Rockstar.


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TKO DUO w/ Dumble & Sonya Major - 7PM | $10
Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

TKO DUO w/ Dumble & Sonya Major - 7PM | $10

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


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The TKO Duo (Torin Hopkins and Kailey Hopkins), a dynamic brother/sister music group from the Chicago, IL area have been playing and writing music their whole lives. In 2018 The TKO Duo began writing original music that contains pop undertones and hints of Spanish style guitar and vocals. With a steel string and homegrown harmonies, The TKO Duo bring a familiar yet mosaic sound to the Chicago music scene.


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Dumble is the solo-act of Spencer Schmid who is a Chicago-based singer/songwriter.


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Sonya Major is a singer/songwriter/music educator currently out of Chicago, IL.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7pm | FREE
Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Sara Van Hecke w/w/ Johnny Sweetgrass, Katie Bates & Emily Woods  - 7PM | $10
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Sara Van Hecke w/w/ Johnny Sweetgrass, Katie Bates & Emily Woods - 7PM | $10


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


Chicago-based singer/songwriter Sara Van Hecke started writing and performing her own songs at the age of 13. Drawing her musical inspiration from jazz and folk artists, she accompanies her voice on guitar and piano. Now 23, Sara just released her latest tunes, “Melrose Street Sessions, ” now available on all major streaming platforms. Passionate about social justice, travel, and community, Sara writes music that often share stories about connecting people to one another. Look out for the second half of her EP “Melrose Street Sessions” in the coming months!


Johnny Sweetgrass combines the sounds of the soul and life experience to bring the feeling of growth, inspiration and harmony.


Emily Woods & Katie Bates met while performing with the Chicago Soul Spectacular in 2018 & have been singing together ever since. Emily has been circulating the Chicago soul & rock scene since 2014 and Katie is a vocalist and songwriter in the Chicago soul/R&B world. This show marks their first collaboration and they bring you an amalgamation of gritty, melodic, honey-soaked tunes with the help of friend Marcus Reese on keys. Marcus is a producer, composer and member of Chicago music collective Midway Moon.


FOLLOW THEM ON INSTAGRAM
@pnkinberry
@katieqbates
@x_riis_x
@midway_moon


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Robin West w/ Zosia Holden & Janet Blackwell - 8PM | $10
Jul
18
8:00 PM20:00

Robin West w/ Zosia Holden & Janet Blackwell - 8PM | $10



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


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


Zosia Holden is a pianist and singer songwriter. She writes songs and reworks old folk tunes, drawing influences from jazz, blues, Americana and punk rock. Her first album, Bad Poems For Good People, was released in August 2018, and her first studio single, "Tell Me, " was recently released on Spotify. After frequent performances in the Milwaukee area, she recently moved to Chicago and is kicking off a musical career in her home town.


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Janet Blackwell is a soulful singer-songwriter originating from San Jose, California. She currently studies Music Composition and Business at Columbia College Chicago. Her first single "Broken Glass" was released in April 2019. Janet's songwriting is full of intention and detail, and she is often inspired by the beauty of poetry. Artists such as Birdy and Joni Mitchel have been an important influence on Janet's sound.


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MALO W/ Columbia Jones & Anna P - 7pm | $10
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

MALO W/ Columbia Jones & Anna P - 7pm | $10


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


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'm a musician." Columbia Jones said to hospital nurse. As soon as those words left his mouth though, he realized for the first time in a long time he could be lying about his profession.
Columbia had moved out to Utah 5 years earlier from a small town in Maine to pursue a future in a big city and not a farm field. He played coffee shops and eventually landed a gig as the drummer and gig booker for a local Folk Rock band. They made the rounds from California to Colorado. He also owned a recording studio in downtown Salt Lake. This evening however he was lying in a hospital bed, his wife pregnant with his first child, diagnosed with an auto immune disease, and massive medical bills. Suddenly his dream seemed about impossible.
He had to face the reality that a 9-5 job might be the best direction for him. One that comes with a 401k, health insurance, and a consistent pay check. As he struggled with what to do, he started playing as a One-Man-Band on the streets. All of a sudden he had found his voice as a front man.
Since then Columbia has traveled nearly 20 states, 1 Canadian province, and finished 2018 with over 100 gigs played. His One-Man-Band set is wildly entertaining employing 4 limb coordination but also coupling it with incredible vocals and thoughtful songwriting. Columbia Jones is a songwriter first and foremost and his new album "I'm a Terrible Human Being" which is due early 2019 is a full band effort.


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.


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Monaco & Alameda w/ Kacie Swierk & Sunflower Summit - 7pm | $10
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Monaco & Alameda w/ Kacie Swierk & Sunflower Summit - 7pm | $10


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


This will be the first performance in Chicago for Monaco & Alameda. However, Peter Sheridan plays with the groups Byrne and Kelly, Keith Harkin and Celtic Thunder who have played Chicago many times to crowds of 300 - 3,000 people.


Based in Chicago, IL, Kacie Swierk is a musician, singer and songwriter. With an emphasis on lyricism and storytelling as its thread, Swierk’s style floats somewhere between Alternative Folk, Americana, Indie and Singer/Songwriter. Two leading singles from her upcoming sophomore album, Hummingbird, are now out on all major listening platforms.


"Hauntingly sweet”, Sunflower Summit is a Chicago based Singer/Songwriter. With her ukulele and her voice, Sunflower Summit is on a mission to be kind and loving and connect on a fundamentally human level. The name “Sunflower Summit” comes from a love for community and flowers; sunflowers are her favorite flowers, and the word summit refers to a space where many meet. Influenced by classical, folk, and pop genres, sunflower summit creates playful, rhythmic ukulele riffs to accent her soprano tone and add color to image-driven lyrics. Her debut record Love Notes is in the making and will be released in the fall.

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Isabelle Stillman w/ Emma Grace & Dezirae Schalice - 7pm | $10
Jul
22
7:00 PM19:00

Isabelle Stillman w/ Emma Grace & Dezirae Schalice - 7pm | $10


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


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Isabelle Stillman is a singer-songwriter out of Denver, CO. Her music mixes folk, country, Americana, and pop influences. As an English teacher, performing lessons for 30 high school freshmen, Isabelle has honed an engage stage presence and energy. A student of writing through college, Isabelle writes lyrics that are original and poignant. Isabelle has released three singles, and her debut album will be released in July of 2019.


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Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Dezirae Schalice has discovered her sound in a blend of several genres--ranging from jazz and soul to pop and alternative. Drawing inspiration from artists such as John Legend, and Alessia Cara, she has a style capable of satisfying a plethora of musical preferences. First single released in December 2018. She released her experimental hip-hop-esque EP, "The Almighty Project" in May of 2019.


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A proud Queer theatre artist and musician thriving in Chicago, IL. Emma Grace 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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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7pm | FREE
Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Hana Kahn w/ Genna Simon and Ally Subak - 7PM | $10
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

Hana Kahn w/ Genna Simon and Ally Subak - 7PM | $10


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Buzzfeed calls her a “blue and green dream scene,” but her mermaid hair isn’t all that draws the eye to Hana Kahn. Nominated for the 2018 Boston Music Awards and New England Music Awards Pop Artist of the Year, Hana’s voice and powerful stories showcase “emotional nakedness and elegant musicianship,” (The Deli Magazine), while her heartfelt ballads and upbeat, catchy pop numbers “guide a winding route to self-discovery” (Vanyaland). Hana derives inspiration from her life experiences, which have taught her that it is possible to start from anywhere and become anything you’ve dreamed of: All you need is self-love.


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Genna Simon is a Chicago-based singer-songwriter, making dreamy, open, and honest sounds since her debut in 2014. She takes inspiration from songwriters such as Laura Marling and Jeff Buckley, as well as 90s indie-pop bands The Sundays and The Cranberries. Since releasing her debut single “Just Fine“, Genna has been recording a full-band EP called Horizon, which will be released this July.


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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Fort Atlantic w/ Owen & The Ghosts - 8pm | $10
Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

Fort Atlantic w/ Owen & The Ghosts - 8pm | $10


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After eight years as a musician, Jon Black felt constrained working under his own name. His music had outgrown his singer-songwriter career, so he released an album of new material under the name FORT ATLANTIC. The debut surpassed every expectation: over 12M streams, and more than 6M views on YouTube. Black plotted his next steps.

A cross-country move took him from Birmingham to Portland. He put a band together, and went on tour. Soon they had new material, bigger and bolder still. Recorded in a secret location on the Oregon coast, SHADOW SHAKER, VOL. 1 tells of perseverance in the face of unrelenting trials. Crashing waves of cymbals and guitars frame lush forests of analog synths, mirroring the landscape of Black’s adopted home. Primal motifs in the lyrics (darkness, water, sunlight) evoke the anxieties of life in 21st-century America, themes that presaged the storms to come.

In 2015, the band was abruptly dropped from their label, the newly-completed record still unreleased. As old plans were scrapped and new plans hatched, Black’s pregnant wife went into emergency labor. They spent two long months in the NICU. Those songs of perseverance and hope, recorded for the rejected album just six months prior, were newly visceral.

The album was released on the band’s own Hot Garbage label in October 2017. The video for Bathed In Sunlight is an Official Selection in the 2018 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, and was submitted for a 2017 Grammy Nomination.


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.


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Kurt Michaels Continuum w/ Stacey Garretson - 7pm | $10
Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

Kurt Michaels Continuum w/ Stacey Garretson - 7pm | $10


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The Kurt Michaels Continuum is a band whose resumes include live performances with many legendary acts including The Temptations, The Drifters The Platters, Bobby Vinton, Badfinger, Spencer Davis, Wolfman Jack, The Shirelles, The Syn (featuring Chris Squire and Alan White of Yes) Ray Graffia & Ronnie Rice (New Colony Six), Jimy Sohns (Shadows of Knight) and Denny Laine of The Moody Blues and Wings (Paul McCartney). Recent performances include opening a sold out show at Reggies for Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Bad Examples and The Babys.


Stacey Garretson is a singer-songwriter that grew up Fredericksburg, Texas. She is the daughter of a cattle rancher and an opera singer. Between showing steers at stock shows and classical piano lessons, Stacey spent her time riding my horses and playing bassoon.


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Makena Hartlin w/ Katie Boeck & Neil Dixon Smith - 7pm | $10
Jul
28
7:00 PM19:00

Makena Hartlin w/ Katie Boeck & Neil Dixon Smith - 7pm | $10


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Makena Hartlin is a young Chicago native with a spell binding voice who blends elements of pop, jazz, and folk to create a unique sound. With engaging melodies and heartfelt lyrics, her music is intimate and captivating.


Carving her niche as the guitar-playing actress of Los Angeles, Katie Boeck’s eclectic performance experiences have included a tour across India, performing her acoustic rendition of Ave Maria on HBO’s The Newsroom, and a starring role in the Tony-Nominated Broadway revival of Spring Awakening. She regularly performs her original material at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, and returns yearly to a variety of listening rooms and festivals including New York’s Rockwood Music Hall, The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, and Mile of Music in Appleton.


Neil Dixon Smith performs music from across the solo guitar traditions of Latin America, stemming from a longtime apprenticeship with Chilean master Alfonso Chacon. In concert Smith weaves roots rhythms from Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, and Chile into a flow, swinging from romantic lyricism to hypnotic trance to ecstatic dance music.


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OPEN MIC SEMI FINALS (sponsored by Shure) - 7pm | FREE
Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Bittersweet Drive w/ Kasondra Rose & Discoverer - 7pm | $10
Jul
31
7:00 PM19:00

Bittersweet Drive w/ Kasondra Rose & Discoverer - 7pm | $10


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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.


Kasondra Rose’s voice is warm like wine in your belly, with notes of dark sweetness and a smooth finish. Originally from Michigan, she ventured to New York to pursue dancing, taking voice lessons on the side from one of New York City’s most prestigious vocal coaches. Those lessons ignited her passion for singing, and she found an outlet for her love of song in the Tampa Bay area’s thriving music scene. Kasondra has been touring for the last four years, playing in dozens of cities including Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, and Nashville. She has had several radio appearances on Tampa Bay’s WMNF and an appearance on Knoxville’s WDVX. She’s released two solo albums of original music which are available now through iTunes.


Discoverer is a musical project started by Tariq Shihadah to explore experiences, dreams, and the world around him. Discoverer isn't about contriving the perfect tune but about finding the songs already written inside us and in the communities we live in. The ambient, post-rock influenced music by this self-described "Midwest Folk" artist will draw you into a place of introspection and vulnerability. With graceful instrumentation and thought provoking lyrics, Discoverer asks you to come along for the journey to discover the music that lies waiting in our bones.


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Karen Choi & Justin Duenne w/ The Do Rights! - 8PM | $10
Aug
2
8:00 PM20:00

Karen Choi & Justin Duenne w/ The Do Rights! - 8PM | $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.


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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.


The Do Rights! are a rag tag crew of minstrels attempting to play in the style of trad jazz. In other words, they're a unique group of musicians from all over the country, and with entirely different backgrounds of music, coming together to perform jazz standards from the 1920's-50's in a dixie/swing/pre-war jazz style.


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James Rose w/ Hair Affair and Carlisle Evan Pecks - 7pm | $10
Aug
4
7:00 PM19:00

James Rose w/ Hair Affair and Carlisle Evan Pecks - 7pm | $10


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There’s a breezy freedom to James Rose’s music, an openness that gives his thoughts room to blossom. His gentle sonic approach is instantly inviting, while it belies a deeper quest within his writing. A traveler, both literally and lyrically, Rose is much more fascinated with the journey than the destination. The bumps in the road - bad jobs, substance abuse, love lost and the never ending philosophic swan dive into his own reality in search of truth - are what Rose documents so artfully in his songs. Echoes of the sweet/dark contrasts employed by Elliott Smith and the textural sensibilities of seminal influences The Beatles, Big Star, and Bowie are present, but Rose’s sound is his own. Effortless and instantly engaging, his songs open multiple pathways for the listener to explore.



After recent stints performing in the U.K., mixing it up with premier young songwriters from the New Orleans scene, Rose will be touring this summer in support of his latest single “Simplicity”. Cut at 64 Sound in Rose’s native Los Angeles, the track skips along with plenty of folk-pop jangle and tastefully applied ear candy. But true to his nature, he utilizes a sunny audio palette to illuminate the darker corners of his lyricism. With three DIY EPs under his belt, this is Rose’s first outing in a commercial studio setting. He employs his songwriter’s instinct to let the song do the work, to good effect. The support from his band is both effervescent and restrained, bouying Rose’s soft-spoken and sincere vocals without stepping on his voice or his message.


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Hair Affair is made up of engaged couple, vocalist Amanda Neal and multi-instrumentalist Brian Gadomski. They want to share their love of love songs and make beautiful music together forever.


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Minneapolis singer-songwriter Carlisle Evans Peck strives for the heart of human connection in his cinematic compositions. Equally at home in a wooded glade or on a cabaret stage, he weaves vibrant indie-classical mythologies at home with the likes of Benjamin Clementine, Antony and the Johnsons, and Joanna Newsom. His ambitious 2018 release Electric Porcelain is an orchestral-rock epic of queer love, loss and transformation. Whether surrounded by a nine-piece chamber-rock orchestra, backed by soaring choral harmonies, or solo with his haunting voice and piano laid bare, Carlisle Evans Peck is a transportive performer with a singular artistic voice.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7pm | FREE
Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Brian McGrath w/ Philly D Slim & Genna Simon - 7PM | $10
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

Brian McGrath w/ Philly D Slim & Genna Simon - 7PM | $10


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


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Brian McGrath's recent releases include 2018's "Into the Grey" and "The Devil's Toil," and 2017's "The Woods Are Burning." He is currently working on his next release and planning a Spring/Summer regional tour around the midwest.


An Urban Folk singer-songwriter, Philly D Slim has been bringing his cooled down sound and introspective lyrics to stages across the Midwest. His new EP Blacktop River is streaming now in all streaming services!


Genna Simon is a singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7pm | FREE
Aug
13
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Annie Bacon w/ MIDWEST - 7pm | $10
Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Annie Bacon w/ MIDWEST - 7pm | $10


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


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Michigan-based Annie Bacon loves humans. That love, in the context of a rich emotional life, gives her access to a pulsing humanity, which she inscribes in song. The result is a lush and earnest Americana/folk-rock sound reeling between the pure tones of Stevie Nicks and the emotive storytelling arcs of Tracy Chapman. Music that means something and makes you feel. Her work has been lauded by No Depression, Earmilk, The Bay Bridged and more. She also composed a Folk Opera which was adapted as a verse puppet play, and writes about music for SF Critic, KQED, She Shreds and others.


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MIDWEST is a Dark Folk band from Chicago. Their songs reminisce heartbreak hangovers and cradle the listener with whiskey-soaked lullabies; music born out of cornfields, cold winters and rust belt love letters. The sound is heavily inspired by Americana, Singer/Songwriter, and Motown music, with influences that can be traced from Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris to Heartless Bastards and The Lone Bellow, the sound remains uniquely northern backwoods. Employing violin, upright bass, keys, harmonica and pared-down percussion, the songs are built around the foundation of sweet, swelling 2 and 3-part vocal harmonies and driven by the aching heartbeat of the bass. The energy created is electric, heart-pulling and captivating -- you can't help but stomp your feet along with them.


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David Ryan Harris - 9PM | $25
Aug
16
9:00 PM21:00

David Ryan Harris - 9PM | $25



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Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist David Ryan Harris always sings, writes,
and performs with soul. Whether it be in early bands such as Follow For Now and Brand
New Immortals or over the course of six full-length solo albums, he tells stories that
resonate. He’s carried this same spirit while performing with the likes of John Mayer,
Dave Matthews, and Santana or producing for Cassandra Wilson and Guy Sebastian—
with whom he co-wrote the RIAA platinum-certified “Battle Scars”.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7pm | FREE
Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Roger Jaeger w/ Brother Derek (EP Release) & Lisa Woodland - 7PM | $10
Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

Roger Jaeger w/ Brother Derek (EP Release) & Lisa Woodland - 7PM | $10

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Tulsa-born, Roger Jaeger made his first trip to India in 2005. Enamored by the welcoming and nourishing culture, and captivated by its music, the Oklahoma native made India his second home where he honed his writing and music production craft, and learned to play sitar proficiently. Roger developed a strong devotion and passion for India, its native people and the arts. Settling in, he became a teacher at The University of The Nations in Lonavala, India where he teaches “Songwriting 101” one or two times annually. Rejuvenated by the life experience and foreign education, he released the album BEACON as a re-entry into the U.S. indie music arena in 2013.


Brother Derek is a simple bass and vocal stylings from erstwhile Recent Photo frontman Derek Wu, who draws from a deep well of genre-malleable tunes that are each more a roller coaster ride than a straight shot, at times weird but always groovy.


Lisa Woodland grew up playing in the northern woods of Wisconsin. Most at home jamming around a campfire, she brings that warmth and intimacy to her shows. A fan of family and intergenerational connectedness, Woodland draws from early era jazz, country, blues and folk, then spins it with lyrics that fit her modern Chicago existence. As unexpected as her song subjects are, you’ll find that it’s Woodland’s roller coaster of a voice that leaves the smell of wind in your hair and an ache in your cheek from smilin’.


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Cole Woodruff w/ Elijah Berlow & Jeff Kelly and the Graveyard Shift - 8PM | $10
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Cole Woodruff w/ Elijah Berlow & Jeff Kelly and the Graveyard Shift - 8PM | $10


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


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While Americana Folk Singer/songwriter, Cole Woodruff accompanies himself expressively on guitar, it’s his dynamic voice that soothes and his powerful lyrics that mend hearts. Cole turns each venue into his own living room, and each listener into a new friend, with a disarming personality and his honest performance. Aside from being a songwriter, he is simply a gem of uniqueness and authenticity. Holding tough with audiences young and old over the years, he’s earned every listener he’s acquired from simply following his passion. Combining masterful storytelling, poignant lyrics, and powerful vocal ability, Cole’s music welcomes everyone who wants to engage. Reminiscent of 60s/70s folk, his songs are messages of hope for a weary world.


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Elijah Berlow is a Chicago based, cathartic ragtime, songwriter, ecological and food justice focused blending traditional Piedmont style with punk and contemporary folk. His songwriting is not only beautiful but also invokes a sense of folk nostalgia.


Jeff Kelly sings of the human experience with a sense of vulnerability and grit that is both familiar and authentic. Honesty and attention to detail are at the root of each song and the emotion and experience is not lost on the listener.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7pm | FREE
Aug
27
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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
Sep
3
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Peter Manhart, Stephen Francis, Scott Siskind - 7pm | $10
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Peter Manhart, Stephen Francis, Scott Siskind - 7pm | $10


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Peter Manhart is the guitarist and lead singer of the Chicago alternative rock band Molehill. Peter started playing classical piano at the age of 3 and has never really known life without music. After a brief stint as a piano major in college, he decided to focus on electric guitar and rock music. Molehill began as a very guitar-heavy alternative rock band, but has recently been experimenting with everything from electro-pop to "Gregorian-chant-meets-hip-hop". Peter loves all kinds of music, his tastes and style are always evolving, and he is grateful for any opportunity to perform or watch live music.


Stephen Francis has spent the last 9 years touring and fronting with the Chicago based band Model Stranger. Dubbed "rock n' roll classicists" and "an eclectic synthesis of psychedelic grunge and classic rock" by Chicago press, Model Stranger's sound and unique look has pleased rock n' roll purists and indie rock fans.

As a solo artist Stephen uses the opportunity to showcase a different set of songs and on occasion explore stripped down version of Model Stranger music.


Scott Siskind is a signer songwriter based out of Baltimore, Maryland. He is the frontman for rock quintet Vinny Vegas, but also performs often as a solo act, performing a mix of his own originals as well as stripped down, acoustic versions of Vinny Vegas songs. His music is raw, heartfelt, and emotive.


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Will Payne Harrison w/ Rosa Reinemann & Layla Frankel - 7PM | $10
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Will Payne Harrison w/ Rosa Reinemann & Layla Frankel - 7PM | $10

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Everyone knows that Louisiana is a great melting pot of music, food and Southern culture. Will Payne Harrison simmered in that pot for most of his life, soaking in influences of Traditional Cajun, Louisiana Blues, Swamp Pop, New Orleans Brass Bands and Zydeco. Even after departing Louisiana for Nashville to start his own solo career, he has kept in touch with his Louisiana Roots making his own unique blend of Americana and Roots music. On East Nashville Blues, Will Payne Harrison dove deeper into Bluegrass, Country and Singer-Songwriter genres, using a cast of top-notch Nashville musicians. With his newest album, Living With Ghosts, Harrison went back to his roots, bringing in the Crème de la crème of Louisiana musicians featuring The Rayo Brothers members (Jesse Reaux, Lance Kelehan and Jordan Ardoin) along with lead guitarist Jim McGee. Fats Kaplin (John Prine) also joined in on fiddle, pedal steel and theremin. Slated to be out in late Summer/early Fall, Living With Ghosts will encompass the perfect blend of Will Payne Harrison’s Louisiana/Nashville sound.


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Rosa is a Chicago based singer/songwriter. Her sound blends folk and pop to create earnest, catchy songs about all types of relationships.


Nashville-based Folk/Rock/Soul singer-songwriter, Layla Frankel, delivers genre-crossing songs with wit, soul, and craft. Raised in a musical family in Chicago, Layla began performing on stage when she was just four years old.  She later grew up to front big bands and jazz combos before moving on to write and perform her own originals.  Since the release of her debut EP, "Tame the Fox," in 2017, Layla has been playing to enthusiastic crowds across the country, with tours throughout the Midwest, East coast and Pacific Northwest.  Her single "Hurricane Love" is anticipated for release this July.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7pm | FREE
Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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
Oct
1
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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
Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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
Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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
Dec
3
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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
Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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
Dec
17
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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
Dec
24
7:00 PM19:00

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


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 6pm. 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) - 6pm | FREE
Dec
31
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 6pm | FREE


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 6pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Dawn and Hawkes - 7pm | $15
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Dawn and Hawkes - 7pm | $15


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


Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes formed Dawn and Hawkes after a chance meeting on an Austin dance floor. The first time they sang together they found a sound Texas Monthly calls “undeniably intimate”. Their initial duo effort, Golden Heart, climbed to No. 25 in Billboard’s Folk chart and landed at No. 2 in iTunes singer-songwriter albums kicking off a whirlwind of cross-country and international touring performances.

Acoustic Guitar hails the musicality of their first full-length, Yours and Mine, as “Impeccable vocal harmonies and instrumentation” and Huffington Post summarizes “Transcendent alternative-folk — you will find yourself craving more from this amazing, dynamic duo.”

The duo stored their possessions and lived on the road, drawing inspiration from American deserts and mountains, to the South Australian coast while navigating a shared journey through mortality, grief and compassion for differing perspectives. Upon returning to Austin, they set upon building a new home and self-producing their second full-length album, The Other Side, released in July 2018. The Austin American Statesman calls it “10 new tracks of sweet folk-rock – instantly appealing tunes – rooted in the singer songwriter heyday of the early 1970’s, they also fit well into the modern-day indie-folk revival.”

In a time when the world seems more divided than ever, this album explores themes of empathy, hope, and finding our common humanity. “While on our own adventures of ups and downs we found ourselves exploring themes of empathizing with the other side,” recounts Miranda Dawn. “We hope that you will hear this album and share it with someone you love, because these are anthems of compassion for everyone who's ever felt on 'The Other Side.'”


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Extinction Rebellion Chicago - 3PM | FREE
Jun
23
3:00 PM15:00

Extinction Rebellion Chicago - 3PM | FREE

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$5 SUGGESTED DONATION.


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Extinction Rebellion Chicago presents NORMAL IS OVER 1.1, an award-winning feature documentary about humanity’s wisest responses to climate change, species extinction, resource depletion and the widening gap between the rich and poor.

This film connects the dots: A look at the financial and economical paradigm underlying our planetary problems, while offering various SOLUTIONS to reverse the path of global decline.


Members of Extinction Rebellion will lead a conversation following the film, and share ways to get involved in the movement for real solutions on the climate crisis.

Proceeds will benefit Extinction Rebellion Chicago and the filmmaker, Renée Scheltema.

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Mariana Bell w/ Molly Coleman & Kaitlynn Danae - 7pm | $10
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Mariana Bell w/ Molly Coleman & Kaitlynn Danae - 7pm | $10


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


Singer songwriter Mariana Bell delivers her soulful brand of indie folk pop across clubs in the city, region and beyond, weaving elements of rock, jazz and country together with her trademark hook-filled melodies and evocative, passionate vocals. In addition to her songwriting and critical success, she also puts on an unforgettable live show. As she has grown as a songwriter, other genres have picked up on her unique voice; she has broken onto the Electronic Dance Music scene with a force, her first single "Into the Light" with Sander van Doorn, Dubvision and Mako topping the charts in its first weeks.

While critics have likened her music to that of a young Joni Mitchell, Mariana counts among her own influences Shawn Colvin, Bruce Cockburn, Dave Matthews, and Ani DiFranco. She has been a special guest on WNRN, WCNR the Corner, and the Eclectic Women's show on WTJU 91.1 FM Charlottesville, VA, as well as appearing on PlumTV in Nantucket, MA. Over the past several years, the singer has been touring across the country from Nashville to Los Angeles, and London to Australia winning audiences over with her unique and soulful live performances.


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.


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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Bryan Away EP release w/ Rocky Point Holiday & Clayton Usher - 7PM | $10
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Bryan Away EP release w/ Rocky Point Holiday & Clayton Usher - 7PM | $10


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


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Bryan Away is the recording alias of Elliot Korte, a songwriter based in Chicago. Elliot has been writing and recording music his whole life but kept it private until the release of his 2016 album, “The Educated Youth”, a complex and eclectic mix of songs exploring a coming of age.

For his upcoming EP, "Give In", Elliot reached out to James McAlister (known for work with Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Desner) who, impressed by his demos, agreed to produce and perform drums. The project explores personal themes of loss, longing, isolation, and depression over a foundation of intricate guitar work and creative percussion, drawing on influences ranging from Nick Drake to Deerhoof. The five track project is set to be released this June.


Music from Chicago by Bill Perkins and friends.


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Clayton Usher is a singer songwriter from Louisville, KY.

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Choose Your Own Drunken Shakespeare Adventure! - 7pm | $10
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Choose Your Own Drunken Shakespeare Adventure! - 7pm | $10


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


Odd’s Bodkins mission is to produce classic plays with unconventional casts and staging that raises up the voices of those normally outside the mainstream of theater culture, as well as to bring a love of Shakespeare to the next generation through workshops and free school performances.

A group of your favorite Bodkins will come prepared to mount a staged reading of three (count them: THREE!) of Shakespeare's greatest comedies! You as the audience members will have the power to choose which play is performed for you! You will also have the power to elect a single Drunken Sacrifice from a lineup of willing performers, who will take a shot at the top of each act!

Each play will come with an individualized set of Drinking Rules for the amusement of both audience and cast. Drinks will be provided by the troop, and the tipsy jar is always an option!  Come be a part of the hilarity! Shenanigans guaranteed!


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 6pm | FREE
Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 6pm | FREE


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 6pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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American Opera w/ Sarah Burton & Eric Slingo - 7pm | $10
Jun
17
7:00 PM19:00

American Opera w/ Sarah Burton & Eric Slingo - 7pm | $10


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


Incremental progress. Monumental setbacks. Small victories. This is the story of American Opera. More than a record, Small Victories is a collection of moments, both devastating and victorious. Ominous nostalgia confronts hopeful reemergence. Sonically, think Manchester Orchestra meets Langhorne Slim — polished stones in a bed of gravel and grit. The result is a stunning eleven-song rollercoaster exploring a complete spectrum of emotion and experiences. It is an album of dynamics — a perfect balance of the fragile and explosive. By the end, we’re reminded that sometimes the small victories were all that mattered in the first place — and that the silver linings were not just that after all, but rather small glimpses of a larger hope that can sustain us through even the most miserable of seas.


One bad breakup, two robberies, a few trips to the ER, and moving to the West Texas desert are just a few of the turns that led to the creation of Sarah Burton’s fifth studio album,Give Me What I Want. It’s a vignette of a new age wild west with songs about internet dating, crazy exes, getting older, and that feeling you get when everyone around you is in love and you’re not. In it, Sarah delivers an unapologetic demand with a finger in the air, howling with the underdogs who are sick of getting scraps. It’s a raw and real album that skirts Americana, folk, rock and country; the songs tell classic stories in a modern age from love and lust, to enchantment and disenchantment, and that constant search for fulfillment.


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.


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Cheley w/ StarHeart & Trae Sheehan - 7pm | $10
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Cheley w/ StarHeart & Trae Sheehan - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Cheley's latest album, Buckeye, was given a 4 out of 5 star rating in the March 2018 edition of the UK's Country Music People and Think Country UK said, "if this amazing singer-songwriter hits your town, GO!!!! Just go. I can't even say enough about her album,Buckeye....brilliant." She is a MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winner, Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk winner, Independent Acoustic Music Award finalist (Best Song & Female Vocalist Categories), JPF Song of the Year winner, 2018 International Songwriting Competition semi-finalist in the Americana Category, and has been voted Nashville's Fav LGBT musician by Out & About Readers. Maverick Magazine said, "she writes with the deep confidence and total abandon that only a true artist is capable of....One of the most powerful, soulful singers in the business."


StarHeart is a Progressive Americana duo that sometimes masquerades as a band, and full time for real are brother and sister. They don’t rehearse often because they’re ok w/ being ok, and their familial bond affords them an intimate familiarity those that are forged from the same vocal chords enjoy. They have a few full length, full band all original albums backed by musicians of the highest Nashvillian regard. They can appear like they don’t care, but when you see them play their music, you’ll discover they care too much to let go of the pain. They are content playing music in the fine venues of their neighborhood and love to co-host events showing a variety of traveling musicians coming through town. They don’t sing for their suppers and are jealous of all the wonderful people who do.


An old soul from the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, twenty-year-old Trae Sheehan has been writing songs and performing since the age of ten. A lover of imagery and storytelling through lyrics based on old stories and poems, he never shies away from the hard stuff, instead setting it out in the open to be heard and discussed. Pulling inspiration from the country/rock sound of The Eagles, the folk roots of Bob Dylan, and the swift melodies of John Denver, his songs are written from a place of honesty with an understanding of people and culture gained through his travels and performances. With a new record and his guitar in hand there’s no telling how far he’ll go.


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Brother and The Hayes w/ David Quinn - 8pm | $10
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Brother and The Hayes w/ David Quinn - 8pm | $10


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


Siblings, Jennie Hayes Kurtz and David Bingaman, formed Brother and The Hayes in 2016. Their Texas influence, lyric-driven, roots music is slathered in infectious grooves while paying homage to artists like Lightnin' Hopkins, Guy Clark, and Loretta Lynn.


David Quinn got his start playing drums around Chicago which lead straight onto touring with other bands across the country. In a large wandering sabbatical toward the west coast, he wrote and recorded his own work while traveling through the passing trees and winding elevations. Even with his love of the brisk mountain desert heat, his kindred roots brought him back to the midwest, eventually landing him back in Chicago. Armed with a large catalog of singles, he connected with the revered Andrija Tokic - of Alabama Shakes, Luke Bell, and The Deslondes - at Bomb Shelter Studios and gathered key players to create his first LP, ‘Wandering’ Fool’. In June 2018, David Quinn joined Dave Roe - Johnny Cash’s bassist, Jimmy Lester - drummer for Billy Joe Shaver and Micah Hulscher - keyboardist for Margo Price, down in Nashville to create this twangy masterpiece. Blending these iconic musicians with his Midwest cosmic-country style has shaped this first studio album into a unique twist on dreamy classic country, something we’ve all been missing.


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Rachael Sage w/ Mirabelle Skipworth, Echo & Ransom - 7pm | $10
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Rachael Sage w/ Mirabelle Skipworth, Echo & Ransom - 7pm | $10


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


A soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, award-winning singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage is one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 100+ dates a year with her band The Sequins throughout the US, UK, & Europe. She has earned a loyal following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, and improvisational audience interaction. Sage has shared stages with Beth Hart, Howard Jones, A Great Big World, Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Jamie Cullum, The Animals and Ani DiFranco. Her latest release is "PseudoMyopia", an acoustic collection of timely songs focusing on the concept of vision (including narrow-mindedness) in all its many manifestations, touching on topics as varied as government surveillance, environmental protection, and female empowerment. For more information, visit rachaelsage.com.


Mirabelle Skipworth is an Oswego, IL native who has played throughout the Chicagoland area as a solo singer/songwriter as well as the lead singer of The Paper Boats (a 3-piece folk trio). Her music is rooted in folk music and draws inspiration from rootsy and story-telling-driven music.


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.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 6pm | FREE
Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 6pm | FREE


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 6pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Diversion Records Presents: Pete Mancini & The Hillside Airmen, Fauvely, Van Isaacson - 7pm | $10
Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

Diversion Records Presents: Pete Mancini & The Hillside Airmen, Fauvely, Van Isaacson - 7pm | $10


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


Diversion Records Recording Artist Pete Mancini got his start as the frontman and primary songwriter of Butchers Blind, a critically acclaimed rock band from NYC. His debut solo album Foothill Freeway explored the Americana influences that were a hallmark of his work with his former band.

In 2018, he released a live EP, Alive in Patchogue. Since signing with Diversion Records, Mancini has released two singles, Pine Box Derby and DUI Blues. His second full length album is due out in 2019. Mancini’s songs have received glowing reviews and radio airplay around the world, and they continue to win over hearts and minds wherever they are heard. 

Over the years, Mancini has opened for acts such as Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms, Pure Prairie League, Robbie Fulks, James Maddock, Marah, Steve Forbert, Larry Campbell & Theresa Williams, Kevin Gordon, and Iain Matthews.


Fauvely is the project of Chicago-based singer-guitarist Sophie Brochu, who creates deeply personal dream-pop music. After completing her master’s in fiction writing and feeling frustrated with the constraist of her craft, Sophie turned to music for its raw and immediate release. The title of her debut EP, Watch Me Overcomplicate This (Midwest Action, 2017), speaks to the confessional tone of songs that range from delicately self-effacing to hauntingly sad.

Fauvely’s LP, Tides, transports listeners to the salty coast of Sophie’s hometown, Savannah, GA. Louder and bolder than her EP, these intensely brooding songs are the result of a new confidence possessed by Sophie, and the desire to come to terms with haunting memories in a place revered for its beauty. Fauvely has cultivated a strong presence in Chicago, sharing the stage with internationally acclaimed artists Stella Donnelly, Gemma Ray, Ryley Walker, and Ultimate Painting.


Originally from Chippewa Falls, WI, Van Isaacson has been playing violin for 16 years and is well-versed in Americana, Soul, Pop and Folk. As a skilled multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Van has played for many bands in the Chicago and Nashville area. His own songs are Americana/Pop anthems with soulful lyrics and warm, rich vocals. He currently resides in Chicago and continues to create his own music while playing and writing for local bands.


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BroadMinded In June: Bustin' Out - 7pm | $20
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

BroadMinded In June: Bustin' Out - 7pm | $20

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$20 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Broad Minded was founded In May 2018. Since then, we have performed at Uncommon Ground-Edgewater, Davenport’s and Stage 773. We are a group of eight singers and a pianist who perform funny, heartbreaking, uplifting and defiant songs from musical theater, pop and classical styles. Women have many universal issues they have to deal with on a daily basis and those issues aren’t expressed enough in musical theater and shows we’ve seen. On top of pressures from society, work, family, and ourselves, we are all forced to try to cope with the current political climate on top of it all. We formed this group to not only try to reach people in a new way, but to try to connect with women going through it alongside us. We are definitely stronger together and we’ve got to have each other’s backs! We perform funny, heartbreaking, hopeful and defiant songs that pertain to the current political climate and some of the universal paths of womanhood. Our shows continue to grow with the times and always try to push the envelope.

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Kabir Dalawari Quintet & Elysian Green - 7pm | $10
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Kabir Dalawari Quintet & Elysian Green - 7pm | $10


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


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.


Kabir Dalawari Quintet is a collaborative jazz fusion group that features both original compositions and arrangements.


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