EARTH DAY 2018: ANNA P.S. w/ The New Zeitgeist - 8PM | $10
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

EARTH DAY 2018: ANNA P.S. w/ The New Zeitgeist - 8PM | $10

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Indie folk musician Anna P.S. conveys a sense of weariness throughout her simple but resonant songs, but it’s a weariness that keeps a blanket of hope tucked up under its chin, even as the rain keeps falling outside the windows. Grace always lurks around the corner on tunes that layer delicate vulnerability over the hearty stock of this songwriter’s spirit. With technical acumen acquired during an early career as an audio engineer and a humble but confident stage presence groomed as a founding member of indie roots rock band Shiny Shiny Black, Anna stepped out as a solo musician in 2014. She’s been on the road intermittently ever since, and her debut LP Umbrella released in July 2016, showcasing her signature sonic blend of melancholy, hope, and resilience.


Married collaboration Jen Reilly and Eddy Bluma explore the origins of the oral folk tradition that touches upon outlaw and rock ballads. Their recent Michael Hagler (Wilco/Billy Bragg’s Mermaid Avenue; Jon Langford’s Waco Brothers) produced album, Myths and Mortals, has risen to develop a sound that is world-worn but powerful and commanding of attention. Called “one of the best new albums of 2017” by Steve Morse, 30 year Boston Globe critic, the album expands the duo’s standalone intimate harmonic swells, featuring Chicago hometown heroes Gerald Dowd, John Abbey, as well as Alton Smith. Most outstanding for this rising duo, is the contribution of Austin City Limits Hall Of Fame member Lloyd Maines, whose collaborations range from Guy Clark to Joe Ely.

“Old souls,” migrating from desert and sea, the two began collaborating as a folk duo with tempting harmonies and lonesome spirituals. Reilly’s country gospel roots and southern swing deeply welcomed the black leather grit of Bluma’s rock influences in new intertwining medley. Far-reaching, yet familiar; The New Zeitgeist calls from the deep to weary, worn trails of spirits lingering.”


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Freddy & Francine w/ Connor Garvey and Heather Styka - 7PM | $10
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

Freddy & Francine w/ Connor Garvey and Heather Styka - 7PM | $10

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Freddy & Francine is an Americana-Soul duo comprised of Bianca Caruso & Lee Ferris. With voices reminiscent of Aretha Franklin & Van Morrison, their songs blend Soul, R&B, Folk, and Americana with a modern, yet timeless appeal to all ages. Based in Los Angeles, Ferris and Caruso met in the 40th Anniversary of a musical production of HAiR in LA in 2007. As individuals, Caruso developed a comedy television show with ABC and Ferris racked up 500 performances as Carl Perkins in the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet. Freddy & Francine have released 2 EPs & 3 full length records since 2008. Their latest, “Gung Ho” was produced by renowned producer Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Anais Mitchell) and featured members of Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, and Andrew Bird’s touring bands. Freddy & Francine most recently performed at The 2017 Telluride Bluegrass Festival as well as Rocky Mountain Folks Fest as main stage performers. They are recording a new EP in Nashville with producer Dan Knobler (Rodney Crowell, Roseanne Cash, Lake Street Dive) and plan to release it in 2018.


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Connor Garvey is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine, with the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchantment of a storyteller.

Garvey leaves audiences uplifted and inspired through a positive message delivered in a way The Portland Press Herald says proves you can be optimistic and self-aware without being boring. His unique sandy tenor and masterful blend of rhythm and melody draw comparison to Paul Simon and contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz. He wins song competitions. He fills rooms. But most of all he moves people.


Heather Styka dances where others fear to tread, gleefully cutting to the truth with gutsy vulnerability. She combines the lyrical intricacy of folk with a catchy melodic pop sensibility and the grit of classic country in songs that are smart and disarming. Call it folk, call it Americana, call it alt-country, but Styka’s heartfelt croon draws as much inspiration from classic warblers such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald as it does from Shawn Colvin and Eva Cassidy.

After growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Styka moved to the city to studying creative writing, meanwhile honing her song craft among Chicago’s long-standing folk community. Her 2011 release Lifeboats for Atlantis brought her to national attention, hitting #3 on the FOLK-DJ charts. Styka’s honest, image-heavy songs have garnered her a number of awards, including being a New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival (2015, 2017) and official showcases at Folk Alliance International, NERFA, SWRFA, and FARM.

While living in Portland, Maine, Heather Styka released While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet. Recorded in the Adirondacks with Beehive Productions and printed by Styka on a 1901 letterpress in Maine, this 2014 release charted for four months on FOLK-DJ. Styka’s next album, The Bittersweet Tapes (2016), “tugs the ear on first listen and greets you like an old friend on subsequent visits” (Simon Rigby, Indie Music Portal). These gut-punch pretty songs nod to traditional folk, classic country, and even garage rock, carried by Styka’s emotive vocals. Recorded in Tulsa, Oklahoma on an old four track recorder with sparse, ethereal production by John Calvin Abney (John Moreland, Samantha Crain), The Bittersweet Tapes retains an unfiltered immediacy. “In this raw and intimate portrait of life, disguised as a collection of songs, Heather Styka has truly created a masterpiece… A writer with this kind of vision and ability doesn’t come along very often” (Chris Darby, Independent Melody).

Live, Heather Styka comes off as something like Leonard Cohen crossed with Patsy Cline. Armed with a guileless, unvarnished delivery, she’s equal parts wordsmith and entertainer. Styka’s energetic shows feel as intimate and candid as late night conversation, peppered with a quirky sense of humor and confessional storytelling. Once again working with Beehive Productions, Styka is currently releasing her her fifth full-length studio album, North, which was recorded with Danish backing band The Sentimentals in a cabin in northern Wisconsin.


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Jay Schraub’s Monday Writers Night - 7PM | $10
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

Jay Schraub’s Monday Writers Night - 7PM | $10

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Jay Schraub‘s Monday Writers Night

Jay Schraub is a singer/songwriter from Chicago, IL. He has released 2 albums, with singles charting on XRP Radio in the UK, and played locally on XRT Radio, WGN Morning News, and 103.9 The Fox. Jay’s passion for singer/songwriter style music has brought him to bring together some of Chicago’s very talented and uprising singer/songwriters for a night of music. It will be a round robin evening like the Nashville style writers nights, and the old San Fran 60’s coffee house vibes. With him this exciting evening is Ross Childs of Second City and Voice Power Chicago, Matt Buck from the band “The Broken” and Ramon Guillen from the band In Circles. The night promises to be an exciting mix of styles and songs.



Ross Childs knows his way around a song. And he's hilarious. He knows his way around a hilarious song. As a graduate of both the iO and Second City Training Centers, he's become well versed in the incredibly disciplined art of ‘Ha-Ha’.

In the kitchen, he's known as “The Gilded Leopard”, as he whips up culinary delights from every corner of his apartment. On stage, he delivers the same level of delicious excellence that one would expect from such a grand individual.


Matt Buck is an alternative rock songwriter from Chicago. Matt Buck's sound is diverse, ranging from the alternative sounds of the 90s to the more folky sounds of early blues, blending to form a style well defined.


Ramon Guillen is a Chicago garage rock songwriter that reflects the blues roots of the city and the melting pot aestheticism by which the city's spirit is molded. Ramon delivers a grittier form of the blues while embodying the spirit of the music we all enjoy. Ramon's lyrics are as piercing as his vocal presence and chaotic guitar.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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STEPHEN CHOPEK w/ J.D. Reager and Althea Grace - 7PM | $10
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

STEPHEN CHOPEK w/ J.D. Reager and Althea Grace - 7PM | $10

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Ten years ago, Stephen Chopek was performing songs in the New York City subways. He treated it like a full-time job – heading out in the morning, picking a spot, and sticking to it. He’d pack up his guitar, head home, and do it all again the next day.

It’s clear when Stephen tells this story that it doesn’t strike him as unusual. He was a professional drummer learning to play guitar and sing – what better way to hone your skills? He refers to his time playing underground as casually as he talks about his life on the road or studying with drummer Billy Martin of Medeski Martin & Wood. Stephen is a perennial student, as disciplined as he is curious.

Long before those subway sets, Stephen’s apprenticeship with legendary jazz percussionist Leon Parker led to touring and recording with guitarist Charlie Hunter from 2000 to 2002, which opened the door to a world tour with John Mayer and the recording of Any Given Thursday. He’s kept the beat for Marc Broussard, Jesse Malin, The Alternate Routes, The Pimps of Joytime, Todd Carey, The Everymen, Amy LaVere, John Paul Keith, Shannon McNally, and many others.

Not surprisingly, his stories tend to be about what was learned from every adventure; each tour, each artist, each session, was a prerequisite to the next. It is this collection of his experiences that laid the foundation for Stephen’s career as a solo artist.

His debut album, See Through, was recorded and released in the spring of 2012 – just him and an electric guitar. Over the two years that followed, he created an ambitious series of recordings that featured full-band treatments of his new material, every instrument tracked in the studio by Stephen himself. The songs were released throughout 2015 – the two EPs and a culminating full-length album, Things Moving On Their Own Together, earned Stephen critical praise for both his songwriting and his musicianship (“A skillfully crafted tapestry of punk, pop, folk and roots” – Skin Back Alley). He spent the better part of the next two years on tour in support of the album, thousands of miles logged in route to a dozen or more cities at a time.

Stephen released Talk Will Tell in 2017 — a solo acoustic six-song EP, recorded outside of Raleigh, North Carolina while on tour the previous year. Stephen’s latest release (April 2018) is a 45 RPM record featuring two new songs, “Radio Caroline” and “The Ballad of Cash & Dean”. Alongside a nod to history, these songs are rich in catchy hooks and dynamic melodies.

This release is a bit of a preview of what fans will hear when his next full length album, Begin The Glimmer, comes out later this year. Recorded in Memphis at 5 & Dime and mixed by Doug Easley (Cat Power, Ben Nichols, Frazey Ford), the album finds Stephen increasingly comfortable and confident in his songwriting, both lyrically and melodically. While rhythm was at the heart of the writing on Things Moving On Their Own Together, melody takes centerstage on this new effort to great effect. Look for these albums – and look for Stephen Chopek on the road, in a town near you.


Memphis punk rock/power-pop musician J.D. Reager recently moved to Chicago – and, honestly, he has no idea what he’s doing.

Reager has played with many semi-noteworthy bands over the years, including Pezz (B.Y.O. Records), Glossary (Undertow Music), and Two Way Radio (MTV’s $5 Cover series).  He went solo in in 2008, and has released two critically acclaimed solo albums:  The Repechage and It’s Dangerous To Go Alone. Take This!, which are available wherever popular music is downloaded these days as well as in finer record shops in the greater Chicago and Memphis metropolitan areas.

Reager’s as-yet-untitled third album is currently being mixed for release later this year, and features contributions from notable Memphis musicians  John Bonds (River City Tanlines, Jack Oblivian) and Jeremy Scott (Reigning Sound).  It will also the first album to truly feature Reager’s longtime backing band, the Cold-Blooded Three – Bonds (drums), Eric Wilson (bass), and Matthew Trisler (guitar). 


Althea Grace is a young singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Chicago area. Althea’s music can best be described as new age blues with heavy doses of jazz, funk, and soul featuring her powerful, soulful voice and guitar skills to match. Growing up the daughter of music lovers and in a city filled with talent, music quickly became her sole passion in life. Before even learning to drive, Althea began sharing the stage with many notable bands such as X Ambassadors, The Shins & Sylvan Esso. Michael Kaiz of Jambase described Althea as “One of Chicago’s rising gems”.In 2016, her duo “FUTURE STUFF” released their debut EP. She has spent much of the last year touring the country with “Future Stuff” opening for blues legend, Doyle Bramhall II and Grammy award-winning band, Los Lobos.


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DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH w/ Abbye West Pates - 7PM | $15
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH w/ Abbye West Pates - 7PM | $15

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Danielle Ate the Sandwich is the stage name of pop-folk songwriter, Danielle Anderson. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Danielle has been touring nationally since 2009 after cultivating an online following from her homemade videos on Youtube and her unique style of online marketing that brings her music to the audience she affectionately refers to as “Fanwiches.” Her songs can be thoughtful, heavy and serious, but Danielle rarely takes herself too seriously. She’s known for her quirky lyrical twists, performing most frequently with a ukulele and delivering witty and honest stage banter in her live shows.

Danielle Ate the Sandwich has 6 albums of original music and over 200 music videos on YouTube. She’s been touring the United States since 2009, has made appearances internationally, opened for Mumford and Sons, Suzanne Vega, Pomplamoose and wrote the soundtrack to the Emmy nominated HBO documentary, “Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson.


The Denver Post says, “Danielle Anderson is a tender singer-songwriter, a brazen humorist, a fearless young woman. Performing as Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Anderson wields a ukulele, a guitar and her own words to tell stories about people.”

Denver’s Westword describes Danielle as, “cripplingly enchanting with lyrics telling the story of a generation coming of age in an age of uncertainty.”



Abbye West Pates is a songwriter and storyteller based in Memphis, TN. Born and raised in southern Mississippi, she often writes about the small town that raised her and the city that’s grown her up. Inspired by folk/Americana artists like Patty Griffin and Lori McKenna and authors like Wendell Berry, Abbye tells stories that locate you in a particular place with a particular people. She explores life’s real struggles – addiction, grief, anxiety – reminding us of grace and faith and forgiveness in the midst of it all.


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BODY PASSAGES (Poetry & Dance Collaboration) - 7:30PM | $15
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

BODY PASSAGES (Poetry & Dance Collaboration) - 7:30PM | $15

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BODY PASSAGES  is a collaborative project between Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble (CDE) and Poetry Center of Chicago (PCC).


$10 Advance | $15 Doors

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The Body Passages Series presents an evening of poetry, dance and in-process showings at Uncommon Ground Edgewater. The Body Passages Series originally premiered at Uncommon Ground Edgewater August 2017. Founded by Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble and Poetry Center of Chicago, Body Passages is not only a performance series, but an incubation space. CDE and PCC pair professional dancers and poets to create their own artist-led projects fusing language and movement. Groups benefit from meeting every month to share their process, conceptual trajectories, and what they’re working on outside of Body Passages that is feeding their research. This year’s collaborations are sustained around the theme of activation. We develop a language for poetry and dance that is specific to our space, and is part of what makes this experience so unique.

This presentation at Uncommon Ground Edgewater of The Body Passages Series is part of 10-month long program for participating artists. The final culmination of these collaborations takes place in October 2018. October’s performances present each group’s final collaborative development around the theme of “activation.” In addition to the evening’s performances, audience members will have the opportunity to engage and share in the dialogue in an interactive gallery space. Follow Body Passages on Instagram @bodypassages and join the conversation!


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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CHRIS TRAPPER (of The Push Stars) w/ Bea - 8PM | $20
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

CHRIS TRAPPER (of The Push Stars) w/ Bea - 8PM | $20

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$18 Advance  |  $20 Doors

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Ticket Link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3370491

NOTE: Online Ticket Sales END at 5pm on May 4th


Chris Trapper began his career as the front man for late-90’s alternative rock band The Push Stars (Capitol Records). With four CD releases and several high profile national tours — including a run with Matchbox Twenty — The Push Stars served to establish Chris as an authentic talent.  As a singer /songwriter, Chris is most known for his original song “This Time,” the #1 selling song on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for August Rush (Robin Williams, Jonathan Rhys Meyers /Warner Bros Pictures). His music can best be described as lyrically driven roots-pop with a knack for telling everyday stories.

Trapper’s live show is a favorite among fans of alt–acoustic music. His on–stage persona is warm and inclusive, his organic understanding of classic pop melody, infectious. Audience members seem to particularly appreciate the lighthearted moments with the ukulele.


Bea sings and strums her folky pop songs with the same sincerity she uses to write them. Spending her early adult years in Dallas, Texas, Bea acquainted herself with the local music scene and played every stage she could from small pubs to large capacity venues and opened for acts such as Norah Jones, John Mayer and James Taylor. Her ambitions eventually drove her to NYC where she played on subway platforms to make rent.

Bea self released two albums- her full length The Critics Call You a Genius and an EP entitled Somebody, Anybody. Bea later began work as a fashion designer and found herself writing and performing far less often. But a five year break from music, a beautiful baby boy and a move to upstate later, Bea found herself being once again drawn to her first loves- her guitar and the stage.

Almost always playing solo, Bea delivers every thoughtful lyric of her hook-strong songs with simplicity while still managing to evoke a range of emotions including, delight, anguish and melancholy. Bea’s third album, Old Habits, is her first full length studio recorded effort and is outfitted with the formidable talents of Grammy Award winning drummer and noted producer, Brady Blade (Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Jewel) and accomplished award winning engineer, Chris Bell (U2, The Eagles, Erykah Badu).


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Phil Circle & Hassan El-Tayyab - 7PM | $12
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

Phil Circle & Hassan El-Tayyab - 7PM | $12

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Phil Circle and Hassan El–Tayyab have a couple things in common that brought them together for this show. It was teaching that caused their paths to cross, as they contract with the same store once a week. Upon closer inspection, however, you see the bigger thing; They are both pursuing their careers on their own terms and enjoying the pure love of the music.

Stylistically, they occasionally may run across common ground, but for the most part, this show will promise the audience a wonderfully wide spectrum of musical styles while bringing plenty of very accessible songwriting to the stage in this fine venue.



Hassan El-Tayyab was honored as a finalist in the 2017 Telluride Troubadour Song Competition, for best vocal performance in the 2013 Berkeley Old Time Music Competition, as a finalist in the 2011 International songwriting competition, and was recognized in the 2013 and 2011 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Songwriter Competition. Rooted in Americana and folk/swing traditions, his carefully crafted original music maintains a modern relevance. Smart songwriting, catchy lyrics, tight rhythms, rich harmonies, and strong musicianship have earned Hassan a reputation as a musician that can intrigue listeners from a wide variety of musical tastes and backgrounds. Keeping in line with the ancient troubadour tradition, his music draws from the spirit of travel and authentic life experience.


Phil Circle has always preferred to pursue his career on his terms, mostly by disregarding the much sought-after “record label” in favor of his own, booking more intimate venues that appreciate the musician and his work, and receiving radio play on stations all over the country and world that look for independent talent.

Phil is by no means your ordinary songster picking away quietly on his acoustic guitar. He manages to blend elements of rock, jazz, blues, folk, and even classical, to seamlessly create a style truly his own. Add to this his often flawless and always energetic live performance, and he lands far away from what most people think of as “Singer/Songwriter.”

Phil’s debut release in the 90s was hailed by In The Mix as “just what the doctor ordered” and they pointed out that his music “defies rock, jazz and blues” saying his songs were “from the master class.” 20 years later, Illinois Entertainer referred to his latest full band effort as proof that Phil is “one of our town’s most unique voices.”


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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BABY CUTS w/ Brother Derek and Guy Grace (of ROARMEN) - 8PM | $10
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

BABY CUTS w/ Brother Derek and Guy Grace (of ROARMEN) - 8PM | $10

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Baby Cuts: Bridget O'Callaghan, Sam Gjokaj, Christian Volpe, and Kaelyn Lawrenz serve up infectious originals and tasty covers. The raw energy of the band performing live and their music will captivate you from the first song to their last.


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Brother Derek is the latest project of erstwhile Recent Photo frontman Derek Wu, whose mission remains to bring you songs with “good bones,” that can carry as a simple bass/vocal. Live, expect to hear some would-be sing-alongs, at once somber and jubilant, that compel you to grab the nearest tambourine.


Guy Grace will be performing stripped-down renditions of songs from his band, ROARMEN.


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KING TAYLOR PROJECT w/ Elle Casazza and Crystal Drake - 7PM | $10
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

KING TAYLOR PROJECT w/ Elle Casazza and Crystal Drake - 7PM | $10

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Sandi King and Joshua Taylor formed soul-blues band King Taylor Project in 2016 in San Diego, California. Sandi and Josh are joined on this tour by one of their core band members David Ryan “davyrockett” Norgren. KTP performs frequently around Southern California in multiple formats ranging from an electric trio to their full lineup. They tour and record independently, provide studio and live backing support for other artists, and host and produce The About!… Podcast, a comedic arts/entertainment show primarily featuring guests from the music industry.

Joshua Taylor grew up in Oklahoma City and first picked up the guitar at the age of 13. Thereafter self-taught, Josh spent several years of his early adulthood studying music in his spare time, poring over textbooks and publicly available college lectures, studying his favorite records, consulting remotely with professors, and scrutinizing performance videos of his favorite players. By day he meandered half-heartedly through several years in the Navy, flirtation with academia, and training as a marriage and family therapist.
After a few years as a part-time singer-songwriter, Josh got his first batch of tunes together and self-released his debut solo album, About Time, in 2015. The record invited collaborations that would later become the seed for King Taylor Project—Sandi King and KTP keyboardist Josh Weinstein both performed on the album.

Energetic, colorful, powerhouse vocalist Sandi King has been performing since she was ten years old. The daughter of a jazz trumpeter, Sandi grew up in San Diego singing in front of big bands and in school choirs and musicals. Though her adult life initially took her to cafés and service industry jobs, through culinary school and into the kitchen, Sandi nurtured her passion for singing by night, haunting karaoke joints in San Francisco and playing a major supporting role in a three-year run of indie rock opera, Abigail.

Sandi took a leap into full-time music in 2011 with her first project, Americana duo 22 Kings. She quickly learned the responsibilities of self-management and became a capable booker through extensive independent regional and national touring and local engagements. Her first project released two albums that included studio contributions from Ed Kornhauser, Peter Bolland, Ross Harper, Jodie Hill, Jesse Bowen, Sven-Erik Seaholm, and Delta Rae producer Alex Wong. The albums also featured Sandi’s first collaborations with her husband and KTP co-founder Joshua Taylor and KTP bassist davyrockett.


Elle Casazza diversifies the pop scene with her own refreshing and authentic blend of jazz, soul, funk and pop rhythms that are seamlessly crafted into her songs. Elle’s commanding vocals, defying songwriting and versatile approach produces infectious and timeless music that garners fans worldwide.

The re-creative and contemporary singer-songwriter showcases her retro-pop style in her latest record, Proof. The album was released at the end of 2016 and contains the lead pop-funk single and video, “Too Bad.” Elle Casazza gears up for her second release and music video entitled, “You.” The new track is a rousing love ballad highlighting a devoted relationship that is continuously endless. Casazza’s impassioned vocals lead us into an empowering bridge that carries out the song with a full band and harmonic back-up vocals.

“Writing ‘You’ was writing a promise to myself, Elle notes. After a tumultuous and emotional night, the first verse just poured out of me. It’s not only a love ballad to that someone special in my life, but to myself as well.”

Proof explores a variety of genres that display Elle Casazza’s creative depth and musical diversity. The full-length features 1960’s soul influenced singles such as “Hey” and “Cooking” as well as, tracks like “Save Me” that contain funk-rock and jazz fusion elements. Elle cohesively blends a wide range of musical expressions that smoothly unfold as the record continues. With her latest album Proof, Elle hopes to “deliver authenticity by bringing the live band back to pop music,” she says.

Hailing from Chicago, Elle began singing and performing when she was eight years old. After learning how to play the piano and guitar, it wasn’t until college when she started writing her own music. Elle’s eclectic lyrical style has been considerably influenced by classic artists such as Amy Winehouse, No Doubt, Stevie Wonder and Queen.

Casazza’s songwriting process stems from personal experiences that narrow into particular themes and narratives where she can openly express herself. Her sincere and unapologetic songwriting oozes with passion and illuminates an engaging listening experience. Her powerful and silk-like vocals are complimented by retro-pop elements that bring her personal stories to life.

In May 2013, Elle Casazza made her recording debut with her EP, For Your Pleasure. In 2015, she released three stirring singles “Witness,” “Rainy Days” and “Soft & Low” which received media praise from Paste Magazine, Midwest Action, WLUW’s Radio One show in Chicago and more.

Elle Casazza has performed at some of Chicago’s premier venues such as Concord Music Hall, Martyrs, Mayne Stage and many others. Performing either solo or with her five-piece band; Elle delivers an energetically live show that showcases her heartfelt and compelling vocals along with contemporary instrumental grooves. Elle continues to add additional tour dates to support her latest release, Proof.


Crystal Drake is a Pop R&B singer whose earthy vocals have been described as “refined” and “emotionally charged.” Her powerfully earnest singing borrows from gospel and soul traditions. Crystal’s songwriting is thoughtful, grounded and moving. “We all need a little push to believe, to appreciate, to listen and to love.” Her soulful voice nudges us to feel and remember that we are divine.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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CINDY ALEXANDER w/ Moonshine Kids - 7PM | $15
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

CINDY ALEXANDER w/ Moonshine Kids - 7PM | $15



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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Cindy Alexander was trained at the acclaimed USC School of Drama but realized quickly that there was enough “drama” in real life and the best part she could play… was herself. So, she wrote what is now 9 cd’s (and added to numerous compilations and soundtracks) worth of her life, which she has performed all across the United States, Japan, Germany, Ireland, and islands as far as Barbados and Guantanamo Bay. Music has always been the key to her adventure, and she soaks up the stories of those she meets, the cultures, the geography, the spirit and the down and dirty details of the road she travels. As a seasoned writer and performer, she has tackled numerous subjects – not only the classic singer/songwriter confessional fare of dysfunctional relationships, marriage, and motherhood, but also her personal discovery and recovery from breast cancer, the perils of the entertainment business, classic literature, sexuality, spirituality, history and the human condition. There is no topic which is out of bounds – she tells The Truth.

“P-nut,” as she is affectionately known by her fans, has a voice that defies her petite stature. Classically trained, this coloratura soprano hits the high notes like an angel but also bellows with rich, velvety tones in the lower half of her over three octave range. She’s a storyteller, and her show benefits from the stories, humor and banter with the audience in between songs as it is does from the music and exceptional execution. Cindy Alexander CONNECTS, and her relationship with her fans has funded her recording projects and fueled her continued success as a touring indie musician.

She’s won a multitude of awards including David Foster’s/NBC Star Tomorrow, L.A. Music Awards Songwriter of the Year/ Independent Pop Album of the Year/ Producer’s Honors – Best of Last 25 Years Female Singer-Songwriters, All Access Magazine’s Best Female Pop Vocalist, Just Plain Folks Song of the Year/Female Artist of the Year, L.A. Music Critic’s Best Female CD (3 time winner) and Best Pop/Rock Artist. Even with accolades and a “record deal” as a prize for winning a reality show, she’s stayed independent on her own JamCat Records, which found the perfect partner in Blue Élan Records in ‘14.

Cindy has shared the stage with John Hiatt, Bacon Brothers, America, Suzanne Vega, Joan Osborn, Rick Springfield, Beth Hart, Everclear, The Bangles, Edwin McCain, Marc Cohn, etc. and has appeared on compilation cd’s along side Sarah McLachlan (Chilled Sirens- Water Music Records), Aimee Mann (Eclectic Cafe – Water Music Records) and Norah Jones (Sunday Brunch – Treadstone Records). She has also appeared on soundtracks: Sugar & Spice (Trauma Records) and has been featured in films (Here on Earth, Smokers, Sugar & Spice, Dorm Daze II, People I’ve Slept With, My Trip Back to the Dark Side etc.) and TV (Party of 5, Chasing Farrah, So You Think You Can Dance, VH1/MTV).

Aside from being a singer/songwriter/ recording artist, Cindy Alexander is a wife, daughter, friend, mother of twins, breast cancer survivor, advocate and Ambassador to BreastCancer.org, animal rescuer, avid reader, hiker, cribbage competitor, baker of OCD chocolate chip cookies, volunteer, and guacamole lover.


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Moonshine Kids are a progressive folk-rock band in Chicago. Our debut album Endless Wilderness (December 2016) explores human interactions with nature. We write songs about brains and trees and sometimes rain, and whatever we’re looking at. We can be folkrock, whiskeycore, bluespunk, or whatever fits. We prefer campgrounds to studios, and we print our own t-shirts. We regret trying grocery-store moonshine. Moonshine Kids is Haley Beeson (vocals, mandolin, guitar) and Josh Hosmer-Quint (vocals, guitar, mandolin, violin, banjo, keyboard, drums).


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InVox Spring Show (EARLY SHOW) - 7:30PM | $10
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

InVox Spring Show (EARLY SHOW) - 7:30PM | $10

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$10 - CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

NOTE: Online Ticket Sales END at 6:30pm on May 18th


Founded in the fall of 2004 under the name “Underground Sound,” InVox is a co-ed a cappella group of young professionals from Chicago, IL.  The name InVox is derived from the Latin vox meaning voice.  The members of InVox use their voices to push the limits of contemporary a cappella in order to bring new life to songs across a wide variety of genres. From the standards of yesterday to the hits topping the charts today, InVox reinterprets and reinvents each song with skill and enthusiasm. Whether it’s performing at a local watering hole, on a stage in a theatre or caroling in a hospital, InVox provides entertaining experiences to its audiences through unique charm and an engaging performance style.


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InVox Spring Show (LATE SHOW) - 9:30PM | $10
May
18
9:30 PM21:30

InVox Spring Show (LATE SHOW) - 9:30PM | $10

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$10 - CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

NOTE: Online Ticket Sales END at 8:30pm on May 18th


Founded in the fall of 2004 under the name “Underground Sound,” InVox is a co-ed a cappella group of young professionals from Chicago, IL.  The name InVox is derived from the Latin vox meaning voice.  The members of InVox use their voices to push the limits of contemporary a cappella in order to bring new life to songs across a wide variety of genres. From the standards of yesterday to the hits topping the charts today, InVox reinterprets and reinvents each song with skill and enthusiasm. Whether it’s performing at a local watering hole, on a stage in a theatre or caroling in a hospital, InVox provides entertaining experiences to its audiences through unique charm and an engaging performance style.


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Tom Benko and Alex Sokol - 7PM | $10
May
20
7:00 PM19:00

Tom Benko and Alex Sokol - 7PM | $10



Tom Benko is a Northern Illinois University product studying with Robert Chappell, Greg Beyer, Liam Teague and Cliff Alexis. He spent three summers touring with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and has performed with NorthCoast Academy Percussion Ensemble.

Currently, Tom is the percussion specialist at Maine South High School where he teaches applied lessons, directs the percussion ensembles and teaches the percussion methods and application classes. He also performs with Blue Man Group Chicago at the Briar Street Theater as one of their drummers and is the Briar Street Theater Drum School Teacher helping develop new Blue Men specifically with their drumming abilities. His resume includes being a former member of the Chicago Bears Drumline and a current member of The Stampede - the Chicago Bulls percussion ensemble. With Minor Characters, a Chicago based indie rock band, Tom is in the process of releasing ‘We Can’t Be Wrong’ their sophomore LP, set to come out April 6th, 2018. Additionally, he plays with Aurora based folk-pop singer Kevin Presbrey as drummer and multi-instrumentalist. Alongside Kyle Johnson, he is a member of the electroacoustic percussion duo, Clocktower. Clocktower has toured throughout their home state of Illinois as well as Indianapolis, Nashville, and Dallas giving educational performances and clinics for high schools and universities.

As a soloist, Tom combines electrified hammered dulcimer, custom built instruments, hand held percussion, live looping and drum kit to create an eclectic blend of sounds for his solo material.

Inspired by and promoting Chicago’s experimental and percussive music scenes, Tom created, curates and hosts Emanation. This live event music series and collective occurs bi-monthly at Century Mallet in the historic Deagan Music Building located in the Ravenswood neighborhood on Chicago’s northside.

Tom is an Innovative Percussion Education artist, a Sabian Cymbals endorser, an Etymotic Signature Artist, and a member of Percussive Arts Society.


Alex Sokol is a Chicago born musician and visual artist. He graduated in 2010 from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Audio Design and Production. From audio/visual art installations to music performances to photography exhibits, he is always challenging the extremes of his creativity. The Chamber Experience is his artistic vision~combining music and video into cohesive and artistic narrative experience. Common Knowledge is a duo featuring Alex Sokol on Guitar and Michael Maganuco on Harp.  They play private events in and around the city. Alex also is currently a Sound Engineer for Blue Man Group Chicago. Fueled by a mystical connection to the natural world, he creates art in the mediums of music, video, and photography. This is the home of his vision.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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THE DEVILISH WINKS (Acoustic) w/ Lisa Hastings (of Clamor and Claw) - 7PM | $10
May
28
7:00 PM19:00

THE DEVILISH WINKS (Acoustic) w/ Lisa Hastings (of Clamor and Claw) - 7PM | $10

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The Devilish Winks (Acoustic)

Lisa Hastings (of Clamor and Claw)



The Devilish Winks are sojourners of the sonic spectrum, six musicians conjuring tour-de-force whirlwinds from the four corners of the musical globe. The band is built on the solid-as-a-rock rhythm section foundation of drummer Nick Christiansen and bassist Rudy Bless, given a lush and harmonically milky middle by acoustic guitarist Neil Huff and keyboardist Sandy Van Laningham, made to shimmer and shine by clarinetist (and saxophonist) Dov Turner, and called down to the River Styx with the romp and wail of Dave Keller's electric guitar wizardry. On top of all this sit harmony vocals inspired by 60's and 70's rock and folk, sung by Neil, Sandy and Nick. It's not quite rock, not quite classical, not quite folk, not quite metal, it's The Devilish Winks.


Lisa Hastings is the lead vocalist of the jazz group Clamor and Claw. She will be performing solo.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
May
29
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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Dan Montgomery Quintet w/ Evan Salvacion Levine Trio and Defpotec - 7PM | $20
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Dan Montgomery Quintet w/ Evan Salvacion Levine Trio and Defpotec - 7PM | $20

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Dan Montgomery is an upright/electric bassist, vocalist, composer and educator from Rochester, New York, though he currently resides in Miami, Florida. He received his Bachelors Degree in Studio Music and Jazz Bass Performance from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, graduating Summa Cum Laude in May of 2015.

Dan has performed with The New York Voices, Rosanna Vitro, Gretchen Parlato, Shelly Berg, The Costa Rica National Symphony, John Fedchock, Nicole Henry, Troy Roberts, Martin Bejerano, Alex Brown, Melvin Butler, Bobby Thomas Jr., Ed Calle, Nomar and Jose Negroni, Ludwig Alfonso, Jonathan Joseph, Tal Cohen, Jean Caze and many other professional artists, as both a bassist and vocalist. Dan has performed at several major festivals and events, including the Telluride Jazz Festival (2013 and 2014), the JEN Conference (2014 and 2015), the Monterey Jazz Festival (2015) and the Tonica Jazz Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico (2015). His composition “Type A” was performed at both the 2015 JEN Conference and the 2015 Tonica Jazz Festival by the Frost Sextet, and was also recognized by Downbeat as an “Outstanding Graduate Composition” that same year. Dan is also a clinician, who has worked at both the Tonica Jazz Festival and the University of Alaska Anchorage for their annual “Jazz Week” in 2016. He is an active educator, being the bass professor at the Community Arts Program, a music program for kids K-12 in Miami, Florida, and having a private studio of his own.

Dan just released his debut album, Storyteller (available on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, Google Music and more), which features nine of his original compositions and an incredible quintet comprised of musicians he met while studying at the University of Miami. This quintet has toured extensively in the Miami area as well as in San Francisco, having recently held a five night residency at the Black Cat Jazz Club. Dan also placed 3rd in the International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition in June of 2017, and received the "Best Player" award at the Zilina Jazz Contest in Zilina, Slovakia in September of 2017.


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Evan Salvacion Levine is an upright and electric bassist. Click to watch his jazz trio perform "River of Thyme."


Defpotec is what you get when you put all your Bluenote records from the past 25 years in a microwave with the AACM’s greatest hits and press play on the resulting composite disk. This fiery quartet is the brain child of saxophonist Joey Rosin and drummer Tommy Carroll.

Joey Rosin is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator from Riverwoods, IL. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Miami Frost School of Music with a B.M. in Studio Music and Jazz Saxophone (2017.) While Joey is firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, he draws inspiration from far corners of the world. He studies the gong, the deeper nature of sound and vibration; this permeates his approach to playing the saxophone, improvising, and composing. Joey has performed with many world class artists including Patti Austin, Shelly Berg, Gloria Estefan, Estelle, Alan Ferber, Michael Feinstein, Quincy Jones, Brian Lynch,  Barry Manilow, Idina Menzel, Rita Moreno, Renee Olstead, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, John Secada, Charlie Watts, and John Williams. 

Tommy Carroll is a Chicago-based drummer, producer and composer with an ability to imbue music with emotional depth and improvisational dexterity. An in demand drummer for rappers, songwriters and experimental artists alike, Tommy also leads his own jazz fusion group that has showcased in venues across the city. His forthcoming album, titled Calculated Discomfort, sets cosmic jazz to the arc of personal growth and self-realization. His previously released album Not Amazing addresses his experiences as a blind adult.


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CACTA Presents: Benefit for Childhood Fractured - 7:30PM | $26.50
Jun
4
7:30 PM19:30

CACTA Presents: Benefit for Childhood Fractured - 7:30PM | $26.50

The Chicago Actors’ Call To Action Presents: Benefit for Childhood Fractured

Benefit evening for Childhood Fractured, a humanities-based human rights initiative centered on using contemporary art to prevent the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

A great line up of theatre and musical professionals to entertain, inform and excite you. Win some amazing prizes in our raffle.



Childhood Fractured is a non-profit humanities-based human rights initiative centered on using contemporary art to prevent the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Our initiative operates on a multitude of levels. We are fostering civic engagement with regards to individuals and their level of awareness regarding the international epidemic of child sexual abuse. We are challenging them to engage and challenge their communities to do the same. Legislative and macro actions will soon follow. Decisive and swift action is necessary if we are to ensure the psychological, emotional, and physical safety of the children here today and the generations to come.

The foundation of this project is a series of 13 paintings each with a written narrative meant to explore the childhood sexual abuse of artist Allen Vandever. This contemporary artwork functions as a creative interface for the public to be made aware of the realities of childhood sexual abuse told from the male perspective and to foster constructive, critical, and positive dialogues on this topic. The artwork and their respective narratives are currently being compiled into a book. This book will also feature expository writings on the topic of childhood sexual abuse, current medical research, and critical analysis of what we can do as a society in relation to childhood sexual abuse and exploitation. 


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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THE 502s w/ Trick Shooter Social Club - 7PM | $10
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

THE 502s w/ Trick Shooter Social Club - 7PM | $10

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Since 2015, The 502s have taken their swaggering blend of Americana across the coast including Okeechobee Music Festival and Communion Records' NYC showcase. Their debut album “Because We Had To” is a heartfelt invitation to good old-fashioned fun. The band effortlessly bounces from upbeat folk rock bangers (“Olivia”, “What To Do”, “Like My Father”) to earnest ballads (“Enjoy The Ride”, “Because We Had To”). If you can imagine dancing around a rowdy house party jam featuring Edward Sharpe, The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show, you’ll feel right at home. The 502s are celebrating the upcoming album with a tour of the US and Europe in 2018.


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The Trick Shooter Social Club is a place tucked just behind the beat. It’s a belief in the power of story and the sublime hip sway of a well placed middle eight. It’s cat gut, and pick guards and nods across the stage when it's time to go to the bridge. It’s acoustic, electric and reverent to its heroes. It’s artists, showmen and shaman trying to get it right. It’s an invitation–to join.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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THE HONEY DEWDROPS w/ Matthew Michael & Christina Marie - 7PM | $12
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

THE HONEY DEWDROPS w/ Matthew Michael & Christina Marie - 7PM | $12



In the summer of 2014, after a long stretch of living on the road, performing and writing across the U.S., Americana songwriters and Virginia natives Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, collectively known as The Honey Dewdrops, decided to settle down in Baltimore, MD. "Touring is like collecting images of landscapes, sounds of voices, contents of stories, moods of places and environments," says Wortman. "All of that can be useful. It tells you something about human nature, about how the world works, little by little.” And so the couple took their experiences on the road, and dug in to write and record their fourth album, Tangled Country, in their new home. It’s a beautiful and engaging take on modern American roots music and the first album of theirs entirely written, arranged, and recorded in one place; a testament to the power of home.

Excellently produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Nicholas Sjostrom, who also joins The Honey Dewdrops on bass, piano, and Wurlitzer, the songs, all original compositions by Wortman & Parrish, tell stories that engage and resonate in a delicately creative way, blurring the line between narrative and prose. Wortman tells a story about a machine shop across the street from their house when they first moved to Baltimore. "Constant noise from power tools and what sounded like metal hammers banging out the shapes of giant steel swords, and with the regular hum of the city and traffic moving up and down the street, this took some getting used to." But then they noticed the times, sometimes lasting only seconds, sometimes hours, "where everything came to a stop, slowed down, quieted, like everything was paused." This became the basis for Tangled Country's closing tune and only instrumental track, "Remington," as they tried to capture the feeling of "playing tunes together on the porch in those hushed moments in between” when the world seemed to have come to rest.

The closeness of sound and the musical compatibility that The Honey Dewdrops possess is unmistakeable. On Tangled Country, each share vocals and guitars, augmented by Parrish’s mandolin and Wortman’s work on banjo and harmonica. "I think it comes from spending a lot of time together and knowing the inner workings of each other creatively," says Wortman. And while comparisons to the music of Gillian Welch & David Rawlings are inevitable here, that’s because there's something to this marriage of matrimony and music. Wortman and Parrish's musical chemistry is so vivid here in recorded form that it's not surprising to learn that their live performances are often described as "mesmerizing," "evocative," and “genuine." The culmination of three years of writing and arranging, Tangled Country captures and communicates this as the duo weave dynamics and harmonies from one track to another, proving that The Honey Dewdrops bear the mark of musical maturity – in performance, arrangement, and songwriting.

Throughout Tangled Country, Wortman and Parrish perform as if the most honorable thing to be is honest in themselves. In the song "Guitars," Wortman's voice considers the long lineage of songwriters and stewards of the American roots tradition: "We are born unto our own, sapling seeds from old growth...many hands and many years gone...everyone with a song to teach, some sing pain, some sing peace." But through this long convergence of tradition and history, the chorus makes clear the binding factor: "Sing we all true songs / We sing them right, we sing them wrong / Tuned up tightly and passed along / Like old guitars, we breathe songs." Tangled Country bears witness to The Honey Dewdrops' simply being themselves, stewards of the Americana tradition, having seen the world and grown a little older and now finally come home.


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A fresh, young duo shooting up from their roots in rural Illinois, Matthew Michael & Christina Marie give listeners a well-crafted opportunity to pause and harken back to their own experiences. From the heartland to the coasts they captivate audiences with vulnerable, thought-provoking lyrics interwoven with harmonically-rich acoustic musical stylings likened to Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch, The Milk Carton Kids, and The Civil Wars colored with blues and jazz. In a tender web of voices and strings, Matthew and Christina reopen wounds of the heart with gentle insistence, and deposit seeds of hope and healing.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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Dylan Doyle & Althea Grace w/ Dana Maragos - 7PM | $15
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Dylan Doyle & Althea Grace w/ Dana Maragos - 7PM | $15



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Southern born, Northern raised, Dylan Doyle has been steeped in everything from Bob Dylan, Wes Montgomery, and Bill Withers to John Prine, Jimi Hendrix, and The Band.  From this comes a unique musical interpretation that lies somewhere within the delta of Roots, Rock, and Jazz, giving him a style that defies classification.

Touring nationally since age 15, Dylan became a seasoned professional at a very young age.  He has played with such notable musicians Rob Stoner (Bob Dylan, Don McLean), John Platania (Van Morrison, Natalie Merchant), Ben Cauley (Otis Redding) and Bill Payne (Little Feat). Ben Cauley, after playing with Dylan in Memphis said, “Dylan Doyle sounds like a young Jimi Hendrix.”  In the words of Bill Payne upon sharing the stage, “Music is a conversation.  Dylan spoke beautifully and was listening to the musicians around him.  His play was imaginative and original.”


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Althea Grace is a young singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Chicago area. Althea’s music can best be described as new age blues with heavy doses of jazz, funk, and soul featuring her powerful, soulful voice and guitar skills to match. Sharing the stage with such notable musicians as Doyle Bramhall, Sheryl Crow, Los Lobos and many more, Althea has by the age of 18 solidified herself as one of America’s premier up and coming artists.


Local recording artist (folk), singer-songwriter, Dana Maragos, returns to the hospitality of Uncommon Ground from the recent sold out EP “Dana” release party. Honest and lyrical, the music is spacious and unvarnished reflecting her style. Songs are reflection of her personal journey and shared experience. With a preference for playing out and meeting people, she traverses clubs all over Chicago and across the Midwest where she explores the open mics, makes new friends, listens to new voices.

Born and raised in South Chicago, she began (and continues to) sing in church, and at the age 8 she bought her first guitar for $25 in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. Dana moved to Libertyville as a teen, and later attended U of I in Champaign-Urbana.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jul
3
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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Edgewater: Open Mic SEMI-FINALS - 7PM | FREE
Jul
24
7:00 PM19:00

Edgewater: Open Mic SEMI-FINALS - 7PM | FREE

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This event is open to the public to attend.  In order to PERFORM you must be invited.



Uncommon Ground hosts weekly Open Mic Nights at both of our locations in Chicago; Mondays (Lakeview – Clark St) and Tuesdays (Edgewater – Devon Ave). Winners are chosen each week and they are then invited back to compete in our annual Open Mic Finals.

The 3 day competition is held twice per year, in January and July, and all of our Open Mic Events are proudly sponsored by SHURE & Greenstar Brewing. For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jul
31
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Aug
28
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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BANDANA w/ Ryan Herrick - 7PM | $10
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

BANDANA w/ Ryan Herrick - 7PM | $10

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BANDANA is Marcus Newman, Dicky Paul, Jason Berger and Gary Schaffel.


Inspired by the raw, visceral power in traditional Delta blues and Appalachian folk music, Ryan Herrick allows his music to merge from within. His soulful songs express his passionate belief in human unity and the interconnectedness of all things with a percussive blend of rock, folk-blues, Celtic, and Indian raga.


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RYAN PLECKHAM w/ Anna P and Matt Kopecky - 7PM | $10
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

RYAN PLECKHAM w/ Anna P and Matt Kopecky - 7PM | $10

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Ryan Pleckham is an alternative rock artist originally from Grant Park, Illinois but now residing in Valparaiso, IN. He released an EP entitled Streetlights in February 2017. He recorded the album in a makeshift studio in his apartment in Nashville, programming the drums and playing every instrument himself. His music is an eclectic blend of alternative, folk, Americana, country, and punk and his live show is full of energy. With a great entrepreneurial spirit and more passion than you could imagine, Ryan is ready to spread his music out into the area.


Anna P is a singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL. With her honest lyrics, haunting melodies, and crystal-clear voice, she is the token “sad girl” of the local Chicago music scene. Her newest single, “Skeletons,” is layered with lush guitar riffs and vocal harmonies, and reminds us that everyone is deserving of love, regardless of any figurative skeletons in the closet we may keep.


Matt Kopecky is a singer-songwriter based out of Chicago who writes and records under the name, "Oblio and Arrow". With two full length albums currently released, you can catch Kopecky performing out with the full group, Oblio and Arrow, or as a solo act.


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KEN MARKOVIC w/ Drew Neely & the Heroes, Kaitlynn Danae and Jenny Franck - 7PM | $10
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

KEN MARKOVIC w/ Drew Neely & the Heroes, Kaitlynn Danae and Jenny Franck - 7PM | $10



Ken Markovic is a singer-songwriter and social worker from Chicago, IL. Ken works with K-12 students in Chicago Public Schools, using music as a therapeutic device and tool for self-expression and discovery. Ken’s music was recently aired on Folk Union in Chelmsford, England. In 2016, he was featured in Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent’s Top Ten. Shortly after, he moved to Nashville for 7 months, where he recorded with Lower Broadway Records. In August of 2017, Ken joined Drew Neely (of Drew Neely and The Heroes) at Thrifty Records. Together with Drew, Violinist Dan Fearn, and Grammy Nominated artist Jenny Franck, they formed the group, “KenMarkovic and the New Poets.” The band has two singles out, “Waves” and “Wild Things,” which can be found i-Tunes, Amazon, Pandora, Spotify, and most digital distributors. Ken’s songs weave intricate stories, rich with moral struggle, passion, heroism, Taoism, and non-duality.


Drew Neely & the Heroes are a band from Chicago, Illinois.


Singer-songwriter Kaitlynn Danae is a Chicago-based artist drawing influences from artists such as Bright Eyes, Noah Gundersen, 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.


With an ever growing passion for freedom of self-expression, Jenny Franck is a rising star in an industry otherwise geared towards artist manufacturing.  Her love of rhythm first begin with poetic, lyrical influences ranging from authors like Theodor Seuss Geisel & Shel Silverstein; Edgar Allen Poe to Sylvia Plath; Hunter S Thompson to Leonard Cohen.  Her love for writing music started with the piano, evolving to guitar. Her signature sound is heavy, with a twist of grunge and a voice that captures the soul. Her inspirations have influenced her direction. They are rooted from artists like Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Elliott Smith, and Alice in Chains. Her evolution has been personal, musical, and spiritual, in developing her writing along with her collaborative efforts. The passion you hear through her music is done like no other, delivering her life’s events and emotions with such intelligence and grace. She says it in style each and every time through some of the best grunge/punk/rock music on the planet.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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MOONSHINE KIDS w/ Hayes Peebles - 7PM | $10
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

MOONSHINE KIDS w/ Hayes Peebles - 7PM | $10

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Moonshine Kids play a unique, nonlinear sort of folk-rock. Their debut album, Endless Wilderness, was released in December of 2016, after six years of drifting between bluegrass, funk, folkrock, metal, and jazz. The album explores human interactions with nature, both experientially and introspectively. Moonshine Kids put on an energetic live show, and have shared stages with acts like The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Tangleweed, and Ryan Corn.


Hayes Peebles has been floating around Brooklyn’s folk scene for several years now, making a name for himself among the circuit’s bars and small venues. Now the New York native’s vintage-inspired folk tunes are starting to make their way out of Brooklyn, thanks in part to the strength of his 2017 EP Ghosts and subsequent release of two additional tracks, “Airways” and “Bella.” Those recent releases show the young songwriter to be a distinct new voice in Americana songwriting, one who’s clearly studied up on his idols before him.” -Rolling Stone Country


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Uncommon Bard: “Witty Fools and Foolish Wits” – SHAKESPEARE DINNER THEATRE - 6PM | $10
Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

Uncommon Bard: “Witty Fools and Foolish Wits” – SHAKESPEARE DINNER THEATRE - 6PM | $10

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SHAKESPEARE DINNER THEATRE

Uncommon Bard: “Witty Fools and Foolish Wits”



Uncommon Bard: “Witty Fools and Foolish Wits”

Join the company members of Odd’s Bodkins for an evening of hilarity and shenanigans! All your favorite Bodkins flex their comedy muscles with witty banter from “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Twelfth Night,” with physical comedy from “The Comedy of Errors” and “Romeo and Juliet,” and with great treatises on the insanity of life from such iconic clowns as Autolycus from “The Winter’s Tale,” Launce from “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” Bottom from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and the Fool from “King Lear.”

This night’s program will also feature a preview from “The Tragedy of Tom Riddle” a world premiere being produced by Odd’s Bodkins in May of 2018.

All this and much more! Sure to set the table in a roar! See you there you varlets!


The Bodkin Ensemble:
Nora Manca Wickman, Artistic Director
Miranda Bishop
Odie Escondo
Neil Geistlinger
Chris George
Eric Gronkiewicz
Austin Tyler Halter
Rebecca Janvrin
Rebecca Lewis
Katherine Quin
Angela Rak
Hannah Mary Simpson


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ALRIGHT ALRIGHT w/ Owen and the Ghosts - 7PM | $10
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

ALRIGHT ALRIGHT w/ Owen and the Ghosts - 7PM | $10

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Alright Alright is an eclectic folk band who create powerful connections with audiences through honest stories performed with grit and heart. Influenced by a wide variety of musical genres and drawing on life experience gained from being married and parents, this vibrant duo has been building a catalogue of music since 2005. While China is a Vanderbilt-trained pianist with 30+ years of musical experience, Seth is a self-taught musician who relies on instinct and intuition. This unexpected combination takes listeners on an emotional journey they will want to take again and again.


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


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ROSS LIVERMORE w/ Laura Glyda and Trevor Larkin - 7PM | $10
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

ROSS LIVERMORE w/ Laura Glyda and Trevor Larkin - 7PM | $10

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Ross Livermore is a singer.  More accurately, Ross Livermore is a SINGER.  More accurately still, Ross Livermore has the kind of transcendent voice that silences rooms.

Not that he would admit any of this.  The son of entrepreneurs and raised in blue-collar Peabody, Massachusetts, Livermore is no stranger to hard work, learning from an early age that “if you practice, put the time in and are honest with yourself, the music will find its rightful place.”  It’s no surprise, then, that on Livermore’s latest EP, This Is Not Forever, he reveals a collection of songs that are brazenly honest and infused with a confidence born from years on the road.  These early shows allowed Livermore to explore his full range of influences- from Incubus to Boyz II Men to Al Green- and it wasn’t long before the pursuit of new songs and stories led him to Nashville, TN.

Featuring an all-star band and recorded live to tape at Nashville’s famed Welcome to 1979, This Is Not Forever effortlessly combines ethereal soul-pop, classic R&B and Tedeschi/Trucks inspired blues.  Like many of his heroes- Stevie Wonder chief among them- Livermore accomplishes the near impossible feat of channeling weight-of-the-world sensitivity through his powerful tenor while also maintaining steadfast hope and optimism.

“Put your money down and bet on me” encourages Livermore in the instantly memorable All About You.  Embodying a consciousness transmitted from a more golden era, This Is Not Forever showcases a troubadour at the top of his game.


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Laura Glyda: guitars, capos, and the occasional piano.


Trevor Larkin channels Tom Petty, James Taylor and Jason Isbell via songs that are effortless, nuanced and firmly rooted in classic American story telling rock and roll. He also co-hosts the popular Not Famous Podcast and recently launched the Mind of a Trevor, a daily email newsletter discussing art, creativity and life as a musician.

As the guitarist with renowned soul singer Allen Stone, Trevor has toured the world multiple times, opened for Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Dave Matthews Band and Hall Oates, played the main stages at Coachella, Bumbershoot, Bonnaroo and Sasquatch music festivals and been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Ellen.


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CACTA Presents: Benefit for CAIR Chicago - 7PM | $25
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

CACTA Presents: Benefit for CAIR Chicago - 7PM | $25

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The Chicago Actors’ Call To Action Presents: Benefit for CAIR Chicago



Benefit for CAIR Chicago: Since day one, CAIR-Chicago’s guiding light has been our trademark organizational model of “Professional Muslim Activism”. This model combines corporate standards, in all aspects of our technical work, with the Islamic values of human care and social justice into a pro-active treatment of the issues.CAIR-Chicago focuses on vital local projects and we understand that success is achieved by setting attainable goals, targeted efforts, and a dedicated follow-through.

A great line up of theatre and musical professionals to entertain, inform and excite you. Win some amazing prizes in our raffle.


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“Without Words” Nathan Fivecoate and Kevin Koprowski - 7PM | $12
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

“Without Words” Nathan Fivecoate and Kevin Koprowski - 7PM | $12



Nathan Fivecoate is pleased to return to Uncommon Ground for a solo performance! His composing and songwriting includes Classical, jazz, rock, pop, and particularly an exploration of the fusion of two or more of these styles. Come on out to an evening of dinner, drinks, and a musical journey that includes some of Nathan’s favorite stylistic elements put together in a new way.


Soundscape Pianist, Kevin Koprowski, has been pushing the boundaries of piano performance for the past decade. His performance style is regarded as an “in the moment inspiration” that melodically describes the details of life that surround each and every one of us. As a Soundscape Pianist, Kevin composes a soundtrack unique to every performance, sharing his melodic thoughts on a personal level. His music naturally embodies everything from the motions of the city wind to the colors of the sunset skies.

In his showcases, Kevin breaks down the stories and foundation behind his selected original compositions. His stories are rooted deep within the call of nature and blossom into confident words of encouragement that can be applied to your daily experience. He will go in depth to connect mind and melody, drawing the audience towards his simple energy of existence. The theme of each showcase is to ‘Be Present’. Join Kevin along his journey as his BRAND NEW style of connective performance begins to take root right in front of you.


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KURT MICHAELS CONTINUUM w/ Kathie Mills - 7PM | $10
Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

KURT MICHAELS CONTINUUM w/ Kathie Mills - 7PM | $10

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The Kurt Michaels Continuum  is band whose collective resumes include live performances with many legendary acts including The Temptations, The Drifters The Platters, Bobby Vinton, Badfinger, Spencer Davis, Wolfman Jack, The Shirelles, Jimy Sohns (Shadows of Knight) Ray Graffia & Ronnie Rice (New Colony Six), The Syn (featuring Chris Squire and Alan White of Yes) and Denny Laine of The Moody Blues and Wings (Paul McCartney). Recent performances include opening big shows Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, Bad Examples and The Babys.  Singer songwriter Kurt Michaels provides an original and engaging landscape of new and original music that crosses into multiple genres and comes straight from the heart.


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DAVID PAIGE w/ Katie and Les Bates - 8PM | $15
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

DAVID PAIGE w/ Katie and Les Bates - 8PM | $15

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David Paige is one of the hardest working independent artists in the business. His passionate performances and sincere songwriting create a genuine connection with his audience. Hailed as a truly gifted entertainer, the Chicago rock singer delivers a seamless blend of pop and rock with a 90’s twist. He was a finalist on VH1’s “Make a Band Famous”, has appeared on national TV, and has toured the United States from LA to New York – headlining venues like House of Blues in Chicago, The Mint in LA, and Bowery Electric in New York.


Katie & Les Bates are a sister-brother duo out of Chicago. KBLB is currently writing & recording their first EP, and traveling the greater Chicagoland area, playing anything from blues to rock to soul to funk to country to R&B. KBLB has performed sets across Chicago proper & suburbs (Schuba’s Tavern, Buddy Guy’s Legends, The House of Blues, The Dawson, Skeleton Key Brewery) and Indiana (Running Vines Winery, Aftermath Cidery), in addition to private events. The two operate as an acoustic duet, as well as a band with various bass guitar players, drummers and other instrumentalists.


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