JUSTYNA AND THE COMPANY - 7PM | $10
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

JUSTYNA AND THE COMPANY - 7PM | $10



Justyna Biala was born in the small town of Przemysl in Southeast part of Poland. She inherited her love for music from her parents. Her father was an amateur singer and a self taught guitar player. Her mother was a singer who came to the United States in the mid 80's and spent a few years singing in the Chicagoland area. Wanting to follow her mother's footsteps, Justyna set her goal of becoming a singer at the age of 7. She came to the United States in 2006, settled in Chicago and began her education in jazz a few years later. In 2016, Justyna earned her bachelors degree of Science in Accounting and Jazz Studies at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL. Over the years, she's worked with great jazz musicians and performed at venues and events across Chicago. 


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RJ Comer and Justin Howl - 7PM | $10
Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

RJ Comer and Justin Howl - 7PM | $10



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

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

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


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


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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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10th Annual Organic Rooftop Farm Vegetarian Harvest Dinner - 6:30PM | $45
Aug
22
6:30 PM18:30

10th Annual Organic Rooftop Farm Vegetarian Harvest Dinner - 6:30PM | $45

10th Annual Organic Rooftop Farm Vegetarian Harvest Dinner


Tickets are $45 per person + tax and gratuity.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS


You are invited to our 10th annual organic rooftop farm vegetarian harvest dinner utilizing produce grown on and prepared from the organic rooftop farm at Uncommon Ground Edgewater!

The event starts at 6:30PM with a rooftop reception of passed appetizers and a featured summer cocktail. 

Then, at 7:30PM, we will descend to the Greenstar Brewing beer garden for a family style vegetarian dinner paired with our own organic Greenstar beer. 

For full menu details and to purchase tickets, click here.


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PAUL REDDICK w/ Rob Bochnik - 7PM | $15
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

PAUL REDDICK w/ Rob Bochnik - 7PM | $15



Paul Reddick has been creating his own, compelling version of the blues for over 25 years, bringing the art form to new frontiers with his poetic lyrics, spirited vocals, masterful harmonica playing, and hypnotic live performances. Rooted in a deep knowledge of blues music history and nourished by a poet’s sensibility, his “wayward brilliance,” as the influential British magazine Mojoputs it, makes Paul Reddick one of the most popular figures, and the unofficial poet laureate, of the Canadian blues and roots music scene.

Paul Reddick has enjoyed many successes in the course of his musical journey. His band Paul Reddick & the Sidemen, formed in 1990, developed a cult-like following and released four albums that together amassed seven Maple Blues Awards, two JUNO nominations, and a WC Handy nomination. The gritty “I’m a Criminal,” off the 2001 Rattlebag, was used in a popular “Sip Stealing” Coca-Cola television commercial that aired during the Superbowl and the 2012 Olympics U.S. television coverage.

Paul Reddick also re-worked the blues traditions on his solo recordings for NorthernBlues Music, earning JUNO nominations for Villanelle (2004) and Sugarbird (2009), and winning the 2008 Maple Blues Award for Songwriter of the Year. In 2016, the song “Villanelle” was featured in the Sundance Films television production Hap and Leonard. By way of tipping his hat to the role of song-writing in both his own career and blues music in general, Reddick also created and now mentors The Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition that was inaugurated at the 2015 Maple Blues Awards. Paul Reddick won the 2107 Juno award for his album Ride The One


Rob Bochnik is a musician, audio recording engineer, singer and songwriter. He is a guitarist with The Frames, The Swell Season, The Glen Hansard Band, The Butchershop Quartet and records as a solo artist, having released his own record Blowing Out the Cobwebs in 2007. His second solo album Lovevolve will be released in the fall of 2017. Most recently he has been touring as a guitarist with Glen Hansard in support of Glens solo records Rhythm & Repose and Didnt He Ramble.

Rob graduated from DePaul University in Chicago where he studied music, recording, and classical guitar and holds a Bachelor of Science degree for sound recording technology with a minor in physics. After college, Rob further advanced his recording skills while working with Steve Albini at his recording studio, Electrical Audio, as an audio engineer. In addition, Rob played an important role in constructing the studios and overseeing their maintenance. Rob has worked on several projects as an audio engineer including: the Once Soundtrack, The Frames Setlist and more.

In 2002, Rob began playing guitar and touring with Ireland based band, The Frames. In 2003 he was asked to join the band officially and has recorded and toured around the world with them, honored to share the stage at times with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Levon Helm, among others. In 2008, Rob found himself touring & recording as part of The Swell Season. He played guitar and mandolin on the bands last release Strict Joy. He has also toured with Colm Mac Con Iomaire in support of the record The Hares Corner and with Marketa Irglova in support of her solo record Anar and Muna.


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YOU'RE BEING RIDICULOUS: "Want" - 7PM | $20
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

YOU'RE BEING RIDICULOUS: "Want" - 7PM | $20



At You're Being Ridiculous, real people tell true stories about their lives. Each performer is linked by our rotating themes, and by the desire to make you laugh–and, once in a while, cry. Our motto: Good stories are better than good times. We laugh at ourselves, and laugh with each other. Everyone has a story to tell. What's yours? 


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YOU'RE BEING RIDICULOUS: "Want" - 7PM | $20
Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

YOU'RE BEING RIDICULOUS: "Want" - 7PM | $20



At You're Being Ridiculous, real people tell true stories about their lives. Each performer is linked by our rotating themes, and by the desire to make you laugh–and, once in a while, cry. Our motto: Good stories are better than good times. We laugh at ourselves, and laugh with each other. Everyone has a story to tell. What's yours? 


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SHELBY OLIVE w/ Alysha Monique and Mickey McDonald - 7PM | $10
Aug
26
7:00 PM19:00

SHELBY OLIVE w/ Alysha Monique and Mickey McDonald - 7PM | $10



Based in Akron, Shelby Olive has been writing music and touring since 2014. She's most often seen with a ukulele in hand, singing songs that are just the right amount of quirky and meaningful. Shelby released her debut solo album, Make Sound, in February and has new music slated to release this summer. She has played with many nationally-renowned artists including Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Marian Call, Lauren Kinhan and has garnered a supportive online following through her weekly videos on YouTube and monthly demos on Patreon. When she's not on stage, she is a K-5 elementary school music teacher. You can catch her latest music on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and at patreon.com/shelbyolive.


Bold, sensual vocalist Alysha Monique, mesmerizes audiences with the sultry vocal stylings of jazz and soul music. Her endearing aura bewitches listeners into the essence of love, individuality and self-actualization. Surrounded my incredible musicians who strive to push their music to an innovative level, Alysha's creativity and originality continues to ascend upward. An experience with Alysha is striking, genuine and poignant. 


Mickey McDonald is a ukulelist, violist, & singer-songwriter originally from Upstate New York. His debut album "Home" was released in 2012, and after a four-year battle with grad school he's back to writing music & recording again, with a followup album tentatively titled "City" due out this fall. His recorded music layers lush instrumentation & harmonies inspired by the great Romantic composers with catchy pop melodies, while his live performances are a showcase of frenetic left-hand ukulele technique & tuneful singing. When not singing or strumming, he can usually be found in a lab in a sub-basement on the University of Chicago's campus, working to understand the origins of anything & everything.


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Eric Peter Schwartz, Alberta, Eric Stafford Dinse, Hannah Frank - 7PM | $10
Aug
27
7:00 PM19:00

Eric Peter Schwartz, Alberta, Eric Stafford Dinse, Hannah Frank - 7PM | $10



Eric Peter Schwartz is a singer/songwriter from the Chicago area. The best way to describe his sound is "pop-tinged original folk-rock". He draws from influences like Bryan Adams, Warren Zevon, Paul Simon, Indigo Girls and Melissa Etheridge and his music covers a range of emotions from heartbreaking to funny to romantic to quirky. It always makes for a fun show. His latest album is 2017's HIGHWAY 45.


Alberta is the music of david boone. MMMMM is the title of his newest release.

“this record is really just the explosion of one thought, and each song is just some of the shrapnel”.

If this record came from an explosion, then the body it came from must be Frankenstein’s monster. Written on a salvation army piano, a couch modded guitar, and recorded in a garage built studio, it is hardly a record that screams slick, rather an album that is relentless in its exploration of color and attitude. Each song really does seem to float out somewhere on its own, but by the time all 11 tracks are through, the familiarity that at one time bound all together is obvious. Boone’s approach in the studio mirrors his approach outside of it. Four weeks after MMMMM was done, he sold all of his things, outfitted an old work van worthy enough to catch some rest in, and took off. Playing anywhere and everywhere, the 29 year old Detroit native -- who called Chicago & Seattle each home for a spell, has been on the road since, and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.


Eric Stafford Dinse: "I like to call what I do 'Caustic Acoustic,' mixing a variety of styles - Americana, Rock-A-Billy, Blues, Punk. Including both instrumental & vocal music. Also currently playing as part of the League of Eric’s w/Eric Peter Schwartz . Past associations include Led Astray, G-Men, Alonzo Savage, Jeff Brown & the New Black, Jeff Brown’s Extra Large Trio, Matthew Morgan & the Family Band, Joan Anderson, Scott Herschler, Dan Clingman, Torchlily, and Deana K."

Working on a new CD - a collection of songs recorded over the last (10) years.


Hannah Frank is a Midwestern songwriter whose first forays into music swept through rural country blues, raw cowboy chords, and surprising lyrics. Soaking up Chicago's varied music scene, you will now also hear traces of jazz, world, rock and the electrifying energy of urban blues. Characters step out of songs as if out of a novel. The original songs and select covers are mysterious, evocative and fun.


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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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30 Something & Friends - 8PM | $10
Aug
29
8:00 PM20:00

30 Something & Friends - 8PM | $10

30 Something & Friends



Join us for a sultry summer evening where we’ll take you on a musical journey from Appalachian roots music to blues, country, rock and what you’re hearing on the radio this summer. Our student musicians Ethan, James and Ben will start the show with original tunes and string-infused tunes they will perform at West Virginia’s Clifftop Roots fest (they leave the next day; cover charge all goes to help defray their costs!).

The Leadership Greater Chicago-inspired band “30 Something & Friends”, led by Craig Sieben (Harmonica, Vocals), Felicia Davis (Vocals) & David Tropp (Sax) will feature songs by strong women (including Beyonce, Dixie Chicks, Alice Merton, Bonnie Raitt, Amy Winehouse) and talented men (including Tom Petty, Brian Fallon, David Bryne, Van Morrison, Blake Shelton). David Binstock (Guitarist, Vocals) and Lindsey Elton (Vocals) will soulfully accompany in this intimate setting.


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J EDWARDS feat. Cricket Davis - 7PM | $15
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

J EDWARDS feat. Cricket Davis - 7PM | $15



Born in Arkansas, J Edwards spent most of his childhood traveling the states with his evangelist father and singing family. He grew up performing a variety of instruments, depending on what was needed at the nightly church services. After touring on his own within the Christian music industry, J Edwards found solace in playing the blues at small clubs and juke joints across the country.

A catalog of songs and a raspy singing voice were his tools in forging a long-term career as a singer-songwriter in Nashville. The new music scene shaped his genre into something between country-rock and blues; from ballads to rockers, his tunes evolved beyond his small town roots.

Always working on the next installment, J Edwards can be found in the studio, writing room or on tour.


Cricket Davis is an experienced singer-songwriter who draws her inspiration from growing up in the Southeast.


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The Way Up Tour: WESLEY and Sebastian Olzanski - 7PM | $15 - $49
Aug
31
7:00 PM19:00

The Way Up Tour: WESLEY and Sebastian Olzanski - 7PM | $15 - $49


$15 Show  |  $49 Meet & Greet Package (Show + M&G)

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

Ticket Link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3593116

NOTE: Online Ticket Sales END at 6:00pm on August 31st


Initially achieving fame as the frontman of hit-making trio Emblem3, WESLEY struck gold in 2018 with his solo debut single "Remedy", described by Billboard as a "passionate" and a "must listen" by Just Jared Jr. No stranger to top of the charts, WESLEY first solo effort has landed on Viral Charts from Spain to Canada. A natural on stage, the Washington-native is ready to share his charisma and unmistakable voice with eager fans across the coast. 


Sebastian Olzanski is a singer based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he speaks, writes and performs in both English and Spanish to fans around the world.

Sebastian began taking vocal lessons at the age of five after listening to none other than Justin Bieber. Soon after, he would start writing poetry and it wouldn’t take long for those rhymes to start turning into musical ballads. Crediting his mother for continuously showing him new acts and taking him to concerts, the young artist’s love for music kept growing until he was ready to start creating his own songs professionally.

In 2016, he released his first single ‘Nobody But Us’. As with any new musician or content creator, his instincts for self-promotion brought him to YouTube and the streaming site YouNow.
A desire to blend different sounds and genres provide continuous inspiration to Sebastian, but his style is a mix of different sounds from all walks of life.

“Music means everything to me. It always influences me and is a part of my daily life. I listen in the shower, on the road and especially when I travel,” Sebastian says. “I’m always trying to include the vibe I get from different parts of the world into my sound. I personally feel like music is a way of communicating with others melodically. It’s storytelling.”

“I want to help people; my ultimate goal is to provide stories they can relate to for the rest of my life. That would be a dream. I’ll never stop working to achieve my vision and I hope my fans can see that, I hope it motivates them, too.”

Listed as one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Teens in Canada,” Sebastian has garnered massive recognition at a young age and was nominated for a ‘Shorty Award’ under the category of ‘Vine Musician’ among artists including Shawn Mendes. Wherever Sebastian Olzanski goes, a serious amount of fans emerge. He has quickly become one of the most influence social media personalities around, starting on YouNow (his first major audience) with 300,000 active viewers. His Twitter of about 500,000 followers sees 18 million monthly impressions, while a 210k Instagram following averages 12k ‘Likes’ and 3,300 engagements per post. His YouTube has toppled 3 million views and landed ‘Nobody But Us’ on different outlets such as Radio Disney.

Sebastian’s momentum isn’t stopping any time soon, be sure to keep up to date with him across his social media pages and experience his journey alongside him.


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Dawn and Hawkes - 7PM | $15
Sep
1
7:00 PM19:00

Dawn and Hawkes - 7PM | $15



Fronted by Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes, the couple formed Dawn and Hawkes in 2012 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 touring performances with influential artists Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski, Patty Griffin, Old 97s, Robert Earl Keen, and showcases at festivals like Austin City Limits, Folk Alliance, AmericanaFest, South By Southwest and TEDx on tours in the US and abroad in Denmark, Germany and Australia.

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.

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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JIM GRANT w/ Rabrija Jazz - 7PM | $10
Sep
2
7:00 PM19:00

JIM GRANT w/ Rabrija Jazz - 7PM | $10



Jim Grant is a new voice to the Chicago Jazz scene. Born and raised in Chicago, he was always a singer at heart. So after 30 years of working his regular 9-5 job as a Teamster, he decided it was now or never to follow his heart and sing.

Grant developed his baritone vocals at the Bloom School of Jazz under the guidance of David Bloom and jazz vocalist Spider Saloff.  Jim has performed with BSJ at Chicago’s Green Mill Lounge, Katerina’s, Mayne Stage, Uncommon Ground-Edgewater and as a featured vocalist at Universal Alley Jazz Jam which was televised on Local CAN TV.

Jim released his first CD, "You Go To My Head" in 2014, which he and David Bloom co-produced. It’s an uncluttered straight-ahead recording with some of Chicago's best jazz musicians. It includes such jazz standards as “Close You Eyes” and “Gentle Rain.” along with fresh interpretations of the seldom heard “Big City”, the bluesy “Ain’t No Use” and the pop classic “The Letter”. At the core of the 8 tracks are Jim's vocals. The title track “You Go To My Head” reveals his understanding of the lyrics. Accompanied by Jim Sellers on piano, Jim G totally enthralls the listener with his heartfelt interpretation.

In the tradition of such legendary jazz vocalists as Billy Eckstine and Johnny Hartman, Jim Grant brings his own distinctive style to Jazz and American standards.


Rabrija Jazz is a Chicago-based group featuring musicians Vicki Lang (vocals), Randy Morris (guitar), Brian Buhman (bass) and Brian Koch (drums). Specializing in swinging jazz favorites from the American Songbook and bebop classics, Rabrija Jazz performs regularly at Chicago clubs and restaurants, including bi-monthly appearances at Himmel's on Lawrence.


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NICKEL&ROSE w/ Emily Nott - 7PM | $10
Sep
3
7:00 PM19:00

NICKEL&ROSE w/ Emily Nott - 7PM | $10



Nickel&Rose is an American folk-music duo made up of Upright Bassist Johanna Rose and Guitarist Carl Nichols. They formed in the summer of 2016 and spent their first winter and the following spring traveling Europe, playing dozens of shows in France, Czech Republic, Germany, Romania, Poland, and Ukraine. While in Berlin they recorded their EP, Oh Sweet Love, released in April 2017. Oh Sweet Love, is a sweet-sounding auditory souvenir of Nichols’ and Rose’s four month European journey and a recorded testament to the two-piece’s ability to turn tough times into something vibrant with help from a traveling companion. 

Nickel&Rose have influences that span the spectrum of American music. Carl’s background brings elements of West African music and Blues while Johanna brings her experience playing Bluegrass, Folk and Jazz. From loss to heart break to love, Nickel&Rose address the human experience with gentle harmonies and soul stirring cries. With a shared appreciation for traditional music and a desire to break rules, the two have have created a unique sound that embodies Americana's past and future.


Emily Nott is a Chicago-based folk musician and singer-songwriter. Emily is deeply influenced by traditional ballad singing, the poetry and storytelling of her family and music community, and a belief that music can unite people. She writes honest, plaintive songs that tell stories both personal and universal.

Emily has performed with Glass Mountain, Joybird, and the Bard Owls. She is a proud member of the Old Lazarus’ Harp Folk Collective. Emily has played traditional music festivals such as Wheatland Music Festival (MI) and the Midwest Sing and Stomp (IL). Emily has opened for Elizabeth Laprelle, and shared a bill with the likes of Jim Lauderdale and Bruce Molsky. She has studied ballad singing with Michael and Carrie Kline. She is inspired by artists such as Gillian Welch, Jean Ritchie, and Connie Converse.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Sep
4
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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BLAKE ZWEIG w/ Idea Garden (Aaron Dorfman & Dan Andree) - 8PM | $12
Sep
7
8:00 PM20:00

BLAKE ZWEIG w/ Idea Garden (Aaron Dorfman & Dan Andree) - 8PM | $12

Blake Zweig

Idea Garden (Aaron Dorfman & Dan Andree)


$12 - CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

NOTE: Online ticket sales END at 7pm on September 7th


Blake Zweig is a psychologist by day and singer-song writer by night. Blake’s musical career began in 1998, when he formed the band Sleeping for Sunrise and played shows with bands like Braid, Promise Ring, American Football, and other memorable indie-emo rock bands of that era. His first solo album, Other People Make Me Do This, was released in 2001, and consisted of Blake’s somber voice and delicate guitar style with minor accompaniment from Mike Kinsella of American Football and Owen. Blake's song "White Sail," from Other People Make Me Do This was used poignantly at the climax of the Norwegian independent film Sagas Øy. In 2007, Blake formed Small Town which added drums, bass, and cello to his singer-song writer style. Their song, "Daisy," was highlighted on Chicago radio WXRT's Local Anesthetic show with Richard Milne. Years later, Blake’s song, "Spain," from his most recent album, Dandelion, was also featured on Local Anesthetic. Come join Blake at Uncommon Ground on September 7th as he performs new and old songs, breaks out the harmonica, and sings his heart out with no regrets.


Aaron Dorfman, former guitarist and vocalist for Chicago’s own Henhouse Prowlers, has traveled the world playing guitar; from Kenya to Kyrgyzstan, Ireland to Pakistan and a whole host of incredible places in between. With a flatpicking style strongly inspired by Bryan Sutton, David Grier and Doc Watson alike, Dorfman strives to inject as much energy as possible into the music he creates, writes and performs.

Dan Andree was born to fiddle. As a youngster growing up in DeKalb corn country, he fashioned his first fiddling fingers under the tutelage of Ann Montzka-Smelser. He started gigging after joining his first bluegrass group, The Corn Desert Ramblers, down in Urbana, IL way back in 2006. Upon graduating bluegrass college, and actual college, Dan made his way to the big city to start his 4 year tenure with the Chicago bluegrass powerhouse, The Henhouse Prowlers. These days, he can be found fiddling everywhere–wherever you can look–and when the people are eatin’ the stuff they raise, and livin’ in the houses they build, he’ll be there too.


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oeugons are real (Album Release Show) w/ Bernie and the Wolf - 7PM | $10
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

oeugons are real (Album Release Show) w/ Bernie and the Wolf - 7PM | $10



oeugons are real is not your standard math rock band, incorporating elements of both ambient and extreme genres of music. The group started as the solo project of guitarist/vocalist Tristan Zemtseff, and performs in both band and solo capacities. In a solo setting, songs are stripped down and performed by Zemtseff, who carefully arranges the songs in a way that maintains the depth and contrast offered by the full band arrangements. Zemtseff explores the fluctuating nature of perception and mentality, both on an individual and societal level, musically as well as lyrically. The 2017 release San Junipero established the core oeugons sound, and while other releases have focused more on electronic elements, the heavier guitar-driven sound will be further explored on the mini-album "don't hold anything," which will be released in Fall 2018.


Chicago indie rock duo Bernie & The Wolf is taking you back to school with hot coco and world domination inspired indie alternative dream pop mathy rock goodness. They're endearing and fun on stage, but make no mistake this band packs a punch. Sweet and dangerous like a molten toasted marshmallow, this dynamic duo will not forget to lay down with some smooth groves after all that head-banging.


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DINNER THEATRE: Drunk Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet - 7PM | $10
Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

DINNER THEATRE: Drunk Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet - 7PM | $10

Uncommon Bard: SHAKESPEARE DINNER THEATRE



Odd's Bodkins Shakespeare Ensemble will be taking over Uncommon Ground for a remount of their recent production of Romeo and Juliet, but with one important addition: alcohol. 

Several of our key performers will be sacrificed to the drinking gods throughout the show! The result will be hilarity and mayhem! As audience members, you'll have power over when during the run the copious amounts of alcohol are consumed!

Reservations are highly recommended for this one-night-only extravaganza of inebriated star-crossed lovers! Join us September 10th and help us keep Shakespeare alive and odd!


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Sep
11
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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CURTIS ELLER w/ 80 Foots - 7PM | $10
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

CURTIS ELLER w/ 80 Foots - 7PM | $10



Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. A twenty-year show business veteran, Eller and his band The American Circus have developed a devoted international following based on dynamic, highly physical stage performances and an extensive catalog of curious phonographic recordings. The iconoclastic musician has spent more than a decade relentlessly touring the club, theatre and festival stages of a dozen countries in North America and Europe. Eller is a gifted and prolific songwriter who's banjo-driven songs describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. The American Circus is diligently at work on a new full-length album on which they have augmented their indelicate, rock & roll rhythms with a tempestuous cloud of horns and an graceless choir of backsliders in their quest to bring Eller's historically evocative compositions to vivid, cinematic life.


80 Foots played and sang together for Theater Oobleck's "Baudelaire In A Box." It sounded real good so they just kept on going.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Sep
18
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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SAM BURCHFIELD - 7PM | $15
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

SAM BURCHFIELD - 7PM | $15



With an honest voice, a band of buddies, and a fancy hat; Sam Burchfield has discovered something special in his musical journey. His latest EP, Unarmored, digs a few layers deeper into a genre-crossing career that has only just begun. From folk, to funk, to southern soul — Sam and his band of 'Scoundrels' capture it all. The rowdy crew puts on a show that is electrifyingly entertaining and yet full of Burchfield's lyrical honesty and depth.

“…Burchfield’s music is soulful. That is the perfect word for it. It doesn’t just describe his genre – it describes the heart of the artist himself…” -Emily McBride - VINYL MAG

After cutting his teeth in the indie-music hub of Athens, GA, Sam planted new roots in the nation’s R&B capital of Atlanta. Sam and The Scoundrels have now made ripples in the southeast, and continue to grow a loyal fanbase with their passion for music and camaraderie for each other.


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JOHNNY IRION - 7PM | $15
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

JOHNNY IRION - 7PM | $15



Now and then in American culture, the written word fuses the worlds of music and literature. Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize is only the most obvious example. An individual singer songwriter can sometimes embody that fusion in his life and work. That’s Johnny Irion, whose family tree includes John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie, and whose new record Driving Friend was backed by Blackwing, the artisan pencil makers with a diverse musical heritage.

The record, which includes members of Dawes, Wilco and the Mother Hips, ranges across a wide expanse of roots genres, from blues and gospel to folk and country. Everything about it feels authentically crafted, a carving out of raw, lived American experience that goes to the heart of the Blackwing ethos. Whether Irion is singing about Santa Barbara, Pittsfield or the Rapture, his sharp wit, telling description and brief character studies take us to a musical hometown of his own, quite a feat for a rocker whose last record with his band US Elevator was hailed by Rolling Stone as being as “lovingly handcrafted as the jeans on the back of After The Gold Rush.”


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Sep
25
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
Oct
2
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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KATIE KUFFEL TRIO w/ Heather Mae & Sarah Clanton and Shealeigh - 7PM | $10
Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

KATIE KUFFEL TRIO w/ Heather Mae & Sarah Clanton and Shealeigh - 7PM | $10


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Katie Kuffel is a tongue-in-cheek, Seattle-based musician smashing the piano in a manner that's not quite blues, not quite folk, and not quite like anything you've heard before. With songwriting that is both innovative and thoughtful, she explores community, feminism, and her personal experiences as an advocate against sexism and violence, with a contemporary sound that supports turbulent, poetic lyrics.

Classically trained in the cello, Katie began songwriting at an early age, composing original works with her instructors when her family inherited an old, upright piano (now housed in her Seattle apartment). She has since expanded to incorporate vocal looping and ukulele in her music. Katie stands by her belief that an artist is only as successful as their community, and strives to collaborate, support, and create opportunities for other Seattle-area musicians.

Katie has been featured as the musical act in popular podcast Welcome to Nightvale, and in PopMatters as one of the ‘best musical hopes to break out on 2016.'

In the words of author Adam Finley:

"Pearls sounds like alternate-reality Regina Spektor, heavily steeped in the Pacific Northwest with bright piano and a gorgeous voice gliding, rich and effortless, through craftily constructed songs that balance whimsy and self-awareness."

Pearls is available on Spotify, iTunesAmazon and Bandcamp, and Katie can be found performing at venues throughout the country.

In 2016 Katie organized, recruited, composed, and crowd-funded the Fremont Abbey Sessions, a local, community-driven music and video recording project highlighting Seattle’s musicians, talent, spaces, and resources.


Heather Mae is a unique performer. She startles the senses of her audiences on many levels; she engages her audiences to shake their hips and raise their fists in solidarity. Her honesty, authenticity and ability to connect to people are special gifts and her music is an extra added bonus on top or that.

Heather Mae is an imaginative lyricist with a powerhouse voice. She has broken new ground with her album I Am Enough. The collection was dubbed a KickStarter Staff Pick within its first week, smashing through its $15,000 fundraising goal and on its official release date. She is known for her interesting indie-pop sound, but also for her musical take on touchy subjects ranging from LGBTQ discrimination, gender stereotypes, body image, and mental health issues. This is what sets Mae apart — she seeks to write music for those that need an anthem and doesn’t shy away from tackling topics not often heard in pop music.


The singer-cellist-songwriter strums, bows, picks, and taps through stories of hope and heart, pulling you into the moment by the collar and not letting go. Classically trained but now playing out of the “box,” Sarah Clanton’s vocals transcend from moonlit night to house on fire, with a tone that blends smoke with sunlight, landing somewhere between Nina Simone and Norah Jones. 

After graduating Furman University in 2007 with a degree in Music and Communication Studies, Clanton stayed in Greenville, South Carolina and continued playing classically in orchestras, while touring with bands as a hired gun, working random jobs and teaching cello lessons. All the while exploring and finding her voice in non-traditional ways of playing and singing with her cello. When she was not on the road touring solo or appearing with artists like Edwin McCain, The David Mayfield Parade, Ben Sollee, Mindy Smith and Richard Leigh, Clanton was organizing a 19 week, Saturday solar powered festival called Music in the Woods. Her diligence caught the attention of the Cirque De Soilel who invited her to audition for a lead role right before deciding to finally make the move to Nashville in 2014.

Sarah's purple hair-tossing, sultry yet electric performances - an exercise in musical abandon - became audience favorites. In 2012 Clanton facilitated a successful Kickstarter campaign to record her first full length recording. Sarah’s first self produced project upon arriving to Nashville, a 2015 self-titled EP released included “Tequila,” an original co-write by Clanton, Tom Bettencourt, and Richard Leigh, made the Nashville Songwriters Association International Top 40 in January 2016. 

After just two years in Nashville, Clanton signed a management deal with Torque Entertainment and a publishing deal with Writer’s Den Music group. In the spring of 2017 Sarah was selected as an Official Showcase Artist at the South Eastern Regional Folk Alliance in Montreat, North Carolina. This honor followed the 2017 releases “Middle Tree Studio Live,” a collection of originals, and a summer of video collaboration covers like “The Less I Know The Better” and “Chained to the Rhythm” with Nataly Dawn or “One Step Closer” with Heather Mae. In December No Depression and Elmore Magazine premiered her latest single “Silver Lining,” a song co-written with Mary Bragg, championing construction conversation. 

2018 is looking like another year of adventure for Clanton as she finishes crafting and recording a new incarnation of her honey-and-thunder sound for a 2018 full length release.


Shealeigh is a 19-year-old independent singer/songwriter from the Chicago area, whose musical introduction began with an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at age 12. At 13, she wrote the song “What Can I Say”, which was featured on the fourth season of the Radio Disney/Disney Channel program “Next Big Thing” in 2011, as well as in the Disney Channel original movie “Radio Rebel” and steadily climbed to the #2 spot on the Billboard Kids music chart. In February 2017, Shealeigh self-released her debut EP, We All Need To Go Places, via SoundCloud and Bandcamp. A collection of four melancholy stories, “We All Need To Go Places” is a product of navigating self-dependence, and being in between a fresh start and what comes next.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Oct
9
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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JOHN MARK NELSON w/ Pat McKillen - 7PM | $10
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

JOHN MARK NELSON w/ Pat McKillen - 7PM | $10



John Mark Nelson is a songwriter & producer living and working in Saint Paul, Minnesota. At a young age, he received national attention for his self-produced, folk-pop works, "Still Here" and "Waiting and Waiting", which were followed by extensive national and international touring. In recent years, Nelson has continued to generate a high volume of recorded works, tour nationally and internationally, and produce and record work for many acclaimed artists and songwriters.


A prolific songwriter, Pat McKillen finds joy in every part of the creative process. As the sole producer of his three LPs (Stagefright [2011], The Red Headed Enemy [2013], Blood & Bones [2016]) and EP Love Without Me [2014], every song represents a complete cycle of the creative process. Dedicated to creating a sound that reflects the organic nature of his songwriting, McKillen brings life to songs recorded mostly in his Chicago apartment. The result is an evolving sound that couples a powerful and passionate voice with a fusion of musical genres including folk, pop, and rock.

The process of recording, mixing, producing, and even creating the artwork for his musical endeavors is a labor of love. He is always looking for new ways to bring his world to words and his soul to sounds.

McKillen continues to adapt to an ever-changing music scene and always seeks to find ways to enhance the solo singer-songwriter experience. An experienced looper, he brings the layering techniques of the studio into the live setting for a performance that resonates with a wide range of ages and audiences.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Oct
16
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
Oct
23
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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STEVE POLTZ - 9PM | $25
Oct
27
9:00 PM21:00

STEVE POLTZ - 9PM | $25



Steve Poltz has fun on stage. Steve Poltz has fun off stage. Every show has its own vibe; raucous, joyous, improvisational and always strange. Expect stellar guitar work and songs that will have you smiling one minute and crying the next.

Born in Halifax Nova Scotia Canada, raised in Southern California and now living in Nashville Tennessee, Steve Poltz tours nonstop and is the surprise sleeper hit of every festival he plays. He also thinks he's an attorney for dogs but that's a whole different story. Catch him while you can. He's elusive like Bigfoot.



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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Oct
30
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
Nov
6
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
Nov
13
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
Nov
20
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
Nov
27
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
Dec
4
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
Dec
11
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
Dec
18
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
Dec
25
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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YOU'RE BEING RIDICULOUS: "Want" - 7PM | $15
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

YOU'RE BEING RIDICULOUS: "Want" - 7PM | $15



At You're Being Ridiculous, real people tell true stories about their lives. Each performer is linked by our rotating themes, and by the desire to make you laugh–and, once in a while, cry. Our motto: Good stories are better than good times. We laugh at ourselves, and laugh with each other. Everyone has a story to tell. What's yours? 


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YOU'RE BEING RIDICULOUS: "Want" - 7PM | $15
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

YOU'RE BEING RIDICULOUS: "Want" - 7PM | $15



At You're Being Ridiculous, real people tell true stories about their lives. Each performer is linked by our rotating themes, and by the desire to make you laugh–and, once in a while, cry. Our motto: Good stories are better than good times. We laugh at ourselves, and laugh with each other. Everyone has a story to tell. What's yours? 


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Phil Yates and Pete Mancini - 8PM | $10
Aug
16
8:00 PM20:00

Phil Yates and Pete Mancini - 8PM | $10



Phil Yates is the main songwriter and ringleader of Phil Yates & The Affiliates. Formerly based out of Burlington, Vermont, Phil once again calls Chicago home after a decade away. His songs reflect his love for all things Elvis Costello, Paul Westerberg, Elliott Smith, and R.E.M. Phil has played shows with The Mountain Goats, The Cave Singers, Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, The Babies, The Dead Milkmen’s Joe Jack Talcum, Anderson East, and The Push Stars. Phil Yates & The Affiliates’ latest album, Party Music!, was released in April 2018 on Futureman Records.


Paradiddle 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 explores the Americana influences that were a hallmark of his work with his former band.

Mancini was inspired to release Foothill Freeway after hearing the story songs of artists like Guy Clark and Bruce Springsteen. This storytelling influence is on full display throughout the title track, which features a sparse arrangement reminiscent of Jason Isbell and Jackson Browne. In addition to the original songs on the album, Mancini tackled renditions of songs by Russ Seeger, Wes Houston, and Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention, Plainsong), who is a guest vocalist on “Cartwheel Avenue”. 

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, Kevin Gordon, and Iain Matthews. He is currently touring in support of Foothill Freeway with his band, the Hillside Airmen.


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Lynn Nardelli & Chris Morrow, Tammy Scarlett, Brian Goyette - 7PM | $10
Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Lynn Nardelli & Chris Morrow, Tammy Scarlett, Brian Goyette - 7PM | $10

Lynn Nardelli & Chris Morrow

Tammy Scarlett

Brian Goyette



Lynn Nardelli is an acoustic artist new to the local Chicago scene. Singing her entire life has found her voice again. She sings the songs she loves. Covering amazing artists like Dua Lipa, Michael Jackson, Sara Bareilles, Shawn Mendez, and Lady Gaga. Playing with an amazing piano player, Chris Morrow

Born in northern Michigan, USA, Christopher studied with Louise Chan, Bette Coulson, and Sebastian Huydts for piano, performing with local artists and the college orchestra. Christopher studied music theory and composition with Dr. Ilya Levinson and Dr. Marcos Balter to compose music for small and large ensembles, and for the Chicago Composers Orchestra. Christopher founded Topher Allan Music with hopes of sharing his love and passion for music. He’s been playing around Chicagoland with Lynn&Chris, accompanying Lynn for the past year and having a blast!


Tammy Scarlett works in women's empowerment as a Freedom Coach and is a mortgage lender teaching holistic wellness for both personal and business advancement. She sang in the coffee house scene back in Seattle/Tacoma for years, New York City and even Disneyland! She is having fun breaking out in the Chicago scene now since she moved here last year!


Brian Goyette is a versatile musician, adept in many musical styles, an accomplished guitarist on acoustic, classical and electric guitars.

He studied music theory and composition with Dr Morris Lawrence, playing in his jazz orchestra featuring regular appearances at the Detroit Montreux Jazz Festival, and a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York.  He also played for several years in the Ambassadors Big Band and the blues rock bands Rhythm House and the Steve Summers Blues band all in the greater Detroit area. Since moving to Chicago Brian led his own jazz trio, 5Aftr5, and played in the rock band The Noize. Brian has continued his music studies and occasionally performs with Dr Freddie Franken of Olivet Nazarene University. Brian also does regular work as a sideman for various jazz artists and plays with the Southland Church Christian Rock band.


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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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Heather Styka and Jane Kramer - 7PM | $10
Aug
13
7:00 PM19:00

Heather Styka and Jane Kramer - 7PM | $10



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.


Lauded by UK music reviewer Three Chords and the Truth as sounding like she was “…born to gypsy poets and raised by Emmylou Harris,” Asheville, North Carolina songstress Jane Kramer has garnered international recognition for the sultry, heartrending originality of her vocals and for the heavy-hitting lyrical eloquence of her songwriting.

With deep roots in the music and traditions of her beloved Appalachia, Kramer’s songs are introspective, gracefully gritty and fiercely memorable. They elegantly sweep listeners down the gravel roads and southern coastal highways, midnight truck stops and lonely motel rooms of “hard learning” and lead home to the wooded Blue Ridge Mountains with moving acceptance of our flawed human experience. Kramer’s live performances are equally as poignant and engaging; rich with accessible, warm, often hilarious storytelling and gracefully lifting the veil between audience and performer.

Following the February 2016 release of her second studio album, Carnival of Hopes, Kramer has been touring nationally and internationally, playing for sold-out audiences in listening rooms, theaters, pubs, festivals, living rooms and arts councils in support of the record. This has gained her a loyal following from Portland, Oregon to Scotland, U.K.

A social worker, former domestic violence crisis counselor and avid humanitarian, Kramer continues to perform and teach about the songwriting process in prisons, rescue missions, programs for at-risk youth, classrooms, hospitals and animal shelters, sharing her message of music as a powerful tool for healing, connection and compassion.

Whether Kramer is solo, wielding only her EJ Henderson guitar and her most important instrument: her emotive, ethereal voice, or backed by her full band featuring the virtuostic instrumentalists that comprise Asheville’s Free Planet Radio and internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist Billy Cardine (Biscuit Burners, Acoustic Syndicate, The Bluegrass Journeymen,) the power and poignance of this truly gifted songstress is deeply felt and long-remembered.

Quoted as “…an artist on the rise” by acclaimed American songwriter Mary Gauthier and as “…a voice that can only be described as one of the purest in modern Americana” By Dave Stallard of Blue Ridge Outdoors, Kramer has performed with such well-known artists as Joan Osborne, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, Appalachian troubadour Malcolm Holcombe, two-time Grammy award-winning bassist Eliot Wadopian, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Ricky Scaggs and Leyla McCalla. Kramer is set to release her much-anticipated third studio album featuring her band, Free Planet Radio, in the fall of 2018.


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Sean Ryan, Josey, Leah Jean - 7PM | $12
Aug
12
7:00 PM19:00

Sean Ryan, Josey, Leah Jean - 7PM | $12



Singer/songwriter Sean Ryan has been performing all over the US & Europe for the past sixteen years.

Coming from a long line of musicians beginning with his grandfather who performed with the Las Vegas "Rat Pack" during their height, he was taught the drums by his father at the age of eleven and started playing professionally within the same year. After seven years performing with his father and brother, Sean Ryan left to pursue his own solo project. In 2016, Sean Ryan opened up for well-known national act Anderson East at the Folktale Winery hosted by KRML 102.1FM in Carmel, CA. The event was sold out and was hailed as one of the best shows seen in the Bay Area in recent years. In 2017, he opened for talented folk artist Lissie to a sold out audience and toured Europe for a 11-City Tour.   

MERCY, the newest EP from Sean Ryan, expands on his background of drums & feel-good music with electric guitar and fueled with passion. A month-long European MERCY Tour is set for September 2018 across four countries. 

With a sultry voice that radiates intensity and passion, this unconventional artist incorporates his everyday struggles and triumphs in his life into his music and does not plan to stop anytime soon.


Josey is a diverse and dynamic soul singer songwriter from Houston, Texas. She is currently based in Nashville and just graduated with a bachelor of music degree from Columbia College Chicago in May 2017. She sings to express not impress, Josey hopes to use her music to change others for the best and be that light in the dark times. She strives to create unique balance of soul, pop and alternative r&b. Josey sings to express, not impress. With her eclectic sound she pulls inspiration from Indie Arie, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson, P!nk, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and Adele. With her telling lyrics and soaring vocals, Josey is creating her own path within music.


On a regular day, you can find Leah Jean penning a heartfelt lyric, humming an infectious melody, or letting her fingers find the guitar riff that will inspire a sumptuous song. Adorned with honest lyrics that hit close to home, Leah Jean's music resonates and stays with you far beyond the final note. Haunting vocals and harmonies soar over moody backdrops colored with undertones of bluesy jazz, folk, and soul.

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Leah Jean brings a humble persona and fresh perspective to the Chicago music scene. She has performed at various Chicago events venues including TEDx Columbia College, Uncommon Ground, Beat Kitchen, The Fox Hole, Elbo Room, Stellar Wine Company, and The Gala.


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DOUBLE STARCH feat. Michelle Hallman w/ Soft Rain Airplane - 8PM | $10
Aug
11
8:00 PM20:00

DOUBLE STARCH feat. Michelle Hallman w/ Soft Rain Airplane - 8PM | $10

Double Starch feat. Michelle Hallman

Soft Rain Airplane



Double Starch consists of Michelle Hallman, Schaefer Hugebeck, Joe Faught. They play a healthy mix of original and cover songs with a soulful rock sound. Michelle has been a staple in the Chicago music scene for years. She has played with the likes of Funkhouse, Mr. Blotto, Butterfly McQueen and Umphreys McGee, and many others. Her voice has graced many studio recordings and jingles as well. She is also a voice teacher.

Schaefer is an accomplished guitarist and teacher. He has played in many musical projects such as Fruitful Dave and Not Now Son and has worked with several prominent musicians. Joe is a well versed bass player and teacher. he has played with Paul Cherry, Will Tilson, Sway, and many others. Mack is a Berklee College of Music graduate who spent 4 years studying under celebrated faculty members such as Mitch Haupers, Mike Mangini and Kim Plainfield. He also a drum teacher and has performed all over in bands like The Relevant elephants and Dear Dario. Michelle, Schaefer, and Joe have been working together for years and look forward to Mack joining the band. They've enjoyed playing in different musical situations, and have finally decided to start a project together: Double Starch.


Soft Rain Airplane is a Chicago based DIY band, playing folk and jazz influenced alternative rock. The band was formed in 2016, when founding members Jason Gassel, Ryan Callis, and Max Kleinberg began writing, recording, and producing their debut album Feast of Frenzy. Characterized by catchy melodies, clever lyrics, and dynamic instrumentals, Soft Rain Airplane incorporates contrasting styles and moods to shape their unique sound.


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NATE FREDRICK w/ Matt LeGrand - 8PM | $15
Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

NATE FREDRICK w/ Matt LeGrand - 8PM | $15



Nate Fredrick was born in Springfield, MO and began to teach himself guitar at the age of 12. He discovered a passion for music after an accident left him bedridden at the age of 20 with his jaw wired shut. At this time he began to compose his own music. His bluesy alternative Americana style stems from many different influences, such as Ryan Bingham, Otis Redding and Van Morrison. Such influences give a unique styling to his music, which is tough to claim in a single genre. With interesting chord progressions and alternate tunings, coupled with worn vocals, the music of Nate Fredrick is nothing short of unique. He has shared the stage with The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Chris Janson, Ben Gallaher, Easton Corbin, REO Speedwagon, and Pat Benatar. Nate Resides in Nashville,TN. His debut album "Outside The Lines" was released in February 2017 and reached number #8 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts.


Matt LeGrand spent his infant years in France and at the age of seven years old, his family relocated to Chicago. As he grew older he found himself exploring the wide variety of musical inspirations that the windy city had to offer. The exploration didn’t stop there, he found himself actively learning a wide variety of instruments, from the guitar to the drums, even dabbling with songwriting; it didn’t take much for him to completely fall in love with the craft itself. But it was his experimentation with different bands and duos in college that finally inspired him to find a sound all his own. His dalliance in the spotlight has been wildly successful, with an ever growing fan-base who call themselves The Legrand Girls, the social media maverick continues to generate anticipation surrounding his music with the release of his debut single, “Spring Break Girl.”

Matt LeGrand possesses an unforgettable charismatic energy on his debut single “Spring Break Girl.” A sleek mix of Nick Jonas style and a hint of that Justin Bieber urban feel, Matt has crafted a unique sound that’s entirely his own. The single blasts off with a booming beat, Matt’s vocals creating an unforgettable melody that flows fluidly across the slick synths. A slow groove radiates with wild energy, capturing the feel of a spring break party complete with a chorus of cheering voices that undulates under pulsing movement. Matt has discovered a sound that speaks to his generation, a mysterious mix of danger and romance that is impossible to resist. This perfect summer single will be on repeat throughout these hot nights and languid days. Be sure to check out Matt LeGrand’s debut single “Spring Break Girl” now!


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Lena Sutter, modern cults, Justis James - 7PM | $10
Aug
9
7:00 PM19:00

Lena Sutter, modern cults, Justis James - 7PM | $10



Lena Sutter is, at her core, a midwestern girl. The quintessential "small town kid moves to the big city" story, her folksy singer songwriter upbringing fuses with a new taste for electronics on her debut album, "Some Songs I Wrote In College." With inspirations like Bon Iver, St. Vincent, Julien Baker, and Mitski, her careful lyrical webs and investigative guitar tones are concrete but evocative, grounded with a sense of mysticism. Putting her sound engineering degree to work, Lena wrote, tracked, and mixed the entire record, giving her an entirely blank canvas to begin shaping her own sound and style. Lena is signed to Raisin Toast, an up and coming record label seeking to lower the barrier to entry for passionate, interesting musicians.


modern cults is an alternative-indie influenced artist, who delicately plays with tones, guitar chords and vocals that create a hazy disposition, for a spiritual intent. Ryan Orda, the one and only member of the band, writes and records all of his music in his tiny studio apartment.


Justis James is an independent artist from Chicago; he writes and records in experimental project Multiplex, and also creates content and curates visual art for DIY collective (Un)Happiness Chicago. For fans of Bon Iver, Animal Collective, and Neutral Milk Hotel.


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Midwest Songwriter Round - 7PM | $10
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Midwest Songwriter Round - 7PM | $10

Midwest Songwriter Round: Jeff Krause, Jess Mcintosh (of Joybird), Robinlee Garber, Angela Meyer



Rooted in the tradition of classic Americana & folk storytelling with a tip of the hat to blues & southern soul, Jeff Krause pairs lyric-forward songs with a guitar style that moves from acoustic coffee house strums to dusty bar blues.

Jeff Krause got his start in the midwest as a lead guitar player in the vast and ever growing songwriting culture of the Twin Cities. He says “I'm constantly inspired by the seemingly endless talent harbored in Minneapolis and working to create something worthy of that influence.” Jeff Krause writes original songs that are all too relatable about the ins and outs of love with a common thread of the persevering spirit born from the highs and lows of life. Inspired by the lyric writing of greats such as Jason Isbell & John Prine and the acoustic grooves of Amos Lee & Ray LaMontagne, Krause crafts songs that are suited for an intimate acoustic show or a full stage.


Joybird is the musical project of Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist, Jess McIntosh. She has held many titles: fiddler, educator, songwriter, performer and tour mate, visual artist, continual student. With her debut album, Long Time Exhaling, she has also proven herself an accomplished storyteller.

The album, released in 2017, deals with the particular griefs of moving to another city, the end of a relationship, and the arduous process of rebuilding that both entail. While to fear change is only human, Jess’s music embraces the impermanence in life as something that leads to bigger knowledge, deeper growth. Rooted in the fiddle and banjo sounds of Appalachia, her stories speak of unfolding personal and communal strength, told in spare poetry like that of Lucinda Williams or Anais Mitchell. “Oak is a king, the acorn a man, but so many kings and never a plan when the wilt took rampant hold” (“Catalpa”).

For someone who has spent more than ten years collaborating with and supporting other artists, it’s not surprising that this debut album inspired new connections. The project started out as just a song or two recorded in the studio of free jazz percussionist, Bill Harris (Four Letter Words, Bowlcut), who also provided percussion. Then it was one more song, and then another, until a full album was on the horizon. The need for a bass brought in Aaron Smith (The Wandering Boys, Sunnyside Up, Growler), and the three found a groove. The result was Long Time Exhaling, a mix of alt-folk, original old-time-inspired instrumentals, and modern balladry released under Jess McIntosh.

In the spirit of change, the evolving collaboration has since taken on the name Joybird, a name for music that dreams and heightens and travels, music that lands with gentle force to disrupt the day, to make you pause and reflect.


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

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

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


Angela Meyer has been performing professionally since she was just 16 years old, bringing out the best of the country & western industries.  Her work is inspired by “writing songs for empty rooms & broken hearts in hopes to fill them up” and stays true to three chords & the truth.  A storyteller with a passion for her listeners, Angela pulls in the crowd with a sweet voice and brutal honesty.  She knows what its like to be in the audience, her earliest memories taking her back to being a child dancing in smoky tent while her mama sang on stage with her band at the Iowa State Fair.  Even before she could talk, Angela was singing along with the radio and introduced to her musical heroes through her grandparents’ record player in their Iowa farmhouse.  Around 10 years old, they gave her a guitar for Christmas, but it was so large she had to lay it across her lap to learn how to play it.  She finally revisited the guitar at 15 years old, starting to write her own music and creating the foundation to build her young dream into a lifelong career.

Even during her 25 years of life, Angela has witnessed many changes to the “country” genres and how they are defined.  She sees the backlash as people speaking out about what is getting radio play & publicity may also be lacking authenticity.  Listeners do not need to be educated on musical theory or the music business to feel that what’s being put out there is largely over-produced and under-thought.  In a world more concerned about image than content, Angela boldly offers that authenticity through her artistry.  She does not give a second thought to the fact she is a young woman; she just delivers her intention with conviction.  Each person she encounters lends the inspiration that only many lifetimes could provide.  That translates to writing that paints a whole picture of the human experience, wisdom far beyond her years.

Angela is continuously expanding her career into a lifelong journey of bringing music to those who need it most.  Her debut album, Consequence, is set to be released April 21st, 2018 and is available for pre-order NOW through iTunes and other main distributors.  She continues to perform live at venues all over the Midwest as well as nationally on the Cowboy Poetry & Western Music circuits.  Check out her Facebook fan page as well as YouTube for weekly videos. 


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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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KASEY FOSTER & CHARLIE OTTO w/ Matt & Sully - 8PM | $10
Aug
6
8:00 PM20:00

KASEY FOSTER & CHARLIE OTTO w/ Matt & Sully - 8PM | $10



Kasey Foster and Charlie Otto are married and sing music together. You may also know them from This Must be the Band, Lookingglass Theatre, Babe-alon 5, Grood, DJ noDJ, and a few others.


Matt & Sully are two musicians who met working on a theatre production in Atlanta, Georgia, sharing songs on the communal patio of the Holiday Inn. They quickly realized they shared a musical language, and a love for folk inspired, story-telling songwriting, colored with humor and sadness. Mostly, they play together around a campfire in the backyard, where friends and family sing and play along, and now they are excited to be performing together on a stage for the first time.


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Storytelling and Poetry: Beyond Soundbites Podcast Release - 7PM | $10
Aug
5
7:00 PM19:00

Storytelling and Poetry: Beyond Soundbites Podcast Release - 7PM | $10

Storytelling and Poetry: Beyond Soundbites Podcast Release



Beyond Soundbites Podcast features the voices and stories of displaced people Jacob met on a trip abroad in the fall of 2017. The night will feature storytelling, poetry, and previews of a new podcast that takes listeners beyond soundbites in search of the personhood of refugees and asylum seekers. Beyond Soundbites is a collaboration with the Refugee Highway Partnership - North America - a network of individuals, churches, and ministries supporting forcibly displaced people.

Three-times Chicago Moth grandslam winner Nestor Gomez will share stories from his experiences growing up in an immigrant family. We'll also hear spoken word poets from GirlForward, an organization that empowers young women who have been displaced by violence and persecution.


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GUILLERMO PAOLISSO TRIO - 8PM | $15
Aug
4
8:00 PM20:00

GUILLERMO PAOLISSO TRIO - 8PM | $15



Guillermo Paolisso is a guitarist and composer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The fourth generation of a musical family, he studied a wide variety of Latin music styles as well as jazz in Argentina and Italy from the young age of 6. He blends traditional Iberoamerican musical styles and jazz. The Guillermo Paolisso Trio is a fusion of Latin musical styles from Argentine tango to Brazilian bossa nova, latin jazz to candombe - a modern and refreshing sound journey to South America.

The American Guild of Music Artists considers Guillermo Paolisso an important musician representing Argentinian musical culture in the US. He is based in Chicago.



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STRING THEORY - 8PM | $10
Aug
3
8:00 PM20:00

STRING THEORY - 8PM | $10



Acoustic Music... Amplified

You’ll hear yourself say, “I know that song!” as we take you on a musical journey through time, from the 60’s through last week. We play music you know in cool new ways that you’re sure to love and remember (and sing along with).


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B.R. LIVELY w/ Rich Klevgard (of These Peaches) - 7PM | $10
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

B.R. LIVELY w/ Rich Klevgard (of These Peaches) - 7PM | $10

B.R. Lively

Rich Klevgard (of These Peaches)



Eager to trade a rooted, restless life at home for new horizons, indie-folk songwriter B.R. Lively decided to hit the road in the summer of 2016…for good. Leaving town in a renovated 1991 Winnebago named Joanie, he began making his way across the country, playing shows during his nightly pit stops. Along the way, he finished writing songs for his first solo album, Into the Blue.

Released on October 6th, 2017, Into the Blue is a cinematic record rooted in folk music, Southern Gothic soul, and the therapeutic rush of the open road. There are sweeping string arrangements, folk anthems, Motown-inspired rhythms, Nick Drake-worthy acoustic guitars, and slow, stripped-down ballads. At the center of the mix is Lively himself: a self-taught singer and multi-instrumentalist who isn't afraid to shine a light on the lessons learned during his physical and spiritual journey.

No newcomer to the stage, Lively launched his career as a teenager in Dallas, Texas, cutting his teeth with a string of club gigs in Deep Ellum. Into the Blue finds him returning (briefly) to central Texas, where he recorded the album's 11 songs alongside producer Gordy Quist (the frontman of Texas' own Band of Heathens), longtime friend Thomas Avery (who wrote the album's lush string arrangements), and Band of Heathens members Scott Davis and Richard Millsap. The most electric, nuanced project of his career, Into the Blue turns Lively's experiences — both at home and on the road — into what he proudly calls a "sonic journey of spirit." Released independently, Into the Blue marks a new chapter in a story that's still unfolding, offering up melodic plot twists, sympathetic characters, and a narrator who doubles as one of the folk scene's most promising up-and-comers.


These Peaches is a rock band from Chicago with roots in both folk and alt-country. The songs are original and tell the story of love lost, love found and everything in between. Written by Rich Klevgard, their first album, Almost Heard the Ocean hit the airwaves on local favorite 93.1 WXRT with the lead track, So Glad. These Peaches brings a poignance and authenticity in the landscape of local Chicago Americana.


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CHRISTINA LAROCCA w/ Dead Birds and Maybe April - 7PM | $10
Aug
1
7:00 PM19:00

CHRISTINA LAROCCA w/ Dead Birds and Maybe April - 7PM | $10



Soulful singer-songwriter and international touring LA-based artist, Christina LaRocca, brings a blend of Americana, alternative and soul to the table. A member of the Recording Academy, Christina switched coasts in 2014, and the now Los Angeles-based musician, found inspiration in her trek out west and influences from artists like Sheryl Crow, Lana Del Rey, Lauryn Hill, and Adele. 
 
Raised in an Italian family in New York City, and a descendent of professional musicians, Christina grew up surrounded by musicianship and quickly developed her voice to be one that commanded a room, with a side of take no bullshit swagger. LaRocca, a mover and shaker in the music business at-large as well as being an artist, founded L Rock Entertainment and has supported the careers of hundreds of artists. She’s been seen on stage with artists such as Billie Joe (Green Day), VV Brown, Rachel Platten and many others. She has also been seen performing with the famous Café Wha Band in NYC, folk artist Ryan Martin and hip hop artists, The Higher Concept which lead her to meeting Josh Glazer of J Glaze Productions who recorded her 3rd studio record in 2011, I Stand Tall With My Eyes Wide Open.
 
Jump ahead to 2017, 3 years after Christina settles in Los Angeles, she records “Child of the Sun” and “I Am Only Human” with LA producer Robb Torres, adding a twist of Americana and alternative to her soulful sound. The 2-song EP was released on Nov 3 worldwide on all digital streaming platforms via The Orchard. Find all 4 of her commercial albums on a Spotify near you.


As Dead Birds, Chicago musician Erica Johnson writes songs that stem from people and places that have left their mark, songs of loss and hope. Weaving a blend of folk and Americana, acoustic and electric, her music draws from influences around the country. Erica is a member of the folk band Families and the indie band Qajaq, bringing her years of singing and writing to the forefront in this new musical project.


Maybe April is a country Americana trio made up of Katy Bishop, Kristen Castro, and Alaina Stacey. Hailing from Jonesboro, AR, Simi Valley, CA, and Chicago, IL, the three met in the summer of 2012 at a music industry camp in Nashville, TN and wrote a song that would later take them to Los Angeles to play at a GRAMMY week event, along with Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Allen Shamblin, Gavin DeGraw, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams from the Civil Wars, and many others. Since then, amongst hundreds of shows, the girls have opened for Brandy Clark and Sarah Jarosz, and have played Pilgrimage Music Festival and IBMA's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. Maybe April is recognized for their three-part harmonies, strength as instrumentalists, original songs, and shared roles as frontwomen, each adding something different from their musical backgrounds to create a unique sound. Just like their harmonies, Alaina, Katy, and Kristen are a perfect fit. Their love for each other and their music continues to push them in their endeavors in Nashville, where they have been based since 2013.


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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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SLEEPY GAUCHO w/ Jake Ashey - 8PM | $10
Jul
30
8:00 PM20:00

SLEEPY GAUCHO w/ Jake Ashey - 8PM | $10



Sleepy Gaucho draws a large influence in roots music and songwriting while also exploring the freedom of the studio. His discerning brand of Panamerican influenced folk music floats somewhat aimlessly in a realm of it’s own. Born in Wisconsin while also growing up some time in Argentina, the young multi-instrumentalist’s music can at times be melancholic, at others ethereal, but always agreeable. The seven track debut record Another Time (March 2018), while initially recorded in Madison, WI, was eventually finished after the songwriter happened to find himself drifting around an East London neighborhood for a few months.


"My name is Jake Ashey and I am here to make you laugh. Incessantly. Through music and song and ridiculous humor. Me and my guitar will tug at your heart strings and smash your funny bone with a gigantic hammer. Seriously you're going to laugh a lot. Also I'm a really nice guy."


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SARAH DONNER w/ Carey Farrell and Christal Luster - 7PM | $12
Jul
29
7:00 PM19:00

SARAH DONNER w/ Carey Farrell and Christal Luster - 7PM | $12



Sarah Donner is an indie folkpop star who has embraced her inner catlady. "The Motherf**cking Pterodactyl Song" which was co- written with The Oatmeal catapulted Sarah into weblebrity status with over two million views on YouTube. After stretching her legs with musical theatre, she picked up a guitar, abandoned her classical roots, and started rocking out (with fantastic breath support). 


Carey Farrell is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first stepped onstage at age four and never quite found her way off. Her latest release is Standard Deviation, a (mostly) covers collection with her duo, Frecklebomb.


Christal Luster is a singer, songwriter, musician and author born and raised on the south side of Chicago, IL. From youth, Christal excelled in academia, poetry, dance and music. It was during her last semester of high school that she started taking guitar lessons and began a musical journey of which she'd always dreamed.

Christal released her latest project, Expression, The EP, on September 2, 2016. The album features songs and spoken word pieces that highlight key experiences from her life, conveying a message of hope and inspiration for the listener. 

On March 25, 2016, Christal published her first book 30 Days of Change: Exchanging Tears for Joy, wherein she walks the reader through her journey from heartbreak and rejection to a place of healing and wholeness. Christal is also now currently working on new music and a mini-docuseries.


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DAVE CAMPBELL w/ Emma Grace - 8PM | $10
Jul
28
8:00 PM20:00

DAVE CAMPBELL w/ Emma Grace - 8PM | $10



Dave Campbell is expert guitarist mostly known for experimental psychedelic guitar. He is currently exploring the acoustic realm of stripped down songwriting. His approach and technique are not only creative, but also inventive. He is a true player, with a on raw songwriting, inventive guitar experimentation, and merging traditional Americana styles with modern explorations. When he is not playing solo, you can also catch Dave performing with Chicago Future Jam Funk Fusion Group, Digeometric.


A proud Queer theatre artist and musician. Emma Grace Fondell has a fiery passion for creating physical theatre, devising, singing, and songwriting. She hopes to use theatre and music to heal and unify human hearts everywhere.


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ANDREW BLOMQUIST - 8PM | $10
Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

ANDREW BLOMQUIST - 8PM | $10



"I grew up in Southern Illinois, United States and always thought and dreamed in sound, rhythm, and beats. I uncovered my passion for music during my first guitar lesson with my dad. From that point on, I was passionate about music. From a young age my appreciation of Blues music was kindled.  I listened to Buddy Guy, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt. I find inspiration all around me.  I try to make my music representative of myself and my generation. I love the places that most people don't give a second glance." - Andrew Blomquist


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LISTENING PARTY w/ Slow Haste and The Paper Boats - 7PM | $10
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

LISTENING PARTY w/ Slow Haste and The Paper Boats - 7PM | $10



Listening Party, a 2018 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) nominee for Bluegrass/Americana, have found a place in the original music scene around the Midwest with their soulful stage presence and infectious melodies. The trio out of Milwaukee, WI present a fresh brand of Americana music that feeds from folk, classic rock, soul and bluegrass. Singer-songwriter Weston Mueller, a Northern Wisconsin native, leads the group with "every note full of expression and feeling" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). Complemented by multi-instrumentalists, Joshua Hester and Jacob Wood, each song paints a portrait of the groups varying musical backgrounds.


"Daniel Juergens operates under the moniker, Slow Haste, an indie-folk-electronic act. He’s recently surfaced with a debut 5-track EP, entitled MERMAID, which balances these three genres masterfully.... MERMAID is a blurry, impressionistic work – a sonic equivalent to opening your eyes underwater.

MERMAID disguises itself in lullaby. There is a comfortable warmth to its guitar-driven tracks, but Juergens keeps himself at a calculated distance, vocals heavily drenched in reverb. You’ll find Juergens is also a big fan of noise fx (“Circle”) and synths (“Switcher”), which hit without warning. These moments shake you out of dream-state, which is what makes MERMAID so dynamic and worth the multiple listens." -Rex Macapinlac, Boston Hassle.


The Paper Boats are a 3-piece alternative folk band made up of Mirabelle Skipworth, Blake Martin, and Isaac Wieser based in Decatur, IL and the Chicagoland area. They play primarily originals mixed in with other classics/folk covers. Their style could be compared to that of the Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, and the Head and the Heart.


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30 Something & Friends - 8PM | $10
Jul
25
8:00 PM20:00

30 Something & Friends - 8PM | $10

30 Something & Friends



Join us for a sultry summer evening where we’ll take you on a musical journey from Appalachian roots music to blues, country, rock and what you’re hearing on the radio this summer. Our student musicians Ethan, James and Ben will start the show with original tunes and string-infused tunes they will perform at West Virginia’s Clifftop Roots fest (they leave the next day; cover charge all goes to help defray their costs!).

The Leadership Greater Chicago-inspired band “30 Something & Friends”, led by Craig Sieben (Harmonica, Vocals), Felicia Davis (Vocals) & David Tropp (Sax) will feature songs by strong women (including Beyonce, Dixie Chicks, Alice Merton, Bonnie Raitt, Amy Winehouse) and talented men (including Tom Petty, Brian Fallon, David Bryne, Van Morrison, Blake Shelton). David Binstock (Guitarist, Vocals), Ethan Sieben (Bassist) and Lindsey Elton (Vocals) will soulfully accompany in this intimate setting.


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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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WHAT IS AND THE WHEREABOUTS w/ Jimi C (of Happy Hazard), California Jeff, and Camilo Restrepo - 7PM | $10
Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

WHAT IS AND THE WHEREABOUTS w/ Jimi C (of Happy Hazard), California Jeff, and Camilo Restrepo - 7PM | $10



What Is and The Whereabouts is a band out of Lincoln NE, currently writing songs and working on making a album. They are currently on tour traveling as a two-piece. They have a unique sound and and welcoming personalities. Jimi C takes drums to a new level while Joseph has a poetic look on song writing and a older style.


In addition to drumming for What Is and the Whereabouts, Jimi C is the vocalist and guitarist of Happy Hazard. He will be performing a solo set. With roots in punk, alternative rock, ska, and pop, Happy Hazard is a four piece band from Lincoln, NE, delivering a high energy show featuring whatever sights and sounds they feel like making at the time. 


California Jeff is an Illinois based folk singer with a working-class mentality and a lifelong commitment to honest songwriting. He entertains audiences of all ages and backgrounds with his unique brand of Midwestern folk music, humorous storytelling, and an interactive performance style. A two-way conversation between audience and performer typically develops as the show go on. Jeff can seamlessly adapt his style for crowded bars on Friday nights, laid back wineries on lazy afternoons, or backyard campfires any night of the week. Some common themes of his original songs include love lost and found, life and death, addiction and redemption, and sasquatch and cowboys. California Jeff’s latest album, Midwestern Folk, is scheduled for release in late July.


Hailing from Bogotá, Colombia, this former rock performer cut his teeth in a variety of establishments and festivals during the most prolific era of the Colombian Blues scene. 

Yet fulfillment could not help Camilo Restrepo keep his passion alive. Keeping his band ticking like a clock was no longer possible due to personal responsibilities and lack of clarity regarding individual paths. Camilo took leave to Chicago to prepare and work as a counselor and now has the privilege of working as a case worker for those with severe mental illness while practicing and gigging through the city's nighttime.

A lifetime of Rock & Roll frontmanship would lead to a more intimate relationship with the roots of American music and culture. From mundane to boisterous to outright risqué, Camilo's soloist repertoire ranges from classic Robert Johnson takes, to the more obscure predecessors of the genre, while stopping to salute folk masters such as Dave van Ronk. Camilo's rendition of classic tunes are meticulously respectful of original recordings while inevitably conveying his personal sensitivities. Camilo plays all around his adoptive home of Chicago, a city that provided the atmosphere for him to hone his skills and finally channel his lifelong love for the Blues.


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ROJO TANGO w/ Henry True - 7PM | $10
Jul
21
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ROJO TANGO w/ Henry True - 7PM | $10



Enticing. Powerful. Captivating. The only tango duo in Chicago, Rojo Tango led by Guillermo Paolisso invites audiences on a journey to discover the roots of tango, milonga, candombe and other key musical styles from the Río de la Plata region in South America. The guitar and violin duo also bring in touches of Bossa Nova, Gypsy Jazz, and World Music. Guillermo Paolisso is an Argentine guitarist based in Chicago, noted by the American Guild of Musical Artists as an important musician representing Argentine musical culture in the US. Born and raised in Japan, violinist Emi Tanabe blends classical orchestral experience with stage presence and pop glam for an entertaining and impressive performance.


Henry True is a singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL. His writing incorporates traditional and contemporary folk and alternative influences. He is also the lead singer and guitarist for Chicago band The Blisters. His debut solo EP, Long Way Down, was released in March 2018.


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THE HARRIS FAMILY BAND w/ Evan Ward - 7PM | $10
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

THE HARRIS FAMILY BAND w/ Evan Ward - 7PM | $10



The Harris Family consists of three Chicago siblings who make music together: Olivia, Jack, and Julia. Growing up in rootsy folk, gospel, and rock music, they learned to love artists like Joni Mitchell and Crosby Stills & Nash, as well as more modern day artists like The Wood Brothers.  The Harris Family Band got their start playing block parties and farmer’s markets when they were too young to drive. They have since appeared at multiple venues in Chicago including the Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market, Apple Store North Michigan Avenue, the Chicago French Market, Macy's on State Street, the Old Town Art Fair, and Martyrs'. Consistently well received, they surprise and delight both young and old with tender harmonies and infectious joy.


Born in Louisiana and now based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Evan Ward blends his favorite styles of music to create a fresh, original sound. He released his debut EP titled Young Man's Game across all streaming platforms on 6/15/2018.


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