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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DUSTIN ARBUCKLE & the Damnations - 7pm | $12
Oct
17
8:00 PM20:00

DUSTIN ARBUCKLE & the Damnations - 7pm | $12

$12 COVER CHARGE IS BUILT INTO DINNER BILL

As a founding member of the critically acclaimed progressive roots outfit Moreland and Arbuckle, vocalist/harmonica player Dustin Arbuckle has been working hard on the road for over a decade. After 15 years, 7 albums, and hundreds of shows across 23 countries, Moreland & Arbuckle have chosen to amicably go their separate ways. As one door closes, another opens, and Arbuckle is now ready to explore a wide range of music with his new project, Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations. A musician of vast appetites, he’s long held an appreciation for traditional American music in the vein of Charley Patton as well as the cross-pollinated sounds of The Band or Stax-style soul. The Kansas native marks hearing the Leadbelly classic “Gallows Pole” as his earliest music memory, becoming an astute devotee of the blues by the time he’d reached his teens. “That turned out to be a jumping off point, though,” he says. “I always loved Howlin' Wolf, but as I got older and started opening my mind to a wider range of music, I'd turn around and listen to the Allman Brothers Band, then Johnny Cash, Sam & Dave, or Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. I hope you’ll hear some of that reach with The Damnations.” Arbuckle is eager to take to stages with The Damnations. “This is a time to shake things up a bit and see what comes out,” he says. “The direction the music will go in isn’t set in stone and that’s a cool place to be at the moment.” He adds that he hopes to record with a version of the group in the near future. “I think this will open new possibilities for songwriting too,” he says. “It feels like anything could happen.”

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Society of Broken Souls and Joe Rian - 7PM | $12
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Society of Broken Souls and Joe Rian - 7PM | $12



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


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


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RAINBOW STAR w/ Olivia Ports Band, Erin Rachelle Duguay - 7pm | $10
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

RAINBOW STAR w/ Olivia Ports Band, Erin Rachelle Duguay - 7pm | $10

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$10 COVER CHARGE IS BUILT INTO FOOD & BEVERAGE BILL


"My daddy named little Pine Valley Drive..." So begins the song 'Berea,' and the story of Rainbow Star’s sentimental hippie heart. Ever searching to return home, she set up camp in 2014 in the Kentucky hills that raised her. Rainbow has been performing since she could walk, and spends her evenings in the hills at her tiny house, swinging in the hammock and writing songs alongside her three cats, wild tufted tit mice and whippoorwills. Rainbow's debut album, "Music from the Rainbow Sparkle Palace: Volume I," the album, is available worldwide now.


Olivia Ports is an acoustic Singer/Songwriter from the suburbs of Chicago, IL. The Olivia Ports Band consists of Olivia Ports (singer-guitarist), David Kelly (drummer-vocalist), Chris Leonard (lead guitarist) and Petar Kecenovici (cello & piano). Olivia is an indie/alternative singer/songwriter with a touch of folky influence. Her passion is for writing music that not only expresses herself but touches others. She has been playing live shows in the Chicago area and the Midwest as a solo acoustic act, but now is thrilled to be collaborating with some of her best friends on a more extensive instrumentation of her work. Petar Kecenovici has toured worldwide with such notable artists as Andrea Bocelli, Sting and Dennis DeYoung (Styx), as well as with groups Cheap Trick, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, il Divo and many others. In his spare time Petar works with the Caring Arts Foundation, which provides arts-based programs to cancer patients in the Chicagoland area. Chris Leonard works full time as an audio engineer at Gremlen Studios in Aurora. He graduated from Chicago’s Tribeca Flashpoint College in 2013 with a degree in Audio Engineering/Sound Design followed by Music Theory/Composition at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, in 2014. He is a highly skilled and well-rehearsed guitarist, in both classical and modern domains. Chris’ passion lies in collaborating with artists to create new and exotic sounds and styles, helping their art come to life and grab the listener’s attention. Originally from the Chicagoland area, drummer-vocalist David Kelly has been playing drums for 25 years. He studied jazz performance at the University of North Texas and California Institute of the Arts. He played drums professionally in Los Angeles for 10 years. Dave toured for 5 years with The Drew Davis Band, a country band with a top 100 hit on the Billboard charts, opening for Hootie and the Blowfish on their final tour. The band also appeared on an episode of Gene Simmons Family Jewels in 2009. Dave also has a background in sound engineering. He currently lives in Chicago’s western suburbs.


Erin Rachelle Duguay is from Brunswick, Maine. Erin's passion for singing started with her participation in school musicals. With the support of her parents, she attended Midcoast School of Music in Portland, Maine where she focused on her vocal performance through voice lessons and a variety of ensembles. This training solidified her decision to pursue music as a career. Erin’s sound is influenced by Adele, Amy Winehouse, and Norah Jones. Erin studied Vocal Performance at McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, Minnesota. During this time she performed with High and Mighty, a corporate cover band located out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Erin also performed at Flow Fest 2018 in Puna, Hawaii. She is currently studying Vocal Performance in Chicago at Columbia College Chicago.


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DONYAE ASANTE w/ Hythum and Co-stanza - 7pm | $10
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

DONYAE ASANTE w/ Hythum and Co-stanza - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS BUILT INTO DINNER & BEVERAGE BILL


Donyae Asante is an soul and pop artist from the south side of Chicago. Born to a gospel family, Donyae started singing at a very young age. With a musical theater background and experience on stages, like the Taste of Chicago and The Elbo Room, Donyae has made a name for himself in The Windy City. With his upcoming album, Donyae Asante, he hopes to follow in the footsteps of Frank Ocean and Sam Smith and be a soundtrack for the LGBT community.


Hythum is an Alternative artist out  Indianapolis IN.Using all live instruments and experimenting with many different genre elements he produces a unique blend of music that touches on many genres. In a day and age where lyrics have been put to the wayside and ghost writing has run rampant, Hythum creates all his own instrumentation and writes all of his own lyrics. He plays as a trio consisting of Hythum on keys, vocals and guitar,Chris Patocka on bass and Joe Rodriguez on drums.Before his solo project, he  fronted the band Apollo Quad for 5+ years during which he has played 100+ shows and opened for acts such as Snoop Dogg, Ying Yang Twins,Bone Thugs n Harmony, Sam Adams, and Jeremih. 


Co-Stanza, originally a hip-hop solo project of frontman Jack Costanza, has transformed into a high energy, catchy, pop act that draws from Folk, Alternative Rock, and Indie sounds. Co-Stanza combines creative lyrics and storytelling, with a passionate and engaging live show. The hooks are sure to get stuck in your head and the energy will draw you in and to keep you moving. Now performing with a 5 piece band based in Chicago, Co-Stanza is steadily solidifying its place in the Chicago scene.

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THIS IS WHAT I GOT - 7:30PM | $8
Oct
22
7:30 PM19:30

THIS IS WHAT I GOT - 7:30PM | $8


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


“This Is What I Got” is the first (but always un-official) solo show from Chicago-born comedian and character actor, Elias Rios. Though Elias has never had an “official” debut solo show, he’s still calling this a greatest hits show. “This is What I got” is a compilation of characters, poetry, visual projection, and candid commentary written by Elias Rios during his 2-years-too-long Coming-out journey. Come and watch As this short ass, adhd-having, broken-wristed, non-Spanish speaking Latino comedian attempts to keep his promise to himself by doing a solo show before he turns 30!


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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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LYNN NARDELLI w/ Tammy Scarlett, Mr and Mrs Marvel - 6PM | $10
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

LYNN NARDELLI w/ Tammy Scarlett, Mr and Mrs Marvel - 6PM | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Lynn Nardelli is an acoustic vocalist who has found her voice again. She loves to sing and sings the songs that she loves. Acoustic Chill Pop with her piano player, Chris Morrow or her guitar player, Brian Goyette...or all three of them play. Covering artist like, Duo Lip, Camila Caballo, Sigrid, Michael Jackson, the Weekend, Major Lazer, Cindy Lauper, Lisa Loeb.


Mr & Mr MARVEL give your vinyl record a new lease of life and bring the hits of the past up to date. From The Beatles to Earth Wind and Fire as well as France Gall, they rearrange and restyle with originality the sixties and seventies classics.

Both born in the 70's, these atypical characters, who are nostalgic about the days when moments were only captured with Polaroids and batteries of slot-in record players were worn out, cultivate vintage with passion... And if they are asked : Why do they like vintage ? They answer almost naively : " because it's beautiful !!!"

In their way, they will quickly get you on board of their timeship and thus, you will be caught in their sweet madness right in the middle of a period series credit and sometimes interrupted by the RTF (French radio and television) network advertisement.

Mr & Mrs MARVEL The Real Vintage Duo… will enhance your evening in retro atmosphere and scenery so that it will be unforgettable. Energy and humour with great elegance !!!

It is because "MARVEL" comes from "MARVELLOUS" that Mr & Mrs MARVEL endeavour to make this evening wonderful !!! The "MARVELS" in 2018... for a warm night you will always remember.


Tammy Scarlett 

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The Jake n' Ross (Double) Album Release Show! - 7pm | $10
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Jake n' Ross (Double) Album Release Show! - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS BUILT INTO FOOD & BEVERAGE BILL


Ross Childs is proud to debut his first musical comedy EP "Kazoology." Jake Dewar, who produced it, is also releasing his new album, "Responsibly Stupid." Celebrate with them as they mimic every musical style you can think of. Featuring performances by Jamie Shriner, Becca Tham, Kristin Phillips, Robbie Ellis and Noelle Hoffman


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EARLY SHOW ADDED! - STEVE POLTZ 6PM
Oct
27
6:00 PM18:00

EARLY SHOW ADDED! - STEVE POLTZ 6PM


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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STEVE POLTZ - 9pm SOLD OUT
Oct
27
9:00 PM21:00

STEVE POLTZ - 9pm SOLD OUT


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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BRANDON WHYDE w/ Cory Williams, Wright Gatewood, Zion Rodman - 7pm | $10
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

BRANDON WHYDE w/ Cory Williams, Wright Gatewood, Zion Rodman - 7pm | $10


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


On his new album, Silver Apples of the Moon, Brandon Whyde gives listeners a glimpse into his past -- a past that includes heartbreak, loss and self-discovery. His voice has been described as soulful, whiskey-soaked and even “a freight train on fire” – qualities that shine through on his latest release. The album -- Whyde’s third full-length release -- includes rollicking melodies and mournful ballads, showcasing his vocal range.


Combining his uniquely gritty voice with moody, driving instrumentation, Cory Williams creates a fresh rock sound with strong underlying folk hues.  An Indianapolis native and lifelong musician, Cory Williams is an artist with a versatile and captivating sound. Influenced by the likes of Glen Hansard, David Gray, and Dave Matthews, and vocally reminiscent of a grittier Peter Gabriel, Williams’ music transcends many genres including indie-folk, alt-country, and rock while he remains a singer-songwriter at his core.  Striving for authenticity, his songs reveal his pain, joy, failures and triumphs through lyrics that make the mind wander and reach his audience on a deeply personal level.

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Wright Gatewood is a southern rascal lost in the heart of Chicago started ruminating on what music might mean to him, five, ten, fifteen years down the road. How might sounds of the past circle back around? The answers lay hidden in the songs. With an emotional palette that plays with your heart strings, Wright Gatewood strives to bring ideals of the helpless wanderers, the rapscallions of yesteryear, and the dreamers of tomorrow to your ears as he pieces the parts together.


Zion Rodman established himself as a soulful folk-rock musician in Boston. While he lived in New England, he performed at historic folk venues like Club Passim and Caffe Lena, and shared the stage with Ellis Paul and Jeffrey Gaines. Zion has lived in Chicago since the fall of 2017, where he quickly became an integral part of the folk/rock music scene and came out in 1st place at the Uncommon Ground 2018 Open Mic Competition.


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JOE STEVENS w/ Megan Bee and River Glen - 7pm | $10
Nov
4
7:00 PM19:00

JOE STEVENS w/ Megan Bee and River Glen - 7pm | $10

Joe Stevens, formerly of the queer folk trio Coyote Grace, is back in Chicago with two fellow songers - Megan Bee (Ohio) and River Glen (Iowa/Canada). Joe co-wrote the songs for the Jeff Award-winning new musical "Albert Cashier" that premiered last year at Stage 773, a true story about a transgender Civil War soldier. Joe, Megan, and River will share songs of travel, social (in)justice, mother earth, and the big life we all share.


Singer-songwriter Megan Bee writes with an unquenchable wanderlust and a raw love for the land.  Her latest studio album Like a Canyon (2017) claims both The Ohio Music Awards 2017 Best Americana and Best Singer-Songwriter Album.   With folk-Americana roots, she blends a distinctly homespun voice over an acoustic simplicity.  Her lyrics continue to carry that yearning soulfulness and winsome storytelling that filled her first release, A Sense of Place (2015)

Megan's background as an environmental educator and traveling farmhand once took her into a desert wilderness where she first found her voice around a campfire.  That intimacy and sense of community around a campfire emerges through in her writing and performance as a unique perspective and slice of Americana for the wandering soul and nature-lover in us all.  Megan bases out of the rolling hills of Athens, Ohio and frequently roams the country playing festivals, coffeehouses, brewpubs, house concerts, and around campfires.     


River Glen Breitbach was born in 1989 at Four Mounds along the Mississippi River (after which he is named). He began his musical career at the age of 2 on the violin. As he grew, his family nurtured his love for music and performance. They formed a family band, The One Hat Band, which had modest beginnings playing street corners in Galena, Illinois before blossoming into the widely-recognized and well-loved folksy-family sound that is now synonymous with the Breitbach name in the greater Dubuque area. 

In 2004, River formed his own band, River and the Tributaries. What started as a group of high school buddies quickly evolved into something of a phenomenon: Riv and the Tribs became a sensation from the banks of the Mississippi, winning the VEISHA Battle of the Bands, appearing on various Iowa Public Radio programs, touring nationally, and recording two albums between 2004-2009. 

River, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, makes lyrically driven music that blends elements of Folk, Pop, Rock, and Hip-Hop. His performances are extremely honest, heartfelt, humble, and inclusive. His talent and professionalism are serious, yet River is playful to the point that not even he knows where the music will go in any given show. River has published two albums and an EP (Nothing is Too Little, Pull My HairThe Raleigh EP) since 2012, and is laying the ground work for his third studio album.

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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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DAVID BERKELEY - 7PM | $15
Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

DAVID BERKELEY - 7PM | $15

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In the midst of touring with his duo project Son of Town Hall, David Berkeley has been busy writing and recording a batch of political songs that speak to our divided and troubled times. Releasing this November, "The Faded Red and Blue" comprises five profoundly moving and timely songs that we all need to hear. The collection addresses immigration, gun violence, suicide, the environment, and the fear that elected Trump. Rather than striking a tone of anger or preaching, though, Berkeley has found a voice that is unifying and even hopeful. "It's been a challenge to do more than just rage," Berkeley says. "But that's not why I write songs. I would have gone into politics, I suppose, if I wanted that. I want to try to find a way through this. I want to do more than just piss people off." Berkeley has found poetry in the madness, and the result is beautiful and brave.
 


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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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ROSS LIVERMORE w/ Laura Glyda and Anna Stine - 7pm | $10
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

ROSS LIVERMORE w/ Laura Glyda and Anna Stine - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS BUILT INTO DINNER BILL


Ross Livermore is a singer. More accurately, Ross Livermore is a SINGER. More accurately still, Ross Livermore has the kind of transcendent voice that silences rooms. Not that he would admit any of this. The son of entrepreneurs and raised in blue-collar Peabody, Massachusetts, Livermore is no stranger to hard work, learning from an early age that “if you practice, put the time in and are honest with yourself, the music will find its rightful place.” It’s no surprise, then, that on Livermore’s latest EP, This Is Not Forever, he reveals a collection of songs that are brazenly honest and infused with a confidence born from years on the road. These early shows allowed Livermore to explore his full range of influences- from Incubus to Boyz II Men to Al Green- and it wasn’t long before the pursuit of new songs and stories led him to Nashville, TN. Featuring an all-star band and recorded live to tape at Nashville’s famed Welcome to 1979, This Is Not Forever effortlessly combines ethereal soul-pop, classic R&B and Tedeschi/Trucks inspired blues. Like many of his heroes- Stevie Wonder chief among them- Livermore accomplishes the near impossible feat of channeling weight-of-the-world sensitivity through his powerful tenor while also maintaining steadfast hope and optimism. “Put your money down and bet on me” encourages Livermore in the instantly memorable All About You. Embodying a consciousness transmitted from a more golden era, This Is Not Forever showcases a troubadour at the top of his game.


Explosive vocals and rich guitar sounds aren't the only things that catch your attention when Laura Glyda performs. Deep and direct lyrics keep you listening while her confidence in the spotlight keeps you watching. Above all, the Chicago native's songs ring out with truth, and the poetry you can find within that truth. Her latest record, "Radio Ghosts," is a rock album rooted in storytelling that explores the journey from heartbreak to hope and back again.


Anna Stine is an indie folk artist creating music that ponders the trials and triumphs that make us most human. Her lyrics and melodies are driven by a soulful authenticity that invites audiences to connect to their own stories. Anna harmoniously blends together her love of honest folk songs and haunting jazz melodies, while drawing upon the influence of powerful female artists such as Billie Holiday, Angel Olsen, Norah Jones and Laura Marling. Anna's experiences as a music therapist have given her a unique understanding of the ways that music can enrapture and transform us, and she seeks to manifest this through her intentional presence and performance. In her debut album "Company of Now", set to be released fall 2018, Anna delves into the delicate dance of being present in the midst of growth and discomfort. Through songs that speak to both suffering and self-acceptance, she encourages listeners to stand tall, breathe easy, and step from the ground they're standing on. 

Anna's first single, "Growing Pains", explores the human desire to remain grounded while navigating the relationship between growth and discomfort. The song was initially inspired by the summer day in 2015 when Anna packed up her belongings, drove from Ohio to Minnesota and began the process of finding familiarity in an unrecognizable place. 

The lilting melodies and forthright lyrics evolved after many solo trips to the North Shore, nights spent unpacking and repacking boxes, and bike rides around the many companion like lakes of Minnesota. The message that blossomed from the process is one of acknowledgement and acceptance. "Growing Pains" is a recognition of what we leave behind when we embark on a new journey, and a celebration of all that we gain while being present during ache, transformation and growth.


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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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JOHN KIMSEY & the Twisted Roots Quartet w/ Donna Adler - 8PM | $10
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

JOHN KIMSEY & the Twisted Roots Quartet w/ Donna Adler - 8PM | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS BUILT INTO DINNER BILL


John Kimsey's original songs twist the roots, drawing on homegrown Southern music styles to map the highways, byways and lowdown dirty ways of contemporary American politics and culture. Singer/guitarist Kimsey's comrades in this effort are Lia McCoo (vocals, flutes, percussion), Morry Fiddler (keyboards), Steve Hashimoto (bass), and Brad Newton (congas, percussion) -- aka the Twisted Roots Quartet. Their unique blend of soulful stylings, spiky wit and acid Americana has been described as "Ry Cooder meets Robyn Hitchcock." The group first came together in 2003 to perform Kimsey's award-winning song cycle Twisted Roots: Music, Politics and the American Dream Blues, which has been described by Ben Sidran, former host of NPR's Jazz Alive and score composer of Hoop Dreams as "an ingenious way to blend political and social commentary into a musical architecture." Meanwhile, DePaul University chaplain Anthony Nicotera has called Twisted Roots "music to inspire the soul and charge your commitment to peace and justice." To see clips from the 2003 performance, search for John Kimsey & Twisted Roots on youtube. To get a taste of how the group will sound at Uncommon Ground, check out the Chicago Acoustic Underground podcast Episode 642. You can also download Kimsey's album Traps for Troubadours: the Best of Twisted Roots from CDBaby.com or iTunes.


According to The Ectophile’s Guide to Good Music, tonight’s acclaimed opening performer Donna Adler “has an amazing voice and is a talented guitarist and songwriter.” Meanwhile, In The Mix observes that while “Many have grabbed the cloak of urban folk,” Donna’s music “turns the cloak into a tapestry.” Donna has produced four CDs: All The Riches of The World (1997), Alta Vista Sky (2002), Violets and Blues (2007) and Stories To Keep (2012).  Her song “Hide and Seek” appears on the compilation CD, “Live At Uncommon Ground”. Her latest 2 CDs, both recorded in Nashville, received generous airplay on folk radio. “Stories To Keep” was listed among the top CDs of 2012 for folk radio and landed in the top favorites for WDCB’s “The Folk Show”, WVPE’s “The Back Porch” and WAMU’s “Americana Breakdown”. For a time back in the 20th century, Donna played guitar and sang backup for The Art Thieves, a Chicago-based rock group led by tonight’s featured artist John Kimsey.


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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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NATE FREDRICK w/ Izabel Crane - 7pm | $15
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

NATE FREDRICK w/ Izabel Crane - 7pm | $15


$15 COVER CHARGE IS BUILT INTO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


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.


Drawing from the rich storytelling history of the Ozarks, a background based in jazz, and side projects oriented around grunge and electronic music, Izabel Crane creates her own form of gritty, Ozarkian Folk. 2018 has been spent touring the midwest and recording her upcoming EP, Shiver, to be released in the fall.


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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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TODD ALBRIGHT - 7pm | $10
Dec
22
7:00 PM19:00

TODD ALBRIGHT - 7pm | $10


 This is a special seated Dinner Show. Space is limited, please reserve your table. The $15 cover charge is built into your food and beverage bill.


Todd Albright is a country blues, twelve string guitar player and vocalist based in Detroit, Michigan. Grounded in the pre-war era of the blues tradition (1880-1939), Todd is a mindful purveyor of blues history. His repertoire upholds musical pillars such as Blind Willie McTell, George Carter, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly. His life’s work continues the distinguished tradition of the very roots of American music as told by the African American musicians who created it. 

Todd's vigorous, gritty and soulful performances are accompanied by stories of the masters and a deep intuitive sense of respect for craft, providing audiences with a meaningful experience while creating a transcendent moment. One of the top blues guitarists in the world, Todd is the only contemporary twelve string player in his genre.

Todd began playing the blues while still a teenager, some twenty-five years ago. Initially, he was drawn to the sound of the finger-picked style and has since immersed himself in the foundational music and narratives of American culture. Over the years, Todd has shared the stage with artists such as Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, Paul Geremia, and Dakota Dave Hull. 

Todd's first full-length LP, Fourth Floor Visitor, was released by Jett Plastic Recordings out of Detroit, Michigan (2017). His latest album, Detroit Twelve String: Blues & Rags, is out now on Third Man Records (2017). 


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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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ANNE MARIE-AKIN W/ SHELLEY MILLER - 7pm | $10
Oct
14
7:00 PM19:00

ANNE MARIE-AKIN W/ SHELLEY MILLER - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS BUILT INTO FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Anne-Marie Akin is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. A singer-songwriter, poet and essayist, she teaches at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. Anne-Marie writes on the guitar, sometimes plays the banjo, and sings “like an angel emptied the whiskey bottle.” She is working on her third album, a collection of love songs called “The Drink I Need.”


Shelley Miller's music is a piece of broken glass that fits comfortably in your hands. Whole and broken, breaking open, words and sounds from the space between lost and found. Loud and soft. Sweet sings with scratchy edges. A fire lit to provide warmth. An unapologetic shape-shifter, Miller's released 6 albums - most recently 2016's Soft Ledges, recorded with the indie-rock band of the same name. She's toured the country, playing festivals and coffee shops and punk info shops; played drums in an alt-country band and noise guitar in a doom metal band, all while serving on the full-time faculty of Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music.


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SHARA MAXWELL TRIO - 7pm | $10
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

SHARA MAXWELL TRIO - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS BUILT INTO DINNER BILL


This vocal vixen sings classic jazz and blues standards. Shara Maxwell’s renditions stay true to the melodic content with respect and warmth.

Shara was raised musically by her mother (adept in piano, clarinet and accordion) who encouraged the young songbird to experiment in the world of melodies nurturing her intuition to blossom. In college she studied with college professor Karen Sala in Southern Illinois, moving on to Chicago with iconic pianist and performer Ruth Allyn. She continued studying with Karen Saren, and Los Angeles vocal and performance coach Stephen Memel, “The science of switching on”.

At an early age Shara become mesmerized by jazz on the radio and in adulthood, this would be the inspiration that would turn passion into pursuit.

Along with gracing the stages of Chicago’s hot spots, Shara has also collaborated and performed with Chicago’s finest–a long list of respected artists including Dave Green, Lloyd Wilson, Willie Pickens, Bob Solone, Dave Gordon, Mark Burnell, Joel Barry, Rob Amster, John Bany, Dennis Luxion, Hans Luchs, Brian O’Hearn, Steve Ramsdell, Charlie Braun, Jim Cox, Phil Gratteau and Samuel Jewell, Eric Schneider, Alejandro Urzagaste, Joe Policastro, Dennis Luxion, Jo Ann Daugherty and Jon Deitemyer. Prior to her main-stage days, Shara has also sung background vocals for the Indie Rock band- Sister Machinegun which propelled her breakthrough credits opening up for Stanley Jordan and Fareed Haque.

In fact it was popular saxophone player, Von Freeman, who bestowed Shara with the nickname ‘Long, Tall and Mellow” not due to her model looks, but as a result of his admiration of her vocal dexterity and style.

Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Sam Cooke, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Ruth Brown, Carmen McRae, Minnie Riperton, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves are amongst her influences. Pulling from these ageless masters and merging her mystical, hot sultry sound is what makes Shara Maxwell so unforgettable. Connecting listeners to songs of the past in a way that makes the music instantly fresh and inviting, Shara is exhilarating. Everything old is new again.

Pure charisma demands the audience to fall in love with the sounds and presence of this lovely vixen.


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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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HAUNTED LIKE HUMAN w/ Shealeigh and Dead Birds - 7PM | $12
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

HAUNTED LIKE HUMAN w/ Shealeigh and Dead Birds - 7PM | $12



Haunted Like Human is bringing a new roots voice to Nashville: two parts folk, one part Americana, and a dash of some indie vibes. Classically trained guitarist Cody Clark has played everything from post-hardcore to jazz. Vocalist Dale Chapman grew up writing prose and poetry, and she brings her strong imagery and storytelling into her music. Through their myriad of influences, the two strive to create an unique and intimate listening experience for their audience. Their debut album, Ghost Stories, came out in September of 2017, and their next EP is set to release this fall.


Shealeigh is a 20-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.


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.


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The TKO Duo w/ Sonya Major - 7pm | $10
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

The TKO Duo w/ Sonya Major - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS BUILT INTO FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


The TKO Duo performs live, showcasing content from their debut album "Moonlight".

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


Sonya Mayor's experience in music has been as diverse as it has been exciting. She has been the lead singer of a touring rock band, the musical director and arranger for an award-winning A Cappella group, coached several groups around Michigan, and currently arranges for several groups and has performed at venues like Fox Theater in Detroit, Lincoln Center (NYC), held a monthly residency at MGM Grand Casino (Detroit)


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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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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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SISTER SPEAK RECORD RELEASE w/ Bridget Lyons - 7pm | $10
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

SISTER SPEAK RECORD RELEASE w/ Bridget Lyons - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS BUILT INTO DINNER BILL


Canadian born Sherri Anne is at the core of Sister Speak, an indie-pop and rock/blues/world music entity that creates uplifting, inspiring music. Sister Speak is currently based in both Los Angeles, California and has roots in Chicago IL and British Columbia, Canada. Whether performing an electrifying full band show or a set of heartfelt acoustic arrangements, this Taylor Guitar’s sponsored artist has connected deeply with a diverse fan-base throughout the globe.

Sister Speak’s high energy, moving band show has landed them headlining concerts at San Diego’s acclaimed Belly Up and Casbah, concerts at the renowned Viper Room and Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles, Vancouver’s CBC radio and various festivals and events world-wide. Their unique musical pallet and engaging acoustuic set has secured opening slots for National Acts Air Supply, Chris Isaak, Xavier Rudd and reggae artist Mike Love among others. Sister Speak won “Best Pop” at the 2017 San Diego Music Awards.

Sister Speak's sophomore record, The Stand EP, is out in September 26, 2018!


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Currently recording a new live album, Bridget Lyons is a singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL. Her music is rooted in blues and southern rock with soul influences. Known more for her song writing, her live performances are very limited. However, she performed in Park City Utah during the 2018 Sundance Film festival and was a headliner at SXSW 2018 in Austin TX. and is expected to return for the 2019 lineup with the release of her new album.   

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KATIE SIN w/ Will Bennett and Misty Aeons - 7PM | $10
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

KATIE SIN w/ Will Bennett and Misty Aeons - 7PM | $10



Katie Sin is the solo project of vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Katie In (also of Pink Neighbor). A transplant to central Iowa from Chicago, Katie writes songs that are influenced by everything from Chicago-style blues and international film scores to dusty old country tunes. Her performances teeter between the driving energy of the city and the wide open heart of the country. At the core of it all is a dynamic alto voice often compared to Fiona Apple for its eclecticism, Bedouine for its warmth, and Patsy Cline for its sensitivity and power. In her recently released debut EP, Harmonia, Katie Sin meshes broad sonic influences into songs that are rootsy and familiar-sounding, all while offering a fresh, 21st century lyrical perspective.


Will Bennett & The Tells conjure a delicious mix of supercharged country and toe-tapping rock & roll. The result is a sound that will resonate just as well with fans of The Replacements’ literate barroom rock as those of cowpunk stalwarts such as the Old 97’s and Lydia Loveless. At the heart of it all are instantly memorable tunes—infectious without being syrupy, clever without being obtuse—that dig into the marrow of murky, mid-twenties love and loss.

The band’s debut album Wichita, released in 2016, has garnered high praise from a variety of genre tastemakers, ultimately landing at #40 in the No Depression Year-End Readers Poll and earning a spot on Americana Rock Mix’s “Best of 2016” podcast. In the past year, Will Bennett & The Tells have released a standalone single “Tumblin’ Down" and opened for national alt-country acts such as Cory Branan and the Yawpers.

Will Bennett & The Tells formed in 2014 when the singer-songwriter packed up his guitar and left his hometown of Grinnell, Iowa for Columbus, Ohio, where he joined forces with drummer Daniel Martinson. Now based in Chicago, the Tells are rounded out by Ethan Kenvarg on bass and Wilson Brehmer on guitar.


Misty Aeons is a drifting, evolving songwriting and performance project, open-ended in arrangement and primarily focused on conceptual and imaginative lyricism, diverse instrumentation, and ambitious production.


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Songwriter Round: G.H. Jackson, Jory Avner, Nikki Morgan, Zion Rodman, Mirabelle Skipworth - 7PM | $10
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Songwriter Round: G.H. Jackson, Jory Avner, Nikki Morgan, Zion Rodman, Mirabelle Skipworth - 7PM | $10



G.H. Jackson is an Americana singer-songwriter from San Antonio, TX. He is a recent transplant to Chicago and serves on Lake Michigan as a member of the Coast Guard. Jackson blends a history of punk, country and folk music to write Introspective yet bluntly simple lyrics over traditional instrumentation. He has performed over a fifteen year time span and has released three original albums to date.


Jory Avner is a singer-songwriter based out of Chicago, Illinois. Blending traditional folk style lyricism and guitar with textured synthesizers and electronic percussion he strives to create soundscapes that are both atmospherically complex and yet succinct in terms of narrative. He often performs his songs live as a solo acoustic artist. Jory is also the vocalist and lead songwriter in the folk/rock band Andretta and the president and founder of Half Glass Records.


Nikki Morgan is a singer-songwriter based in Chicago but with the heart of a true Carolina girl. As a singer and a writer her style takes the form of country/folk with a beautiful splash of soul and often explores the duality and truth that lies in the many facets of life. As she continues her journey you can find her belting out at various venues and open mics around the city.


Buttery bass-driven bumpers topped by a smoothly crooning voice, Zion‘s songs go down like sweet barrel-aged bourbon.” Zion Rodman established himself as a soulful folk-rock musician in Boston. While he lived in New England, he performed at historic folk venues like Club Passim and Caffe Lena, and shared the stage with Ellis Paul and Jeffrey Gaines. Zion is currently based in Chicago, where he released his new EP Did Not Wake up Today and quickly became an integral part of the folk/rock music scene and came out in 1st place at the Uncommon Ground 2018 Open Mic Competition.


Mirabelle Skipworth is a singer-songwriter from Oswego, IL who has performed throughout the Chicagoland area. Her music is rooted in alternative and folk genres. 
Currently, she is working with her band, The Paper Boats.


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Lucas Jack - 7pm | $10
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Lucas Jack - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS BUILT INTO DINNER BILL


Lucas Jack began his songwriting and performance career crafting songs for any and all family occasions as a small boy, a passion he carried as a teenager to the bars, hotel lobbies, and social events of his hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan – anywhere with an unguarded piano. This creative impulse was fostered throughout his twenties via collaboration with a series of bands while working as an attorney in Chicago. At last heeding music as a full-time calling, he left the corporate grind and released his first album, The Chicago EP(2012), followed by Before I Forget (2015) and Make it Beautiful (2016).Lucas Jack describes himself as a “recovering attorney,” in reference to the 5 dismal years he spent as a lawyer battling the liars and scallywags in Chicago before heeding his true calling as a songwriter and performer. Fortunately, Lucas has managed to convert those experiences into fodder for his own unique brand of songwriting.Lucas Jack tackles complicated topics with the precision and poignancy of Dawes and The Hold Steady, while incorporating the tone, passion, and pop sensibility of Ben Kweller and Ben Folds. With his powerful tenor voice, Lucas Jack examines the complexities of love, life, frustration and individual triumph. His catchy pop-rock tunes create a sense of nostalgia in listeners, allowing them to access their own emotions and memories through the stories Lucas tells.After just 4 whirlwind years of a full-time music career, Lucas Jack has toured all over the United States, playing over 350 shows, and opened up for iconic bands like Foreigner, Styx, and Night Ranger. He has also worked with Grammy-nominated producer Mack Damon and Grammy-award winning mastering engineer Greg Calbi (Paul Simon Graceland and St. Vincent Birth In Reverse) at Sterling Sound.Lucas is married with two daughters, Clementine and Josephine (the subjects of several songs)


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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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IAN FITZGERALD w/ Eric Peter Schwartz and Eric Dinse - 7PM | $10
Oct
1
7:00 PM19:00

IAN FITZGERALD w/ Eric Peter Schwartz and Eric Dinse - 7PM | $10

$10 COVER IS BUILT INTO DINNER BILL

Hailed as "the songwriter's songwriter" by the Newport Folk Festival, Ian Fitzgerald has been criss-crossing the country over the past several years performing his original songs at festivals, theatres, barrooms, and living rooms. Based in New England, Ian performs primarily as a solo act. Ian's first attempts at songwriting coincided with a deepening appreciation of early folk music, which helped establish the path he would follow with his own work. After three albums in quick succession, Ian evaluated what he'd learned about the songwriting and record-making processes and applied those lessons to his two most recent albums, No Time To Be Tender and You Won't Even Know I'm Gone. The result has been a growing recognition of Ian's work and songwriting ability, including a full touring schedule that has seen him perform in 39 states over the past two years; multiple performances at the Newport Folk Festival; and shows opened for Iris DeMent, Joan Shelley, Twisted Pine, Darlingside, The Ballroom Thieves, and many more. Ian is currently writing the material for his next release, with plans to begin recording in late 2018.

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Phil Circle's STUDENT SHOWCASE - 7PM | $8
Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

Phil Circle's STUDENT SHOWCASE - 7PM | $8

Phil Circle's STUDENT SHOWCASE



Phil Circle is a veteran Chicago singer-songwriter-guitarist who's also a respected music coach. For most of the 25 years he's been teaching guitar and voice to aspiring and established local musicians, he's been putting together showcases featuring his best students at various Chicago venues. His students range in age from teenagers (one is already playing shows) to adult professionals and hobbyists. This evening is set up as a proper live music showcase, not a recital. Phil will accompany some students, some students will accompany each other, and some will perform solo.

Phil Circle brings his full capacity as a working musician to his students. His music has made him "a staple of Chicago music" (Centerstage Chicago) and his recently published book has been hailed as "a message everyone needs to hear." (Readers' Favorite) Chicago Music Guide just introduced an interview with Circle with the following words: 

"What makes Circle one of the few ‘professional indie musicians’ (where the phrase isn’t an oxymoron) is not only his tenacity, but his inherent fluidity with performing, and a zen-like understanding of what it means to be a songwriter."


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CARLO CHAPELLE w/ Tillie Moreno - 8PM | $15
Sep
29
8:00 PM20:00

CARLO CHAPELLE w/ Tillie Moreno - 8PM | $15



Carlo Chapelle originated from Manila, Philippines. Though he could already sing well (with memorized lyrics and a matching good tonality to boot) at the tender age of 4, it really wasn't until his stint (during his early teen years) with the semi-professional church choir PPF (People, Precious and Few) Choir, that began his singing career. It was here in this group where his then young voice got honed and his public performing skills got reinforced via the group's countless concerts, workshops and various other musical productions. Even then, Carlo's high vocal range in the "natural register/chest tone" was already catching attention that he would sometimes be asked to sing the "ALTO" vocal part which is of the female vocal range. During his final year of living in the Philippines, the said group was picked by IVORY RECORDS PHILIPPINES, one of the country’s major record labels at the time to record a gospel album titled "Ama Namin" (English translation "OUR FATHER"). His participation in the recording, promotion & nationwide touring for this Gospel album would further give him the skill sets needed in the world of recorded music which he would later find useful in his new home, the USA.

Arriving in Chicago in 1991, Carlo attended his junior & senior years of high school. Being a newcomer at the time didn't prevent him from pursuing further opportunities in the performing arts. He auditioned and got accepted in the high school's premiere acapella group called MADRIGAL Singers. Again, this singing group toured all throughout Chicagoland. He also auditioned and got featured as a solo performer in the high school's annual Variety shows. Soon, as an entering freshman at Columbia College Chicago, Carlo got in to the college's highly selective Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He was also fortunate enough to have been coached by one of Chicago's best jazz vocalists Bobbi Wilsyn. It was at Columbia where Carlo further immersed himself to the college's many performing opportunities & workshops, all under the tutelage of Miss Bobbi Wilsyn.

In 2006, Carlo was also honored by being the opening musical act for Philippine recording diva, Regine Velasquez during the latter's concert titled "Fantasia Concierto" at the Gateway Theatre on Lawrence Avenue in Chicago. 

In 2007, Carlo started work on his debut recording under Ralph's guidance. It took two years for the debut recording to come to fruition. Finally, in November 2009, "SHADE OF BLUE" Carlo's debut album was launched via a one man show at Davenport's piano bar in Wicker Park, Chicago. 

Barely a year after its release, "Please Don't Ask Me", one of the tracks from SHADE OF BLUE got into the TOP 30 in the Australian Jazz Radio online without much promotional push. And most importantly, one time RCA Jazz recording artist KEVYN LETTAU, who is the original recording artist of the song SUNLIGHT, which Carlo covered in his debut recording, sent in a great compliment regarding Carlo's cover of the song.

Since the release of SHADE OF BLUE, Carlo has been made busy with numerous live gigs all over the country. Since his opening act stint for Regine Velasquez, he has performed with Jazz artists like Joannie Pallato, April Aloisio and most recently with Michelly Cordova & Yukao Yamano.

In 2014, Carlo was one of the selected singers to represent Team USA at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood! The WCOPA (as popularly called) is an annual week - long competition of talents (Acting, Dancing, Modelling, Singing) from all over the world. It is considered the Olympics of performing arts.

It was also in 2014 when Carlo expanded his geographical scope by accepting a gig in Manhattan, New York at the famed cabaret "DON'T TELL MAMA's". Since then, he has been playing all over the Chicago area. 


Tillie Moreno, also known as "Manila's Queen of Soul", is a Filipino R&B/soul/pop vocalist and entertainer whose career began in the 1970s. She is best known for her songs "Saan Ako Nagkamali", "Umagang Kay Ganda", and "Nothing I Want More". She was a member of the bands Circus Band and Lovelife.


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SINCE TATI W/ DAVID NEWMAN  - 7PM | $15
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

SINCE TATI W/ DAVID NEWMAN - 7PM | $15


$15 COVER CHARGE BUILT INTO DINNER BILL


Since Tati is music that takes its time. With eclectic backgrounds, Chris, Michael, and Nathan enjoy experimenting and synthesizing styles from many musical walks of life, and the result is just as delicious as that burger, sweet potato fries, and wine dinner that Uncommon Ground serves up! Come enjoy delicious food, great beverages, and music that will make time stop, if only for a couple hours.


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ZACH PIETRINI w/ Paige Hargrove - 7PM | $15
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

ZACH PIETRINI w/ Paige Hargrove - 7PM | $15



Voted Best Live Act in Milwaukee (Milwaukee Magazine, 2017), it’s been 4 years since Zach Pietrini showed up on the Milwaukee music scene. Despite being a Chicago transplant, The Zach Pietrini Band has become a recognized name around town playing featured spots at Summerfest and Bastille Days. At the forefront of the Americana resurgence in the north country, Pietrini quickly distinguished himself with his fearless vulnerability, prolific writing, and dynamic live show. “Pietrini’s skill is crafting the kind of Americana that gets right into you with a beguiling friendliness” (88Nine Radio Milwaukee).

Pietrini’s 5th release, Holding Onto Ghosts, has continued to solidify his reputation as an Americana force. Picked for Best Album So Far 2017 by both UTR Media and Milwaukee Record, the new album offers a loud yet vulnerable look into what haunts Pietrini. Lyrically, the focus is on lost love, desperate hopes, and the tension of caring for a family while trying to ‘make it’ as an artist. Musically, “Pietrini’s smooth and delicate voice [affixes] to infectious hooks and a touch of classic country” (Milwaukee Record). 


Paige Hargrove is a singer-songwriter living in Chicago, IL. From traveling back and forth from her past home in Atlanta, Ga, Paige has played at numerous venues and has grown her fan base. With her influences ranging from Noah Gundersen to Paramore, she has created a sound of her own.

Paige is working at a studio in Georgia currently to finish her first album. Excited that this new album captures more of a “live” experience than her older EP, she is looking forward to releasing it within the next year and following it with a tour.


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MY DOG JUNIOR w/ Cpt. Captain and Hope Arthur - 7PM | $10
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

MY DOG JUNIOR w/ Cpt. Captain and Hope Arthur - 7PM | $10



My Dog Junior was founded in the summer of 2016. The band was formed around, singer/songwriter/rhythm guitarist, Mickyle James, and features Mike Stahl drums/percussion, Tessa Brumbeloe bass/vocals, and Tony Gibson electric/acoustic guitar. Their sound can be described as a blend of rock, folk, blues, with hints of reggae, Americana, and bluegrass. Take a listen to My Dog Junior - they just might get your tail wagging!


Cpt. Captain is a Chicago-based indie-country band, influenced as much by our roots in old-school country music --harmonies harkening back to Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris-- as by the sprawling branches on our family tree of Chicago contemporaries.  A well-seasoned group, with backgrounds in classical, jazz, and theatrical performance, as well as rock-and-roll, members currently share our talents with the likes of Moon Men, Ami Saraiya & the Outcome, Le Tour, Davenport Ed, Gussied, Cameron McGill, and the Morningsides.

Following  the release of our debut EP Everything Is Easy Without you in 2011, we were pleased to share the stage with great bands like the Lumineers, Judson Claibourn, Ode, Lawrence Peters, Golden Horse Ranch Band, Ed and the Red Reds, Balto, and Tractor Kings, playing locally, regionally, and beyond.

Call us old fashioned, but Cpt. Captain still believes in the basics that built country music:  three chords and the truth.  Now, we might get fanciful with either (or both) of those building blocks in the course of any given tune, but they still hold up strong as ever.  

It was with those basics and all our fancy in mind that we returned to Populist Recordings.  The result was a full-length album, packed to the gills with sad-bastard songs that make you feel good about the awful truth; songs that make you laugh at life, even if you’re mad; songs that take you... somewhere.

Get your permission slips signed, folks.  It’s almost time for a FIELD TRIP!  Captains Kevin Smith, Shirley Rogiers, James Scott, Colin Campbell, and Mike Racky will be your foolhardy yet trustworthy chaperones.  Pack your sack lunch, make sure all your shots are in order, buckle up, and be prepared!  From underwater sea-creatures, to the sirens that break hearts; from dirt roads and city streets, to dirty rotten scoundrels you meet along the way; from the bowels of an old apartment building, to the crap you hear on tv; from theme song to lullabye, this is going to be quite a trip.  


"I'm a pianist, accordionist, composer, singer/songwriter originally from Fort Wayne Indiana. I once accidentally started an orchestra in my name called “The Hope Arthur Orchestra.” It was a lot of fun and we made a wide variety of music from softer orchestrations with strings, woodwinds and harp; to big band with balkan flares; to being an experimental pop choir. We collaborated with film makers, modern dance and ballet companies, and fire performers. Although I was having the time of my life, I started to crumble under the pressure of it all. I lost sight of the direction of that group and I’m trying to find it again. In order to do so, I need to rediscover my own voice. I recently moved to Chicago, IL to do just that." - Hope Arthur


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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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30 Something & Friends EQUINOX DANCE PARTY - 10PM | $15
Sep
21
to Sep 22

30 Something & Friends EQUINOX DANCE PARTY - 10PM | $15

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30 Something & Friends EQUINOX DANCE PARTY feat. My Boy Elroy

Jazz/Blues Set (dinner served): 8:00PM

30 Something & Friends: 10:00PM

My Boy Elroy: 11:30PM


To secure a dinner table at 8pm, please directly call Uncommon Ground Edgewater at (773) 465-9801


The Leadership Greater Chicago-inspired band “30 Something & Friends”, led by Craig Sieben (Harmonica, Vocals), Felicia Davis (Vocals) & David Tropp (Sax) will perform a dance party set that will feature old school soul, funk and more (Aretha, James Brown, Madonna, JT, Beyonce, Bill Withers, Mary J, Maroon 5, Stevie… and more!). Friends performing include Lindsey Elton (vocals), Torin Hopkins (guitar), Zachary Kidder (bass) and Greg Hartman (drums). Get your dancing shoes on, bring your friends, it will be a night to celebrate and remember! 200 capacity… Be there. (P.S. if you want to come early for dinner, Jazz/Blues Set in the Music Room starts ~8pm.

Followed by DJ My Boy Elroy at 11:30pm. Check out his bio here: https://fligmusic.com/person/my-boy-elroy


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Earthwork Harvest Gathering Showcase: Scott Cook, Heather Styka, Gregory Stovetop 7PM | $10
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Earthwork Harvest Gathering Showcase: Scott Cook, Heather Styka, Gregory Stovetop 7PM | $10

Featuring Scott Cook, Heather Styka & Gregory Stovetop



Each September, Earthwork Harvest Gathering draws artists from around the country and abroad to the Bernard family farm in Michigan. This year three artists are stopping in Chicago en route for an  showcase at Uncommon Ground's Edgewater location. This is a special seated dinner show in their intimate venue space, please reserve as seating is limited. doors 6:30pm, 


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Heather Styka dances where others fear to tread, 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. 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. 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.


Scott Cook has been living out of a van or a backpack for the last eleven years, touring almost incessantly across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere, and distilling his experiences into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. He's currently touring in support of his sixth studio album, Further Down the Line, which earned Cook his second CFMA nomination (English Songwriter of the Year), and comes packaged in a 132-page book containing a look back, in words and pictures, on his last decade of full-time travel. Cook is one of the hardest-working DIY troubadours on the road today, averaging over 150 shows and a dozen festivals every year since 2007. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.
 


Gregory Stovetop is a human Olympic Torch. Born and raised in Chelsea, Michigan and currently hailing from Tivoli, New York, Stovetop has earned a devoted cult following that comes from the underground and is quickly making it's way up into the airwaves around the world.


An electrified Earth Angel, radiating love and passion in an original singular world of sound, Gregory Stovetop is as fluent in Elvis and Johnny Cash as he is in Soundgarden and The Replacements. As a visual artist he has created iconic album covers and miniature stop-animation music videos as well as having Psychedelic Illustration shows in New York City in recent years. He has been involved with a good number of awesome bands in the last decade - Snake Dudes, Firecracker Firecracker, Knockin' Boots, Hy-Lo and the Dangles to name a few, and to see him solo is to witness a true rock star bursting with heart and vibrant color, in his essential element. 

Stovetop's most recent album “The Good Stuff” was co-produced by Dominic Davis (Jack White, Willie Nelson) and Seth Bernard at La Luna studios in Kalamazoo, MI. It features Drew "Captain Midnite" Howard on electric guitar and pedal steel and Adam Danis (the Go Rounds) on drums. Rock and Roll Magic is alive on earth and it is wild and true, flowing through the one and only Gregory Stovetop. He was born for this. The village is starving - cook and don't stop, Stovetop.

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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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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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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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WES JOHN CICHOSZ w/ Lexie Levy - 8PM | $10
Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

WES JOHN CICHOSZ w/ Lexie Levy - 8PM | $10



Songwriter/Guitarist/Saxophonist Wes John Cichosz seamlessly weaves elements of rock, blues, jazz, and folk in his intensely personal writing style. Gritty slide guitar and quirky saxophone pepper the sonic landscape, and acoustic guitar-driven songs are surrounded by lush winds and piano.

Check out Wes’s new album, The Moon Threads a Needle, on Spotify or any other major streaming platform. Wes John Cichosz has written about the inspiration behind the album for The Wednesday Journal’s Artbeat and as a guest blogger for A Chicago Thing.

The Moon Threads a Needle, as the title might suggest, is at once otherworldly and human; both magical and decidedly handmade.” – Radio One Chicago


Lexie Levy -- formerly known as Lexie Bloor Band. Perpetrator of difficult-to-classify songwriting. Appreciator of craftsmanship, high art in low places, and the weird. Heavily influenced by Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Peter Gabriel, Bjork, and Joanna Newsom. Listeners who love the world class musicianship of Joni Mitchell and her band in the mid-70s will dig it.


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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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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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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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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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