TWISTED PINE w/ Eli Broxham & Patrik Ahlberg - 7PM | $10
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

TWISTED PINE w/ Eli Broxham & Patrik Ahlberg - 7PM | $10



The phenomenal Boston song machine Twisted Pine delivers a cabinet of inventions with its self-titled summer of ’17 debut release from Signature Sounds Recordings. The all-original album showcases a new force in Americana: four versatile players and singers writing and improvising across forms in bluegrass, folk, funk, jam, and vintage radio pop. With festively unpredictable live shows, Twisted Pine follows Americana masters Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers on a genre-bending, limitless trajectory.

Twisted Pine's album expands on the early life of the ensemble, which formed around a common obsession with the American bluegrass repertoire. The group rose fast in Boston, in the urban incubator of conservatories and Back Bay venues that produced label roster-mates Lake Street Dive and Crooked Still, plus Sarah Jarosz, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Esperanza Spalding, and Annie Clark (St. Vincent). Twisted Pine took an extended residency at the Cantab Lounge, the Mass Ave. dive bar in Cambridge where the raging Northeast bluegrass scene coalesces on Tuesday nights. The players, most of whom were still at Berklee College of Music, built those first set lists with deeply satisfying bluegrass interpretations. They ventured out during school-year summers to play festivals, and won first place in the prestigious band competitions at MASS MoCA's FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival and Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Special. Their resume grew: Joe Val Bluegrass, Green River Festival, Otis Mountain Get Down, RockyGrass (where they were runners up in a wicked sudden death band competition), Musikfest, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Ossipee Valley Music Festival, Celtic Connections (Glasgow), Club Passim's Down Home Up Here Bluegrass Festival, and many more. With a festive, anything's-possible stage presence, Twisted Pine built a reputation for stellar musicianship, string virtuosity, and luminous harmonies, all of which remain their hallmarks.

Twisted Pine evolved into something more than an interpreter of vintage American works; the band began to arrange bluegrass treatments of pop covers like Blondie's "Heart of Glass", and a mashup of Bill Monroe and Vulfpeck -- which went viral when Vulf re-posted the video. A certain inventiveness, combined with a compelling and growing list of each player's originals, caught the attention of Signature Sounds.

"As soon as we learned that Signature Sounds was interested, we made a conscious decision to focus on writing and arranging our own original music," said Dan Bui, Twisted Pine mandolinist.  "As a group we had never done that, and there was a bit of a growing phase where we were learning how to write together and seeing what came out. There was kind of an unspoken understanding that stylistically it was going to be a bit different, but we never sat down and said we were going to write in any particular style, like we were going to write poppier songs or whatever. What came out was just us finally being able to express ourselves, drawing from all of our musical and personal influences."

The influences on the ensemble are vast -- as all four have studied music from childhood, and traveled widely -- but the most obvious are these: Dan Bui (mandolin, vocals) is a devotee of virtuoso picking and experimental bluegrass and jazz. Kathleen Parks (fiddle/lead vocals) was raised in a household of Celtic music and jazz, which set deep roots for her insane fiddling, velvet film-noir vocals, and a roving interest in pop song forms.  Chris Sartori (bass, vocals), frequently seen around Boston on electric bass in funk, jazz, and R&B settings, is arbiter of the deep pocket and the improvisational grooves. Rachel Sumner (guitar/lead vocals) is a student of the song: an omnibus of British ballads, obscure folk tunes, avant garde orchestral work, and radio pop. Her vocals have the crystalline clarity of Appalachian field recordings.

The excitement of Twisted Pine’s live show — Parks and Bui’s neo-jazz interplay, Bui and Sartori’s funky rhythm section, Sumner and Parks’ astral harmonies — comes through in the big pop sound of Twisted Pine, which was co-produced by the band and Dan Cardinal [Josh Ritter, Lori McKenna, Darlingside, Ballroom Thieves] at Dimension Studios.

"Dan Cardinal was able to pick up on our vibe instantly, and really steered us in the right direction," says Dan Bui. "His biggest influence on the album can be heard sonically. Dimension has kind of been a go-to spot for making records in the Boston bluegrass/folk scene lately, but Dan also brings in a wider sonic sensibility that he tastefully put to use on our record. Crunchy Wurlitzer piano, distorted guitar amps, and a swirling Leslie speaker all found their way onto the record. But he was always very thoughtful of what the song needed and was calling for and he provided invaluable advice and feedback throughout the process."

Twisted Pine will be touring across the United States supporting its upcoming EP, out on Signature Sounds summer 2018.  Check out Twisted Pine on tour and see why Olsen calls it “the most exciting new roots band to emerge from the New England scene in quite some time.”



Patrik Ahlberg is a multi-instrumentalist from Sweden. He regularly plays and performs music of both the United States and Sweden, and lives in Chicago, IL. Eli Broxham is a bassist living in Chicago who performs in a wide variety of styles, but finds a strong voice in old time, bluegrass, and contemporary folk music.

Patrik and Eli's sound together is an eclectic mixture of the traditional and the contemporary, including Appalachian and Swedish fiddle tunes, folk songs, and original music.


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

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



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

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

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

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


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


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WOODEN RINGS w/ Mán Cub and Danny Kulasik - 8PM | $15
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

WOODEN RINGS w/ Mán Cub and Danny Kulasik - 8PM | $15



Wooden Rings is a singer-songwriter project forged by Haitian immigrant, Ramah Jihan Malebranche in Chicago, IL. “The eerie, methodical construction of Wooden Rings’ music sounds characteristically Chicago. This lush, multilayered brand of chamber pop might not be the most popular sound in town, but its roots can be found in acts who’ve grabbed national and international acclaim…the vision is precise and haunting in its beauty and strength.” -Britt Julious, Chicago Tribune

The band is blending entirely acoustic chamber music into an amplified format while still mining inter-personal moments and memories in search of self.


Mán Cub is the performance name of singer, songwriter, and producer Richard Juarez. Richard grew up in Chicago's neighborhood of Little Village. From a young age Richard was exposed to a wide range of music, from R&B and rock to rap and boleros. Richard started writing songs at 12 years old. He played guitar and wrote songs all throughout high school and college. He studied theatre and performance at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2012, he formed the band Brother StarRace with his brother, Raul Juarez. The band dissolved in 2016. Richard spent 2017 touring as a guitarist for singer and activist, Lester Rey and working on a collaborative EP with producer Boathouse titled Feel the Love. In that time Richard began developing his new project Mán Cub and played a few shows throughout the year. Mán Cub released his first single, "Powder Room" featuring Jessica Garcia, February of this year with good reception. In March he released a collaboration with producer SUVÉ, titled "Paola". Both singles have been played on Vocalo and Lumpen Radio, Chicago's local radio stations. Richard is currently recording his debut ep, to be released this summer.


Danny Kulasik is a musician from Chicago, IL.


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SPOTLIGHT615: Elizabeth Eckert, Sugar & Steel, Bradford Loomis - 5PM | $12
Jun
24
5:00 PM17:00

SPOTLIGHT615: Elizabeth Eckert, Sugar & Steel, Bradford Loomis - 5PM | $12

Join Spotlight615 as we make our semi-annual Road Trip to Chicago, bringing you some of our favorite acts we have found throughout the year: Elizabeth Eckert, Sugar & Steel, and Bradford Loomis!

We are also offering a VIP Rooftop Experience before the show at 3:30PM. This will include an acoustic intimate rooftop performance, artist meet and greet, Swag Bag: autographed tour poster, photos with the artists, stickers, coasters, koozies, pins, and more!. Hospitality/experience provided by our friends at Greenstar Brewing (small Greenstar beer) & Old Dominick. (Must be 21+ to participate). 

Check out our Road Trip Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/121530820/playlist/3lRxL2eF1kdxh62xNjXIq3?si=Vr2IDNjEQx6wXsH5nn6GNQ


GA Tickets: $10 Advance  |  $12 Doors  |  CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

Rooftop VIP Tickets: $25  |  CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS (does not include a ticket to the show)


This will be Elizabeth Eckert’s second time on the Spotlight615 Road Trip tour. She is an artist on Right Recordings – London and will embark on her 3rd UK tour this fall. Indiana University Alum who loves touring the Midwest, and especially meeting fellow Hoosiers! 


Sugar & Steel: The Nashville-based country duo made of husband and wife Spencer and Sidnye Askew, are taking the country music industry by storm. With love at the heart of their music, catchy tunes and chemistry unmatched, they are sharing their love story with anyone that will listen. Their debut EP, “Land Here” was released on March 16, 2018. Produced by Eric Torres and written by Sidnye, Spencer and fellow co-writers including Rob Crosby and Benjy Davis, the EP contains songs about passion, romance, real life and heartache. The record reached #13 on the iTunes country charts. 2018 is already a year of excitement for the duo. With the new album, national partnerships and upcoming show dates, you won’t want to miss the journey!


Bradford Loomis marries grit and melody to dig to the roots of American folklore and speak of the raw reality of the human condition with passion. His stories span several lifetimes of relatable emotions; bitterness & loss, deep longing & regret, enduring hope & love, elation & joy. Had he lived one hundred and fifty years ago, Bradford Loomis may have been riding rail cars out west or sailing down the Mississippi on a paddle boat. Or maybe he would have claimed his stake in the flat lands of the Midwest. Perhaps he would have plied his hand on a ranch in Texas. Born in the Northwest in more modern times, Bradford has lived to tell a different, but no less exciting, tale. Through years of choir, band and orchestra he discovered a powerful kinship to the songs and stories of those bygone eras as they helped show him a meaningful way to tell his story. Bravery and the Bell, (released March 24th 2017) is about legacy, both the lineage we are born into and that which we pass on. Whether burdened or buoyed by our generational inheritance, this album confronts the drudgery of simply surviving and sounds a call to stand up to the things that stand in the way of us truly passionately pursuing that which we were made to be.


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Rett Madison, Rick Tiger, Andrew Scott Denlinger - 8PM | $10
Jun
25
8:00 PM20:00

Rett Madison, Rick Tiger, Andrew Scott Denlinger - 8PM | $10



Rett Madison, aka Madison Douglas, is an LA based singer/songwriter originally from West Virginia. She began performing her own songs at hometown talent shows when she was twelve. After much encouragement from her friends and family, she moved to northern Michigan to attend boarding school at Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied songwriting for her junior and senior years. At Interlochen, Douglas refined her sound as a folk/pop artist. After graduation, she relocated to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in music as well as a degree in performance from the University of Southern California.


Rick Tiger grew up in south Louisiana calling New Iberia home. He is the second of 8 and cherishes every moment with his family back in the "Bayou State." His love for music began at an early age with a few guitar lessons from a local teacher. He began writing songs almost the moment he could play a simple chord structure. His biggest fans are his family and friends from the "Sugar Cane Capitol" of the world.

His desire to move to Nashville didn't become a reality till 1991. After a few short years Rick had a single on the radio by a group called Western Flyer. The song "What Will You Do With M-E," co-written with Craig Martin, climbed all the way to 26 on the Billboard chart in the summer of 1996. Since that time, Rick has had cuts by Montgomery/Gentry (The Fine Line), Gene Watson (Just In Case), The Del McCoury Band (Zero to Love), Joe Nichols (An Old Friend of Mine), Nu-Blue featuring legendary R&B singer Sam Moore (Jesus and Jones), Jeff Bates (For The Love of God), bluegrass legend Jeanette Williams (Not Ready to Let Go) and a patriotic tribute with over 100 million downloads on Dustin Evans (If I Die Before You Wake).

Over the last 3 years, Rick has performed house shows from New York to California and Canada logging thousands of miles and almost 200 1 1/2 hr moments of story and song. His pursuit of success in the music world is an inspiration. He has been a guide for countless dreamers that make the journey to the Music City. He's considered to be a role model when it comes to his love for his faith, family, friends, life and passion for the song.


Andrew Scott Denlinger, raised in the Chicago area, continues to create and perform a variety of music, both locally and nationally. Currently touring as the bassist for national country artist, Nick Lynch, Andrew has fronted rock and metal acts, led worship for churches and conferences, and has written, produced and recorded music within multiple genres, from rock to pop, metal to country and everything in between.

Andrew Scott has released his first full-length album in 2016. Sixspeed is a rock album with powerful guitars and catchy hooks. 


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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BROTHER ELSEY w/ Cardinal Harbor and Sami Lin - 7PM | $12
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

BROTHER ELSEY w/ Cardinal Harbor and Sami Lin - 7PM | $12

Brother Elsey

Carinal Harbor

Sami Lin



Inspired by folk, rock and country, the Detroit-based Brother Elsey features brothers Jack, Brady and Beau Stablein. Brother Elsey has bonded over their shared love of rootsy music, and have become quickly recognized in the Detroit music scene. Their soulful and heartfelt lyrics have placed them on stages across the Midwest with National touring acts, along with up and coming local acts in the metro area. The brothers create music that moves while having a good time all the time; an experience they are so eager to share with anyone they can.


Sami Lin is a pop-country, powerhouse from the Northwest side of Chicago. Sami Lin is an avid singer / songwriter who began writing her own music at thirteen years old. Sami Lin’s music and style have been influenced by pop, contemporary country, and Christian worship music as well as hard work, broken straps, and an electrocution from a faulty amplifier. Sami Lin’s songwriting and vocal style has been compared to Taylor Swift. Sami Lin has an Artist Endorsement from Daisy Rock Girl Guitars and is a member of the Luna Tribe. Sami Lin has music on Pandora Internet Radio, Belmont University Nashville’s Sounds of Summer 2017 playlist on SoundCloud and has been featured on Women of Substance Radio Podcasts.

Sami Lin writes music with thought provoking lyrics about real life issues to let her fans know they are not alone in the struggles of life. Her music also employs the vintage sounds of the upright bass, cello, violin, ukulele, the ethereal sounds of wind chimes and hypnotic melody of the cajon. These traditional sounds blended with tones produced by modern instruments give her music a cool vibe.


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

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



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

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


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


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

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


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Broad Minded - A Cabaret of Very Vocal Women - 8PM | $20
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

Broad Minded - A Cabaret of Very Vocal Women - 8PM | $20

Broad Minded - A Cabaret of Very Vocal Women 



Broad Minded – A Cabaret of Very Vocal Women, performs fierce, heartbreaking, hopeful and defiant songs that pertain to the current political climate and some of the universal paths of womanhood. Featuring: Felicia Filip Burkovskiy, Kelly Anne Clark, Sarah Page, Elizabeth Haley, Heidi Joosten, Alison Kelly, Sara Stern and Diana Stoic. Broad Minded songs from Broadway!


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ROOFTOP YOGA LUNCHEON - 11AM | $30
Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

ROOFTOP YOGA LUNCHEON - 11AM | $30

Rooftop Yoga Luncheon


$30 - CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS (Includes both the yoga class and luncheon)


Join us for a light, refreshing Vitality Yoga Class at Uncommon Ground's Organic Rooftop Farm! Miss Gina Maria will be leading the session.

After the workout, lunch will be served inside the restaurant. The menu will feature healthy, fresh, organic farm-to-table food for everyone, plus beverage options including wines, coffees, teas, juices and our homemade sodas.


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The CoLab Presents: D Liva, Andie, Vivian Garcia, Annie Baldwin - 8PM | $10
Jun
30
8:00 PM20:00

The CoLab Presents: D Liva, Andie, Vivian Garcia, Annie Baldwin - 8PM | $10

Uncommon Ground and The CoLab are proud to present a SONGWRITER SHOWCASE featuring: D LivaAndieVivian GarciaAnnie Baldwin



D Liva is a musician from Chicago, IL.


Andie is a singer-songwriter new to the Chicago scene. With her sharp lyrics & sultry voice, she creates a unique sound that is mainly influenced by jazz & soul. She is currently attending Columbia College Chicago to pursue a degree in Contemporary Music and is planning to release a project this summer!


Vivian Garcia is a Chicago based singer-songwriter. Her musical journey has taken her from studying rumba flamenca rhythms in Granada, Spain to jamming with international folk musicians in Madrid as well as singing with various bands in Chicago. Cold Bed is her first album and her latest EP, In Between Times, was released February 26th, 2016. She's currently working on new collaborations for 2018. 


Annie Baldwin is an improvisational, spoken word artist fusing her poetry with music and letting it linger wherever she takes up space.

Inspired by the genre of antifolk, she is known for her stream of consciousness improvisation. It’s the intimacy she evokes in her poems- or what some would call, wandering prose- that fosters this unexpected feeling of closeness between her and her audience.

In her recordings, she invites you into the room with her and captures sound and space through crackling cassette recorders. She is known too as a guerrilla poet as she gives her typewritten poems to strangers on flowers and performs spontaneously with street musicians all over the country. The most important part of her art is how you experience it. She walks with the knowledge that her work will make it to those who need it most. She is very intentional about where and how she leaves her poems for others to find- whether that be graffitied in sharpie in a bathroom stall, left on a bus seat, or heard in passing in a dive bar in Tennessee.

She creates art for liberation. She seeks to use vulnerability and authenticity for healing, community building, and unapologetically starting revolutions in her lifetime.

But mostly, she speaks her truth so others can do the same.


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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Mark Gibson, Todd Kessler, Lucy Isabel - 7PM | $12
Jul
5
7:00 PM19:00

Mark Gibson, Todd Kessler, Lucy Isabel - 7PM | $12



Soulful. Original. Music. Singer/songwriter Mark Gibson has been a professional musician for 15 years. He’s released numerous albums throughout his career, with his latest offering, “Live From Soul City,” now available. He’s a dynamic performer that can glide between being smooth and unassuming, to creating attention grabbing, emotional crescendos. He recently moved from Tulsa, OK to Cincinnati, OH. He performs in both cities regularly, and will be touring in 2018. 


Calling Todd Kessler a singer/songwriter simply wouldn’t do him justice. The rising folk-rock star is the consummate storyteller, with a remarkable ability to take listeners on a winding, wonderful, and introspective journey through the depths of the human experience. 

Kessler’s highly anticipated new album, About Memory, was released on November 3, 2017. The album finds Kessler going back to his roots, producing a timeless folk sound with hints of alt-rock and classic Americana. Recorded in Los Angeles at New Monkey Studio (made famous by Elliot Smith), About Memory was produced by Marc Daniel Nelson (Fleetwood Mac, Colbie Caillat) and Ran Jackson (Katy Perry, Goo Goo Dolls) and mastered by Eric Boulanger, who has worked with industry titans like Adele, Green Day, and Neil Young. To date, Kessler has released two singles from About Memory: “Old Fashioned Way” and “The Letter.” 

Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Kessler graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Music Theory and Composition. Shortly after graduating, he released his first LP, We Are the Musicmakers. In 2012, Kessler formed Todd Kessler and The New Folk, and they released their first album, Sea Fever, which was produced by Manny Sanchez (Patrick Stump, Umphrees McGee). The album’s release was supported with a lengthy residency at Schubas Tavern, but as it happened, Kessler missed part of the residency when he was chosen as part of Team Ceelo on NBC’s The Voice.

Gaining exposure from The Voice, Todd Kessler and the New Folk began touring more, playing festivals like Summerfest, Taste of Chicago and Mile of Music. Between 2013 and 2015, the band worked on new material and released two singles: "Exactly Where I Should Be" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." But, as members of the New Folk began getting married and having children, life on the road became arduous. Eventually, the New Folk agreed to a break, disbanding indefinitely to spend time with their families.

Influenced by artists like Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Ryan Adams and David Gray, Kessler continues to evolve into the bold storyteller he’s always wanted to be.


Lucy Isabel is a singer-songwriter, originally from Monmouth County, New Jersey. From the age of six, she knew she wanted a career in the arts. She attended a performing arts high school, where she was a piano major. From there, Lucy went on to Yale University. As a Theater Studies major, Lucy participated in numerous stage productions. In her free time, she taught herself to play guitar and began writing music of her own.

In her senior year at Yale, Lucy began singing with the prestigious all-senior a cappella group, Whim 'n Rhythm. Over the course of her senior year, Lucy toured extensively with Whim, both domestically and internationally. It was with Whim that Lucy gained priceless insight as a member of a professional, touring music act.

In the fall of 2014, Lucy embarked on her next journey: a three-month, solitary road trip around the continental US. Relying on the kindness of strangers, Lucy was able to visit 42 states, performing and writing music as she went. Following this adventure, she made her move to Nashville, TN where she continued to hone her skills as a songwriter and performer. In June 2016, she released her debut EP, Along The Way, and followed that with a successful tour of the Midwest. She has been touring consistently since then, and, in February 2017, Lucy released a 4 song EP called "Kane". The release, a song cycle centered on the artist's maternal family, is a triumph in storytelling. Both of her EPs are available on all major online music distribution platforms.


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Jon Fuller, Tess Clare, Jory Avner - 7PM | $10
Jul
8
7:00 PM19:00

Jon Fuller, Tess Clare, Jory Avner - 7PM | $10



Jon Fuller is a singer-songwriter and pianist who is equally at home in the pop and theatre worlds. His new EP, The Art of Denial, features seven songs ranging in style and theme from funk-pop ("Dopamine Machine," an indictment of smartphone culture) to jazzy folk ("Get Down," a coming out story) to acoustic guitar-driven ballad ("Stop the Ocean," a song that chronicles the demise of a relationship). Jon, who has been playing live since 2008 and has performed on PBS, as a featured guest at PorchFest in Somerville, Massachusetts, and at colleges such as Vassar and Smith, is embarking on a national tour in support of the record.

Jon's debut album, Skipping Away from Dissonance, received airplay on independent and college radio stations and was featured on WVIA-FM's end-of-year Best Of list. He is nominated for two 2018 Just Plain Folks awards, and his music was licensed for promotional materials for the Broadway show Peter and the Starcatcher.


Tess Clare is from Highland Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago, but currently lives in Nashville. Classically trained in voice, Tess also plays guitar and piano. In order to focus on her music, Tess attended Interlochen Arts Academy for her last two years of high school, as a singer-songwriter major. She graduated from Interlochen in the spring of 2017, and was awarded the prestigious Singer-Songwriter of the Year Award. Tess was also chosen by the Grammy Foundation to be one of two media correspondents at the 2017 Grammy Awards. Tess is currently attending Belmont University in Nashville as a songwriting major and writes pop music. Some of her musical influences are Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Frank Ocean. 


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.


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SHALINI VARGHESE w/ Cecy Santana and Mark Madsen - 7PM | $12
Jul
9
7:00 PM19:00

SHALINI VARGHESE w/ Cecy Santana and Mark Madsen - 7PM | $12



Born in the deserts of California, Shalini Varghese captivates her audience with sweet vocals and riveting melodies coming straight from her soul. Her versatility in musical genres span from jazz and R&B to folk and classical, with vocal sensibilities of Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, and Aaliyah. 

Shalini demonstrated an aptitude for singing and musical performance at a young age, mimicking Paul Young, Michael Jackson, and Tina Turner. She delivered her first live, onstage performance as Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid’ at the age of seven and since then, she has honed her skills and performed in venues both in the States and Internationally. She placed first in a vocal competition for her rendition of "On my Own," from the musical Les Miserable and was a finalist in a National Broadway competition called "Wanna Be in Rent." Shalini was also granted the great honor of singing the National Anthem and Whitney Houston’s, "Greatest Love" at a charity event in front of dignitaries, Secretary of State, Colin Powell, Congresswoman, Mary Bono, and former President, George Bush, when she was just in high school. In 2016, she performed the National Anthem for a WNBA game at the Staples Center. 

During her residence in Los Angeles, Shalini has become an in-demand performing artist. She has lit up the stage at hot venues all over LA and Hollywood, including the Key Club, Cinespace, House of Blues, and Sofitel. She has also appeared on radio shows around the world. 

Along with being a live performer, Shalini is a seasoned recording artist and songwriter and can sing in different languages. She also loves to experiment with new styles of music like electronic dance music (EDM), house, and positive world. One of her more recent collaborative projects is with producer and co-writer, Savvy. In this imminent EP, you will hear fresh beats with a throwback R&B and hip-hop vibe that will be sure to make you groove. Her latest release with Savvy is called, “What it Means to Be,” a song meant to inspire those to be connected to one another and live in a more peaceful and loving way.


Hailing from Sao Paulo, Cecy Santana grew up in a musical family headed by her father, legendary Afro-Brazilian trumpeter Carlos Santana. As a young musical prodigy, Cecy excelled in flute and voice, and often performed in various church concerts and ministries. Since her arrival in the United States, Cecy Santana has worked in many musical genres such as house, dance, jam band, Brazilian Popular Music, traditional Brazilian music, and R&B.  Her music has been featured in various conventions such as The Winter Music Conference in Miami, as well as in commercials and other forms of advertisements.  As a performer, she has guest appeared with bands such as the New Orleans powerhouse Galactic, and has opened up for mainstream recording artists such as Fantasia Barrino, Carl Thomas,  Roy Ayers, Musiq Soulchild, and Lil Wayne.  The newest rising star from THE BEAUTIFUL LAND is invading America with her sultry vocals, sexy moves, hypnotizing rhythms, and intoxicating beauty. Based in the Midwestern metropolis of Chicago, Cecy Santana uses the power of her voice and dance to bring audiences into a world of celebration, exuberance and purpose.  


A lifelong performer, Mark Madsen has appeared as a singer, musician, and entertainer all across the United States. From rock to pop, to blues, to swing, his performances are truly products of the Chicago melting pot.

Mark began his professional performing career at the age of nine, with a pop trio The Precisions. Four years later he began working three nights a week in a suburban Chicago nightclub, with his father’s group, The Bob Madsen Quartet. While drumming and singing in his father’s band, he spent four years playing guitar and vocalizing in one of the premier high school bands in the United States. The Notre Dame High School Meledons under the direction of noted music educator Rev. George Wiskirchen. He attended DePaul University’s School of Music while continuing his performing career. After leaving college, he spent the next six years playing in local and nationally based acts, including Spike Jones Jr. And his Band-Aids. In the late 70’s and early 80’s he played drums and sang with the legendary Chicago violinist Johnny Frigo and the Country Hit Men.

During the 80’s, he continued writing, performing, and recording with a project titled Alias Madman, an electronic pop band exploring the MIDI explosion of the 1980’s. The band performed concerts utilizing synchronous live music and video computer systems. Mark continues to write and develop this aspect of his talents as well. His benefit performances have been appreciated for more than ten years. In addition to his live appearances, he often provides a musical voice for advertising.


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm - 7PM | $10
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm - 7PM | $10



Vocalist Jenna Mammina has been recognized as one of the leading women of jazz/pop crossover for three years in a row by Jazziz Magazine and was awarded Jazz Performer of the Year in the SF Weekly. Jenna has performed with Ricki Lee Jones, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Phish, and Rosemary Clooney. She’s appeared at Yoshi’s in Oakland, California, The Green Mill in Chicago, and festivals like Jazz Aspen, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, and Monterey San Francisco. Jenna’s first album, Under the Influence, earned a four-star review in Japan’s most prestigious jazz magazine, Swing Journal.

Guitarist Rolf Sturm has played on over 65 CDs. He’s performed with or been on recordings featuring: Loudon Wainwright, David Johansen (Buster Poindexter/NY Dolls), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), Maggie Roche, Eddy Arnold (Country Music legend), Ike Willis (Frank Zappa), Roswell Rudd, Archie Shepp, Tony Trischka, John Medeski, and Catherine Russell. He has performed at the JVC Jazz Festival, Syracuse Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has performed extensively throughout the US and Europe. His music’s been featured on NPR and has received 4 stars in DownBeat magazine. 


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Haunted Like Human, Almond&Olive, Shealeigh - 8PM | $12
Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

Haunted Like Human, Almond&Olive, Shealeigh - 8PM | $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.


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

The music A&O creates comes at you in waves. Together their voices lay down a solid base and tone, funneling you into succinct chorus melodies that build into a crescendo of rich and powerful harmonies. The end result of each song is satisfying and expressive, weaving together themes of love, fear, hope and loss. Each song’s purpose is to mark a moment in time, and give the listener a glimpse into the lives of these prolific songwriters. It’s a vulnerable look at times, though for the most part the music resolves itself to the basic emotions of hope and love, and let’s you know that no matter how low things get, there is a lift coming soon.

A&O believe that, when possible, using their platform of musical creation and performance to give back to those in need is a natural extension of their personal goals - to make the world a better place for those who live in it. 


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.


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OLD SAP - 7PM | $10
Jul
15
7:00 PM19:00

OLD SAP - 7PM | $10



Old Sap is a banjoist and songwriter, born and raised in Chicago, who grew his musical roots in Bigfork, Montana playing throughout the Pacific Northwest. Comprising Folk, Folk Rock, Americana, and Old Time Blues, Sap's songs run the gamut from upbeat and rhythmic to soothing and contemplative, often all in the same song. Fast, old-timey clawhammer meets modern song styles and finger-picked compositions to tell stories of loss, of finding joy in adventure and uncertainty, and of learning to bear life’s ugliness with grace and a sense of humor.



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DAVID RYLE w/ A Well Known Secret - 7PM | $10
Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

DAVID RYLE w/ A Well Known Secret - 7PM | $10



David Ryle is a 23-year-old soul/folk artist from Milwaukee, WI now residing in Boulder, CO. David began his career in music at age 17 in 2012, moving to Milwaukee and enrolling in Milwaukee High School of the Arts while taking private lessons in classical guitar at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, studying with Raymond Mueller. After graduating in 2014, David enrolled at the Peck School of the Arts, studying under Rene Izquierdo, globally renowned classical guitar virtuoso.

While studying classical guitar, David would play local open mics, talent shows, and write songs in his spare time. Leaving Peck School of the Arts in 2016 to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors.

In fall that same year, David went on to release his debut EP, Know Thyself, a seven-track record recorded at the Madison Media Institute with Gage Brunes, Madison based recording engineer. Alongside the EP, in spring of that year, "Mockingbird" (the first single)'s official music video was released with a second music video being released that same year in winter called "Light Pollution."

David has been ranked #2 on the Milwaukee singer-songwriter charts and #7 on the Boulder singer-songwriter charts. He is currently working on a second EP alongside a 2018 summer tour and a series of music videos all set to be released for the summer of 2018.


A Well Known Secret is a Madison based four-piece rock band. Pulling influences from 60s psych, 70s hard rock, and 90s grunge, A Well Known Secret has a sound that is as unique as it is familiar.


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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RACHAEL KILGOUR - 7PM | $10
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

RACHAEL KILGOUR - 7PM | $10



Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-born, Boston-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work bravely walks the line between personal and political. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and 2017 winner of the Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. Billboard calls her latest release "a heartfelt slice of master crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others."


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Kate Quinby & Gamble Scrantom w/ Two Birds - 7PM | $12
Jun
17
7:00 PM19:00

Kate Quinby & Gamble Scrantom w/ Two Birds - 7PM | $12

Kate Quinby

Gamble Scrantom

Two Birds



Kate Quinby recorded her first album, Tribute to Water, in Chicago's Grammy-award winning Joyride Studios.  She's performed in the US, UK, and Spain. Her style is a blend of soul, folk and jazz - a reflection of the places she's lived and her travels around the world. She is currently based in Spain.


Hailing from Tennessee, Gamble Scrantom draws from an eclectic, mostly acoustic guitar style that spans genres from Hall & Oates to Ryan Adams. Perfectionism and improv superstardom blend together in a kitchen sink smoothie. WARNING: Sad music may, and probably will, occur.


Two Birds is a bluegrass, jazz, folk, singer/songwriter duo from the Chicagoland area. On mandolin, we have Sam Powers. Singing and playing acoustic guitar, we have Meryl Rudy. The two have been performing and making music together for six years. Both attend Berklee College of Music studying their respective instruments. 


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KURT MICHAELS CONTINUUM w/ Kathie Mills - 8:30PM | $10
Jun
16
8:30 PM20:30

KURT MICHAELS CONTINUUM w/ Kathie Mills - 8:30PM | $10



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


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Little Kids Rock Student Open Mic Night - 5PM | $5
Jun
16
5:00 PM17:00

Little Kids Rock Student Open Mic Night - 5PM | $5

Little Kids Rock Student Open Mic Night



Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit music education organization. Its mission is to make high-quality music education available and accessible to public schools throughout the country. This is an Open Mic Night for students in the Little Kids Rock network.


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

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

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


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


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Lynn Nardelli and Kent Koller - 7PM | $10
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Lynn Nardelli and Kent Koller - 7PM | $10

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Lynn Nardelli (w/ special guest Tammy Scarlett)

Kent Koller



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. Stay tuned for originals from Lynn & Chris coming soon...


Kent Koller is a musician from Metro-Detroit often compared to Jeff Buckley.  Kent performs intricate and nuanced finger-style guitar, combined with a vocal breadth that is vast, soulful, and acrobatic.  His own music is combined with a tasteful delicacy of cover songs which often include B.B. King, The Platters, Roy Orbison, Jackie Wilson, Queen, Prince,  George Michael, and others.


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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Uncommon Bard: "The Sounds of Shakespeare's Italy" - SHAKESPEARE DINNER THEATRE - 6PM | $10
Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Uncommon Bard: "The Sounds of Shakespeare's Italy" - SHAKESPEARE DINNER THEATRE - 6PM | $10

Uncommon Bard: SHAKESPEARE DINNER THEATRE



"A dozen Bodkins, all alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene..."

It's no secret that Shakespeare loved setting his plays in the lovely country that is Italy. Join your favorite Bodkins as we tour our way through la bella Italia via scenework from the Italian plays, touching down in Verona, Venice, and Rome, among others. And who knows, you may chance to hear some of Shakespeare's words in the Italian language!


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


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EMMA JAYNE - 8PM | $15
Jun
9
8:00 PM20:00

EMMA JAYNE - 8PM | $15


$12 Advance  |  $15 Doors

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Soulful singer-songwriter and storyteller Emma Jayne delivers heartfelt pop songs heavily inspired by her background in ukulele and jazz piano.

For lovers of Carole King, Sara Bareilles, and laughing until you cry. 

Every single song has a story, and Emma is telling them all on her tour of the East Coast and Midwest with her debut full-length, Nashville recorded album, Jetlag. 

Jetlag and other releases can be found on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your music. Emma Jayne can be found binge eating chips and salsa and thinking about that one time she tripped and fell in 2012. 



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ROB BOCHNIK w/ Nikki Morgan - 8PM | $10
Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

ROB BOCHNIK w/ Nikki Morgan - 8PM | $10



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.


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.


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ELI LEV w/ Angie Campbell - 7PM | $10
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

ELI LEV w/ Angie Campbell - 7PM | $10



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At the center of the most potent folk music is a shamanistic vessel that’s traveled miles in the outside world and miles within his or her emotional interior to emerge with music that instantly breaks down walls and opens hearts. Folk singer-songwriter Eli Lev beholds the gifts of such journeys. He’s a searcher, a sage, and a storyteller with a message of unity in song. He pens hymns for everyday enlightenment—songs that resonate because they’re heartfelt, earthy, and they offer wisdom culled from self-discovery. His upcoming two-album release, All Roads East and Way Out West, imaginatively and intrepidly connect spheres and generations with a body of work that’s irresistibly uplifting, emotionally resonant, and groundbreaking.

“When I’ve been on the road, and I can’t speak the language, I’ve always been able to play a song and suddenly everyone’s singing and dancing. There’s a connection there, and, in that instant, there is a community,” marvels the Washington, D.C.-based artist.

Eli has built a robust profile through wowing audiences whenever he picks up a guitar. Select highlights from his national and international performances include appearing at Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nevada; Music on the Mall Festival in Washington DC; Kennedy Center Millennium Stage for the METRO Performs Series; and playing at the US Capitol building at the invitation of DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Currently, he maintains a busy schedule performing at regional and national venues like the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, Rockwood Music Hall in New York City, and Jammin Java in Vienna, Virginia. Eli has opened for national acts such as Shooter Jennings and Ellis Paul and sang the opening song for the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, DC.


Chicago based singer/songwriter Angie Campbell brings a heartfelt musical encounter everywhere she goes.  All she needs is a chair and an acoustic guitar to take her audience with her into a place of sharing life and love in song that will not soon be forgotten. 


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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The Folk It Up! Dinner Show (Anthony Bodnar Jr, Blake Korte, The New Switcheroo) - 7PM | $12
Jun
3
7:00 PM19:00

The Folk It Up! Dinner Show (Anthony Bodnar Jr, Blake Korte, The New Switcheroo) - 7PM | $12

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Native of the St. Louis, Mo metro area, Anthony Bodnar Jr. has performed around the country playing Original and Traditional folk songs to a wide range of demographics. Inspired by artists like Andy Cohen, Utah Philips, old-time traditional American music and the revivalists of the 20th century, Anthony continues to promote the music of the people.


Blake Korte was raised in Highland, Illinois. The Appalachian mountain dulcimer was the first instrument he learned to play thanks to his grandmother’s interest in old-time music. This interest was passed on and developed over time although Blake spent his formative years and early years of college performing with classical music ensembles and various musical projects with friends. All the while, he still maintained an appreciation and knowledge-base of folk music and some of its global permutations. Blake is a graduate of the music program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and is a multi-instrumentalist focused on folk, bluegrass, country, old-time, and world music.


The New Switcheroo is a 4-member indie folk rock band based in Chicago. Featuring sublime vocal harmonies layered over lush instrumental arrangements, they create a rich sound, guaranteed to warm your insides, tickle your fancy, and rock you right out of your boots!


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DAVID PAIGE w/ Julianne Q and the Band - 8PM | $15
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

DAVID PAIGE w/ Julianne Q and the Band - 8PM | $15



David Paige is a touring rock singer from Chicago with an unapologetic 90s style. With over a decade of performances under his belt, he is one of the hardest working independent artists in the business. Hailed as a truly gifted entertainer, this frontman’s passionate performances and sincere songwriting create a genuine connection with his audience. David was a finalist on VH1’s “Make a Band Famous”, has appeared on national TV, and has toured the United States from LA to New York – headlining venues like House of Blues in Chicago, The Mint in LA, and Bowery Electric in New York.


Julianne Q and the Band write a new definition of classic. Fronted by the powerful vocals and creative mind of Julianne Quaas, the now four-piece evolution is carving its own path into Chicago’s music scene. Julianne Q’s debut album (released 2017) has received international attention this year, and displays a 60s-70s tinged blues-rock flavor akin to Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, and Amy Winehouse. Julianne Q and The Band bring their classic rock and blues roots to the Chicago scene.


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

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

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

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

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


With home as a hotel room and a suitcase, Mel Parsons has built up a solid fan base the old fashioned way - winning over audiences on the live circuit.  Parsons is dynamite on stage and well known as one of New Zealand’s established songwriting stars.  The award winning indie-folk singer released her third full length album, Drylands, to critical acclaim.  Parsons is at home on stage and renowned as an engaging performer with a naturally emotive voice and razor sharp wit.  With a wide breadth of material, she can swing from the gutsy & rhythmic hand-clappers, through to pin-drop ballads in a heartbeat.  Testament to Parsons’ songwriting is the endorsement of Canadian music royalty Ron Sexsmith, who lends his voice to the Drylands track “Don’t Wait.” 


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

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

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


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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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

The Devilish Winks (Acoustic)

Lisa Hastings (of Clamor and Claw)



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


Taking a side step off lead-vocals from the high power Chicago jazz group, Clamor and Claw, Lisa Hastings’ solo style is relaxed, and loosens up the cobwebs from the meticulous masters of the past. Drawing influences from sterling song-spinners such as Harry Nilsson, Fatz Waller, Hank Williams and Nina Simone, Hastings weaves a new tapestry all her own.


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HONEY CELLAR w/ Oku - 7PM | $10
May
26
7:00 PM19:00

HONEY CELLAR w/ Oku - 7PM | $10



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Born on a freight train in the age of radio, Honey Cellar is a Chicago-based band with a warm folk rock sound rooted in three-part harmonies and original upbeat tunes. 


Oku is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Alex Katsaropoulos originating from the poetic journal of Matsu Basho and other eastern concepts in the lyrics and imagery. It combines minimalist Americana writing with much more experimental ideas such as layers of harmonies, colorful samples, and dynamic use of drums.

In 2016, Alex began playing some smaller shows as Oku around Chicago but realized there was more work to be done. He then linked up with Chicago producer Jonathan Alvin, who's worked with bands such as The Hush Sound and Dr. Manhattan, and spent the next year writing and recording Oku’s first full-length album. With the album’s release quickly approaching, Alex is back out playing shows in the Chicago area ready to promote what has become an absolutely brilliant debut record. 


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Acoustic Night: Joey Pettrone, Leo Fron, Nicodemus D - 7PM | $8
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Acoustic Night: Joey Pettrone, Leo Fron, Nicodemus D - 7PM | $8



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Through faith in humankind and passion for the world that surrounds us, Joey Pettrone is inspiring the masses to seek the purest form of freedom, happiness. He never stops writing and the quality of his work is out of this world. His lyrics have the power to make your knees weak and your heart glow all at the same time. This man was gifted with the voice of an angel. That or he is an angel. We haven't quite figured that out yet.


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Leo Fron is a musician from the south side of Chicago. He currently performs a mixture of rock, folk and jam band material. Leo has been performing for 8 solid years of performing, whether in a band or solo acoustic. He has played big stages like House of Blues to the local bars that locals love. He is going along for the ride and hopes you will too. 


Hailing from the greater Joliet, Illinois area, Nicodemus D (Nick Domberg) is a roots-rock musician that carries a sound of baroque folk and rowdy reggae. He also carries his toolbox of harmonicas and percussion instruments. Inspirations range from Tom Waits to Toots and the Maytals. He has played with groups such as The Thirsty Travelers, Etlin Zylin, and Bad Saddles, but has been known to hop in on any manner of an impromptu jam. A real music slut. He is currently playing solo performances, but don’t be surprised if you see his lanky 6-foot-4-inch-self sitting in with his friends at a venue near you.


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Folk & Jazz Sandwich: Adela's, Sneaky Archer, Zac Nunnery Trio - 7PM | $10
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Folk & Jazz Sandwich: Adela's, Sneaky Archer, Zac Nunnery Trio - 7PM | $10

A line-up of folk, jazz, and something in between. Adela's, Sneaky Archer, and Zac Nunnery Trio will be sharing a stage and sharing some great music!



Adela's: Polish-American instrumentalist, poet, human bean.


Sneaky Archer: Chamber-folk thing led by instrumentalist and composer Devin Clara, that is a mix-up of a diverse musical backgrounds and instrumentation.


Zac Nunnery Trio: A trio of stellar local jazz talent led by guitarist and composer, Zac Nunnery.


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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THE CALEB MILLER SOLO PROJECT w/ Val Leventhal and Mike Felten - 7PM | $10
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

THE CALEB MILLER SOLO PROJECT w/ Val Leventhal and Mike Felten - 7PM | $10



The Caleb Miller Solo Project is the official stage-name for Joplin, MO-based singer-songwriter Caleb Miller.  Combining his traditional folk and alt rock roots with jazz, hip-hop, and world music elements TCMSP is quickly developing into a unique fusion style.


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Singer/songwriter Val Leventhal has been performing in the Chicago area since 1973. She writes and sings folk, country, rock, blues, jazz and pop with an occasional foray into world music.


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Mike Felten aka Johnny Lunchbucket: Yow! Unreconstructed freak folk from a cat as well steeped in freak blues as he is in freak folk. A unique personality , Felten almost takes you back to the clubs that fed off the energy of Gate of Horn grooming the opening acts of tomorrow. Wild stuff folkies who color outside the lines will love.


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

Tom Benko and Alex Sokol - 7PM | $10



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

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

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

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

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


Alex Sokol is a Chicago born and based musician and visual artist.  He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 with a degree in Audio Design and Production. 

As an artist, Alex writes and performs music and video in multiple capacities and styles.  His personal projects: Alex Sokol (Solo Music), S O K O L (Hard Rock), The Chamber Experience (Multimedia Installation), and Common Knowledge (Harp/Guitar Duo) perform in various venues across the Chicago-land area.  

He also creates video content and performs live video for a variety of bands and musical artists in Chicago including Electric Hawk, Mouth Captain, and Umbra and the Volcan Siege. s a freelancer, Alex engineers and produces music and is currently working on a new release by local duo Whisky Tales.  He also creates and mixes music and video for local artists and projects, as well as for commercial advertising. Alex also currently works at Blue Man Group Chicago as a Sound Engineer and at The Art Institute of Chicago as an Audiovisual Technician.


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

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

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$10 - CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

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


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



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

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

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$10 - CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

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


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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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


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SKYLINE SEMBLANCE w/ Dusty Carlson - 7PM | $10
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

SKYLINE SEMBLANCE w/ Dusty Carlson - 7PM | $10

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Skyline Semblance started as a brother and sister musical endeavor, but has since evolved to a five member indie rock band from the Chicago land area. Their sound is a blend of powerful heartfelt lyrics, acoustic influences, colorful chord progressions, and tight grooves. Rachel, the primary songwriter, conveys messages and themes that reach a wide audience. Her words uncover truths about her inner struggles and today's society. 

Inspiration is drawn from artists such as Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Howard, Pearl and the Beard, William Fitzsimmons, Good Old War, and From Indian Lakes.

Skyline Semblance truly wishes you enjoy their music and hopes that their songs touch you, help you, or change you in some way.


Dusty Carlson is a Chicago based bassist and vocalist with an expansive repertoire of jazz, blues, folk, pop, and American songbook selections. He can take you for a long walk down the proverbial beach with his bass playing, and woo you gently back home with his folksy voice. The bass player next door is joined by 2 of his best Puerto Rican amigos, Marcos Rios on guitar and Jose Carrasquillo on cuatro, adding with an untethered island fire and a very unique sounding trio.


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