Oxbow and Moor w/ Wright Gatewood & Bob McGuire - 6PM | $8
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Oxbow and Moor w/ Wright Gatewood & Bob McGuire - 6PM | $8


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


Born along the Fox River and raised in the northern woods of Wisconsin, Oxbow and Moor bring a touch of blues to their rural Folk-rock roots. This Americana power duo layers harmony over bourbon-fueled melodies, and half-caff rhythms.


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



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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

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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Odd's Bodkins presents: Drunk Shakespeare - 7PM | $10
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

Odd's Bodkins presents: Drunk Shakespeare - 7PM | $10

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


Drunk Shakespeare. It's not your Momma's Shakespeare! We are drinking the Bard under the table! The Comedy of Errors as performed by the Odd's Bodkin's theatre company will consist of a remount of the classic Shakespearean play, but with one major twist. Four of the actors will be "sacrificed" to the audience! Mean, each actor takes a shot when the audience calls for it! With four lead characters all dizzily trying to remember lines, how will the narrative change and where is the story even trying to go?!


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

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


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


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


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


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Dec
18
6:00 PM18:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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30 Something & Friends - 8PM | $10
Dec
19
8:00 PM20:00

30 Something & Friends - 8PM | $10


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


Join us for a great evening of music the week before Christmas! Please join us for dinner starting at 7:30pm.  We’ll have some cool holiday jazz to warm up the room…

At 8pm our student musicians Ethan Sieben, Benjamin Zorn and James Fraser – who last played with us in July at Uncommon Ground – have formed “Over the Counter Culture,” and will share original tunes and acoustic covers of blues and folk standards. The July show funded their trip to West Virginia’s Clifftop Roots fest – they’ll surely have some new tunes to sing and stories to tell…

At 9pm The Leadership Greater Chicago-inspired band “30 Something & Friends”, led by Craig Sieben (Harmonica, Vocals), Felicia Davis (Vocals) and David Tropp (Sax), will be joined by Torin Hopkins (Guitar, Vocals), Lindsey Elton (Vocals), and Ethan Sieben (Bass) as well as a few surprise guests who will add spice to our musical stew.


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AlecTet w/ Alexis Lombre, Yanna Cello - 7PM | $10
Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

AlecTet w/ Alexis Lombre, Yanna Cello - 7PM | $10


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


Micah Collier is one of Chicago’s young and promising jazz bassist. His artistic love of traditional jazz and hip-hop bass lines helps to create a powerful musical voyage. He is heavily involved with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Hyde Park Jazz Society, and has been playing on Chicago’s jazz scene for the past three years. Micah was recently featured on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and is currently studying at the Brubeck Institute. As a talented upright and electric bassist, Micah has benefited greatly by the tutelage of renown bassists Brian Collier, Michael Manson, Rufus Reid, Larry Gray, Victor Wooten, Joe Policastro and many more. Micah has also had the pleasure of working under the teachings of Ernest Dawkins and his Young Masters Program, where he expands his knowledge of the music industry and jazz history. Micah has also had the opportunity to play with and be mentored by musicians such as Pharez Whitted, Corey Wilkes, Joan Collaso, Theo Croker, Lenny White, Charles Heath, Junius Paul, Justin Dillard and many more. Micah has had the pleasure of playing with Bobby Watson on the debut of the Micah Collier Trio at Andy’s Jazz Club and he presented a stellar performance of the Micah Collier’s AlécTet at Room 43 this past summer. Micah was invited back to Andy’s Jazz Club to debut his AlécTet in March 2018 and then contracted for a two-month run in May and June Micah has played at Chicago festivals such as Englewood Jazz Fest, 51st Street Jazz Fest, Taste of Chicago and the Silver Room Block Party, to name a few. Micah Collier brings a new resonance to contemporary jazz. Bridging the classic sounds of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk with the eclectic ease of Robert Glasper to create his unique sound of Jazz Fusion. Micah expands the understanding of jazz to be inclusive of other genres to create a music that feels good to the soul.


Alexis Lombre is a young jazz pianist who discovered early that the true essence of music is not just about what you hear but how music makes you feel. Her musical mission is to keep the ‘Soul’ in music alive. The 2017 release of her debut album, Southside Sounds, does just that, as it is a soulful reflection of her upbringing on Chicago’s Southside. This collection of her original compositions is an attempt to pay homage to the southside’s lively artistic, cultural heritage. In addition to her debut record, she was featured on Live The Spirit Residency Presents: “The Young Masters” (2016), and Mikel Patrick Avery’s “Music for a 1/2 Sized Piano” (2014). Alexis has performed at some of jazz’s major venues and festivals in Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Newark, St. Louis and Kansas City. Most recently, she celebrated the release of her debut CD at Chicago’s historic Jazz Showcase. She has shared the stage with international renowned jazz musicians such as Ernest Dawkins, Ingrid Jensen, Kendrick Scott, James Carter, Marion Hayden, Gayelynn McKinney, Bobby Watson and, has studied with Geri Allen, Willie Pickens and former Jazz Messenger, Benny Green.


Yanna Cello, also known as Ayanna Williams, is classically trained but trapfully raised. Yanna is a classically trained cellist of 16 years from the south side of Chicago. Yanna has been performing nationwide since the age of 13 and has been most recently featured in the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye for pushing the boundaries of traditional classical instruments in an era of electronic music. Yanna has also been featured in several other media outlets such as ABC7 Chicago, NBC News, WFMT Radio, WTTW Chicago, NAACP’s Crisis Magazine, Ebony Magazine, and Windy City Live. After quitting the cello for seven years, Yanna truly missed her passion. She began playing the cello again in November 2017 and fell in love with her talents in an entirely new way. Yanna decided to break away from the strict classical mold and pave her own path which incorporates her love for trap, rap, hip hop, reggae, and R&B with the classical remnants of composers such as Bach, Haydn, and Brahms. Yanna’s cello journey shows that it is never too late to start, quit, and restart. It is never too late to learn, quit, and relearn. However, her classical and trap cello musicianship doesn’t solely stop at her melodic sounds. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to double major in Economics and Environmental Sustainability. After earning her Bachelor’s in 2015, she then earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago in 2017. Her background is a melting pot between quality music education advocacy and activism, uplifting classical music and the fine arts within underrepresented communities, working with youth through classical music. Yanna plans on pursuing her PhD, focusing her research on using classical music as a preventative method for crime and incarceration within inner city youth and using classical music as a form of restorative justice for those in the prison system.


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

TODD ALBRIGHT - 7pm | $10


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


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

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

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

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


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Fiona McMahon w/ Jack Kapson, McCarthy - 6PM | $8
Dec
29
6:00 PM18:00

Fiona McMahon w/ Jack Kapson, McCarthy - 6PM | $8


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


Fiona McMahon knew she wanted to play guitar the moment her older brother got one for Christmas. Fast forward several years, and she found herself with an excessive amount of time in South Carolina. Rather than drown her sorrows in the comforts of fried chicken, she picked up a guitar and hasn't stopped playing since. After debuting at Phyllis' Musical Inn, Fiona can be found playing at various venues around Chicago. She is currently a resident artist at the Elbo Room.


Jack Kapson is Chicago-based guitarist, singer, songwriter. He has developed an eclectic sound as a result of many years of casual, academic, and professional exposure to a wide range of musical styles, including RnB, Soul, Rock, Reggae, Jazz, and Hip-hop. His wide-ranging taste has resulted in a blend of musically stylistic elements that neatly fit together to create his distinct sound. Each song contains carefully crafted lyrics that include but are not limited to themes of positivity, social consciousness, spirituality, going with the flow, and always striving to keep it real.


Tom has played The Wisconsin State Fair with Cream City and Tommy Nevins with the Grateful Dads. David played Phyllis' Musical Inn twice recently with Fiona. Before that the Elbo Room With Slim Chance.


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Jake & the Soul Professors, Caleb Penley - 6PM | $10
Dec
30
6:00 PM18:00

Jake & the Soul Professors, Caleb Penley - 6PM | $10


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


Jake and the Soul Professors are a BRAND NEW 5 piece soul-pop outfit with R&B and Funk influences. Featuring crooning vocals, tasty licks, and some thick rhythms, these gentlemen cover the range from heartfelt to can't-stop-dancing. Assembled from a truly diverse background of musical experience, from jazz to metal to country, they have found their common voice and are ready to give you a taste (though you will undoubtedly leave hungry for more).


Caleb Penley. Original music with an original sound. Raised playing music and pulling influences from the Beatles to Kid Cudi Caleb's genre changes from show to show.


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NYE with Vibe Theory
Dec
31
to Jan 1

NYE with Vibe Theory

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Live Music from 10pm - 1am in Uncommon Ground's Music Room! 
Clear the floor and feel the groove with Vibe Theory! Bringing the old school to the new school, Vibe Theory rocks live band versions of currents artists like Rhianna, Drake, and The Weeknd as well as pay homage to the classics including Prince, Marvin Gaye, and Sam Cooke. The members of Vibe Theory come from diverse musical backgrounds in the Chicago area playing everything from underground hip hop to large scale musicals. Past artists they have played behind include Big Sean, Theo Peoples (Four Tops, Temptations), Becca Brown (School of Rock), and Sandy Redd (The Voice). In 2018 they came together on a gig backing up a local blues artist and decided to stick together to share their new Vibe Theory with you.

Countdown Party* - $25
10pm - 1am 
Live Music by Vibe Theory, countdown + champagne toast!

Countdown Party, Open Bar + Late Night Snacks - $50
10pm - 1am
In addition to access to the Countdown Party, guests will receive wristbands for access to open bar in the Music Room. Late night snacks will be served!


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jan
1
6:00 PM18:00

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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Eric Lambert w/ James Curley and Mojo49 - 6PM | $10
Jan
4
6:00 PM18:00

Eric Lambert w/ James Curley and Mojo49 - 6PM | $10


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


Eric Lambert impresses audiences with his original elixir of feel-good Americana infused with bluegrass, blues, roots, rock, & soul. His authentic sound is an eclectic blend that knows no boundaries. A 2015 Chicago Music Awards winner, Eric is well-regarded for his enthusiasm, visible joy, earthy voice, and precision licks. Renowned as a flatpicking guitarist, Lambert fronted the Henhouse Prowlers band for several years. Currently, Lambert performs solo as well as teamed up with other stellar musicians—he’s a standout crowd-pleaser. Eric is also a sought-after teacher who gives lessons at Down Home Guitars in Frankfort, IL as well as on DVD via TrueFire.com. Eric Lambert impresses audiences with his original elixir of feel-good Americana infused with bluegrass, blues, roots, rock, & soul. His authentic sound is an eclectic blend that knows no boundaries. A 2015 Chicago Music Awards winner, Eric is well-regarded for his enthusiasm, visible joy, earthy voice, and precision licks. Renowned as a flatpicking guitarist, Lambert fronted the Henhouse Prowlers band for several years. Currently, Lambert performs solo as well as teamed up with other stellar musicians—he’s a standout crowd-pleaser. Eric is also a sought-after teacher who gives lessons at Down Home Guitars in Frankfort, IL as well as on DVD via TrueFire.com.


James Curley began writing songs in the mid 1970s in his native Philadelphia, influenced mainly by trips to the Philadelphia Folk Festival and to local clubs like The Main Point, Grendel's Lair and others. He appeared as a solo songwriter back then, opening locally for other artists of the day, including Artie Traum and Lou London. Leaving Philadelphia, James played in Denver, Boulder, Eugene and other areas and eventually wound up in Houston, where he was heavily influenced by the Texas songwriter scene there at the time. Moving to Austin in 1979, he immersed himself deeper in the local songwriting scene and performed in venues there until moving to Chicago several years later. Taking a hiatus from music from 1987 until 1997 to raise a family and start a small business, James took up songwriting with earnest again, and released his first CD - Tom's Cafe - in 2002, Several tracks continue to get modest airplay on indie, folk and college radio stations, as well as having been synced to film and cable television shows. The CD was produced by guitarist Larry Clyman (Big Shoulders, The Otters, Lonnie Brooks Band) and featured performances from some of James musical friends like Nancy Walker and Sue Demel (Sons of the Never Wrong), Jay Sebastian (Twang Bang) and others. In 2007, James released his 2nd CD - Manufactured Meaning - again working with Larry Clyman. Larry had moved to upstate New York, and James collaborated there with local musicians like Tony Markellis (David Bromberg Band) and Rick Rourke (Lost Wages) to produce the record. Several songs from the record, especially Lay Down Big Easy - a lament for the post-Katrina reality of New Orleans - continue to receive radio airplay. 2013 saw the release of There Used To Be a Train – James’ 3rd CD. Produced and arranged by John Abbey and featuring some of Chicago’s best Folk/Americana musicians as well as support from the groups Sons of The Never Wrong and 2-Bit Palomino, the record is enjoying excellent early reviews and radio airplay.


mojo49 gets its name from Highway 49 that cuts through the Mississippi Delta. It is an Americana roots duo with diverse influences from Chicago to New Orleans. David Sims - Drums and Vocals Born and raised in Mississippi, David moved to Chicago in the early 90's, he has toured the US, Canada, Europe and Japan and recorded on Alligator and Blind Pig Records. Chuck Wasserburg - Guitar and Vocals Originally from Los Angeles, Chuck is a veteran of the Chicago music scene. His style melds a diverse array of influences, from Elmore James and Johnny Winter to Robert Johnson and Ry Cooder.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jan
8
6:00 PM18:00

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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NICHOLAS RAYMOND w/ Michael Richard Klics - 6PM | $10
Jan
9
6:00 PM18:00

NICHOLAS RAYMOND w/ Michael Richard Klics - 6PM | $10


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


Nicholas Raymond is a multi instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer & collaborator. Touring nationally, he remains dedicated to each moment on stage. He is most known for his animated drumming/singing while fronting the rock & roll group The Traveling Suitcase. Raymond shares his vulnerable side in his passion for story telling & folk music. Recording and performing with Brandon Domer, his musical companion of 16 years, these two are a laboratory of soundscapes. Nicholas has an original & authentic approach to his art, often playing his guitar filled with rhythm & unique tunings. A voice that carries & defines any space with or without a microphone.


A little over a year ago, Impose Magazine featured the LA-based artist Michael Richard Klics.


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Grant Milliren w/ Larry Anthony & Erik Martinek - 6PM | $10
Jan
12
6:00 PM18:00

Grant Milliren w/ Larry Anthony & Erik Martinek - 6PM | $10


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


Grant Milliren is a singer-songwriter from the great plains of Illinois. He is currently signed by STU Records of Illinois State University and toured the Midwest in July of 2018 in support of his debut LP, "The Little Things".


As an old school RnB-influenced guitarist, Larry Anthony has built a diverse fanbase through his work as both a guitar slinger and troubadour. Larry Anthony has left it all behind to pursue career as a singer-songwriter and has since been cutting his teeth on the Chicago skyline. His honest lyrics paired soulful melodies, and rockin' grooves are sure to move your heart and your hips. His well received demo, “Just Another Day”, gained international traction by placing in the “Top 10" on Australian and Canadian radio. Larry Anthony is recommended if you like artists such as; John Mayer, Matt Corby, David Ryan Harris, Gary Clark Jr., Jimi Hendrix....but come see for yourself!


Erik Martinek. Singer/Songwriter with two original albums out! Originally from Chicago, he is now a student at Berklee College of Music.


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Saturday & Company w/ Phil Circle - 6PM | $10
Jan
18
6:00 PM18:00

Saturday & Company w/ Phil Circle - 6PM | $10


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


Steve Kessler, Guitar, vocals, composer Steve Kessler has been a fixture of the Chicago music scene for many years. His credits include bandleader, composer and founder of the Saturday June Band His performing credits include stints with Ooze Magazine, the Pace, Fred Winston band and Chariot ( a band which also featured a fellow by the name of Eddie Vedder). Steve and Saturday June Band have performed at Chicagofest, Taste of Chicago, Arlington Race Track, Navy Pier, the Park West and Ravinia , as well as Notre Dame, Northwestern and Marquette Universities and played for both the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls. His bands have shared the bill with such notables as Steve Goodman, the Turtles, the Stranglers, X, the Outlaws, and the Kings. In addition, his guitar and vocal credits include playing live with Hound Dog Taylor and recording with Richie Havens. Chicago Magazine labeled his band “One of the Good Ones” J records (Alicia Keyes, Luther Vandross) VP of A&R, James Diener, has described Steve as a “strong musician and solid composer”. He has two albums out Jami Dawn Vocals and Percussion

The Saturday June Band is proud to feature Jami Dawn up front on vocals. Her deep soulful voice has electrified an audience on many an occasion. A talented songwriter and guitar player in her own right, Jami lends the band an extra dimension with her singing and dynamic stage presence. She is a veteran of the Chicago acoustic scene, often appearing at Uncommon Ground with artists like Crystal Bowersox. Her song “Moments” was recently chosen for a new compilation CD of notable Chicago artists.

Emma Smoler vocals and violin Emma Smoler has a degree in music and studied violin performance at Central Michigan University School of Music. Emma currently lives in Chicago and plays violin professionally in a variety of local, national, international, and touring ensembles including classical, jazz, improvisational, country, bluegrass, and pop. Emma has Nashville songwriting credit and sings in country bands in addition to playing fiddle. Born into a family of many professional musicians, Emma has been performing violin, piano, and vocals since she was old enough to hold a microphone. Post graduate, Emma worked as an orchestra teacher at West Intermediate School in Michigan, taught private lessons for numerous students, and was a member of the Midland Symphony Orchestra. Emma’s favorite musical achievement is getting her two children to practice their violins. .


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


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Markus Maticic w/ Busy Bodies & Pan and The Lost Boys - 6PM | $10
Jan
19
6:00 PM18:00

Markus Maticic w/ Busy Bodies & Pan and The Lost Boys - 6PM | $10


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


Singer/songwriter Markus Maticic tells authentic stories while attempting to sell coffee mugs door to door. It's a hard life but if you ask him he'll tell you he's happy. And he means it. He wants you to be happy, too, so if you tell him a free coffee mug will make you happy, he'll probably give you one.


Playing together since high school, the members of Busy Bodies combine heartfelt songwriting and a taste for vocal harmony with grit and humor. Following the lead of groups like the Band, Wilco, Fleet Foxes, they aren't content to stick with one particular genre or even one lead singer. Busy Bodies always play an eclectic show that delivers something for everyone. They are currently working on their debut release.


Pan and The Lost Boys is a Chicago-based fusion band held together by bass molds to each tune and vocal melody. Their violin takes solo, lead, or takes a seat comfortably in the open spaces; their keys insert just-right synths, or gospel-influenced piano; our guitar, melodically led melodic, grounds our tunes in structure and leads you through colorful chord progressions.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jan
22
6:00 PM18:00

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
Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

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
Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

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
Feb
12
6:00 PM18:00

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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South City Revival w/ The Bashful Youngens, Motel Breakfast - 6PM | $10
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

South City Revival w/ The Bashful Youngens, Motel Breakfast - 6PM | $10


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


Penning songs with an introspective take on country music, South City Revival blends country, rock & roll, and rhythm & blues into a unique, high energy sound. The quintet met in the parking lot of a Western Ave. bar and agreed they wanted to write songs like Townes Van Zandt and play shows like Bruce Springsteen. They asked each other "what does Chicago country sound like?" -- A question that has shaped the sound and aesthetic of South City Revival since its formation. In 2017, SCR teamed up with Chicago studio guru Mike Hagler (Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Waco Brothers) to record their self-titled, debut EP at his Humboldt Park Studio. The release features a captivating blend of story driven songwriting and high energy studio performances.


Formed in 2015, The Bashful Youngens are an Americana band out of Champaign, Illinois featuring Carrie Chandler and Aaron Short. Carrie and Aaron grew up 15 minutes apart, in Pontiac, IL and Forrest, IL, respectively. But they didn't meet until a few years later, in college, at a party where they happened to spontaneously perform a Ryan Adams song together. Fast forward to 2016 where they recorded and released their self titled debut album and to 2017 where they recorded and released their EP, "Inflorescent." After adding a few more band members along the way (Brian Hildebrand, Mitchell Killough, Stephen Johnson and Matt Chupp) The Bashful Youngens have shared the stage with artists like Paul Thorn, Jana Kramer, Lydia Loveless and Parker Millsap.


Motel Breakfast came to form playing dive bars and basements in the winter of 2016/2017. Originally comprised of southside of Chicago natives Jimmy Drenovsky (lead vox, rhythm guitar), Mick O’Donnell (lead instrumentalist), Conor Brennan (keys), and Jesse Nasadowski (percussion), they’ve since added Columbus native Drue Devente on bass and have a rotating cast of friends who join them on and off stage. Their influences extend across genres, with no sound or instrument off limits in the creative process. Rooted in the simple desires to make good music and have a good time, the band continues to play every chance they get while writing for their debut album.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

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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Freddy & Francine & Rascal martinez - 7PM | $10
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Freddy & Francine & Rascal martinez - 7PM | $10


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


Authenticity in the music industry is slippery when wet. Everyone praises its value, yet when an artist is truly authentic, it is often only embraced if it can be easily walked on without slipping and landing in a pile of genre-related questions. To the casual observer, Freddy & Francine seem safely cemented as a folk duo. They got the look. The soulful harmonies. The folk circuit bookings — over 150 a year, including the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Festival. They’re even getting married. Cute. Even their act’s name is cute. You could make a movie about it. Someone probably has. But Freddy & Francine (their actual names are Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso) aren’t interested in acting, or genres, or talking or not talking about their relationship. They’ve done all that. They’ve even recently left their longtime home of Los Angeles for Nashville. And they’ve never looked more like themselves. “We just want to play music all the time and we don't care about the rest of the bullshit,” Ferris said. And there’s been plenty of bullshit. The Hollywood types, the rat race, the traffic, Ferris’s struggle with alcoholism (he’s now five years sober). Longtime fans know that the band took a three-year hiatus when Ferris and Caruso’s relationship unraveled, a time which found Ferris turning his back on music while driving trucks in L.A., and Caruso working an office job in New York. During this break, both seemingly were able to land on their feet. Ferris was cast as Carl Perkins in the Broadway and touring productions of Million Dollar Quartet, and Caruso co-wrote and filmed a television pilot in Joni Mitchell’s Laurel Canyon home (her friend rents it), featuring Seth Rogen, and sold the thing to ABC. But appearances can be deceiving. “I was miserable in the whole process, because I wasn't connected to myself in my gut,” Caruso said. “I didn’t enjoy it. I enjoy traveling and playing music.” Despite rockin’ in Perkins’ blue suede shoes from Memphis to Japan, in front of thousands of people, Ferris was also unhappy because he was singing someone else’s songs. “My heroes were Joni Mitchell, The Stones, Dylan, B.B. King, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Carl Perkins, the guys who just tapped into something in themselves, who needed to write and speak their own truth. That’s who I am,” Ferris said. Adding, “The experience of sitting down with an instrument and coming up with something for the first time, you can’t beat that. The best experience I’ve ever had as a person doing that, and coming up with something that is bigger than the sum of its parts, is with Bianca.” But this is all old news. Freddy & Francine are full-time musicians, and have released three full-length albums and two EPs — not to mention Ferris’s production of an album by award-winning actor William H. Macy (featuring Caruso’s vocals), and the duo’s collaboration with Dead & Co. keyboardist Jeff Chimenti on the musical direction and casting for 2017’s Off-Broadway musical “Red Roses, Green Gold,” featuring the music of The Grateful Dead. Keeping truckin’, Freddy & Francine plan to release their latest Nashville-recorded EP in September. The six-song “Moonless Night,” co-produced by Dan Knobler (Lake Street Dive, Rodney Crowell) finds Freddy & Francine — which has often used full bands on its recordings — still produced but more intimately portrayed, a sound closer to the duo’s live performances. But don’t call it folk music. It’s too energetic. “We’re performers. We’re not just folk musicians who play and sing mellow songs with little voices ... there’s screaming,” Caruso said. Don’t call it Americana either. They don’t wear hats. Besides, Caruso says, “The minute you think one of our songs is an Americana song, it can turn into a retro pop song.” Despite the reaction of most roots music fans to the dreaded “P” word, Caruso says she doesn’t mind Freddy & Francine being labeled a pop band. “Pop music gets a bad rap, but it comes from the word ‘popular.’ I’d love to be popular,” she said. “I never discriminate against a song because it’s popular if it stays in your head ... every Beatles song is a pop song.” But mostly, Freddy & Francine sounds like Freddy & Francine. It ain’t the easiest thing to explain, but it makes sense when you hear it, and finally, it makes sense to the two people who matter most. “I’m really happy with who I am and I'm happy with the life I have,” Ferris said. At the end of the day, or road, authenticity is internal. Watch your step.


Singer/Songwriter Rascal Martinez and his brother, Marcello Sanchez hail from Denver, CO. The two brothers grew up in a small Nebraska town where they went from recording albums in a home basement studio to the professional studios of Nashville, Tennessee. Channeling a mix of Indie-folk and country, Rascal Martinez's unique Americana-style roots music elicit memories of Buddy Holly and early Van Morrison. The duo delivers accessible and heartfelt originals, as well as an impressive catalogue of covers and standards.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

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
Mar
5
6:00 PM18:00

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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My One and Only - 7PM | $10
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

My One and Only - 7PM | $10


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


My One And Only gathers it’s strength from Southern-Soul mixed with Curious-Grit. They've honed their sound in individual crucibles on stage, TV, radio, solo recording, engineering and producing. The merger brings true-to-life lyrics that bid you to wander through hidden scenes in their lives - to find heart, emotions, the real. Blanket the raw with hollow-body guitars and home-grown harmonies, and My One And Only's music cuts through. My One And Only released their debut album “The Past Year”, produced by Grammy Award-nominated Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes,) and features all original songs by the duo – husband and wife Benjamin and Kassie Wilson. They have played stages throughout the U.S., as well as touring in Uganda, Africa, and have both graced the stage of the famed Ryman Auditorium in their hometown of Nashville. Although My One And Only may be the latest duo to hit the Americana scene, Kassie and Benjamin are no novices. Kassie moved to Nashville from her home state of Alabama to follow a country music career. During her solo years, Kassie perfected her songwriting and vocal chops. Originally from Iowa, Benjamin pursued music early, then segued to audio engineering and pursuits in Nashville. It was in Music City they met, and melded hearts and music. The union is the centering of Kassie and Benjamin; the result is a remarkable off-center sound right for the time. My One And Only declares performance as their love-share to the world. "The stories behind our songs make them come alive, and in our live shows, people discover that," Ben said. Kassie agreed, "We want to share our music and heart with as many people as possible."


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Annie Fitzgerald & Sarah Morris - 6PM | $10
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Annie Fitzgerald & Sarah Morris - 6PM | $10


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


Annie Fitzgerald’s music has been described as “a blend of Tori Amos’ intellectual appeal, Sarah McLachlan’s mystical charm and Edie Brickell’s baroque spirit” (Jamsphere). Honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as an artist to watch, Fitzgerald released her second album You & Me & the Sun on June 1st, 2018. Produced by Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, Dem Yuut), the album finds Fitzgerald joining gifted musicians and shaping a textured pop sound mixed with the raw vitality of rock-and-roll. Since her first release In Good Time, Fitzgerald spent time a part of the NYC Indie scene, started a family, and welcomed a move back to her home state of MN and a newfound sense of space to create. You & Me & the Sun explores connection, vulnerability, love, and sparks in the span of time navigating the balance between motherhood & her life as a songwriter.


Over the last five years, singer-songwriter Sarah Morris  has earned a reputation for engaging performances, with a voice both clear and lush. Sarah hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where from a young age, she immersed herself in her parent’s eclectic record collection before finally falling in love with the storytelling and songcraft in country music.  Spending a few years in Music City instilled a traditional songwriting sensibility that earned her 2015 album Ordinary Things international airplay, and critical acclaim. With the release of her third album, Hearts In Need Of Repair, Sarah offers 11 new songs spanning the Americana sonosphere. Returning to RiverRock Studios in Minneapolis, Sarah co-produced the album with Eric Blomquist. Longtime bandmates Thomas Nordlund, Andrew Foreman, and Zachary Schmidt joined them in the studio, laying a foundation that blends folk-rock and country influences. Hearts In Need Of Repair showcases Sarah’s signature vocals and conversational lyricism, exploring vulnerability, heartbreak, and grown-up, imperfect love. Sarah is a 2018 winner of the Kerrville New Folk competition, as well as an honorable mention in the 2018 Telluride Troubadour contest, and runner up in the 2016 MerleFest Songwriting competition.


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Buffalo Rose, Friends of The Bog, Dave Cofell - 6PM | $10
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Buffalo Rose, Friends of The Bog, Dave Cofell - 6PM | $10


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


Buffalo Rose is, in the words of its singer/songwriter/guitarist Shane McLaughlin, “not ‘cher Momma’s bluegrass.” Formed in Pittsburgh, PA in 2016, the group blends folk, soul, and bluegrass into something amorphously Americana, but decidedly their own. Three prominent singers (McLaughlin, Lucy Clabby, and Mariko Reid) provide stunning vocal harmonies over dynamic, engrossing layers of stringed instruments. Specifically, acoustic guitar (McLaughlin), upright bass (Jason Rafalak), mandolin (Bryce Rabideau), and dobro (Malcolm Inglis.) Their sharp sense of rhythmic experimentation and evocative, storytelling lyricism come together for a sound with both shimmer and punch; it’s foot-tapping and breathtaking in turn. Buffalo Rose offers a warm, passionate homage to America’s classic musical traditions, with modern twists that keep things interesting—and damn fun. It all started with a the song “Mama Have Mercy.” The three singers got together with Inglis to record a live take of the song for the FoundSound Songwriter Series. “Before the video was shot,” says McLaughlin, “we knew that this was something we had to keep doing together.” Buffalo Rose soon grew to include Rabideau and Rafalak, and they released their debut EP, Red Wagon, in November 2016—just six months after their formation. The local response was enthusiastic. Encouraged, they started to work on a longer record. Meanwhile, their captivating stage presence and strong musicianship scored them lineup spots alongside national acts such as The Infamous Stringdusters, The Dustbowl Revival, Yarn, Kuinka, and Dangermuffin. Their first full-length album, The Soil and the Seed, was released on March 30th, 2018. It received glowing attention from Pittsburgh media, including features on radio stations 91.3 WYEP, 102.5 WDVE and Pittsburgh Pirates "Friday Night Rocks". Buffalo Rose continues to book shows both locally and across state lines. With any luck, you’ll soon hear their catchy ‘soul-grass’ stylings at a venue near you.


Friends of the Bog combines the raucous folk-punk of DIY bands like The Violent Femmes and Neutral Milk Hotel with the gentle parlour sound of classic Americana outfits like The Carter Family and The Weavers. Founded by six real-life friends in the winter of 2015, the band quickly progressed from playing variety shows around Chicago to recording their debut EP with Steve Albini. Their thoughtful, evocative lyrics are balanced by intricately arranged songs and energetic, theatrical live performances. In Chicago, Friends of the Bog has headlined shows at Schuba’s, Martyr’s, Beat Kitchen, and Quencher’s, among others. Nationally, the band has taken its music to stages in Minneapolis, Detroit, Gambier, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Last year, the band released Lyra, their first full-length album. Self-produced, Lyra embraces the textural possibilities offered within the 6-piece collective. Vocal harmonies, layered strings and sustained keys work to lift up the confessionally honest lyrics forming the heart of each song. Lyra was tracked with engineer Norman Marston at Wall of Sound studios in Chicago, and then taken home and mixed at band member Patrick Budde's studio. Lyra is released via the band's own Preserve Records label.


The Best Original Musician of Central MN, (Gannett Media), Singer-Songwriter Dave Cofell performs a variety of styles on six and twelve-string guitars and banjo. In 2016 and 2017, Dave Cofell was selected to perform for the American Folk Life Center for the Library of Congress, alongside Billy Bragg, Si Kahn and Terra (Gordon) Lightfoot. Also in 2016, Dave released his third CD; "A Thousand Shades of Blue", produced by Bobby Vee's Rockhouse Productions. Dave is also a Central Minnesota Arts Board McKnight Foundation Artist Career Development Grant Winner. Dave typically plays 250+ shows per year and has entertained at a wide variety of venues across the world. From festivals and art galleries to breweries, wineries, coffee shops and bistros, to libraries, college residencies and theaters in the Midwest, Ireland, England, and Germany, Dave's live shows are entertaining, engaging and audience-inclusive. At the music platform ReverbNation, (with 3.8 million users), Dave is #1 on the local charts, #1 regionally, #60 nationally and ranked at #88 globally.


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Mark Wilkinson - 7PM | Tickets
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Mark Wilkinson - 7PM | Tickets



Australian singer-songwriter Mark Wilkinson's 2017 EP release, Lost In A Dream, debuted at #1 on iTunes singer-songwriter charts upon release in Australia on May 5. Wilkinson kicked off his global house concert tour the same week, with sold out dates across the U.S., Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Wilkinson returns to the road in 2019 with his forthcoming album and a world tour. A fiercely independent artist, Wilkinson has steadily built up an international following by busking. He made his North American debut in 2013, selling out his first ever show in New York City and debuting on SiriusXM radio, where he was named ‘Discovery of the Year’ after just a few weeks of airplay. Wilkinson’s 2013 release Let The River Run hit #1 on iTunes singer-songwriter charts in Australia. The album also debuted at #2 on Australian Independent Record (AIR) charts and #61 on ARIA charts. Earlier that year, Wilkinson’s single ‘Middle Ground’ was used in a Nescafé ad campaign thanks to an advertising executive who walked by Mark busking and loved the music. As a result, ‘Middle Ground’ debuted at #2 on iTunes singer-songwriter charts (AUS) and hit #12 on ARIA charts.


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Assyrian Student Association of Chicago - 5:30 | $10
Dec
8
5:30 PM17:30

Assyrian Student Association of Chicago - 5:30 | $10



Join us for this special seated show in Uncommon Ground's intimate listening room. While you enjoy your show, treat yourself to beers from our very own Greenstar Brewery, the first all organic brewery in IL, and food from the first 4-star restaurant with a certified organic rooftop farm in the U.S! Uncommon Ground is delighted to present the Assyrian Student Association of Chicago's 3rd annual Open Mic Night featuring musicians, poets, and more!

Doors open at 5 pm

Food and beverage is available throughout the show. Seats are limited.

$10 online, $15 at the door

Ticket sales close at 2:30 day of show


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Jordan Depaul w/ Dela Kay - 7PM | $10
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Jordan Depaul w/ Dela Kay - 7PM | $10


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


BASED OUT OF NASHVILLE, TN... JORDAN DEPAUL IS A POP ARTIST WHO CONTINUES TO PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF THE GENRE. BLENDING HIS LYRICAL HONESTY WITH HIS MELODIC POP SENSIBILITY, HIS SONGS WILL MOVE YOU IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. DePaul had plans to move to Nashville in 2009, right after the passing of his father, but didn't make the move until 2013. "The first couple of months in Nashville were tough," exclaims DePaul, reminiscing back to the nights he would play anywhere he could. "No one knew who I was, and I didn't know anyone, so if I could play one song at 2am, I would." DePaul recalls that being where things began to snowball. But it wasn't until his 2016 release, "Forces," that he began garnering some real attention. "Brighter Shade of Blue," the most popular single from the EP in terms of streaming, has racked upwards of 3,500,000 plays on Spotify. Since his last release, Jordan has been focusing on what he describes as "working on what I want to give to people. I want to write songs I don't know how I lived without before and hope that listeners feel the same way about them." After touring over 70,000 miles in 2016, DePaul has devoted a majority of 2017 and 2018 to writing and recording his forthcoming project. 
“STILL MISS YOU” AND “SAVE MY BREATH” ARE OUT NOW.


From the first time she heard her mother playing the piano in her Nashville home, Katie De La Torre instantly fell in love with music. Seeing the emotional connection a personal song could make fueled her desire to write & become a storyteller. Though raised in Nashville, she was born in Chicago and later returned to the city to study musical theater Rt The Chicago College of Performing Arts at the Theatre Conservatory of Roosevelt University. Dela Kayʼs time in Nashville & Chicago reflects her soulʼs duality. Drawing from musical styles such as Lady Gaga and Ellie Goulding, as well as her role models Audrey Hepburn & Stevie Nicks, Dela Kayʼs music reflects a driven woman in- tune with her introspective depths. “Ambition is a wonderful word. I think without ambition in my life, I would be lost. It keeps me moving and dreaming, always reaching for something more. One of my biggest successes in my life thus far, is keeping my ambition alive and well while staying rooted in my identity.” Said De La Torre. Sometimes in this business, many artists become disheartened and call it quits, losing their vision in the process, but Dela Kay presses on. “My Chicago roots keep me bold & independent while the southern side of keeps me grounded and connected to nature & people.” Dela Kay is currently living in Nashville, and is working on her EP set to release in 2019 following her newest single “Make You Mine”.


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Tiny Shoulders, Ross Childs, Ryan Mannix, Higherwave - 6PM | $10
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Tiny Shoulders, Ross Childs, Ryan Mannix, Higherwave - 6PM | $10


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


Tiny Shoulders is a folk duo based in Chicago, Il. and consists of Travis Cook (guitar, vocals) and Leigh Yenrick (vocals, percussion). They do not care for pigeons. They have big dreams, but such tiny shoulders.


Ross Creighton Childs came to the Windy City in 2013 from sweaty, sunny Houston, Texas. He has studied at iO, The Annoyance Theatre, and The Second City, and has used all that he has learned to become, in his words, “real good at make-em-ups”. He has been a member of the theatre company BYOTproductions for over 5 years, has toured the Midwest with the Murder Mystery Company since 2017, and recently performed his own one-man show, “Taste The Future." He thinks pears are jealous of apples, doesn't quite "get" pogo sticks, and idolizes Earthworm Jim. Also, he smells burnt toast. Anybody else smell that?


Ryan Mannix. Hailing from Chicago, Lunar Ticks aim to barrel through stylistic boundaries by recreating and expanding on roots music (rock, jazz, punk, country, funk, soul, world, bluegrass etc.), with a DIY ethic and a jovial attitude. The band is influenced by the innovative Alternative rock of Wilco and My Morning Jacket, with a healthy touch of improvisation and composition in the vein of Umphrey’s Mcgee and Phish. Along our travels we’ve had the pleasure of opening for Aqueous, Mungion, Mr. Blotto, Old Shoe, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, Cornmeal, and members of Vulfpeck. We've also played Festivals all around the midwest, including Shoefest and back to back trips to Summer Camp Music Festival. Each show is a unique experience with diverse originals and covers, crowd interaction, and exploratory improvisation. The band and the audience play off each other, creating something that’s never happened before, and never will again.


Higherwave. One take, completely improvised. Nothing planned. That's how we all live; just feeling the energy and making up grooves, jams and songs. Led by Dave Asher (head Musical Director for the iO Theater), fully improvised piano, guitar, percussion, and back up vocals.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

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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MIKE MENTZ - 7PM | $25
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

MIKE MENTZ - 7PM | $25


$25 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


If wanderlust has a soundtrack, singer-songwriter-traveler Mike Mentz has spent the last 10 years writing it.

From living in Paris playing guitar on the banks of the Seine to years of international touring through the Caribbean, Baltic, Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, and all over Western Europe, Mike has gotten a good jump on globetrotting. Having performed in over 30 countries, his "travelpop" sound and lyrics are shaped by the always changing world around him.

"Perspective is priceless", says the songwriter. "Travel opens your eyes. When you watch the sun rise from somewhere new, your world gets a little bit bigger. I love that."

After growing up in Chicago, Mike's home base has been anything but permanent, having spent the majority of his time traveling. He moved to Nashville in 2011.

Named “One To Watch” by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, Mentz is frequently hosted as a featured songwriter at Nashville's legendary Bluebird Cafe. "Living in Nashville for a few years was like a de facto Master's degree in songwriting", he explains. "At writer's rounds, I heard at least a song a night that would give me chills. Being around that kind of talent, you either throw in the towel or try like hell to keep up."

In 2014, Mentz left Nashville to travel full-time.

His latest album, entitled Souvenir, features songs Mike has written almost entirely in transit -- from the streets and cafés and airport bars of Paris, San Juan, Dublin, Barcelona, London, Tallinn, Istanbul, Chicago, Nashville, and a cruise ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Industry ears have taken notice: Souvenir (slotted for release in 2019) has already been nominated for Adult Contemporary Album Of The Year by the Independent Music Awards, and Mentz's music has been played on Sirius XM Radio.

After recording Souvenir in a pristine Nashville studio, Mike decided to take the tunes halfway around the world. "I wanted to get them dirty", Mentz explains. "I couldn't be more excited about the studio sound we got in Nashville, but I wrote these songs out on the road...I wanted to record them out there, too." Along with a camera crew and a few friends, Mike traveled to Thailand to record live, acoustic versions of the songs. He returned with a vibrant suite of music videos and documentary episodes, and a companion album simply titled Live In Thailand (also slotted for release in 2019).

This spring, Mike will be appearing on brand-new national television songwriting competition "The Song". 

With a lot more to see, Mike is focused on connecting with fans all over the world and taking his tunes to cities both foreign and familiar.


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

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


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED INTO DINNER BILL


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


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


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Nov
27
6:00 PM18:00

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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Jordan Avery w/ Yuri Coleman and Jizelle Samson, Quinn Cassell - 6PM | $10
Nov
25
6:00 PM18:00

Jordan Avery w/ Yuri Coleman and Jizelle Samson, Quinn Cassell - 6PM | $10


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


Jordan Avery is a singer/songwriter from just outside of Chicago, Illinois. Blending acoustic, pop, and indie vibes, her lyrics speak to common experiences and shared emotions. At a 17, she's already released her first single, "18," on all platforms as well as played a number of reputable venues throughout Chicagoland.


Jizelle and Yuri have had a deep passion for music for a while. We have been creating duet covers for our favorite songs during our free time and find that we can be our most creative selves through music.


Quinn Cassell. High schooler who writes and records music in his free time.


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Gabe Lee, Apres Pompeii, Neil Dixon Smith, Scott Nadeau, Suri - 6PM | $10
Nov
24
6:00 PM18:00

Gabe Lee, Apres Pompeii, Neil Dixon Smith, Scott Nadeau, Suri - 6PM | $10


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


Gabe Lee. Tennessee writer, picker, and songster introducing country-ish soul tunes with folk and americana influence. Sure to be enjoyed by lovers of John Prine, CCR, and Gram Parsons.


Apres Pompeii is a project by Chicago-based, Pittsburgh native, Zachary Weiss. Weiss combines folk-influenced musicianship, poetic lyrics, and soaring melodies to create a dynamic and emotional journey with each album. Lead, the latest Apres Pompeii long playing release, is a bare-all examination of mental health and sexuality that is told through songs that are always moving and shifting beneath the surface.


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


Scott Nadeau is a songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. Currently, he is the lead vocalist and bassist of Chicago rock group The Million Reasons. In February 2017, TMR released their self-recorded 6-song debut EP, The Runaround, and in 2018 they released two more singles, "Dizzy" and "Battle Of Sound" to local acclaim. Scott is also one half of a Soul/R&B/Blues duo with singer Elisa Latrice, for which Scott is the guitarist and backup vocalist. In August of 2017, they released their collaborative EP titled "Two The Moon." Both projects are active on the Chicago music scene actively playing shows and writing new music. As a young musician, Scott has played a variety of different styles of rock and pop music with bands throughout the Midwest. Notably, he was a singer and guitarist in Grand Rapids rock band Tribune from 2007-2011. He has also had a storied solo music career, releasing four EPs, a full length album, and appearances on two releases for AEMMP Records during his college career. Scott also has experience working with jazz and classical music genres. With Scott's main focuses now being on The Million Reasons and Two The Moon (with Elisa Latrice), he has decided to devote his songwriting efforts to those projects, and will be releasing solo material more infrequently, but relishes every opportunity to jump on stage and rock the crowd!


It started in an airplane from Kunming, China to Hong Kong. Suri was deciding whether she wanted to take a piano teaching job away from Chicago, where she was born and raised. As fears of failure, and worries about her insecurities rose to the surface mid-flight, she knew she couldn't make a choice at that very moment, but she knew one thing for sure, and that was to write a song. Between the yes and No, she had to write the song. Suri is still connected to her classical music roots, but has performed as a Jazz singer and as a folk/pop artist. She’s recently teamed up with producer, mixer Taylor K. Phipps for her latest project “As I Am”. The EP is a fusion of Suri’s sweet vocals, poetic lyrics, and piano themes with the electric, synth feel. Suri's first melodies emerged from uncomfortable times whether she was struggling with her indecisiveness, going through a heartbreak, or when she was on a plane moving half-way across the world. She may not know your story, but she hopes you will find that hers resonants with yours.


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Yes Factory w/ Katie Teston - 7pm | $10
Nov
23
7:00 PM19:00

Yes Factory w/ Katie Teston - 7pm | $10


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Hailing from Rockford, Illinois, Yes Factory is the brain-child of songwriters Ian Zander and Brennan Reiter. In the short time they’ve been working together they have recorded an ep and a full length album in the heart of Midwest America and the United Kingdom.

Since the band formed in 2016, Sean Lane (Bass) and Kelen Price-Snowden (Drums) joined the group to complete their four piece ensemble.

The band’s sound is mixture of many influences including; Hall and Oates, Elliot Smith, The Strokes, The Killers, The Beatles, The Kinks, Beach Boys, The Shins, and U2.

Yes Factory is currently supporting their first release. Playing shows across the United States and currently booking shows in the United Kingdom for their December tour.

Songs available on all media platforms e.g. iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Napster and Amazon Music.


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Katie Teston is a local emerging musician who has written with Co-Stanza

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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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 You're Being Ridiculous - 7pm | $15
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

You're Being Ridiculous - 7pm | $15



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

Each show features a diverse lineup of six or more performers telling a story of approximately 10 minutes. The show runs from 60 to 90 minutes. You're Being Ridiculous was founded in 2010 by Jeremy Owens.


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You're Being Ridiculous - 7pm | $15
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

You're Being Ridiculous - 7pm | $15



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

Each show features a diverse lineup of six or more performers telling a story of approximately 10 minutes. The show runs from 60 to 90 minutes. You're Being Ridiculous was founded in 2010 by Jeremy Owens.


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

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


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED INTO DINNER BILL


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


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


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

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

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


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Guilt By Association Records Songwriter Showcase - 7PM | $10
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Guilt By Association Records Songwriter Showcase - 7PM | $10


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


The Gossips are a singer songwriter duo of made up of two career musicians Nici Peper and Brian Bethke. Formed in a cabin studio in Midwestern Wisconsin after being abducted by 3 alien mothers The Gossips have embraced their childish sense of humor with songs about a brilliant bird heist, a scorned lover from outer space and enough harmonies and good looks to keep a crowd entertained. If you you ask them they’ll tell you they’re the best at everything even if they know nothing about the subject. It’s hard to be humble with a mind like that but some how they are or is it that they think they are? Anyhow this newly found group is on a missions to take over the world and you have been given the awesome opportunity to help them on this mission. Please book them now so you don’t regret. The Gossips are currently looking for United States booking date! Book now!!


Hello, my name is Aaron Williams, songwriter, performer, recording artist, producer, and festival promoter from Chicago IL. My professional career in music spans across two decades and has brought me to world famous events and venues all across America. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, I’ve performed nationally, recorded original singles and albums in some of the country's most prestigious studios, and contributed original music and interviews to feature films, documentaries, and television. My company, Skyline Entertainment hosts multiple showcases a year hosting ORIGINAL bands from Chicagoland called Skyline Music Concert Series and the famous annual Homegrown Arts and Music Festival now celebrating its 6th year coming up this summer 2018 in Chicago’s West Suburbs.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

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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Radio Hour w/ Apres Pompeii - 7:30 | $10
Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

Radio Hour w/ Apres Pompeii - 7:30 | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE WILL BE ADDED TO FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL



The Radio Hour is a studio and live rock trio that is based out of Chicago. The Radio Hour is the songwriter moniker for Chicago-based artist Tim Hort. The influences remain true to core traditions, but here is a unique brand. Hort is a songwriter that reaches for surreal music and lyrical imagery, confessional at times, with biting and nihilistic delivery and clearly a darker adult-album-alternative production values.


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Apres Pompeii is a project by Chicago-based, Pittsburgh native, Zachary Weiss. Weiss combines folk-influenced musicianship, poetic lyrics, and soaring melodies to create a dynamic and emotional journey with each album. Lead, the latest Apres Pompeii long playing release, is a bare-all examination of mental health and sexuality that is told through songs that are always moving and shifting beneath the surface.


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

DAVID BERKELEY - 7PM | $15

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


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


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You're Being Ridiculous - 7pm | $15
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

You're Being Ridiculous - 7pm | $15



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

Each show features a diverse lineup of six or more performers telling a story of approximately 10 minutes. The show runs from 60 to 90 minutes. You're Being Ridiculous was founded in 2010 by Jeremy Owens.


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You're Being Ridiculous - 7pm | $15
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

You're Being Ridiculous - 7pm | $15



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

Each show features a diverse lineup of six or more performers telling a story of approximately 10 minutes. The show runs from 60 to 90 minutes. You're Being Ridiculous was founded in 2010 by Jeremy Owens.


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Focus Group LLC w/ Welks Mice - 7PM | $10
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Focus Group LLC w/ Welks Mice - 7PM | $10


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


Focus Group LLC is an experimental opera ensemble formed in 2016 by Ethan T. Parcell. In 2018, Focus Group LLC recorded and released WORLD RECORD, an opera in three acts. WORLD RECORD is an opera about a singer in the Midwest concerned with the past, present and future of world records. It is a piece about creation myth, perfect performance, natural disasters, retirement communities, youth culture, false promise, birth reckoning, and metal theft. It is told in 27 songs, and on recording, 3 phone calls.


Get ready for Welks Mice! Buffalo, New York’s premier vibraphone and vocal pop duo whose poignant lyrics and stark lo-fi arrangements are as charming as they are jarringly askew. Vocalist and songwriter, Max Weiss, croons in a modest tenor delivering loaded lyrics on topics ranging all the way from Won-Ton potstickers in the lighthearted “Won Ton Song”, to social anxiety in pretty much every other number. Meanwhile, Andre Welks provides athletically rhythmic accompaniment on the bells like a hard-hitting adult music box, sometimes aided by booming synth bass and found sound effects. The result is a totally fresh take on bedroom pop that will engage the active listener. Since forming in 2015, Welks Mice has shared the stage with staple songwriters of the DIY scene such as Jeffrey Lewis and Calvin Johnson, wowing audiences in Buffalo, Canada, and New England alike with a sincere approach to performing that prompted one reviewer to dub the pair “true soldiers of love and good vibrations.” Recordings of the band, however, have been in short supply, other than an extremely limited run of one-of-a-kind cassingles that were each recorded individually and sold on tour, in the tradition of iconoclastic artists like Daniel Johnston. Fall of 2018 will see the release of the band’s first official album, the highly anticipated 12-song LP, Songs In C, on Buffalo’s One Percent Press. Home-recorded to 4-track cassette on Buffalo’s West Side, and mastered to two-inch analogue tape at San Francisco’s Hyde Street Studios, Songs In C is an daringly ambitious work that attempts to cover an expanse of musical terrain using only a few precious elements. It is an eclectic record with a plenty for fans of the weird, the catchy, and the candid to unpack, with lyrical nods to 70s songwriting influences like Sparks and Billy Joel, and arrangements that somehow at once call to mind both twee folk and minimal dance music. Welks Mice is a band that is willing to take huge risks in their songwriting and arrangements, and in this case, it pays off immensely. Songs In C will be released October 12, followed by a 30 day U.S. tour.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 6PM | FREE
Nov
6
6:00 PM18:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 6PM | 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 6pm at Edgewater. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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JOE STEVENS w/ Megan Bee and River Glen - 6:30pm | $10
Nov
4
6:30 PM18:30

JOE STEVENS w/ Megan Bee and River Glen - 6:30pm | $10


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

STEVE POLTZ - 9pm SOLD OUT


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

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



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

EARLY SHOW ADDED! - STEVE POLTZ 6PM


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

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



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

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


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED INTO FOOD & BEVERAGE BILL


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


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