Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Jake and the Soul Professors & David Burchfield - 7pm | $10


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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).


David Burchfield writes American folk music that’s not content to stay within traditional genre boundaries. Taking cues from Josh Ritter and Joe Pug, Burchfield’s literate lyrics meet emotive grace in nods to Gillian Welch, Mandolin Orange, and David Ramirez. There is a powerful candor in Burchfield’s writing – raw, emotive, and rich with details that bring the listener right into the scene of his passion. Solo, Burchfield performs with a surprising ferocity and emotional delivery that has silenced even the rowdiest of rooms. Critics have called his 5-piece band, David Burchfield & the Fire Guild, akin to “the Band meets the Stray Birds” – equal parts all out rock n roll party and sensitively arranged balladry. Burchfield has played the Middle of the Map Fest, Boulevardia, was featured in the Chevy Music Showcase, and has shared bills with Noah Gundersen, David Ramirez, and Joe Pug.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
30
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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Chris DuPont w/ Rin Tarsy & Elizabeth Swan - 7pm | $10
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Chris DuPont w/ Rin Tarsy & Elizabeth Swan - 7pm | $10


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Avid lyricist and “think piece” composer Chris DuPont hails from the quirky and eclectic Ypsilanti, Michigan, and is a seasoned veteran of the midwest music scene. His hybrid finger-style approach to guitar-playing is a nod to classical minimalism, but sure to get you nodding your head too. Chris is influenced by a wide range of artists and composers from Philip Glass to Tycho, from James Taylor to Ryan Adams to Oh Wonder.
Chris’s newest work (Floodplains, debuting Fall 2019) is an enchanted tour of memory—how it fascinates, and how it is flawed. Retaining his contemplative outlook and characteristically moral center, Floodplains sees DuPont’s writing voice explode into maturity, resulting in an album that is challenging, uplifting, and continually unfolding with each listen.


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Elizabeth Swan is a captivating Indie/Folk singer-song writer, environmental activist and feminist from upstate New York. Writing songs since the age of 5 she has an acute ability to create beauty and flow into her music. Although she is a new artist she has a big following. Her first open mic she was approached by a couple claiming her music was “amazing!” while others claim they are “blown away”. Her music will have you in tears. She will touch move and inspire those with even the coldest hearts. Her music has an amazing ability to bring those from different backgrounds and beliefs together. Her fans come from the US, Peru, Spain, and England! She has performed all over the world and is working on her first album “Place you love”. Her goals with music are to bind humanity together and inspire the world in ways some might say are unimaginable.


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Brooks Hubbard Band w/ Cole Woodruff & Olivia Ports Band - 7pm | $10
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

Brooks Hubbard Band w/ Cole Woodruff & Olivia Ports Band - 7pm | $10


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Brooks is an experienced singer/songwriter who has toured nationally supporting Stephen Kellogg, as well as appearances opening for artists such as KT Tunstall, Robert Cray, and Lucy Kaplansky. Brooks recently recorded his third full-length album, 'American Story,' with friend and producer Val McCallum (Jackson Browne) at Sage and Sound Studios in Los Angeles. The album, released on October 27th, paints the picture of the good, the bad, and the ugly of America’s past and present. In the four days it took to record this 12-track album, they brought to life songs of addiction, history, heartbreak, and love to tell America’s story.
Rounded out with a few of Nashville's finest musicians, Justin Kimball (Bass, Engineer) and Nate Mould (Drums), the Brooks Hubbard Band has been honing their sound by continuously playing shows and writing songs since Brooks’ move to Nashville. BHB finds musical inspiration in a wide range of artists ranging from The Allman Brothers Band, The Band, James Taylor, and Jackson Browne, to Jason Isbell, Jason Mraz, and John Mayer.


While Americana Folk Singer/songwriter, Cole Woodruff accompanies himself expressively on guitar, it’s his dynamic voice that soothes and his powerful lyrics that mend hearts. Cole turns each venue into his own living room, and each listener into a new friend, with a disarming personality and his honest performance. Aside from being a songwriter, he is simply a gem of uniqueness and authenticity. Holding tough with audiences young and old over the years, he’s earned every listener he’s acquired from simply following his passion. Combining masterful storytelling, poignant lyrics, and powerful vocal ability, Cole’s music welcomes everyone who wants to engage. Reminiscent of 60s/70s folk, his songs are messages of hope for a weary world.


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Olivia Ports is an acoustic Singer/Songwriter from the suburbs of Chicago, IL. The Olivia Ports Band consists of Olivia Ports (singer-guitarist), David Kelly (drummer-vocalist), Chris Leonard (lead guitarist) and Petar Kecenovici (cello & piano). Olivia is an indie/alternative singer/songwriter with a touch of folky influence. Her passion is for writing music that not only expresses herself but touches others. She has been playing live shows in the Chicago area and the Midwest as a solo acoustic act, but now is thrilled to be collaborating with some of her best friends on a more extensive instrumentation of her work.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
May
7
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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Jenna Nicholls w/ Myles Hayes - 7pm | $10
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Jenna Nicholls w/ Myles Hayes - 7pm | $10


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The music of multi-instrumentalist Jenna Nicholls has been turning heads since she arrived on the door step of the Lower East Side of NY. Whether she’s crooning a jazz standard, belting out a New Orleans dirge or plucking her 1920’s style original ballads on her Ukulele, she’s giving a vintage genre a new spin with her own lush nostalgic style. Recently, Jenna has toured with Ingrid Michaelson, shared the stage with Oscar Winner Glen Hansard, Amanda Palmer, Lucius, and Joan as Policewoman. She released her latest project "Radio Parade" in 2018. Jenna has performed in venues all across the country including The Beacon Theater and Carnegie Hall.


Myles Hayes sings the standards of The American Songbook and performs originals in that style, inspired by such influences as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darren, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole. He has performed professionally in hundreds of venues throughout Chicago where he is based, and across the country. His voice has been heard on national & international television commercials, live on Chicago's WGN Morning Show, performing the National Anthem for The Chicago White Sox over 40 times, and on his latest album of standards and originals entitled “You Were Mine”. As a musician constantly striving to perform at his best, he "...really blows the audience away" -Broadwayworld.com. Myles Hayes “brings new life to the standards of the Sinatra and Nat King Cole era by invoking his own unique style representative of a new generation of progressive jazz” -Fort Worth Star Telegram


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Horace Green w/ Cullah & Steven P Robinson - 9pm | $10
May
10
9:00 PM21:00

Horace Green w/ Cullah & Steven P Robinson - 9pm | $10


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Horace Greene is a driven, passionate and charismatic band from Oshkosh, WI. Their sound is remarkably diverse and forward-thinking, blurring the lines between various genres. Their songs fall somewhere in between the melodies and grooves of 60s soul and the groundbreaking expressive energy of blues and alternative music.


Originally from Manchester England, now residing in Chicago, Steven P Robinson toyed the scene in various bands and guises before venturing alone under the not too imaginative nom-de-plume Steven P. Robinson. As far back as 2004 he released 'The Thrill of Discovery, The Pain of Invention' to favorable reviews from (now defunct!) music websites Angry Ape and High Voltage, a co-release with French record label Drunkdog and a feature on Fat Cat Label's demo archive. After a musical hiatus he broke out of his cocoon and formed two-piece ‘Adam & Steve’ for a one-off show in 2010 and EP Release 'And On The 6th Day God Created Adam & Steve’. Since then Steven P. Robinson has continued to record solo, releasing several EPs of his own brand of lo-fi tunes, and playing shows around the city


Cullah (Milwaukee, WI) is a multi-disciplinary musician and engineer who writes, records, and releases an album every year on April 27th (his birthday) since 2006. Each album reflects a the eclectic musical styles that Cullah draws from -- an autobiographical journey of musical expression.

Alongside being a prolific songwriter and producer, Cullah's dynamic performance and powerful vocal ability captivate audiences. Cullah performs an array of different genre-focused ensembles including "Cullah & The Comrades"


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Matt Feddermann w/ Pino Farina & Ed Gershon - 8pm | $10
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Matt Feddermann w/ Pino Farina & Ed Gershon - 8pm | $10


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Taking his early rock influences and melding them with acoustic based music, Matt Feddermann has created a sound that is reminiscent of early Tom Petty, The Beatles, Rhett Miller & Dawes. His music is melodic & his sound is accessible. Over the years, Feddermann has performed at venues like House Of Blues, Metro, Double Door and at festivals such as Taste Of Chicago, Rock Around The Block, Sheffield Garden Walk and many more. During that time, he was seen on WGN TV, NBC Chicago, the Rosie O'Donnell Show and heard on WXRT, WYKT, WRLR & WLUW locally. Most recently, Matt Feddermann was featured in a HGTV television special called "Pumpkin Wars" with Property Brother Jonathan Scott. The show was filmed during the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival in which Feddermann was the headline act. Veering away from over polished production and auto-tuned singing, Matt Feddermann is trying to reacquaint listeners with songs that are acoustic, emotional and raw. His music and performances are inspiring new music lovers, one ear at a time.


Pino Farina is a singer-songwriter in Chicago. In his early career, as a member of the indie-rock band Punsapaya, he toured the country extensively and in 2005 was awarded the Rock Album of the Year by the Chicago Music Awards. After some time off, the band has picked up where they left off, and have been writing and recording new original material as Pino Farina Band. The new album, “Start Over Again”, was released in May of 2018 and Pino is currently playing out in support of the new release as solo/duo/trio/full band.


Ed Gershon is a singer/songwriter native to the Chicagoland area, performing acoustic sets solo and also leading Butterfly In Traffic for the past 10 years. His bluesy vocal and soulful sound have been heard in venues across the area.


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'Kechi w/ Honey Butter - 7pm | $10
May
12
7:00 PM19:00

'Kechi w/ Honey Butter - 7pm | $10


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Ikechi Chijiuba Ihemeson, better known by his artist name ‘Kechi, is a vocalist, songwriter, producer and poet. Born and raised in the west suburbs of Chicago, ‘Kechi grew up surrounded by a diverse blend of music, including R&B/soul, hip hop, gospel, classical, jazz, Igbo highlife, and rock ‘n’ roll, all of which he incorporates to his music making. He starting out with singing melodies at home he memorized or improvised at the age of 4. ‘Kechi began his musical training in third grade when he was enrolled in the StageCoach Theatre Arts School in Hinsdale, IL. Around that time, he started to sing in church, where he also learned to play the drums. He picked up the trumpet at age 11, and taught himself to play the piano. ‘Kechi graduated from Hinsdale Central High School, being involved in the school’s music and theatre department. ‘Kechi is currently at Northwestern University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music at the Bienen School of Music. He acts as the music director and arranges for his a cappella group Soul4Real, and he co-music directs Northwestern Community Ensemble, the gospel choir on campus. Outside of vocal ensembles, he has written music for Studio 22 Productions, a film group on campus, as well as Chicago Fringe Opera’s Rossini Project. 'Kechi's debut music project, Late Night Love Confessions, is comprised of original songs and poetry performed in an intimate setting.


Honey Butter is a soul/pop band that performs all original music with improvised solos in every performance. Lexi Vollero of Scene and Heard describes the band: "the instrumentalists' jazz sensibilities combine with R&B and pop influences to produce the playful riffs and smooth solos that characterize Honey Butter's distinct, and simply addictive style".


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The 502s & Verluna - 7pm | $10
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

The 502s & Verluna - 7pm | $10


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"The 502s are a charismatic indie folk band from Maitland, Florida and they've got enough energy to take on the world." - No Depression

Listening to their lighthearted gang vocals and buoyant trumpet lines, you could certainly slap The 502s with an ambiguous indie label. Their loosely boondock, on-the-road-again acoustic tenor makes them a fit with the Americana crowd. And with their big, open strumming patterns, fingerpicked banjo, and mildly twangy vocal flair, it would be easy to call them a folk band, throw on a plaid shirt, and compare them to The Lumineers or The Avett Brothers.

Looking through a bigger lens, however – one that takes into account all aspects of their collective persona – The 502s are best described as the sound of a celebration: a wild, friendly shindig down the street that everyone wants to attend.

Since 2015, The 502s have taken their swaggering blend of Americana across the USA. The band recently gained an international following thanks to a viral Facebook video of their song "What To Do" with over 750k views. Their album is a heartfelt invitation to good old-fashioned fun, and they have been celebrating 2018 with a 50-concert tour across 19 US states, the UK, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands.


Verluna started in 2015 as the brainchild of singer/songwriter Alex Katsaropoulos. Verluna's debut album, Oku, draws inspiration from the poet Matsuo Basho and combines Americana folk with more experimental writing and production techniques.


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Alberta , Maya Keytar, The League of Erics - 7pm | $10
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Alberta , Maya Keytar, The League of Erics - 7pm | $10


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

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

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


The League of Erics are the yin and yang of Chicagoland acoustic music. Singer/songwriters Eric Stafford Dinse (Led Astray, Jeff Brown and the New Black) and Eric Peter Schwartz have created a unique, entertaining blend of styles. Dinse's dark, bluesy storytelling (reminiscent of Nick Cave or Tom Waits) and Schwartz's pop-tinged folk-rock (melding influences like Bryan Adams and the Indigo Girls) come together in lively performances that run the emotional gamut.


Maya Keytar is a songwriter from Chicago, by way of small-town Iowa. Her ongoing mission is to give the KEYTAR the respect it deserves as a serious musical instrument.


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Violet Bell w/ Shealeigh - 7pm | $10
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Violet Bell w/ Shealeigh - 7pm | $10


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Violet Bell’s original Americana is woven from threads of folk, soul, bluegrass, psychedelic, and classical music. On stage and in the studio, the energy between Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive. Based out of Durham, the pair have played shows from Montreal to Miami since forming in 2016, resulting in a strong onstage chemistry that’s evident in person and in videos of these live performances.

The two share a mutual love of rock, hip-hop and R&B that finds its way into their traditionally rooted music. “She’s a songwriter, I’m a composer and multi-instrumentalist, and our ability to meld those abilities and genres works well for us,” Ruiz-Lopez says. “The world of songwriting is a very interesting one as opposed to purely instrumental, ‘classical music.’ There’s more stylistic freedom. Combining those singer-songwriter qualities with orchestral technique allows us to create interesting textures around our message.”

After performing as an Official Showcase act at Americanafest in 2018, Violet Bell’s momentum continues to radiate from the experience of recording their debut full-length album, Honey in My Heart, set for a June 2019 release. The album was produced by Violet Bell and Jason Richmond (Avett Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Nneena Freelon, Dom Flemons, Bombadil, Shana Tucker), and the songs were recorded live in single takes, without vocal tuning, isolation or click tracks. Full of personality, Honey in My Heart feels consistent with the duo’s true selves as opposed to hidden behind studio wizardry.


Shealeigh is a 20-year-old independent singer/songwriter from the Chicago area, whose musical introduction began with an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at age 12. At 13, she wrote the song “What Can I Say”, which was featured on the fourth season of the Radio Disney/Disney Channel program “Next Big Thing” in 2011 as well as in the Disney Channel original movie “Radio Rebel” and steadily climbed to the #2 spot on the Billboard Kids music chart. More recently, Shealeigh self-released her debut EP “We All Need To Go Places” in February of 2017 and her single “Landline” in December of last year.


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Robin West w/ Tennyson King & Laura Nicole - 7pm | $10
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Robin West w/ Tennyson King & Laura Nicole - 7pm | $10


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Robin West is native Chicagoan, multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter - coming back to the stage after a 2 year hiatus.


Tennyson King is a Chinese Canadian international touring act from Hong Kong and Canada having performed with notable Canadian acts such as Whitehorse, Sloan, Elliot Broode, and Blackie and The Rodeo Kings. He has been featured on national media platforms such as CP24, CTV, CHCH, and Rogers TV. The debut EP has been on high rotation on college, community and CBC radio stations and has charted top 10 on many regions in Canada. He has performed at festivals such as Canadian Music Week, Winter Folk Festival, Taste of Danforth, China Town Festival, was nominated for the 2016 Emerging Music Award at the Mississauga Arts Council as well as signing a distribution deal with MusicDishChina for all of China. In 2017 Tennyson completed two 50+ date tours in Australia — highlights include performances at Yackandandah Folk Festival, MONA, Burke & Wills Festival, Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival and performances with Paul Dempsey, Paul Woseen (Screaming Jets), Yirrmal, and Geoff Achison.

In 2018 Tennyson released his latest single ‘COAST’ which received commercial radio play in British Columbia and Alberta as well as on community, college radio and CBC radio. This release was followed by a 2-month Western Canada tour, and a short tour in Brazil. He was nominated for the 2018 Acoustic Performer for Mississauga Music Awards. Tennyson is currently touring China and Australia to promote his sophomore EP ‘COAST’ followed by another tour in China and Brasil before returning to Canada to work on his third record which will be funded by the Ontario Arts Council. His music is a raw, gritty, and organic sound that makes the soul feel wild and the heart comforted. 


Laura Nicole is a local singer-songwriter


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So This Is Love? - 7pm | $20
May
18
7:00 PM19:00

So This Is Love? - 7pm | $20



Join this special, seated dinner show at Uncommon Ground for Karen Willough's new show, "So This Is Love?" 
Audiences 30 and older will delight in this satirical look at movie love songs. While sharing comical tales of middle-aged dating woe, post divorce, Willough presents music from Disney's Cinderella, Casablanca, My Fair Lady, Beaches, and more, accompanied by special guest Daniella Rukin.

While in Uncommon Ground's intimate Listening Room, treat yourself to beers from our very own Greenstar Brewery, the first all organic brewery in Illinois, and food from the first 4-star restaurant with a certified organic rooftop farm in the US. 

Doors: 6:30
Show 7-9pm
Full food and beverage service is available upon order throughout show. Food and beverage is not included in ticket price

Online ticket sales close 3:30 day of show

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Rod Abernethy w/ Robinlee Garber, Rick Vines - 6pm | $10
May
19
6:00 PM18:00

Rod Abernethy w/ Robinlee Garber, Rick Vines - 6pm | $10


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Rod Abernethy’s new double album “The Man I’m Supposed To Be” has currently reached to No. 9 on Folk Alliance International’s Folk DJ chart. He is an authentic southern folk troubadour, storyteller, master guitarist, and award winning soundtrack composer for film, TV and video games.

Rod has returned to his early roots writing both songs and instrumentals that harken back to his early folk artist days with new songs that revolve around family, friends and places across his home state of North Carolina. Rod’s guitar instrumentals evoke styles of his favorite guitar players like Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges and Tommy Emmanuel. Rod collaborated on “The Man I’m Supposed To Be” with legendary producer Don Dixon (REM, Marti Jones, The Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw) recording the basic tracks at Buddha View Studios in Charlotte, NC. All tracks were mixed by Rod at 1101 Studios in Raleigh, NC and produced by Rod, Dixon and Kari Estrin. Star performances include John Teer of Chatham County Line on mandolin, Joe Newberry on banjo, Caitlin Cary and Susan Cattaneo providing background vocals, and Pattie Kinlaw Hopkins of Hank, Pattie and The Current on filddle.


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

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

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


Decades as a Jazz Drummer, a stint studying composition at Berklee, and playing drums in an alternative band in the 90's are unlikely preparation for life-long musician Rick Vines in his latest incarnation as a singer/songwriter. But it seems to be working.

Rick writes songs that are insightful and haunting with a laid back and soulful feel.
Rick has a broad music sensibility that draws from Folk, Jazz, Rock and the New Orleans sound. He incorporates all of these elements into an honest and straightforward expression of extraordinary songwriting that is not over crafted. He has a warm and almost conversational delivery that can be both intimate and stark, sometimes in the same song.


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Brad Byrd w/ Lindee Cavalier & Matt Super - 7pm | $10
May
20
7:00 PM19:00

Brad Byrd w/ Lindee Cavalier & Matt Super - 7pm | $10


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Over the course of his career, Brad Byrd has written songs that firmly occupy the rarely-explored middle ground between indie rock and alt-country. He's a genre-spanning musician, carving out a diverse sound fueled by melody, detailed storytelling, and the instincts of a journeyman songwriter who began making Americana music long before the genre had a name. With his fourth album, Phases, Byrd takes a look backwards, reflecting upon the lessons learned throughout his ongoing journey.

From the start, Byrd's music found himself planting one foot in the guitar-driven world of indie rock, with the other pointing toward a more rootsy, country-inspired direction. His voice suited both styles, and his hook-heavy songwriting drew a line between them. Inspired by modern trailblazers like Nada Surf, Wilco, Kurt Vile, and Ryan Adams, he blazed his own path, unafraid to chase the muse into unexplored territory.


Jake and Amy met at an open mic night in February 2016. They started playing together soon after, and have developed an unexpected sound that puts a contemporary spin on classic stylings.
Aside from juggling their nine to five jobs, the duo Lindee Cavalier keeps busy writing songs and satisfying a shared passion for contributing original music to the world.


Matt Super likes to play his guitar and sing some songs and hopes you like it too. He's trying to fail a little less each time.


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The Arcadian Wild Album Release - 7pm | $10
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

The Arcadian Wild Album Release - 7pm | $10


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The Arcadian Wild began in the fall of 2013 when a few choir students from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN met up after class to jam for the afternoon. Five years later, the band now consists of guitarist Isaac Horn, mandolinist Lincoln Mick, and fiddler Paige Park. With roots running deep in formal vocal music, and influenced by progressive bluegrass and folk artists, The Arcadian Wild explores a unique acoustic sound that is simultaneously unified and diverse, offering up songs of invitation; calls to come and see, to find refuge and rest, or to journey and wonder.

The band is planning to release their second full-length record on May 3rd. The first two singles off the upcoming album have already been released and have accumulated well over 130,000 streams. Chicago is The Arcadian Wild's top city for listenership.


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Tom West w/ Jory Avner & Kim Schaefer - 7pm | $10
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Tom West w/ Jory Avner & Kim Schaefer - 7pm | $10


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Tom West is an Australian singer-songwriter performing music that traverses the rocky and undulating ground between simple, whimsical folk tunes and grand and moody soundscapes.

Delivering shows where his purposeful songwriting, unforgettable voice and intricate arrangements come to the fore. Effortlessly shifting between performing solo or with his band where banjos, saxophones & guitars complete the ramshackle wall of sound he has drawn comparisons to the likes of Volcano Choir, Andrew Bird, The Lumineers, Of Monsters & Men & Ben Howard. West’s latest work explores new boundaries in his writing and composing.


Jory Avner is a singer-songwriter based out of Chicago, Illinois. By blending highly stylized lyricism and guitar with synth/rock soundscapes, he strives to create an atmosphere that is both deeply textured, thought-provoking, introspective, and yet succinct in terms of narratives.


Kim Schaefer is a singer-songwriter from Chicago. Mixing a little bit of twang, fearsome strumming and a healthy dose of Rumours-era pop, she leaves you with rootsy tunes to tap your toes to.


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The Major Keys w/ Tyler Priest & Ranjani - 8pm | $10
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Major Keys w/ Tyler Priest & Ranjani - 8pm | $10


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Chicago-based folk and country duo, The Major Keys, consists of singing sisters Laura and Ellen Buttitta. Having grown up in a highly musical family, and inspired by a collection of sororal duos such as The Secret Sisters and First Aid Kit, Laura and Ellen have been immersed in harmony and singing together for over two decades. The complimentary registers of an alto and a soprano allow these sisters to produce sweet and sophisticated harmonies with a blend so tight as to often make it impossible to tell whose voice is whose. Featured on Philly D Slim’s album, Teach Me To You, and The Fifth Star Band’s album, Until Further Notice, The Major Keys collaborate frequently with a variety of artists throughout the city, including Resounding Wayves, whose members have provided instrumental backing for the duo. They have performed at an array of music festivals this past summer, as well as local venues such as The Tonic Room, Martyr’s, and the Elbo Room.


Tyler Priest is a blues-based multi-instrumentalist who utilizes loop pedal effects to create a full band sound. He has been fortunate enough to perform all across Chicago and the Midwest, sharing his talents as a backing player, a solo act, and front man. Notable acts he has shared the stage with include Chicago Blues Hall of Fame members Fernando Jones and Felton Crews, as well as touring artists Roaming Bear, and Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery.


Vocalist and songwriter Ranjani attracts new audiences by weaving soothing melodies, lyrics full of introspection and a unique infusion of blues, soul and classical Indian music, a nod to her roots and original foray into the musical world. Ranjani is continually searching for the nexus between world genres to discover unique sounds and surpass cultural boundaries. After growing up in the Philadelphia area, and living in DC and Atlanta, Ranjani is currently trying her luck in Chicago and working on her first studio album.


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Anna Tivel & J.E. Sunde - 8pm | $10
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Anna Tivel & J.E. Sunde - 8pm | $10


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Anna Tivel is a Portland, OR-based songwriter who grounds her work in quiet stories of everyday struggle. She’s a keen and detailed observer, and the characters in her songs come alive in small moments of beauty and despair.

With three full-length albums out on Portland’s well-loved Fluff & Gravy Records and a fourth due out this spring, Tivel spends her time writing and touring the US and overseas. Her most recent album, ‘Small Believer,’ was produced by guitar mastermind Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter, Anais Mitchell) and released in September of 2017. NPR praised the album, saying it “repeatedly achieves this exquisite balance of the quotidian and the sublime with imagery that's deeply poetic.” Her previous album, Heroes Waking Up was hailed by Folk Radio UK as "a superb and sublime album from a voice that deserves to be shouted from the highest rooftops.”

“Singer-songwriters are often called poets. In truth, only a few deliver the deep insight and sense of the new that breaking through the predictable achieves. Anna Tivel is one.” NPR, Ann Powers


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Grace Blackford w/ Morgan Powers, Yazmin & Beat Zero - 7pm | $10
May
26
7:00 PM19:00

Grace Blackford w/ Morgan Powers, Yazmin & Beat Zero - 7pm | $10


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With the release of the Home EP, Grace Blackford takes the best parts of some classic genres to breed a sound familiar, but her own. Lush with addicting progressions, a classic jazz vocal approach, and plenty of pop undertones, the record boasts the aesthetic of neo-soul anthems. The first single, “Darkness", pulls you in with its infectious vintage soul vibe, followed by its emotionally driven vocals and its ability to build and breathe as it plays on. During her time in college she made valuable musical connections, including the very musicians featured on her EP, along with others that taught her about bravery and musicality. The Home EP is a testament to where she is at with her sound right now. Having performed at some classic venues like The Elbo Room, Cafe Mustache, Northbar, and more, Grace is certainly not new to spreading the music through live performance.


Morgan Powers is a singer-songwriter based in Chicago. She's created her own intimate acoustic sound that combines haunting yet soothing finger picking and thought provoking lyrics.


Yazmin has lived a life of music from day one, having grown up with musician parents. Her career has taken her many places from recording her 'Solo' EP at Fantasy Studio in Berkeley, California to opening for Nanci Griffith in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Her latest album The Nautilus was recorded in Havana, Cuba at Mo. Records Studio with producers and musicians she met while living and studying music there. Over the years, Cuban music has played a big roll in her life. She spent over a decade studying Latin piano with master in the field Rebeca Mauleón-Santana, among others, and while in Havana studied at the highly esteemed Instituto Superior de Arte.
Whether pounding out Cuban tumbaos or singing a soft, heart-wrenching ballad, Yazmin's music comes straight from the soul. Her newest album The Nautilus highlights her very unique Folk-Rock sound with a mix of Cuban influences.


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Reece Ratliff w/ Cait Arq & Shaeleigh - 7pm | $10
May
29
7:00 PM19:00

Reece Ratliff w/ Cait Arq & Shaeleigh - 7pm | $10


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Reece Ratliff’s debut EP, I’ll Take The Fall, sounds like the work of a thoughtful songwriter, a seasoned musician, and a captivating vocalist, capable of raw power and vulnerability. The record offers all those things and more, so when you find out that he wrote these songs at the age of 14 and recorded them when he was 15, it’s hard not to do a double take. Reece Ratliff isn’t interested in being “great for a 15 year old,” this young artist wants to be great, period, and I’ll Take The Fall is a formidable opening salvo toward achieving that goal. Combining his personal experiences with worldly narratives and political undertones, the EP mines territory that provides lyrical food for thought and musical hooks to spare. The title track examines the current state of the world with determination and optimism, encouraging us to “bring a little light to the dark empty space.” “Think For Yourself” takes an unflinching look at notions of mob mentality while evoking musical shades of 90’s rockers like Live with a dash of Alice In Chains for good measure. “Dirty Mouth” and “On My Mind” are radio-ready pop gems, and funky closing track “Stand” is a horn-laden anthem worthy of uniting the broad audience that Ratliff is reaching for.


An upbringing of old country music, a few competitive seasons of Chicago's spoken-word scene. A vinyl collection in high school, featuring some of the best songwriters of the 60's and 70's. And many long nights studying the dramatic vocal lines in Romantic-era opera...

A broad range of inspiration has shaped Cait Arq’s own, evolving artistry into something with a unique familiarity. And though the Chicago-based songstress has since shifted genres from her country-crooning childhood to a more pop-soul sound, the impact that those old Country tunes had on her storytelling ability is still evident in her music. And she tells those stories with crafty, poetic lyricism and soulful, dynamic vocals.


Shealeigh is a 20-year-old independent singer/songwriter from the Chicago area, whose musical introduction began with an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at age 12. At 13, she wrote the song “What Can I Say”, which was featured on the fourth season of the Radio Disney/Disney Channel program “Next Big Thing” in 2011 as well as in the Disney Channel original movie “Radio Rebel” and steadily climbed to the #2 spot on the Billboard Kids music chart. More recently, Shealeigh self-released her debut EP “We All Need To Go Places” in February of 2017 and her single “Landline” in December of last year.


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Craig Alan w/ Signe & Tony Rojas - 7pm | $10
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Craig Alan w/ Signe & Tony Rojas - 7pm | $10


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Craig Alan is a singer-songwriter who jet-sets to distant corners of the world to share musical stories across linguistic, cultural, and religious borders.

If you love traveling and poetry, different languages, and even more different people, or you just want to listen to music that resonates and reveals personal narratives from around the world, you have come to the right place. With Craig, you're in for a whirlwind of passion and intrigue, where you'll feel intimately connected with myself and all those he has met along the way. Follow a whisper that echoes around the globe, and he will find you in your corner of the sky.


Signe identifies first and foremost as a storyteller. Music to her is the landscape and setting for the stories she finds in everyday life. Songwriters like Sara Bareilles, Billy Joel and Maggie Rogers have influenced the way she crafts her music. As with all of these artists, the lyric writing is as important to her as the melody and harmony. Signe began playing piano at the age of 6 and discovered singing not long after. After growing up with classical training she decided to follow her true passion and switched to Pop/Rock in college. Her sound is a blend of intimate pop melodies with simple accompaniments to louder danceable rock arrangements. In 2016 she wrote and recorded with the band Lipstick Frisbee and in 2018 graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Contemporary, Urban and Popular music. She is currently in the recording process for her debut EP to be released this spring.


Tony Rojas is a local Chicago musician who mixes the quiet thoughtfulness of folk with the manic energy of 70s punk. He is the founding member and principal songwriter for the Chicago-based group The Pirate Electric and has been performing in clubs and bars around Chicago for the last five years. As a songwriter, he utilizes his years of studying fiction and poetry to create tunes that are just as much a pleasure to read than to listen to (but you should totally listen).


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Hannan/Eisenmenger Organ Quartet, Three For All - 7pm | $10
Jun
3
7:00 PM19:00

Hannan/Eisenmenger Organ Quartet, Three For All - 7pm | $10


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Chicago based ensemble, The Hannan Eisenmenger Organ Quartet, plays a mix of hard bop classics, tunes from the Blue Note era, and aggressive swinging originals. The band has a sound that honors the tradition of jazz while also looking ahead, creating a musical experience that feels refreshingly new. Co-leaders Christine Hannan and Conner Eisenmenger are both decorated practitioners of jazz and commercial music. Hannan is a self-made vocalist who runs multiple groups that are currently in demand in the Chicago area. Eisenmenger, a former member of the 7-time grammy nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, has been recognized as a soloist on both the national and international competitive stage. The Hannan/Eisenmenger Organ Quartet is a presentation of their collaborative body of work.


Three For All is a trio based in Chicago, IL. While rooted in the jazz tradition, they bring a fresh approach to the music. With the ability to play classic jazz arrangements as well as modern and original material, their music encompasses a wide variety of styles, feels, and emotions, and as exemplified in their recordings, can utilize the organ for a more soulful flare. Consistent members of the group, award winning composer, guitarist, and vocalist Ariel Glassman and talented drummer for groups such as Visceral Trio and Ararat Daniel Beckwith, met at the esteemed DePaul University School of Music, where they are mentored by some of Chicago’s finest jazz musicians. Each of the musicians perform regularly throughout Chicago and the suburbs at an array of venues with experience throughout the country performing in states such as Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Missouri, California, Kansas, and Tennessee


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Nick Crook w/ Cassidy Rae & Jack Costanza - 7pm | $10
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Nick Crook w/ Cassidy Rae & Jack Costanza - 7pm | $10


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His ears singled out The Beatles as his primary auditory nourishment during his early years. From ages 12 to 14, Nick Crook almost exclusively listened to the greatest band of all-time. Supplemented by Motown soul singers like Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, the early seeds of a later sound began to form.

After graduating from high school back in Texas in 2013, he soon moved to San Diego, prime to put his music on display for whomever was willing to listen. The work began in earnest. Crook played anywhere he could. From open mics to cafes to bars, his music could be heard anywhere someone was willing to let him play. His sound continued to develop. All the time spent listening to the music that very first inspired him as well as others like Bob Marley, Kendrick Lamar, John Mayer and Hank Williams, listeners developed their expectation of a Nick Crook song. Every artist wants their listeners to know what they are getting, even when their favorite artist tries something new. It took time, but Crook is at that moment.

Nick continues to write, play, sing and perform wherever and whenever he can. His passion for his craft continues to shine through all of the music he produces. He's thankful to all those who have supported him on his journey. He is happy and blessed to bring all of his heart and soul to his many listeners. He just wants to make good music…


Cassidy Rae is a Rockford raised and Chicago based artist. Singing since the age of 5, Cassidy studied classical voice in college where she developed her craft, infused with R&B and soul. With every set, she now yearns to speak to all through every song, cover or original.


Co-Stanza (Jack Costanza & band) formed in his home town of Naperville, Illinois. Since then, he has experimented with many different genres before finding the alternative/indie rock sound they have. Pulling from folk, pop, and R&B, Co-Stanza has created a unique sound. At 20 years old, Co-Stanza's music is intensely relatable with lyrics and moods that capture the ups and downs of life.


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Carlisle Evans Peck w/ Stingray Central & Subhi - 7pm | $10
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Carlisle Evans Peck w/ Stingray Central & Subhi - 7pm | $10


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Minneapolis singer-songwriter Carlisle Evans Peck strives for the heart of human connection in his cinematic compositions. Equally at home in a wooded glade or on a cabaret stage, he weaves vibrant indie-classical mythologies at home with the likes of Benjamin Clementine, Antony and the Johnsons, and Joanna Newsom. His ambitious 2018 release Electric Porcelain is an orchestral-rock epic of queer love, loss and transformation. Whether surrounded by a nine-piece chamber-rock orchestra, backed by soaring choral harmonies, or solo with his haunting voice and piano laid bare, Carlisle Evans Peck is a transportive performer with a singular artistic voice.


Acoustic. Alternative. Indie. We do it all here at Stingray Central. A singer-songwriter from the 'burbs.


Subhi is a singer-songwriter based in Chicago. She sings and writes in English and Hindi blending her Indian roots with her western upbringing.

She released her debut album titled "Shaitaan Dil" in 2017 and went on to perform at the prestigious SXSW music festival 2018. She was a speaker & performer at TEDx 2017 conference in Chicago and Talks At Google in Mountain View, California. She has performed at several venues including The Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Lotus World Music Festival (Bloomington), Live On The Lake! Navy Pier (Chicago), Old Town School of Filk Music (Chicago) & Rockwood Music Hall (New York), WGN TV (Chicago) to name a few. ABC7 Chicago selected Subhi as one of the five artists to be featured in their Emmy award winning annual show 'Asian Influences'. Subhi was the only artist invited to perform at ABC7 Chicago studio to celebrate 'The Asian Heritage Month'.


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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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Broad Minded present: Mothers and Motherf%#~ers - 7pm | $20
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Broad Minded present: Mothers and Motherf%#~ers - 7pm | $20


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Broad Minded was founded In May 2018. Since then, we have performed at Uncommon Ground-Edgewater, Davenport’s and Stage 773. We are a group of eight singers and a pianist who perform funny, heartbreaking, uplifting and defiant songs from musical theater, pop and classical styles. Women have many universal issues they have to deal with on a daily basis and those issues aren’t expressed enough in musical theater and shows we’ve seen. On top of pressures from society, work, family, and ourselves, we are all forced to try to cope with the current political climate on top of it all. We formed this group to not only try to reach people in a new way, but to try to connect with women going through it alongside us. We are definitely stronger together and we’ve got to have each other’s backs! We perform funny, heartbreaking, hopeful and defiant songs that pertain to the current political climate and some of the universal paths of womanhood. Our shows continue to grow with the times and always try to push the envelope.


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Diversion Records Presents: Pete Mancini & The Hillside Airmen, Fauvely, Van Isaacson - 7pm | $10
Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

Diversion Records Presents: Pete Mancini & The Hillside Airmen, Fauvely, Van Isaacson - 7pm | $10


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Diversion Records Recording Artist Pete Mancini got his start as the frontman and primary songwriter of Butchers Blind, a critically acclaimed rock band from NYC. His debut solo album Foothill Freeway explored the Americana influences that were a hallmark of his work with his former band.

In 2018, he released a live EP, Alive in Patchogue. Since signing with Diversion Records, Mancini has released two singles, Pine Box Derby and DUI Blues. His second full length album is due out in 2019. Mancini’s songs have received glowing reviews and radio airplay around the world, and they continue to win over hearts and minds wherever they are heard. 

Over the years, Mancini has opened for acts such as Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms, Pure Prairie League, Robbie Fulks, James Maddock, Marah, Steve Forbert, Larry Campbell & Theresa Williams, Kevin Gordon, and Iain Matthews.


Fauvely is the project of Chicago-based singer-guitarist Sophie Brochu, who creates deeply personal dream-pop music. After completing her master’s in fiction writing and feeling frustrated with the constraist of her craft, Sophie turned to music for its raw and immediate release. The title of her debut EP, Watch Me Overcomplicate This (Midwest Action, 2017), speaks to the confessional tone of songs that range from delicately self-effacing to hauntingly sad.

Fauvely’s LP, Tides, transports listeners to the salty coast of Sophie’s hometown, Savannah, GA. Louder and bolder than her EP, these intensely brooding songs are the result of a new confidence possessed by Sophie, and the desire to come to terms with haunting memories in a place revered for its beauty. Fauvely has cultivated a strong presence in Chicago, sharing the stage with internationally acclaimed artists Stella Donnelly, Gemma Ray, Ryley Walker, and Ultimate Painting.


Originally from Chippewa Falls, WI, Van Isaacson has been playing violin for 16 years and is well-versed in Americana, Soul, Pop and Folk. As a skilled multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Van has played for many bands in the Chicago and Nashville area. His own songs are Americana/Pop anthems with soulful lyrics and warm, rich vocals. He currently resides in Chicago and continues to create his own music while playing and writing for local bands.


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Rachael Sage w/ Mirabelle Skipworth, Echo & Ransom - 7pm | $10
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Rachael Sage w/ Mirabelle Skipworth, Echo & Ransom - 7pm | $10


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A soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, award-winning singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage is one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 100+ dates a year with her band The Sequins throughout the US, UK, & Europe. She has earned a loyal following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, and improvisational audience interaction. Sage has shared stages with Beth Hart, Howard Jones, A Great Big World, Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Jamie Cullum, The Animals and Ani DiFranco. Her latest release is "PseudoMyopia", an acoustic collection of timely songs focusing on the concept of vision (including narrow-mindedness) in all its many manifestations, touching on topics as varied as government surveillance, environmental protection, and female empowerment. For more information, visit rachaelsage.com.


Mirabelle Skipworth is an Oswego, IL native who has played throughout the Chicagoland area as a solo singer/songwriter as well as the lead singer of The Paper Boats (a 3-piece folk trio). Her music is rooted in folk music and draws inspiration from rootsy and story-telling-driven music.


Singer/songwriters Colleen Wild and Jason Benefield met in the early 2000's and quickly became collaborators and friends. After performing together throughout the region, they went their separate ways, had families, and honed their crafts in other projects. In late 2016, they reunited to play a show, which turned into a handful of shows, which eventually became the acoustic duo Echo and Ransom. Since then, they've made a name for themselves for their powerhouse vocals, tight harmonies, honest songwriting, and their ability to engage and entertain a crowd.


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Brother and The Hayes w/ David Quinn - 8pm | $10
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Brother and The Hayes w/ David Quinn - 8pm | $10


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Siblings, Jennie Hayes Kurtz and David Bingaman, formed Brother and The Hayes in 2016. Their Texas influence, lyric-driven, roots music is slathered in infectious grooves while paying homage to artists like Lightnin' Hopkins, Guy Clark, and Loretta Lynn.


David Quinn got his start playing drums around Chicago which lead straight onto touring with other bands across the country. In a large wandering sabbatical toward the west coast, he wrote and recorded his own work while traveling through the passing trees and winding elevations. Even with his love of the brisk mountain desert heat, his kindred roots brought him back to the midwest, eventually landing him back in Chicago. Armed with a large catalog of singles, he connected with the revered Andrija Tokic - of Alabama Shakes, Luke Bell, and The Deslondes - at Bomb Shelter Studios and gathered key players to create his first LP, ‘Wandering’ Fool’. In June 2018, David Quinn joined Dave Roe - Johnny Cash’s bassist, Jimmy Lester - drummer for Billy Joe Shaver and Micah Hulscher - keyboardist for Margo Price, down in Nashville to create this twangy masterpiece. Blending these iconic musicians with his Midwest cosmic-country style has shaped this first studio album into a unique twist on dreamy classic country, something we’ve all been missing.


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Cheley w/ StarHeart & Trae Sheehan - 7pm | $10
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Cheley w/ StarHeart & Trae Sheehan - 7pm | $10


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Cheley's latest album, Buckeye, was given a 4 out of 5 star rating in the March 2018 edition of the UK's Country Music People and Think Country UK said, "if this amazing singer-songwriter hits your town, GO!!!! Just go. I can't even say enough about her album,Buckeye....brilliant." She is a MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winner, Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk winner, Independent Acoustic Music Award finalist (Best Song & Female Vocalist Categories), JPF Song of the Year winner, 2018 International Songwriting Competition semi-finalist in the Americana Category, and has been voted Nashville's Fav LGBT musician by Out & About Readers. Maverick Magazine said, "she writes with the deep confidence and total abandon that only a true artist is capable of....One of the most powerful, soulful singers in the business."


StarHeart is a Progressive Americana duo that sometimes masquerades as a band, and full time for real are brother and sister. They don’t rehearse often because they’re ok w/ being ok, and their familial bond affords them an intimate familiarity those that are forged from the same vocal chords enjoy. They have a few full length, full band all original albums backed by musicians of the highest Nashvillian regard. They can appear like they don’t care, but when you see them play their music, you’ll discover they care too much to let go of the pain. They are content playing music in the fine venues of their neighborhood and love to co-host events showing a variety of traveling musicians coming through town. They don’t sing for their suppers and are jealous of all the wonderful people who do.


An old soul from the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, twenty-year-old Trae Sheehan has been writing songs and performing since the age of ten. A lover of imagery and storytelling through lyrics based on old stories and poems, he never shies away from the hard stuff, instead setting it out in the open to be heard and discussed. Pulling inspiration from the country/rock sound of The Eagles, the folk roots of Bob Dylan, and the swift melodies of John Denver, his songs are written from a place of honesty with an understanding of people and culture gained through his travels and performances. With a new record and his guitar in hand there’s no telling how far he’ll go.


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American Opera w/ Sarah Burton & Eric Slingo - 7pm | $10
Jun
17
7:00 PM19:00

American Opera w/ Sarah Burton & Eric Slingo - 7pm | $10


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Incremental progress. Monumental setbacks. Small victories. This is the story of American Opera. More than a record, Small Victories is a collection of moments, both devastating and victorious. Ominous nostalgia confronts hopeful reemergence. Sonically, think Manchester Orchestra meets Langhorne Slim — polished stones in a bed of gravel and grit. The result is a stunning eleven-song rollercoaster exploring a complete spectrum of emotion and experiences. It is an album of dynamics — a perfect balance of the fragile and explosive. By the end, we’re reminded that sometimes the small victories were all that mattered in the first place — and that the silver linings were not just that after all, but rather small glimpses of a larger hope that can sustain us through even the most miserable of seas.


One bad breakup, two robberies, a few trips to the ER, and moving to the West Texas desert are just a few of the turns that led to the creation of Sarah Burton’s fifth studio album,Give Me What I Want. It’s a vignette of a new age wild west with songs about internet dating, crazy exes, getting older, and that feeling you get when everyone around you is in love and you’re not. In it, Sarah delivers an unapologetic demand with a finger in the air, howling with the underdogs who are sick of getting scraps. It’s a raw and real album that skirts Americana, folk, rock and country; the songs tell classic stories in a modern age from love and lust, to enchantment and disenchantment, and that constant search for fulfillment.


Eric Slingo, born and raised in Chicago, began writing songs in college. As an engineering student, his desire to learn quickly shifted from his studies to songwriting. He grew up listening to everything from Motown to Country, and after graduating in 2017, he made the move to Nashville where he’s currently developing his craft and touring alongside a variety of different artists.


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Choose Your Own Drunken Shakespeare Adventure! - 7pm | $10
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Choose Your Own Drunken Shakespeare Adventure! - 7pm | $10


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Odd’s Bodkins mission is to produce classic plays with unconventional casts and staging that raises up the voices of those normally outside the mainstream of theater culture, as well as to bring a love of Shakespeare to the next generation through workshops and free school performances.

The audience will select one of three plays that Odd’s Bodkins provides, and they will then cast it and perform it with the drinking rules as per the last format.


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Mariana Bell w/ Molly Coleman & Kaitlynn Danae - 7pm | $10
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Mariana Bell w/ Molly Coleman & Kaitlynn Danae - 7pm | $10


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Singer songwriter Mariana Bell delivers her soulful brand of indie folk pop across clubs in the city, region and beyond, weaving elements of rock, jazz and country together with her trademark hook-filled melodies and evocative, passionate vocals. In addition to her songwriting and critical success, she also puts on an unforgettable live show. As she has grown as a songwriter, other genres have picked up on her unique voice; she has broken onto the Electronic Dance Music scene with a force, her first single "Into the Light" with Sander van Doorn, Dubvision and Mako topping the charts in its first weeks.

While critics have likened her music to that of a young Joni Mitchell, Mariana counts among her own influences Shawn Colvin, Bruce Cockburn, Dave Matthews, and Ani DiFranco. She has been a special guest on WNRN, WCNR the Corner, and the Eclectic Women's show on WTJU 91.1 FM Charlottesville, VA, as well as appearing on PlumTV in Nantucket, MA. Over the past several years, the singer has been touring across the country from Nashville to Los Angeles, and London to Australia winning audiences over with her unique and soulful live performances.


Molly Coleman is a Chicago based singer-songwriter who draws much of her inspiration from the music that raised her. Raised on music spanning from Wilco to Joni Mitchell to Prince, Molly’s music sits in the realm of indie-folk rock, but you can also hear some jazz and soul influences peeking through. Molly’s debut album “the color of mustard” is available everywhere. Find out more on mollycoleman.com and follow on social media @mollycolemanmusic.


Singer-songwriter, Kaitlynn Danae, is a Chicago based artist. drawing influences from artists such as Bright Eyes, Alanis Morissette, CSNY, and The Cranberries. Intense emotion and awareness are the base of her songs about life, love, and heartache. Accompanied with rhythmic and ethereal melodies, she provides an easily accessible gateway to seek a great perhaps.


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Dawn and Hawkes - 7pm | $15
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Dawn and Hawkes - 7pm | $15


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Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes formed Dawn and Hawkes after a chance meeting on an Austin dance floor. The first time they sang together they found a sound Texas Monthly calls “undeniably intimate”. Their initial duo effort, Golden Heart, climbed to No. 25 in Billboard’s Folk chart and landed at No. 2 in iTunes singer-songwriter albums kicking off a whirlwind of cross-country and international touring performances.

Acoustic Guitar hails the musicality of their first full-length, Yours and Mine, as “Impeccable vocal harmonies and instrumentation” and Huffington Post summarizes “Transcendent alternative-folk — you will find yourself craving more from this amazing, dynamic duo.”

The duo stored their possessions and lived on the road, drawing inspiration from American deserts and mountains, to the South Australian coast while navigating a shared journey through mortality, grief and compassion for differing perspectives. Upon returning to Austin, they set upon building a new home and self-producing their second full-length album, The Other Side, released in July 2018. The Austin American Statesman calls it “10 new tracks of sweet folk-rock – instantly appealing tunes – rooted in the singer songwriter heyday of the early 1970’s, they also fit well into the modern-day indie-folk revival.”

In a time when the world seems more divided than ever, this album explores themes of empathy, hope, and finding our common humanity. “While on our own adventures of ups and downs we found ourselves exploring themes of empathizing with the other side,” recounts Miranda Dawn. “We hope that you will hear this album and share it with someone you love, because these are anthems of compassion for everyone who's ever felt on 'The Other Side.'”


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Avon Dale w/ Hitsleep, Tony Raney - 7pm | $10
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Avon Dale w/ Hitsleep, Tony Raney - 7pm | $10


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A few years ago, Avon Dale played a series of shows to bid farewell to its founding guitarist, leaving the band to teach abroad. That mini-tour hit three cities, each of which could stake a claim at being the band’s hometown: Champaign-Urbana, Chicago, and Memphis.

The band first formed in the cornfields of the Midwest in their college town of Champaign-Urbana. Chicago was home, where they found their most loyal fanbase. And in 2013, they moved to Memphis, where they found the legendary Ardent Studios and producer/engineer Mike Wilson, who has helmed all three of their records – EPs Dress it Up (2014) and Little Ditty (2016), and their forthcoming debut full-length, Whiskey and Sherbet. 

But fittingly those cities also serve as a sort of sonic road map for Avon Dale, whose sound is Midwest roots rock meets Chicago blues meets Southern soul. They’ve spent plenty of time tearing up the roads between those cities, and across the country, touring steadily since the release of their debut EP. Their 2017 summer outing, dubbed the Strings and Rust Tour after a lyric on the Little Ditty EP, was both an initiation and a three-month long celebration – they’d quit their day jobs to pursue music full-time.

With so much time spent on the road, it’s no surprise that the four-piece – Conrad Polz (lead vocal, guitar), Alec Heist (drums), Drew Allen (bass), Patrick Vaughan (guitar) – is a powerful live act. Their tight rhythm section, blues-inspired electric guitar riffs and soulful vocals make them danceable, drinkable, perfect for your fleeting night out – and their songs, which range from tender and plaintive to gritty and wry, are what bring you back as a lifelong fan.


Hitsleep is an alternative rock band hailing from Chicago, IL. Punches of reggae and pop music make way for a pleasantly unique listening experience.


Low points of depression, excessive suicide attempts & divorce are no strangers to the artist who is Tony Raney. Originally hailing from Florida, and growing up in Wilkesboro NC. Darkness intertwined with inspiration, Raney has spent the last twenty years experiencing life, loss and triumph drifting along the coast.
Tony eventually ended up back in Nashville where he currently lives. A move heralded by Zachary Gresham, his longtime musical collaborator & producer whom he met back in 1996 when they started as high school rivals then became best friends. They also recorded an album together in 2005, with experimental 5 piece rock group Good Lunar Aspect. Zack has been an integral part of Tony’s musical and life journey.
In the throws of rebounding himself and finding the identity he had let slip away. Tony is ready to offer his well earned and distilled multimedia gift to the masses. Tony will be releasing new music later this Spring and touring regionally.


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Barton Hartshorn & Olivia Ports Band - 7pm | $10
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Barton Hartshorn & Olivia Ports Band - 7pm | $10


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Barton Hartshorn, first and foremost has a great voice that takes us straight to the heart of the song. Steeped in an English pop-folk universe, his songs have a 70s west coast Americana flavour; it’s this blend of scenes and sounds that gives them their distinctly personal and original touch. Imagine Lloyd Cole fronting Steely Dan or Paul McCartney sitting in with the Eagles.


Olivia Ports is a singer/songwriter from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois whose passion lies in writing about impending doom in an upbeat way. Olivia specializes in live performance and creating a unique environment at every show, with a combination of dark lyrics and indie/pop melodies. The Olivia Ports Band consists of lead guitarist Chris Leonard, bassist Bill Syniar, and drummer/vocalist David Kelly. Each member has an extensive musical background, from audio engineering to live performance and touring. This mix of specialties distinguishes the group, and they will be sure to make light of the darkest lyric.


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The Erly, Thanks Again, and Fragile Soul - 7pm | $10
Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

The Erly, Thanks Again, and Fragile Soul - 7pm | $10


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The Erly is an American rock band originating from Niles, MI. Forming in 2017, The Erly consists of Collin Mattiford, Trevor McDonald, Ivan Torres, and Fran Gleason. The Erly's first record, Shadows, blends elements of roots music, alternative, and indie rock.


Thanks Again is an independent folk trio from Crown Point, IN. Guitarist and lead singer Roman Ruiz, banjo player Adam Mihal, and bassist John MacNeil met in high school, when they began writing and playing acoustic music together as The Pigeon Boys. In November 2017, Thanks Again released their second album, "Wayfarer." The sophomore record featured a more mature sound with expanded orchestration and harmonization, and explored questions of permanence and purpose in an evolving world.


Fragile Soul is a modern mix of soulful heartfelt vocals with blues and folk rock influences. Being compared to City and Colour, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Kings of Leon they bring a unique energy to somber lyrics that resonates with their audience. Starting as a singer-songwriter duo, the group has expanded their sound by adding a drummer and bassist. They have recently released their EP “The Runaway” in July 2018 to showcase their full blues rock sound.


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The Bashful Youngens w/ Bronte Fall & Francis King - 7pm | $10
Jul
6
7:00 PM19:00

The Bashful Youngens w/ Bronte Fall & Francis King - 7pm | $10


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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.


Founded by lead singer and songwriter, Teri Bracken, in the winter of 2015, Bronte Fall is an indie-pop/Americana group out of Chicago, IL. Bracken was initially drawn to the Bronte Sisters' story during her undergraduate experience- outspoken female authors who dared to have a voice in a time when women did not. She found their novels unedited, honest, modern, and, at times, deliciously impolite. That is the dialogue she strives to continue with Bronte Fall. The band blends a Pop songwriting aesthetic with Roots Rock musical influences. Bronte Fall released their debut album in May 2017. Their 2018 release, single Grand Marnier, steps more definitively into an Americana realm, with rockabilly rhythms and pedal steel overtones. 


Francis King, a born and raised Nashville native, is taking a new approach to the standard Nashville musician. While still honoring her country roots, she strives to incorporate aspects of classic rock, R&B, jazz, and pop. She focuses on simple and poetic lyrics, blending them with easy romantic melodies.


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Jenny Bienemann’s Northside Release Concert for Haiku Milieu - 7pm | $10
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

Jenny Bienemann’s Northside Release Concert for Haiku Milieu - 7pm | $10


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Jenny Bienemann is an award winning singer, songwriter, poet and photographer based in the Midwest. "Restoring a sense of wonder in the world by finding the extraordinary in the everyday is my mission as an artist," she says. With five critically acclaimed albums that receive international airplay, Bienemann ventures into new territory with her book Haiku Milieu, a book of photo and haiku developed over the course of a year. For her Northside release, she invites 15 fellow songwriters to write songs based on the photographs and haiku in Haiku Milieu.

Performers include:

Al Rose
Emily White
Kathy Greenholdt
Robinlee Garber
Rick Vines
Earnest & Troubled
Lindsay Weinberg 
Shelley Miller
Rebecca Jasso


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Karen Waldrup - 8pm | $10
Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

Karen Waldrup - 8pm | $10


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New Orleans native, Karen Waldrup, is a triple threat musician, songwriter and recording artist known for her thrilling performances and nostalgically new style of country music. Waldrup has spent the last few years touring the world performing thousands of shows everywhere from Long Beach, CA to Dublin, Ireland and is now a true viral sensation with her social media videos gaining mass appeal and more than 220 million views.

Waldrup's NEW album, JUSTIFIED, was released July 2018 and debuted #26 on Billboard's Country Album Sales chart along with #14 Billboard Heatseekers, #7 Billboard Heatseekers South Central & #44 Billboard Independent Albums.

Rolling Stage magazine named Waldrup's "Sometimes He Does" one of the Top 10 Country and Americana songs of the week. Her latest music video of the song premiered worldwide on CMT Nov 2018 & was the most viewed video on CMT.com.


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MALO W/ Columbia Jones & Anna P - 7pm | $10
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

MALO W/ Columbia Jones & Anna P - 7pm | $10


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M A L O is a creature of simplicity. A creator. A player of conscience.
The Chicago native may be in the prime of her youth, but her music tells a story as old as the venues she has inhabited. Having graced stages like New York City's Carnegie Hall, Liverpool's own Cavern Club, and most recently the pages of Relix Magazine, she is no stranger to the mystic and magic of captivating an audience. "Music gives me a soul. I play for one simple reason. It is my life support. Without music, I am just a passerby though."
M A L O recently released her debut solo album, Born in a Bad Way. The piece is a haunted, self-reflective collection of ethereal, multidimensional tracks— an authentic snapshot of a creative’s attempt to release themselves from apathy as a means of getting by. It was recorded in Brooklyn, NY at Douglass Studios.


“I'm a musician." Columbia Jones said to hospital nurse. As soon as those words left his mouth though, he realized for the first time in a long time he could be lying about his profession.
Columbia had moved out to Utah 5 years earlier from a small town in Maine to pursue a future in a big city and not a farm field. He played coffee shops and eventually landed a gig as the drummer and gig booker for a local Folk Rock band. They made the rounds from California to Colorado. He also owned a recording studio in downtown Salt Lake. This evening however he was lying in a hospital bed, his wife pregnant with his first child, diagnosed with an auto immune disease, and massive medical bills. Suddenly his dream seemed about impossible.
He had to face the reality that a 9-5 job might be the best direction for him. One that comes with a 401k, health insurance, and a consistent pay check. As he struggled with what to do, he started playing as a One-Man-Band on the streets. All of a sudden he had found his voice as a front man.
Since then Columbia has traveled nearly 20 states, 1 Canadian province, and finished 2018 with over 100 gigs played. His One-Man-Band set is wildly entertaining employing 4 limb coordination but also coupling it with incredible vocals and thoughtful songwriting. Columbia Jones is a songwriter first and foremost and his new album "I'm a Terrible Human Being" which is due early 2019 is a full band effort.


Anna P is a singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL. Her metaphoric lyrics, haunting melodies, and crystal-clear voice have propelled her to capture the attention of the local music scene and land gigs at legendary Chicago performance venues such as Cubby Bear, Navy Pier, and House of Blues' Foundation Room.

Her new EP ‘I Was An Iceberg’ is a chronicle through a mental breakdown following a heartbreak. The painfully honest lyrics of songs like “Hesitate” and “Waves” paint a scenery of the inner struggles of mental health.


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Makena Hartlin w/ Katie Boeck & Neil Dixon Smith - 7pm | $10
Jul
28
7:00 PM19:00

Makena Hartlin w/ Katie Boeck & Neil Dixon Smith - 7pm | $10


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Makena Hartlin is a young Chicago native with a spell binding voice who blends elements of pop, jazz, and folk to create a unique sound. With engaging melodies and heartfelt lyrics, her music is intimate and captivating.


Carving her niche as the guitar-playing actress of Los Angeles, Katie Boeck’s eclectic performance experiences have included a tour across India, performing her acoustic rendition of Ave Maria on HBO’s The Newsroom, and a starring role in the Tony-Nominated Broadway revival of Spring Awakening. She regularly performs her original material at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, and returns yearly to a variety of listening rooms and festivals including New York’s Rockwood Music Hall, The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, and Mile of Music in Appleton.


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.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
23
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 Scarpinato, Jake Montanez, Therese Bueno - 7pm | $10
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

Nicholas Scarpinato, Jake Montanez, Therese Bueno - 7pm | $10

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Nick Scarpinato is an acoustic singer/songwriter based out of Midlothian, IL. He started writing songs after he got his first guitar before his freshmen year of high school, and he's been writing songs ever since! He attended and graduated from Millikin University in May of 2018 with a Bachelor's of Music in Commercial Music with a vocal emphasis, and in his time there he recorded his first full-length album: With Regards... From Far Away! In the past, he's played shows of all kinds in venues big and small, including a gig at the House of Blues in downtown Chicago! He currently resides with his family in the Chicago suburb of Midlothian, and is always searching for more musical opportunities in and out of the area!


Jake Montanez got his first drum set and guitar around the age of 7 or 8 and it took him a bit to get going, he didnt really pick them up until he was 14 when he started playing drums again and joined a band at 16. He has played drums since then and around 18 he picked up the guitar again and started writing music. He has been writing music for 4+ years now and playing music for around 6. His inspirations are from alternative or pop rock bands like The Killers, The 1975 or Phoenix. He also plays sports and video games but most of his time is spent making music!


Therese Bueno is a 22 year old singer/songwriter based in Orland Park, IL. Her interest in music began at the early age of 6 when she learned to play the piano. Female composers like Taylor Swift, Carole King, and Sara Bareilles inspired Therese to pick up the guitar at 14 and write her own songs. Since then, she's been writing nonstop in hopes of recording and releasing her own album. Therese is a member of an all-girl band called "Sugar Rush," who have won multiple rockband competitions and even performed at the House of Blues. As an aspiring medical professional, Therese hopes that her music brings about healing and hope to those who hear it. She currently resides with her family in Orland Park, and she is constantly looking for opportunities to perform.


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Mike Edel w/ Jessica Mindrum & Grace Blackford - 7pm | $10
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Mike Edel w/ Jessica Mindrum & Grace Blackford - 7pm | $10


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The new album THRESHOLDS, (out Feb 22nd, 2019) was produced by Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) and has been in rotation in Canada on CBC Music, featured on PopMatters, Live In Limbo, across the US on NPR and AAA radio and in Europe in all McDonald’s stores! Mike Edel has amassed over 2 million cumulative streams, will tour Europe this spring and has played with Serena Ryder, Foy Vance, Said The Whale and at Vancouver Folk Festival, Rifflandia, Regina Folk Festival, Victoria International Jazz Fest, Upstream Festival (Seattle) and many others.


Chicago-Based singer-songwriter Jessica Mindrum combines elements of indie folk and slowcore in her melodic storytelling. Her voice complements her guitar’s reverb by being soft and easy on the ears. She confronts existential crises, heartache, and loneliness through deeply honest lyricism. She doesn’t hold back when posing questions rooted in the human condition which encourages listeners to do the same. Mindrum’s songs ring like endless thoughts that hover across our minds, but she dresses them up, and puts a tune to the sadness.


Grace Blackford is a Chicago-based vocalist, lyricist and composer. The jazz-trained artist allows her knowledge of the genre to influence her work while incorporating elements of other genres such as R&B and pop. The result? Soulful, original music laced with complex emotion and vulnerability.

Grace released her first EP, ‘Home,’ in 2018 and her second EP, ‘Alterations,’ (a collaboration project with producer Zeke Akeem) in February 2019. She is currently working on her first full length album. 


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A Girl Named Genny w/ Jessica Minidrum - 8pm | $10
Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

A Girl Named Genny w/ Jessica Minidrum - 8pm | $10


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A Girl Named Genny is based in Rochester, NY. The band incorporates traditional folk instruments to produce a new sound that encompasses several genres and styles. Dynamic instrumentation and upbeat melodies drive this high energy Americana band, however, breaking down sets to create intimate tender moments is always a promise. Their self-titled EP was released April 29th 2017, and most recently the group released their first full-length record in May 2018. They have played all over upstate New York, and toured through the midwest in October of 2018. The band has played with acts such as Driftwood, Upstate, Aqueous, Dirty Blanket, David Mayfield, Folkfaces, The Honey Smugglers, Aaron Lipp, and The Crooked North.


Chicago-based singer-songwriter Jessica Mindrum combines elements of indie folk and slowcore in her melodic storytelling. Her voice complements her guitar’s reverb by being soft and easy on the ears. She confronts existential crises, heartache, and loneliness through deeply honest lyricism. She doesn’t hold back when posing questions rooted in the human condition which encourages listeners to do the same. Mindrum’s songs ring like endless thoughts that hover across our minds, but she dresses them up, and puts a tune to the sadness.


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Fawn & the Flame w/ Anna P & Cheryl Rodey - 7pm | $10
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Fawn & the Flame w/ Anna P & Cheryl Rodey - 7pm | $10


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Out of Minneapolis, The Fawn & The Flame features singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Carey Keavy and Chicago based Mike Marshall.  Carey has been performing in various venues since 2006, and has been a part of the rich music scene of Minneapolis as both a solo artist and founder of several bands.  Rift Magazine describes her voice as "reminiscent of a young Fiona Apple, hitting just the right note of melancholy and mischief."  Her live show includes a variety of styles, from poppy-folksy cotton-candy tunes with kazoo solos, to pensive heartbreak ballads.  Her favorite place in the world is on the stage, connecting with audience members in a live setting, with a mix of her heartfelt originals, fun audience participation and unique interpretations of favorite covers.


Anna P is a singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL. Her metaphoric lyrics, haunting melodies, and crystal-clear voice have propelled her to capture the attention of the local music scene and land gigs at legendary Chicago performance venues such as Cubby Bear, Navy Pier, and House of Blues' Foundation Room.

Her new EP ‘I Was An Iceberg’ is a chronicle through a mental breakdown following a heartbreak. The painfully honest lyrics of songs like “Hesitate” and “Waves” paint a scenery of the inner struggles of mental health.


A Chicagoland local, Cheryl Rodey is a vocal powerhouse that will excite you with a genuineness that can make anyone feel the love of music. With previous band, Ophelia Grey, Cheryl opened up for the band Daughtry, Drake Bell and Aarron Carter. Cheryl will soon be releasing new music in the Spring and Summer of 2019.


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Molly Coleman, Nicole Muto-Graves and Emma Grace - 7pm | $10
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Molly Coleman, Nicole Muto-Graves and Emma Grace - 7pm | $10


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Molly Coleman is a Chicago based singer-songwriter who draws much of her inspiration from the music that raised her. Raised on music spanning from Wilco to Joni Mitchell to Prince, Molly’s music sits in the realm of indie-folk rock, but you can also hear some jazz and soul influences peeking through. Molly’s debut album “the color of mustard” is available everywhere. Find out more on mollycoleman.com and follow on social media @mollycolemanmusic.


Nicole Muto-Graves is a singer-songwriter originally from Boxford, MA. After three years in NYC, Nicole moved to Chicago and has enjoyed exploring the vibrant music scene the city has to offer. Inspired by the songwriting of artists such as Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon, Nicole strives to write music that is honest and reflective. Joined by Ryan Moore on percussion, the duo performs both original music and covers. 

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Ryan Moore is a Chicago-based percussionist who has been involved with a variety of artists, groups, and ensembles in each city he has called home (previously Boston and Houston). A drum set player by trade, Ryan takes cues from funk and blues music to create rhythms that serve to compliment and texture the sound of an ensemble. He is thrilled to call this his debut show with singer-songwriter Nicole Muto-Graves, supporting with cajón and shaker.


A proud Queer theatre artist and musician thriving in Chicago, IL, Emma Grace has a fiery spirit and a mad passion for devising, singing, songwriting, and her ukulele. After moving into the city on her own just over a year ago she has graced stages with her presence at over 50 venues in Chicago, including most recently “The Chill As Fuck Show” at Second City, Uncommon Ground, The Shithole show, The Factory Theatre, The Mexican Museum of Modern Art, The Den Theatre, and many more! She hopes to use theatre and music to build community and heal the human heart.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
16
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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The Devilish Winks w/ Impossible! - 7pm | $10
Apr
15
7:00 PM19:00

The Devilish Winks w/ Impossible! - 7pm | $10


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


Impossible! is a carnivalesque experimental rock band blending loud and sweet sounds, taking influences from metal, jazz, blues, opera, EDM, and cartoons. We play a mix of original music and covers from artists like Screamin' Jay Hawkins, King Crimson, Cab Calloway, and Frank Sinatra.


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Benny Bassett w/ Chris Moran & Neon Creek - 7pm | $10
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

Benny Bassett w/ Chris Moran & Neon Creek - 7pm | $10


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Benny Bassett is an acoustic rocker from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Benny grew up in a musical family in Northern California, learning guitar and piano so he could jam with his stepdad and stepbrother in a sunroom in Chico, California. After college, Benny joined up with friends in Chicago, Illinois to form Vintage Blue. As lead guitarist of Vintage Blue, Benny played festival stages around the Midwest, including Taste of Chicago, and Summerfest in Milwaukee. Vintage Blue found commercial success in 2014 with the release of "No Going Back" which charted on AAA radio, and ended up earning the band a place on The Rock Boat, hosted by Sister Hazel. In 2015, the band split, and Benny struck out on his own as a solo artist. The past three years have seen Benny play over 400 shows across North America, in 44 states, 4 Canadian provinces, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. The future looks intensely bright, with Benny's second EP set to release in March 2019. Produced by the team at Alpine Red Studios in Gainesville, VA, the songs are radio ready, and sure to be a hit amongst Benny fans.


Chris Moran is a seasoned performer from the south suburbs of Chicago. He is very active in the cover scene and is currently working on original material for an EP to be released in 2019.


Neon Creek is a songwriter/solo artist based in Chicago. The name Neon Creek comes from a branch of a river that flowed throughout town called Kress Creek. It was contaminated by Radioactive waste from a factory that closed down in the early 70's. Later it was discovered that the company that owned the factory buried that waste all over town. There was old urban legend was that if you flew over Chicago, the suburb was the only one with a greenish glow from all the radiation.


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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


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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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Tracy Bonham & Blake Morgan - 7PM | $12
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Tracy Bonham & Blake Morgan - 7PM | $12



Tracy Bonham & Blake Morgan. Grammy™ nominee Tracy Bonham is celebrating yet another banner year that has further underlined exactly what makes her a stand-out serious artist with a unique set of talents. As PopMatters aptly describes, “Bonham, from the beginning and increasingly over time, is a riveting, complicated maker of pop music.” Tracy Bonham has joined the ECR Music Group roster of recording artists, and is currently on tour in the United States throughout 2018-2019. Her artist-in-residence concert series at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall debuts October 26th 2018 and runs through April 18th, 2019.


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Fate + Melanie, Liv Lombardi, and Rebecca Jasso - 7pm | $10
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Fate + Melanie, Liv Lombardi, and Rebecca Jasso - 7pm | $10

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Fate + Melanie are a folk duo based out of Murray, KY. Using Appalachian style finger-picking traditions, Americana harmony, and insightful lyricism, they create a sound both familiar and unique. Spinning traditional tableaus into more realistic -- whether that be more harsh or soft -- narratives of love, loss, and endurance between fluctuating levels of the two. Fate McAfee is set to release his second LP, Diesel Palomino, in March. Melanie's first LP, Allegoria, is set for release in June.


Chicago based, singer songwriter Liv Lombardi continues to build her dedicated fan-base through her soulful vocals and radically honest stylings. Liv released her third studio album “Freedom Girl” in 2017. With similar folk roots, Freedom Girl developed into a more universal story than that of the internal representation of her previous two albums. In 2012, Liv released her debut album "Self-Medicate" which went on to win the New Mexico Music Award for Best Pop CD. Liv has been featured on After Ellen’s 15 Lesbian, BI & Queer Musical Artists You Need To Know, The Advocate, NPR Sessions at Studio A, Daytrotter and Folk Radio UK.


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Chicago native Rebecca Jasso is a singer/songwriter who playfully writes around the themes of love, loneliness, and fantasy, skillfully weaving her melodies into the harmonic fabric of her fingerstyle guitar playing.
Music has had a strong hold over Rebecca since childhood. At age 10, she took up the guitar, and since the very beginning, sought to write good songs. Despite learning at this young age, it wasn't till after college that she worked up the confidence to take her music to the stage. For years she oscillated between playing solo and in bands, with each wave bringing her closer to chiseling out a style that would be her very own.
A visual artist, Rebecca conjures images with her lyrics to insert you into pictures from her own imagination. From soft, autumnal landscapes, to dark, Narnian scenes, each song is a journey into a new story. Her honest voice and beautiful songs will absolutely charm you.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
9
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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ATLYS Album Release - 7pm | $10
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

ATLYS Album Release - 7pm | $10


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ATLYS, the classically trained, all-female string quartet pushes the boundaries of their genre with their soon-to-be-released debut album: ATLYS. Combining their world-class training from the top music conservatories in the country, ATLYS is a powerful force, and with encouragement from world-renowned cellist, Yo-yo Ma, the four women mix the latest technology with their centuries-old instruments to bring the sounds and melodies from around the world into their mesmerizing, cinematic soundscapes.

Since their founding in late 2016, ATLYS has performed nearly 1,000 concerts together, had their music featured on several collaborative albums and music videos, in motion pictures, and were selected to represent New York’s Lincoln Center in performances around the world, including a private performance for Oprah Winfrey.

Through this album, ATLYS explores an infinite world of possibilities for string quartet. Extending the traditional string instrument technique to include atmospheric and percussive textures, ATLYS creates twenty-first century symphonies from just their four instruments. Each track is an innovative re-imagination based on some of their favorite songs and many of the selections feature music by or about strong women. Playing this music allows them to amplify their voices and tell their stories.

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Bug Hunter w/ Anti/Beyond - 7pm | $10
Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

Bug Hunter w/ Anti/Beyond - 7pm | $10


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John Wozniak of Marcy Playground says Bug Hunter is “Relentlessly Clever… AWESOME”

Focused on turning mundane moments into emotion-packed tunes, Bug Hunter’s style is often compared to 21 Pilots, Blink-182, and Death Cab For Cutie - but they have carved out a niche that fans can’t easily classify. Bug Hunter are celebrating 1 million streams on Spotify and a new album!


Anti/Beyond is a Chicago-based meditative indie rock act that explores themes of sexual ambiguity over layered, nuanced melodies. Seasoned with the occasional cell phone field recording, the result is a fresh, vulnerable style of indie rock with a “meditative” flair. Their first full-length album, self-titled, was released in late December 2016.


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As Husband & Wife w/ Hannah Lieb and Sunflower Summit - 7pm | $10
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

As Husband & Wife w/ Hannah Lieb and Sunflower Summit - 7pm | $10


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Currently based in Bluffton, SC the dynamic duo credits the beginning of their music to the city of Chicago, where the two fell in love. Andrea and Geno Miller make up the harmonious sounds of As Husband & Wife, fused together by marriage and bonded by their faith. The songwriters are inspired by the deep desire to be authentic, as their songs are dripping with passion and honesty. Merging gospel, folk and acoustic stylings into their original music, attending a show is a must, truly an experience as their melodies and arrangements transport you.


Hannah Lieb, born and raised in St. Louis, MO grew up on pop music before delving into songwriting as a high school freshman. Hannah has a diverse background as a singer, touring the US, Argentina, and Spain with Millikin University's top Vocal Jazz and Choral ensembles in addition to performing original music on a regular basis. She recently moved to Chicago where she is working on her debut record while she continues to pursue songwriting and performing.


Sunflower Summit is a Chicago based folk/pop singer/songwriter. When she's away from her uke or guitar you can find her working on another 1,000 piece puzzle or volunteering.


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Pieus Productions Present: The Bacchae - 7pm | FREE
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Pieus Productions Present: The Bacchae - 7pm | FREE



In this new translation of Euripides' classic tragedy, Emma Pauly has taken the play back to its roots in an exploration of the character of Dionysus and his historical ties to gender and sexual identity. This staged reading (directed by Jessica Smoot, artistic director of Pieus Productions) will be the first in the development process for this new and innovative translation of a historic piece of theatre.

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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
2
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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Elysian Green & Jake Levy, Kabir Dalawari, Eric Arroyo, Matt Ulery
Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

Elysian Green & Jake Levy, Kabir Dalawari, Eric Arroyo, Matt Ulery


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Jake, Kabir, Eric and Matt Ulery are Chicago based Jazz musicians and composers studying and teaching at Loyola College.


Clay Corso's Quartet plays original compositions that are influenced by both classical and jazz music, evoking colors and sounds through the music.

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Phil Circle Student Showcase - 6pm | $10
Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

Phil Circle Student Showcase - 6pm | $10


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Phil Circle Phil Circle may be a critically acclaimed local songwriter, but he's also known as a well respected music coach. For 25 years, he's been working with everyone from absolute beginners to working professionals. He's developed a mindset approach to teaching that works his students through not only the technical issues at hand, but the philosophical aspects of playing music at a professional level. "One key ingredient to continuing playing throughout one's life," says Circle, "is sharing your work with a live audience. Otherwise, you're going to stagnate.

Come see several accomplished students of Phil Circle share their talents as vocalists, guitarists, and even songwriters. Each adult student will play 2-3 songs, either solo or with Phil's accompaniment. At the end of the evening, everyone usually gets up for one big regatta. 


"What makes Circle one of the few ‘professional indie musicians’ is not only his tenacity, but his inherent fluidity with performing, and a zen-like understanding of what it means to be a songwriter."  -Hannah Frank, Chicago Music Guide


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Open Mic Winner's Showcase: Busy Bodies, Daniella Hope, Caroline York - 9pm | $10
Mar
30
9:00 PM21:00

Open Mic Winner's Showcase: Busy Bodies, Daniella Hope, Caroline York - 9pm | $10

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Chicago’s Busy Bodies perform a playful brand of indie rock brimming with vocal harmony and melodic sensibility. Not content to stick with any one genre, their songs range from soulful ballads to danceable jams. At once familiar and unpredictable, the band takes inspiration from artists like Allen Toussaint, New Order, and Wilco. Busy Bodies are a truly collaborative project, fusing the songwriting talents of Ben, Mike, John & True into a vibrant sound. They are currently working on their debut release, Extended Play, to be released in early 2019.


Daniella Hope is in her final semester at Oberlin College and Conservatory where she will be receiving two degrees; one from the college in Africana Studies and one from the conservatory in Jazz Voice. She is a singer/songwriter, poet, actor and is looking forward to being more engaged in the Chicago artists' scene after her completion of undergrad.


Caroline York is a musician from the Western Suburbs of Chicago. After a lifetime of classical training and a degree from Taylor University in flute performance, she is now focused on her real love of singing/ songwriting.


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Blue False Indigo w/ Francis King & Margaux - 7PM | $10
Mar
29
7:00 AM07:00

Blue False Indigo w/ Francis King & Margaux - 7PM | $10


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Blue False Indigo is a Spooky Folk Trio currently planted in Kansas City, Missouri. Formed at a small liberal arts college in Springfield, Missouri, the fast friends have spent the past five years cultivating a style that is delightfully unique. With intricately-woven harmonies influenced by a choral background, stirring and soulful vocals, and minimalist americana instrumentation, blue false indigo has coined the term “Spooky Folk” to describe the genre that has been said to be “Mysterious” and “Hauntingly cathartic” by the university daily Kansan. The trio released their debut album, “More Light” in September of 2018.


Francis King, a born and raised Nashville native, is taking a new approach to the standard Nashville musician. While still honoring her country roots, she strives to incorporate aspects of classic rock, R&B, jazz, and pop.
She focuses on simple and poetic lyrics, blending them with easy romantic melodies.


Margaux Reifman a Chicago born and raised musician, recorded her first EP, “Five Months” in March of 2018. The name “Five Months” came to be when she wrote her first five songs in a span of five months while she lived in Hawaii between September of 2017 to January of 2018. Currently based in Chicago, this passionate and dedicated singer/songwriter looks for any and every opportunity she can to showcase her abilities. From open mics to paid gigs, Margaux believes that every performance opportunity is a chance to improve her craft and will bring her one step closer to achieving her goals as a musician. 
 Margaux’s voice combined with the ukulele creates a unique and appealing sound that instantly captures her audiences’ attention. Her lyrics ring with a positivity that not only resonates strongly in her, but with her listeners as well. Margaux hopes that by sharing the lessons she has learned and experiences she has had through song, she can help aid in healing a deeply wounded society. 


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Annie Fitzgerald & Sarah Morris - 7PM | $10
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Annie Fitzgerald & Sarah Morris - 7PM | $10


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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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The Currys & Steve Everett - 7PM | $15
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

The Currys & Steve Everett - 7PM | $15


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Brought together by family ties and a shared appreciation for folk, pop-rock, and roots music, The Currys are an Americana group featuring Jimmy, Tommy, and Galen Curry. They’re relatives — two brothers and one cousin, to be exact — and like many family groups, their songs are anchored by the sort of elastic, entwined harmonies that only seem to exist among kin. The Currys hail from Port St. Joe, FL and will be releasing their third full length record, This Side of the Glass, on March 1st, 2019


Steve Everett is a Pop'N'Roll singer & songwriter from Nashville, TN. Born in Albany, GA & raised in Greensboro, NC, Steve blends positive vibes with catchy, melodic hooks and hip, clever lyrics to form his fun musical style. Steve studied music performance at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and plays stages ranging from The House of Blues, The Rock Boat music festival, all the way to acoustic home shows. He has been fortunate enough to tour the country (solo & full band) with national acts like Hunter Hayes, Cassadee Pope, Sister Hazel, & Michael Tolcher. His two most recent albums have been nominated for "Album Of The Year" at The 12th & 15th annual Independent Music Awards. Steve also loves film, golf, sports, cigars... & high-fives.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Mar
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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Sam Pilnick's Nonet Project and The Kyle Madsen Trio - 8pm | $10
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Sam Pilnick's Nonet Project and The Kyle Madsen Trio - 8pm | $10


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Saxophonist, Multi-Instrumentalist and Music Educator Sam Pilnick received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Jazz Studies at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, where he studied with Robert Young and received a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies at 

Western Michigan University, where he studied with Andrew Rathbun and Scott Cowan. As a performer and composer, Sam explores a variety of performance and compositional styles including bebop, contemporary jazz, and creative music for both large and small ensembles.

Sam leads The Sam Pilnick Project, a jazz collective that performs original works in Chicago, IL and Kalamazoo, MI. The Sam Pilnick Project has been featured on 102.1 WMUK in Kalamazoo, MI. In 2018 they released their second EP “Pure Imagination”. Sam has performed with Lucas Pino, Edward Simon, Randy Brecker and others. 



Led by chameleonic Saxophonist / Multi-Reedist Kyle Madsen, the Kyle Madsen Trio performs an eclectic mix of chordless music that reflects the diversity of Chicago, and it's wide-ranging music scene. Featuring drums, bass, and saxophone/woodwinds, the group performs diverse mix of worldwide music from the past and present. Everything from post bop jazz, modern avant garde, and R&B hits are explored by this instrumental trio.


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

My One and Only - 7PM | $10


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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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The Wood Pile, Echo & Ransom, Almond&Olive - 6PM | $10
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Wood Pile, Echo & Ransom, Almond&Olive - 6PM | $10


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The Woodpile is an indie folk/rock band based in Laramie, Wyoming, established in early 2016 by Evan Gwin (vocal/guitar), Brendan Ruwart (vocal, percussion, guitar, banjo) and Nolan Leibee (vocal, bass, mandolin). Cellists Jessie Salas and Molly DeLau joined in early 2018 with the addition of Jesse Twitchell, electric guitarist, several months later. The six met through their connection with the music department at the University of Wyoming. The origins of the band began with lead vocalist Evan Gwin's solo EP, “The Woodpile,” released in December 2015. Music by The Woodpile is created with unique and thoughtful composition techniques that enhance the sounds and textures of a variety of instruments. Rich, sweet melodies from the cellos are accompanied by energetic electric guitar, and groovy bass lines, with a tight, rock-influenced rhythm section. Unorthodox song arrangements use lyrics derived from folk storytelling, portrayed through dense vocal harmonies. The prominent use of acoustic guitar pairs nicely with the occasional appearance of the banjo or mandolin, providing a homey, Wyoming-based listening experience. Together, the band has compiled their talents to successfully create new music, tour the country and share their musical ideas with the world.


Singer/songwriters Colleen Wild and Jason Benefield met in the early 2000's and quickly became collaborators and friends. After performing together throughout the region, they went their separate ways, had families, and honed their crafts in other projects. In late 2016, they reunited to play a show, which turned into a handful of shows, which eventually became the acoustic duo Echo and Ransom. Since then, they've made a name for themselves for their powerhouse vocals, tight harmonies, honest songwriting, and their ability to engage and entertain a crowd.


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


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