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

My One and Only - 7PM | $10


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


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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Nothing Without a Company Presents: Not One Batu Film Viewing Party - 7pm | FREE
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Nothing Without a Company Presents: Not One Batu Film Viewing Party - 7pm | FREE


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


NOTHING WITHOUT A COMPANY IS PLANTING THEATRE AROUND CHICAGO TO EMPOWER SELF AND COMMUNITY THROUGH IMMERSIVE AND REVOLUTIONARY ACTS OF ART IN SITE-SPECIFIC AND RECLAIMED ENVIRONMENTS.  For this special seated dinner show, they screen the film version of the play, “Not One Batu”


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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


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


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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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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ATLYS Album Release - 7pm | $10
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

ATLYS Album Release - 7pm | $10


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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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


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


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. Nicole performs both original music and covers, accompanying her vocals with acoustic guitar.


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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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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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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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.


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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Eli Lev w/ Angie Campbell & Paige Hargrove - 8pm | $12
Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

Eli Lev w/ Angie Campbell & Paige Hargrove - 8pm | $12


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Global citizen and neo-folk singer Eli Lev is making the world a smaller place, one song at a time. Eli pens hymns for everyday enlightenment—songs that resonate because they’re heartfelt, earthy, and offer wisdom culled from self-discovery. His latest album, Way Out West, has been featured on CBS Radio, Buzz Feed, and Paste Magazine for its blend of country, folk, Americana, soul, and pop, while being free from any specific tradition. In performance, his infectious musicality, commitment to deep grooves, and playful charisma foster an immersive experience for the audience that moves bodies and opens hearts.


Chicago based singer/songwriter Angie Campbell brings a heartfelt musical encounter everywhere she goes. All she needs is an acoustic guitar to take her audience with her into a place of sharing life and love in song that will not soon be forgotten. Writing poetry since she was a child turned into songwriting, which is a now full-blown passion of creating music that people can relate to and will come away from changed. Performing solo, and with her acoustic band Angie Squared, at local Chicago venues such as Fitzgerald's, World of Beer, The Harp and Fiddle, and Uncommon Grounds--she captivates, uplifts, and entertains with original and cover music.


Paige Hargrove is a singer-songwriter living in Chicago, IL. From traveling back and forth from her past home in Atlanta, Ga, Paige has played at a variety of venues. Paige was voted Balcony Tv Atlanta's best session of 2016 and has also opened-up for multiple award-winning singer-songwriters, including Chuck Cannon and Mike Mentz. Over the past couple of years she has focused on producing her full length album, Georgia (released 9/21/18). Her new album gives her listeners a uniquely intimate and live experience. Paige is eager to share her new work with her fans. Sign up for her mailing list to be notified when she's touring near you.


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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David Sherman & Sam Wahl - 7:30pm | $8
Mar
18
7:30 PM19:30

David Sherman & Sam Wahl - 7:30pm | $8


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


David Sherman is a singer, composer, actor, and writer. He has studied improvisation at I.O. and Second City. He spent 9 years touring the country with the world’s greatest mambo rock band. He is currently performs with The Swing Shift Orchestra and his original glam-pop band, The Steak House Mints. He has written a children’s book and for a variety of live productions. He is currently writing a musical. His hobbies include waiting patiently and punctuation?


Former host and founder of Get Off The Couch Chicago, Sam Wahl is a singer-songwriter from Sacramento, CA originally. Look out for new band and new album realease in 2019.


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First Take & Audio Radiance – from The School for Music Vocations - 6pm | $10
Mar
17
6:00 PM18:00

First Take & Audio Radiance – from The School for Music Vocations - 6pm | $10


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This 6-member vocal group, First Take, directed by Dr. Jeremy Fox, is from the School for Music Vocations in Creston, Iowa. The group performs everything from R&B to jazz to a cappella music, and original songs/compositions. First Take has been accepted in the past to perform at the Jazz Education Network's International Conference, as well as the International Association of Jazz Educators. The ensemble has wide acclaim, including an award from Downbeat Magazine for "Best College Vocal Ensemble." The group tours each spring, and co-hosts a vocal music festival in Creston, Iowa each April.

Grammy-nominated arranger Dr. Jeremy Fox earned his B.M. degree in Piano-Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University, and his M.M. and D.M.A. in Jazz Composition from the University of Miami. He has taught music at Indiana University, the University of Miami, and now the School for Music Vocations in Creston, Iowa. His music has been performed by such artists as: John Secada, Theo Bleckmann, Terence Blanchard, m-pact, Cadence, and Metropolitan Opera singers Eric Owens and Denyce Graves. Twice in 2013, he conducted and was musical director for a concert of “Bossa Nova Sinfónico” with the Costa Rican National Orchestra and Brazilian singer Rose Max. He has also twice acted as the guest conductor for the famed Henry Mancini Institute Jazz Orchestra, based in Miami.


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Karen Choi w/ Justin Duenne, MALO - 7pm | $10
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Karen Choi w/ Justin Duenne, MALO - 7pm | $10


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Karen Choi is a singer/songwriter living in the American midwest. Karen’s sophomore album “Through Our Veins” is rooted in the Americana tradition and shaped by the places and people she has met along the way. This new collection of songs explores common human experience from a rich lyrical perspective and with soulful vocal clarity. Karen was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She first picked up her dad’s old Martin guitar when she was 13. Since then, songwriting became a means of storytelling for Karen and an artistic channel for expressing the realities of every day life. Karen resides in St Louis, Missouri.


Justin Duenne is an Americana outfit that can be described as Indiana Roots Music. These songs are meaningful representations of love lost and love gained.


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 admit that I don't have any definitive goals as an artist— but I have preoccupation with the human condition. Writing music, for me, allows me to indulge that. I play for no other reason than to create something using all of my senses. At the base of our populous, we are all the same being— that’s the head, as they call it in jazz. And then you’ve got the personhood of each individual being, and well, that is improvisation. It makes me terribly nervous to not be fully aware of how people resolve when I’m watching them listen to my music, but I wouldn’t trade that feeling for the world.”

M A L O's debut album, Born in a Bad Way, is available at all online retailers now.


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Odd Bodkins Presents: Julius Caesar - 8:30pm | $10
Mar
15
8:30 PM20:30

Odd Bodkins Presents: Julius Caesar - 8:30pm | $10


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It's that time again! Top Shelf Shakespeare! Odd's Bodkins theatre company presents for one night and one night only, Julius Caesar: the DRUNKS of March! Set on the day that Julius Caesar was murdered by his friends and fellow Romans, the Bodkins will perform the tragedy of Julius Caesar with a (lemon) twist! Several of the actors will be "sacrificed" to the audience, meaning each actor will take a shot whenever the audience calls for it! With several actors dizzily trying to remember their lines, how will the narrative change and where will the story even end up going?! Only one way to find out! This isn't your Momma's Shakespeare! We're drinking the Bard under the table, and we invite you to join the hilarity.


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Young Songwriters Showcase  featuring Interlochen Arts Academy and Midwestern School of Music - 7pm | $8
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Young Songwriters Showcase featuring Interlochen Arts Academy and Midwestern School of Music - 7pm | $8


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


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This will be a showcase featuring the touring students of the songwriting program from Interlochen Arts Academy. They will be joined by other budding songwriters and musicians from Chicago's own Midwestern School of Music. 


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CANCELLED! OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Mar
12
6:00 PM18:00

CANCELLED! 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 Arc Theatre presents: Sheridan by Christian Missonak - 6pm | FREE
Mar
10
6:00 PM18:00

The Arc Theatre presents: Sheridan by Christian Missonak - 6pm | FREE


FREE TO ATTEND. COME EAT, DRINK & LISTEN


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In 2018, Christian Missonak's ten-minute play "Newsfeed Elegy" was selected by The Arc Theater’s arciTEXT audiences to be developed into a full-length work. As part of their new play reading series, The Arc Theatre presents a public reading of "Sheridan" by Christian Missonak. Grab your friends, order some drinks, and enjoy this delightfully touching play about leaning into love when you need it most.


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Elysian Green w/ Morgan Pirtle and Vinny Kabat
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Elysian Green w/ Morgan Pirtle and Vinny Kabat


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Elysian Green is a collaborative jazz fusion group that features original compositions from each of its members. Recent performances include Tonic Room, Subterranean, and Rock House Glenview. Our self-titled, 3-song EP is available on all music services.


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Morgan Pirtle is a versatile vocalist, composer, and arranger in Chicago. As a student of jazz, her music is influenced by the genre, but also resonates with pop, soul, and R&B. She studied at UIC with vocalist Cheryl Wilson and previously has worked with artists such as Rufus Reid, Sheila Jordan, Jon Faddis, Jay Clayton, Dee Alexander, Jennifer Barnes, and Greg Jasperse.  You can find her performing all over Chicago-land, including such venues and events as the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Chicago Summer Dance, The Shedd Aquarium's Jazzin' at the Shedd series, Schubas, the Jazz Showcase, the Promontory, Emporium, and more. She recently made her debut at the 40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival with her group Morgan Pirtle + 5. In 2018, she was named a Luminarts Fellow in Jazz, won the People's Choice Award at the Luminarts 2018 Jazz Finals, and was named Outstanding Undergraduate Vocalist in the 2018 DownBeat Student Music Awards. Her debut EP, “Muse” will be released in February 2019.


Vinny Kabat is a bassist and composer who grew up in Morton Grove, Illinois. He began his musical journey on the violin at age 5 and in later years, around 16, found himself drawn to playing the Upright and Electric basses. Now, preparing to graduate from Elmhurst College, Vinny is thrilled to be performing some of his original compositions with some of his best friends--musicians he deeply respects. He can also frequently be seen playing in Elysian Green and The East Loop, two jazz-fusion bands based in Chicago.


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Eric Slingo w/ Palmer Anthony, Connor Quinn - 7:30pm | $10
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Eric Slingo w/ Palmer Anthony, Connor Quinn - 7:30pm | $10


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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.


Hailing from the rural Northern California town of Willits, CA, Palmer Anthony is a Nashville, TN based singer-songwriter and musician. Palmer is produced and published by three-time Grammy Award winning producer, Jacquire King. He has penned songs for artists such as the Josh Abbott Band and Chase Rice and has opened for the likes of Adam Wakefield, Craig Wayne Boyd, Lewis Brice and Hank Williams Jr. His country and southern rock roots allow for an upbeat and entertaining live show.


Connor Quinn is an athlete/hockey player turned singer song-writer. Found passion for music in the midst of getting sober. Grew up in Nashville around the music industry. Godfather - John Hiatt


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Craig Alan w/ Kaitlyn Danae & Paul Haris - 7pm | $10
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Craig Alan w/ Kaitlyn Danae & Paul Haris - 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, Craig Alan will take you there. He’s a whirlwind of passion and intrigue.

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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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There is a place within the astral plane where the threads of dreams, destiny, and crippling mediocrity intersect. There Paul Harris sits, trying a little too hard to look bored. When he's not drifting mindlessly through lofty and purely conceptual spaces he plays music. Dumb, little folksy songs that, like his bio and even Paul himself, aren't half as smart as he wants them to be.

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C+ Records Presents: Luke Sherman, John Jon John, John Williams, BC Sherman
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

C+ Records Presents: Luke Sherman, John Jon John, John Williams, BC Sherman


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


BC Sherman is a Chicago based rock country pop act. The band recently released their debut EP "Love is Real" and combines musicians from a variety of backgrounds to create their signature "music to listen to while crying and sitting in your car, in a movie theater parking lot in Green Bay, Wisconsin" sound.


John Jon John is comprised of Jonathan Scaccia (guitar,) John Williams (bass,) and John Merikoski (drums). They have been playing in a variety of musical groups together before forming their own trio. While John comes from a classical background, Jon grew up playing metal. They are melded together with John's added backgrounds of jazz and folk. Led by their fearless leader, Jon, the group fuses indie rock with jazz fusion.



Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Luke Sherman uses his literature and creative writing background to create stories through his folk songs. Luke has been around music all of his life, from reviewing albums and promoting concerts to DJ'ing radio shows


John Williams is a touring upright bassist and guitarist from the Chicagoland area. While he often provides support to artists and bands, drawing from his classical roots, Williams also performs his own original music as a folk singer-songwriter.   


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Mar
5
6:00 PM18:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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Palou & Bryn Rich w/ Dog Mom - 7pm | $10
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

Palou & Bryn Rich w/ Dog Mom - 7pm | $10


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


Indie singer-songwriter Palou from Michigan creates stormy bedroom pop accompanied by vulnerable yet powerful lyrics. Songs consist of mostly sad tunes on the ukulele. Influences driven by genres such as Alternative Rock, Lo-fi, and Dream Pop.


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As a solo artist and the principal songwriter behind Too Fun, Chicago songwriter Bryn Rich's work ranges from somber folk to fuzzed-out rave ups. He's been named one of Red Eye's Local Artists to Watch, performed as part of the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival and was once mistakenly added to a bill with a metal band. (It didn't go over well and he had a very bad time.)

"When an artist or band can keep me listening to a song simply because of the words, I take notice. Bryn is one of those artists." - Windy City Rock


Dog Mom is the singer-songwriter project of Kim Locke. Based in Chicago, Dog Mom's music combines, fuzzy melodies with sticky hooks. Her raw and honest lyrics are paired with an equally emotional voice.


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Elisabeth Pfeiffer, Liv Lombardi & Paul Sottnik - 6pm | $10
Mar
3
6:00 PM18:00

Elisabeth Pfeiffer, Liv Lombardi & Paul Sottnik - 6pm | $10


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


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.


Elisabeth Pfeiffer is a solo ukulele player with a strong background in classical guitar. She studied at Lawrence University in the USA and HfM Würzburg, Germany, majoring in classical guitar. 2013 she took up a ukulele and never looked back. Since, she has written three method books on strumming and picking techniques and fretting concepts. On stage she mostly performs solo pieces, but throws in the occasional song, always looking to add something personal to a piece or a song. Her repertoire ranges from Renaissance music to Jazz and Rock covers, as well as contemporary classical music.


Having just moved to Chicago from NY, Paul Sottnik is a full time pianist for ballet classes and theater.


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John Lensing w/ Maya Bennett & Joseph the Worker - 7pm | $10
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

John Lensing w/ Maya Bennett & Joseph the Worker - 7pm | $10


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


John Lensing writes songs for the same reason he street performs, to make people care. About themselves, about others, and things that sometimes hurt to care about. The Denver based songwriter stumbled upon street performing years ago. Backpacking Europe, Lensing found people introducing themselves and opening up to him. All he had to do was play his guitar and sing. He began to learn how contagious vulnerability can be. Since then, John has toured and street performed across the US and Canada, and been called “an artist to watch" by Folk Magazine No Depression.


After first learning to play the guitar at the age of 12 in her hometown of Loveland, CO, Maya Bennett fell in love with the act of songwriting and soon became intoxicated by the connection and release that performing would bring. Since then, Bennett has won multiple songwriting contests, has moved to Denver, has played in a variety of venues state-wide and nationally, and has released two records, including her most recent “As The Pink Fades”, which portrays her struggles with mental health and her take on her relationship with the surrounding world. These themes are integrated throughout all of Bennett’s folksy songwriting, resulting in a raw and honest sound that tends to leave a profound effect on those listening.


Joseph the Worker is the solo recording project of Chicago-based songwriter Joseph Evans. In 2018, Joseph released “The Truth Rings Blue,” his most recent full length record.

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Andrea von Kampen w/ Darling West, Francis King- 7pm | $12
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Andrea von Kampen w/ Darling West, Francis King- 7pm | $12


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"We were completely blown away" - NPR All Songs Considered. With over 7 million Spotify streams and counting, Nebraska-based songwriter Andrea von Kampen has quickly established herself in the recording studio and on the road. Her deft guitar work and intuitive song construction display striking maturity, and her effortless vocal delivery has been praised by Hear Nebraska as "soulful and worn-in." Andrea has shared the stage with Tall Heights, Gregory Alan Isakov, Dead Man Winter, John Moreland, Dead Horses, Ira Wolf, The Brother Brothers, and more. She has performed live on Audiotree in Chicago, was featured as a finalist in NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, and has won Eddie's Attic Open Mic Night in Decatur, GA twice. Most recently, Andrea completed her first coast-to-coast tour across the United States and is set to release her debut full-length album, Old Country, on February 8th, 2019.


Emerging from Norway's burgeoning Americana scene, Oslo trio Darling West deliver a richly harmonic folk sound with elements of bluegrass and old-time music. Mari Sandvær Kreken, Tor Egil Kreken, and Kjetil Steensnæs made their debut as Darling West in 2014 with Winter Passing, an album whose rich vocal blend and string band roots helped earn the trio a Spellemannprisen nomination, which is the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammy Awards. They followed up in 2016 with their acclaimed sophomore set, Vinyl and a Heartache, this time winning the Spellemannprisen.


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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Homegrown Residency: The East Loop - 7pm | $10
Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00

Homegrown Residency: The East Loop - 7pm | $10


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

$1 our of every cover charge is donated to Care For Real to nourish our local community


The East Loop is an instrumental ensemble that occasionally features guest vocalists.

The band stands at the intersection of African American, Middle Eastern and South American music, blending traditions including Jazz, Funk, Rock and Maqam. Complex rhythmic, melodic and musical arrangement ideas come together in electrifying performances of music that’s both complex and groovy.

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Nicole Muto-Graves w/ Bittersweet Drive & The ET All Stars - 6pm | $10
Feb
24
6:00 PM18:00

Nicole Muto-Graves w/ Bittersweet Drive & The ET All Stars - 6pm | $10


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


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. Nicole performs both original music and covers, accompanying her vocals with acoustic guitar.


James and Molly met at Columbia College Chicago in 2008. They quickly began to sing and perform together - a vintage blend of strong melody and close harmony fueled their writing. They formed Bittersweet Drive and released their first EP, "Cold Were the Winds" in 2012. Their second, self-titled EP was released on November 27, 2016.


The ET All Stars are indie storytellers comprised of songwriter Emily Thompson on vocals, keys, and uke, Clint Bergin on percussion, Brian Buhman on bass, and Randy Morris on guitar, with haunting harmonies by Ashley Kushner. Lyric-forward ballads and punchy pop tunes are supported by surprising chord changes and catchy hooks, as these musicians blend rock, jazz, Americana, and cabaret influences.


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Brennan Mackey of King Cardinal, Rebecca Jasso, Alex Pomerantz - 7PM | $10
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Brennan Mackey of King Cardinal, Rebecca Jasso, Alex Pomerantz - 7PM | $10


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


“I moved to Denver on a whim,” says King Cardinal founder Brennan Mackey. “I’d been living in Chicago, working a finance job that I didn’t love, and I knew exactly what the rest of my life would look like if I stayed there. I decided I wanted to throw everything up in the air and see where it landed.”

It makes sense, then, that the cover of King Cardinal’s stellar debut album, ‘Great Lakes,’ depicts a man catapulting himself headlong into the unknown, trading safety and security for adventure and excitement as he leaps over a protective railing. If the record is any indication, Mackey’s own bold leaps have paid off in spades. Pushing raw roots rock into lush, sonically daring territory with hints of cosmic country and delicate folk, ‘Great Lakes’ showcases the five-piece group’s exceptional musicianship and the powerful emotional depth of the vocal interplay between Mackey and fellow singer Texanna Dennie.


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.


Through the years, during times of hardship and happiness, singer/songwriter Alex Pomerantz, constantly found himself plunking keys on his parent’s upright piano in the living room or on the floor in his room strumming chords on his guitar, with one thing in mind; share a story. After spending the past few years in Nashville, TN and seeing first hand the highs and lows of writing songs 5 days a week Alex has returned to Chicago with a new appreciation for the song. While his Folk influences act as a base for his songs, a love for Pop and Country hooks spread throughout his songs to help share life’s joy, disappointment, love and friendship.

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

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



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


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


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Emerging Artist Showcase: New Artist, Who Dis? - 7pm | $10
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Emerging Artist Showcase: New Artist, Who Dis? - 7pm | $10


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


Mark Harper started his musical journey at age twelve as a guitar player. In the last decade, he has gotten experience in a variety of musical endeavors including playing guitar in a Jazz ensemble, singing in various choirs, playing principal roles in musical theatre productions, and even participating in an a capella group. Currently, he produces music in many different genres, is the lead singer and guitar player of his band, Harper's Grove, and for the first time ever is performing solo here at Uncommon Ground.


saraí is a multi-faceted artist and human being. she grew up in multiple areas in and around the city of Chicago. the artist currently attends the university of illinois at Chicago. she studies English and Gender and Women's studies. she considers herself a singer, writer, editor, activist, and thinker. currently, the singer works to complete her bachelor's degree, her first three books, and her demo.


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Though originally born in Oak Park, Rane Simons mostly grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois called Makanda. He joined his first band with some friends from high school who convinced him to start learning guitar. Half of them ended up going to college in Champaign-Urbana where he joined a couple other bands and began developing a passion for singing and songwriting. On a train back to Chicago after seeing a total solar eclipse in my hometown of Makanda in August 2017, he met his girlfriend who has been a big source of inspiration for gim to write, record, and produce his first EP. He’s happy to say that he released Synchronicities exactly a year later!


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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Homegrown Residency: The East Loop - 7pm | $10
Feb
18
7:00 PM19:00

Homegrown Residency: The East Loop - 7pm | $10


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

$1 our of every cover charge is donated to Care For Real to nourish our local community


The East Loop is an instrumental ensemble that occasionally features guest vocalists.

The band stands at the intersection of African American, Middle Eastern and South American music, blending traditions including Jazz, Funk, Rock and Maqam. Complex rhythmic, melodic and musical arrangement ideas come together in electrifying performances of music that’s both complex and groovy.

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