Taylor Mallory w/ Wic & Makena Hartlin  - 7pm | $10
Jan
20
7:00 PM19:00

Taylor Mallory w/ Wic & Makena Hartlin - 7pm | $10

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Level Next Music recording artist Taylor Mallory is a singer-songwriter/actor creating an unprecedented R&B experience where he creates the music live on stage using a series of loops. This performance style is called looping. Comprised of smooth vocal loops, synths, and progressive drum programming, his looping style is a fresh approach on Alternative R&B.

Taylor has received recognition in media outlets such as JET, Wall Street Journal, and singersroom.com. In 2018, he was a featured actor in Chicago P.D., a national Corona commercial with Tony Romo, and booked several national voiceover commercials for McDonalds, Xfinity, and Wal-Mart.

His current album Take Control is available on all streaming platforms.


Wic’s music combines hip hop with jazz, R&B and synthetic funk. An Arkansas-bred, Chicago-based artist, Wic mixes smooth Southern rhythm and clever wordplay to create music that inspires folks to reflect, groove and smile. His sound has been compared to the early works Outkast and Anderson .Paak.


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




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OPEN MIC SEMI-FINALS (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jan
22
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater, 7-9pm.

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


The Semi-finals of Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! We invite back all the winners of the Edgewater Open Mic from the last 6 months to perform. The top 5 will compete in Wednesday’s Finals Competition, taking place this year at our Edgewater location on January 23rd.

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

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


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OPEN MIC FINALS (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC FINALS !

Proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


The top 5 winners from Monday’s Open Mic Semi-Finals and Tuesday’s Open Mic Semi-Finals come together to perform for the Open Mic Finals!

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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Fire Thief w/ cats with guns, Beartrap - 6PM | $8
Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

Fire Thief w/ cats with guns, Beartrap - 6PM | $8


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Fire Thief. A 6 piece band lead by composer Devin Clara Fanslow that explores the margins between jazz, folk, classical, and pop music.


Zane DeBord's cats with guns is an ensemble of rotating musicians that perform original music and free improvisation. Each performance is different, with constantly-changing musicians and repertoire leading to a unique combinations of sound and direction in the music.


Beartrap is a Detroit-based quintet featuring Jason Didia and Tristan Cappel on woodwinds, guitarist David Dunham, bassist Jeffry Cuny, and Drummer Stuart Lyons. The ensemble combines jazz, indie rock, and modern improvisation to create a unique energetic sound. Venues the ensemble commonly performs at include Cliff Bell's (Detroit MI), Spread Art (Detroit MI), Ziggy's (Ypsilanti MI), and Canterbury House (Ann Arbor MI).


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Owen and the Ghosts, John Boyle, Sean Heffernan - 7pm | $10
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Owen and the Ghosts, John Boyle, Sean Heffernan - 7pm | $10


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Owen and the Ghosts is the Chicago based alternative folk-rock project of Owen Hemming (guitar, vocals) Scott McGivern (bass, vocals), and Jamie Stephens). Their music is melodic but often with an energetic grit to it in the vein of Neil Young, Wilco, and the Rolling Stones.


John Boyle is a singer-songwriter performing original acoustic compositions blended with jazz and soul to lend to lyrical honesty and reflection. His songwriting pulls on a tenor searching for the voice of reflection while blending rich vocal melodies with an acoustic styling. John has spent the last five years playing with the jazz quartet Tripel and the blues/rock band CW & The Working Class Trio. He is now pursuing a solo career with his debut album “Early Lights” set to be released October 2018


Sean Heffernan is a singer-songwriter that grew up playing a mix of folk music, Rock 'n' Roll and traditional Irish tunes in the music room with his multi-instrumentalist father, Brian Heffernan. After playing coffeehouses and bars in Milwaukee while attending Marquette University, Sean returned home to Chicago to study songwriting and singing at Old Town School of Folk Music. Dedicated to writing original music, the Glenview, IL native plays venues around the Chicagoland area.


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Wes Urbaniak w/ Co-Stanza, Dacota Muckey - 7pm | $10
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

Wes Urbaniak w/ Co-Stanza, Dacota Muckey - 7pm | $10


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Wes Urbaniak’s experimental expressionism puts fire to the gasoline structure of folk music. As his songwriting began to develop and his content deepen, he began pursuing the absolute dynamics of the solo musician in real time and continually reinvested what was being learned into his artistry. His songwriting can be thought of as a quilting of life lived, lessons learned, humility sought, and understanding earned through the processes of becoming a steady and thoughtful man. In support of that Mountain Folk music that Urbaniak plays, he has brought on some other stringed-talent to help develop the dynamic and the melodic themes for the stories that he delivers. After facing off with some heavy realities, Urbaniak took up finding and building up fire inside of himself. The message he brings with him is a simple one, but an important one: The change in me is the change in you. This single string of thought winds it’s way in and out of his latest sixth/seventh albums, Hippo + Crate / The Adelphos, and is primary to the work he is doing now, called The Long Walk. Another way Urbaniak is tying knots on the fraying end sits within his approach to the image of self. “The work a person does, the way they live, the ideas they sew, all give way to what the person might look like on the inside as presented to the outside world. This is important; this lining up of what we say and what we do. It gives a truth to our journey….” When Urbaniak began building instruments, a common question arose in conversation – where does the wood come from? While trying to secure some materials, Urbaniak was confronted with a depleting supply of wood and a growing concern for harvest methods. Trees are being wiped out on a mass scale for the purpose of instruments – it is not good. Urbaniak began to experiment with alternatives like pallet wood, plywood scraps, old wood flooring, etcetera; and then something good happened. He was presented with the opportunity to scrap a defunct piano. What a beautiful resource. All those years of music being played on a piano that can now become bracing and occasionally a guitar soundboard, once again for the purpose of music. Urbaniak’s guitars, and all the instruments he records his albums with, and several that his group play with, were built with a large amount of repurposed material by Urbaniak. They also have Urbaniak’s voice and are recognized as being as much art as function, each with its own distinct soul and spirit. Often enough, they even look like the person playing them. Out and in.


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.


Dacota Muckey is a young, all-in-one kind of artist. He has been said to burn every bit of himself up on stage. His passion and desire to move forward with his music is evident both on stage and off. Dacota is a full time musician in his early twenties and his music has taken him to music festivals, bars, colleges and more all over the midwest and especially in his home state of Indiana. Playing all of these live shows and recording several full length albums of original material both with his band and solo have brought him extensive recognition over a short time as a musician with a pure passion to pour his entire life and all he has into his craft. His music is a new-age folk, rock, jam band style and his use of a loop pedal creates a seemingly full band. Dacota has opened up for big time acts such as Blues Traveler, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Dustin Thomas, and Laith-Al Saadi from NBC's The Voice. He has also performed at major Music Festivals like Bonnaroo, Shang Ri La and more.


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The Coffee Jazz Collective Presents: The Raven Quartet - 7pm | $10
Jan
28
7:00 PM19:00

The Coffee Jazz Collective Presents: The Raven Quartet - 7pm | $10


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The Raven Quartet is an ever-evolving experimental quartet led by vocalist and composer Miranda Sprague. An extension of the Coffee Jazz Collective, Raven Quartet is an exploration of textures, ideas and melodies well woven into a ensemble of expression! The purpose of this quartet is to explore new perspectives and layers of sound through improvisation and experimental compositions.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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Tae and Gen, Waltzer, and Burr Oak - 7pm | $10
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

Tae and Gen, Waltzer, and Burr Oak - 7pm | $10


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Genevieve Heyward is an indie-pop & folk artist from Wisconsin with a vocal range as dynamic as her personality. She released her debut album, "It's Not Like Anyone's Listening", in 2017. Genevieve actively tours the US, both as a solo artist and in side-projects. She plans on releasing her sophomore album in the year of 2019.

Tae: "Passionate, open-minded, and willing. As a young human, made of many ideas and drawn to the arts, those are accurate statements that briefly support my works' entirety. I am Tae, a 20-year-old musician that was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin; driven by the hunger for growth, experimentation, and creation. With the help and networking of many people, and with my drive to make music and share it with the world, I have been on the journey of performing at a plethora of different venues. The people I have met, the things I have learned, and the motivation I have gained from these experiences have only driven me to have a hunger for more. I will dedicate my life to the creation of art, and utilize the power I have to be an agent of social change regardless of my state and place in life. Ultimately, I strive to make people feel and think, in the way their interpretation allows them." - Tae


Chicago based singer-songwriter Burr Oak (Savanna Dickhut), often compared to “a young Sheryl Crow,” merges together folky, story driven tunes with pop hooks and vocals to create her own, unique blend of sounds. Breaking away from her solo work to form duo-fronted band Elk Walking with Julian Daniell in 2015, she has yet to record or release any of her music apart from the group but will play a set of her unreleased material on occasion, at select venues around the city. Marinating on these songs for sometime now and still developing her solo sound, she hopes to release them at some point in the not so distant future. For the time being, check out a rough, self-recorded demo on her soundcloud; “Pink Carnation/Dandelion song” and the new Elk Walking single, “Ride the Tide,” available on all streaming platforms.


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Matt Griffo & Elisabeth Pfieffer, Emma Grace - 6PM | $12
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

Matt Griffo & Elisabeth Pfieffer, Emma Grace - 6PM | $12


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Matt Griffo from Chicago is an internationally touring musical comedian, combining music with comedic lyrics. Griffo’s show is what you get if Ben Folds and Flight of the Conchords had a lovechild. Griffo sings and plays piano and ukulele. His performances are “both toe-tapping and rib-tickling” (Chicago Sun Times). You can check out his music online at www.mattgriffo.com


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.


Emma Grace. A proud Queer theatre artist and musician thriving in Chicago, IL. She 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 all over 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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Noah Brooks Collective w/ Juliette Gardiner, Jack Sundstrom Collective - 7pm | $10
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

Noah Brooks Collective w/ Juliette Gardiner, Jack Sundstrom Collective - 7pm | $10


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Noah Brooks, an up and coming young Jazz drummer and band leader was born in Madison, WI and moved early in his life to Dekalb, IL. Showing aptitude and signs of his love for music at a very early age, he started his career in music by taking piano and drum lessons.
Jazz quickly became a life's passion after being introduced to it in the third grade. His growing list of influences that continue to shape Noah's growth in Jazz includes past and present Jazz musicians, Max Roach, McCoy Tyne, Elvin Jones, Xavier Breaker, Marquis Hill and Ulysses Owens Jr.
Noah currently plays in the Chicagoland area with many different groups while also leading his own group, The Noah Brooks Coalition. This group features many up and coming young Jazz musicians from the Chicagoland area.
The Noah Brooks Coalition focuses on playing modern Jazz music composed by Chicago Jazz artists, such as Chris Greene, Rajiv Halim, and Xavier Breaker, while
including original compositions by the member of the group.


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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Robin West w/ Alexandra Blair & Cassandra Kaczor - 7pm | $10
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Robin West w/ Alexandra Blair & Cassandra Kaczor - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


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


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Alexandra Blair, singer/songwriter has been playing music in Chicago for ten years. When she’s not playing acoustic music solo, she plays in a rock band called Bad Candy, performs modern dance with the Laboratory Dancers, and does activism work for survivors of domestic violence in the Victorious Project. She is very excited to get back on the Uncommon Ground stage alongside this group of awesome artists.


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Cassandra Kaczor is a Chicago-based composer, pianist and multimedia artist focused on issues of social justice and women’s empowerment. Kaczor currently works as a professional pianist and singer, entertaining on an international scale, and as a freelance teacher, performer and composer.

When she is not working, Kaczor enjoys practicing yoga, feministing, songwriting, long runs on Lake Michigan, ogling strangers' dogs while out walking, good drinks, tolerable company, and chronically overthinking as much as possible.


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Ian Mahan, Molly Coleman, Caroline York - 7PM | $12
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Ian Mahan, Molly Coleman, Caroline York - 7PM | $12


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A Colorado transplant from small-town Illinois, singer-songwriter Ian Mahan has spent the last decade writing and performing music for the sole purpose of connecting to his audience. His acoustic-style songs, with melodies ranging from mellow to upbeat, are marked by characteristic lyrical vulnerability. Though he attended piano lessons from a young age, Ian did not find his true instrumental passion until his 18-year- old self picked up a guitar. Ian’s high school and college years were spent exploring music in the form of countless different bands, ultimately, establishing himself as a solo artist in 2008. In 2011, Ian produced his first, self-titled EP with his drummer, band director and long-time friend, JD Raab. Four years later, Ian released "Tiger Lily,” his sophomore album which marries the singer-songwriter genre with pop-style, electronic elements. Released earlier this year, Ian’s six-song EP, “Rockford,” showcases his evolving musical style grounded in emotional transparency and whispery acoustics. The album is a collection of curated songs that highlight life’s joys and miseries – inspired by breakups, Rocky Balboa and everything in between. Ian has performed with notable artists such as Ryan Adams, Leon Bridges, Vanessa Carlton, Howie Day, Nina Storey, The Rocket Summer, Parachute, Stu Larsen, Tyler Hilton, Christina Perri and Joe Brooks.


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.


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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Resounding Wayves and The Major Keys - 6PM | $10
Feb
10
6:00 PM18:00

Resounding Wayves and The Major Keys - 6PM | $10


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Resounding Wayves is an aspiring supergroup of Chicago-based singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, making a joyful, mostly acoustic noise. The band performs its own folk- , pop- and Latin-inflected compositions, and puts a fresh spin on covers of familiar tunes with vibrant vocal arrangements that can pivot from tender to thunderous and back again. "Their sound just makes me really happy." -- Aurora Rivera, the B-Side Rebels


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.


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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Old Timey, G & T, Michelle Billingsley - 7PM | $10
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Old Timey, G & T, Michelle Billingsley - 7PM | $10


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


Old Timey is a 2-4piece band, with Kasey Foster (vocals), Charlie Otto (guitar/vocals), Patrick Dinnen (upright bass), and Alan Maniacek (drums), playing both popular and lesser-known hits from the 1920s-50s.

Old Timey's mission is to dig deep for tunes that are near extinction in the memories of both the baby boomer and the silent boomer generations. If you are a fan of Les Paul and Mary Ford, The Mills Brothers, Perry Como, Hank Williams, Willie Dixon, The Andrews Sisters, Georgia Gibbs... you will enjoy this powerhouse foursome. If you know none of the aforementioned musicians/groups, you will still enjoy this powerhouse foursome.


G & T is a ravishing duo perform songs that span a broad spectrum of romantic wins, losses, and draws. All at the expense of their dinner plans.


Michelle Billingsley is Michigan born and raised - right down to the log cabin built by her father and goats milked by her mother. A member of the band $11 Supper, the Folky Americana all-woman trio, she is also a talented multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. 


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

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


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


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


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


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From the Start - 6pm | $10
Feb
17
6:00 PM18:00

From the Start - 6pm | $10

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From the Start is Max Allard (banjo, guitar), Otto Allard (mandolin, fiddle), Ruben Whitaker (guitar, vocals). The three met when they were toddlers and they have been playing together ever since. They play a mix of bluegrass, fiddle tunes, folk music, alternative rock and jazz.


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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


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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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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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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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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The Wood Pile, Echo & Ransom, Almond&Olive - 6PM | $10
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

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

My One and Only - 7PM | $10


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


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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 - 6PM | $10
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Annie Fitzgerald & Sarah Morris - 6PM | $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 - 6PM | $10
Mar
29
6:00 AM06:00

Blue False Indigo w/ Francis King & Margaux - 6PM | $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 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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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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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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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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Markus Maticic w/ Busy Bodies & Pan and The Lost Boys - 6PM | $10
Jan
19
6:00 PM18:00

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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Kinda Cookin' & The Heart Of - 7pm | $10
Jan
13
7:00 PM19:00

Kinda Cookin' & The Heart Of - 7pm | $10


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Kinda Cookin’ is an instrumental jazz fusion quartet comprised of young Chicago musicians. Inspired by the city's deep musical roots, Kinda Cookin’ combines jazz, funk, R&B, blues, and other styles of music to explore a unique and fresh sound. Kinda Cookin’ has drawn crowds to popular Chicago venues across the city, and individual members have been soloists at the Chicago Jazz Festival and other big stages across the city.


Rooted in vocal harmonies and acoustic melodies, The Heart Of captures the emotion and imagination of listeners through eccentric story-telling and cinematic songs. With a notebook bursting at the seams with songs, The Heart Of was brought to life in a farmhouse in Bronson, Michigan, where their debut EP was recorded. The Heart Of's five-song EP was released by Brooklyn Basement Records on August 24, 2018.

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

Grant Milliren w/ Larry Anthony & Zion Rodman - 6PM | $10


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


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


Zion Rodman established himself as a soulful folk-rock musician in Boston. While he lived in New England, he performed at historic folk venues like Club Passim and Caffe Lena, and shared the stage with Ellis Paul and Jeffrey Gaines. Zion has lived in Chicago since the fall of 2017, where he quickly became an integral part of the folk/rock music scene and came out in 1st place at the Uncommon Ground 2018 Open Mic Competition."Buttery bass-driven bumpers topped by a smoothly crooning voice, Zion‘s songs go down like sweet barrel-aged bourbon.”


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Chel w/ Katie Teston & Molly Coleman - 7PM | $10
Jan
11
7:00 PM19:00

Chel w/ Katie Teston & Molly Coleman - 7PM | $10


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With an indie soul spirit threading through her Pop music, artist Chel writes songs that are poignant, accessible and important. Her radio worthy arrangements along with her inspiring positive outlook and on-point delivery keeps her current fans engaged and her fan-base growing.
Coming from a challenging start in St. Louis, MO, Chel was told for most of her life that she did not have the body type or look to succeed in the music industry. She was ridiculed, insulted, and even physically bullied on a regular basis. Through it all, two things became clear to Chel. She discovered that her outward appearance was directly correlated with her inward appearance and that her dreams were not going to chase themselves. Chel started to love who she was becoming and to believe in her abilities and soon, sparks began to fly. With a newfound desire to prove the world wrong, Chel released her single: “That Fire” -which had a good freshman run on YouTube with almost 80K views and over 1 million plays on Facebook: People now notice her conviction and confidence and she has their attention. 
In 4 short years, Chel has amassed a Facebook fan-base of over 1.1 Million followers, her music videos gaining 16M views, and a recent added Instagram account of 49K+ followers and growing quickly. Chel was hired to host her own prime time radio show on DASH X Radio. The EDM/POP show features other up and coming artists and the latest in pop music.
Chel’s inspiration led her to a tour in March of 2017 with David Correy (X-Factor finalist) and later she opened for Jason Derulo in August and the following month played a sold out stadium opening for Nelly.
Chel has begun to receive offers from several national clothing brands to endorse. Having experimented with a few different sounds and styles of music in the past few years, Chel has recently found her sound and writes about the challenges and barriers that life puts in your path. Believing in yourself isn’t always easy, but Chel inspires us and has an important message for everyone:
“You are beautiful and your struggles will only continue to add to your beauty.”


Katie has been signing since she was 8 years old and has been performing the Chicago music scene since she was 18. She writes and sings R&B, pop, jazzy styled music and will be releasing her music soon! She sings anything from burlesque to jazz and write in many styles. She currently sings and writes for a band called Co-Stanza, and performs around the city with the alt, indie band.


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.


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

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


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


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


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


Armed with an acoustic guitar and an open journal, Brandon Pfeiffer builds accessible ballads oscillating between the earnest and the tongue-in-cheek. With lyrics in the middle of daily life, his chords resonate a continual coming of age.


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Joel David Weir, Matt Griffo, Jordan Avery, Hannah Frank - 6pm | $10
Jan
6
6:00 PM18:00

Joel David Weir, Matt Griffo, Jordan Avery, Hannah Frank - 6pm | $10

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Musically, Joel David Weir ranges from minimalist/intimate acoustic to indie/shoegaze to protest folk. The song and story are the thing. Advocacy and consolation for those who are often silenced and forgotten is the goal. The music and show are for people who take the time to listen, who need to be heard, and who are willing to explore the mystery of the strength and salvation that comes from being with one another in community.


Matt Griffo from Chicago is an internationally touring musical comedian, combining music with comedic lyrics. Griffo’s show is what you get if Ben Folds and Flight of the Conchords had a lovechild. Griffo sings and plays piano and ukulele. His performances are “both toe-tapping and rib-tickling” (Chicago Sun Times). You can check out his music online at www.mattgriffo.com


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


Hannah Frank is a Midwestern songwriter whose first forays into music swept through rural country blues, raw cowboy chords, and surprising lyrics. Soaking up Chicago's varied music scene, you will now also hear traces of jazz, world, rock and the electrifying energy of urban blues. Characters step out of songs as if out of a novel. The original songs and select covers are mysterious, evocative and fun. 


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Scott Nadeau w/ Emma Grace, Quinn Cassell - 6pm | $10
Jan
5
7:00 PM19:00

Scott Nadeau w/ Emma Grace, Quinn Cassell - 6pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


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


A proud Queer theatre artist and musician thriving in Chicago, IL. She 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 all over 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.


Quinn Cassell is an emerging musician in high school, writing and recording music in his free time.


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

Chris Waltz w/ James Curley and Mojo49 - 6PM | $10

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


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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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NYE with Vibe Theory
Dec
31
to Jan 1

NYE with Vibe Theory

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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Eunfinished, Will Barnard's Cosmograph, Dylan Barnett Trio - 6PM | $8
Dec
23
6:00 PM18:00

Eunfinished, Will Barnard's Cosmograph, Dylan Barnett Trio - 6PM | $8


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


Eunfinished is a seven-piece jazz/hip-hop band featuring the original works of Eun-Jin Chung, a songwriter based in Chicago, IL.


Will Barnard is a Chicago based saxophonist and composer. The Cosmograph project is a re-imagination of his space-themed summer album release, "Blue Shift". A 3 piece band, Cosmograph takes Will's acoustic compositions and reinvents them for live performance by electric and acoustic instruments.


Dylan Barnett trio, featuring Simon Ciaccio on Bass and Julian Merluzzi on drums. Preforming a blend of original music, arrangements from Donny Hathaway and Jobim, along with standards from the jazz repertoire.


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

TODD ALBRIGHT - 7pm | $10


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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

30 Something & Friends - 8PM | $10


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


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

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

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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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



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

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



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

Doors open at 5 pm

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

$10 online, $15 at the door

Ticket sales close at 2:30 day of show


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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