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

  • Uncommon Ground 1401 W Devon Ave Chicago United States (map)


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

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

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