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

  • Uncommon Ground (EDGEWATER) 1401 West Devon Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)


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.