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

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


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

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

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

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