Book Signing w/ Katherine Reynolds Lewis - 5PM | FREE
Apr
23
5:00 PM17:00

Book Signing w/ Katherine Reynolds Lewis - 5PM | FREE

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Book Signing with Katherine Reynolds Lewis at Uncommon Ground


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This event is FREE to attend.

Copies of the book will be on sale at the event.


Please join Katherine Reynolds Lewis for dinner and a discussion about Katherine’s book, The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever—and What to Do About It, in conversation with Kim Brooks, author of The Houseguest and Small Animals.

Why is modern parenting rooted in fear? Join these two authors for a discussion of rising anxiety, depression, attention and substance use disorders among young people — and what’s needed for parents to raise their kid with confidence and joy.

Feel free to arrive as early as 5 pm to order food and drink. The presentation will begin at 5:30 pm. Katherine and Kim will sign books following the talk.


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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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“Happy Baby” COMEDY SHOWCASE
Apr
24
8:00 PM20:00

“Happy Baby” COMEDY SHOWCASE

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“HAPPY BABY” Comedy Showcase

An intimate dinner performance at Uncommon Ground, hosted by Aaron Putnam

FEATURING: Russ Williamson & Dale McPeek



Russ Williamson, New Jersey native, moved to Chicago in 2005 to pursue a career in comedy As a National Stand Up Comedian Headliner, he has played chicago's biggest rooms and has worked with comedy's biggest names. Russ's credits include Starz, NBC, and many major festivals including Just For Laughs in Chicago, IL. Russ Williamson is well on his way to becoming a household name with his strong vibrant delivery and spot on celebrity impressions. Once you see him perform you'll know why.


Dale McPeek has steadily become a favorite of the Chicago comedy scene, and it's easy to see why: there's nothing fake about him. When Dale hits the stage and starts rambling about his uniquely terrible life, audiences can't look away, because with one look, it's clear that he's the real deal.


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IRA WOLF & LEE HENKE - 8PM | $15
Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

IRA WOLF & LEE HENKE - 8PM | $15

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With more than 30 million plays on Spotify, Ira Wolf has exploded onto the folk scene over the past three years. Hailing from the mountains of Montana, and making a home in Nashville, TN, Wolf’s music and writing connects with audiences on a deeply personal level through melancholy vocals and vulnerably honest lyrics.

With three studio albums to share, Ira has performed on stages across the U.S., parts of the UK, Scandinavia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand since she began touring in 2014. She spent much of 2016 promoting her sophomore album ‘Honest’ on The GoWesty tour in a 1988 VW Vanagon; performing and climbing mountains across a majority of the U.S. before returning to Nashville to finish her third record. ‘The Closest Thing To Home’ made its debut on September 9th, 2017, followed by another nation-wide solo tour.

Ira maintains a busy schedule on the road and plans to tour the US extensively in 2018 with the release of her first vinyl record.


In a small cabin in the northwoods of Wisconsin, Lee Henke works tirelessly at his craft. A midwestern singer-songwriter who is sincerely dedicated to quality and simplicity. With a demand for constant progress, he delivers well-constructed songs with a even blend of contour and grit.

For the past 5 years, he has been touring the country with Minneapolis-based folk band, The Last Revel. He released his first solo effort entitled Schema EP in September of 2015 and works toward a second solo project in 2018.


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Groundswell Educational Films Presents: The Doc Talk Show #14: Mental Health Breaks - 7PM | FREE
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Groundswell Educational Films Presents: The Doc Talk Show #14: Mental Health Breaks - 7PM | FREE

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Groundswell Educational Films Presents: The Doc Talk Show


TICKET PRICE: FREE (DONATIONS APPRECIATED)

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN THE MUSIC ROOM


Join us for an evening of short documentaries and conversation with the filmmakers. Each month Jeff Spitz curates a fresh new lineup of inspiring docs that make a difference. The evening includes new talent and veteran filmmakers who have the opportunity to interact with live audiences about their films, the issues they raise, and using media to create social change. Screenings include works in progress, finished shorts, and teasers and trailers for longer documentaries.

An intimate evening of food, drink, non-fiction films, filmmakers and real face to face conversation. Admission is FREE with a suggested donation of $20. Space is limited. Please reserve your seat in advance!



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Kaitlin Rose & Nashon Holloway - 8PM | $10
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Kaitlin Rose & Nashon Holloway - 8PM | $10



Kaitlin Rose has been playing guitar and writing songs since the summer of 2001 after finding her mom’s Alvarez in the hallway closet.  By the end of the day she taught herself the theme song to The Godfather, which made her Italian grandmother very proud.

Since then, Kaitlin has recorded four full length solo-albums in various basements and attics of friends and family members including All My Roses, Sentience, The Ideal and Organic Travels. In Spring of ’13 she recorded a 9 song demo with Ian Gorman at La Luna Studio and released THE OTHER SIDE a full-length record with a backing band, in May, 2015. Kaitlin Released coalesce, a four song solo ep in May, ’17.

Kalamazoo is the city Kaitlin calls home, as the mother of three and host of the weekly performance workshop series, Homegrown in Kalamazoo located at Old Dog Tavern. She is making her official debut at many Michigan folks Festivals this summer and expanding her musical reach to northern Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.


“Equally at home in jazz, soul and folk music…” –wmuk.org

Soul, jazz singer-songwriter, Nashon Holloway, is true. Be it her accomplished skill as a solo guitarist and vocalist, her intimate unplugged jazz sessions or her accredited funk and rock band, Holloway’s presence invites listeners to feel free, to heal, and to participate. Performance credits include features on The Oprah Winfrey Show with David Foster, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Taste of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. Nashon is a one-of-a-kind singer/songwriter with a warm, earthy and edgy style. See her website for more details: www.nashonholloway.com

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LAYLA FRANKEL w/ Will Payne Harrison and Katie Bates - 7PM | $12
Apr
29
7:00 PM19:00

LAYLA FRANKEL w/ Will Payne Harrison and Katie Bates - 7PM | $12

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“Sometimes I’ll make a decision and I won’t know why at the time, but then a song comes out of it. I tried imagining what life would be like not to be a songwriter but that’s just who I am,” says Layla Frankel, whose debut EP showcases her vocals and lyrics in the Americana/soul style. She’s a strong young woman with decades of experience. From the age of three she was performing onstage and recording with her father, Chicago-based children’s music entertainer Joel Frankel. As a pre-teen, Layla joined the renowned Chicago Children’s Choir where she gained a strong musical foundation. She later moved on to front big bands and jazz combos singing from the Great American Songbook, while getting formal training at University Of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Each song comes not only from craft but life. In the fall of 2015, Layla took a backpack and her Little Martin guitar and went sightseeing/volunteering in Europe for four months with the goal of meeting interesting people, experiencing other cultures and landscapes, and taking a hiatus from musical pursuits. Of course, she didn’t stay away long; in the Spring of 2016, a two-month-long hike along the Israel National Trail became the catalyst for finally assembling a handful of her best songs into the compact disc collection, Tame The Fox, a title inspired by the book The Little Prince, which she carried with her on the trail.

She currently lives in Nashville, TN and performs both locally and nationally. As always, she continues to find inspiration in her surroundings and has been hard at work writing a new collection of songs in her new city.


After a successful full-length release in the Summer of 2017, including landing on the Americana Radio charts, opening up for Avett Brother's father Jim Avett, and packing out Listening Rooms in the North and South, Will Payne Harrison is following up East Nashville Blues with a 6-song companion EP of covers with the likes of John Prine, Hank Williams and Steve Earle as well as an original track. Blue is the common thread of the new EP with each song containing the word in the track.


Katie Bates is a powerhouse freelance vocalist/recording artist/songwriter, specializing in genres of soul, R&B & rock. Katie performs at various venues across Chicago proper & suburbs (The House of Blues, Schuba's Tavern, Buddy Guy's Legends, The Dawson, Skeleton Key Brewery), Indiana (Running Vines Winery, Aftermath Cidery) and Michigan (Acorn Theater), in addition to private events.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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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WHPK presents Lyla June & Friends - 8PM | $12
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

WHPK presents Lyla June & Friends - 8PM | $12

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Native American Artists:

Lyla June  /  Frank Waln  /  Tanaya Winder


$10 Advance  |  $12 Doors

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

Ticket Link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3372248

NOTE: Online Ticket Sales END at 6pm on May 4th


Lyla June is a musician, poet, anthropologist, educator, community organizer and public speaker. Many hats, but the underlying prayer is always the same.

Lyla and her friends are generating a new genre of Indigenous music that inspires youth. While the Taos, New Mexico-based artist is known world-wide for her leadership as a Native Scholar and champion for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Stanford Graduate is also an award-winning singer/songwriter & performance poet.


Frank Waln is an award winning Sicangu Lakota Hip Hop artist and music producer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, Waln attended Columbia College Chicago where he received a BA in Audio Arts and Acoustics. Waln’s awards include three Native American Music Awards, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development 2014 Native American 40 Under 40, the 2014 Chicago Mayor’s Award for Civic Engagement, and the 2016 3Arts Grant for Chicago Artists. He has been featured in Buzzfeed, The Fader, Playboy, Vibe, NPR, ESPN, and MTV’s Rebel Music Native America. Waln has written for various publications including Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education, and Society and The Guardian. Frank Waln travels the world telling his story through performance and doing workshops focusing on self-empowerment and expression of truth.


Tanaya Winder is a writer, educator, motivational speaker, and performance poet from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. She grew up on the Southern Ute Indian reservation and attended college at Stanford University where she earned a BA in English and the University of New Mexico where she received an MFA in creative writing. Since then she has co-founded As/Us: A Space for Women of the World and founded Dream Warriors, an Indigenous artist management company. She guest lectures, teaches creative writing workshops, and speaks at high schools, universities, and communities internationally. Tanaya writes and teaches about different expressions of love (self love, intimate love, social love, community love, and universal love); she is an advocate of heartwork and believes everyone has a gift they’ve been placed on this earth to share.


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NATALIE LUCASSIAN w/ Michelle Lukezic & Ashley Peacock - 7PM | $10
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

NATALIE LUCASSIAN w/ Michelle Lukezic & Ashley Peacock - 7PM | $10

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Natalie Lucassian is at once haunting and earth bound. She finesses between worlds, the biggest personality in the room and also your most trusted friend. Sonically, Natalie harkens to vintage soul while plotting a course for innovative, alternative edge. She is Amy Winehouse reincarnated as Adele’s indie rock little sister. Hopelessly in love with her hometown of Detroit, Natalie’s unique mixture of commercial accesibility and unsettlingly authentic lyrics are the perfect seeds to plant in the fertile soil of a city poised to model for the entire world what powerful hope arrives when the reassuring familar is clothed in a captivating mystery.


Upending conventional singer songwriter approaches, Michelle Lukezic writes and performs using a bass guitar. The breadth of driving chords and harmonies that billow from her bass gives both compliment and counter for her tender, often confessional, vocals. Michelle’s solo incarnation offers a sonic fullness that many bands would swoon over, while still making you feel like it’s just you and her alone in the room… as serious as she is playful.


Hailing from Flint, MI, Ashley Peacock has a blue collar work ethic, but the soul of a traveling dreamer. He saw success as a touring Michigan in the early 2000’s, and then traded the stage for the studio settling into the Cincinnati music scene as a producer until he moved home in 2014. Evolving a production career into full artist development, Ashley still plays occasionally but focuses on the emerging artists he currently manages. Sonically, Ashley has honed a magnificent identity crisis over the years, landing somewhere between Radiohead and Ryan Adams.


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JEFF RUBY w/ David Hayes - 7PM | $10
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

JEFF RUBY w/ David Hayes - 7PM | $10

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Jeff Ruby is a singer-songwriter (rock/folk) based in Nashville, TN.  Growing up in rural Indiana, Ruby listened to his oldest brother’s music including bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beatles, and The Doors.  His high-school years were filled 90’s grunge like Nirvana.  Ruby had dual interests in music and investing.  He graduated with a business degree from Indiana University, but he’s found songwriting and performing to be a more fulfilling path.  Ruby has self-released four albums and has performed throughout the U.S. over the past 8 years.


The David Hayes Project is a unique and original rock band based in Chicago. The band is comprised of Midwest musicians who have worked together in multiple projects throughout the years. David Hayes (guitar, keys, & vocals) is a native of Rockford, Illinois and has lived in Chicago for over a decade. He is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago who teaches private music lessons, and composes original music in multiple genres. He released his first album “In With the Old” in 2010, and released a twin album “Out With the New” in 2011. Now 2014 has brought a third album “Epics”. The Project includes Graham Burris (bass, vocals), Mike Lim (keys), Sara Lim (vocals) and Christian Chamberlain (drums). Graham Burris is another Rockford native who performs with multiple bands in Chicago, and has collaborated with Grammy award winner Lupe Fiasco. Michael & Sara Lim hail from Detroit, Michigan and are also a graduates of Columbia College Chicago. They also composes original music for his project known as The Lims. Christian Chamberlain is from Morton, Illinois and also keeps a tight beat in multiple bands. He is beginning to start his own drum and bass project as well. Together The David Hayes Project create a unified progressive sound that keeps the listeners interested.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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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Lakeshore Dynamics: Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich? - 7PM | $12
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Lakeshore Dynamics: Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich? - 7PM | $12

Lakeshore Dynamics is an all-gender, young professional a cappella group in Chicago. The group aims to constantly improve their musicality, deliver a variety of entertaining performances around the city, and maintain a fun, energetic community.


$12 - TICKETS ARE NOT ON SALE AT THIS TIME

TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE ON 04/16/18


Cats vs. dogs. Pineapple on pizza. The artistic merits of Billy Joel. The sandwichiness of a tube of mashed meat on an over-processed bread bed. These contentious topics have been passive-aggressively bubbling since the dawn of Lakeshore Dynamics, and the cauldron’s about to boil over.

Are we cultural philosophers? Maybe a little, but our main game is putting together tightly-sandwiched harmonies. Get in on the debates and hear our brand new set – no instruments and no nonsense. With songs by Bruno Mars, Charli XCX, Selena Gomez, and more, this concert is sure to delight attendees of all ages, animal affinities, and pizza preferences.


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GENEVIEVE HEYWARD & MIKE WHEELER w/ Colleen Harvey & Jeff Lyman (of Dance Bullies) - 8PM | $10
May
9
8:00 PM20:00

GENEVIEVE HEYWARD & MIKE WHEELER w/ Colleen Harvey & Jeff Lyman (of Dance Bullies) - 8PM | $10



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At a time in her life when most of her peers are worried about prom and parties and fraught with teenage anxieties, Genevieve Heyward was pushing toward her future. Opening for Grammy winners and sharing the stage with national performers who have written songs for some of the biggest names in music. She cut her teeth winning vocal competitions and participating in the Steel Bridge Songfest, playing to crowds in the thousands by the age of 16. In her senior year of high school, Genevieve releases her debut album, "It's Not Like Anyone's Listening." Paving the path to her music career with songs about young love, the fight for teenage independence and dogs.


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Mike Wheeler is a singer-songwriter originally hailing from Vermont. With stints in Montreal, New Zealand, Augusta, GA, Key West, & Kentucky-- where he was named "hands down, one of the finest WKY singer-songwriters going at the moment" (News4U, 2017)-- the road-tested troubadour now calls Nashville home.

2017 marked Wheeler's solo debut with Sunbeams All Twisted-- a mostly stripped-down acoustic collection of Mike's lyric-heavy Americana numbers. Wheeler's debut LP, produced by Grammy-winning studio engineer, Rob Eaton, will be released in early 2018. 

In recent years, Mike has toured nationally and abroad with Crying Wolf, Gold Town, Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass, and performed at Folk Alliance International, ROMP, Maverick Festival (UK), Dark Songs, Aiken Bluegrass Festival, The Frendly Gathering, IBMA: World of Bluegrass, Steelbridge Songfest, and countless clubs, pubs, and listening rooms. 


Dance Bullies have been brewing for some time now...

Songwriter Colleen Harvey has been writing bits and pieces of songs her entire life. Some of her first memories are of lyrics floating through her head. The more they came, the more she realized that she needed to get them out. Songwriting is a part of who she is.  

Jeff Lyman (Joe Wortell and the Natural Law) is a musical force of nature, whether on the guitar, pedal steel, resonator, or anything else he picks up. His natural ability to find what each song needs to say is truly magic for the ears.  

Dance Bullies have played across Chicago from Beat Kitchen and Martyrs' to Evanston’s SPACE, and have shared the stage with national acts such as Hurray for the Riff Raff and Fruition.


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WILD EARP AND THE FREE FOR ALLS w/ River Bones Band - 8PM | $8
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

WILD EARP AND THE FREE FOR ALLS w/ River Bones Band - 8PM | $8

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Wild Earp takes you on a road trip across Americana, taking his time along those country roads and learning some bad habits in the city. His songs are of a man who’s spent too much time alone in the forest, the prairie, the mountains, the desert, and the barroom. With a respectful nod to the old masters and a defiant scoff at the purists, Earp croons his country tunes, and mixes those pensive trail songs with jumping rockabilly, spirited bluegrass, rowdy rock, and sometimes ventures into the dark corners of folk. His lyrics thread traditional tales of heartache, sinful living, and celebration seamlessly with social commentary and absurdism. There’s wit, wisdom, woe, and a wild streak that keeps you guessing.


River Bones Band are a five piece acoustic act from Philadelphia. They mix bluegrass, western swing, gypsy jazz and folk music with a rock & roll sensibility and true Philly attitude. Their music has been described as "Texas Two Step meets Django Reinhardt in a South Philly dive bar" and "a fresh spin on old-timey music". Blending rich three part vocal harmonies with tight musicianship, each performance is an exploration into a catalogue of exciting interpretations of traditional music as well as concise, thoughtful songwriting that truly illustrates what makes folk music great. River Bones Band are currently performing in support of their first EP, Billy in the High Ground. 


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In the Round: Uncommon Ground - 8PM | $10
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

In the Round: Uncommon Ground - 8PM | $10

"In the Round: Uncommon Ground" 

Hosted by: Carrington Breckenridge

Featuring: Leah Jean Griffith, Allison Mahal, Cheyenne Hardy

Backing Musicians: Van Isaacson, Matthew Gordon



Enjoy a writer's round with the very talented Allison Mahal, Leah Jean and Cheyenne Hardy at Chicago's best acoustic venue! The show will also be hosted by comedian Carrington Breckenridge! 


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Mother's Day Showcase: Hannah Rand, Nikki Morgan, Matthew Black - 7PM | $10
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

Mother's Day Showcase: Hannah Rand, Nikki Morgan, Matthew Black - 7PM | $10

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Hannah Rand: With tunes that grab you and won’t let go, this just turned 23-year old singer songwriter has already garnered national acclaim, winning a Grammy Foundation contest in 2013 with her song “Start Over.” Another original, “Where Did Love Go,” was chosen for an independent film, and her arrangement of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” was the centerpiece in a holiday advertising campaign for the Greater Chicago Food Depository in 2012.Sometimes compared to Birdy, Christina Perri, or a young Sarah McLachlan, Hannah is still uniquely her own person, with an indie pop/indie folk sensibility in her arrangements, and a musical sophistication well beyond her years. Hannah is a fresh, original talent, and only getting better every day.


Nikki Morgan is a singer-songwriter based in Chicago but with the heart of a true Carolina girl. As a singer and a writer her style takes the form of country/folk with a beautiful splash of soul and often explores the duality and truth that lies in the many facets of life. As she continues her journey, you can find her belting out at various venues and open mics around the city.


Imagine if the Fleet Foxes went to seminary. Or if Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young were all one guy. Or if Joe Pug channeled James Taylor instead of Bob Dylan, shaved his head, and started wearing glasses. Matthew Black taught himself to play guitar while listening to the Beatles, Cat Stevens, and 90s monster ballads. The literal son of a preacher man, he moved a lot when he was young, learned to observe the world from the outside looking in, took what he saw and turned it into music. He wrote is first song when he was sixteen and hasn't stopped since. Self-taught, restless, rambling, he has a sound that comes from the roads of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the streets of Metro Manila, the rattle of a nearly-empty El train, his own fall(s) and redemption(s). Now, he lives in Chicago, where he performs for crowds large and small, singing intimate songs that tell stories about how this world has broken his heart, and also tell about the hope, love, and mystery that he's found among the pieces.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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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JOHNNY AZARI & FRIENDS (Comedy Showcase) - 8PM | $10
May
15
8:00 PM20:00

JOHNNY AZARI & FRIENDS (Comedy Showcase) - 8PM | $10

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JOHNNY AZARI & FRIENDS – Comedy Showcase


$6 Advance  |  $10 Doors

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

Ticket Link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3370286

NOTE: Online Ticket Sales END at 6pm on May 15th


Johnny Azari’s comedy is precisely observed yet delivered with a breezy, bluesy air, in the tradition of Bill Hicks, George Carlin, and other ruthless truth tellers who came before” – Nola Defender


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Heidi Burson & Matt Martino - 7PM | $15
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Heidi Burson & Matt Martino - 7PM | $15

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Heidi Burson’s story as an artist is one of shared human experience. Very early on, she felt the poignancy of the music of singers such as Etta James and Aretha Franklin. She was struck by the power and intensity with which they expressed the longing, which we all share, for love and acceptance. These influences, coupled with her own life experiences and a generous dusting of wry humor, have helped to forge a voice and style that is uniquely fascinating. When Heidi sings, people listen. They do so because her delivery is captivating. They do so because she speaks to their own inner feelings. Heidi is a soul singer.


Those of you who already know Matt Martino from his days in the Windy City are familiar with his catchy, groove-oriented pop. For those of you who are just discovering Mr. Martino, you’ve found him at the right time. After arriving in Nashville and soaking up the city’s influence, Martino’s work has become a well polished, retro/pop sound, thick with musical layers and lyrical depth. His writing is delicate and poignant; he has a knack for capturing the most subtle human emotions as well as beautifully simplifying the most complex ones. More prevalent now are signs of maturity in Martino’s playing and writing. His songs don’t get old; new secrets hidden within each tune are uncovered with every listen. His skills as an arranger, engineer and producer come through on his debut CD “Let it Shine”, which was created entirely by Martino in his own Porter Avenue Studios. 

The sound itself is big; a powerful but always heartfelt homage to pop classicism. The messages behind the songs are big as well and always relatable. While the songs are well crafted, Martino is never afraid to flex his muscle as a player, making his live shows dynamic and exciting events. Always surrounded by amazing players, Martino’s confident Rhodes piano sets the tone and the other musicians follow suit. The result is something that’s catching on quickly.


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KEVIN ANDREW PRCHAL w/ A Flor De Piel - 8PM | $12
May
19
8:00 PM20:00

KEVIN ANDREW PRCHAL w/ A Flor De Piel - 8PM | $12

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At first blush, Love & Summer, the third full-length album from Chicago-based singer/songwriter, Kevin Andrew Prchal, is a rollicking celebration of its two titular themes. Radiating romance and whimsy, the album revels in the never-ending present of love; its songs ecstatic and tender, playful and impassioned. Early on, Love & Summer stakes out its territory—a green and blossoming world which Prchal explores with breathless wonder and delight. Musically and lyrically, its mood is pastoral: fiddles and pedal steel mingle with the recurring voices of cicadas, and Prchal draws on a register of natural images to populate its landscape. Yet even while Love & Summer presents an homage to this idealized world, the album is also—perhaps more so—a paean to an evanescent present, where, as Prchal sings, “time will fade like sugar on your tongue.” In this sense, the insistent optimism of Love & Summer is motivated less by the dizzy raptures of love than by a hard-won awareness of the fleetingness of things and a determination to remain focused on the here-and-now of real human connection.


A Flor de Piel was founded in April 2007 by Grammy® and Latin Grammy®  nominee multi-instrumentalist Renato Ceron, and author, teacher,  musician and entrepreneur Marisol Ceron.  The mission of the group is to keep the traditional music from Latin America alive and fresh by performing and teaching workshops for all audiences.  The educational background of the group’s founders is evident in their effort to share their appreciation for Latin music and culture by not only performing the music, but also by teaching workshops and creating classes/programs.  The group’s diverse repertoire includes both, traditional music from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Brazil, Spain and the U.S.A. as well as original compositions.  The group has developed different shows for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, including concerts (listening) music, fandangos (dance parties),  children shows for schools and festivals, and workshops for musicians and dancers in all levels.  A Flor de Piel’s music, and diverse repertoire reflects its members’ rich cultural heritage as well as their fresh and creative ways to make the “old” sound “new.”  Its multi generational membership as well as their ability to switch from one style of Latin music to another with grace and ease appeals to audiences of all ages and all musical tastes.


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URBAN TWANG w/ Great Hair Day - 7PM | $10
May
20
7:00 PM19:00

URBAN TWANG w/ Great Hair Day - 7PM | $10

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Urban Twang

Great Hair Day



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Urban Twang is known for their compelling songs and their gorgeous three-part harmonies. Shades of folk, alt-country, Americana, and roots music come together through the dynamic vocals of Trish Clausen, Linda Babiak and Meaghan Hurley.

Founded by Trish Clausen and Max Twang, the band has been producing their brand of Americana for over two decades garnering a fan base that is as indiscriminate as their music. With a resumé that boasts opening for nationally touring acts, songs appearing in indie films, and numerous performances for radio and Television, Urban Twang is still gathering a new generation of fans to enjoy their music. 


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Intuitively blending influences of pop, folk, and jazz music, Great Hair Day is the collaboration of Robinlee Garber and Christopher Alvarado. Initially crossing paths as songwriters in The Old Town School of Folk Music community, they were immediately impressed with each other's musicianship and creativity. Inspired by their mutual love of jazz standards and the great pop songwriters, Christopher and Robinlee bring powerful original songs and reinterpret meaningful covers in exciting new ways.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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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KWAICIAN w/ Kylen Horne and Christal Luster - 7PM | $15
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

KWAICIAN w/ Kylen Horne and Christal Luster - 7PM | $15

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The wool haired, copper skinned singer/songwriter feels right at home, whether on a theatre stage, a coffee shop, or busking to a crowd of one. Kwaician is a dynamic artist with tunes that will make your head bounce as much as the ballads will pull on your heart strings. With three EPs out and one on the way, watch out cause the music only gets better.


Kylen Horne is a singer, danger, songwriter, and producer from Chicago, Illinois.


Christal Luster is a singer, songwriter, musician, and author born and raised on the south side of Chicago, IL. From youth, Christal excelled in academia, poetry, dance and music. It was during her last semester of high school that she started taking guitar lessons and began a musical journey of which she’d always dreamed.

Christal released her latest project “Expression, The EP” on September 2, 2016. The album features songs and spoken word pieces that highlight key experiences from her life, conveying a message of hope and inspiration for the listener. On March 25, 2016, Christal published her first book 30 Days of Change: Exchanging Tears for Joy, wherein she walks the reader through her journey from heartbreak and rejection to a place of healing and wholeness.  Christal is currently the worship director at Arrow Church in Lynwood, IL.


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JEREMY PINNELL w/ The Lawrence Peters Outfit - 8PM | $12
May
26
8:00 PM20:00

JEREMY PINNELL w/ The Lawrence Peters Outfit - 8PM | $12



When Jeremy Pinnell released OH/KY in the summer of 2015 to stunned acclaim, it felt like an entire career compressed into one knock-out album. Hailed as a “ming-blowingly good” (Greg Vandy, KEXP) “tutorial on classic country music” (Popmatters), Pinnell’s debut immediately differentiated as authentic and unflinching. Dogged touring through Europe and the states and celebrated radio sessions followed, cementing Pinnell’s position as a no-fuss master of his craft. 

His 2017 album Ties of Blood and Affection presents a canny lateral move. Instead of doubling down on the stark themes and values of his debut, this sophomore album finds Pinnell finding comfort in his own skin and achieving the redemption only hinted at in his previous batch of haunted songs. Here Pinnell joyfully embraces the working life, family obligations, and faith. His new stories delve into acceptance and survival, all the while investigating his most challenging chapter yet: adulthood. While “If life don’t get any better / I’m alright with this” isn’t an out-right triumph, it’s an honest revelation.

You can feel the room breathe and get a sense of these musicians eyeballing each other as their performances are committed directly to thick analog tape. Honest and careworn, Jeremy’s voice can touch on wry, jubilant, and debauched - all in a single line. Ties of Blood and Affection offers a fair dose resolution to Jeremy’s story. At his best, Jeremy Pinnell chronicles the joy and sorrow of being human, which is the best that anyone could do.


Two time winners of the “Best Country And Western Entertainer” (Chicago Music Awards), and 2018 Ameripolitan Award nominees, The Lawrence Peters Outfit play un-ruined country music, a term Lawrence coined to describe the band’s original, deep-rooted, honky tonk sound.

Best known for his lead vocal on "The Old Black Hen", for the watershed Songs: Ohia- Magnolia Electric Company album, Peters leads the "Outfit" through his own finely crafted originals, and cherry-picked classics. The band is a super-group of Chi-Town pickers, including Matt Gandurski on lead guitar, Dave Sisson on rhythm guitar and harmonies, and Josh Piet on upright bass. 


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
May
28
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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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A Tribute to LOW - 8PM | $12
May
29
8:00 PM20:00

A Tribute to LOW - 8PM | $12

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A Tribute to LOW

Low is an American indie rock group from Duluth, Minnesota, formed in 1993, by founding members Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker. The music of Low is characterized by slow tempos, beautiful, haunting vocals, and minimalist arrangements. Please join us this night as some of the best artists in Chicago pay tribute to the music of Low and the heavy impact their music has had on our lives.



FEATURED ARTISTS:

Trey Elder

Leslie Beukelman (The Oh Yeahs, Miss Remember, Brite Lite, Hey Champ) 

Jim Tashjian (District 97, Miss Remember, Hood Smoke) 

Pete Tashjian (Miss Remember, the Goran Ivanovic Trio, Arclight, Marquis Hill)

Dan Thatcher (Diana & the Dishes, Empty Step)

Joe Padilla (August Hotel)

Ann Torrabla (Little Miss Ann)

Marcus Anthony Johnson (Gorillaz)

ExtraOcular/Nora Barton (Mucca Pazza, Slum Village, Kim Deal, etc)

Aubrey Howard (Arthur & the Librarian)

Dustin Covert (Bury My Teeth)

Emily Woods (Brother StarRace)

Johnny Perona (Davenport Ed)


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BERNIE & THE WOLF w/ Microcosms and Rikkie 2991 - 8PM | $8
May
30
8:00 PM20:00

BERNIE & THE WOLF w/ Microcosms and Rikkie 2991 - 8PM | $8



Chicago indie rock duo Bernie & The Wolf is taking you back to school with hot coco and world domination inspired indie alternative dream pop mathy rock goodness. They're endearing and fun on stage, but make no mistake this band packs a punch. Sweet and dangerous like a molten toasted marshmallow, this dynamic duo will not forget to lay down with some smooth groves after all that head-banging.


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Chicago alternative rock band Microcosms began as the brainbaby of Andrew Tschiltsch. The songwriter spent a few years recording demos and experimenting with his sound before enlisting Bryan Emer (bass) and Vadim Suvorin (drums) to fill out the band. The trio quickly found that they were onto something good and went on to rehearse their set for the next year, culminating in the release of the “Know My Body” EP. Lush with addicting progressions, edgy guitars, heavy pop undertones, and walls of sound, the record boasts the aesthetic of alternative rock anthems.


Rikkie 2991: "Professional Clout-Demon Slayer"


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Groundswell Educational Films Presents: The Doc Talk Show #15 - 7PM | FREE
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Groundswell Educational Films Presents: The Doc Talk Show #15 - 7PM | FREE

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Groundswell Educational Films Presents: The Doc Talk Show


TICKET PRICE: FREE (DONATIONS APPRECIATED)

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN THE MUSIC ROOM


Join us for an evening of short documentaries and conversation with the filmmakers. Each month Jeff Spitz curates a fresh new lineup of inspiring docs that make a difference. The evening includes new talent and veteran filmmakers who have the opportunity to interact with live audiences about their films, the issues they raise, and using media to create social change. Screenings include works in progress, finished shorts, and teasers and trailers for longer documentaries.

An intimate evening of food, drink, non-fiction films, filmmakers and real face to face conversation. Admission is FREE with a suggested donation of $20. Space is limited. Please reserve your seat in advance!



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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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 Troubadour Tour: Nathan Angelo, Chris Ayer, and Sam Burchfield - 8PM | $20
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

The Troubadour Tour: Nathan Angelo, Chris Ayer, and Sam Burchfield - 8PM | $20

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$15 ADVANCE | $20 DOORS

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

*NOTE: Online Ticket Sales END at 6pm on June 7th


In the ever-changing landscape of modern pop, Nathan Angelo shines as a refreshing alternative, embracing the classic elements of popular music and celebrating the backbeat of American tradition. As the revival of music in the 60s and 70s brought together the heritage of the Great American Songbook, the flair of jazz and heartache of the Delta blues, Angelo integrates these forms into his own music with great ease and delight. For the past decade, Angelo has captivated audiences across the country with his high-spirited live show and captured the imagination of a loyal following through prolific songwriting, independently selling over 40,000 albums along the way.

Angelo's latest full-length album A Matter of Time (Aug 2017) reflects his journey through the life-altering experiences of becoming a father and facing his daughters rare, life-threatening metabolic disease. His daughter received a liver transplant in Fall 2016, and Angelos latest release A Matter of Time wrestles with the aches of adversity and ultimately celebrates the beauty of life and the hope he has for his daughter. A Matter of Time embraces the soul, classic r&b and piano-pop of some of Angelo's more prominent influences  Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Elton John  while fearlessly venturing into new sonic territory to compete with pop contemporaries like Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. Alongside his finest songwriting to date, Angelo's voice resounds as an irrefutable force as he carries listeners to new places unfamiliar to the likes of modern pop music.
 


Chris Ayer recently capped off a 21 date national tour of the United States with a one-off performance in Amsterdam in front of 5500 screaming fans at AFAS Live supporting Matt Simons ("Catch & Release," "With You"). Chris was also added to the lineup for this year's PinkPop Festival in The Netherlands, where he shared the bill with the likes of Green Day, Martin Garrix & Kings of Leon. Chris just released his latest single, "Heavy," internationally with the Amsterdam based label Play It Again Sam (PIAS) in November 2017.


With an honest voice, a band of buddies, and a fancy hat; Sam Burchfield has discovered something special in his musical journey. His latest EP, Unarmored, digs a few layers deeper into a genre-crossing career that has only just begun. From folk, to funk, to southern soul - Sam and his band of "Scoundrels" capture it all. The rowdy crew puts on a show that is electrifyingly entertaining and yet full of Burchfield's lyrical honesty and depth.

After cutting his teeth in the indie-music hub of Athens, GA, Sam planted new roots in the nation's R&B capital of Atlanta. Sam and The Scoundrels have now made ripples in the southeast, and continue to grow a loyal fanbase with their passion for music and camaraderie for each other.


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DON PEDIGO w/ Rob Klerkx + Liz & Lewis - 8PM | $12
Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

DON PEDIGO w/ Rob Klerkx + Liz & Lewis - 8PM | $12



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Finalist in CMT’s “Music City Madness Singer/Songwriters Competition” and “Top 20 Video Countdown,” Don Pedigo has become a heavy hitter in the Nashville music scene. His notoriety, partially due to exposure and support from CMT, is also because he has the ability to stand out among an endless sea of singer/songwriters on his own accord. Don possesses raw, honest, talent and an authentic Mid-Western charm often absent in is peers. The “heartthrob” moniker is legitimate but secondary to his passion for well-written music and engaging live performances.


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Rob Klerkx is well known as drummer for bands like Moke and Paulusma, but is mainly active as songwriter and frontman for his own collective Rob Klerkx & The Secret. “Essentially I’m a songwriter, that also plays the drums. Music is such a beautiful medium to talk about the big subjects in life. That’s my passion; sharing and connecting with people. That’s what I admire in artists like Damien Rice, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and bands like Pearl Jam and The Black Crowes.”

The music itself is often described as ‘explosive Americana,’ but surely there’s so much more to that. With his band The Secret, Rob Klerkx tries to break through the boundaries of various musical dimensions. De band explores a broad range of genres and balances between being experimental and writing & playing great songs about the big subjects of life.  Either live on stage or recording in their studio, Rob Klerkx & The Secret likes to push the musical limits; the band’s musical roots can be found in straight pop, psychedelic rock, southern rock and soft Americana, influenced by the rich songwriting history of Nashville. Rob has a contract with the NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International), and frequently heads down to Nashville to play and write with local artists.


Moving to Chicago in the winter of 2013 by train with 4 bags and 2 guitars, Liz Chidester immersed herself into the Chicago music scene, releasing her debut record "People Pumping Pedals" in 2014 under CAU Dog Records. In 2015, she released the EP "Otter Hill", an intimate recording of 5 songs about her family and home life in Virginia. Her songs received recognition by NPR's Newsong Songwriting Competition as the 2014 Mid-west Finalist, the Chicago Music Awards Best Female Vocalist Nominee in 2015, and a New-Song Songwriter Competition Finalist in 2016.

Her music inspired the talent of close friends and family to create the electronic folk group Liz and the Lovelies. Joining her on stage at Uncommon Ground will be Lewis Rawlinson, vocalist/cellist of Liz and the Lovelies.


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LA CACCINA - 7PM | $15
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

LA CACCINA - 7PM | $15

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La Caccina is professional women’s vocal ensemble based in Chicago, founded in 2011 by three friends who shared a passion for choral music. La Caccina finds its namesake in Francesca Caccini, a prolific Baroque composer known for her virtuosic musicality and beautiful singing voice. Following in Caccini’s footsteps, the women of La Caccina bring a wide range of expertise to the ensemble, enabling them to easily adapt to a wide range of musical styles – from Renaissance madrigals to South African folk songs, and from contemporary pop songs to classical masterworks such as Vivaldi’s Gloria in D and Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. Over the past five seasons, La Caccina has collaborated with ensembles including Pavo String Quartet, the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, and bluegrass trio Glass Mountain, and has commissioned and premiered works by Katherine Pukinskis, Augusta Read Thomas, Matthew Harris, and Ed Frazier Davis, among others. No matter the music, La Caccina’s expressive, emotional singing highlights the versatility of the treble voice and brings musical excellence, integrity, and honesty to every performance.



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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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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TONEY ROCKS w/ Rebecca Jasso and Sarah Eide - 8PM | $15
Jun
13
8:00 PM20:00

TONEY ROCKS w/ Rebecca Jasso and Sarah Eide - 8PM | $15

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Singer-songwriter, Toney Rocks delivers an intimate concert exploding with diversity featuring his soulful singing supported by acoustic guitars, ukulele and piano. The Las Vegas Weekly recently named Rocks as one of 10 Las Vegas Artists to Watch in 2017. Kathy Forste, Music Director of KC Cafe Radio said, “Toney Rocks voice is cool and sweet, rocking and lyrical. His songs are thoughtful and hummable...”.  Ray Sang from UK blog IndustryME says, "I was sold as soon as I heard the husky tones of Toney's voice". Toney Rocks songwriting is steeped in folk, blues and rock influences which has led to Toney Rocks sharing the stage as a guest with folk music legend, David Bromberg. In addition to headlining concerts around the U.S., he has opened for artists such as Corey Harris and Jarekus Singleton. 


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.


Sarah Eide is no stranger to gripping an audience with her powerful voice and lyrically beautiful music. A classical piano background coupled with a love for American folk and roots music has led Sarah to writing songs that are daring yet familiar. She writes lyrics that are all at once raw, smart and intimate, while wrapping them in expressive melodies and adventurous chord changes. It's within these songs that she dares question aloud spirituality, morality, relationships, societal standards, her place in the world and where the line lies between right and wrong.

Having graduated from Berklee College of Music, Sarah intended to make her mark in LA as a film composer. While she was well on her way to doing so, she ended up in the Midwest by an unexpected twist of fate. After months of working remotely on various independent games, advertisements and films, she found herself feeling unfulfilled and yearning for more. "I came to Chicago without knowing anyone in the music scene. I had to figure out who I was as a musician and songwriter, as well as who I was as a person. Somehow that feeling of loneliness and exploring the unknown thrust me into my own self discovery and got the creative juices flowing. I'd like to think a lot of good has come from it," Sarah says. The result of this creative struggle is an arsenal of new songs accompanied by musicians from an ever-expanding network. Since late October 2014, Sarah began playing in Chicago proper, all the while gaining new fans and attracting the attention of Chicago music's best.


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AMANDA BROWN - 8PM | $15
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

AMANDA BROWN - 8PM | $15

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$12 ADVANCE | $15 DOORS

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

*NOTE: Online Ticket Sales END at 6pm on June 14th


Many fans first heard Amanda Brown on season three of The Voice, but by then, she’d already built a career performing with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, CeeLo Green, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Bolton, Jessie J, Gwen Stefani, and others. Brown spent much of 2017 as a background vocalist on Adele’s 25 world tour, before kicking off 2018 on tour with The Killers, who asked her to sing backing vocals and open for the band with her own material. With the spring 2018 release of her highly anticipated full-length debut, Dirty Water, music fans will finally hear her risk-taking, pop-savvy, finely honed rock-and-roll. Her first single from that debut, titled “The Believers,” is out now.



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CHRISTINA HOLMES w/ Madison Pruitt - 7PM | $15
Jun
17
7:00 PM19:00

CHRISTINA HOLMES w/ Madison Pruitt - 7PM | $15



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When Christina Holmes sings, walls, barriers, and boundaries disappear. Finding a sweet spot in the middle of acoustic, folk, reggae, rock, and pop music, she represents the same values and vision on stage and off. 

Between regular open mics around Rhode Island and dive bar gigs in New York City, she linked up with the charity Musicians On Call and performed for countless bedridden hospital patients. 2012 saw her take the stage for the world famous “Amateur Night” at the Apollo and leave with a standing ovation. In 2014, she released her full-length debut Peace, Love, & C. Holmes and joined Trevor Hall for a sold-out North American tour over the course of 2015.

Launching her own label Cove House in 2017, she dove headfirst into her sophomore effort with producer Warren Huart [Colbie Caillat, James Blunt]. After only two-and-a-half weeks in a Los Angeles studio, she emerged with Stand Up. For the first time, a studio recording captured the prowess of the vocalist’s powerhouse presence on stage. The album was introduced via marathon of touring alongside the likes of Hall, Xavier Rudd, and Nahko & Medicine for the People.
 
Her live energy shines through the 2018 single “Bring The People Together.” Driven by lithe acoustic guitar and simmering reggae grooves, it presents a concrete mission statement loud and clear. From the plaintive lyrical poetry and wind-swept soul of “Let My Music Free Your Soul” to the clarion call of “Stand Up,” her voice resounds with power and passion. However, the final track “Always” tugs at the heartstrings the most. Written after the passing of her dad David Holmes, Sr., it incorporates the last voicemail he left Christina. In the end, Christina has only just begun to bring people together.


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Madison Pruitt is a seventeen year old singer and songwriter from Oberlin, Ohio. Born to Theodore Pruitt and Dawn Hrnchar Pruitt, she is one of six children. Being home-schooled along with her siblings until her junior year of high-school gave her a lot of free time. She began to teach herself to play piano and guitar by ear, along with the help of YouTube, at the age of eleven.  When Madison was thirteen she began to find influence in the band Nahko and Medicine for the People. After about a year of seriously dedicating herself to learn their music and play within the same style and genre, she began to gain a lot of attention from people across the globe. The Medicine Tribe started to share and support her passion, along with her own music. Soon enough, even the members of the band found her music and reached out to her. Madison has since traveled across the country to perform with them along with others who have found her music through Nahko and the gang. She has been blessed to share the stage with the likes of Twiddle, Matisyahu, Trevor Hall, and Dustin Thomas. If you're into funny, awkward, home-schooled musicians, Madison Pruitt is the one for you.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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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Groundswell Educational Films Presents: The Doc Talk Show #16 - 7PM | FREE
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Groundswell Educational Films Presents: The Doc Talk Show #16 - 7PM | FREE

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Groundswell Educational Films Presents: The Doc Talk Show


TICKET PRICE: FREE (DONATIONS APPRECIATED)

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN THE MUSIC ROOM


Join us for an evening of short documentaries and conversation with the filmmakers. Each month Jeff Spitz curates a fresh new lineup of inspiring docs that make a difference. The evening includes new talent and veteran filmmakers who have the opportunity to interact with live audiences about their films, the issues they raise, and using media to create social change. Screenings include works in progress, finished shorts, and teasers and trailers for longer documentaries.

An intimate evening of food, drink, non-fiction films, filmmakers and real face to face conversation. Admission is FREE with a suggested donation of $20. Space is limited. Please reserve your seat in advance!



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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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
Jul
9
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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
Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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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Lakeview: Open Mic SEMI-FINALS - 7PM | FREE
Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Lakeview: Open Mic SEMI-FINALS - 7PM | FREE

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This event is open to the public to attend.  In order to PERFORM you must be invited.



Uncommon Ground hosts weekly Open Mic Nights at both of our locations in Chicago; Mondays (Lakeview – Clark St) and Tuesdays (Edgewater – Devon Ave). Winners are chosen each week and they are then invited back to compete in our annual Open Mic Finals.

The 3 day competition is held twice per year, in January and July, and all of our Open Mic Events are proudly sponsored by SHURE & Greenstar Brewing. For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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OPEN MIC FINALS - 7PM | FREE
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

OPEN MIC FINALS - 7PM | FREE

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Uncommon Ground Open Mic  FINALS

This event is open to the public to attend.  In order to PERFORM you must be invited.



The top 10 artists from Uncommon Ground’s ongoing weekly Open Mic Competitions will compete for prizes, Shure microphones and money. All of our Open Mic Nights are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing.


Uncommon Ground hosts weekly Open Mic Nights at both of our locations in Chicago; Mondays (Lakeview – Clark St) and Tuesdays (Edgewater – Devon Ave). Winners are chosen each week and they are then invited back to compete in our annual Open Mic Finals. The 3 day competition is held twice per year, in January and July. For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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
Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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
Aug
13
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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
Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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
Aug
27
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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 RADIO HOUR w/ Narco Polo - 8PM | $10
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

THE RADIO HOUR w/ Narco Polo - 8PM | $10

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The Radio Hour

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The Radio Hour” is the songwriter moniker for Chicago-based artist Tim Hort. He has been performing live either to Chair an event he has organized as a fundraiser for local and international benefit, or he performs at venues with proceeds to a designated charity or community service – which is announced at each show.

Hort has worked closely in the studio with Grammy-award winning engineer Blaise Barton (Barton’s recording credits range from Bob Dylan, Victory Records, Local H, Liz Phair), and also Chicagoan and Grammy-award winner Brian Leach. 

Hort began focusing his already dramatic, moody and emotionally charged material in a theatrical format. Hort then switched playing live, being recognized as “Best Live On-air Performances,” by 95.1FM WILL, appeared on Chicago’s Q101 and as a live performance finalist for Billboard Music/Discmakers Independent Live Music Showcase. “The Radio Hour” has scored several full theater productions including Chicago DanzThatre Ensemble as well as many other choreographed productions, voiceovers and soundscapes.

The Radio Hour’s core line-up consists of songwriter Tim Hort on vocals and guitar, with additional performances by guitarists and collaborators Joe Griffin and Jordan Macarus, Nathan Britsch on bass, Sean Burke on drums and Andy Swindler and Yeater on piano and B3.


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DAN HUBBARD - 8PM | $15
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

DAN HUBBARD - 8PM | $15

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$15  –  CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

LINK: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3236277

*NOTE: Online Ticket Sales END at 5pm on April 20th


With his country-tinged roots rock, Dan Hubbard captures audiences with candid and playful lyrics, an inviting, warm stage presence, and a sound that harkens to Jason Mraz, Ryan Adams, and Bob Seeger, seamlessly blending big, vibrant vocals with whispered, almost conversational musings that brim with raw emotion and truth.

An Illinois-based singer songwriter, Dan Hubbard has shared the stage with many prominent acts including Blues Traveler, Nikka Costa, Martin Sexton, Gin Blossoms, Grand Funk Railroad, Howie Day, Pokey LaFarge, Red Wanting Blue, and more. Now with eight albums under his belt (including 2011’s The Love Show with his band “The Humadors” that reached the Top 50 Roots Rock Chart), Hubbard is currently touring nationally in support of his 4th solo release, the self-titled Dan Hubbard, a collaboration with Nashville producer and three-time Grammy nominee Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo).


“Dan Hubbard should be on your to-hear list. “
-Independent Clauses

“His latest album proves he deserves a reputation as one of the best, most versatile songwriters around.” 
-Charles Raianerastha Black (LiveGigShots.com)

“His stage presence is delightful. His music is wonderful. I cannot speak highly enough of this brilliant performer. “
-C.U. Bands and Fans

“His songs weave the stories of peoples lives. “
-Norman Transcript


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GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Margaux Reifman, David Sherman, & Meghan Saletta - 8PM | $7
Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Margaux Reifman, David Sherman, & Meghan Saletta - 8PM | $7

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Uncommon Ground’s GROUND UP SHOWCASE is a monthly event, featuring the very best emerging local talent, hand picked from our weekly open mic competitions!

The April Ground Up Showcase will feature:

Margaux ReifmanDavid ShermanMeghan Saletta



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Margaux Reifman is a Chicago-born musician raised on the north side. She began songwriting about a year ago but mostly just for fun. Recently, however, she began playing the ukulele after visiting Hawaii for a couple of months. Ever since then, she cannot see her life going in any other direction other than spreading her truth through music. Songwriting took off for her when she started playing the ukulele, and she now has fourteen songs with many more being written currently. She is in the process of recording an EP with five of her songs, and it will be coming out within the next month.


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


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Meghan Saletta is quick to confess her lifelong love affair with lyrics. A Chicago native, Saletta graduated from Belmont University in Nashville with a BA in Songwriting. She released her debut album, “Dreaming” in 2016, along with her EP, “Reminded” in 2012 and singles “I’ll Love You” (2013) and “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and You” (2014). Her song, “Safe + Sound” was featured in the independent film Texas Rein (2016).  Meghan’s catalog is available for licensing on Songfreedom.


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KALMAN STRAUSS QUARTET w/ Matthew Michael & Christina Marie - 7PM | $10
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

KALMAN STRAUSS QUARTET w/ Matthew Michael & Christina Marie - 7PM | $10

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The Kalman Strauss Quartet is a jazz quartet featuring young Chicago musicians and exploring a range of jazz styles with roots not only in jazz, but in funk, fusion, blues, and other styles of music. The quartet’s music is infused with a unique, fresh sound, and features jazz violin. The group has drawn crowds to popular Chicago venues such as the Elbo Room, and several members have been soloists at the Chicago Jazz Festival 2017 and at other big stages across the city.


A fresh, young duo shooting up from their roots in rural Illinois, Matthew Michael & Christina Marie give listeners a well-crafted opportunity to pause and harken back to their own experiences. From the heartland to the coasts they captivate audiences with vulnerable, thought-provoking lyrics interwoven with harmonically-rich acoustic musical stylings likened to Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch, The Milk Carton Kids, and The Civil Wars colored with blues and jazz. In a tender web of voices and strings, Matthew and Christina reopen wounds of the heart with gentle insistence, and deposit seeds of hope and healing.


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KIERNAN MCMULLAN w/ John Lamm and Robbie Stacks - 7PM | $12
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

KIERNAN MCMULLAN w/ John Lamm and Robbie Stacks - 7PM | $12

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After driving almost every US highway, and playing over 2,000 shows worldwide, Kiernan McMullan has unusual stories to tell. Over the past 11 years, he has shared the stage with Ed Sheeran, Mat Kearney, Dave Mason, John Butler Trio, and many more. The songwriter averaged 200 shows per year, and performed at sold out shows across the country, but not without notice. He’s captured a worldwide grassroots following, 3 critically acclaimed SXSW appearances, and was most recently named one of Alternative Press Magazine’s “12 Bands You Need To Know” for 2016. Kiernan’s newest full length album, Baggage, is out now.


Based in his hometown of Chicago, IL, John Lamm is a heartfelt, earnest, and deeply passionate songwriter and performer. Clean, authentic, extraordinarly expressive vocals, profound lyrics, and a unique blend of style results in truly captivating music, inspiring all who listen to dig deep and feel something.

His debut full-length album, To Run With Wolves, is available on the official website and on all major digital platforms.


Robbie Stacks is a Chicago native who cut his teeth performing on the CTA subways platforms and sidestreets of downtown Chicago. He is a singer-songwriter in the vein of Bob Dylan and John Prine, but has also been heavily influence by great bluesmen of the past like John Lee Hooker and Skip James. His lyrics contain elements of personal introspection, strong storytelling, and clever wordplay, and they are backed by steady and melodic fingerpicked accompaniment. A storyteller and poet for our modern times, Robbie Sassetti is not an artist to be missed.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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!


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BACKTRACK VOCALS - 7PM | $12
Apr
15
7:00 PM19:00

BACKTRACK VOCALS - 7PM | $12

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Backtrack is an award-winning, five-person a cappella group based in New York City that explores the power of the human voice through unique vocal arrangements, tight harmonies and world-class beatboxing. The group pushes the limits of a cappella, creating impressive covers of past and present pop music, writing inspiring original compositions and daring to take on unexpected genres such as classical and electronic music.

Backtrack has taken the stage at venues across the nation, including universities, concert halls, festivals, high schools and private functions. Notable venues include Carnegie Hall, Apollo Theater and Beacon Theater. Audiences praise Backtrack on its unique, high-energy and interactive performances and applaud the strong musicality and skill of each of the members and the ensemble as a whole.

In addition to performing, Backtrack is passionate about inspiring and educating the youth of America about a cappella and the Performing Arts. Backtrack demonstrates this passion by adjudicating a cappella competitions, such as the Wyvern International A Cappella Festival, showcasing at a cappella festivals, such as the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) and SingStrong NY, and providing workshops to students across the nation.

Check out Backtrack on YouTube where the group has over 9 million views and 108,000 subscribers!



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AARON JAMES w/ Oblio and Arrow + Ludlow - 7PM | $10
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

AARON JAMES w/ Oblio and Arrow + Ludlow - 7PM | $10

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Both a storyteller and a story himself, Aaron James represents the universal and never-ending journey of finding yourself and being unapologetically you.

Aaron James is an artist unhindered by concerns of comfort. Evolving from a place of uncertainty, this Memphis-based musician sheds his former self in order to absorb the world around him and experience it to the fullest. His first EP, “Here Comes The Rain”, follows a relationship through the seasons of a year, showcasing the introspective, purpose-driven music of a man reborn. He turns himself inside out to tell the simple yet complex story of a young man’s life, personal growth, and maturation towards emotional strength. Not one lyric is wasted, not one note is played without reason as Aaron James sonically paints the path that travels throughout his self reinvention. He is more interested in what can be experienced and learned on the journey than he is on simply reaching the destination. Aaron James is a living example of how honesty with oneself can dramatically change a person’s life for the better, a message which resonates in everything he does. 


Oblio And Arrow often gives a nod towards pop music with catchy sing-along hooks while still maintaining an intimate singer-songwriter feel and foundation. Their latest effort, “Steps”, is loaded with feeling and color, tight vocal harmonies, thick layered percussion, and ranges in tone from having an Americana acoustic feel to having heavy beats, ethereal synth tones, and experimental guitars.


Ludlow is a Chicago-based indie-folk band who perform songs with deep tones, memorable melodies and multiple vocal harmonies. Formed by Chicago songwriter Mark Schoeck, Ludlow includes guitarist/vocalist Josh Noble and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Maria Kloess to comprise a trio that sounds larger than a three-piece band.


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SHOSHA WOLF w/ Abud: A Band - 8PM | $10
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

SHOSHA WOLF w/ Abud: A Band - 8PM | $10

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Shosha Wolf is coming out of hibernation and she’s hungry to sing! Shosha is the band-project/alter ego of Leah Shoshanah and features an evolving cast of musicians as the project continues to settle into a groove. Shosha comes from the litter of cubs birthed by Norah Jones, the Beatles, Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan at the same time.


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Abud: A Band is the full band iteration of multi-instrumentalist Abud: A Bard‘s fantastical notions and musical research. The band plays bombastic arrangements, traversing genres and dimensions. Abud: A Band sounds like you poked your head over a garden wall and found a caravan full of miscreants explosively creating all-together new works of acoustic magic.


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NATIVE HARROW w/ VINO and Adela's - 7PM | $10
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

NATIVE HARROW w/ VINO and Adela's - 7PM | $10

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Through a rising din of cello glissandi, hissing slide guitars, backwards tape, and analog noise a warm, rich voice, at once accessible in its darkness and stark in its honesty, picks up the story in mid conversation-

“I am expected to run things around this place. Take it all in, make it better, never show your face. Where do I go with that?”

Sorores, the new 90-minute double album from Native Harrow begins here, with a 12-minute suite covering the collapse of a close loved one on the New York City subway and an exploration of a nostalgia for a human connection that may never have existed. The debut LP Ghost (2015) established a soundworld somewhere between British Folk Rock and Laurel Canyon Folk. This 17 track followup blows things wide open to make way for darker avant-garde folk, art rock edginess, sitar solos, west coast jazz, middle eastern rhythms, and desert psychedelia.

“The songs of Sorores reflect changes of heart, growth of soul, struggles in my hunt to find life’s magic, and my exploration of the vast world of sounds. This Latin world for ‘sisters’ has resounded in and from me throughout the writing and recording process and, I fell, captures the essence of this album.”

The two members of Native Harrow, vocalist/guitarist Devin Tuel and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Harms, surround themselves on stage with a collection of open-tuned acoustic guitars, pawn-shop electrics, basses, acoustic strings, and a few drums and keyboards. moving deliberately and inquisitively through the sonic worlds inhabited by the material. The music of Ghost and Sorores have been worked through on stages and in rooms throughout North America on the back-to-back Sorores Tour and World Gets Quiet Tour throughout 2017. The two-piece will begin 2018 with the 100+ show New Year Eyes Tour.


VINO is a killer acoustic duo, Chris & Mike Vinopal. Mike first met Chris, shortly after his birth on Christmas Day, 1982 in the Northwestern suburbs of Chicago. Chris at that time was precisely 1 month, 15 days old, having just been born himself on November 10th of the same year. They became immediate friends in a massive close knit Vinopal family. Music was always around, and in 8th grade, they wrote their very first songs and started their very first band, Frozen Fire. This led to subsequent bands with terrible names. The Happy Fishermen. The Phishermenz. And of course, the best band in the lando, Fred Bando. A full decade after graduating high school and living on opposite sides of the country, Mike & Chris returned to Chicago and began writing songs as V I N O, and this time the songs were good. Not just good, but great! Classic and familiar while remaining unique, creative, and emotive. Selections from all EP’s can be found streaming on SoundCloud while the duo continues to record original songs.


Adela Skowronski is a cellist, pianist and singer-songwriter from the Chicagoland area. She currently attends Elmhurst College, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business with minors in French and Music Composition.She's free-spirited, diverse, and associated with many projects including an all girl blues/rock band, a metal group, occasional composition for string quartet. Her newest project is a folk group called "Adela's", which draws from folk, pop, classical and rock. In addition to the above, Adela is also the founder of underground Chicagoland radio program "The Underbelly Hours", and works across music + arts programs in the area to host fundraising concerts and bring communities together.


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ROANOKE w/ Derek Fawcett - 7PM | $10
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

ROANOKE w/ Derek Fawcett - 7PM | $10

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Roanoke is a rising Folk/Americana band based out of Nashville, TN. Lead by Joey Beesley and Taylor Dupuis, the two come together to create rich harmonies and unforgettable songs of love, heartbreak, and exploration. Joined by band members Zach Nowak, and Kyle Breese. Roanoke uses their undeniable musical chemistry to create a unique and captivating sound full of cultural influences, roots instrumentation, and catchy, memorable melodies. Their self-titled debut album Roanoke is an invigoratingly classic Americana album filled with modern yet vintage tunes.Roanoke has struck a balance between the narrative songwriting of folk, the ear candy appeal of pop, and the roots authenticity of country music. With their growing fan base, and energetic live show, they are set to shake the alternative Americana Folk scene in no time.



“Chicagoan Derek Fawcett presents austere singer-songwriter stuff of surpassing grace. He’s a singer who knows his range, performing songs that show off his biginstrument. There’s been buzz around this dude for a while. Find out why.”

-Kevin Williams, Chicago Tribune


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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!


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DANNY FOX w/ Makena Hartlin and Moon Mouth - 7PM | $10
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

DANNY FOX w/ Makena Hartlin and Moon Mouth - 7PM | $10

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Danny Fox: ‘Been playing guitar and self taught harmonica for the past nine years. ‘Been singing since the womb. There’s not much to say about this flower child, ‘cept he’s aspiring to become something other than the cacophonous silence under his boot heel. He’s traveled to Minnesota, New York, and Nashville. He’s won first place in a Dylan singer/songwriter contest two and a half times and four years in a row at his High School’s talent show. He was also featured in Isis magazine, printed solely in the United Kingdom. He’s for hire and has a vast collection of CDs of his own material as well as a repertoire to span over four hours of live straight music!


Makena Hartlin is a young singer songwriter who pairs a spell-binding voice with charming, jazz infused pop songs.


Moon Mouth is a ghostly new duo comprised of Mariel Fechik of Fay Ray and Emily Blue. They are recording their debut EP.


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BLAKE ZWEIG w/ Aaron Dorfman & Friends (featuring Dan Andree & Pat Otto) - 8PM | $12
Apr
7
8:00 PM20:00

BLAKE ZWEIG w/ Aaron Dorfman & Friends (featuring Dan Andree & Pat Otto) - 8PM | $12

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Blake Zweig

Aaron Dorfman & Friends (featuring Dan Andree & Pat Otto)


$10 Advance  |  $12 Doors

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

Ticket Link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3372230

NOTE: Online Ticket Sales END at 6pm on April 7th


Blake Zweig is a psychologist by day and singer-song writer by night. Blake’s musical career began in 1998, when he formed the band Sleeping for Sunrise and played shows with bands like Braid, Promise Ring, American Football, and other memorable indie-emo rock bands of that era. His first solo album, Other People Make Me Do This, was released in 2001, and consisted of Blake’s somber voice and delicate guitar style with minor accompaniment from Mike Kinsella of American Football and Owen. Blake’s song White Sail from Other People Make Me Do This was used poignantly at the climax of the Norwegian independent film Sagas Øy. In 2007, Blake formed Small Town which added drums, bass, and cello to his singer-song writer style. Their song Daisy was highlighted on Chicago radio WXRT’s Local Anesthetic show with Richard Milne. Years later, Blake’s song Spain from his most recent album, Dandelion, was also featured on Local Anesthetic.


Aaron Dorfman, former guitarist and vocalist for Chicago’s own Henhouse Prowlers, has traveled the world playing guitar; from Kenya to Kyrgyzstan, Ireland to Pakistan and a whole host of incredible places in between. With a flatpicking style strongly inspired by Bryan Sutton, David Grier and Doc Watson alike, Dorfman strives to inject as much energy as possible into the music he creates, writes and performs. Aaron will be joined by the exquisitely talented Dan Andree and Patt Otto, on fiddle and mandolin.


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Everything Turned to Color w/ Chnnll - 7:30PM | $15
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

Everything Turned to Color w/ Chnnll - 7:30PM | $15

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$12 Advance  |  $15 Doors

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

Ticket Link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3335080

*NOTE: Online Ticket Sales END at 5:30pm on April 6th


“Poetically pop and artfully serene”, Everything Turned To Color is the unlikely but serendipitous musical partnership between veteran songwriters Bryan and Kyle Weber and Neha Jiwrajka.

Graduates of New York University, brothers Bryan and Kyle began their musical careers as leaders of the Alternative Rock band ZELAZOWA, releasing three full-length albums, touring the world from 2006-2009, and founding the DIY tour booking website IndieOnTheMove.com.

Neha Jiwrajka (whose mother is a classically trained Hindustani singer) worked at tech giant Google in San Francisco, CA before leaving the company to pursue a masters degree in Jazz vocal performance at The New England Conservatory of Music. A classically trained pianist in her own right, Neha released her first solo record “The Dreamer” during her time in Boston, eventually relocating to NYC after graduation.

It was in the lobby of their Brooklyn apartment building that Bryan first met Neha, the new neighbor that apparently didn’t mind his kids running, screaming, and climbing all over the lobby furniture. The chance encounter quickly turned into regular song workshopping sessions, which inevitably included Bryan’s longtime songwriting partner Kyle on lead guitar.

In May of 2015, Bryan, Kyle, and Neha debuted as Everything Turned To Color at local DUMBO bar and music venue 68 Jay. Over the next two years, the trio of ex-Alt-Rock brothers and their classically trained neighbor toured up and down the northeast corridor time and time again, honing their Beatles meets Ella Fitzgerald-esque sound at notable venues including Rockwood Music Hall, World Cafe Live, Club Passim, and Daryl’s House, to name a few.

In June of 2016, the group entered ECR Music Studios in NYC to track its debut album with esteemed musician/producer and founder of #IRespectMusic, Blake Morgan. The eleven song LP, entitled “Life Imagined”, was released on June 23, 2017 in tandem with two sold-out performances at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC.

Says Mr. Morgan: “It’s rare that I’m hit this powerfully with new music–truly goose-bump inducing–and as a result, I’m not only a fan but completely sure that great things lie ahead for this band.”


‘Chnnll – a means of communication or expression: As : a path along which information (as data or music) in the form of an electrical signal passes’

Chnnll (Pronounced: Channel) is a trio led by multi-instrumentalist Chris Davidson, and blends the warm analogue sound of live instruments with computer manipulations and warped synths.

Chris moved to New York City in 2009 to pursue a career as a jazz drummer and composer. While attending The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music, Chris had the pleasure of studying with Reggie Workman, Mark Guiliana, Kendrick Scott and Billy Martin.

While Chris’s appreciation for jazz is still strong, he has grown as a musician and composer into a new musical direction. Chris is no longer behind the drums on the stage, but up front singing, switching between keyboards and guitar, reincarnated as front man Chnnll.


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Ken Yates - 7PM | $10
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Ken Yates - 7PM | $10

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A 2017 winner of two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year and New Artist of the Year, Ken Yates has steadily grown a reputation as one of the country’s brightest singer/songwriters. His sound offers the complete package—unforgettable melodies, emotionally charged storytelling, and top-notch guitar chops—all gloriously displayed on Yates’ new album, Huntsville. Produced by Jim Bryson (Weakerthans, Kathleen Edwards), Yates’ second full-length effort is a major stylistic step forward, with its 11 tracks capturing his artistic evolution amid extensive touring over the past three years. “Keep Your Head Down,” with its subtle, driving groove, opens the album like a train pulling out at dawn, with vast, open vistas lying ahead. Those come into focus on other key tracks such as “Huntsville,” and “Roll Me On Home”. Yet, everywhere on the album, echoes of the Canadian songwriting tradition, from Gordon Lightfoot to Bruce Cockburn to Ron Sexsmith, are apparent, proving that with Huntsville, Ken Yates is ready to join that exalted company. A native of London, Ontario (a few hours’ drive south of the actual Huntsville), Yates studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. His first release, The Backseat EP, came out in 2011, followed by his full-length debut, twenty-three in 2013. One track on that album caught the ear of fellow Berklee alum John Mayer, who commented in a lengthy blog post, “Ken Yates wrote a song called ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love.’ This song moved me when I first heard it, and it still does today.”


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The CoLab Presents “THE SONGWRITER SAMPLER” w/ Erin Daigle, Ian Leith, The Winchesters, Jory Avner - 7PM | $10
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

The CoLab Presents “THE SONGWRITER SAMPLER” w/ Erin Daigle, Ian Leith, The Winchesters, Jory Avner - 7PM | $10

The CoLab Presents  “THE SONGWRITER SAMPLER

FEATURING: Erin DaigleIan LeithThe WinchestersJory Avner



Born in West Texas, raised in Southern Illinois, seasoned in California and currently calling Chicago home, Ian Leith is on a “quest of endless possibilities with these here fingers.”


Jory Avner is a singer-songwriter based out of Chicago, Illinois. Blending traditional folk style lyricism and guitar with textured synthesizers and electronic percussion he strives to create soundscapes that are both atmospherically complex and yet succinct in terms of narrative. He often performs his songs live as a solo acoustic artist. Jory is also the vocalist and lead songwriter in the folk/rock band ‘Andretta’ and the president and founder of Half Glass Records.


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