MIKE VIAL w/ Mike Gentry and Limn - 7PM | $12
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

MIKE VIAL w/ Mike Gentry and Limn - 7PM | $12



Michigan songwriter Mike Vial writes songs about love and life's transitions, and his vocal style shows the influence of James Taylor and Ari Hest. But his accomplished guitar playing has a voice of its own, mixing elements of jazz, folk, and rock. Out on the road once more, Mike is taking Mike Gentry along for the ride. Mike started out playing guitar at Dexter High School, worked for years at A&M in Los Angeles, and came home to Michigan. He's appeared at Plymouth Coffee Bean, Black Fire Winery,  Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, Dearborn Brewing, and many other venues. "I pitched to him the idea to tour together this summer like old folk artists did in the 60s!" Vial says. The Mikes will complete a tour of one-night stands with suitcases and guitars in hand, performing as solo artists and ending shows as a duo. Their musical partnership feels fated, since Gentry produced Vial’s latest record, the ambitious "A World That’s Bigger."


Mike Gentry’s love for music kicked in early in life. He credits Elvis Presley with being his first musical influence. Mike began playing guitar while attending Dexter High School and fronted the local bands Max and True Story. In 1986 he moved to Hollywood to study at the Guitar Institute of Technology/Musicians Institute, where he learned his craft first-hand from Paul Gilbert, Keith Wyatt, Tommy Tedesco, Howard Roberts, and other luminaries.

From 1989 until 1994, Mike worked at A&M Records in Hollywood. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, he moved back to Michigan to attend Eastern Michigan University, where he studied music education. In 2003 he and his band Shining Farmer released their self-titled CD. For a dozen years Mike was the director and guitar and drum instructor at SE Michigan’s National Music Workshop’s Day Jams program.

These days, Mike regularly performs as a singer-songwriter around South-Eastern Michigan, appearing at the Plymouth Coffee Bean, Black Fire Winery,  Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, Dearborn Brewing, and many other venues.


Limn is the solo project of Jake Hawrylak, formerly of the band Sedgewick.


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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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SOUTH FOR WINTER w/ Paige Hargrove, Claire Kelly, and Dennis Caravello - 8PM | $10
Aug
21
8:00 PM20:00

SOUTH FOR WINTER w/ Paige Hargrove, Claire Kelly, and Dennis Caravello - 8PM | $10



Nashville-based trio South for Winter blends folk, blues, and gypsy jazz into a distinctive sound united by delicate harmonies, intricate guitar-work, and swelling string parts.


Paige Hargrove is a singer-songwriter living in Chicago, IL. From traveling back and forth from her past home in Atlanta, Ga, Paige has played at numerous venues and has grown her fan base. With her influences ranging from Noah Gundersen to Paramore, she has created a sound of her own.

Paige is working at a studio in Georgia currently to finish her first album. Excited that this new album captures more of a “live” experience than her older EP, she is looking forward to releasing it within the next year and following it with a tour.


Claire Kelly is an acoustic/pop/folk artist from Cary, IL and currently residing in Nashville. Her influences include The Lumineers, Fitz & the Tantrums, Mumford & Sons, The Ballroom Thieves, and The Strokes.


Dennis Caravello has a sound steeped in roots music. While his approach to songwriting stays true to most things modern, it is the music of yesterday that continues to fuel his craft. 


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NICOLE KELLEY w/ Abbye West Pates - 8PM | $10
Aug
22
8:00 PM20:00

NICOLE KELLEY w/ Abbye West Pates - 8PM | $10



Singer-songwriter Nicole Kelley brings a light indie folk rock sound to her shows. Noted for her “thoughtful original lyrics” by UTR Media’s Dave Trout, “a warm sensitivity to what makes a song holy and human” by songwriter Matthew Clark, and “the heart of a true artist” by longtime folk artist Lisa Weyerhaeuser, Nicole plays regionally in the Midwest and has toured with her band to the east coast. She has also opened for other indie artists, such as Eric Peters and Rick Lee James. She recently released her debut album, Just Another Day, which is available on CD or iTunes download. Follow her on Facebook @nicolekelleymusic and check out her music video at www.nicolekelleymusic.com.


Abbye West Pates is a songwriter and storyteller based in Memphis, TN. Born and raised in southern Mississippi, she often writes about the small town that raised her and the city that's grown her up. Inspired by folk/Americana artists like Patty Griffin and Lori McKenna and authors like Wendell Berry, Abbye tells stories that locate you in a particular place with a particular people. She explores life's real struggles - addiction, grief, anxiety - reminding us of grace and faith and forgiveness in the midst of it all.


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COLLECTIVE SOUL w/ Meagan Hickman - 8PM | $10
Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

COLLECTIVE SOUL w/ Meagan Hickman - 8PM | $10

Collective Soul

Meagan Hickman



Collective Soul is a band straight out of thriving Chicago music scene.  The collaboration of artists explore new avenues, writing eclectic original tunes and arrangements of songs that speak life and positivity to the heart of the people - using the fusion of jazz, soul, gospel, hip-hop as a a voice. Their passion for music is deeply felt and communicated though the grooves and sounds they create. When they perform, they leave it all on the stage, taking no prisoners.

Collective Soul is Kim HasaraDarwin NogueraEmma DayhuffJon Gould, and Phil Fornett.


A graduate of Boston’s Berklee College Music, Meagan Hickman’s journey started long before college. She began her training at the age of 6, touring the world as a member of the renowned Anima Singers. Her work since then, both onstage as an artist and behind the scenes as a production coordinator, has kept her touring nationwide. From 2011 to  2012, Meagan completed her first coast to coast US tour in support of her debut EP, “On My Way.” In the Summer of 2015 Meagan toured extensively throughout the Midwest and East Coast, promoting her most recent, full-length album, Sightlines. When not on the road, Meagan spends her time inspiring young artists, by teaching voice, piano, and songwriting lessons, as well as instructing group classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.


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"Happy Baby" COMEDY SHOWCASE - 9PM | $15
Aug
24
9:00 PM21:00

"Happy Baby" COMEDY SHOWCASE - 9PM | $15

“HAPPY BABY” Comedy Showcase

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

FEATURING: Doug Smith, Reese Leonard



Doug Smith is a New York comic who just made his late night debut on CONAN. Following his selection as a New Face at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival in 2013, he's been featured at the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and the NY Comedy Festival where he was chosen to host six sold out shows for Norm Macdonald. Doug co-hosts the stand-up/variety show See You in Hell which The Comedy Bureau listed in the Top 100 Best Things in Comedy. In 2015, Doug was a finalist in both Caroline's March Madness competition and NY's Funniest competition on Seeso. He is also the creator and star of the web series Secret Weapon, a finalist at the Channel 101 festival. In addition to CONAN, Doug's TV appearances include Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV, Uproarious on Fuse, and the upcoming season of This Is Not Happening on Comedy Central.


Reese Leonard dreamed of doing comedy is whole young life. He got slightly derailed during his high school years when he went to Rogers and had to learn to beat people up (Reese practiced MMA for a long time which means he's not only really funny but he also has a hot body) and be a little hood. He travels around the upper Midwest doing shows and is sincerely dedicated, passionate and good at what he does, which is: Comedy, MMA, correcting grammar and hand fishing (which he somehow manages to do while being a gigantic germaphobe). He is continuing to build his resume/credits, and will not be stopping any time soon. Look out for him, he's the going to be the Julia Roberts of comedy.


Aaron Putnam got his start in comedy while taking classes at UCB NY. He is also a graduate of David Mamet Atlantic Theatre Company’s two year program. He found out quickly that the only drama he likes is his own, so he quit doing plays and auditioning and dove fully into improv. This is where he learned his most important lesson to this day, and that is: to BOMB! NIGHT AFTER NIGHT! Being the real ass dude he is, he thought it was rude to take all those innocent improvisers with him, so he started doing open mic stand up all over NYC. That was 2011 — flash forward to today: Aaron Putnam is a Chicago-based comic and the founder of Stand Up in Recovery where comics put on shows at recovery centers across the country. He has opened for Doug Stanhope, Erik Griffin, Robert Kelly, and many more. At this point you might be saying “I wanna know about the DRAMA, the RECOVERY, etc.” The truth is on paper and it’s downright scary, but when told on stage, through a mic — hilarious.


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Zombie Mañana (Solo Acoustic) - 8PM | $8
Aug
25
8:00 PM20:00

Zombie Mañana (Solo Acoustic) - 8PM | $8

Zombie Mañana (Solo Acoustic)



Every morning, Zombie eats surreal for breakfast and then does its abstract workouts. Inconsistence is routine and the unknown is caffeine.

No fear is the next frontier. PERSEVERE; embrace the blood, sweat, and tears. This half-band, half-dream seeks refuge from this place, this world where everything is a race. Tragedies and adversities taught me more than universities. Happiness and ecstasy comes from living with no jealousy. All it takes to be inspiring is to be inspired, and now is the time to rewire.

With a head full of static and a heart that weighs a ton, these omnifarious tunes may not be for everyone.


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Patrick Gemkow & Alex Austin (of Daysleeper) w/ Noah Plotkin - 7PM | $10
Aug
26
7:00 PM19:00

Patrick Gemkow & Alex Austin (of Daysleeper) w/ Noah Plotkin - 7PM | $10

Patrick Gemkow is a singer/songwriter from Chicago heavily influenced by Van Morrison, Jeff Buckley, Elliott Smith, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke amongst others.

Tonight Patrick will be joined by Alex Austin and Noah Plotkin, performing a set of cover songs by their favorite artists and an original set of songs.



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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 PRZMATICS w/ Natalie Grace Alford and Aaron Fox - 8PM | $12
Aug
28
8:00 PM20:00

THE PRZMATICS w/ Natalie Grace Alford and Aaron Fox - 8PM | $12



The Przmatics are a band from Chicago made up of songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mike Przygoda, bassist Ausberto Acevedo, keyboardist Nick Gutierrez, and guitarist Stephanie Stahl. Their debut record, Always Stuck Here In Between has been critically acclaimed including being named one of the "Best Of Indie Rock 2017." With jangly guitars, trippy synthesizers, pounding drums, and soaring vocals, the band combines alternative rock, dream pop, R&B, soul, shoegaze, and more into quirky clever Midwestern songs.


Natalie Grace Alford is a multi instrumentalist playing piano, guitar, and uses loop pedals to perform and make the song live. She has opened for various artists such as Jack Garrett, Nellie Mckay, Tim Fite and many more amazing artists. She was also named The Deli Music Magazine's artist of the month for March of 2017. You can find her music on ITunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, Google Play, and Amazon.


Aaron Fox is the lead guitarist/vocalist of the pop rock band Aaron Fox & the Reliables.


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CHRISTAL LUSTER w/ Isa & Alex - 8PM | $12
Aug
29
8:00 PM20:00

CHRISTAL LUSTER w/ Isa & Alex - 8PM | $12



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 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 working on new music and a mini-docuseries.


Isa Martinez & Alex Criminger: Both born and raised in different parts of Chicago, we were drawn to music at a young age and began playing various instruments as kids. After being in separate bands, we became friends and connected through our shared passion. We are now a couple that plays music together, combining our different styles of playing and songwriting. We’ve both been heavily influenced by a variety of genres and try to incorporate them in all the aspects of our music.


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Ryan Herrick & Terry Byrne - 8PM | $10
Aug
30
8:00 PM20:00

Ryan Herrick & Terry Byrne - 8PM | $10



Inspired by the raw, visceral power in traditional Delta blues and Appalachian folk music, Ryan Herrick allows his music to merge from within. His soulful songs express his passionate belief in human unity and the interconnectedness of all things with a percussive blend of rock, folk-blues, Celtic, and Indian raga.


Terry Byrne is a folk/blues/rock singer songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. Influenced at an early age by acts like Dylan, Cash, and the Beatles; Terry has developed an authentic and tastefully nostalgic piano bar/blues sound that is unique amongst the Chicago music scene today. 


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ANNA P.S. w/ Dave Ashdown and Longway Neptune - 8PM | $10
Aug
31
8:00 PM20:00

ANNA P.S. w/ Dave Ashdown and Longway Neptune - 8PM | $10

Anna p.s.

Dave Ashdown

Longway Neptune



Indie folk musician Anna p.s. conveys a sense of weariness throughout her simple but resonant songs, but it’s a weariness that keeps a blanket of hope tucked up under its chin, even as the rain keeps falling outside the windows. Grace always lurks around the corner on tunes that layer delicate vulnerability over the hearty stock of this songwriter’s spirit. With technical acumen acquired during an early career as an audio engineer and a humble but confident stage presence groomed as a founding member of indie roots rock band Shiny Shiny Black, Anna stepped out as a solo musician in 2014. She’s been on the road intermittently ever since, and her debut LP Umbrella released in July 2016, showcasing her signature sonic blend of melancholy, hope, and resilience.


Chicago indie-rock stalwart Dave Ashdown is a guitarist in Waiting for Henry, working on their third release to be produced by Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, Bash 'N Pop and Guns 'N Roses fame. Dave's rock lineage includes the prolific brothers Braam, 90's DYIs Boom Hank, the folky Billhouse, power trio Rollover and a solo disc as 'Dashdown'; Rock & Roll Vacation. Waiting For Henry's most recent release, the Mitch Easter produced Town Called Patience, features several earthy Ashdown rockers: "Added to their REM-like alt-rock mix is Chicago based drummer/guitarist/vocalist Dave Ashdown. His no nonsense 'tude brought them some serious Midwestern rock and roll sensibilities" - HuffingtonPost


Wendy and JP, the duo of Longway Neptune, first came together as the Pickens’ Family Band, an eclectic cover band with a catalog that ranged from Frank Zappa to  Patsy Cline. JP, former guitarist of Karmageddon-- a band best described as Ween meets Black Sabbath-- and Wendy, a classically trained violinist and singer,  are now writing music that reflects the distances and big space of their joint musical history. With little interest in meeting expectations of genre, Longway Neptune is dedicated to making music  that sounds cool, feels interesting, and is fun to play.  


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THE WINNIE BLUES - 7PM | $10
Sep
2
7:00 PM19:00

THE WINNIE BLUES - 7PM | $10

The Winnie Blues



It could have been any other Wednesday, in any other bar in New York City, but unbeknownst to Alice Beatty and Cameron Potts, a chance encounter in a downtown Manhattan venue would lead to the formation of The Winnie Blues.

Both originally from Australia, but having never crossed paths there, they met briefly at a gig at Rockwood Music Hall in 2016. They bonded over a beer and then never saw each other in New York City again. Fast forward 8 months to a local dive bar in Nashville, Tennessee and the two reunited, discussing music and shooting the shit. A plan was made to write one song together. Then another, and then another. Until finally, they needed to form a project together.

The Winnie Blues draw on inspiration from some of the most influential duo’s in music history. From Johnny & June, to Nick & Kylie, and Emmylou & Graham to place their unique stamp on the Americana music scene. The formula is simple yet powerful. Two voices, one microphone, one guitar.

When The Winnie Blues step on to the stage they bring with them a mix of established artistry and raw sincerity. Having toured for some 12 years, Potts established himself through his work with Oxford & Co. and Dead Letter Chorus, bringing a depth of knowledge and experience. This project sees a return to the authentic, dark and dynamic side of his esteemed song-writing. Beatty carries with her a youthful ambition and a voice that is so unique and honest, you’d be forgiven for thinking she herself had years of world class touring under her belt.

Planting themselves firmly in the East Nashville music scene, The Winnie Blues are set to tour extensively through the remainder of 2017, with the goal of frequently releasing new music whilst winning over fans across the nation.



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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Sep
3
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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Chris Ayer and Lesley Pike - 8PM | $10
Sep
4
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Ayer and Lesley Pike - 8PM | $10



Chris Ayer has honed his craft over nearly a decade’s worth of countless performances across the globe. In 2014, Chris moved from New York City to Los Angeles. Shortly after relocating to the West Coast, Chris’s music began to gain traction throughout Europe and The UK, specifically in The Netherlands and England. Ayer’s last two singles, ’Stay Another Night’ and ’On the Blvd’ have a combined total of nearly 2.5 million streams on Spotify. Stay Another Night’ landed in the Spotify Viral 50 in Denmark and Holland, it was featured on Spotify’s Bae Playlist, and it hovered on Hype Machine’s Twitter Music Chart for a couple weeks. Most recently, In April, Chris capped off his national tour of the U.S. with a critically acclaimed performance in front of 5500 screaming fans at AFAS Live in Amsterdam. Chris was also a featured performer at the 2017 PinkPop Festival in The Netherlands, where he shared a bill with the likes of Green Day, Martin Garrix, and Kings of Leon. In March 2018, Chris won the Independent Music Award for Best Adult Contemporary Song or his single “Heavy,” which was released on PIAS Holland in November 2017. Chris is currently touring extensively and plotting a series of new releases for the Fall of 2018.


Having cut her teeth in Toronto after earning a degree in Classical Music at Ontario’s Wilfrid Laurier University, Canadian Singer / Songwriter Lesley Pike remains a popular and respected member of the city’s vibrant music scene, but has found herself embraced by major cities around the world. Known for her engaging and often-times hilarious live shows, Lesley is most at home on stage and has toured extensively, including shows with Jason Mraz, Darius Rucker, Jon Allen, Cowboy Junkies, Danny Michel, Dar Williams, the Dunwells, The Devlins, Joan Osborne, Hawksley Workman, Jeremy Fisher, Matisyahu, Stephen Kellogg, and many more. Teaming up to share production duties with Tim Abraham (Royal Wood, Peter Katz, Jadea Kelly), Pike’s latest work is an emotional coming of age album of sorts, which features collaborations with the UK’s beloved Jon Allen, Canada’s Juno-winning Peter Katz, and American 2017 Grammy nominee Ari Hest. The album will be released Aug 31, 2018 via Fontana North.


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THE HUNTS - 7PM | $20
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

THE HUNTS - 7PM | $20



The Hunts are an indie-alternative-folk band comprised of seven brothers and sisters. Born and raised in the south lands of Chesapeake, Virginia, the siblings grew up in a musical home and fell in love with composing their own music. Josh (guitar, lead vocals), Jenni (violin, lead vocals), Jonathan (keys, vocals), Jordan (drums, vocals), Justin (bass, vocals), Jamison (mandolin, vocals) and Jessi (viola, banjo, vocals) pour their blood, sweat and tears into every song and strive to write music that moves hearts with beauty, power and joy.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Sep
10
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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AWAY TEAM w/ Rabbit Folk and Fragile Soul - 8PM | $10
Sep
11
8:00 PM20:00

AWAY TEAM w/ Rabbit Folk and Fragile Soul - 8PM | $10



Away Team is a combination of projects Andy Stephenson used to be in (The Wild Torching Spree, Foreign Stations, Happy Halloween.) They all haven't played a show as this project or together in a long time and have started fresh with new, experimental, electronic/folk music.


Rabbit Folk is a Chicago-based band consisting of two guitars and a viola. They are good at writing songs but bad at writing bios. They invented the genre Lagomorphic Rock, though nobody's quite sure what that means. Their first EP, Brain in a Jar, will be on Spotify September 8. 


Fragile Soul is a modern mix of soulful heartfelt vocals with blues and folk rock influences. Being compared to City and Colour, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Kings of Leon they bring a unique energy that resonates with their audience.

Fragile Soul started in 2014 with Rodney Golson, Lead Vocal, and Pablo Baldetti, Vocals and Guitar, playing acoustic folk music in the park. Using deep lyrics and beautiful harmonies they began to craft music that bared their own truths. As a duo, their talents were recognized in Three Oaks, Michigan, when they won the Acorn Theater’s 2015 Singer-Songwriter Contest.

In 2016, they began to expand their sound musically adding a drummer, Daniel Deleon, and trending toward a folk and blues rock sound while maintaining depth to the lyricism. Showcased in the groups 2016 single release “Black Beauty”.

Since then the group has continued to build their sound, using the music and lyrics to paint vivid images and bring their audience into their story. In July of 2018, they released their EP “The Runaway” to showcase their full blues rock sound.


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PAPER LIGHTS - 8PM | $12
Sep
12
8:00 PM20:00

PAPER LIGHTS - 8PM | $12



As an alternative band from Atlanta, GA, Paper Lights have honed a large and cinematic soundscape within their music. Over the last two years they have toured internationally, opening for acts such as Allen Stone, The Fray and Miike Snow. In 2018, the band was awarded IMEA's Alternative Album of the Year as well as Song of the Year and nomination for Artist of the Year. Their music has also been featured in placements including CBS, Coca-Cola, Land Rover, Boeing, MTV, ESPN, Chick-fil-a and Outdoor Magazine.

Last year, the band traveled over 10,000 miles, visiting 24 states and 13 National Parks, while sampling sounds from nature and writing their latest full length album, Everything is Sound, which released on March 30, 2018.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Sep
17
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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BRITT DIGNAN w/ Larry Anthony - 8PM | $10
Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

BRITT DIGNAN w/ Larry Anthony - 8PM | $10



Chicago native, singer-songwriter Britt Dignan has the ability to capture your heart with his talent for writing meaningful lyrics placed smoothly over his slick Acoustic melodies. He paints a picture with his folky story telling, soulful rooted voice and extraordinary stage presence, placed a top a high energized passion and love for music! Roots Rock at its finest!

His first full length album "Ordinary Life" was released in late January of 2014 and has concert goers of all ages raving over his fresh southern folk style and good ole’ fashioned story telling. Britt Dignan was voted "Chicago Deli Magazine's, Artist Of The Month" in August of 2014 and plans to release a new album in late 2018.


As an old school blues-influenced guitarist, Larry Anthony has built a diverse fanbase through his work as both a guitar slinger and a mainstream friendly artist. 

Larry Anthony has left it all behind to pursue career as a singer-songwriter and has since been cutting his teeth on the Chicago skyline. His honest lyrics paired with soulful guitar are sure to tug your heart strings and get you moving.

The well received demo, “Just Another Day”, gained international traction by placing in the “Top 10" on Australian and Canadian radio. Larry Anthony is recommended if you like artists such as; John Mayer, James Bay, Charlie Puth, Matt Corby....but come see for yourself!

Larry is currently recording his debut EP, which is set to release SUMMER 2018.


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Sunday Dinner Series: Brian Allison, Wildeyes, John Marino - 7PM | $10
Sep
23
7:00 PM19:00

Sunday Dinner Series: Brian Allison, Wildeyes, John Marino - 7PM | $10



Brian Allison is a singer/songwriter from Chicago, IL. After the loss of Brian's father and brother in the same year. Brian quickly learned that life is short. Playing over a 100 shows in 2016 still working a day job, Brian made the move into music full-time in October of 2016 and hasn't looked back since. With over 20 years in the music business, Brian Allison's passion and drive for music keeps him creative while touring the nation and bringing an energetic and soulful performance to every stage he plays. Brian's father instilled that passion and drive. 

In 2017 Brian hit the ground running. Brian released his EP 'Waiting on You', Toured to the east coast, 2 mini tours to Colorado and played over 230 shows. Brian will be releasing a new EP in the spring of 2018.    


Deep Nashville roots, rich Western influence, a veritable fortune of experiences touring in support of a-list artists, and a non-sexy, woodshed, 1950’s American work-ethic have unified Daniel and Emily Kohavi and Max Hoffman to forge the marvel of Wildeyes.

A writing machine, Wildeyes has the uncanny ability to viscerally connect across generations, ideologies and genres with pure American music wandering South and West. Wildeyes performances are inimitable gifts that sonically, visually and emotionally retrieve and elevate you.


John Marino is a musician from Chicago, IL.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Sep
24
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 #18 - 7PM | FREE
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Groundswell Educational Films Presents - The Doc Talk Show #18 - 7PM | FREE

Groundswell Educational Films Presents - The Doc Talk Show #18


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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MY ONE AND ONLY - 8PM | $10
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

MY ONE AND ONLY - 8PM | $10



This Americana duo gathers its strength from Southern soul mixed with curious grittiness. Together, Kassie and Benjamin make music equally as harmonious as their own marriage. True-to-life lyrics bid you to wander through hidden scenes in their lives, accompanied by the soundtrack of hollow-body guitars and home-grown harmonies. From intimate house concerts to their performance at the Ryman Auditorium in their hometown of Nashville, My One And Only has graced stages all over the United States as well as the “Mara Tour” in Uganda, Africa.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Oct
1
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 WESTERN DEN - 8PM | $10
Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

THE WESTERN DEN - 8PM | $10



To find a musical soulmate, someone with whom to explore your innermost feelings, unite artistic languages, and craft a shared voice is a daunting, even mysterious, undertaking. Some writers spend years searching and never uncover the other half they seek; for others, a partnership just flicks on like a light. The origin story of the hauntingly beautiful duo The Western Den is wonderfully curious in just this way: Deni Hlavinka, an introspective pianist from small town Virginia, posted a song idea on a college forum for accepted students. Chris West, a bright-eyed guitarist from Bermuda, sent back the song the following day in finished form. Upon meeting in person, they discovered their musical—and personal—bond was eerily close; there was never a discussion of forming a band, never a conscious choice, it just happened, fueled by a sheer desire, a necessity to pursue what felt right.

The act of reaching out in search of a common creative haven—that same force which brought Hlavinka and West together seven years ago—is a theme of ‘A Light Left On’, their forthcoming debut record. A careful labor of love, it emerged over the course of two years as a set of demos, which the pair then tracked meticulously over a six-month span. This restraint stands in stark contrast to their previous releases, two EPs which they hurried to release with the same speed and enthusiasm of Hlavinka and West’s initial long-distance collaboration. The result of their patience this time around is an ornate emotional garden, lovingly cultivated and ready for company. In their songwriting, arrangements, and production choices, the band leaves behind the folk label, which always felt like a safe descriptor yet never quite like home, pushing out into orchestral, ethereal, and chordally complex territory, while preserving their sweeping vocal harmonies, at once lush and modest, unmistakably the foundation of their partnership.

‘A Light Left On’ details a coming-of-age search—for purpose, for an environment that feels authentic. From its inceptive command to “raise it up, give a name / call it close, temporary though all the same”, the album announces its creators’ desire to define themselves within a turbulent landscape of thoughts, to have a light left on somewhere that feels permanent. Absent of that flag-planting resolution, the record offers up the belief that a light is still out there—‘I’m still holding on, still, still I’m holding on’—as if spoken to themselves as a mantra, on repeat, to reassure and encourage.

The Western Den showcases a mature pursuit of beauty that is all their own, and yet they capture the emotional soul-searching that exists in all of us, whether we hide it from the world or share it. In Hlavinka and West’s case, they have chosen to share it, extending their trust in each other to their audience.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Oct
8
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 GIRL NAMED GENNY w/ Jessica Mindrum - 8PM | $12
Oct
9
8:00 PM20:00

A GIRL NAMED GENNY w/ Jessica Mindrum - 8PM | $12



A Girl Named Genny is based in Rochester, NY. The band incorporates traditional folk instruments to produce a new sound that encompasses several genres and styles. Dynamic instrumentation and upbeat melodies drive this high energy Americana band, however, breaking down sets to create intimate tender moments is always a promise. Their self-titled EP was released April 29th 2017, and the group released their first full-length record in May 2018. They have played with acts such as Driftwood, Upstate Rubdown, PALEFACE, Aqueous, Dirty Blanket, Turkuaz, David Mayfield, Folkfaces, The Honey Smugglers, Aaron Lipp, and The Crooked North.


Chicago-Based singer-songwriter Jessica Mindrum combines elements of indie folk and slowcore in her melodic storytelling. Her voice complements her guitar’s reverb by being soft and easy on the ears. She confronts existential crises, heartache, and loneliness through deeply honest lyricism. She doesn’t hold back when posing questions rooted in the human condition which encourages listeners to do the same. Mindrum’s songs ring like endless thoughts that hover across our minds, but she dresses them up, and puts a tune to the sadness.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Oct
15
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
Oct
22
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 #19 - 7PM | FREE
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Groundswell Educational Films Presents - The Doc Talk Show #19 - 7PM | FREE

Groundswell Educational Films Presents - The Doc Talk Show #19


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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DAVE ARCARI w/ Phil Circle - 7PM | $10
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

DAVE ARCARI w/ Phil Circle - 7PM | $10



SLIDE guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via ten internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases.

Arcari's latest album – Live at Memorial Hall – recorded at a venue close to his home on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland, was released on 1 September 2017 on Buzz Records. The double 180g coloured vinyl/digipak CD/download/streaming release is the definitive collection of Arcari's material to date.

The 2016 Hellbound Train EP entered the iTunes charts at number seven, filling a gap in releases since his previous (fifth) album – Whisky in my Blood – released on Finnish record label Blue North in March 2013. As well as showcasing Arcari’s trademark National steel guitars, the release features performances on banjo, regular guitar and and cigar box which help capture the full breadth of Arcari’s song-writing and performance.

2018 sees Arcari return to tour the USA, having spent 2017 focusing his live work on UK and Europe after concentrating on building his audience in the USA over the previous few years. His last (2016) USA tour built on the foundations laid over successful US tours in 2013, 2014 and 2015 – including official showcases at SxSW in Austin, Texas.

Arcari’s festival appearances include Glastonbury (UK), Red Rooster (UK), BluesAlive (Czech Republic & Poland shows), Moulin Blues (Netherlands), The Great British R&B Festival and Peer Festival (Belgium). He has also played industry showcases at the North by North East (NxNE) music festival in Toronto, Canada and he was a finalist the UK Indy Music Awards reaching the top four in his category (best male solo artist).

With a busy live schedule in the UK plus regular shows in USA, Finland, Estonia, France, Germany, Belgium, Poland and Ireland Arcari is one of the hardest gigging live artists on the circuit.

A series of shows with folks including Steve Earle, Alabama 3, Seasick Steve, Toby Keith and Jon Spencer along with his relentless UK and European tour schedule have established Arcari as a formidable international solo performer who is fast building a media reputation as a 'hell-raising National guitar madman.' 

A former debt collector, Arcari cut his musical teeth busking on the streets of Glasgow before forming his first band Summerfield Blues which won the Alexis Korner Memorial Trophy and accolade of Scottish Blues Band of the Year at Edinburgh International Blues Festival in1993.

He went on to form pioneering alt.blues trio Radiotones, releasing three studio albums between 1998 and 2003 before embarking on a solo career.

In between times, Arcari also played guitar with Union Avenue – an oddball collective playing least expected covers (think The Clash, Pink Floyd, Undertones, Bob Marley) in a late 50’s/Sun Records-era Cash style. The band landed record of the week on Mark Radcliffe’s Radio 1 show with their version of Motorhead’s Ace of Spades.


Phil Circle has always preferred to pursue his career on his terms, mostly by disregarding the much sought-after “record label” in favor of his own, booking more intimate venues that appreciate the musician and his work, and receiving radio play on stations all over the country and world that look for independent talent.

Phil is by no means your ordinary songster picking away quietly on his acoustic guitar. He manages to blend elements of rock, jazz, blues, folk, and even classical, to seamlessly create a style truly his own. Add to this his often flawless and always energetic live performance, and he lands far away from what most people think of as “Singer/Songwriter.”

Phil’s debut release in the 90s was hailed by In The Mix as “just what the doctor ordered” and they pointed out that his music “defies rock, jazz and blues” saying his songs were “from the master class.” 20 years later, Illinois Entertainer referred to his latest full band effort as proof that Phil is “one of our town’s most unique voices.”


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Oct
29
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
Nov
5
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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CLARK BECKHAM - 7PM | $10
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

CLARK BECKHAM - 7PM | $10


$10 Concert | $50 VIP Meet-and-Greet + Concert

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Clark Beckham's killer vocals and profound music abilities as a multi-instrumentalist has led him on a journey from busking on the streets to performing on national television in front of millions of viewers. On American Idol, Clark's soulful, bluesy voice outsold every other contestant combined on iTunes and placed him as THE fan favorite and runner-up of the 2015 season. Clark's live performances also dominated the top 10 most viewed videos on American Idol's Youtube channel. Since Idol, Clark has performed with the Nashville Symphony, written with Brian McKnight, been nominated for the Teen Choice award for Music’s Next Big Thing, opened on tour for Jon Bellion, and signed with Quincy Jones.

Clark most recently released his EP “Year One”, which debuted at #6 on iTunes Alternative and #22 on Billboard’s R&B Sales chart. His highly- awaited EP includes, “Must Be Hard Being You”, which was a collaboration with The Shadowboxers, and “I Need”, which was produced by Steve Jordan and features John Mayer's all-star band: Steve Jordan on drums, Pino Palladino on bass, and Isaiah Sharkey on guitar, with horn arrangements by Jerry Hey and Keyon Harrold.

We will continue to see refreshing new music from Clark that will be highly regarded and binge-worthy, making his music one for the passionate connoisseurs of music. Catch Clark’s captivating performances on his debut headline tour this fall at www.clarkbeckham.com.



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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Nov
12
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
Nov
19
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
Nov
26
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 #20 - 7PM | FREE
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Groundswell Educational Films Presents - The Doc Talk Show #20 - 7PM | FREE

Groundswell Educational Films Presents - The Doc Talk Show #20


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
Dec
3
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
Dec
10
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
Dec
17
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
Dec
24
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
Dec
31
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 LARK AND THE LOON w/ Margaux Reifman - 9PM | $10
Aug
18
9:00 PM21:00

THE LARK AND THE LOON w/ Margaux Reifman - 9PM | $10



The Lark and the Loon are a songwriting duo consisting of husband/wife team Jeff Rolfzen and Rocky Steen-Rolfzen. The two bring their distinct writing styles together in what they call an exploration in the etymology of American music. They take inspiration from prewar blues and jazz, Irish dance music, Sea shanties, and traditional American music as well. Their debut album, Songbirds and Fog, was recorded in their cabin home in the Ozarks after a period of heavy isolation and was met with critical acclaim, earning Folk DJ radio chart placement, an award winning music video, and being included on several "best of" lists from places like Sundilla Radio Hour, Music You Can't Hear on the Radio, and others.

The two are preparing to release their second album, Homestead Hands, in the fall of 2018, a record composed of songs they wrote about life in the prairie, out on the road, and the Wild West of their ancestors. Heralded for their harmonies, duets, and musicianship, the two have enjoyed touring extensively both in the United States and abroad. When not on the road they enjoy the comfort of their Ozark home where they garden in the rocky soil, hike the scenic hills, and soak in the tranquility before their next venture.


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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BRAD PETERSON "the unknown album" Record Presentation & Listening Party - 4PM
Aug
18
4:00 PM16:00

BRAD PETERSON "the unknown album" Record Presentation & Listening Party - 4PM

Brad Peterson "the unknown album" Record Presentation & Listening Party


Chicago-based Brad Peterson will speak, answer questions, sign records, and present a special preview of the release of his new "the unknown album" - forthcoming on August 24th. Guests will receive complimentary “unknown pale ale” and ”unknown blend coffee” (both custom made for this event), a gift bag containing the album, and other unknown or uncommon items to enjoy. Hors d'oeuvres will also be served.

From the woods near Lake Michigan, the ever-acroamatic Brad Peterson writes and records in a hand-constructed garden shed studio. In a few Google-minutes, one may learn Brad’s curious history of shared stages with Jeff Buckley and Radiohead, his injury that left him partially paralyzed, and the rousing comeback from a forced retirement.

Just a few months after the release of “The Ellipsis Album“, which has garnered millions of views and streams, spins on hundreds of radio stations, and favorable-international reviews, comes a new record: “the unknown album” which will be released 8/24/2018 on 4 continents.

the unknown album, featuring a friend like you and offer it up, introduces new emotive works with an abundance of reverie and keen songcraft.


Reviews & Accolades:

“Cinematic.” – The Revue

"a pop gem." – The Chicago Tribune

"well-crafted pop" –The Chicago Reader

"interesting and thoughtful with a gracious perspective on life."  – Huffington Post

"Highly Recommended." – Powerpopaholic

"Memorable vocal melodies and universally relatable storytelling." – New Noise Magazine

"Beautiful…Peterson attempts to bring the cinematic nature of the song to life." – Surviving the Golden Age

"perhaps the purest definition of “indie record” imaginable…to create a compelling world all the singer-songwriter’s own." – Pop Matters

"a marvel" – Austin Town Hall

"Peterson’s sound really grabs you with a lusciously produced mixture of banjo plucking and electronic whirring, all coming together to form a truly wonderful pop song." – Magnet Magazine

"Peterson sings it with unvarnished passion"  –  Skope Magazine

"An esoteric and curious amalgam of indie-rock and mid century pop." – Vents Magazine 


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Shannon LaBrie and Alicia Michilli - 8PM | $20
Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

Shannon LaBrie and Alicia Michilli - 8PM | $20


$15 Advance  |  $20 Doors

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

NOTE: Online ticket sales END at 7pm on August 17th


Music by Nashville chanteuse Shannon LaBrie defies genre and brings to life insightful stories of a woman who remains true to herself in a life where uncertainty is certain. The Lincoln, NE native instantly became a favorite among music fans and critics alike with her powerful 2016 album War & Peace. With lead singles, "Alcohol," and "It's Political" the independent release reached inside the Top Ten on iTunes, Spotify's US viral chart and Triple A Radio charts.

Tracked live at Nashville’s House of Blues Studio, War & Peace is an emotionally-charged collection of deep Americana soul that gives voice to the love and loss LaBrie experienced throughout her life. 

LaBrie, has opened for ZZ Ward, Valerie June, Billy Bob Thornton, Rayland Baxter and Shakey Graves. Add to her resume over 6 million streams and her first album cut, on Robert Randolphs newest album "Got Soul." The album just received a Grammy nomination for "Best Contemporary Blues Album."


Alicia Michilli is a 26 year old R&B /Soul artist from Detroit, MI. Most widely recognized for an impressive run on the popular national television show, AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, this Nashville transplant was raised on the Detroit Motown sounds. Those influences are undisguised in her music. Her soulful and powerful vocals have gained the attention and support of many fellow writers and performers. Recently, she had the privilege of opening for Andra Day. She also fulfilled a long time dream of performing alongside her hero, Keb’Mo, for his monthly Blues Jam at the Fontanel in Nashville. Alicia was then asked to perform at Nick Cannon Rocks Times Square in support of, St Mary's Children's Hospital, where she sang alongside Grammy award winning rapper Nelly. Alicia recently released a new single entitled, "Crazy." It can be found on ITunes and Spotify along with her self titled EP. She is currently working on a full length record to release next year. 


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GROUND UP SHOWCASE: The Kicks, Jordan Avery, Mirth and Mire - 8PM | $7
Aug
16
8:00 PM20:00

GROUND UP SHOWCASE: The Kicks, Jordan Avery, Mirth and Mire - 8PM | $7

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 August Ground Up Showcase will feature The Kicks, Jordan Avery, and Mirth and Mire



The Kicks are a country-rock duo from Chicago – with Mike Wasielewski on the guitar and Natalie Lord on vocals, they play their own original music and rocking covers that you can stomp your boots to no matter what. Established in early 2016, The Kicks have played all around areas in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. When they are not performing, you can find them writing and recording new originals, with sounds influenced by Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne, and Lucie Silvas. The Kicks always keep it country with a rock & roll flare and strive to have the audience dancing and singing along.


Jordan Avery is a 16-year-old singer/songwriter from just outside Chicago, IL. Her unique writing style and voice assist in crafting relatable, intriguing songs. At just 16, Jordan already has impressive live experience playing a number of coffeehouses, fundraisers, and conferences. She highly praises R&B artist Allen Stone as her primary lyrical inspiration, and the day-to-day experiences of those her age are commonly referenced and highly evident in her writing. Her debut single, "18," touches on fragile relationships and themes of moving on and acceptance.


Mirth and Mire is a project created by local North Side Chicagoan Anna Ingerson. Raised in a musical family, Anna began playing piano and a variety of guitar-like instruments early in life, and took up songwriting in her teens. It's been a wild ride ever since, full of late-night song sessions and ukuleles, as she's explored all the different ways a song can come to be. Many of her compositions are introspective, focusing on such things as feeling guilty after an argument or living with depression, but she also likes to dream up simple, lighthearted love songs. Anna has only recently begun attending Uncommon Ground open mics, and through them she's been introduced to a close-knit community of singers and songwriters that she's excited to be a part of. She is very enthusiastic about performing in this month's Ground Up showcase. 


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The Wandering Boys, $11 Supper, Reverend Justin Hylton - 8PM | $10
Aug
15
8:00 PM20:00

The Wandering Boys, $11 Supper, Reverend Justin Hylton - 8PM | $10



Since joining forces in 2014, The Wandering Boys have refined a unique craft of rapid picking, clever arrangements and crisp four-part harmony. They've made a name for themselves with a weekly Thursday residency at Cole's Bar in Logan Square and frequent appearances at storied Chicago venues, The Hideout and Schuba's Tavern. Paying homage to the hard-driving traditional bluegrass they love, these boys light a fire in casual listeners and die hard bluegrass aficionados alike.


$11 Supper is Michelle Billingsley, Amanda Healan, and Samantha K. Mills. The multi-instrument trio has been bringing their high energy, three-part harmony to Chicago since 2017. Their fresh sound appeals to the folk tradition while their Americana country roots bloom in a big city backdrop. The group’s innate playfulness, melodic style, and untamed spirit are reflected in each member. 

Together, $11 Supper draws inspiration from a shared love of the simple and true. And of course, satisfying suppers from honest ingredients. “$11 Supper has a country music attitude towards life. Some of it’s ‘I’m going to heaven,’ but most of it is ‘I’m going to get you motherf$%er.’”


Hailing from Atlanta, Reverend Justin Hylton has toured the nation with his songs of relatable tales of life experiences. Heartbreak, addiction, traveling are the substance of his melodic musical, lyrical and vocal writings.

From the stage to the crowd, a real performance is heard. Real words, sung by a real man, with real meaning make for an authentic time shared by both The Reverend and the crowd.

Justin is now out touring in his van, hitting as many towns as he can and meeting as many folks as he can.  Come out and listen to the stories, new and old as he makes a stop in your town.


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THE SWEET LILLIES - 8PM | $15
Aug
14
8:00 PM20:00

THE SWEET LILLIES - 8PM | $15



The Sweet Lillies’ high-energy, melodic tunes have quickly captured the hearts of fans in Colorado and beyond. The band, formed in November of 2013, credits its appeal to the original and compelling songwriting of three women who share an unwavering commitment to life on the road. The magnetic combination of Julie Gussaroff on the upright bass, Becca Bisque on the viola, and Melly Frances on percussion and lead vocals – together with powerful three-part female harmony and a cast of exciting instrumentalists – gives this band a rare and alluring sound. As testament to their appeal, The Sweet Lillies have already shared the stage with the likes of Peter Rowan, Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident, and Andy Hall of The Infamous String Dusters, Jeff Austin, and Bridget Law (founding member of Elephant Revival). Based out of Colorado’s Front Range, The Sweet Lillies are continually expanding their audience and reach with a contagious love of music and a get-up-and-dance attitude that spreads lots of love and smiles.


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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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KASEY ANDERSON w/ Zion Rodman - 7PM | $10
Aug
12
7:00 PM19:00

KASEY ANDERSON w/ Zion Rodman - 7PM | $10



I met Kasey Anderson in 2007, shortly after the release of his second full-length LP, The Reckoning. Within a few months of our first meeting we’d become close friends - close enough that when he ran off the rails it took months before I could listen to his voice. But once I did I remembered that in spite of Kasey’s well-publicized crime, and subsequent Bipolar I diagnosis and trips to rehab and prison, there was never anything bogus about Kasey’s music. The songs he had written - the songs that made fans and friends of the likes of Jason Isbell, Steve Earle, Counting Crows, and others - were honest and true, and still sounded as great as they ever had. When Kasey got out of prison and told me he was done with writing and performing I encouraged him to think again. After a few months of coaxing, he agreed to at least give it a try.  I helped him get a show at Portland’s Skyline Tavern and offered a little assistance on keyboards. His songs rang true that night and as we played a handful of other shows over the next year or so, I watched Kasey slowly, carefully, find his feet again.

"In March of 2016, Adam Duritz asked Kasey to contribute something to Fierce, a benefit compilation for a friend undergoing treatment for Stage 4 cancer, so Kasey reached out to longtime cohort and producer-engineer-guitarist Jordan Richter, many-handed musician Ben Landsverk and Jesse Moffat and asked if they’d be interested in donating a track. They convened at Richter’s newly constructed Room 13 Recording and cut a sizzling cover of  Tender Mercies’ “Wiseblood” for the benefit. That session spawned a series of informal jams in the fall of 2016, with the four adopting the moniker Hawks and Doves and Richter rolling tape for posterity’s sake in case anyone happened upon an idea they wanted to chase around later. Soon Kasey started scratching out new songs of his own, building from scraps he’d compiled during his prison stint. The straight ahead rocker “Chasing the Sky” came first, followed by “Lithium Blues” and the wickedly insightful “Get Low.” When Kasey started passing around Richter’s recordings of the early Hawks and Doves rehearsals, he asked me and a few old friends - Eric Ambel, Chip Robinson and BJ Barham (American Aquarium) among them - “is there a record here?”

The answer was, yes. Hell yes.

Kasey remained hesitant but on the rare day when Richter’s studio wasn’t in use and everyone was free of other obligations, Hawks and Doves would convene at Room 13, and they’d spend a few hours laying down a basic track or adding layers to something they’d already started. The songs began to crystallize, and Kasey’s life was on the upswing, too. Already into his fifth year of sobriety, he began training to become a certified professional counselor for fellow sufferers of addiction and mental illness, and as the off-hours Hawks and Doves sessions picked up speed, Kasey and his girlfriend Caitlin got engaged.

And yet the road back is never smooth or straight: in the middle of one damp night in summer of 2017 Kasey suffered a grand mal seizure, a nearly fatal side effect of the lithium he’d been taking to control his bipolar disorder. The episode was scary, but corrected with smaller daily doses. The weeks Kasey spent recovering from the seizure yielded a new crop of songs including the swaggering, anthemic call-to-arms, “The Dangerous Ones,” the chiming tribute to Laura Jane Grace, “Bulletproof Hearts (For Laura Jane),” and the album’s keystone track, the unflinchingly confessional “From A White Hotel.”

As the tunes took shape more old friends started coming in to help. Former Honkies and Presidents of the United States of America lead guitarist Andrew McKeag sang and played on a couple of tunes. Letters to Cleo’s Kay Hanley added her dynamic voice to “The Dangerous Ones.” Kurt Bloch, late of the Fastbacks and Young Fresh Fellows, and now of the Pacific Northwest supergroup Filthy Friends, brought his guitar in for “Get Low” which also features Tom Waits’ renowned saxophonist Ralph Carney, performing on what would be one of the last songs he recorded before his untimely death at the end of 2017. Producer/singer-songwriter-guitarist extraordinaire Eric Ambel added his guitar to “Chasing the Sky,” while Blind Pilot’s Dave Jorgensen added trumpet and pump organ to “Every Once in a While” and “A Lover’s Waltz,” respectively, and Mercy Graves’ Marisa La Fata Mazur made her voice the finishing touch for “Every Once In a While.” Still, the thread that runs through the album is the sound of Hawks and Doves: Kasey’s searing vocals, Jordan Richter’s intricately textured guitar work, the beautiful layers of organ, piano, viola and harmony vocals Ben Landsverk laid over the foundation built by Landsverk’s own bass playing and Jesse Moffat’s drums. Hawks and Doves delivers on the promise Kasey Anderson had hinted at in the past, but had never been able to stay out of his own way long enough to realize.

From a White Hotel is an album years in the making — some would say 38 years in the making — and so it makes sense that the new Kasey Anderson album, due July 27 on Jullian Records (just six days after Kasey and Caitlin will hold their wedding ceremony), won’t bear Kasey’s name on the cover. It’s not the next anything. It’s the first Hawks and Doves record; the work of a revived man with a restored creative vision, surrounded by the people who helped revive and restore him.

“I ain’t no Steve Earle,” Kasey sings in “Clothes Off My Back,” as the album’s penultimate track soars to a close, “but I feel alright.” From a White Hotel is an album shot through with honesty and wit, but those lines ring out clearly as an admission: the road ahead is long and challenging, and Kasey’s journey towards reconciliation and redemption nowhere near its end. The good news for the rest of us travelers is that we’ve got Kasey Anderson back among us.

- Peter Ames Carlin


Buttery bass-driven bumpers topped by a smoothly crooning voice, Zion‘s songs go down like sweet barrel-aged bourbon.” Zion Rodman established himself as a soulful folk-rock musician in Boston. While he lived in New England, he performed at historic folk venues like Club Passim and Caffe Lena, and shared the stage with Ellis Paul and Jeffrey Gaines. Zion is currently based in Chicago, where he released his new EP Did Not Wake up Today and quickly became an integral part of the folk/rock music scene and came out in 1st place at the Uncommon Ground 2018 Open Mic Competition.


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CoLab Showcase: Stephen Francis (of Model Stranger), Neon Creek, VINO - 8PM | $10
Aug
11
8:00 PM20:00

CoLab Showcase: Stephen Francis (of Model Stranger), Neon Creek, VINO - 8PM | $10

Stephen Francis (of Model Stranger)

Neon Creek

VINO



Dubbed "rock n’ roll classicists" and "an eclectic synthesis of psychedelic grunge and classic rock" by Chicago press Model Stranger’s sound and unique look has pleased rock and roll purists, indie rock fans, and casual listeners all the same. Their variety of sonic influences covers ground of which fans have described as ranging from Tom Petty and David Bowie to Pearl Jam and Muse.

The band will be touring through the Winter of 2015 in support of their latest release Imitation Act, now streaming and available for purchase at www.modelstranger.com

After the band’s debut 2010 release “Dreams & Bones” charted on CMJ stations the band hit the road playing over 150 shows in their first 18 months together. Amidst regional touring Model Stranger spent the following two years in and out of the studio working on songs and additional material for their follow up.

Taking less of a live approach into the studio yielded exciting results as the band made a point to explore a more “Model” side of their musical sensibilities on their 2013 release, The Changing Score. While traces of the energy and excitement captured on their debut release remain, The Changing Score takes travel down additional avenues from the genres of Classic Rock and Grunge. An EP showcasing the “Stranger” was just released in February of 2015

Model Stranger - made up of Stephen Francis (vocals/guitar), Kevin James (Bass) and Vincent Joseph (Drums) is the epitome of a DIY band. This rock trio has worked the Midwest scene very diligently with an impressive list of successful regional tours. In addition to sharing the stage with popular national acts such as Candlebox, Our Lady Peace, Local H, Neon Trees and Ours, Model Stranger has performed at famous Chicago clubs and festivals such as; The Metro, Congress Theater, Double Door, and Cubby Bear. Model Stranger also co-headlined the 2009 I AM FEST, and performed at the 2009, 2010 Taste of Chicago festival, and Taste of Lincoln Festival 2010, 2011, 2014.


1.)Who is Neon Creek

I am a songwriter/solo artist based in Chicago. I tried using my actual name once and I hated it!  

2.)Where does the name Neon Creek come from? 

A branch of a river flowed through out town called Kress Creek that was contaminated by Radioactive waste from a factory that closed down in the early 70's. Later it was discovered that the company that owned the factory buried that waste all over town. There was old urban legend was that if you flew over Chicago, our suburb was the only one with a greenish glow from all the radiation. Obviously someone made that up but that is where I get Neon Creek. 

3.) We're you affected by it?

 I don't think I was but I remember a lot of things. I remember Geiger meters around schools and parks. I remember a landfill that was fenced off that the residents called "Mt.Thorium" because it was filled with radioactive material. I remember in highschool crews in hazmat suits beginning the clean up process of the old factory site in the 90's. I remember the trains hauling the waste away, it literally took them 30 years. The last shipment was hauled away in 2015. Most Of all I remember a group of local citizens banding together to fight at the local, state, and federal levels to get it all cleaned up and I write about that in the record. Most of the citizens today either dont know about it or are over the whole thing, I approach it as a historical piece. In the song "Junction" I sing "the last train to leave town, I'm asking you to open your heart and save our sacred land" I'm referencing the fact that they are hauling this junk from one place on our planet to another place on our planet. It may be in the middle of Utah somewhere but it's still someone else's problem. It's still another generations problem. I think there's a lot of that even today in other environmental clean up sites. West Chicago's story is repeated all over the country and so a couple of the songs are a little bit protest songs in nature, calling on protecting our environment. 

4.) let's talk about that...is the radiation scare the only thing your album is about?

Not at all. I also wrote about how awesome it was growing up here. It's founding as a booming railroad town and how the early railroads brought a ton of immigrants here in the 1800's. My parents themselves are immigrants from Mexico and there is a flourishing Hispanic population here. I sing about all that. I live in Chicago now but I still visit the home I grew up in every weekend and I have so many wonderful memories growing up here that I had to write this record about it.

5.) where did you record the album and with whom? 

There was only one guy that I knew could do this record and that was Jamie Candiloro whos the LA based veteran record producer that did the Vintage Blue (my former band) but hes worked on records with REM, Ryan Adams, Ed Kowalczyk of LIVE, Red Wanting Blue, just to name a few, he has a knack for caputruring that certain sound, and he gives all is clients, large and small 110%. Our collaboration was so smooth, it shows on the first record!


VINO: Acoustic originals, that can tug at the heart-strings~Songs with a soul~Blood harmonies, guitars, banjo, & harmonica~Cousins, Chris & Mike Vinopal~Chicago

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 3 EP's can be found streaming on SoundCloud while the duo continues to record original songs for an upcoming release. In the meantime, listen at:
soundcloud.com/mikevinopal


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ANDROID MANDELA w/ Pete Willson - 8PM | $10
Aug
9
8:00 PM20:00

ANDROID MANDELA w/ Pete Willson - 8PM | $10



Android Mandela blends bluegrass, jazz, avant-garde, classical, & hip-hop into a musical jambalaya the likes of which has never been seen or heard before. This eclectic group is reminiscent of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Punch Brothers, and Andrew Bird, while still being inspired by other music like Sting, Steely Dan, J Dilla, Charles Mingus and D’angelo.With their combination of jazz harmonies, mixed meters, and a touch of the avant-garde, Android Mandela created a unique blend of what they call “pro-grass” (progressive bluegrass)/ math-grass/ avant-grass.


Local musician and visual artist, Pete Willson, in Chicago rock band 'Pete Willson & The Rooks', has always returned to the acoustic guitar. He is inspired by acoustic singer songwriters like Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and others. 


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THE HARMALEIGHS w/ Lindsay White - 8PM | $15
Aug
8
8:00 PM20:00

THE HARMALEIGHS w/ Lindsay White - 8PM | $15



The Harmaleighs are a folk duo that calls Nashville, Tennessee home. They found a mutual love for folk/americana and started creating music together in early 2013. Their memorable melodies and attention grabbing lyrics will keep you wanting more if their awkward (and hilarious) stage banter doesn't.


You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll call your therapist. Lindsay White is an award-winning songwriter based in San Diego, CA. With influences ranging from Dylan to Difranco, her songwriting has earned recognition from Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Guitar World, and American Songwriter Magazine. Her latest solo album Lights Out debuted #2 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter Charts and was selected as Global Texan Chronicles Album of the Year. AfterEllen.com also featured White as one of "15 Lesbian, Bi, and Queer Artists You Need to Know." Lindsay tours throughout the country and has opened for notable acts such as David Crosby, The Lone Bellow, Birds of Chicago and more.


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JAMIE KENT - 8PM | $20
Aug
7
8:00 PM20:00

JAMIE KENT - 8PM | $20


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Named by RollingStone.com as an "Artist You Need To Know" and dubbed a "Must Watch Artist" by The Huffington Post, one might say the future of Jamie Kent looks quite promising. Drawing on influences from modern country rock artists like Jason Isbell and Will Hoge, as well as paying tribute to classic greats like Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, Kent’s perfectly mellifluous tunes are roll-the-windows-down, soak-up-some-sun kind of good.

Kent has no fear of hard work, playing over 150+ shows a year including tours with Huey Lewis & The News, The Doobie Bros, America, Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark, and Marc Broussard. Kent is supported by The Collective, an amazing grassroots group of fans who help advise and fund his career in exchange for access to exclusive music, merchandise, and vote in the major decisions he makes. He's officially endorsed by Durango Boots, BOSE and Telefunken Microphones, and his latest album "All American Mutt,"  debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. Kent was the only independent artist to break into the Top 20. 



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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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HALEY KATRIN w/ The Secret Lives and Adela's - 7PM | $10
Aug
5
7:00 PM19:00

HALEY KATRIN w/ The Secret Lives and Adela's - 7PM | $10



Haley Katrin is an outspoken, feminist blues-rock artist based out of Boston. Her songwriting is raw and unfiltered and she tackles difficult subjects such as alcohol and drug abuse, gender identity, and female sexuality with tenderness and grace. With the charisma to get a crowd up and dancing and a gift for audience interaction Katrin demonstrates the fervor of feminist icon Ani DiFranco and the intimacy of roots artists Patty Griffin and Bonnie Raitt.


The Secret Lives is an up and coming Folk//Rock//Rhythm//Blues//R&B Duo out of the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Comprised of Singer songwriter Andrew Victory and Rachel Darling, the duo operates in a wide spectrum of original music to covers with their own twist.From busking to smooth soulful breakdowns, their onstage energy is hypnotic.


Adela's is a folk group that draws from 60s acoustic. classical, and pop influences. Led by front woman Adela Skowronski, the group's constant theme of cello in a shifting instrument dynamic is sure gives unexpected twists and turns in familiar soundscapes. Whether its a duo, trio, quartet or solo, Adela's is sure to engage their audience and draw them into the stories that are weaved.


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An Intimate Night To Help Prevent Gun Violence - 8PM | $15
Aug
3
8:00 PM20:00

An Intimate Night To Help Prevent Gun Violence - 8PM | $15

An Intimate Night To Help Prevent Gun Violence

Anjali Ray, The Hoodie Life, and Luke Schmitt performing original tunes to fundraise for Strides for Peace, a local Chicago charity fighting gun violence. All proceeds go to charity! 



Anjali Ray was born in Illinois and raised in New Delhi, India, until the age of 10 when she moved to the US with her family. In the years since, she’s been a glowing example of this country’s rich multi-cultural brew, retaining a strong connection to her homeland through her practice in Hindustani classical singing. But she’s also been a student of western classical music on the piano, and a burgeoning jazz musician. Her main artistic focus these days, working both in Chicago and Los Angeles, embraces a polished pop sound deeply informed by these building blocks. Her album “Indigo” has achieved enthusiastic praise including consideration for a Grammy nomination for its sophisticated hybrid of seductive melody influenced by the likes of Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos, chilled grooves, and soulful singing, all caressed with instrumental flourishes borrowed from India.  Anjali’s latest project is an EP titled Giant, a pop collection which celebrates feminism and activism in America today. The album is dedicated to those just now finding their voices and taking to the streets to march for their rights.


The Hoodie Life is a band from Chicago, IL.


Luke Schmitt will never stop making music. He will be jingling car keys and mumbling lyrics to himself long after he loses control of all other bodily functions. After fronting the Chicago prog rock band Buddy Nuisance, singing and playing rhodes, he joined AM Taxi on organ, background vocals, and a mean tambourine. The meanest. Luke has also toured with Deals Gone Bad, done sessions for various Chicago artists, and currently fronts his own band, Luke Schmitt And The Cold, Cold Ones. #rockandrollmusicforeveryone


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THE DEAD SHAKERS (solo) w/ Savanna (of Elk Walking) and Oku - 8PM | $8
Aug
2
8:00 PM20:00

THE DEAD SHAKERS (solo) w/ Savanna (of Elk Walking) and Oku - 8PM | $8



The Dead Shakers are a psych rock band from Vermont led by Kevin Bloom. Their debut album, All Circles Vanish, will be released on July 27. 

“All Circles Vanish took me three years to write, and six studios in two states to record. It’s me on tape. It’s the people I’ve been lucky enough to cross paths with. It’s a ghost story and my childhood.”

Kevin Bloom will be performing All Circles Vanish solo on The Dead Shakers 2018 summer tour. 


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


Oku is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Alex Katsaropoulos originating from the poetic journal of Matsu Basho and other eastern concepts in the lyrics and imagery. It combines minimalist Americana writing with much more experimental ideas such as layers of harmonies, colorful samples, and dynamic use of drums.

In 2016, Alex began playing some smaller shows as Oku around Chicago but realized there was more work to be done. He then linked up with Chicago producer Jonathan Alvin, who's worked with bands such as The Hush Sound and Dr. Manhattan, and spent the next year writing and recording Oku’s first full-length album. With the album’s release quickly approaching, Alex is back out playing shows in the Chicago area ready to promote what has become an absolutely brilliant debut record. 


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STEVE SILVER w/ Rebecca Jasso and Doug Lambert - 8PM | $10
Aug
1
8:00 PM20:00

STEVE SILVER w/ Rebecca Jasso and Doug Lambert - 8PM | $10



An acclaimed advertising copywriter, Steve Silver found additional creative release in the tenor sax, which he played for two decades. But on the heels of a divorce, he realized it was easier to tell stories without a mouthpiece in his face and he has been a prolific singer/songwriter ever since. His first album was released in 2013. He is currently working on his fourth. He has played stages all across the country, but he lives in Evanston, IL.


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.


Doug Lambert is the lead vocalist/guitarist of the Doug Lambert Band.


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THE NOUVEAUX HONKIES w/ Joe Asselin and Mary Jo Curry - 8PM | $12
Jul
31
8:00 PM20:00

THE NOUVEAUX HONKIES w/ Joe Asselin and Mary Jo Curry - 8PM | $12



In mid-2014, Rebecca Dawkins and Tim O’Donnell of The Nouveaux Honkies hoisted anchor and set sail in their rebuilt RV. The journey started in South Florida and took them as far west as the Rockies, as far north as the Great Lakes, as far east as Cape Cod, and returned south for the winter. It’s been somewhere around 150 thousand miles, 600 shows, and at least one million smiles that have influenced The Nouveaux Honkies and their latest recording, Loud in Here, which was released on March 2, 2018.

Loud In Here is their third full-length release and their second album recorded at The Zone in the Hill Country of Dripping Springs, Texas. It’s a culmination of the bonds they have made across the country with the community and the land. This album features special guests: Bill Kirchen, Ephraim Owens, Nate Rowe, Chris Gage, Lloyd Maines, Pat Manske and Tim Buppert.

The record spans a full emotional gauntlet, and Rebecca Dawkins’ fiddling has expanded into a fantastic singing presence. From humor and quirky duets like “Will and Faith,“ “Big Heart, Hard Head,” and their version of “The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly,” they tell the story that their love for each other is true and sincere. The innovative ballads like “The Glades,” “Loud In Here,” and “Heart Can’t Live Here” are tough and tender moments of reflection. From the cover of the timeless classic, “Wichita Lineman,” to pumping rockers like “Today Won’t Be Easy” and “Playing Cards With Myself,” this new record is a musical rollercoaster.


Joe Asselin is a musician based out of Champaign, IL. He is a multi instrumentalist that performs all spectrums of music, which allows him to experiment with different aspects of styles as well as add his own flavor of music in each endeavor. He performs as a solo acoustic artist, fronts his band Joe Asselin and The Moonlight Ramblers, and is a hired instrumentalist for country artist John David Daily, blues artist Mary Jo Curry, Kilborn Alley Blues Band, and Americana act The Barnyard Revival.

Throughout the past 20 years, Joe has performed throughout the country and has had international success with his previous bands Kilborn Alley Blues Band 2000-2009 as their harmonica player and The Sugar Prophets 2010-2015 as their lead and rhythm guitarist. Asselin still performs with the Kilborn Alley boys when they are in need of his services, which now include slide guitar, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, and harmonica. 

As a solo acoustic artist, Joe has released one acoustic album called Blue Genes, which reached #21 on the iTunes chart the day of its release in April 2016. He is currently concentrating on writing originals influenced by classic country blues.


You don't find the blues; the blues finds you. This statement couldn't be more signified in the life of Mary Jo Curry. Curry, a professional musical theater performer by trade, discovered the blues in full in 2011 when she was asked to lead a local blues band in Springfield, Illinois. Since then, the blues have carried her to stages all over the Midwest, allowing her to work with many well-known artists. One such artist, award-winning guitarist James Armstrong, produced her eponymous first release that hit #1 on the Classic Blues chart for Roots Music Report for 3 weeks in 2016. The album also spawned 3 Top 10 singles on the Classic Blues Singles chart, getting airplay on every major blues outlet around the globe. Curry hopes to continue the momentum in 2017 with several featured spots at blues festivals coast to coast and the release of her sophomore follow-up in 2018.  


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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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THE DARLING SUNS w/ The Long Lost and Neon Creek - 7PM | $10
Jul
29
7:00 PM19:00

THE DARLING SUNS w/ The Long Lost and Neon Creek - 7PM | $10



A 5-piece indie/folk rock band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Built around the songwriting of lead singer Robert Krause; John Stenger, Sam Rorie, Lindsey Ward, and Nate Olsen formed The Darling Suns.


The Long Lost, a female-fronted Americana group from the Chicago area, puts their unique vocal style and storytelling front and center. Understanding the power of harmony, Katie Burke and Andi Avalos effortlessly blend their voices as a narrative device, allowing the listener to think beyond melody and truly experience the story they are telling. Inspired by the indie folk sounds of bands such as First Aid Kit and The Head and the Heart, The Long Lost’s music evokes the rootsy feeling of growing up in the Midwest.


Neon Creek is a singer/songwriter based in Chicago.


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"Happy Baby COMEDY SHOWCASE - 8PM | $15
Jul
28
8:00 PM20:00

"Happy Baby COMEDY SHOWCASE - 8PM | $15

“HAPPY BABY” Comedy Showcase

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

FEATURING: Michael Robinson, Chelsea Hood, Lindsay Lucido, John Norman, Reese Leonard, and Nate Burrows



Michael Njuguna Robinson is a Chicago based stand up comedian, writer, actor and just a real nice guy. He is a member of the Chicago comedy troupe, The Martin Luther Kings of Comedy. They produce the shows like the Red Eye Chicago Recommended “Black Friday” and “The Gumbo”. Michael also performs all around the city at bars and comedy clubs such as The Laugh Factory, Comedy Bar, & Zanies


Chelsea Hood is a stand up comedian living in Chicago, IL by way of the comedy scenes in both Dallas, TX and Brooklyn, NY. You may have seen her on The CW Network's Eye Opener, or CW33's Nightcap. She was also featured on Stand Up Records' "Texas Mess" album recorded at SXSW. If you'd like to see her perform live, her shows are listed on this here website. 

She stumbled into the performing arts at an extremely young age, singing in children's choirs, and working in high school productions. She went on to get a her BA in Acting from Illinois State University with a concentration in vocal performance. She's studied improv at both Second City in Chicago, and Four Day Weekend in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Chelsea's style of humor is observational, feminist, and pleasantly self-deprecating. Some of the comics she has been delighted to open for include; Jay Mohr, Donnell Rawlings, Maria Bamford, Ralphie May, Richard Lewis, Pauly Shore, JB Smoove, Paul Rodriguez, Tom Green, Michael Winslow, Bobby Lee, and many more. 

She was most frequently featured as a Comic to Watch at RIOT LA. Some of the well known clubs and venues she's had the privilege of performing at include The Comedy Store, Caroline's on Broadway, The House of Blues Dallas, The Addison, Houston, and Arlington Improv, Upright Citizen's Brigade NY, the Lincoln Lodge (Chicago), a long list of prestigious bar basements across this country, and on the bed of a tractor trailer in a field in Texas in the middle of an ATV park. 


Lindsay Lucido is a stand-up comedian currently based out of Chicago, Illinois. She has travelled all across the country (to Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio) to perform stand-up to unsuspecting drunkards.
 
Lindsay’s unique stage presence makes her stand out amongst other comics. Her take on comedy is very personal, rarely taking the observational approach. She addresses her insecurities, as well as things she’s not insecure about, but very well should be. She manages to do so in a charmingly awkward way.
 
She has opened for Carmen Lynch and has performed at several comedy festivals throughout the country, including Cream City and Floodwater.


Reese Leonard dreamed of doing comedy is whole young life. He got slightly derailed during his high school years when he went to Rogers and had to learn to beat people up (Reese practiced MMA for a long time which means he's not only really funny but he also has a hot body) and be a little hood. He travels around the upper Midwest doing shows and is sincerely dedicated, passionate and good at what he does, which is: Comedy, MMA, correcting grammar and hand fishing (which he somehow manages to do while being a gigantic germaphobe). He is continuing to build his resume/credits, and will not be stopping any time soon. Look out for him, he's the going to be the Julia Roberts of comedy.


After failing in his lifelong dream of becoming the hype man for Wu-Tang, Nate Burrows began his career in standup comedy. His energetic onstage presence reflects his passion for the spotlight, and you can't help but get carried away in the fun. He currently performs all over the Midwest and is a regular at the Laugh Factory.


Aaron Putnam got his start in comedy while taking classes at UCB NY. He is also a graduate of David Mamet Atlantic Theatre Company’s two year program. He found out quickly that the only drama he likes is his own, so he quit doing plays and auditioning and dove fully into improv. This is where he learned his most important lesson to this day, and that is: to BOMB! NIGHT AFTER NIGHT! Being the real ass dude he is, he thought it was rude to take all those innocent improvisers with him, so he started doing open mic stand up all over NYC. That was 2011 — flash forward to today: Aaron Putnam is a Chicago-based comic and the founder of Stand Up in Recovery where comics put on shows at recovery centers across the country. He has opened for Doug Stanhope, Erik Griffin, Robert Kelly, and many more. At this point you might be saying “I wanna know about the DRAMA, the RECOVERY, etc.” The truth is on paper and it’s downright scary, but when told on stage, through a mic — hilarious.


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CHRIS SHIFLETT (of Foo Fighters) w/ Daniel Donato - 8PM | $10
Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

CHRIS SHIFLETT (of Foo Fighters) w/ Daniel Donato - 8PM | $10

 

CHRIS SHIFLETT

DANIEL DONATO

Foo Fighters' lead guitarist Chris Shiflett will perform a solo acoustic show in Uncommon Ground's intimate listening room on July 27th, just a few days before the entire band performs two nights at Wrigley Field! 

Daniel Donato will open up the night. This is a very special seated Dinner Show. Space is limited. Buy tickets in advance to secure your seat. This is not to be missed!



Chris Shiflett was the resident lead guitarist for the San Francisco Bay Area punk rock band No Use for a Name, when a friend announced that Guns N' Roses were auditioning for a guitarist, Shiflett asked his friend to instead get him an audition for the Foo Fighters, that after recording There Is Nothing Left to Lose as a trio held open auditions to hire another guitarist. Dave Grohl said part of his motivation to hire Shiflett was that he had a history in the underground punk scene, including opening for Grohl's former band Scream as bassist of the group Rat Pack. After being hired, Shiflett played on the tour for There Is Nothing Left to Lose, and all subsequent studio albums starting with One by One. Shiflett has noted several times that one of his favorite songs that he plays with the Foo Fighters is "All My Life" from their fourth studio album One by One.


Native to Nashville, Daniel Donato, at 22 years of age, has acquired a tenure of musicianship that spans 11 years of vast performing and recording experience. 

Cutting his teeth on Lower Broadway, by first busking on the streets for tips, he then very quickly landed one of the city’s most well known residencies with The Don Kelley Band. Daniel’s name quickly grew around the city and the nation’s guitar scene. He then, at the age of 18, released an internationally published and distributed book and DVD on his philosophy of guitar playing and musicianship with the nation’s best selling publisher of music instructional material, Hal Leonard. His stint with this group received exposure from Southern Living, Garden and Gun, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. Thousands of hours and thousands of shows in the Honky Tonks of Nashville led Daniel to the influences that make up the dichotomy of his musical sound today such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Merle Haggard.

“When I was 16, one of the first places I ever drove to by myself was to an east Nashville dive bar to see Sturgill Simpson play to 5 people.” 

Sturgill’s approach to experimentation of jam music with a basis of country sound is a new door into the genre that Daniel aims to have a strong foot in. The outlaw country energy combined with the free will following of the muse with jam based music is a developing scene with the nucleus being Nashville, Tennessee. 

Daniel’s first release of music, a 3 song EP titled Modern Machine, is inspired largely by this renaissance, the local color of Daniel’s musical and lifelong home. Written from November 2016 to December of 2017, this collection of music is a picture of time capturing Daniel’s first efforts as a singer and writer, alongside his experienced identity as a guitarist.

Daniel’s touring experience with his own solo endeavors and The Wild Feathers has brought him to 5+ countries and various late night television outlets with Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers. He has also achieved personal praise from musicians John Mayer, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) and Derek Trucks.



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Groundswell Educational Films Presents - The Doc Talk Show #17: LGBTQ POV - 7PM | FREE
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Groundswell Educational Films Presents - The Doc Talk Show #17: LGBTQ POV - 7PM | FREE

Groundswell Educational Films Presents - The Doc Talk Show #17: LGBTQ POV

  • Dorian Electra via Skype/2000 YEARS OF DRAG; CAREER BOY
  • Greg Stephen Reigh of VAM Studios/VARIOUS, SHEA COULEE
  • Connor O’Keefe/WE’RE HERE WE’RE QUEER
  • AJ Spitz & Josh Jones/IS THIS ENOUGH?
  • Sarah Oberholtzer/REIMAGINING TOMORROW

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 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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HOPE GRIFFIN DUO w/ Anna P and Matthew Kopecky - 8PM | $10
Jul
24
8:00 PM20:00

HOPE GRIFFIN DUO w/ Anna P and Matthew Kopecky - 8PM | $10



“In her capable hands, [the guitar] becomes an expression of longing, love, sorrow, joy and heartache, and when her duo partner, Jamie Leigh, adds in cello parts… the results are transcendent ones.”- Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times 

The Hope Griffin Duo invites you to be a part of their musical journey down roads both familiar and new. Alaska-born singer-songwriter Hope Griffin is on the road in 2018, promoting her latest full length album release "Where the Soil & the Stars Meet." She is joined by long-term bandmate and remarkably talented cellist Jamie Leigh Bennett to offer you a show that soulfully fuses acoustic guitar, cello, and angelic harmonies together to provide their own stirring Folk/Americana originals. Well known for her free spirited stage presence, velvety vocals, and heart wrenching ballads, this talented act is ready to share with you own, fresh contributions to the singer-songwriter conversation. This show is part of the duo's first East Central tour of the US.


Anna P is a singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL. With her honest lyrics, haunting melodies, and crystal-clear voice, she is a token “sad girl” of the local Chicago music scene. Playing music for over half her life, but only starting real public performances in 2017, she is determined to make up for lost time and make her voice heard in every corner of the city and beyond.


Matthew Kopecky is a singer-songwriter from the Chicago suburbs. In 2011 he put out his first record under the name 'Oblio And Arrow'. Since then, he's put together a group around the project and performs both with a full band and as a solo act. In 2017 Oblio And Arrow released their second album Steps, available for download and streaming wherever you listen to music!


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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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DUELING DUOS: Dan & Faith and Andina & Rich - 7PM | $10
Jul
22
7:00 PM19:00

DUELING DUOS: Dan & Faith and Andina & Rich - 7PM | $10



Dan and Faith are a New England-based husband and wife singer-songwriter duo who describe their music as dream-inspired folk. Daniel Senie (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Faith Senie (mandolin, bass guitar, dulcimer, ukulele, vocals) tap into dreams and everyday life in crafting their original songs. They also perform select covers. The duo has released three studio CDs and a live EP.


Recipe: mix Sandy Andina (Chicago's resident singing/guitar-and-dulcimer-slinging smart aleck) with Stephen Lee Rich (Madison, WI's friendly neighborhood yodeling cowboy), add harmony and humor, then shake and stir. Result: Andina & Rich!

Their new CD, “Two Guitars, A Dulcimer and an Attitude” shows a musical diversity that most duos just don’t have. From the delta style of “Porchlight Blues” to the contemporary feel of “Talkin’ To The Vines” to the wild comedy of “Caffeine” you get a show with something wonderful for every family member.


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KINDA COOKIN' - 7PM | $10
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

KINDA COOKIN' - 7PM | $10



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


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The CoLab Presents: Chai Tulani & The Bomba, Mike Vinopal, Bryan Scheinkopf - 8PM | $10
Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

The CoLab Presents: Chai Tulani & The Bomba, Mike Vinopal, Bryan Scheinkopf - 8PM | $10

Chai Tulani & The Bomba

Mike Vinopal

Bryan Scheinkopf



Chai Tulani was born in Nakuru, Kenya and raised in Chicago, IL. "That African from Chicago," bringing that hip hop, rap, and reggae with style and grace. Chai Tulani & The Bomba are riding high after recently opening for Wyclef Jean at Chicago's historic Metro. Check out Tulani's newest single, "Bounce," on SoundCloud!


Chicago native Mike Vinopal is a music machine as well as a solo artist, appearing in original music projects Local Motive (new-old-school rhythm & blues), Vino (acoustic roots), Mason's Case (aggressive indie-rock), MaMa JiMi (cinematic songwriting), and as a solo songwriter, performer, & public speaker.

Vinopal fronts the band Local Motive, who released their first full-length in August, the Grams LP, available on all streaming platforms. He pours everything he has into every performance & is a "must see" of the Chicago music scene. His generosity to crowds & fellow artists alike is unwavering. He is a man on a mission to create a global community of artists, truly believing that we are all a stronger when we band together.

In addition to live performance, Vinopal works for Hope For the Day as a professional advocate and educator to promote proactive suicide prevention through music and the arts.

Over the years, Vinopal has played with a lot of talented people at many historic venues including Chicago's House of Blues, The Metro, Cubby Bear, Martyrs', Navy Pier, and Lincoln Hall. He produces both video and musical collaborations with artists from all over the world and lends his production skills and knowledge of the music industry to Hope for the Day's BEATKEEPERS Project, teaching social and emotional literacy through guided collaborative composition using loops.


Bryan Scheinkopf has played the guitar since he was 10 years old. A blues guitarist at heart, Scheinkopf was raised on the music of the Beatles, and the Grateful Dead among a tasteful selection of others. As a performer, Bryan has earned his place in the local Chicago Jam music scene for his work with Zoofunkyou, Butter and Bullfights on Acid. For this unique acoustic performance, Bryan will be performing a selection of compelling originals and classic cover songs - and maybe doing some sonic exploration taboot.


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GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Mimi Holland, Detail Time, Jesse Lauren - 8PM | $7
Jul
19
8:00 PM20:00

GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Mimi Holland, Detail Time, Jesse Lauren - 8PM | $7

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 July Ground Up Showcase will feature Mimi Holland, Detail Time, and Jesse Lauren.



Mimi Holland sings and plays songs from the American Songbook. She particularly likes the sad ones. Aaron Mix builds, fixes, and plays guitars.


The Artist Known As Detail Time performs hip-hop, folk, and blues music in which he produces, writes, and records in his home studio in collaboration with artists, musicians, and supporters around the World. Detail Time is a self taught musician from Dayton, Ohio who, despite growing up in a predominantly hip-hop and R&B listing, African American Home, ended up idolizing Bob Dylan as his inspiration for creating Freedom Fighting music.


A year ago, after three months of almost monk-like silence, Jesse Lauren found her voice again. With that came the decision to leave her then-home of Madrid for Chicago, where she now resides and teaches Spanish. In her music you can hear notes of her upbringing in Ireland and Spain, with a touch of soul and an introspective bent.


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