Neil & Janet de los EEUU w/ MSB Trio+ - 8PM | $10
Oct
17
8:00 PM20:00

Neil & Janet de los EEUU w/ MSB Trio+ - 8PM | $10



Neil & Janet de los EEUU are an instrumental guitar & drum duo from Chicago, who perform classic tunes and folkloric dance rhythms from across Latin America, especially music of Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia. Their performance balances a dedication to style with taking these grooves as a launching point for improvisation, digging into African polyrhythms and minimalist trance music. All in the spirit of fun, and pan-American unity.


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GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Fern Ramoutar, Kenneth Lyonswright, Tori Leppert - 8pm | $8
Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Fern Ramoutar, Kenneth Lyonswright, Tori Leppert - 8pm | $8

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The 'Ground Up Showcase' is a monthly event, featuring the very best emerging local talent, hand picked from our weekly open mic competitions.  

This is a special seated Dinner Show. Space is limited, please reserve your table.

The $8 cover charge is built into your food and beverage bill.


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Fern is a singer-songwriter from Toronto. In her spare time, she is trying to become an economist.


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Singer-songwriter Kenneth Lyonswright draws on his strong background in jazz, classical, and folk music to craft a performance that has something for everyone to enjoy!   


Tori Leppert is a singer/songwriter from Kankakee, IL., who started playing piano around the age of 5 and picked up a love for singing and writing around 9 years old. Once in college, Tori started performing around venues in Champaign-Urbana, and now continues performing in the Chicago area at various open mics and shows. Some of her inspirations include Elton John, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and her dad. She is finishing her student teaching in Kankakee with a degree in Music Education, and plans to move to Chicago or California within the next year. 


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Taylor Rogers, Liv Lombardi, The Dirty Nines - 8PM | $10
Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

Taylor Rogers, Liv Lombardi, The Dirty Nines - 8PM | $10



Taylor Rogers is a singer/songwriter out of Chapel Hill, NC. She recorded her first album, 'crossing bridges' (2012) in Oberlin, OH as part of a folk duo with Caroline Mullis, Wide Branches. In September 2014 she released 'wax and wane' and moved to Chicago where she formed Taylor Rogers and the Plaid Shirts with violinist Sam Sharp (Oberlin), bassist John Nadel (IU), and rotating jazz percussionists. Taylor has performed all over the Midwest and in various festivals such as Oberlin FolkFest and BAMFest. She toured the East Coast in the summer of 2017. Her music is inspired by themes of "connection, of presence, and of embracing the dream-states so necessary to creation" (Beth-Lodge Rigal, WWFaC Greenbook Review). She is currently working on her newest project, a visual concept album, NOA, with Pictureluck Media. The album explores the transformative potential of human vulnerability, for both personal and collective bodies.Through new soundscapes of vocal layering and rhythmic guitar, coupled with stunning cinematography of landscapes and improvised movement performances, Taylor hopes to co-create artworlds which open us into ourselves, so that we then might open into each other.


Based out of the Chicago area, singer songwriter Liv Lombardi continues to build her dedicated fan-base with her soulful, androgynous and sultry vocals through her radically honest stylings. Her ever-growing body of work invites listeners to engage in an intimate, vulnerable and empowering story of life lived with an open heart. Liv has been favorably compared to the likes of Tracy Chapman, Chris Pureka, Melissa Etheridge, Ray LaMontagne and Patty Griffin. Liv has played at notable venues such as Pianos (NYC), The Bitter End (NYC), The Bowery Electric (NYC), The Saint (NJ) as well as appearing at SXSW. She has opened for national, independent touring artists such as Jonah Tolchin, The Sun Parade, God-Des & She, Samantha Crain and Pinegrove. The Freedom Girl tour will continue through 2018 across the US and select European cities with a fourth studio album to be released in late 2018.


The Dirty Nines are an Alt-Rock group based out of Chicago that utilizes vocal harmonies, driving rhythms, and emotive melodies to entertain the listener.


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Jeffrey Martin, J.E. Sunde, Anna Tivel - 8PM | $12
Oct
20
8:00 PM20:00

Jeffrey Martin, J.E. Sunde, Anna Tivel - 8PM | $12



Born in Texas in 1984, Jeffrey Martin quickly made his way to the Northwest where he discovered in nature and in people what would be the deep well for much of his songwriting.  His father was a lover of stories, especially in music, and Martin was raised with a careful ear cocked and listening to Neil Young, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, and Harry Chapin.  He was fortunate to live in Eugene, OR, for much of his adolescence, where in the late 90s and early 2000s there was a strong and steady flow of folk songwriters touring through.

Jeffrey Martin tours full time now. He is always making music, and he is always coming through your town. He misses teaching like you might miss a good old friend who you know you’ll meet again.  He has put out bunches of music since 2009, but he’s most proud of the more recent stuff.  He’s fortunate to be a part of the great and loving family that is Fluff and Gravy Records in Portland, OR. One Go Around, due out in October 2017, will be his 3rd full length album. At his luckiest, he’s shared shows with the likes of Sean Hayes, Gregory Alan Isakov, Jeffrey Foucault, Joe Pug,  Peter Mulvey, Amanda Shires, Tracy Grammer, David Wilcox, and others.


J.E. Sunde is the solo project of Jonathan Sunde. Before striking out on his own, Jon spent years making beautifully unusual music with The Daredevil Christopher Wright. In July, 2014 he released his first solo album, Shapes That Kiss The Lips Of God, with Cartouche Records out of Davenport, IA. On March, 3rd 2017 he released is his sophomore record Now I Feel Adored. Featuring vocals by Monica Martin of Phox, the album is described as “an exercise in careful subtraction....it takes some time to notice how little is going on with the richness of what is heard.”


Anna Tivel is a Portland, OR-based songwriter who grounds her work in quiet stories of everyday struggle. She’s a keen and detailed observer, and the characters in her songs come alive in small moments of beauty and despair.

With three full-length albums out on Portland’s well-loved Fluff & Gravy Records and a fourth due out this spring, Tivel spends her time writing and touring the US and overseas. Her most recent album, ‘Small Believer,’ was produced by guitar mastermind Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter, Anais Mitchell) and released in September of 2017. NPR praised the album, saying it “repeatedly achieves this exquisite balance of the quotidian and the sublime with imagery that's deeply poetic.” Her previous album, Heroes Waking Up was hailed by Folk Radio UK as "a superb and sublime album from a voice that deserves to be shouted from the highest rooftops.”


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KASEY ANDERSON w/ Zion Rodman - 7PM | $10
Oct
21
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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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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The Doc Talk Show: Women Drivers  - 6:30PM | FREE w/ registration
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

The Doc Talk Show: Women Drivers - 6:30PM | FREE w/ registration

The Doc Talk Show #19: Women Drivers features an array of non-fiction stories by and about powerful women.



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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JOEL WEIR, Summer Belt and Liesl Downey  - 7pm | $10
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

JOEL WEIR, Summer Belt and Liesl Downey - 7pm | $10

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$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL

CALL (773) 929-3680 TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION IN THE LISTENING ROOM


Musically, Joel David Weir ranges from minimalist/intimate acoustic to indie/shoegaze to protest folk. The song and story are the thing. Advocacy and consolation for those who are often silenced and forgotten is the goal. The music and show are for people who take the time to listen, who need to be heard, and who are willing to explore the mystery of the strength and salvation that comes from being with one another in community.


Liesl Downey has been writing songs in the Americana style for 15 years, with influences ranging from Lucinda Williams and Jason Isbell to Modest Mouse. Her music moves from observations of everyday struggles couched in upbeat folk melodies to quieter anthems on the passage of time and friendships. In Chicago she's played at the Hideout, Transistor, and Uncommon Ground. 


Summer Blet, a talented young musician, rocks with her guitar and sings with passion on her newly recorded debut album. Summer’s record Save The World is produced along with guitar virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Michael Kelsey. The record’s sound and lyrics are incredibly versatile flowing from grand rock and groovy love songs to contemplative ballads and sweet acoustic tracks. A precocious songwriter, Summer’s lyrics and insight are well beyond her years. Her songs tackle a wide variety of subjects from the excitement and innocence of fantasy and fairytales to the pain and power of love and friendship. Many diverse artists and genres influenced Save the World. Taylor Swift impacted the lyrical format and writing style, but the album takes on a rockier edge with an alternative effect inspired by U2 and guitar riffs sparked by Queen. Take a musical journey with Summer and listen to her debut album Save The World; you will be rockin’, crying’ or wantin’ to get up and dance! Save The World is available on CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes or listen on Spotify.


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AMERICAN OPERA w/ Phillip-Michael Scales - 7pm | $12
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

AMERICAN OPERA w/ Phillip-Michael Scales - 7pm | $12

$10 COVER CHARGE BUILT INTO DINNER BILL

American Opera has toured the U.S. and Canada playing shows with the likes of The Avett Brothers, Josh Ritter, Cursive, and Murder By Death as well as playing SXSW, Vans Warped Tour, Bled Fest, and more.


Phillip-Michael Scales is a gifted songwriter who happens to be the nephew of BB King. His sound fits snuggly between folk and soul; demonstrating his knack for thoughtful, catchy melodies. Whether singing about heartbreak, following dreams, or growing up; his perspective, coupled with his command of language is incredible. It's no surprise in 2013, he won an International Songwriting Award.

Along with his gift for writing critically acclaimed songs (Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, American Songwriter) comes his ability to captivate his audience in a live setting. Armed only with a guitar, Phillip-Michael uses his strong, soulful tenor, and quick wit to deliver both a musically and emotionally dynamic performance. "There's something so great about earning a crowds trust, leading them through an emotional journey and coming out the other side together."

Phillip-Michael has spent time all over. He was born in Metro-Detroit, moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, and settled in Chicago. He is no stranger to touring and has been on the road for the better part of five years opening for such acts as Guster, David Cook, Bethany Joy Lenz, Crystal Bowersox, Tyler Hilton, Jon McLaughlin, Cory Brannan and Kate Voegele. His music has taken him all the way to the Middle East, as well as festivals across the US and Canada.


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"The Times are Changing" Tour: Graeme James w/ Alex Preston - 8PM | $15
Nov
3
8:00 PM20:00

"The Times are Changing" Tour: Graeme James w/ Alex Preston - 8PM | $15


$15 COVER CHARGE BUILT INTO DINNER BILL


Award winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Graeme James is bringing captivating live show to North America for the very first time. Known for his high energy performance featuring a loop pedal and layers of electric violin, guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica, percussion and velveteen vocals; this is a one man show you won’t want to miss.

Hailing from New Zealand, Graeme James started his musical journey busking on the streets of his hometown Wellington. The response from the public was so positive that it kick started a summer road trip centred around street performance. A major breakthrough came later that summer in the tourist mecca of Queenstown, where he would play nightly, busking concerts to crowds of 200-300 people by the lakefront. This started to gather what would become a large, loyal and global fan base. That year, on the recommendation of a fellow street performer Graeme ended up releasing the first of two very successful cover albums.

Graeme had always written his own songs, but it wasn’t until 2015 that he began to release them. His original music met with immediate interest and his first single ‘Alive’ placed second in the singer songwriter/folk category of the international songwriting competition Unsigned Only. ‘Alive’ was the lead single from his debut album ‘News From Nowhere’, which took Graeme on a string of sold out shows around New Zealand and Australia.

Just a few months after releasing News From Nowhere on Spotify his music started to gain significant traction with international audiences- especially in the U.S. and Canada. This lead to him being discovered on Spotify by Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride and the resulting label signing has helped propel him onto the international stage, cementing him as a folk artist to watch.

Having accumulated over 15 million streams online, Graeme is excited to be releasing a new single and embarking on a 34 date tour of North America. ‘The Times Are Changing’ Tour allows fans new and old the opportunity to see his exciting one man show for the first time.


Graeme is excited to be joined by US singer-songwriter Alex Preston. Preston was sprung into the spotlight when he placed second on American Idol 2014 and has since worked with artists such as Jason Mraz, Of Monsters and Men, Zooey Deschanel and Randy Jackson.


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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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JESS NOLAN w/ Elisa Sun, Brendan Forrest - 7pm | $10
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

JESS NOLAN w/ Elisa Sun, Brendan Forrest - 7pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED INTO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Jess Nolan, a New Jersey native labeled as an old soul, has been compared to strong female songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Carole King. Her love of piano-driven music and poetic lyrics started in her childhood home and only blossomed further when she attended the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program in the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Jess has opened for and toured with some incredible artists such as Gabe Dixon, Jorma Kaukonen, Muddy Magnolias, Dynamo, and Jason Eskridge. A skilled keyboardist and powerful vocalist, Jess puts on a captivating live show with her band, full of energy and emotion. She currently resides in Nashville where she paints stories of triumph and heartbreak through her soulful songwriting. Jess was a finalist for Lightning 100 and BMI's 2016 Road To Roo competition and the grand prize winner for their 2016 Music City Big Break competition. She was also named Best Live R&B/Soul Performer at the 2017 Nashville Industry Music Association Awards.


Ellisa Sun cuts out her heart and leaves it all on stage - which is why she never wears white.

Raised in the City of Angels, Ellisa migrated north and found a home in San Francisco’s creative scene, where she wrangled a seven-piece band to play her music. Her sound is heartfelt, honest, and textured, combining elements of R&B, bossanova, and soul. Comparisons to artists such as Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Norah Jones come naturally.

Ellisa released her self-produced debut album Moon & Sun in 2017. In a short time, Ellisa has garnered much critical acclaim. SF Weekly called her song Unravel “as near to perfect as any song could be” and “damn gorgeous”, and Ellisa’s voice has been described as “pretty, but overshadowed by its strength...a Ronda Rousey of vocals” by The Bay Bridged.

Since releasing her album, Ellisa has played up and down the West Coast, from the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles to the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco to basement clubs in Portland. Ellisa and her guitar have also earned frequent flyer miles, performing overseas in Japan and throughout South America.

Now on her first national tour, Ellisa is again showing she has what it takes to make it on her own. Just a guitar, an RV, and an insatiable desire to perform.  


Brendan Forrest has performed at SPACE and is the co-curator of the monthly music series FORM that showcases emerging Chicago musicians.

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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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JOSH MURTHA W/ CAMERON FORMEAN & JOSH LAVA - 8pm | $10
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

JOSH MURTHA W/ CAMERON FORMEAN & JOSH LAVA - 8pm | $10

$10 COVER CHARGE IS BUILT INTO DINNER BILL


Josh Murtha writes simple, honest, lyric-forward songs full of heartache, humor, and hope.


Josh Lava is a musical chameleon who has amassed an impressive and eclectic body of work as a multi-instrumentalist, producer/engineer, composer, and songwriter across the genre spectrum. Whether he's composing for full orchestra, performing live with a jazz trio, or producing an electronic dance track, Josh is musically at home pretty much anywhere.


Singer/songwriter/guitarist Cameron Foreman synthesizes American Folk traditions with a soul-laden, genre-bending amalgamation of original, modern Americana music. His soulful voice and winding fingerstyle guitar provide the ideal vehicle for his gut-punching and, often, hopelessly optimistic words. After working as one of several songwriters within a band, Foreman found himself artistically under-fulfilled and over encumbered with songs in need of an outlet. In early 2016, Foreman and Co. set into motion sessions that would become his debut EP. On 2016’s debut EP, Killing Spree, Foreman and his cohorts employed a neo-traditional Country/ Folk sound and refined lyrical sensibility to soulfully conjure the raw-nerve pain of love, loss, and loneliness. A full length LP is in the works and will see light in early 2019


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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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THE EARLY SIXES w/ Michael J. Foxxy, The Distant Brothers - 8pm | $10
Nov
24
8:00 PM20:00

THE EARLY SIXES w/ Michael J. Foxxy, The Distant Brothers - 8pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS BUILT INTO FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


The Early Sixes are an American acoustic driven folk-pop ensemble forged in the heart of Chicago. The band was formed in 2012, naturally evolving from friendships into musical partnerships in basements, apartments and bars across Chicagoland. The Early Sixes take a collaborative and hands-on approach to songwriting and recording, with every member contributing to the creative process. Tracks typically stem from a traditional singer-songwriter foundation, blending folk and pop into an exploration of a story or idea expanded through the lens of the group and developed into a layered composition influenced by each member’s diverse musical style and sensibilities.

The Early Sixes are Matt Charoenrath (vocals, guitar), Sam Zuba (bass, vocals), Nate Meyer (cello), Dan Zuba (guitar), Ben Peterson (piano, guitar), Ben Zuba (percussion) and Brad Witmer (Drums). With a stripped-down but high-energy acoustic sound, the band will often perform live with different variations of the core lineup.


Having successfully paid their dues making the rounds of the Chicago open-mic circuit four years ago, the members of Distant Brothers are wrapping up the recording of their first full-length studio album in 2016.

Distant Brothers began performing as a duo between Dan Beirne (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukelele) and Ryan Burns (banjo, mandolin, guitar) at Logan Square’s Gallery Cabaret. A desire for percussion gave way to Tommy Grevlos (drums, djembe) joining the group, while they entertained a variety of monikers for the band including “The Distance Boys,” which was quickly abandoned.

Some months later, while seeking to break further into the Chicago music scene, Matt Cefalu (guitar and bass), a mutual friend of Dan’s, approached the band to offer assistance in gig booking, as well as rounding out the roster with some electric bass. After their first rehearsal as a four-piece group, it was clear that group of four distinct voices was a match meant to be.

One six-song EP, two separate singles, and many Chicago shows later, the band finds itself continuing to evolve musically and philosophically, while maintaining the core values collectively instilled upon them: searching for truth within their artistic composition and bringing people together with their music.

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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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ERIN COSTELO - 7:30 | $15
Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

ERIN COSTELO - 7:30 | $15


Join us for this special seated Dinner Show. Space is limited, so reserve your table and the $15 cover charge will be built into your food and beverage bill.


Although she has been compared to icons like Carole King and Nina Simone, Erin Costelo’s fifth studio album cements her status as an utterly inimitable voice in Americana music. 

Taking inspiration from sources as varied as Ryan Adams and Randy Newman, Sweet Marie is a genre-defying album that sounds at once timeless, timely and completely fresh. 

The album features a host of great Canadian talent including, Glenn Milchem on drums (Blue Rodeo), Anna Ruddick on bass (Randy Bachman), Leith Fleming-Smith (Matt Mays) and Erin's long-time guitarist and partner, Clive MacNutt. 

On Sweet Marie, Erin looks at a world and industry that pushed her to the edge of ending her musical career – but she pushes back. Pulsing with a confident and cathartic energy, Erin’s voice soars even as her songs dive deep. 


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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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LIZ & THE LOVELIES w/ Martin & Mild - 7PM | $10
Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

LIZ & THE LOVELIES w/ Martin & Mild - 7PM | $10



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

Her music inspired the talent of close friends and family to create the indie folk rock group LIZ AND THE LOVELIES. The Lovelies include Lewis Rawlinson (vocals, cello), Zach Finch (drums), Mike Fletcher (bass) and Alex Chidester (vocals, mandolin).

They released their first EP 'Progress into Simplicity' in 2017. It was nominated for Best Roots EP in the 2018 Independent Music Awards in NYC, and recently competed as one of the final four bands at the Brooklyn Bowl in the 9th Annual Silver Sound Showdown in 2018. 

Liz lives in Chicago, IL as a teaching artist at Old Town School of Folk Music. She is a critically acclaimed actor and singer.  


Martin & Mild is a Chicago-based band comprised of actor/musicians Patrick Martin & Christine Mild. Focused on tight, inventive harmonies and bold takes on classic songs with an alternative country/bluegrass/rock feel, they’ve performed all over Chicago both as a duo and as a full band, featuring other musicians from Chicago’s rock and theatre scene. 


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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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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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5TH WAVE COLLECTIVE - 6PM | FREE
Oct
14
6:00 PM18:00

5TH WAVE COLLECTIVE - 6PM | FREE


5th Wave Collective is a Chicago-based classical music ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music by female composers. Bringing together a diverse group of musicians, we advance our mission by including performers of all genders who support our cause. We seek to celebrate the legacy of female composers before us, and create a platform for those to come.

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JACOB MILLER w/ Flamingo Rodeo - 8PM | $15
Oct
13
8:00 PM20:00

JACOB MILLER w/ Flamingo Rodeo - 8PM | $15



A Wisconsin native, Jacob Miller left his hometown for Portland, Oregon the summer of 2009 via Amtrak bringing with him only a suitcase and a Fender Jaguar guitar. After just one year in the city, he left to travel North America to study and perform music while working on various farms and ranches between travels. Time spent as a farm hand in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina shaped his devotion to the finger picking style of the region. Playing along with old recordings and locals in the surrounding areas of Appalachia, Miller delved into the inner workings of the music’s style and history.

Several jaunts and near 2 years later, Miller returned to the Pacific Northwest to pursue a new group. Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners was formed on the porches and in the backyards of East Portland. Leading the band, Jacob also managed and wrote for the 6 piece roots/swing group for their 5 1/2 duration. After extensive touring and releasing 4 studio albums, Jacob and the Crooners disbanded August of 2017.

Miller now focuses his efforts on a different kind of songwriting and storytelling. With an affinity for minimalist pop, and firm roots planted in American traditional music - Jacob Miller crafts a sound unique to his style and abilities.

In 2019, Jacob will release and tour a debut album which displays his abilities as a performer, writer and composer. Recorded and performed entirely by Miller in a SE Portland living room turned studio - songs and ideas come together to form an album that is hard, honest and heartfelt.


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THE VIVIEN LEIGH DOCUMENTARY w/ Zion Rodman - 8PM | $10
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

THE VIVIEN LEIGH DOCUMENTARY w/ Zion Rodman - 8PM | $10



The Vivien Leigh Documentary (VLD) was born out of the pairing of a soulful singer, Hadassah Wilson with a free improv band, comprised of Scott Bookman and Ron Leik on guitars, Joe Spurlock on upright bass and Matt Blank on drums. Together, they explore the hallmark sounds of rock, jazz, soul and blues, creating original music that transcends the expectations of these genres, paired with heartfelt lyrics culled from life and love. The emotion may be raw, but their performances reveal the bandmates’ sense of humor and retain the infectious energy of their improve roots.


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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JOE HOLT w/ Sad Girls Club and Philippe Bronchtein - 8PM | $10
Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

JOE HOLT w/ Sad Girls Club and Philippe Bronchtein - 8PM | $10



Joe Holt is a folk singer/songwriter who graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2015.

Joe has released three EPs and two full length albums. He has toured around America four times, playing venues like Club Passim (Boston), the Hard Rock Cafe (Boston), Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), The Bitter End (NYC), the Bluebird Cafe (Nashville), the Whisky A Go Go (Los Angeles), and has received airplay on over 60 radio stations internationally. Joe's second full length album "The Person I Admire" charted on three radio stations, notably #3 in Redway, CA. He has been named Artist of the Week at WERU (Bangor, ME) twice. The song "As Bad As It Seems," from Joe's EP "Something Louder," was featured on NPR's All Songs Considered blog in March 2018.

Indie Minded praised Joe as “a gifted young talent who is sure to leave his mark on the folk music scene.” Other credits include opening for nationally touring acts including Parker Millsap, Davina and the Vagabonds, and Ian Fitzgerald, scoring the short film The Race, and driving 13,000 miles in three weeks.

Joe lives in New York City. Find his music on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.


Sad Girls Club is an indie R&B duo from Chicago, IL.


"Drinking champagne, just me and the moon," sings Philippe Bronchtein on the title track of his new album, out October 5, recalling a night spent in his truck in the New Mexico desert during a particularly disastrous tour, plagued by canceled shows, oil leaks and a bad alternator. "I keep telling myself...this is the life."

After a decade on the road, the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (piano/organ/guitar/bass/pedal steel/dobro/saxophone) had already easily traveled a quarter of a million miles as a sideman for artists like Quiet Life, Esme Patterson and The War & Treaty, and with his own solo project, Hip Hatchet.

Despite the career accomplishments, the romanticized ideal of a nomadic lifestyle started to fade away, replaced with an endless stream of apartment sublets and distant friendships.

"I've done so much touring, and moved around so much that home always feels kind of elastic," says Bronchtein, a dual citizen of Canada and the US. Born in Montreal, he was raised in New Jersey, went to college in Vermont, and relocated to Portland, OR, where he built a following for nearly 8 years.

Last year, he decided to make the move to Nashville to lay down roots and focus on creating his own music. "I love how songwriting & music is interwoven into everyday life here," he says. "The musicianship in the city is completely awe-inspiring. When I can keep it inspiring instead of intimidating, I have really good days."

He ditched the Hip Hatchet alias, too. "I was nineteen years old when I picked out the name, largely arbitrarily, after a novel that had struck me when I was a kid," he explains. "It felt stuck in the past, and more like a burden than anything else."

The decision to go by his given name wasn't just a re-branding effort. For Bronchtein, it was important to reclaim his own name. "The name contains multitudes. My first name is from my mother's Quebecois (French-Canadian) side. My last name is from my father's side, of Russian Jewish Heritage," he says. "There's a fetishization of authenticity, particularly in the world of 'Americana' music, that I was always concerned with. As I got older and more comfortable in my own skin, the moniker felt like something I was hiding behind rather than embracing. It feels more honest to continue putting out music under my own name than trying to conform to some image of what an American songwriter should be."

Much of 'Me and the Moon' was written while touring around the country, and the songs play like the pages of a well-worn travel journal, full of sketches, contemplations and the passing thoughts that result from hours spent in solitude.

"It's nostalgic music, and I tried to reflect that sonically as well," Bronchtein says. He stripped back the instrumentation from the full-band sound of his last album, playing most of the parts himself, and tracked the vocals in single live takes, with the lyrics always at the forefront.  

"The hiss, the reverb, the textures - everything is there to make you feel like you're swimming through memories," he says. "I wanted everything to feel like it was being remembered rather than experienced."

'Me and the Moon' will be released on October 5, 2018. For more information and upcoming tour dates, visit: http://philippebronchtein.com


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MEGAN SLANKARD & ALEX WONG w/ Lost Lakes $12
Oct
10
8:00 PM20:00

MEGAN SLANKARD & ALEX WONG w/ Lost Lakes $12

$12 COVER CHARGE BUILT INTO DINNER BILL


An evening with Alex Wong and Megan Slankard: Two singer-songwriters on one stage, sharing intimate songs and stories enhanced by compelling instrumental arrangements.
ALEX WONG, is a Latin GRAMMY nominated producer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s produced records for Delta Rae, Ari Hest, Vienna Teng, Melissa Ferrick, Megan Slankard and has appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage. His intimate performances will leave audiences holding their breath as they hang onto every word he sings. Alex will be performing music from his new and upcoming solo album.
MEGAN SLANKARD, California indie-rocker, has independently sold 40,000 copies of her five self-released albums, and she is currently touring extensively across the US, performing brand new songs from her planned 6th independent release in late 2018. Her songwriting has received national and international recognition: in 2017 she won first place in the Unsigned Only Music Competition (AAA Category) and was a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, in 2016 she was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, and in 2015 she was a two-time "Vox Pop" winner in the Independent Music Awards, a finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition, and a semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest.


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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
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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THE WESTERN DEN w/ Margo Sky & Lindon McCarty - 8PM | $10
Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

THE WESTERN DEN w/ Margo Sky & Lindon McCarty - 8PM | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE BUILT INTO FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


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.


Margo Sky is a Chicago based vocalist and songwriter.

After honing her craft along side her brother Dom Sky (of Govardo) on the music scene in the UK, she moved home to join the ranks of notable singers such as Adam Ness

Aside from working as a lead and for-hire backing singer, she writes her own music. 

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CHNNLL w/ HONG KONG- 7PM | $10
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

CHNNLL w/ HONG KONG- 7PM | $10



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

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

Chris moved to New York City in 2009 to pursue a career as a jazz drummer and composer.  While attending The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music, Chris had the pleasure of studying with Reggie Workman (John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Miles Davis) Mark Guiliana (David Bowie) and Billy Martin (Medeski Martin and Wood).  

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

Check out Chnnll’s self-titled EP, released April 2018.  Available on all download and streaming platforms!


HONG KONG is an instrumental Lo-fi hip-hop group bringing creative improvisation and dynamics of live music to the mellow sounds of the electronic music it’s based off of.

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KID ELVIS w/ Wildcat & RJ Redline - 8PM | $10
Oct
3
8:00 PM20:00

KID ELVIS w/ Wildcat & RJ Redline - 8PM | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE BUILT INTO FOOD & BEVERAGE BILL


Kid Elvis is a Chicago based musician exploring Synth/Brass pop, and Post-rock. Pairing thoughtful lyrics over a medley of instruments, drawing influence from electronic, disco, trance, and brooding deep-rock.


Self-described as somewhere between Wilco and Nirvana, Wildcat is the creative brainchild of Tom Reeder, who after playing saxophone with a number of groups throughout the years decided to start a band so he could play his own songs. Starting as a duo with just drums and guitar, the band has expanded to now include bass and the greatest horn section in Chicago, and it just keeps growing. Drawing on rock influences from the 90s through to the present day, Wildcat puts on an energetic show that aims to get you on your feet and dancing in the street. Look for their debut album "Western" coming in 2019.


RJ Redline (Born Robert John Redline) jumped head first into the life of an entertainer at the early age of fifteen. Things kicked off quickly when RJ began playing the heavy metal scene of metro Detroit circa 2012; fronting the band A Sudden Sundown. Staying true to its fast and loose nature; the band eventually went its separate ways. This left RJ with the opportunity to explore forms of art that felt more personal. RJ’s career took a turn for the unexpected when he moved to Chicago. RJ quickly took to acting and writing as new powerful mediums to express his ideas. However; the ball always rolled back to music. Nothing could give the young artist the fulfillment and joy that came with sharing music with others. Presently; RJ writes and performs music under his own name, collaborating with a variety of talented artists, and sharing his voice with the world.


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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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Mr. Robinson, Mimi Holland w/ Aaron Mix, mestozi - 7PM | $10
Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

Mr. Robinson, Mimi Holland w/ Aaron Mix, mestozi - 7PM | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS BUILT INTO DINNER BILL


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Mr. Robinson is a rising singer-songwriter based out of Chicago.


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


(folk/rap) Growing up in rural Indiana and now living in Chicago, mestozi makes music influenced in anti-imperialist traditions of folk and hip-hop, and humbly raps while picking bluesy folk guitar breaks.


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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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Groundswell Educational Films Presents - The Doc Talk Show #18: Injustice for All - 7PM | FREE
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Groundswell Educational Films Presents - The Doc Talk Show #18: Injustice for All - 7PM | FREE

Groundswell Educational Films Presents - The Doc Talk Show #18: Injustice for All

The Doc Talk Show is proud to present a sneak preview in partnership with the 5th annual (in)Justice For All Film Festival.

Born in a south side church on 95th street (Trinity United), this innovative film festival embeds into audiences at institutions and untraditional venues all over the Chicago metro area including Lake County. What started with one small prison ministry and a single film now extends in every direction, embracing a wide range of films and audiences for social justice.


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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"SONGS WE DON'T PLAY IN PUBLIC"  Zion Rodman, Jory Avner, Jenny & Robin Bienemann, Adela's - 7PM | $10
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

"SONGS WE DON'T PLAY IN PUBLIC" Zion Rodman, Jory Avner, Jenny & Robin Bienemann, Adela's - 7PM | $10

"SONGS WE DON'T PLAY IN PUBLIC"

Featuring: Zion Rodman, Jory Avner, Jenny & Robin Bienemann, Adela's



Buttery bass-driven bumpers topped by a smoothly crooning voice, Zion‘s songs go down like sweet barrel-aged bourbon.” Zion Rodmanestablished 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.


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


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The husband and wife duo of Jenny & Robin Bienemann are both singer-songwriters and instrumentalists. By turns hilarious and heartfelt, this cutting-edge acoustic duo melds original and traditional music with an elegant hint of jazz, garnering airplay on NPR, Dr. Demento, and The Midnight Special. Jenny’s new album, “Every Soul Grows to the Light,” is a favorite of Folk DJs and has drawn comparisons to Nick Drake and Rikki Lee Jones. Robin is a 2017 Kerrville New Folk Finalist. His wild guitar stylings and outrageous lyrics inspire audiences to sing-along with songs like “Jennifer Aniston” and “Chicks Dig a Big Amygdala.” Both perform and record together and separately. Combined they have 9 albums, including Jenny & Robin Bienemann LIVE.


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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ROB WILLIAMS w/ Cola Wars and Bob Wolkotte - 8PM | $10
Sep
25
8:00 PM20:00

ROB WILLIAMS w/ Cola Wars and Bob Wolkotte - 8PM | $10



Rob Williams’ unique sound and style combine 90’s rock with alt-country and Americana influences. As front-man of the now defunct indie rock band, Joe Buck, Jr., Williams made a name for himself as a songwriter and performer in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. This fall, the veteran songwriter will release his second solo album, Southern FM. Produced by Salim Nourallah (whose credits include Rhett Miller, Old 97’s, and The Damnwells), Southern FM finds Williams becoming more comfortable as a solo artist and building on the success of his 2013 debut, A Place in the Sun. “I wanted this record to be different,” Williams says, “so I made the decision to record it far away from home and with people I’ve never worked with before.” That decision landed him at Nourallah’s Pleasantry Lane Studio in Dallas. The result is an album that blends Williams’ penchant for hard-hitting acoustic roots rock, Nourallah’s innate knack for pop, and a touch of North Texas-style rock and roll. Williams will support the new release with a series of short regional tours.


Cola Wars are a band from Chicago, IL.


After several experiments that have proven successful, our head of Research and Development has given Rocket Scientist full clearance for a public performance! Within the boundaries of provable science, Professor Robert “Bob” Wolkotte will be on hand to demonstrate our latest discoveries.

Prove to your fellow academia you are on the forefront of science and air molecule technology! Wait no longer for your Honorary Degree! Become a Rocket Scientist in the graduating class of September 25, 2018!


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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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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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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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SOFT RAIN AIRPLANE W/ DULL ACHE & BLACKBIRD - 8PM | $10
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

SOFT RAIN AIRPLANE W/ DULL ACHE & BLACKBIRD - 8PM | $10



Dull Ache is a three piece garage rock band with surf, math, and punk influences.


With a rotating band of musicians, Blackbird's personnel are as eclectic as its repertoire. From free jazz improv to tightly-knit art rock, this is a band that's about what comes next. All music written and arranged by bandleader Zane DeBord.


Soft Rain Airplane is a Chicago based DIY band, playing folk and jazz influenced alternative rock. The band was formed in 2016, when founding members Jason Gassel, Ryan Callis, and Max Kleinberg began writing, recording, and producing their debut album Feast of Frenzy. Characterized by catchy melodies, clever lyrics, and dynamic instrumentals, Soft Rain Airplane incorporates contrasting styles and moods to shape their unique sound.


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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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Chris Urquiaga, Ranjani, Audrey Q, Adela's - 7PM | $12
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

Chris Urquiaga, Ranjani, Audrey Q, Adela's - 7PM | $12



Chris Urquiaga is a singer-songwriter and pianist from Silver Spring, Maryland. He graduated from The Eastman School of Music in 2014, where he majored in Music Composition. During his time there, he recorded, performed, and wrote music for his own band, a cappella groups, orchestras, choirs, and various chamber ensembles. He is an Artist at Residence at Strathmore Music Center for the 2016-2017 Season. He has had interviews and live performances broadcast on ABC News and Univision. In August 2013, he was invited to play at The White House for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Commemoration, which was hosted and organized by President Obama and the First Lady. He has been commissioned by the Congressional Chorus, in Washington DC, to compose 3 original works; in 2012 for their 25th Anniversary Concert, in 2013 for a concert entitled “Shakespeare Sings”, and in 2016 for a concert entitled “Young, Hip, and Global”. In 2011, he was commissioned by world-renowned soprano, Carmen Balthrop, to compose two original compositions in Portuguese. He was also commissioned by the Prince George’s Philharmonic in 2013 to compose a piece as their featured season world premiere. In 2008, he received the Kennedy Center Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts.


Vocalist and songwriter Ranjani attracts new audiences by weaving innovation with soothing introspection and the tradition of blues. With a background in South Indian music, Ranjaniis continually searching for the nexus between world genres to discover unique sounds and surpass cultural boundaries. She also sings with DC-based soul band Lookout Gang. Ranjani is excited to be working on her debut album. 

Ranjani has performed at Rock & Roll Hotel, The Bowery Electric (NYC), Silvana (NYC), The Mansion at Strathmore, The Lincoln Theater, Twins Jazz Club, BloomBars, 7 Drum City, The Phillips Collection, and Busboys & Poets.


Audrey Q is a cellist and singer-songwriter.  She first performed her own music at Rochester Fringe Festival (Rochester, NY) in 2013 with the help of 5 other cellists and a drummer crammed into Java's Cafe on Gibbs Street.  She later released a selection of her own songs on Melodie EP in June 2015, and a second EP, Restless Lady, in November 2017.  Audrey Q's songs include elements of pop, rock, alternative, jazz(ish), and contemporary classical music.


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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Sirens of Song Saturday: Gretchen Erickson, Brooke Bartlett, Hannah Frank Trio - 8PM | $12
Sep
15
8:00 PM20:00

Sirens of Song Saturday: Gretchen Erickson, Brooke Bartlett, Hannah Frank Trio - 8PM | $12

 "Sirens of Song Saturday" - A night of female fronted music featuring: 

Gretchen Erickson, Brooke Bartlett, Hannah Frank Trio



Gretchen Erickson is a union Actress and Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist from Chicago - focused on folky, bluesy, rock originals with a few covers thrown in. You can check out her bio, videos, and show dates on her Facebook page. 


Brooke Bartlett has been performing for as long as she can remember. She has been singing in various bands for the past 15 years. Her last solo album "On My Own" is available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music and she also released a Christmas album last year called "Christmas in Chicago." Brooke has a style that has been compared to Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt & Pink. She has performed at famous Chicago venues including Double Door, Underground Wonderbar and Bottom Lounge. You can check out all of her music, social media and videos at brookebartlettmusic.com


Hannah Frank is a Midwestern songwriter whose first forays into music swept through rural country blues, raw cowboy chords, and surprising lyrics. Soaking up Chicago's varied music scene, you will now also hear traces of jazz, world, rock and the electrifying energy of urban blues. Characters step out of songs as if out of a novel or your own life. The original songs and select covers (in songwriter, roots, country and blues genres) are mysterious, evocative and fun. This trio show includes the guitar artwork of Victor Sanders (electric guitar) and the rhythm of Ben E. Miller (bass). 


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JOE ARMSTRONG - 8PM | $10
Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

JOE ARMSTRONG - 8PM | $10



Joe Armstrong’s songs are jubilantly soaked in the well-worn leather of roots rock regalia: whistling organs, highway rhythms and the occasional trio of gospel backup singers. Few songwriters make the beautiful drudgery of this American life such a rousing affair.


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BOOK SIGNING: Dave Hoekstra - The Camper Book - 6PM | FREE
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

BOOK SIGNING: Dave Hoekstra - The Camper Book - 6PM | FREE

BOOK SIGNING: Dave Hoekstra - The Camper Book


FREE - NO RESERVATIONS NECESSARY


Dave Hoekstra is a Chicago author and radio host. “The Camper Book” is the third of a series of Americana oral histories for Chicago Review Press, following “The Supper Club Book (A Celebration of a Midwest Tradition)” [2013] and “The People’s Place (Soul Food Restaurants and Reminiscences From the Civil Rights Era to Today)” [2015]. He has also written books on minor league baseball, the Farm Aid movement and the Chicago White Sox’ Disco Demolition event.

Dave was a staff writer and travel columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times between 1985 and 2014. He was a 2013 Studs Terkel Community Media Award Winner. Dave currently hosts “Nocturnal Journal” on Saturdays on WGN-AM 720 in Chicago. He lives in Chicago.



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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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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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