Emma Grace w/ Robin & Aida - 6PM | $10
Dec
9
6:00 PM18:00

Emma Grace w/ Robin & Aida - 6PM | $10


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


Emma Grace. A proud Queer theatre artist and musician thriving in Chicago, IL. She has a fiery spirit and a mad passion for devising, singing, songwriting, and her ukulele. After moving into the city on her own just over a year ago she has graced stages with her presence at over 50 venues in Chicago, including most recently “The Chill As Fuck Show” at Second City, Uncommon Ground, The Shithole show, The Factory Theatre, The Mexican Museum of Modern Art, The Den Theatre, and many more! She hopes to use theatre and music to build community and heal the human heart.


Robin. Native Chicagoan, multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter - coming back to the stage after a 2 year hiatus.


Aida Ade is a 24 year old singer-songwriter from St. Louis. She is an activist, a teacher, a social worker, and future therapist that puts her activism at the forefront of her music, making jazzy political and socially conscious music.


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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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Songwriter's Round: Melissa Plett, Diana Lawrence, Immediate Family - 8PM | $10
Dec
11
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter's Round: Melissa Plett, Diana Lawrence, Immediate Family - 8PM | $10


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


"Ghost Town," the new album from Melissa Plett, was recorded in Nashville at Omnisound Studio with the help and guidance of well-known Nashville musician/producer Pat Severs and the collaboration of countless talented locals. The eight songs encapsulate Plett, who is a glittering bound of energy who holds your attention captive, blasts you across the room with her powerful voice and then slowly reels you in like a tractor beam, weaving her life experiences into the fabric of her craft with a laugh or with a tear. Her music is enriched by a lifetime of love and warmth, yet scarred by devastating heartbreak. Her influences come from the down-south storytelling of Johnny Cash, the pioneering tell-all nature of Kitty Wells, and the heart-wrenching tales of hardship from Etta James and Ray Charles.


Songwriter, singer and pianist DIANA LAWRENCE effortlessly combines modern pop, soul and folk with the craft and theatricality of Tin Pan Alley and the Brill Building. She has shared the stage with artists such as Nellie McKay and Becca Stevens, and has three albums to her name, both solo and with her band, Diana & the Dishes. Diana's original music was featured in Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of Mary Page Marlowe (play by Tracy Letts, directed by Anna Shapiro), and her musical, Mill Girls, was granted a 2018/19 incubator workshop at the O’Neill Theatre Center. Additionally, Diana regularly works as a music director, teacher and songwriter at The Second City, and sings with the cross-genre vocal trio, Artemisia. New music from Diana & the Dishes is due for release throughout 2019.


Immediate Family is a collaborative recording project steered by me (Mike Biederman) that includes a whole bunch of folks that I've has pestered into playing with me. Currently residing in and around the Chicago-area, December 2018 will see the release of our first full-length LP, Whether Feast, Famine, or Fire. So, dig that.


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Callum Grant, Alex Sokol, Tom Benko, Brock Alter - 7PM | $10
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Callum Grant, Alex Sokol, Tom Benko, Brock Alter - 7PM | $10


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


Tom Benko is a Northern Illinois University product studying with Robert Chappell, Greg Beyer, Liam Teague and Cliff Alexis. He spent three summers touring with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and has performed with NorthCoast Academy Percussion Ensemble. Currently, Tom is the percussion specialist at Maine South High School where he teaches applied lessons, directs the percussion ensembles and teaches the percussion methods and application classes. He also performs with Blue Man Group Chicago at the Briar Street Theater as one of their drummers and is the Briar Street Theater Drum School Teacher helping develop new Blue Men specifically with their drumming abilities. His resume includes being a former member of the Chicago Bears Drumline and a current member of The Stampede - the Chicago Bulls percussion ensemble. With Minor Characters, a Chicago based indie rock band, Tom is in the process of releasing ‘We Can’t Be Wrong’ their sophomore LP, set to come out April 6th, 2018. Additionally, he plays with Aurora based folk-pop singer Kevin Presbrey as drummer and multi-instrumentalist. Alongside Kyle Johnson, he is a member of the electro- acoustic percussion duo, Clocktower. Clocktower has toured throughout their home state of Illinois as well as Indianapolis, Nashville, and Dallas giving educational performances and clinics for high schools and universities. As a soloist, Tom combines electrified hammered dulcimer, custom built instruments, hand held percussion, live looping and drum kit to create an eclectic blend of sounds for his solo material. Inspired by and promoting Chicago’s experimental and percussive music scenes, Tom created, curates and hosts Emanation. This live event music series and collective occurs bi-monthly at Century Mallet in the historic Deagan Music Building located in the Ravenswood neighborhood on Chicago’s northside. Tom is an Innovative Percussion Education artist, a Sabian Cymbals endorser, an Etymotic Signature Artist, and a member of Percussive Arts Society.


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SAD DADDY w/ Will Phalen - 8PM | $10
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

SAD DADDY w/ Will Phalen - 8PM | $10


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


Sad Daddy is the union of four Arkansas based musicians bringing their own unique styles and backgrounds together to create beautiful music. Sad Daddy is Brian Martin on guitar, Melissa Carper on bass, Joe Sundell on banjo, and Rebecca Patek on fiddle.


Chicago-based songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Will Phalen has spent the last decade re-imagining the sound of Midwestern Folk Rock. Drinking from the fountains of twangy Americana, sixties psychedelia, ambient electronica and classic rock n roll, Will has developed a voice and a sound that is warmly familiar while still maintaining a fierce independence and a penchant for sonic innovation. In his efforts as a bandleader, solo artist, and producer he's worked on over 20 records, released four critically-acclaimed studio albums, and written hundreds of songs. His recordings have been played on radio stations worldwide, his songs have been featured in television shows, and he's preparing to release a new full length band album this winter in addition to a solo EP of recordings made during his residency at the Salem Monastery in Germany this past summer.


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PILOT AND THE HELM w/ John Boyle - 8PM | $10
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

PILOT AND THE HELM w/ John Boyle - 8PM | $10


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


Pilot the Helm is an alternative rock duo from Itasca, Illinois comprised of Alex Piemonte (Lead Vocals and Guitar) and Mikey Schawel (Guitar, Keys and Vocals). Known for their expansive soundscape ranging from catchy guitar riffs and punchy vocals to their mellow, hook- laden jams that balance mournful regret with anthemic energy, Pilot the Helm is a fresh new band mystifying the alternative rock scene in Chicago. As genuine as they are talented, best friends Alex and Mikey use their yin-and-yang personalities and multi-faceted musical talents to craft songs that are both brilliantly composed and refreshingly hip. Pilot the Helm has sold-out music venues while raking in fans ranging from college students to middle-aged music junkies. With a full-production package and live band at their disposal, Pilot the Helm is open to playing large-scale one-offs as well as stripped down acoustic sets. Pilot the Helm is currently working on their first full-length E.P. with acclaimed musician and producer Phil Schawel. The full-length E.P. is expected to be released in the latter half of 2018.


John Boyle is a singer-songwriter performing original acoustic compositions blended with jazz and soul to lend to lyrical honesty and reflection. His songwriting pulls on a tenor searching for the voice of reflection while blending rich vocal melodies with an acoustic styling. John has spent the last five years playing with the jazz quartet Tripel and the blues/rock band CW & The Working Class Trio. He is now pursuing a solo career with his debut album “Early Lights” set to be released October 2018


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Saint Juice w/ The Devonns and Ryman - 8PM | $10
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Saint Juice w/ The Devonns and Ryman - 8PM | $10


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


Saint Juice. Guy plays music.


The Devonns (pronounced "De-vaughns" and named for the street in Chicago) are a Chicago band focusing on soul and funk music from the time period of 1965 - 1985. The Devonns started after multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Mathew Ajjarapu dropped out of med school and found himself unemployed and drifting. Listening to music constantly at this time, he found himself drawn over and over to underground soul hits from the late 60s and early 70s. Completely hooked on their steady groove and impeccable production and arranging values, he started going back to old re-runs of "Midnight Special" and "Soul Train". Stumbling across a 1974 appearance of the Chicago funk band "Rufus" playing an up-tempo version of "Tell Me Something Good" was a revelation. Striking up an online friendship over Soundcloud with Chicago bassist Khalyle Hagood, the two shared an interest in early synthesizers and Thundercat (the bassist). Sharing music back and forth, the two eventually agreed to jam along with Khalyle's roomate (drummer Khori Wilson). That jam session was notable more for how much fun they had laughing than for any particularly skillful playing; but it led to the idea that maybe they should start a band. A craigslist ad yielded a jazz guitarist (Cam Cunningham) and detailed bedroom recordings where Mat played every instrument yielded the framework upon which The Devonns built their live set as well as the material that would make up their first EP, "In Stereo Where Available". Pulling from influences such as Leroy Hutson, The Bar-Kays, Carole King, The Isley Brothers, Prince, Leon Ware, and The System (an 80s synth and dance band), The Devonns main focus is on exploring the elements of songwriting and arranging/production that made music from 1965 - 1985 so enduring and yet groove-based, while updating and adding elements of current jazz, R&B, and modern soul to the mix.


Ryan Mannebach (aka Ryman) is a songwriter, music producer, guitarist and vocalist hailing from the Chicago area. After being the lead songwriter in his former band, The Native Woods, Ryman has ventured into uncharted territory by combining funk, rnb, soul, blues, hip hop, and jazz into his own unique sound. Currently, he is working on his debut album, which is expecting a January 2019 release.


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Co-stanza w/ Francis King, Matthew Nolan - 6PM | $10
Dec
16
6:00 PM18:00

Co-stanza w/ Francis King, Matthew Nolan - 6PM | $10


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


Co-Stanza, originally a hip-hop solo project of frontman Jack Costanza, has transformed into a high energy, catchy, pop act that draws from Folk, Alternative Rock, and Indie sounds. Co-Stanza combines creative lyrics and storytelling, with a passionate and engaging live show. The hooks are sure to get stuck in your head and the energy will draw you in and to keep you moving. Now performing with a 5 piece band based in Chicago, Co-Stanza is steadily solidifying its place in the Chicago scene.


Francis King, a born and raised Nashville native, is taking a new approach to the standard Nashville musician. While still honoring her country roots, she strives to incorporate aspects of classic rock, R&B, jazz, and pop. She focuses on simple and poetic lyrics, blending them with easy romantic melodies.


Matthew Nolan. Singer/songwriter/producer outta chicago. My new EP “where do you see yourself” is out now on all streaming platforms


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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


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


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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GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Ryan Simpson, Erik Rothlind, Clarence Young  - 7PM | $8
Dec
20
7:00 PM19:00

GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Ryan Simpson, Erik Rothlind, Clarence Young - 7PM | $8

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!


$8 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


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Erik Rothchild lives in Chicago and makes music. Laken is a friend of his from college with a gorgeous voice.


Ryan Simpson is new to the Chicago music scene, having only picked up the accordion a few years ago. Eschewing more traditional music for the instrument, his repertoire consists of covers of your favorite modern-day bangers.


Clarence Young is an up and coming artist. From his hometown in Indiana where he grew up, he has been listening to every kind of music i.e. R&B, Country, Rock, Folk. All of which has influenced his music heavily. In 2016 Clarence Young moved back to Chicago and has been working on sharing his music with the rest of the city. Clarence aims to give a great imagery, groove, and share his truest feelings with his music. He also plays in local band Pan and the Lost Boys.


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An Uncommon Christmas at Uncommon Ground with Manny Torres - 8PM | $15
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

An Uncommon Christmas at Uncommon Ground with Manny Torres - 8PM | $15


$15 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Manny Torres is a Chicago based singer-songwriter that lives for the passion filled experience of his live shows! His music brings the secular and the sacred into conversation with each other, as he writes and covers songs that demonstrate the beauty, pain, and hope that comprise the human experience as a whole. His voice is warm; even as he sings about heartbreak, such as in “Real Lies," his ineffable joy resides underneath his sorrow. The effect of this is that Manny enables his listeners to bring their own hurting hearts into song with his—he creates space for them to fully feel their pain, release it, and partake in the musical healing offered by his voice. In this way, Manny’s music is an invitation to his listeners to embrace their hopes and fears, their joys and sadnesses and find peace and calm within the messiness of life. Manny draws from influences as diverse as John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Maroon Five, John Mayer, Michael Jackson, and The Weeknd. His raspy soul-filled voice and funky pop groove are sure to lead you into your very own soulful experience. Manny recently released his first single, "Real Lies", off of his upcoming project "Solo Road", along with his accompanying official Music Video. His EP is due to be out by spring 2019.


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Samantha Sinclair & Katie Teston - 7PM | $8
Dec
22
7:00 PM19:00

Samantha Sinclair & Katie Teston - 7PM | $8


$8 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Chicago native, Samantha Sinclair, is an LA based singer/songwriter whose pop music fuses together soul-tinged vocals, infectious melodies and clever lyrics. Sinclair performed at the world-renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago at the age of 12 but her heart has always been with pop music and has been writing songs since she was 9 years old. Since graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2014 with a degree in Songwriting, Sinclair has released two EPs and is currently working on a full-length album. She continues to perform around the Los Angeles area.


Katie Teston is a local emerging musician who has written with Co-Stanza


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The KickBack w/ Alysha Monique, Howard Green, and more - 7PM | $12
Dec
23
7:00 PM19:00

The KickBack w/ Alysha Monique, Howard Green, and more - 7PM | $12


$12 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Although a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Clif Wallace claims home to more than a few places between the Midwest, South and East Coast. This may explain his versatility as a drummer/band leader having been influenced by all that his experiences growing up in an array of communities would have to offer. With the encouragement of his parents, Clif eventually adapted himself to an ever growing love and affinity for music of all genres not only as a musician, but more importantly, a fan. In his latest project, Clif leads a trio blending new original compositions with hip arrangements of music that he pairs with nostalgic events in his personal life. Recently, Clif Wallace has been heard and seen playing with Saxophone and Clarinetist Victor Goines, and Vocalist Tammy McCann. As well as a host of other great artists such as Bobby Broom, Pharez Whitted, The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Rodney Whitaker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Diego Rivera, Robert Irving, III, Marquis Hill, Dan Trudell, John Brown and Orbert Davis. More notably, Clif also leads his own Quintet and other groups as a band leader and producer. Residing in Chicago, Illinois, Clif has become one of the city’s most in demand drummers for many genres of the musical platform.


Bold, sensual vocalist Alysha, mesmerizes audiences with the sultry vocal stylings of jazz and soul music. Her endearing aura bewitches listeners into the essence of love, individuality and self-actualization. Surrounded by incredible musicians who strive to push their music to an innovative level, Alysha's creativity and originality continues to ascend upward. An experience with Alysha is striking, genuine and poignant.


HG Soul. Chicago soul singer, one half of Beautiful Sol


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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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Molly Coleman, Caylan Hays, Cobey Bienert - 7PM | $12
Dec
28
7:00 PM19:00

Molly Coleman, Caylan Hays, Cobey Bienert - 7PM | $12


$12 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Molly Coleman is a Chicago based singer-songwriter who draws much of her inspiration from the music that raised her. Raised on music spanning from Wilco to Joni Mitchell to Prince, Molly’s music sits in the realm of indie-folk rock, but you can also hear some jazz and soul influences peeking through. Molly’s debut album “the color of mustard” is available everywhere. Find out more on mollycoleman.com and follow on social media @mollycolemanmusic.


Caylan Hays is a singer/songwriter originally from the suburbs of Cincinnati, where she began playing local acoustic shows at the age of 15. After moving to Nashville to attend school at Belmont University, her sound began to evolve as she became exposed to more music than ever before. On November 2, 2018 Hays' released her debut single "Loving You, Using You." This is the first release from her upcoming project, consisting of seven songs that attempt to cope with grief, love, and the fleeting nature of life.


Cobey is a songwriter and musician based in Chicago.


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Nexus J w/ Jussol, Beau - 9PM | $10
Dec
29
9:00 PM21:00

Nexus J w/ Jussol, Beau - 9PM | $10


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


Nexus J. is a poetic mind that fuses indie soul, rock, and rap to create a uniquely moving experience. Through her art, she skillfully explores connection as power by inviting listeners into her intimate stories of loss and fear right alongside those of triumph and joy.


Before there was JusSoL, a free-spirited raspy voiced sol singer/songwriter/part-time rapper, there was just Liz. Liz was and well still is a nice, quiet, passive, emotional hopeless romantic who tries to find the silver lining in the darkest of skies. However, when the Chicago south side native was tired of quietly wearing her heart on her sleeve she evolved into this powerful still hopeless and still romantic voice that could mend the brokenhearted while making the saddest of sols weep known as JusSoL. Under her former moniker "Sunnie Storm" she was able to use her voice to connect with people and to connect people something she hopes to continue to do on an even larger scale as "Jus." Her love for 90s R&B shines through every melody and every lyrics that she pens as she has shifted her focus to creating music that discusses REAL love, becoming disappointing by love and being lost in it. She believes that with love all things are possible including the one thing we all seem to desire, freedom.


Beau. Beautiful Enigma Unleashed /Bo/


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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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NYE with DJ Glenn Russell
Dec
31
to Jan 1

NYE with DJ Glenn Russell

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Countdown Party* - $25
10pm - 1am 
Access our stylish Listening Room, with DJ Russell {Cafe Mustache, Maria's, the Cobra Lounge} setting the mood and getting you on your feet, a photo booth, prizes, Champagne toast + countdown, and general revelry! 

Countdown Party, Late Night Snacks + Open Bar* - $50
10pm - 1am
In addition to access to the Countdown Party, guests will receive wristbands for access to open bar in the designated party space. Late night snacks will be served.


*All Attendees must be 21 years or over for admittance.
Please bring a valid driver's license and/or ID when checking in at the host stand.  Guests will receive wrist bands


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Hannah Lieb w/ Eric Tre'von and Charles Williams - 7PM | $10
Jan
4
7:00 PM19:00

Hannah Lieb w/ Eric Tre'von and Charles Williams - 7PM | $10


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


Hannah Lieb, born and raised in St. Louis, MO grew up on pop music before delving into songwriting as a high school freshman. Hannah has a diverse background as a singer, touring the US, Argentina, and Spain with Millikin University's top Vocal Jazz and Choral ensembles in addition to performing original music on a regular basis. She recently moved to Chicago where she is working on her debut record while she continues to pursue songwriting and performing.


Chicago -Native Eric Tre'von's sound stamps into a combination Pop and Neo Soul. His sound is hugely influenced by artists such as Sade, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder just to name a few. Since the beginning of 2018 Eric has began writing and performing his own material with the goal to manifest a work of original music by the Summer of 2019.


Charles NumbChuck Williams is quite the acconplished musician. He sang on a platinum selling gospel album at age 5. While guitar has been his forte for the last 20 yrs, he's been classically trained in voice, piano, and viola. Currently you can find him performing with the Localvores, Brooklyn Bitches and the Whispers, and many other a Chicago bands.


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Leonum - 7PM | $15
Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

Leonum - 7PM | $15


$15 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Leonum is an Acoustic Rock / Americana band with hints of blues, classic rock, country and bluegrass. The Leonum sound incorporates dynamic musicianship for the most discerning ear and great harmonies, melodies and rhythms for even the casual listener. Leonum performances feature a mixture of original compositions and unique versions of classic covers that are sure to turn ears and move a room. Leonum has performed at some of the finest Chicago music houses including House of Blues, Metro, Schubas, Martyrs, Lincoln Hall, Uncommon Ground and numerous other city and suburban venues, festivals and private events.


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Bodega w/ Heat Stroke - 6PM | $10
Jan
20
6:00 PM18:00

Bodega w/ Heat Stroke - 6PM | $10


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


Bodega is an alt-country/rock and roll band formed in 2017 in Chicago, IL. The band consists of Rick Guth, Jon May, Robert Hussey, Dan Fields, and Adi Kanlic. All five members of the band come from different musical backgrounds, and that melding of styles is evident in their unique yet cohesive sound. The band has quickly made waves in Chicago’s robust music scene, performing at House of Blues, Schubas Tavern, Joe’s on Weed St., Lakeview Taco Festival and many SoFar Sounds shows. The band has shared the stage with Texas stalwarts The Dirty River Boys, and is slated to play with Buxton (New West Records) at the revered Chicago venue, The Hideout, in December. Bodega’s debut album, “State Lines”, was released to all streaming platforms in November 2018.


Heat Stroke is a Chicago based band with deep Texas roots. The country tinged songs are steeped in stories ranging from bleary eyed waltzes to hopeful anthems.


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Grace Blackford w/ Morgan Pirtle & Cassidy Rae - 7PM | $10
Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

Grace Blackford w/ Morgan Pirtle & Cassidy Rae - 7PM | $10


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


With the release of the Home EP, Grace Blackford takes the best parts of some classic genres to breed a sound familiar, but her own. Lush with addicting progressions, a classic jazz vocal approach, and plenty of pop undertones, the record boasts the aesthetic of neo-soul anthems. The first single, “Darkness", pulls you in with its infectious vintage soul vibe, followed by its emotionally driven vocals and its ability to build and breathe as it plays on. “'Darkness' is about the natural doubts and confusion that can arise in a long-term relationship. It also plays with the guilt that often accompany these doubts that might arise; 'How do you know what you’re doing? How do you know if it’s real?' Committing to someone is a deliberate choice that will naturally come with what-ifs, just like any big decision, and this song explores those feelings. ” explains the songwriter of her single. Although the single does speak volumes for the EP, to get a real understanding for where Blackford is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety. “I think its revealed to me that I do not fit in just one genre, and every song I write is a cross between so many genres; jazz, r&b, pop. This realization is cool but also inspires me to see what could happen if I hone it in and focus on one genre, or even try to mix them more intentionally. These songs evolved very organically. Hearing them back has definitely given me ideas for what I want to work on in the future, which I think will cause my sound to mature.” says Blackford of creating the record. Born and raised in Ohio to a musical family, Grace Blackford has always loved music, but she knew she had to learn more about it to truly master her craft. After taking a trip to Chicago with her mother during her high school years, she fell in love with the city fairly quickly and ended up attending a liberal arts school near Chicago to study Jazz. During her time in college she made valuable musical connections, including the very musicians featured on her EP, along with others that taught her about bravery and musicality. The Home EP is a testament to where she is at with her sound right now. Having performed at some classic venues like The Elbo Room, Cafe Mustache, Northbar, and more, Grace is certainly not new to spreading the music through live performance.


Morgan Pirtle is a versatile vocalist, composer, and arranger in Chicago. As a student of jazz, her music is influenced by the genre, but also resonates with pop, soul, and R&B. She studied at UIC with vocalist Cheryl Wilson and previously has worked with artists such as Rufus Reid, Sheila Jordan, Jon Faddis, Jay Clayton, Dee Alexander, Jennifer Barnes, and Greg Jasperse. You can find her performing all over Chicago-land, including such venues and events as the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Chicago Summer Dance, The Shedd Aquarium's Jazzin' at the Shedd series, Schubas, the Jazz Showcase, the Promontory, Emporium, and more. She recently made her debut at the 40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival with her group Morgan Pirtle + 5. In 2018, she was named a Luminarts Fellow in Jazz, won the People's Choice Award at the Luminarts 2018 Jazz Finals, and was named Outstanding Undergraduate Vocalist in the 2018 DownBeat Student Music Awards. Her debut EP, “Muse” will be released in February 2019.


Cassidy Rae is a Rockford raised and Chicago based artist. Singing since the age of 5, Cassidy studied classical voice in college where she developed her craft, infused with R&B and soul. With every set, she now yearns to speak to all through every song, cover or original.


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Earnest & Troubled, Dan Weber - 7PM | $10
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Earnest & Troubled, Dan Weber - 7PM | $10


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


Chicago Songwriters James Curley and Ilsabe OConnell both flew solo and under the radar for a bunch of years. Then they discovered they sounded damn good together, discovered some of their songs work better for duos than solos, and decided to hang out their shingle as 'Earnest & Troubled', launching in 2016.

Featuring harmony vocals, guitars, banjo, and ukulele, Earnest & Troubled write and perform great music and have been known to be extremely entertaining !

Performing original songs - some written previously as solo singer-songwriters as well as songs written together - and select cover tunes from writers like Guy Clark, Warren Zevon, The Carter Family, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Emmylou Harris, and any other great songs we might find lying around or you might suggest we do.


Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber has been described as “The Classic Mid-Life Overnight Sensation.” An engaging performer with a gift for storytelling, he won the prestigious Winfield ‘NewSong’ contest for ‘Oh Woody’, his tribute to Woody Guthrie, and is a rare 3 time finalist in the legendary Kerrville ‘New Folk’ competition. A former National Park Service Ranger, his songs have been described as “reminiscent of early John Prine” and “insightful and awfully funny.” Legendary Folk troubadour Ramblin’ Jack Elliott said “I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories.” Born in Rochester, NY, he now lives in Vancouver, WA


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Vagabond Maurice, Shi La Rosa, Good at Bad - 8pm | $10
Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

Vagabond Maurice, Shi La Rosa, Good at Bad - 8pm | $10


$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


An artist who writes with the motif of a Space Cowboy, or Gangster of Love, VAGABOND MAURICE’s afrocentric lyricism floats over lofi break beats that blend frequencies between atmospheric Jazz tunes and Hip Hop. Hailing from Minneapolis as a second generation American, with parents relocating from Liberia, his work often contextualizes themes of nerd mythos, Black liberation, enlightenment, and blues inspired narratives.

Vagabond Maurice has performed across the city and out of state, touring with Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D), Ruby Ibarra, opening for Saul Williams, Mega Ran, as well as played the 33rd & 34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. His music has been featured on Vocalo’s Music Vox, MildSauce Radio, MishkaNYC, Sofar Sounds Chicago, and has been written about in the Chicago Sun-Times, These Days, Flow for Days, and a plethora of online publications spanning through the US and UK.


Good At Bad, conceived and fronted by Russian-born Chicago native Nika Nemirovsky (guitar and voice), is a genre-bending, continent-crossing, soft explosion of intimate indie, soul, and dirty pop. Nika wrote and recorded much of her music in Australia, but is currently holding a close focus on the blossoming creativity of her Chicago ensemble. The live show is a lush bath of ardent vocal performance, cradling harmonies, and seamless groove changes, which align like aural punctuation around Nika's vivid storytelling and deep, organic vulnerability.


Singer-songwriter lyricism, hypnotic soundscapes, and a loud heart are what ring through Shi la Rosa's music. She experiments with both upbeat grooves to dance to and dreamy croons, beckoning you to look inward.

Originally hailing from Cleveland, the 'Space Queen' singer found her artistic footing in Chicago. Within one year of releasing her debut EP, Sometimes I Think of You, she found herself playing at iconic Chicago venues, such as the Green Mill, Schuba’s Tavern, Subterranean, and Space in Evanston and went on to play during SXSW.

La Rosa’s vocal tone has subtle nods to legends such as Lana Del Rey and Banks, but with an umph more comparable to Etta James. Each song taps into a different flavor of emotional saturation that only surfaces from prolonged introspection. Best defined as indie pop, the artist's soaring vocals will cut you and kiss you in one foul sweep.

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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 added 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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Kacie Swierk w/ Aris P - 8pm | $12
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

Kacie Swierk w/ Aris P - 8pm | $12


$12 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Based in Chicago, IL, Kacie Swierk is a musician, singer and songwriter. Her sophomore album, Hummingbird, is set to release early 2019, led by the release of three singles (Seattle, June 2018, Midwest Dreams, July 2018, and Strong One, November 2018). Swierk’s style troubles the idea of a single genre, floating somewhere between Alternative Folk, Americana, Indie and Singer/Songwriter. Energy and harmonization float, also, as Swierk’s performances range from solo shows to duo, trio — all the way to her full nine-piece band (showcased on her upcoming album)


Aris P aka "The Perfect Gentleman" is a Chicago Hip Hop artist with just the right amount of soul and vibe to his music. His tracks are smooth, uplifting, lyrical and have enough "feel good energy" to keep you interested. The name "Aris P" is derived from his middle name with the "P" being his way of paying homage to Pharrell Williams aka "Skateboard P". He has a wide range of influences including John Mayer, Phonte, Childish Gambino, Fall Out Boy, Lupe Fiasco and as stated before Pharrell Williams. He's currently working on a project titled "Aruarian Dance" which is titled after a production by the late Japanese Hip Hop producer Nujabes which is his way of honoring his life's work. With all of that being said get in tune and prepare yourselves to experience the Perfect Gentleman

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Rhyme & Wine w/ Regine T Rousseau & The Lab3l - 7PM
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Rhyme & Wine w/ Regine T Rousseau & The Lab3l - 7PM



Join us for a sensorial journey through words, wine and rhythm as Regine T. Rousseau in collaboration with The Lab3l celebrates her second book installation of poetry, Searching for Cloves and Lilies: The Wine Edition!

Audience members will be part of a rare wine pairing opportunity with the author. Inspired by the rhythmic nuances of music and the structural complexities of wine, Regine uses her artistry with words to anchor the raw emotions depicted in Searching for Cloves and Lilies. A specially curated experience both unique and immersive, her poems act as a canvas for the paired wine and song selections which mimic the soulful complexity of the poetry itself. Each pairing collectively captures the variety of feelings amid all the triumphs, confessional vulnerabilities and hope channeled through her poetic subjects.

Rousseau's work mixes short, sharp portraits of her friends and family with musings about her own experiences with love and loss. Providing an intimate glimpse into her life, Rousseau examines failed relationships and wonders at bad luck with romance. She writes odes to the men who abandoned her and those who stayed. She tells of deep loss and trauma but also the beauties of family, friendship and faith.

While the poems in this collection are striking on their own, The Wine Edition pairs each poem with a suggested wine to heighten your reading. Rousseau uses her experience as a sommelier to create experiences that flood the senses with a combination of words that are truly unforgettable. 

This unique collection lays out which wine to pair with heartache and which best represents the state of modern relationships.


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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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Donyae Asante w/ Lindsie Bliss, theycallmericky - 6PM | $8
Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

Donyae Asante w/ Lindsie Bliss, theycallmericky - 6PM | $8


$8 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Donyae Asante is an soul and pop artist from the south side of Chicago. Born to a gospel family, Donyae started singing at a very young age. With a musical theater background and experience on stages, like the Taste of Chicago and The Elbo Room, Donyae has made a name for himself in The Windy City. With his upcoming album, Donyae Asante, he hopes to follow in the footsteps of Frank Ocean and Sam Smith and be a soundtrack for the LGBT community.


23-year-old from Chicago, IL, Lindsie Bliss began as a music lover/listener first, and an impassioned singer-songwriter second. Now diving headfirst into the exploration of her own music, Bliss hopes to capture the influence of the artists and music that shaped her through her own melodic lens of life experiences—with transformative lyrics and haunting honesty that resonates.


theycallmericky a 23 year old rapper from the southwest side of chicago. Began writing at the age of 12 with influences spanning multiple genres. The music I make often is self-reflective. A lot of what i write is honest emotions and feelings that I share in hopes to connect with others who may feel the same.


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Inho and the Violet Suns, Glow Pez, Will Barnard - 8PM | $10
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

Inho and the Violet Suns, Glow Pez, Will Barnard - 8PM | $10


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


Inho and the Violet Suns. Chicago artist focused on the healing nature of music. Eclectic sound.


Glow Pez. Two jazz musicians playing beat music trying to figure out if it sounds good and what other instruments they should use.


Will Barnard is a Chicago based saxophonist and composer. The Cosmograph project is a re-imagination of his space-themed summer album release, "Blue Shift". A 3 piece band, Cosmograph takes Will's acoustic compositions and reinvents them for live performance by electric and acoustic instruments.


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Ryman, Musa Reems, Solvega - 8PM | $10
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Ryman, Musa Reems, Solvega - 8PM | $10


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


Ryan Mannebach (aka Ryman) is a songwriter, music producer, guitarist and vocalist hailing from the Chicago area. After being the lead songwriter in his former band, The Native Woods, Ryman has ventured into uncharted territory by combining funk, rnb, soul, blues, hip hop, and jazz into his own unique sound. Currently, he is working on his debut album, which is expecting a January 2019 release.


Malik Muhammad also known as, Musa Reems, is a lyrically inclined emcee hailing from the west side of the Chicago. Fusing influences from multiple artistic genres, he is considered one of the most prolific and versatile artists to represent Chicago. He sites his influences as MF DOOM, The Wu-Tang Clan, Black Thought and Sean Price. Musa is also 1 / 2 of the neo – soul / hip hop duo, theinjuredparty. Reems is currently signed to AEMMP Records based in Chicago. Musa was born and raised in the Austin neighborhood, on the west side of Chicago and “Woodside, IL”. The gritty and fast-paced environment influenced Musa greatly, not only artistically, but as a complete person. He began writing and making music at the age of 15 with the Chicago rap collective, Children of I.L.L.I.O.S. He has been featured on ELEVATOR Magazine, Hip Hop DX, Lyrical Lemonade, Dead End Hip Hop, 2DOPEBOYZ, EARMILK, Fake Shore Drive, Ruby Hornet, Grass Routes Music Playlist Vol. 10, The Columbia Chronicle, and many more outlets.


Solvega. Neo-Samba group from Chicago


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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



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
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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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 ADDED 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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Cornucopia: Friendsgiving Showcase - 7pm | $10
Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

Cornucopia: Friendsgiving Showcase - 7pm | $10


$10 Cover charge is added to every individual’s food and beverage bill.

Seating is community style, come on in, sit down and meet a new friend!

Food donations accepted for the Lakeview Food Pantry!


Join Uncommon Ground for some of the best emerging musicians gathering in good ‘ol Friendsgiving fashion to celebrate an abundance of friends, food, drinks, and music we are fortunate enough to share. Then take the opportunity to share the abundance with those less fortunate by donating funds to the event’s co-sponsor, Lakeview Pantry.

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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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21st Annual JEFF BUCKLEY TRIBUTE
Nov
18
7:00 PM19:00

21st Annual JEFF BUCKLEY TRIBUTE


$55 PER PERSON

Includes: 3 course price fixed dinner & the tribute performance (including tax and gratuity)

Proceeds from this event will be donated to The Old Town School of Folk Music scholarship fund. By being a part of this event, you are supporting the next generation of artists

Participating Performers are:

Laura Glyda

Eleanor's Room

Ashley Peacock

Fiona McMahon

Zion Rodman

Polarizer

RJ Redline

B Forrest

V.V. Lightbody

Michael Alberts

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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 ADDED 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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GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Caroline York, Busy Bodies, midijoyful  - 8PM | $8
Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Caroline York, Busy Bodies, midijoyful - 8PM | $8

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!


$8 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Caroline York is a musician from the Western Suburbs of Chicago. After a lifetime of classical training and a degree from Taylor University in flute performance, she is now focused on her real love of singing/ songwriting.


Playing together since high school, the members of Busy Bodies combine heartfelt songwriting and a taste for vocal harmony with grit and humor. Following the lead of groups like the Band, Wilco, Fleet Foxes, they aren't content to stick with one particular genre or even one lead singer. Busy Bodies always play an eclectic show that delivers something for everyone. They are currently working on their debut release.


midijoyful is solo singer songwriter from Alsip Illinois.


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Greenstar Brewing Tour - 6PM | Ticket $30
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Greenstar Brewing Tour - 6PM | Ticket $30



Join Slow Food Chicago at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (3800 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60613) for a brewery tour of Greenstar Brewing. Your ticket to this guided tour will include 2 beer tickets per guest and access to a small vegetarian appetizer buffet. We hope you'll cozy up and join us for a night of "slow" drinks and "good, clean, fair" community.



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Max Subar w/ Loren Cole - 7PM | $10
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Max Subar w/ Loren Cole - 7PM | $10


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


Singer/songwriter Max Subar aims to remain bound to his midwestern roots with songs that radiate closeness and warmth. His debut EP ‘In a Dream’, released in April 2017, was described by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as possessing a “pastoral glow and a Nick Drake softness.” Since the release he has garnered a local following in Chicago, playing to full rooms at staple venues including Schubas and SPACE.


Wrapping little life truths in a warm blanket of Americana pop, Loren Cole draws inspiration from the light and shade of ordinary people. “I love when a song gives back,” says Loren. “Maybe it’s through the slightest perspective shift, or in the way it describes a feeling or situation that once seemed indescribable. Either way, you came out of it differently than you did going in. That’s what I want to give to others.” From the banks of Bay City, Michigan, Loren grew up with the shelter of a small town and the determination of someone who’s lived through 6-month winters. Leaving her days of cold behind, she travels between Los Angeles, Nashville and England, touring and collaborating with other artists. She enjoys comfort food, Golden Doodles and reading the first half of self-help books.


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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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CLARK BECKHAM - 7PM | $10
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

CLARK BECKHAM - 7PM | $10


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

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS


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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URBAN TWANG and Echo & Ransom - 7pm | $12
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

URBAN TWANG and Echo & Ransom - 7pm | $12

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$12 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL

OR CALL (773) 465-9801 TO RESERVE YOUR SEATS IN THE LISTENING ROOM


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


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Singer/songwriters Colleen Wild and Jason Benefield met in the early 2000's and quickly became collaborators and friends. After performing together throughout the region, they went their separate ways, had families, and honed their crafts in other projects. In late 2016, they reunited to play a show, which turned into a handful of shows, which eventually became the acoustic duo Echo and Ransom. Since then, they've made a name for themselves for their powerhouse vocals, tight harmonies, honest songwriting, and their ability to engage and entertain a crowd.


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

JESS NOLAN w/ Ellisa 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.  


B Forrest is a multifaceted multi-instrumentalist producer / songwriter hailing from Chicago. After initially being self-taught on the guitar and laptop production, he changed majors to music by the encouragement of a jazz drummer. While studying music at University, he fell in love with every genre is could study, from classical, to world (he's spent time living in Europe and Africa and soaked in those sounds), jazz, folk, and electronic music. 10 years later and he's still in love with music, but only because he's constantly evolving his sound; at current with self-sampling and a synthesis of laptop production with live performance. B pushes sonic boundaries and refuses to be defined by the status quo required by an artist needing to pick a lane. 

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Caroline Lucius with curt. - 7PM | $10
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Caroline Lucius with curt. - 7PM | $10


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


Caroline Lucius is an emerging singer-songwriter born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Her unique narrative style and intuitive lyricism engages her audiences as she invites them along an insightful, honest set. Amidst pop-rock melodies, her lyrics evoke a sense of nostalgia in even the least sentimental. Described as a “timeless wonderment” by her close friends, her midwestern roots and revelatory truth-telling foster connection to her audience as they cultivate a better connection to themselves.


Curt Graves, "Creation is catharsis." With this poignant phrase in mind, curt.,a New Jersey rapper dedicated to spilling his heart with every line he writes, paints pictures of his life. A lifelong poet and lover of literature, his meticulous rhyming intrigues the most brilliant of minds while his penchant for storytelling allows for people from all walks of life to relate to his songs. A true rose from the concrete, his only goal is to make people "feel" and find comfort in being their genuine selves, no matter what society expects or prefers. Welcome to his world.


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GENE MICOFSKY w/ BAERTRUM, Dinotron - 6PM | $8
Nov
6
6:00 PM18:00

GENE MICOFSKY w/ BAERTRUM, Dinotron - 6PM | $8


$8 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


From street brawls to concert halls, Gene Micofsky’s story hits all the beats. Born in south Philadelphia to a modest but supportive blue-collar family, Gene experienced the less-savory aspects of inner-city life, such as stolen bikes and gang violence. Conversely, he was also exposed to a tightly-knit community that would be a lifelong influence. As a pre-teen, the family moved to the New Jersey suburbs. With less trouble to get into, Gene became obsessed with the electric guitar, specifically classic rock guitar heroes. Upon finishing high school, a burgeoning interest in jazz and classical music naturally lead to composition studies in college. Here everything came full circle: Gene was once again living in Philadelphia, but now writing concert music, scoring films, and thrashing out clubs with loud rock bands.

After relocating to Los Angeles, Gene Micofsky’s eclectic style has remained in tact; where he juggles songwriting, performing, composing and producing. His music draws from a wealth of genres culminating in a uniquely cinematic Americana sound. As a performer, he has shared the stage with the likes of Charlie Daniels Band, Little Big Town, Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes, Joe Nichols and many others. As a composer he has written music for Comcast, Lionsgate, Beats, Nike, Comedy Central and many more. His solo debut LP, Amusia, is slated for release Friday October 12th 2018.


Baertrum. Manchild and Sagittarius. Born of Lisa and Patrick


Dinotron. Singer/songwriter playing stripped down versions of my recorded work. Recorded tunes feature layered vocal harmonies and zero electronic percussion. 


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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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POOR CALVIN with Nikki Morgan, Fauvely - 6PM | $10
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

POOR CALVIN with Nikki Morgan, Fauvely - 6PM | $10


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


Poor Calvin is a Chicago based band bringing new life to both rock and blues. The old soul of singer-songwriter Brian Doherty (vocals, rhythm guitar) is captured in his introspective lyrics and timeless melodies, with the modern indie rock rhythms of Evan Opitz (guitar), Kevin McMahon (bass), and Jimmy Kowalczyk (percussion). Poor Calvin writes music that will make you cry or dance, depending on your mood that day.


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


Fauvely is the project of Chicago-based singer-guitarist Sophie Brochu, who creates deeply personal dream-pop music. After completing her master’s in fiction writing and feeling frustrated with the constraist of her craft, Sophie turned to music for its raw and immediate release. The title of her debut EP, Watch Me Overcomplicate This (Midwest Action, 2017), speaks to the confessional tone of songs that range from delicately self-effacing to hauntingly sad. Fauvely’s LP, Tides, transports listeners to the salty coast of Sophie’s hometown, Savannah, GA. Louder and bolder than her EP, these intensely brooding songs are the result of a new confidence possessed by Sophie, and the desire to come to terms with haunting memories in a place revered for its beauty. Fauvely has cultivated a strong presence in Chicago, sharing the stage with internationally acclaimed artists Stella Donnelly, Gemma Ray, Ryley Walker, and Ultimate Painting.


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