Nick Olson w/ joJB, SayLotus- 7pm | $10
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Nick Olson w/ joJB, SayLotus- 7pm | $10


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


24 year old singer and guitar player Nick Olson has been singing his whole life from musical theater, acapella, punk rock, jazz, and more. He has been playing guitar for roughly a year.


joJB and 'Quenna Lené and The Tapestries' is a budding music collective from the Chicagoland area. We pride ourselves on the artistic principle of valuing process over product. We currently have a few releases on SoundCloud and are preparing to release our first collective, self-titled, mixtape album.



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Groundswell Educational Films Presents: The Doc Talk Show- 7PM | FREE
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

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

Groundswell Educational Films Presents - The Doc Talk Show



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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Juliette Gardiner w/ Noah Brooks Coalition & Warped Wonder - 8pm | $10
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Juliette Gardiner w/ Noah Brooks Coalition & Warped Wonder - 8pm | $10


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


The Gardiner Quintet is a Chicago based group of musicians and composers who perform throughout the city regularly. All students of Elmhurst College, these jazz musicians are some of the city’s up and coming sounds in jazz.


Noah Brooks, an up and coming young Jazz drummer and band leader was born in Madison, WI and moved early in his life to Dekalb, IL. Showing aptitude and signs of his love for music at a very early age, he started his career in music by taking piano and drum lessons. Noah currently plays in the Chicagoland area with many different groups while also leading his own group, The Noah Brooks Coalition. This group features many up and coming young Jazz musicians from the Chicagoland area.


What initially began as a gathering of young college musicians became a group with a grand vision, Warped Wonder. Dekalb’s baddest indie-fusion band creates a beautiful, compelling, and fun listening experience for their audiences by blending alternative R&B, jazz, and Latin music. Above all, Warped Wonder aims to speak to the human condition with their music.


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Beatmakers Chicago: Beat Cypher & Open Workshop 3-5pm | FREE
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Beatmakers Chicago: Beat Cypher & Open Workshop 3-5pm | FREE

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Be sure to see the instructions to getting involved!

Full food and beverage menu will be available for order


Similar to an Open Mic for beat makers, and inspired by the BeatMakers event series in Taipei Taiwan, Come check out BeatMakers Chicago! Follow the instructions below to participate in the BeatCypher and/or bring your own work for the Open Workshop to play and discuss!

All levels are welcome!

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Fragile Soul, Suri, Shantina Lynet' - 7pm | $10
Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

Fragile Soul, Suri, Shantina Lynet' - 7pm | $10


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


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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 to somber lyrics that resonates with their audience. Starting as a singer-songwriter duo, the group has expanded their sound by adding a drummer and bassist. They have recently released their EP “The Runaway” in July 2018 to showcase their full blues rock sound.


It started in an airplane from Kunming, China to Hong Kong. Suri was deciding whether she wanted to take a piano teaching job away from Chicago, where she was born and raised. As fears of failure, and worries about her insecurities rose to the surface mid-flight, she knew she couldn't make a choice at that very moment, but she knew one thing for sure, and that was to write a song. Between the yes and No, she had to write the song.

Suri is still connected to her classical music roots, but has performed as a Jazz singer and as a folk/pop artist. She’s recently teamed up with producer, mixer Taylor K. Phipps for her latest project “As I Am”. The EP is a fusion of Suri’s sweet vocals, poetic lyrics, and piano themes with the electric, synth feel. She may not know your story, but she hopes you will find that hers resonants with yours.


Sexy, confident, sensual, musical, chill, and vibrant are all words to perfectly describe the style of 22 year old Shantina Lynet' (pronounced Len-AY), a singer, songwriter, and performer from the south suburbs of Chicago. She was born into a large family and has been doing music since a young age. She’s been singing in church with her family since the age of 4 but was also heavily influenced by artists of other genres such as Drake, Chris Brown, and Jazmine Sullivan. She received her bachelors in Theatre and film from Western Illinois University in December 2017.

In 2016 she released her debut EP, #Stuvibes, which started her journey as an artist. Since the release, Shantina Lynet’ has released other works, one of them being her newest single, Chanel Covered Hearts, released March 1st, 2018. Her album, 10,000 Hours is what fans can expect next. Shantina Lynet’s goal with her music is to inspire other people and bring back musicality to mainstream music. “I want people to know that you can be GREAT at what you do, and as long as you are perfecting your craft-whatever that may be- you can do anything.”


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
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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Homegrown Residency: ILLVILLE Vanguard - 8pm | $10
Apr
30
8:00 PM20:00

Homegrown Residency: ILLVILLE Vanguard - 8pm | $10


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

$1 out of every cover is donated to Lakeview Pantry, the rest goes directly to the musicians


Homegrown Residency at Uncommon Ground is a weekly residency offering emerging Chicago musicians a fertile bed to plant their roots and grow. Every Tuesday for one month, a new emerging band tests their new material, reveals their ongoing process and are joined by hand picked guests as listeners enjoy beer from Greenstar Brewery, the first all organic brewery in IL, and food from the first 4-star restaurant with a certified organic rooftop farm in the U.S.


$1 out of every cover charge is donated to Lakeview Pantry to help nourish our local community!


ILLVILLE VANGUARD is a chicago based music group that's all about creating new ideas. ILLVILLE created a sound that is unique and can't be compared to anything else. Lead by Gabriel Alston, ILLVILLE is known for providing a high energy atmosphere that's fun, free, emotional and exciting. Their musical sound is heavily shaped by Jazz, Gospel, Funk, Jazz Fusion, Hip-Hop, Latin and Neo Soul. Having a wide range of musical influences places ILLVILLE's sound in a category of its own. ILLVILLE is second to none and will always leave listeners satisfied and craving for the next ILLVILLE experience.


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Jeff Ruby w/ Chantel Charis & The Artist Formally Known As Vince - 7pm | $10
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Jeff Ruby w/ Chantel Charis & The Artist Formally Known As Vince - 7pm | $10


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


Jeff Ruby is a rock and folk singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. He grew up in rural Indiana listening to classic rock bands like The Rolling Stones as well as grunge bands like Nirvana. He's released four independent albums with a new release due out this year.


Chantel Charis is a singer-songwriter from Northern Illinois. It is likely that you have never heard a voice quite like hers, able to change from an etherial and haunting quality to a dark and moody timbre. Her music explores the limits of traditional songwriting with her versatile sound and thoughtful lyrics. Chantel enjoys working with dense string textures in her music, a quality likely acquired through playing the violin from the age of five. She writes music for the ukulele, violin, piano, guitar, and sometimes lap dulcimer. In addition to songwriting, Chantel also writes for various orchestral settings, often expanding and orchestrating her original songs. She is currently working towards her bachelors in Music Performance at Northern Illinois University with the violin and regularly performs both classical music on the violin her original music.


Rock N Roll performer who moonlights as a singer-songwriter.


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Bitter Mary w/ Peggy Tenderass & Gross Guitar Girl - 8pm | $10
May
3
8:00 PM20:00

Bitter Mary w/ Peggy Tenderass & Gross Guitar Girl - 8pm | $10


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


bitter mary is a Chicago based singer-songwriter using music as a form of storytelling, always with something to dwell on.


Logan Square-based Peggy Tenderass brings classic soul, neo-soul, and rock to a trifecta of sound that will keep your hips swingin and toes tappin for a tender while. Peggy swoons and soars, navigating modern relationships, heartaches, and all-consuming love, over elegant, layered sounds with a band that sounds much bigger than it actually is.


Gross Guitar Girl is a comedic musician who currently sleeps in the city of Chicago. Whether she's kicking tinder date no-shows in the nuts or plotting the sweet revenge against her middle school bully, Emily is her name and self-deprecation is her game, baby.


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Caroline Lucius, Scott & Odie, Chris Rawlins - 8pm | $10
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Caroline Lucius, Scott & Odie, Chris Rawlins - 8pm | $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.


Veterans of the Chicago indie rock scene, Pravda recording artists Scott and Odie deliver potent acoustic rock tunes that they have re-envisioned and re-worked, from their usual full band setting. Melodic and artful, this duo energetically performs songs honed on stages and in studios throughout the Midwest. The fun they have playing is evident, and infectious for their audiences.


Chris Rawlins is a singer/songwriter based in Chicago, IL distinguished by his unique finger style guitar playing, vivid lyrics and blend of folk, jazz, country and pop sounds. Born in Michigan, he studied jazz guitar and creative writing at Western Michigan University, and worked as a bassist in a variety of rock and cover bands before venturing into Chicago's eclectic singer-songwriter scene. His debut LP releases February 8th, 2019.


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Alexandra Blair w/ Nikki Morgan & Anna May - 7pm | $10
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

Alexandra Blair w/ Nikki Morgan & Anna May - 7pm | $10


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


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Alexandra Blair, singer/songwriter has been playing music in Chicago for ten years. When she’s not playing acoustic music solo, she plays in a rock band called Bad Candy, performs modern dance with the Laboratory Dancers, and does activism work for survivors of domestic violence in the Victorious Project. She is very excited to get back on the Uncommon Ground stage alongside this group of awesome artists.


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.


Anna May


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Homegrown Residency: Saltwater Tap w/ Special Guest RAINNE - 8pm | $10
May
7
8:00 PM20:00

Homegrown Residency: Saltwater Tap w/ Special Guest RAINNE - 8pm | $10

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

$1 out of every cover is donated to Lakeview Pantry. Remaining profit goes to the artists!


Homegrown Residency at Uncommon Ground is a weekly residency offering emerging Chicago musicians a fertile bed to plant their roots and grow. Every Tuesday for one month, a new emerging band tests their new material, reveals their ongoing process and are joined by hand picked guests as listeners enjoy beer from Greenstar Brewery, the first all organic brewery in IL, and food from the first 4-star restaurant with a certified organic rooftop farm in the U.S.


$1 out of every cover charge is donated to Lakeview Pantry to help nourish our local community!


Saltwater Tap brings elements of Soul, Folk, and just about everything in between to the stage. With 6 musicians, the band provides a large but intimate sound awash with tight background vocals, mellow guitar lines, and tasteful keyboard grooves.

With an emphasis on hard-hitting and meaningful songwriting, they keep a certain 70s type of sound alive, and never fail to mention the importance of hydration.


Named for the various elemental twists that rain storms take — from a light inconvenient drizzle to an unequivocally torrential downpour — rising alt-pop duo RAINNE are drenched in emotional catharsis to their core. A weighted darkness is felt everywhere in the Los Angeles-based duo’s sonic universe: the classically trained pair — comprised of singer-songwriter Annie Dingwall and saxophonist/engineer Justin Klunk — blend a sophisticated pop songwriting prowess (and penchant for ear worms that cut) with a late-night-drive of a West Coast mystique that recalls the introspective bops of Bishop Briggs, Dua Lipa and Lorde — “the dark girls” starter kit. “We wanted something that reflected the darker, brooding, moody, aggressive music that we make,” Annie explains of the band’s fully soaked moniker. “A lot of people like rain. It’s not always necessarily in a negative context.”


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Tiny Shoulders w/ Venus Effekt & Pianopat93 - 8pm | $10
May
8
8:00 PM20:00

Tiny Shoulders w/ Venus Effekt & Pianopat93 - 8pm | $10


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


Tiny Shoulders is an indie-folk rock group based in Chicago, Il, with a sound that blends singer/songwriter folk music with Southern gothic and blues. The band consists of Leigh Yenrick (vocals), Tess Taruskin (fiddle/violin), and Travis Cook (guitar/vocals). They have performed in Chicago at Uncommon Ground, Cornservatory, and Duly Noted/On Tour Brewing, and are looking to record their first album later in 2019. They have big dreams, but such tiny shoulders - they do not care for pigeons.


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Born and raised in Chicago, Pianopat93 is a passionate musician playing piano and percussion for most of my life. Pianopat93 is currently working on solo piano works and wants their music to one day make it on the big screen.


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GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Paige Hargrove, Kayla Lewis, Brian Lawrey  - 8PM | $8
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Paige Hargrove, Kayla Lewis, Brian Lawrey - 8PM | $8


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


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Paige Hargrove is a singer-songwriter living in Chicago, IL. From traveling back and forth from her past home in Atlanta, Ga, Paige has played at a variety of venues. Paige was voted Balcony Tv Atlanta's best session of 2016 and has also opened-up for multiple award-winning singer-songwriters, including Chuck Cannon and Mike Mentz.

Over the past couple of years she has focused on producing her full length album, Georgia (released 9/21/18). Her new album gives her listeners a uniquely intimate and live experience. Paige is eager to share her new work with her fans. Sign up for her mailing list to be notified when she's touring near you.


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Kayla Lewis is from Algonquin, IL and is a student at Loyola University.


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In the summer of 2016, Brian stumbled into the Hoboken (NJ) music scene, walking into a loose collection of amateur and professional musicians who took pride in their collaborative, enthusiastic, and genre-hopping ways. He spent a couple of years practicing, writing, and performing original folk songs, finding constant inspiration in the amazing musicians he found himself surrounded by. His music focuses on the constant journey towards self acceptance-seeking to reconcile past resentments in order to live a more fruitful, peaceful, and compassionate life.


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GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Paige Hargrove, Kayla Lewis, Brian Lawrey - 8pm | $8
May
9
8:00 PM20:00

GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Paige Hargrove, Kayla Lewis, Brian Lawrey - 8pm | $8


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


Paige Hargrove is a singer-songwriter living in Chicago, IL. From traveling back and forth from her past home in Atlanta, Ga, Paige has played at a variety of venues. Paige was voted Balcony Tv Atlanta's best session of 2016 and has also opened-up for multiple award-winning singer-songwriters, including Chuck Cannon and Mike Mentz. Over the past couple of years she has focused on producing her full length album, Georgia (released 9/21/18). Her new album gives her listeners a uniquely intimate and live experience. Paige is eager to share her new work with her fans. Sign up for her mailing list to be notified when she's touring near you.


Kayla Lewis is from Algonquin, IL and is a student at Loyola University.


In the summer of 2016, Brian Lawrey stumbled into the Hoboken (NJ) music scene, walking into a loose collection of amateur and professional musicians who took pride in their collaborative, enthusiastic, and genre-hopping ways. He spent a couple of years practicing, writing, and performing original folk songs, finding constant inspiration in the amazing musicians he found himself surrounded by. His music focuses on the constant journey towards self acceptance-seeking to reconcile past resentments in order to live a more fruitful, peaceful, and compassionate life.


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Brian McGrath w/ Philly D Slim & Genna Simon - 8pm | $10
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

Brian McGrath w/ Philly D Slim & Genna Simon - 8pm | $10


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


Brian McGrath is a Folk Americana singer & songwriter in Chicago, Illinois. McGrath's work is intense; an honest conviction tempered by midwest sensibility and grit, focused on the dark side of the modern human experience...the forgotten, the discarded, the hidden...a big man with a big voice singing tales of broken characters, desolate landscapes, and fleeting redemption all along the roads connecting Chicago and the Northwoods

Brian McGrath's recent releases include 2018's "Into the Grey" and "The Devil's Toil," and 2017's "The Woods Are Burning." He is currently working on his next release and planning a Spring/Summer regional tour around the midwest.


An Urban Folk singersongwriter, Philly D Slim has been bringing his cooled down sound and introspective lyrics to stages across the Midwest. His new EP Blacktop River is streaming now in all streaming services!


Genna Simon is a singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL.


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Grant Milliren w/ Jack Kapson & Andie - 7:30PM | $10
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Grant Milliren w/ Jack Kapson & Andie - 7:30PM | $10


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


After parting ways with his first band, Canine Club, Grant Milliren began working on his solo career. His goal was to refine his craft and make his music say something more personal. After a little over a year’s worth of work, Milliren released his first single “Inside My Head” off of his debut LP.

His debut LP “The Little Things” was released in August on the student-run record label, Deck Records (formerly known as STU Records), at his university. The record showcases Milliren’s personal life through emo and indie influenced music. The LP was recorded and produced by Old Sol drummer, Geoff Siuciak.

Being a Chicago area native, he has played countless shows at many Chicago area venues, and went on his first tour with his full band at the end of the summer in 2018.
He is currently working on his next project, while playing local shows in Illinois as well as touring with his band.


Jack Kapson is Chicago-based guitarist, singer, songwriter. He has developed an eclectic sound as a result of many years of casual, academic, and professional exposure to a wide range of musical styles, including RnB, Soul, Rock, Reggae, Jazz, and Hip-hop. His wide-ranging taste has resulted in a blend of musically stylistic elements that neatly fit together to create his distinct sound. Each song contains carefully crafted lyrics that include but are not limited to themes of positivity, social consciousness, spirituality, going with the flow, and always striving to keep it real.


ANDIE is a singer-songwriter new to the Chicago scene. With her sharp lyrics & sultry voice, she creates a uniquely atmospheric environment. She is currently attending Columbia College Chicago to pursue a degree in Contemporary Music. Her first EP, “Night Show”, is available on all music platforms. Her 2nd EP, “Over It”, will be available spring 2019.


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Luke MacRoberts w/ Hong Kong - 7:30pm | $10
May
12
7:30 PM19:30

Luke MacRoberts w/ Hong Kong - 7:30pm | $10


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


Luke MacRoberts is a guitarist/singer/composer from Chicago IL, currently living in Mexico City. He has played with several local Chicago bands such as The Drastics, and JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound and has been a songwriter for nearly his whole life. After playing prog-rock for the last few years in his Mexico City based band Missing Marbles, the time has come for his first solo release. Much of the original sound to his songs stem from a love for folk music and prog, which can be heard through profound yet honest lyrics which juxtapose over odd time signatures and often dissonant harmony. The music in itself may fight to find continuity, drastically changing between styles more often than not, but the unapologetic authenticity of the lyrics bridge the gap, creating sound all its own.


Hong Kong is an instrumental hip-hop group with the goal of providing chill beats and good vibes, taking inspiration from the likes of Nujabes to Ahmad Jamal.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Homegrown Residency: Saltwater Tap w/ Special Guests Cait Arq & Long Lost - 8pm | $10
May
14
8:00 PM20:00

Homegrown Residency: Saltwater Tap w/ Special Guests Cait Arq & Long Lost - 8pm | $10

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

$1 out of every cover is donated to Lakeview Pantry. Remaining profit goes to the artists!


Homegrown Residency at Uncommon Ground is a weekly residency offering emerging Chicago musicians a fertile bed to plant their roots and grow. Every Tuesday for one month, a new emerging band tests their new material, reveals their ongoing process and are joined by hand picked guests as listeners enjoy beer from Greenstar Brewery, the first all organic brewery in IL, and food from the first 4-star restaurant with a certified organic rooftop farm in the U.S.


$1 out of every cover charge is donated to Lakeview Pantry to help nourish our local community!


Saltwater Tap brings elements of Soul, Folk, and just about everything in between to the stage. With 6 musicians, the band provides a large but intimate sound awash with tight background vocals, mellow guitar lines, and tasteful keyboard grooves.

With an emphasis on hard-hitting and meaningful songwriting, they keep a certain 70s type of sound alive, and never fail to mention the importance of hydration.


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

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


Fiercely spirited and relentlessly authentic, The Long Lost write songs laced with both bleeding heart optimism and bitter cynicism. The Chicago Americana/Alt-country group blurs the line between happy and sad, creating misleadingly upbeat songs about the dark and disheartening times in life. Above all else, the music of The Long Lost centers around the intuitive harmonies of front-women Avalos and Burke. This distinct vocal pairing is shaped by influences across the decades - the glamour of early rock and roll, the theatrics of mid century country, as well welcoming the guidance of the modern folk-rock genre. The band succeeds in capturing a singular, unique sound.

Continually honing their sound, The Long Lost has grown into a five piece outfit playing off their vintage-tinged Americana sound. Although their music has evolved, Avalos and Burke offer variety in their performance, often returning to their roots as a duo and playing their songs in the natural, raw style they were created

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Ashley Peacock w/ Zion Rodman, Cara Schauble & Jay Killman - 7pm | $10
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Ashley Peacock w/ Zion Rodman, Cara Schauble & Jay Killman - 7pm | $10


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


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Ashley Peacock: Cutting his teeth as an artist on everything from Detroit punk clubs to Ann Arbor listening rooms in the late 90’s, this Michigan native then spent years abroad in many US markets honing his craft as an artist and producer which evolved into a passion for artist development. He returned to Flint, MI in 2013 and established Soul Foundry to help artists actualize their worth and carve out healthy pathways for themselves in the creative industry through everything from consultation and workshops to full on management. Still an active songwriter, Ashley is returning to form as a performing artist and is working preproduction on new material.


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Jay Killman and Cara Schauble of "Jay & Cara" are a jazz duo based out of Wilmington, NC and have been putting their own take on beloved tunes for 2 years now. Due to their jazz fusion vibe and love of exploring music, no two shows are ever the same. From jazz classics to fresh hits, there is something for everyone and you are guaranteed a new and interesting performance every time. This is just the beginning for Jay & Cara as they continue to expand upon their sound and challenge their musical abilities. Don't miss 'em!


"Buttery bass-driven bumpers topped by a smoothly crooning voice, Zion Rodman‘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 has lived in Chicago since the fall of 2017, where he 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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Cheer Chair, Anti/Beyond, Jae Deco - 8pm | $10
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

Cheer Chair, Anti/Beyond, Jae Deco - 8pm | $10


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


The 4th music project of Chicago's Morgan Samson, Cheer Chair, evolved from synth pop and religious living. A honest lyrical outlook with a purposefully poppy tone achieves a goal of modestly suggesting spirituality in a more welcoming and vibrant style of music. Sacredly motivated, Morgan aims to provide a new take on expression through his songs that are coated in indie melodies and peaceful translations.


Anti/Beyond is a Chicago-based meditative indie rock act that explores themes of sexual ambiguity over layered, nuanced melodies. Seasoned with the occasional cell phone field recording, the result is a fresh, vulnerable style of indie rock with a “meditative” flair. Their first full-length album, self-titled, was released in late December 2016.


Jae Deco is a pop singer-songwriter from Chicago. He’s produced a cover video for his YouTube channel every week since 2018 and loves to create visuals for his art. Jae’s sultry, seductive tunes will not only be stuck in your head for days, but also give you an amazing emotional experience.


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LA CACCINA - 7:30pm | $15
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

LA CACCINA - 7:30pm | $15


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


La Caccina's mission is to exemplify the versatility of the female voice and contribute new and innovative works to the treble canon. La Caccina found its namesake in Francesca Caccini, a prolific Baroque composer known for her musical prowess and beautiful singing voice. Founded in 2011, we try to approach treble vocal music with a fresh perspective and creative programming. Whether singing Renaissance madrigals or Appalachian folk melodies, we are committed to sharing the joy of music with our audiences.


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Rebecca Loebe w/ Makena Hartlin - 7pm | $15
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

Rebecca Loebe w/ Makena Hartlin - 7pm | $15


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


Rebecca Loebe is not just another talent. She’s a talent — a sophisticated, mature writer with a relevant point of view and an assured, nuanced voice that’s both elegant and earthy, powerful and delicate, with a range and depth she hints at more than flashes. When the moment’s right, however, she’ll glide up a scale like Norah Jones, or drop right into a crag in Fiona Apple’s sidewalk. But timing and delivery alone don’t make an artist. There’s got to be substance as well, and Loebe fearlessly probes the rawest corners of her psyche to find it. “There's a lot of me talking to myself,” she says. “I’m writing a lot of empowerment jams these days, and I think it's because it's what I need. I've written albums full of what I needed to say, but this album is full of songs I need to hear.” And now she’s on a guerrilla mission to share messages others need to hear as well.

Inventively marrying elements of folk, pop, rock, blues and jazz, Loebe takes vocal left turns when you think she’ll go right, or shifts from breezy to profound in a single phrase. And each surprising twist makes her music that much more entrancing.


Makena Hartlin is a young Chicago native with a spell binding voice who blends elements of pop, jazz, and folk to create a unique sound. With engaging melodies and heartfelt lyrics, her music is intimate and captivating.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
May
20
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Homegrown Residency: Saltwater Tap w/ Special Guests Leah Jean and Van Isaacson - 8pm | $10
May
21
8:00 PM20:00

Homegrown Residency: Saltwater Tap w/ Special Guests Leah Jean and Van Isaacson - 8pm | $10

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

$1 out of every cover is donated to Lakeview Pantry. Remaining profit goes to the artists!


Homegrown Residency at Uncommon Ground is a weekly residency offering emerging Chicago musicians a fertile bed to plant their roots and grow. Every Tuesday for one month, a new emerging band tests their new material, reveals their ongoing process and are joined by hand picked guests as listeners enjoy beer from Greenstar Brewery, the first all organic brewery in IL, and food from the first 4-star restaurant with a certified organic rooftop farm in the U.S.


$1 out of every cover charge is donated to Lakeview Pantry to help nourish our local community!


Saltwater Tap brings elements of Soul, Folk, and just about everything in between to the stage. With 6 musicians, the band provides a large but intimate sound awash with tight background vocals, mellow guitar lines, and tasteful keyboard grooves.

With an emphasis on hard-hitting and meaningful songwriting, they keep a certain 70s type of sound alive, and never fail to mention the importance of hydration.


On a regular day, you can find Leah Jean penning a heartfelt lyric, humming an infectious melody, or letting her fingers find the guitar riff that will inspire a soulful song. Adorned with honest lyrics that hit close to home, Leah Jean's music resonates and stays with you far beyond the final note. Haunting vocals and harmonies soar over moody backdrops colored with undertones of bluesy jazz, folk, and soul. Leah has performed at several venues around the Chicago area including Emporium, Beat Kitchen, Martyrs, The Metro, and Uncommon Ground.

You can find Leah Jean's debut EP "Comme Je Trouve" on all streaming services.


Originally from Chippewa Falls, WI, Van Isaacson has been playing violin for 16 years and is well-versed in Americana, Soul, Pop and Folk. As a skilled multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Van has played for many bands in the Chicago and Nashville area. His own songs are Americana/Pop anthems with soulful lyrics and warm, rich vocals. He currently resides in Chicago and continues to create his own music while playing and writing for local bands.


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Dylan Holland w/ Peyton Lescher - 7pm | $10 - $20
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Dylan Holland w/ Peyton Lescher - 7pm | $10 - $20



 

Dylan Holland started his career as a young YouTube sensation in 2012. He built a 250k+ online following and toured with a wide genre of acts from Rae Sremmurd to Jacob Whitesides.

Starting off as a singer song writer, Dylan later ventured into a urban/pop direction. Dylan has been working with Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome to hone his craft and further develop the new direction of sound. Although he isn’t limiting himself to one type of sound, his show is just him, a guitar, being vulnerable on stage, with his amazing gift to move audiences of all ages.


Peyton Lescher is a singer/songwriter based out of St. Augustine, Florida, originally from Chicago, Illinois.  She has been singing in various venues in Florida since the age of 14 with her accompanists Dominic Steenson and Spencer Dupree. Most recently, Peyton released her first single ‘Bright’ on all music platforms! 

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Ira Wolf w/ Lee Henke - 7pm | $15
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Ira Wolf w/ Lee Henke - 7pm | $15


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


With more than 50 million streams on Spotify, Ira Wolf has quickly made a name for herself as an independent artist.
Raised in the mountains of Montana, based in Nashville, and making a home on the road, Ira Wolf's music and writing are vulnerably honest as she explores heartache, homesickness, and the highs and lows of an unconventional wandering lifestyle. She draws from personal experience and connects on an intimate level with her audience through her truthful lyrics and melancholy vocals.


Always on the road, currently traveling in a 1988 Volkswagen Vanagon, Lee Henke works tirelessly at his crafts. A midwestern singer-songwriter and carpenter who is sincerely dedicated to quality and simplicity. With a demand for constant progress, he delivers well-constructed songs and woodworks with a even blend of contour and grit.
For the past 5 years, he has been touring the country playing 150+ shows a year. He released his first solo effort entitled Schema EP in September of 2015.


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Jon Allegretto, Stephen Francis, Sean Pikofsky - 8pm | $10
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

Jon Allegretto, Stephen Francis, Sean Pikofsky - 8pm | $10


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


Jon Allegretto is a nationally-touring singer/guitarist/songwriter based in Chicago, IL. Whether performing as an acoustic solo act, as the frontman of the veteran Chicago rock trio A Friend Called Fire, or leading his newest endeavor The Jon Allegretto Collective, Jon displays a wide variety of musical styles tastefully while remaining centered in his own distinctive sound. From delicate ballads to gritty rock 'n' roll and soulful blues, Jon's performances are unique, often spontaneous, and always engaging.


Stephen Francis has spent the last 9 years touring and fronting with the Chicago based band Model Stranger. Dubbed "rock n' roll classicists" and "an eclectic synthesis of psychedelic grunge and classic rock" by Chicago press, Model Stranger's sound and unique look has pleased rock n' roll purists and indie rock fans. As a solo artist Stephen uses the opportunity to showcase a different set of songs and on occasion explore stripped down version of Model Stranger music.


Sean Pikofsky is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and composer.


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The Jack Sundstrom Collective & The Jabb Quartet - 7:30pm | $10
May
25
7:30 PM19:30

The Jack Sundstrom Collective & The Jabb Quartet - 7:30pm | $10


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


Jack Sundstrom is a bassist composer from the suburbs of Chicago. His music blends modern jazz with various popular and world music styles.

The Jabb Quartet consists of four jazz singers from Glenbrook South High School.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
May
27
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Homegrown Residency: Saltwater Tap w/ Special Guest Poor Calvin - 8pm | $10
May
28
8:00 PM20:00

Homegrown Residency: Saltwater Tap w/ Special Guest Poor Calvin - 8pm | $10

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

$1 out of every cover is donated to Lakeview Pantry. Remaining profit goes to the artists!


Homegrown Residency at Uncommon Ground is a weekly residency offering emerging Chicago musicians a fertile bed to plant their roots and grow. Every Tuesday for one month, a new emerging band tests their new material, reveals their ongoing process and are joined by hand picked guests as listeners enjoy beer from Greenstar Brewery, the first all organic brewery in IL, and food from the first 4-star restaurant with a certified organic rooftop farm in the U.S.


$1 out of every cover charge is donated to Lakeview Pantry to help nourish our local community!


Saltwater Tap brings elements of Soul, Folk, and just about everything in between to the stage. With 6 musicians, the band provides a large but intimate sound awash with tight background vocals, mellow guitar lines, and tasteful keyboard grooves.

With an emphasis on hard-hitting and meaningful songwriting, they keep a certain 70s type of sound alive, and never fail to mention the importance of hydration.


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.


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Groundswell Educational Films Presents - 7PM | FREE
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Groundswell Educational Films Presents - 7PM | FREE

Groundswell Educational Films Presents - The Doc Talk Show



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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i.e. kokoro w/ David Coulson - 8pm | $10
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

i.e. kokoro w/ David Coulson - 8pm | $10


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


i.e. kokoro is the moniker for Chicago-based musician, Kelly Reed. With crafted lyrics, crisp vocals, and thoughtful compositions, her musical sensibilities have been likened to artists such as Emily Haines, Susanne Sundfør, and Cat Power.


Frontman and remaining founder of the band Shy Technology, David Coulson continues his push to reach others with his music. David founded the Chicago based label New Black Market this year and is working on his 8th release with the band Shy Technology. Beyond Shy Technology, David is known to deliver strong acoustic performances that remove the wall of sound from a full band and leave the honest true grit of his music.


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Lena Elizabeth w/ Brianna Kočka & Sam Sherman - 8pm | $10
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Lena Elizabeth w/ Brianna Kočka & Sam Sherman - 8pm | $10


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


Lena Elizabeth is a singer/songwriter based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, writing songs influenced by folk storytelling with a voice rooted in the blues. The youngest in a household full of musicians, she succeeds in blending old and new influences to create a Pop/Roots sound that is approachable across generations.
Lena Elizabeth released her full length album, “Get It Right”, on November 29th, 2018. After the successful release of her debut EP, “The Line”, Lena has taken her music to the next level with this new record. “Get It Right” is a story of self-acceptance, anxiety, anger, relationships (good & bad) and through it all finding home. You can expect the same powerful vocals of Lena Elizabeth with even more confidence and attitude, upbeat and laidback grooves, Rock ‘n’ Roll anthems, honest and bold lyrics, beautiful complex harmonies, tasty guitar licks, playful bass lines, and a lot of raw emotion.


Brianna Kočka is a singer, songwriter, musician and producer based out of Minneapolis, MN. She has a broad and diverse musical background, and while each project has had it’s own distinct sound, Kočka is best known for her honesty through songwriting—she believes that music is a form of give and take, that lyrics and melodies are an important part of shared life, and that we use these creative spaces to engage in our humanness together.
Brianna grew up in a suburb of the Twin Cities, teaching herself to play guitar at age twelve, and subsequently started to write songs soon thereafter. She released her first album, “Write by Night,” in 2010 under her own name. This album was a collection of songs related to the end of an important relationship in her life, and the joys of living in the Maritimes of Canada, where she lived from 2007 - 2011.
Needing a break from city life, Brianna moved to an island off the east coast to work and live for ten months. While there she began playing guitar again, and out poured an album's worth of Folk/Americana songs related to the hardships of life, the realities of marriage, and living in isolation. Kočka again lives in the Twin Cities and released her second studio album, Dreamlife, on May 1, 2018 on Suntanman Records.


Sam Sherman is a member of Chicago-based rock/country/pop act BC Sherman. The band recently released their debut EP "Love is Real" and combines musicians from a variety of backgrounds to create their signature "music to listen to while crying and sitting in your car, in a movie theater parking lot in Green Bay, Wisconsin" sound.


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Abud: A Band w/ Marianne and the Imaginary Band, Plucky Rosenthal - 7pm | $10
Jun
2
7:00 PM19:00

Abud: A Band w/ Marianne and the Imaginary Band, Plucky Rosenthal - 7pm | $10


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


Abud: A Band is a 5 piece acoustic dance band fronted by Oud player/composer James Abud. The band has been getting audiences jumping since February of 2018 with their original blend of American Folk, Soul Jazz, Bluegrass, and Arabic Dance Music. The mission statement of the band is to create a positive, self-love themed music that marries virtuosic musicianship to beautifully emotional, honest and often hilarious storytelling. The singalongs are infectious. Featuring the sounds of Emily McGinn (violin/vocals), Will Smith (guitar/banjo/vocals) Kitt Lyles (upright bass/vocals) and Stevenson Valentor (drums/percussion/vocals), all five members of the band are music educators and committed to making excellent and nourishing music happen.


Marianne and the Imaginary Band is a Chicago-based group performing an eclectic mix of folk and pop originals and covers, klezmer, and jazz Manouche.


"...daffy & sweetly outlandish..." - Chicago Tribune
Plucky Rosenthal is vintage-style musician, drawing influence from vaudeville, tin pan alley, and more shtick than you can shake a stick at. A mainstay of the Chicago cabaret scene, she can be seen at such local watering holes as the Green Mill, the Drifter, the California Clipper, and as the emcee for the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers as her alter ego Harry Scaray. Festivals include Chicago Women's Funny Fest, Windy City Burlesque Festival, Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, and as a semi-finalist for the Andy Kaufman Awards in NY.
"Endlessly bubbly, charismatic & a darling throwback to vintage vaudeville..." - Gapers Block


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Peter Topa, Jack Gallo, Alex Gothard, Mackenzie Sterr - 7pm | $10
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Peter Topa, Jack Gallo, Alex Gothard, Mackenzie Sterr - 7pm | $10


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


Join this group of friends that enjoys performing for fun and raise money for a good cause! Proceeds from our event will go to a local Chicago charity that supports the LGBT community. They do a mix of unique covers and originals, spanning folk, blues, soul, & pop.

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Beer & Hymns - 8pm | FREE
Jun
12
8:00 PM20:00

Beer & Hymns - 8pm | FREE


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


Part Pentecost, part hootenanny, part pub and all hymns, Beer and Hymns Chicago launched in April 2015 and brings local musicians playing banjos, mandolin, guitar, accordion and anything we have lying around to lead spirited sing alongs where the only rules are faster and louder. There is a commitment to not using a large PA system, relying on those gathered to lead the way and guide the singing.

The main goal is spreading the joy to more saints, sinners and spirited sojourners. All are welcome as everyone joins the voices of the past with people in the present and look toward the future that can be created together.


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Darren Jones w/ Tajh Virgil - 8pm | $10
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Darren Jones w/ Tajh Virgil - 8pm | $10


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


Darren Jones is an Alumni of the Milwaukee High school of the arts, where he studied Jazz Guitar and Music theory for 3 years. During that time he was able to work with the Milwaukee vocal Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab (2016-17). Together, they preformed a tribute to Al Jarreau at the Pfister Hotel, where he accepted a Wisconsin music award for his contribution to The MPS musical arts program.
Darren was voted ‘Best Male Jazz Major’ and ‘Jazz Department M.V.P’ by his peers his senior year. Since Graduation, he has performed in bars, festivals, weddings, and corporate events with cover bands.


Tajh Virgil lets music free himself and others from everyday worries one vocal and lyric at a time.


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Todd Herzog w/ Susie Lewis Friedman - 7:30pm | $10
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

Todd Herzog w/ Susie Lewis Friedman - 7:30pm | $10


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


Todd Herzog is an artist who takes the raw material of life experiences and creates soulful, spiritual, acoustic music that opens the hearts of his listeners and leaves them feeling inspired – as if the songs were written only for them. His voice comes from the center of his being, combining grit and power with a clear and soaring falsetto reminiscent of Jason Mraz and Five for Fighting. Todd has inspired and transformed audiences throughout his career and is now following his passion and getting back to his authentic self with his latest recording, Something to Believe In. This is a very personal, introspective project that chronicles his return to once again touring nationally and internationally, using his gifts to uplift and to heal.


Susan Lewis Friedman began her Tenure as Cantor at Temple Jeremiah in Northfield IL in July 2018. Previously, she served as Cantor at Beth Emet the Free Synagogue in Evanston, IL. Susie is an avid concert artist, singing in concerts at American synagogues such as Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago, and Temple Emanuel, Dallas to name a few. Prior to the cantorate, she was seen on the stages of musical theater, regional opera, and in symphonic concerts throughout the U.S. She played leading roles in the Broadway National Tour of CATS, regional productions of THE PRODUCERS, BARNUM, SWINGTIME CANTEEN, and SWEENEY TODD, to name a few. She has sung with Des Moines Metro Opera, Nevada Opera, Phoenix Symphony, Opera Orchestra New York with Eve Queller, American Symphony Orchestra with Leon Botstein, and Brooklyn Philharmonic. She has performed with artists such as Betty Buckley, Alberto Mizrahi, George S. Irving. She has sung with composer/musician Anthony Newman and can be heard on the recording of Newman’s world premiere opera, NICOLE AND THE TRIAL OF THE CENTURY.

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Shawn Butzin w/ Kevin Farris & Michael J. Foxy - 6pm | $10
Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

Shawn Butzin w/ Kevin Farris & Michael J. Foxy - 6pm | $10


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


Shawn Butzin will captivate you immediately with his music. Based out of Traverse City, Michigan, Shawn quickly became an up and coming singer-songwriter in the Michigan music scene. On August 2017, he released his debut solo album titled Northern Trails. The album was featured in Relix Magazine, on national podcasts, music blogs, and radio airwaves. According to No Depression, "If you're looking for some fun, you'll want to hop on-board with Shawn's music." In June of 2018, Shawn released his sophomore album, an EP, titled Adventures. Twangri-LA says, "Adventures is too short. It's so good that it leaves us wanting more, and that's actually a good thing." If you're looking for that perfect blend of Americana, outlaw country, folk music, Shawn will be sure to deliver nicely.


Singer/songwriter Kevin Farris from Chicagoland.


Michael J. Foxy (aka Michael Heidemann) has been delighting audiences throughout Chicago with his acoustic sound and on stage flare. You can hear him every night on WGN Radio in Chicago (AM 720) from 7pm - 10pm as well as catch him every Saturday Night at Bills Bar and Burger (30 East Hubbard Street). Let's get foxy!


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Eli Lev w/ Angie Campbell & Paige Hargrove - 8pm | $12
Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

Eli Lev w/ Angie Campbell & Paige Hargrove - 8pm | $12


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


Global citizen and neo-folk singer Eli Lev is making the world a smaller place, one song at a time. Eli pens hymns for everyday enlightenment—songs that resonate because they’re heartfelt, earthy, and offer wisdom culled from self-discovery.

His latest album, Way Out West, has been featured on CBS Radio, Buzz Feed, and Paste Magazine for its blend of country, folk, Americana, soul, and pop, while being free from any specific tradition. In performance, his infectious musicality, commitment to deep grooves, and playful charisma foster an immersive experience for the audience that moves bodies and opens hearts.


Chicago based singer/songwriter Angie Campbell brings a heartfelt musical encounter everywhere she goes. All she needs is an acoustic guitar to take her audience with her into a place of sharing life and love in song that will not soon be forgotten. Writing poetry since she was a child turned into songwriting, which is a now full-blown passion of creating music that people can relate to and will come away from changed .
Performing solo, and with her acoustic band Angie Squared, at local Chicago venues such as Fitzgerald's, World of Beer, The Harp and Fiddle, and Uncommon Grounds--she captivates, uplifts, and entertains with original and cover music.
She was recently a featured guest on National Public Radio’s show “Midwest Beat” with host Tom Lounges. She has also recently released her latest acoustic project, Places of The Heart, available on Soundcloud and CD.


Paige Hargrove is a singer-songwriter living in Chicago, IL. From traveling back and forth from her past home in Atlanta, Ga, Paige has played at a variety of venues. Paige was voted Balcony Tv Atlanta's best session of 2016 and has also opened-up for multiple award-winning singer-songwriters, including Chuck Cannon and Mike Mentz.

Over the past couple of years she has focused on producing her full length album, Georgia (released 9/21/18). Her new album gives her listeners a uniquely intimate and live experience. Paige is eager to share her new work with her fans. Sign up for her mailing list to be notified when she's touring near you.


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Jeremiah Higgins, Chan Fuze, Nicole Amine - 8pm | $10
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

Jeremiah Higgins, Chan Fuze, Nicole Amine - 8pm | $10


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


Jeremiah Higgins is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and teacher currently residing in Chicago, Illinois. He has been playing throughout Chicagoland since 2005, after leaving the jazz program at the CCPA of Roosevelt University. Jeremiah released his first full-length record, ID, in 2011. Following the release of ID, Jeremiah helped found the indie-rock band, Fall Classic. With Fall Classic, he produced and released their first album, Nerves. Jeremiah departed from Fall Classic in 2012. In the spring of 2013, Jeremiah was a founding member of the Folk/Americana trio, The Quiet Revelry. He also has played behind Chicago songwriter Kevin Andrew Prchal and many other talented musicians throughout the years.


The Chan Fuze experience is a modern take on Funk and R&B filled with soulful licks and tasty ear candy. The 6'10 falsetto singing artist is taking on the Chicago music scene looking to showcase his talent for the people of the city.


Nicole Amine is a singer-songwriter born and raised in the Detroit area & based in Chicago. Influenced by the music of the two cities, Nicole's sound reflects her love of the blues, Motown, soul, and rock and roll. She is joined by her bandmate & friend, Zach Goforth, who is currently involved in many projects around the city. He is featured as a co-producer and multi-instrumentalist on Nicole's debut releases "Wine Song" and "Need That Sound".


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Laura Glyda, Kenna, Eric Pedigo - 8pm | $10
Aug
3
8:00 PM20:00

Laura Glyda, Kenna, Eric Pedigo - 8pm | $10


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


Explosive vocals and rich guitar sounds aren't the only things that catch your attention when Laura Glyda performs. Deep and direct lyrics keep you listening while her confidence in the spotlight keeps you watching. Above all, the Chicago native's songs ring out with truth, and the poetry you can find within that truth. Her latest record, "Radio Ghosts," is a rock album rooted in storytelling that explores the journey from heartbreak to hope and back again.


Kenna is navigating life in Nashville, TN, while telling stories of our common humanness through her music. She creates an organic balance of indie, pop and americana. Grounding in the intersection of these genres, her authentic lyrics serve as a transparent barrier to her soul, exposing the themes of love, release and growth that unite each and every soul on this planet.


Eric Pedigo aspires to inspire. To connect. To share. He was born in a small town in southern Indiana. He has been playing music most of his life. Eric started writing and performing when he was 13. He released his second solo record called Sun & Shade in 2017. It has been heard in 22 countries. He is planning to release an EP in summer 2019.


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Stray Local - 8pm | $10
Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

Stray Local - 8pm | $10


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


Stray Local is the indie folk pop husband-and-wife songwriting duo of Jamie Rowen and Hannah Lomas based in Wilmington, North Carolina. The pair performs a bouquet of indie sounds punctuated by rich vocal harmonies, catchy guitar riffs, and well crafted melodies woven with hints of their folk beginnings and pop sensibilities and released their debut EP Passenger in 2018.

When the couple is not writing or performing as Stray Local they are running the roads and trails along thier tour route, competing in 5ks through marathons and even obstacle course races. In March 2019, they will be launching the Stray Local "Run Wild" campaign inspiring healthy living and an active lifestyle partnering with local run clubs throughout the country and rolling out their Run Wild activewear line.


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Homegrown Residency: ILLVILLE Vanguard w/ special guest Rebecca Brunner - 8pm | $10
Apr
23
8:00 PM20:00

Homegrown Residency: ILLVILLE Vanguard w/ special guest Rebecca Brunner - 8pm | $10


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

$1 out of every cover is donated to Lakeview Pantry, the rest goes directly to the musicians


Homegrown Residency at Uncommon Ground is a weekly residency offering emerging Chicago musicians a fertile bed to plant their roots and grow. Every Tuesday for one month, a new emerging band tests their new material, reveals their ongoing process and are joined by hand picked guests as listeners enjoy beer from Greenstar Brewery, the first all organic brewery in IL, and food from the first 4-star restaurant with a certified organic rooftop farm in the U.S.


$1 out of every cover charge is donated to Lakeview Pantry to help nourish our local community!


ILLVILLE VANGUARD is a chicago based music group that's all about creating new ideas. ILLVILLE created a sound that is unique and can't be compared to anything else. Lead by Gabriel Alston, ILLVILLE is known for providing a high energy atmosphere that's fun, free, emotional and exciting. Their musical sound is heavily shaped by Jazz, Gospel, Funk, Jazz Fusion, Hip-Hop, Latin and Neo Soul. Having a wide range of musical influences places ILLVILLE's sound in a category of its own. ILLVILLE is second to none and will always leave listeners satisfied and craving for the next ILLVILLE experience.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
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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Anderson .Paak "Ventura" Listening Party w/ Britt Julious - 7pm | FREE
Apr
21
7:00 PM19:00

Anderson .Paak "Ventura" Listening Party w/ Britt Julious - 7pm | FREE


Reserve your seat, space is very limited!

Doors 6:30
YES LAWD! Your entire reserved party must arrive no later than 7:20pm or your reservation will be given to the next name on the waiting list! Anyone who enters the room by 7:30 can enter the free raffle to win TWO TICKETS to Anderson .Paak at Huntington Pavilion! There will also be raffle prizes from Lincoln Hall/Schubas, Mystery Street Recording Studio, and Reckless Records so BRING CASH!
Full food and beverage menu available!


Britt Julious is a a writer, editor, and a creative storyteller, who believes in the underground, the underdog, and the avant garde. Her work focuses on the intersections of race, gender, art, culture, and politics in the contemporary world. 


LeftJones is a collective fusing jazz, hip-hop, rap, and soul. They’ve been the bedrock band for Shawnee Dez, Matt Muse, and Manny Torres. They’ll be performing 5 Andersoon .Paak songs live!

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Skyline Entertainment presents The Original Songwriters Series - 8pm | $10
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

Skyline Entertainment presents The Original Songwriters Series - 8pm | $10

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


The Early Sixties

David Paige

Jay Schraub   

Aaron Williams   

Aaron Williams is a songwriter, performer, recording artist, producer, and festival promoter from Chicago IL. His professional career in music spans across two decades and has brought him to world famous events and venues all across America. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, he has performed nationally, recorded original singles and albums in some of the country's most prestigious studios, and contributed original music and interviews to feature films, documentaries, and television. His company, Skyline Entertainment hosts multiple showcases a year hosting ORIGINAL bands from Chicagoland called Skyline Music Concert Series and the famous annual Homegrown Arts and Music Festival now celebrating its 6th year coming up this summer 2018 in Chicago’s West Suburbs.


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Samuel Herb w/ Madeline James & Nate Fredrick - 7:30pm | $10
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

Samuel Herb w/ Madeline James & Nate Fredrick - 7:30pm | $10


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


Samuel Herb is a singer/songwriter originally from Jacksonville, FL. In his songs, Herb brings the storytelling aspect of Country music, to the sound of Motown and Soul. His signature Bow Tie is an unforgettable stamp that compliments his performance and personality. Herb's new single "Dirty." is out now and debuted in the Top 10 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart. Samuel has played on famous stages like The Bluebird Cafe, Whiskey Jam, and Toosties; as well as sharing the stage with artists like: Rodney Atkins, Michael Ray, Jimmie Allen, Adam Doleac, and Drew Baldridge. In 2015 Samuel Herb was featured in American Songwriter Magazine finishing second in their lyric contest.


Nate Fredrick was born in Springfield Mo and began to teach himself guitar at the age of 12. He discovered a passion for music after an accident left him bedridden at the age of 20 with his jaw wired shut. At this time he began to compose his own music. His bluesy alternative Americana style stems from many different influences, such as Ryan Bingham, Otis Redding and Van Morrison. Such influences give a unique styling to his music, which is tough to claim in a single genre. With interesting chord progressions and alternate tunings, coupled with worn vocals, the music of Nate Fredrick is nothing short of unique. He has shared the stage with The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Chris Janson, Ben Gallaher, Easton Corbin, REO Speedwagon, and Pat Benatar. Nate Resides in Nashville,TN. His debut album "Outside The Lines" was released in February 2017 and reached number #8 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts. Latest single “Go On and Leave Me” released November 2018.


With singer-songwriter, Nashvillian roots, Madeline James keeps lyrics and melody at a forefront. With synth-y 80's pop fused with modern pop influences, Madeline hopes that her music can make people want to dance, sing along with, and relate to.

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The Hollow Roots w/ John Statz and Kyle Cox - 7pm | $10
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

The Hollow Roots w/ John Statz and Kyle Cox - 7pm | $10

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


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The Hollow Roots met six years ago when all four members moved from their respective homes to Murfreesboro, TN. After playing out in Murfreesboro's dense house show scene for four years they amassed a small but loyal following. They have now moved to Nashville where they tour regularly and throw their own house shows. It's been a lengthy, but sound start to what will be a long journey for the four best friends. They pride themselves in being very in tune with new music so they build on to their classic rock roots. Pulling influence from the hardest rocking bands of the 60s and 70s, The Hollows have amassed an expansive repertoire of original, fuzz-drenched, soulful rock songs. Currently the band plans on playing as many shows in as many different places as possible and connecting with everyone they meet.


One of the more prolific and hard-working young songwriters working in the Americana genre, John Statz has released seven studio albums, and performed all over North America (including Canada and Mexico) and Europe, all in just a shade over a decade. John Statz was given a guitar by his grandmother when he was 15, which turned out to be perfectly timed for a teenager who, after ten years of piano lessons, had lost interest in classical music and had taken to learning John Lennon and Elton John tunes, first trying out his singing voice and turning towards rock and roll. Spending the rest of his high school years in southern Wisconsin attempting to play and sing like Neil Young and Cat Stevens, it wasn’t until Statz was 19 and attending university in Oshkosh that he began writing songs. The spark lit after attending a show at the storied Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin featuring Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey, who quickly became heroes, and, much later on, fast friends and colleagues. The first record, Dusk Came Slow, was engineered by a friend enrolled in the university recording program, and what followed for John has been 11 years of touring everywhere from Bellingham to Budapest, Fairbanks to Mexico City, all the while becoming a stronger songwriter, and a more compelling performer.


It might seem incongruous that the most intimate songs that flow from the heart and pen of a skilled songwriter are also sometimes the most deeply relatable to many who hear said songs, but that is the sonic sweet spot in which Kyle Cox practices his craft. The hoops- and hooks-loving (basketball and catchy songs, respectively), Nashville-based Cox, who recently signed a label/management deal with Rock Ridge Music, will consummate the partnership with the June 3, 2016 release of his five-song EP, Trio and Friends. Cox’s uncanny ability to connect with his audience is the bridge that leads his followers over the troubled waters of everyday life.


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Homegrown Residency: ILLVILLE Vanguard w/ special guest Anna Agosta - 8pm | $10
Apr
16
8:00 PM20:00

Homegrown Residency: ILLVILLE Vanguard w/ special guest Anna Agosta - 8pm | $10


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

$1 out of every cover is donated to Lakeview Pantry, the rest goes directly to the musicians


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Homegrown Residency at Uncommon Ground is a weekly residency offering emerging Chicago musicians a fertile bed to plant their roots and grow. Every Tuesday for one month, a new emerging band tests their new material, reveals their ongoing process and are joined by hand picked guests as listeners enjoy beer from Greenstar Brewery, the first all organic brewery in IL, and food from the first 4-star restaurant with a certified organic rooftop farm in the U.S.


$1 out of every cover charge is donated to Lakeview Pantry to help nourish our local community!


ILLVILLE VANGUARD is a chicago based music group that's all about creating new ideas. ILLVILLE created a sound that is unique and can't be compared to anything else. Lead by Gabriel Alston, ILLVILLE is known for providing a high energy atmosphere that's fun, free, emotional and exciting. Their musical sound is heavily shaped by Jazz, Gospel, Funk, Jazz Fusion, Hip-Hop, Latin and Neo Soul. Having a wide range of musical influences places ILLVILLE's sound in a category of its own. ILLVILLE is second to none and will always leave listeners satisfied and craving for the next ILLVILLE experience.


Anna Agosta is full of heart and soul that shines through her voice. She is an R&B Pop artist that has been all over the city, including in a feature article in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Creatives, the Columbia Chronicle, and has performed in venues such as Schuba's and The Metro. Agosta is heavily influenced by human connection and nature, and is currently working on a new project, set to release within 2019.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
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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Lisa Sanders w/ The Major Keys & The Hannah Frank Group - 7pm | $10
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

Lisa Sanders w/ The Major Keys & The Hannah Frank Group - 7pm | $10


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


Lisa Sanders is a world renowned artist, songwriter, and producer. She has worked with musical legends including the Truckee Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt, Al Green, BB King and Babyface. Her heartfelt songs are genuine with deep meaning and conviction. A musical style that can only be described as a soulful country blues, her genres include folk pop, gospel, rock and jazz. Sanders is now touring as a powerhouse duo with harmony singer Karen “Brown Sugar” Hayes” on their 8th album release and San Diego Music Awards nomination.


Chicago-based folk and country duo, The Major Keys, consists of singing sisters Laura and Ellen Buttitta. Having grown up in a highly musical family, and inspired by a collection of sororal duos such as The Secret Sisters and First Aid Kit, Laura and Ellen have been immersed in harmony and singing together for over two decades. The complimentary registers of an alto and a soprano allow these sisters to produce sweet and sophisticated harmonies with a blend so tight as to often make it impossible to tell whose voice is whose. Featured on Philly D Slim’s album, Teach Me To You, and The Fifth Star Band’s album, Until Further Notice, The Major Keys collaborate frequently with a variety of artists throughout the city, including Resounding Wayves, whose members have provided instrumental backing for the duo. They have performed at an array of music festivals this past summer, as well as local venues such as The Tonic Room, Martyr’s, and the Elbo Room.


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. The original songs and select covers are mysterious, evocative and fun.


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Joe Richter, Brian Hoyt, Dylan Hankey Trio - 7PM | $10
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Joe Richter, Brian Hoyt, Dylan Hankey Trio - 7PM | $10


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“Joe’s got a strong and unique voice and sings like he means what he says. Having worked a bit on his new recording, it’s clear to me that he does.” --Willy Porter Joe Richter sings from the heart, emotes his truth with sweet melodies and telegraphs no pretensions in his approach to the microphone. He loves the songcraft of his musical idol Billy Joel as well as Ryan Adams. Richter’s early inspirations included Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Springsteen and, well, Elvis. Richter’s songs are personal yet hold broader meaning. A song to his wife, Emily, also rings true to a world wracked with violent events. "We look around and we hear the sound of a world so down, the pain the hurt and the fear, our love drowns it out, I love the love that I feel for you, I love the way you love me too, I can't get over you." Richter’s first-ever full-band recording “Revival” showcases the sound he envisioned when entering the studio in 2017 with some of Milwaukee’s finest session players. Joe’s Milwaukee music pal Willy Porter lends solo guitar support on the lead single “Happy Tears” that dropped February 26th. “I’ve always wanted to put a full band behind this music,” says Richter. After assembling his first band in 2008, Richter went to Nashville to record his first record. Due to an unsatisfactory album mix, the band disbanded, and the project was scrapped. Richter released a solo acoustic album in 2012 entitled “Grace.” He also formed a band called Joe Richter and Those Fabulous Tremtones to play Milwaukee night club gigs. Since then, the former factory assembly worker has applied himself tirelessly to gigs around southeast Wisconsin performing his own material as well as in-demand covers. He’s willing to play “Piano Man” but he’d rather go deeper into the Joel library. The new album’s title connotes gospel, and Richter is fine with that, but says it’s more about his musical transformation, improvement and growth. His day job changed as well when he returned to school to learn respiratory therapy, a skill he employs at a hospital in Milwaukee’s central city. In 2017, Richter debuted as lead vocalist in the Daryl Stuermer Band performing the songs of Genesis and Phil Collins. Stuermer has been a member of the Genesis and Collins touring bands for decades. Not bad company for singer-songwriter Richter, who one Milwaukee radio disc jockey described as delivering songs “full of pure wonder, delivered with exquisite pop sensibility and lyrical phrasing like a heart-warming conversation.” Richter is emerging in the metro-Milwaukee area – performing to packed house crowds at Summerfest, Anodyne and most recently, The Back Room at Colectivo. He is poised to share his musical talents and heartfelt songs through a wider audience that gets just how much he wants to reach them with his songs.


Brian Hoyt is a Chicago based singer/songwriter who got his start playing professionally in 2015. His sound is blend of Americana and Folk and is driven by his acoustic rhythm guitar and expressive lyrics. He’s been building up his reputation as a strong live performer over the past few years by playing hundreds of shows all over the Chicagoland area at venues ranging from Navy Pier, to the local dive bar, and everywhere in between. His live shows are perfect mix of unique pop covers and soulful originals. Brian released his first EP “Going Home” in May of 2017 and followed that with his second EP "Chicago" in January of 2018.


Dylan Hankey is a Chicago Singer Songwriter who has sharpened his teeth on cover gigs for over the past half decade. Now joined with old music comrades Eric Selke and Matt Levon, the Dylan Hankey Trio is set to perform some honest, upbeat and relate-able original music. With subject matter spilling from Dylan's experience as a working musician and city dweller in general, listeners are sure to find a chord or two that calls back to their own lives.


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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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GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Matthew Black, Cuckoo Baby, Meghan Saletta - 7pm | $8
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Matthew Black, Cuckoo Baby, Meghan Saletta - 7pm | $8

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Matthew Black taught himself to play guitar while listening to the Beatles, Cat Stevens, and 90s monster ballads. The literal son of a preacher man, he moved a lot when he was young, learned to observe the world from the outside looking in, took what he saw and turned it into music. He wrote his first song when he was sixteen and hasn't stopped since. Self-taught, restless, rambling, he has a sound that comes from the roads of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the streets of Metro Manila, the rattle of a nearly-empty El train, his own fall(s) and redemption(s). Now he lives in Chicago where he performs for crowds large and small, singing intimate songs that tell stories about how this world has broken his heart, and also tell about the hope, love, and mystery that he's found among the pieces.


The line between comedy act and musical pop-duo is blurred when it comes to Cuckoo Baby. Comprised of lead vocalist Devin Patton and keyboardist/producer Stephen Maher, the duo first met at UMass Amherst in 2016 through performing improv comedy. After they graduated college in May of 2018, they moved to Chicago together to continue to pursue music. By incorporating their comedic training into their musical act, they create a truly unique experience of laughter and song.


A Chicago native, Meghan Saletta graduated from Belmont University in Nashville with a BA in Songwriting. She released her debut album, "Dreaming" in 2016, preceded by her EP, “Reminded” in 2012 and singles “I’ll Love You" (2013) and “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and You" (2014). Her song, “Safe + Sound” was featured in the independent film Texas Rein (2016). Meghan's most recent project "Afterglow" (2018) is available now on all streaming platforms. Her catalog is available for licensing on Songfreedom.


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Amy Dawsha w/ Michael Adkins & Carolina Galxia - 8pm | $8
Apr
10
8:00 PM20:00

Amy Dawsha w/ Michael Adkins & Carolina Galxia - 8pm | $8


$8 COVER IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


Amy Dawsha is a South African singer/songwriter and backing singer. Her songwriting is influenced by various music genres including R&B, Pop, Indie & Jazz. With a blend of South African & American musical influences , she has a diverse sound. Amy has performed with various national & international artists such as Cory Henry, Jonathan Butler, Judith Sephuma, Cassandra O’neal and many others. She has also performed on some of the biggest stages such as Cape Town Civic Center, Carnegie Hall, the Chicago theatre and the Roosevelt Theatre. Amy’s aim is to strengthen, inspire & unify those around her. Bringing enthusiasm and a fresh sound to the stage she gives you a show you do not want to miss. 


Michael Adkins is a Singer, songwriter, actor and arranger from Philadelphia Pa. Michael is known for his supporting background vocals for many national gospel and rnb artist. He is currently working on a ep that is set to release later this year. He love to perform and travel, meet new people and love to collaborate with new artist. Instagram @mr_mikelawry_sings


A Chicago based vocalist and songwriter, Carolina Galaxia brings a vibrant, fearless, female empowered presence into the pop music scene. You may know her as the frontwoman of the alternative rock band, Golden Sol, which was formed in 2017. While in Golden Sol, she, along with the three other members of the band have performed live at many locations across the Chicagoland area, including the Metro. Alongside that endeavor, she is breaking from the alt-rock universe and on the journey of making a name for herself in a solo career as a pop vocalist. The beginning of this new adventure starts on March 11 with the release of her debut single, “Caged Bird Sing” as not only a solo artist but, an artist as a whole. At its core, “Caged Bird Sing” is a testament of her internal monologues as a young adult with internal growing pains, unresolved baggage, and awakening to self-awareness. Until the past couple of years, Carolina never considered herself a songwriter, only a performer; therefore, in this single, she hopes to reach audiences who need that extra helping hand in discovering who they are as an artist, an individual, and what their place is in this universe. Since the beginning, her core goal was to and continues to be writing music collaboratively within the rock genre and now, extending that towards her own personal influences to discover her own sound. In this personal discovery, she looks to Lady Gaga, Bill Withers, Billie Holiday, SZA, Kelly Clarkson, Amanda Miguel, Cuco, Natalie Prass, and Amy Winehouse. With a variety of artists as her influence, Chicago can expect an artist with a bona fide sound that shines through her personality. As Shirley Manson says, “The most powerful thing you can do as a woman in music is be authentic.” That is exactly what listeners can expect from Carolina Galaxia, authenticity.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
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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Urban Twang & Mark Dvorak - 7pm | $10
Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

Urban Twang & Mark Dvorak - 7pm | $10


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


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Urban Twang is known for their compelling songs and their gorgeous three-part harmonies. Shades of folk, alt-country, Americana, and roots music come together through the dynamic vocals of Trish Clausen, Caroline Cowan and Meaghan Hurley.
Founded by Trish Clausen and Max Twang, the band has been producing their brand of Americana for over two decades garnering a fan base that is as indiscriminate as their music. With a resumé that boasts opening for nationally touring acts, songs appearing in indie films, and numerous performances for radio and Television, Urban Twang is still gathering a new generation of fans to enjoy their music.
Urban Twang is:
Trish Clausen / Lead and Harmony Vocals, Mandolin, Harmonica
Max Twang / Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin
Caroline Cowan/ Harmony and Lead Vocals
Meaghan Hurley / Harmony and Lead Vocals
Molly Rife / Cello


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The Chicago Tribune called him “masterful” and the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as “a living archive of song and style.” In 2012 WFMT 98.7 fm Fine Arts Radio named him Chicago’s “official troubadour.”
Mark Dvorak has given concerts in almost all of the United States and has made visits to Finland, Canada and Ireland. To date he has released eighteen albums of traditional and original music including Waterbug’s acclaimed Time Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me, and 2019’s independent release, Brand New Wings.
Dvorak has won awards for children’s music, journalism and was honored in 2013 with the FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International. In 2008 he received the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.


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John Mark Nelson w/ The Oxleys - 7pm | $10
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

John Mark Nelson w/ The Oxleys - 7pm | $10


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


John Mark Nelson is a songwriter & producer living and working in Saint Paul, Minnesota. At a young age, he received national attention for his self-produced, folk-pop works, Still Here (2011) and Waiting and Waiting (2012), which were followed by extensive national and international touring. In recent years, Nelson has continued to generate a high volume of recorded works - Sings The Moon (2014), I'm Not Afraid (2015), and Four Days Away (2017) - as well as producing for other acclaimed singer-songwriters and artists.


An up and coming folk band formed in Milwaukee, WI, The Oxleys met through mutual friends and a passion for music. Led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Cray Oxley and pianist Sam Brunelli, The Oxleys began writing and performing throughout Wisconsin in late 2016. The group pulls inspiration from a number of genres and styles including The Lumineers, Nathaniel Rateliff, Neil Young, Noah Gundersen, and Wisconsin natives: Dead Horses. Together, Cray and Sam work to turn every venue into an intimate space to connect with their audience through a love for their music.

In November of 2017, The Oxleys recorded their debut album with Minneapolis singer-songwriter, and producer Dan Rodriguez. They recorded at The Lodge and The Pearl Recording Studio both located in Northeastern Minneapolis. The album was released in the summer of 2018. Embodied by an essence of honesty, a love for music, and a passion for their original tunes, the band produces an inviting sound cultivated by Cray's stories.


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Neil Dixon Smith w/ Mercedes Landazuri & Congress of Starlings - 8pm | $10
Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

Neil Dixon Smith w/ Mercedes Landazuri & Congress of Starlings - 8pm | $10


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


Neil Dixon Smith performs music from across the solo guitar traditions of Latin America, stemming from a longtime apprenticeship with Chilean master Alfonso Chacon. In concert Smith weaves roots rhythms from Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, and Chile into a flow, swinging from romantic lyricism to hypnotic trance to ecstatic dance music.


Mercedes Landazuri is a Chicago-based jazz vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with a passion for the music of Brazil. She can be seen and heard in many venues throughout the Chicagoland area.


Congress of Starlings is a long-time favorite on the Chicago indie music scene. Aerin Tedesco and Andrea Bunch have been called ‘two of the most beautiful noises on the planet.’ The Starlings have brought their music to world famous venues like Milwaukee’s Summerfest, The National Women’s Music Festival, Halsted Market Days, Taste of Chicago, Pride Fest, Hard Rock Café, The House of Blues, and to beloved Chicago venues like The Old Town School of Folk Music, SPACE, Schuba’s and Martyr’s.

Whether as an acoustic duo or a full band, Congress of Starlings joyfully delivers a unique, startling blend of unearthly harmonies, rich melodies, and unusual meters. Lyrically, their concerns reach from the depths of the heart, across the damaged American landscape, and through the mists of other worlds. Their voices are unmatched in their ability to move and enrapture audiences. Their songs are raw and powerful.


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Cassandra Kaczor w/ Adam A Nelson & John Charles Weston - 7pm | $10
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

Cassandra Kaczor w/ Adam A Nelson & John Charles Weston - 7pm | $10


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


Cassandra Kaczor is a Chicago-based composer, pianist and multimedia artist focused on issues of social justice and women’s empowerment. Kaczor currently works as a professional pianist and singer, entertaining on an international scale, and as a freelance teacher, performer and composer.

When she is not working, Kaczor enjoys practicing yoga, feministing, songwriting, long runs on Lake Michigan, ogling strangers' dogs while out walking, good drinks, tolerable company, and chronically overthinking as much as possible.


While Adam Nelson was earning his master’s degree in Horn performance (yes, the so-called “French” horn…), he stumbled upon a dueling piano bar in Tempe, AZ. He had taken obligatory piano lessons as a child and even had a scholarship, so he thought a part-time job at a piano bar would be a great way to pay the bills, especially since it was a job in music! With all the free time he’d have, he could be preparing for professional orchestra auditions on horn.
Horn and piano soon switched positions on the priorities list when the part-time dueling gig became a full-time career. Since 2008, Adam has been selling nostalgia and sing-along-cues in pianos bars in Arizona, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. And for a while, he was happy.
500 performances of “Sweet Caroline” later, it was time for Adam to make his own contributions to the musical world, and not let Top 40 requests control his musical life. In the summer of 2011 he flew to Portland, OR to record a demo of three original songs with his High School best friend who played bass and “knew some guys”. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be an introvert, listening to Adam’s songs are a great introduction. On stage, Adam is armed with only his piano and voice, putting him in the best position to share his feelings of love, loss, realization and resignation. The music is always honest, often therapeutic and always evolving.


John Charles Weston is a guitarist, pianist, singer, songwriter and recording artist based in Chicago, IL. He has worked, written, recorded and performed with bands and artists all over the United States, and has performed as a solo artist and in dueling piano shows all over the Americas
and in Europe. John’s original music includes solo work, work with his duo Sklut and Weston, the bands The Buzzkills and Letters to Lillian, and various other songwriting partnerships with songwriters and composers across the United States. When he is home in Chicago John spends his time writing, recording and gigging all over the city. On his nights off he can often be found at one of the many great music venues in Chicago, hanging out and supporting other
musicians and performers.


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Homegrown Residency: ILLVILLE Vanguard w/ special guest Manny Torres - 8pm | $10
Apr
2
8:00 PM20:00

Homegrown Residency: ILLVILLE Vanguard w/ special guest Manny Torres - 8pm | $10

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

$1 out of every cover is donated to Lakeview Pantry, the rest directly supports the musicians!


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Homegrown Residency at Uncommon Ground is a weekly residency offering emerging Chicago musicians a fertile bed to plant their roots and grow. Every Tuesday for one month, a new emerging band tests their new material, reveals their ongoing process and are joined by hand picked guests as listeners enjoy beer from Greenstar Brewery, the first all organic brewery in IL, and food from the first 4-star restaurant with a certified organic rooftop farm in the U.S.


$1 out of every cover charge is donated to Lakeview Pantry to help nourish our local community!


ILLVILLE VANGUARD is a chicago based music group that's all about creating new ideas. ILLVILLE created a sound that is unique and can't be compared to anything else. Lead by Gabriel Alston, ILLVILLE is known for providing a high energy atmosphere that's fun, free, emotional and exciting. Their musical sound is heavily shaped by Jazz, Gospel, Funk, Jazz Fusion, Hip-Hop, Latin and Neo Soul. Having a wide range of musical influences places ILLVILLE's sound in a category of its own. ILLVILLE is second to none and will always leave listeners satisfied and craving for the next ILLVILLE experience.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Apr
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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Lee Henke & Aaron Kelly - 7pm | $10
Mar
31
7:00 PM19:00

Lee Henke & Aaron Kelly - 7pm | $10


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


Always on the road, currently traveling in a 1988 Volkswagen Vanagon, Lee Henke works tirelessly at his crafts. A midwestern singer-songwriter and carpenter who is sincerely dedicated to quality and simplicity. With a demand for constant progress, he delivers well-constructed songs and woodworks with a even blend of contour and grit. For the past 5 years, he has been touring the country playing 150+ shows a year. He released his first solo effort entitled Schema EP in September of 2015.


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Aaron Kelly grew up thinking big and making plans, and wondering where those trains were going to. Falling under the influence of Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, and Jack Kerouac, his songs aren’t too dissimilar from those crates and packages of the last century. They carry the promise that something good is coming. These are songs meant to ease a burden and bring a smile, carefully crafted and made to last.

Aaron has been featured by American Songwriter Magazine, and released Barefoot and Bottomed Out, his first solo album, in 2016, after zig-zagging across the country for the last 7 years with his band, Overman. His second solo record will be released in spring 2019.


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Sandra Antongiorgi - 8pm | $15
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

Sandra Antongiorgi - 8pm | $15



Join this special seated dinner show in Uncommon Ground's intimate Listening Room. While enjoying the show, treat yourself to beers from our very own Greenstar Brewery, the first all organic brewery in IL, and food from the first 4-star restaurant with a certified organic rooftop farm in the U.S. 

Uncommon Ground is delighted to present: 

Sandra Antongiorgi
Doors: 7:30
Show 8-10pm
Tickets $15 online, $20 at the door
Full food and beverage service is available throughout show, but not included in ticket price

Online ticket sales close 3:30 day of show

Singing and playing guitar from the early age of 5, Sandra Antongiorgi's artistry transcends genre. Her unique sound derives from a marriage of her many cultural influences in Latin, Caribbean, Rumba, Jazz, Rock and Neo-Soul. Antongiorgi has been featured as an opening act for Wynonna Judd at the House of Blues in Chicago, Alfonso Ponticelli at Chicagos Mayne Stage and Ryley Walker at Thalia Hall. In November of 2016, she was selected as Music Artist-in-Residence at MACLA (Movimiento De Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) in San Jose, California, headlining three consecutive concerts. In August of 2017, as part of the Truth and Racial Healing Concert Tour in Chicago, Antongiorgi opened for and sang alongside the gifted and accomplished Jazz/Blues/Soul/Gospel singer, Lizz Wright. In January of 2018, she headlined City Winery Chicago's first ever female-fronted Latin music concert and also released hard copies of her self-titled Spanish EP. When listening to her soul stirring lyrics and powerful vocal delivery, Antongiorgi's commitment to musical authenticity is undeniable. As a songwriter, vocalist, producer and musician, she creatively bridges the gap between the nostalgia of the past and the ingenuity of the present, drawing the listener in with her engaging melodic compositions.

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Tom Benko w/ Rob Funkhouser and Alex Sokol - 8pm | $10
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Tom Benko w/ Rob Funkhouser and Alex Sokol - 8pm | $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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Groundswell Educational Films Presents: The Doc Talk Show - 7PM | FREE
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

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

Groundswell Educational Films Presents: The Doc Talk Show



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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Genna Simon w/ Jenie Thai & Alencia Norris- 7pm | $10
Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

Genna Simon w/ Jenie Thai & Alencia Norris- 7pm | $10


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


Genna Simon is a singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL.


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Jenie Thai is building a musical presence throughout the country through the electric energy she displays on stage and the old soul that's conveyed through her songwriting. Her studying of music began at age five; she took private piano lessons for fifteen years. Through her classical training she spent her early school years performing difficult repertoire at various workshops, camps, and yearly round festivals receiving national accolade. Graduating at seventeen, she continued her musical development, studying classical piano at Augustana University. In 2008, Jenie diversified her education attending Grant MacEwan Jazz and Contemporary Music Program as a performance major. Upon graduation, Jenie was offered a part-time teaching position at Grant MacEwan University and gained acceptance into Paul McCartney’s International Music School based in Liverpool. Jenie was a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in 2012, she went to the semi-finals in the International Blues Challenge in 2014, she was nominated for a Maple Blues Award in 2015, and she played the world famous Massey Hall in 2017.

Vocally, she has been compared to Eva Cassidy, but soaks in the musical influences of Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Memphis Slim, and Nina Simone. A performer, songwriter, singer, and instrumentalist: Jenie Thai combines her love of the traditional piano blues, sixties r&b, and great American songwriters to produce a unique charm as a roots and blues musician on the national and international scene. Jenie will be touring in support of her brand new full length album entitled Night on Fire.


Alencia is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and pianist who blends the sounds of indie acoustic with the warmth of neo-soul. First a poet, she creates lyrically rich, often thought-provoking songs about love and her journey through life.


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OPEN MIC NIGHT (sponsored by Shure) - 7PM | FREE
Mar
25
7:00 PM19:00

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


Chicago’s longest-running open mic competition! All artists welcome!

Uncommon Ground’s Open Mic Nights are held every Monday at Uncommon Ground Lakeview (on Clark Street) and every Tuesday at Uncommon Ground Edgewater (on Devon Avenue).

Sign-up begins at 7pm. Please arrive on time to secure your spot! For more information, please visit our Open Mic page!


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Fundraiser to Benefit the Music Program at Agassiz Elementary School - 6PM | FREE
Mar
24
6:00 PM18:00

Fundraiser to Benefit the Music Program at Agassiz Elementary School - 6PM | FREE



This fun evening features multiple generations of musicians connected to Agassiz Elementary as they come together to share songs and support music education! All proceeds from this event will be directed to the Agassiz Music Department to purchase needed supplies and equipment. This is an all-ages show!

The Agassiz Guitar Club is a 10 year-old, after-school musical haven providing interested students the fundamentals of guitar, bass, percussion, and vocals.  The program uses a student-centered approach and builds on a repertoire of songs selected by the members of the group.  With an eye toward performance experience, the club often prepares for and performs at school assemblies and fundraisers, providing the students real-life opportunities to grow in skill and confidence.  The advanced group is excited for this opportunity to be on the Uncommon Ground stage to provide rocking support for the general instructional music program at Agassiz!

Resounding Wayves consists of music lovers and multi-instrumentalists Matt Heimer, Peter Buttitta, Jim Manzardo, and Matt Yanny-Tillar (an Agassiz parent). Together, they deliver harmony-rich originals and covers in ways that inevitably leave audiences feeling the joy and collaborative nature of song. The band is delighted and honored to partner with Agasssiz Elementary to directly benefit the school’s music program in order to ensure that another generation of music lovers has opportunities to flourish!


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Andrew Tinich has been playing guitar since 8th grade. Now, some 25 years later, he is playing in numerous bands in Chicago. In addition to providing passionate instruction to the Guitar Club at Agassiz, he passes on his love of music via private lessons. Andrew is performing at this event with a variety of collaborators intent on inspiring the next generation to make excellent live music!


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Ellen Starski w/ WireSky - 7:30PM | $10
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

Ellen Starski w/ WireSky - 7:30PM | $10


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


During the years leading up to her solo debut, The Days When Peonies Prayed for the Ants, songwriter Ellen Starski explored both her homeland and herself, traveling from the coal country of rural Pennsylvania to the roots-music hotbed of Nashville, Tennessee.

Released in May 2018, The Days When Peonies Prayed for the Ants acts as the soundtrack to that period of self-discovery. It's an autobiographical album, rooted in a lush mix of indie-folk, orchestral Americana, and organic pop. Starski wrote the songs during a span of a dozen years, tracing her trek from Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania — where she began playing guitar at 19 years old, before cutting her teeth as the singer of a bluesy bar band — to Knoxville, where she kicked off her solo career with pub gigs and open mic performances. The journey then winds its way to Nashville, Starski's adopted hometown since 2008. It was there, alongside producer Anne McCue and a handful of the town's top sideman, that she recorded The Days When Peonies Prayed for the Ants.


WireSky grew in the mysterious suburb full of cemeteries and awnings and no hills ~ called Hillside.  Mike and Sean met in glee club in high school and reunited in their 50's ~ together with Barb.  They write the songs that have no genre.  Every tune is different than the others. 


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