Caitlin Simone & Wes John Cichosz w/ David Sherman - 8PM | $10
Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

Caitlin Simone & Wes John Cichosz w/ David Sherman - 8PM | $10



Songwriter/Guitarist/Saxophonist Wes John Cichosz seamlessly weaves elements of rock, blues, jazz, and folk in his intensely personal writing style. Gritty slide guitar and quirky saxophone pepper the sonic landscape, and acoustic guitar-driven songs are surrounded by lush winds and piano.

Check out Wes’s new album, The Moon Threads a Needle, on Spotify or any other major streaming platform. Wes John Cichosz has written about the inspiration behind the album for The Wednesday Journal’s Artbeat and as a guest blogger for A Chicago Thing.

The Moon Threads a Needle, as the title might suggest, is at once otherworldly and human; both magical and decidedly handmade.” – Radio One Chicago


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


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GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Wright Gatewood, Joseph Saye, and Cara Dunning & Jamie Berthiaume - 8PM | $7
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Wright Gatewood, Joseph Saye, and Cara Dunning & Jamie Berthiaume - 8PM | $7

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

The June Ground Up Showcase will feature:

Wright Gatewood

Joseph Saye

Cara Dunning & Jamie Berthiaume



A southern rascal lost in the heart of Chicago started ruminating on what music might mean to the him, five, ten, fifteen years down the road. How might sounds of the past circle back around? The answers lay hidden in the songs. With an emotional palette that plays with your heart strings, Wright Gatewood strives to bring ideals of the helpless wanderers, the rapscallions of yesteryear, and the dreamers of tomorrow to your ears as he pieces the parts together.


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"Happy Baby" COMEDY SHOWCASE - 8PM | $15
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

"Happy Baby" COMEDY SHOWCASE - 8PM | $15

“HAPPY BABY” Comedy Showcase

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

FEATURING: Mike Szar, Reese Leonard, Diego Attanasio, Louis D. Michael



Mike Szar has survived dating, dead-end jobs and a questionable college career in the wilds of Ohio.  He's distilled what he's seen and learned into a dark, smart and quirky comedic vision that finds the universal humor in everyday angst. One of the hardest-working comics in the Midwest, he's opened for Brad Williams and Bobcat Goldthwait and toured regionally.  His exasperated but hopeful observations have made him a comedic talent to watch from the fertile rust belt comedy underground.


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


Diego Attanasio is a Detroit based comedian originally from Peru who quickly wins over crowds with his quick wit, likability, and sarcastic observations. His rapid-fire delivery and onstage charisma make Diego one of the most notable acts in the Midwest.

Diego has performed stand-up in Alaska, Hawaii, and everywhere in between. He was a semi-finalist in the San Diego Comedy Festival and a finalist in the Laugh Your Bluegrass Off Comedy Festival. Additionally he has performed at the Baltimore Comedy Festival, Cleveland Comedy Festival, Memphis Comedy Fest, North Carolina Comedy Festival, Idaho Laugh Fest, Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, Beast Village Comedy Festival, Motor City Comedy Festival, Burning Bridges Comedy Festival, Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival, Gilda’s LaughFest, Border City Comedy Fest, Windsor Comedy Festival, Let’s Fest, and Fairbanks Funny Festival. Diego has opened for Joe List and Matt Braunger.


Louis D. Michael is from Michigan and is a child at heart and playfully wanders through life and reminds us how strange and absurd it really is. With a unique goofy confidence, his edgy and not entirely well thought out jokes, and whimsical stories will surprise and grab audience's attention, cutting like a butter knife with an edge. 


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


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SPOTLIGHT615: StarHeart, Elizabeth Eckert, Cheley Tackett - 6PM | $12
Jun
23
6:00 PM18:00

SPOTLIGHT615: StarHeart, Elizabeth Eckert, Cheley Tackett - 6PM | $12

Join Spotlight615 as we make our semi-annual Road Trip to Chicago, bringing you some of our favorite acts we have found throughout the year: StarHeartElizabeth Eckert, and Cheley Tackett!

Check out our Road Trip Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/121530820/playlist/3lRxL2eF1kdxh62xNjXIq3?si=Vr2IDNjEQx6wXsH5nn6GNQ


$10 Advance  |  $12 Doors

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StarHeart is a sibling duo from South Bend, Indiana. This will be their second time on the Spotlight615 Road Trip tour. Steeped in progressive Americana, they’ve produced two critically acclaimed full-length albums of original work, which showcases their diverse musical influences via their melodic & harmonic sensibilities. 


This will be Elizabeth Eckert’s second time on the Spotlight615 Road Trip tour. She is an artist on Right Recordings – London and will embark on her 3rd UK tour this fall. Indiana University Alum who loves touring the Midwest, and especially meeting fellow Hoosiers! 


Native of Ohio, Cheley Tackett has been part of the Nashville music scene for more than 20 years. Cheley’s appeal isn’t limited to one genre. She has shared the stages with Americana powerhouses like Mindy Smith and Mary Gauthier as well as country stars Kathy Mattea, Chris Young, and Anthony Smith and she has opened for acts ranging from Doug Stone to 70’s folk rockers America. Her debut CD “When We Knew It All” earned the Just Plain Folks Award for Country Song of the Year while her sopomore EP “Here” garnered Song of the Years as well as Country Album of the Year. Cheley’s song “Penny Wishes” won the top prize in the country category at Merlefest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Content in North Carolina. She is also a New Folk winner from the prestigious international Kerryville Folk Festival, following the footsteps of previous winners Lucinda Williams and Lyle Lovett. In 2015 she was voted Nashville’s favorite LGBT musician by readers of Out & About. 


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ROHDE w/ Tyranny of Dave - 7PM | $10
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

ROHDE w/ Tyranny of Dave - 7PM | $10



ROHDE is a one-man mix of weird comedy and catchy ukulele. You definitely haven’t had this experience before. Bleentar!


Tyranny of Dave is on the cusp of releasing his 3rd album The Decline of America Part 3: Silence in Brooklyn. Out in October, this vinyl only release documents the current heyday of fading American glory from a time in the not so distant future when it is all gone and it turns out we are generally OK with that. Attendees of the show can get a free pre-release download of the album.

One of the co-founders of Piñataland from Brooklyn's Antique-Garde music scene, Dave has produced a steady stream of songs from the fringes of history to the near future.
Dave’s songwriting with Piñataland has been called “eclectic” and “fascinating” (New Yorker), “truly original” (Paste Magazine) with “remarkable lyrical and musical depth” (Amplifier Magazine). His work has been compared to Camper van Beethoven, Tom Waits, They Might Be Giants and other sterling songwriters but retains a flavor all its own, an American Tropicália tinged with everything from bossa nova to country to post-industrial pop.


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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Neil & Janet de los EEUU w/ Aylon Samouha & Kathryn Lachey - 8PM | $10
Jun
27
8:00 PM20:00

Neil & Janet de los EEUU w/ Aylon Samouha & Kathryn Lachey - 8PM | $10

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


Kathryn Lachey and Aylon Samouha are a vocal and guitar duo from Chicago. The two started playing together two years ago after a musical setup orchestrated by a fellow musician, and it was musical magic from the start! Both jazz musicians, the two love playing everything from straight ahead jazz tunes to 60's pop, folk, and rock. With original arrangements and a fresh take on old favorites, the duo loves to use improvisation and new harmonic choices to give each tune new life every time they play.


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

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

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Groundswell Educational Films Presents: The Doc Talk Show


TICKET PRICE: FREE (DONATIONS APPRECIATED)

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN THE MUSIC ROOM


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

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



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ETHAN BUTLER - 8PM | $15
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

ETHAN BUTLER - 8PM | $15



Ethan Butler is effortlessly charismatic. From his solo acoustic shows to his full band performances, Ethan showcases immense musical talent in both his vocal abilities and his guitar playing. This Chicago born-and-raised singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is a captivating performer.  

The sweet taste of his smooth and powerful vocals coupled with the intensity of his passionate lyrics pave the way for his listeners to embrace their story in a fresh way. While breaking free of generic molds, Ethan Butler unveils an eclectic repertoire that is both familiar and new.  

His unique Urban-Pop-Rock sound derives from the likes of Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, The Police, Maroon 5, Gary Clark Jr., Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and more. 

Ethan Butler recently released his debut live EP, "Live in Chicago" In December of 2017 and is at work on a studio EP to be released later this year. He caught his big break when he made it onto Season 7 of NBC’s The Voice and got to work closely with Adam Levine. He fought his way all the way to the live Battle Rounds and eventually was knocked out by Matt McAndrews who ended up in the Finals. Since then, Ethan has performed and lived in Los Angeles and Nashville, and is currently based out of Chicago. 

Ethan’s colorful melodies, vocal integrity, and musicianship are sure to impress and engage both the keen listener and the fellow artist. 



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Kevin Daniel and Sherman Ewing - 8PM | $12
Jun
30
8:00 PM20:00

Kevin Daniel and Sherman Ewing - 8PM | $12


$10 Advance | $12 Doors

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Ticket Link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3433838

NOTE: Online Ticket Sales END at 7pm on June 30th


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Since childhood, Kevin Daniel has known music was his future. Daniel recalls telling his parents he heard music in his head all the time, and their response was to buy him a keyboard and sign him up for lessons. Since that day, Daniel has spent a lifetime playing music, learning keys, saxophone, drums, guitar, bass, banjo, and even bagpipes along the way, all while singing in any capacity he could. Middle school saxophone quartets turned into high school rock bands before morphing into university symphony and jazz programs. Collegiate highlights include playing horn for DC-based Kill Lincoln, singing alto in the all-male a capella group Emocapella, and playing in the GWU blues band throughout the DC area.

After spending years of making music in a host of genres, including everything from big swing bands to bluegrass quartets, Kevin Daniel started his solo career in 2013 with the release of his inaugural EP, FLY. Two decades of performing, writing, and recording had prepared Daniel to record and perform his own original music, while the sudden loss of his mother and stepfather provided the motivation to proceed with his dream. Backed by a band of talented musicians, daniel brings FLY and an increasingly large collection of new original tunes to the east coast and beyond.

Kevin Daniel is currently finishing his second EP, Myself Through You, recorded at Degraw Sound in Brooklyn, NY, and produced, engineered, and mixed by Ben Rice. Daniel’s sophomore EP brings the bold emotions of the organ, steel guitar, and horn to the forefront of Americana music, a genre growing its fan base exponentially. With backup vocals provided by the talented Irene Blackman, Daniel’s lyrics touch on his childhood in rural North Carolina, personal struggle with the loss of his family, and the inevitable forward push of time. 

Following the future release of Myself Through You in early 2018, kevin daniel will tour throughout the northeast, southeast, south, and midwest, bringing his explosive live performances and a full band on the road and to the masses.


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Brooklyn-based Sherman Ewing has crafted a dual success story that celebrates tenacity, hard work and faith. A Columbia graduate, he’s an Ivy Leaguer who ended up balancing two distinct and unlikely careers: one as an indie rocker, and another as a dog-walking entrepreneur.

While Ewing’s elite college colleagues were heading off to graduate school, getting married and buying homes, he was reeling from the tragic death of his mother -- a devout, religious woman who did not believe in standard medicine, even in the face of cancer. Ewing struggled to find his footing following her passing, but he does recall her telling him to follow his dreams...and he found them in his love of music and dogs.

As an independent singer/songwriter, he has been compared to Bob Dylan and Keith Richards and covered in USA Today multiple times, with writer Elysa Gardner noting Ewing’s songs “have a wry lyricism that suggests a hard-won emotional integrity.”

Parallel to his music career, Ewing has made a name for himself as a hometown entrepreneur, building his New York-based Club Pet NYC dog walking business from a rag-tag one-man operation to a respected local firm, with dozens of employees and a client list that includes some of the most prominent families in the Big Apple. Club Pet NYC was picked by New York Magazine as the city’s #1 Dog Walking service, and has also been covered by NPR.

Ewing’s New York roots are intertwined with his dual careers. A resident of Red Hook, Ewing found unlikely inspiration in the devastation he experienced in Hurricane Sandy’s wake. His most recent album “Cross My Broken Heart’ mined the harrowing experience (sadly shared by many at the time) as his home was virtually destroyed, and he began the process of putting things back together.

Ewing’s New York story also includes attending Columbia University, working with underprivileged kids at Covenant House, walking dogs while working overnights at Fountain House (a residence for people with mental illness,) and embracing a spiritual path within his community and among his friends, that continues to guide him forward to this day.


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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CALEB RYAN MARTIN w/ John McDonough and Heather Kropf - 8PM | $10
Jul
5
8:00 PM20:00

CALEB RYAN MARTIN w/ John McDonough and Heather Kropf - 8PM | $10



Caleb Ryan Martin has, according to one reviewer, "a high lonesome voice and rhythm that can at times invoke a lonesome ramblin' man sound, a voice that will haunt you with some type of mysterious mountain holler sound, like a banshee singing in the nether woods." Caleb Ryan Martin, an acoustic bluegrass, folk and roots musician hailing from the hills of Fayetteville, AR. Looking like a man from leaner and meaner times, Caleb has traveled and played music all across the Midwest and Gulf Coast region, singing with expressive vocals, playing guitar, and picking the banjo providing people with melodic medicine. Caleb currently averages between 150 - 200 shows a year, with no sign of slowing down.


John McDonough is a singer/songwriter from Austin, Texas whose shows span five decades of hits combined with unique originals. 

John's acoustic guitar work, passionate vocals, and personal lyrics result in a modern singer/songwriter/pop sound rarely heard. John has been touring the country in support of his current CD "Surrounding Colors." With his single "The Place Where I Belong," he hit number one on the Indie World Country Record Report. He has drawn comparisons to Elton John and Harry Chapin for his vocal style and abilities, while Austin radio host Stephen Rice has compared John's emotional storytelling to the songwriting styles of James Blunt and Damien Rice.


Portland native Heather Kropf, now living in Pittsburgh, has forged a reputation as a talented and dedicated songwriter. With honeyed vocals reminiscent of early influenced Suzanne Vega and Joni Mitchell, she deftly weaves Americana and jazz influences into piano-based songs that capture the complexity of modern life and romance. Her live performances straddle a fine line of relaxing and mesmerizing.

She recently went to Nashville to collaborate with producer/multi-instrumentalist Lex Price (Mindy Smith, Neko Case, k.d. lang). Together, they created her fifth release "Lights", a starkly beautiful album of heart-wrenching pop songs, listed as a best album of 2017 by Pittsburgh's TribLIVE, and an honoree finalist for Top Entertainment + Media Projects of the Year by the Creative Industries Project.


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THE PINKERTON RAID w/ Elk Walking - 7PM | $12
Jul
8
7:00 PM19:00

THE PINKERTON RAID w/ Elk Walking - 7PM | $12

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Near the start of The Pinkerton Raid’s fourth full-length album, Where the Wildest Spirits Fly, songwriter Jesse James DeConto asks, “Where’s the star to lead us home?” Amid landscapes pigmented with pain, the question is a quest for meaning, in resistance to Camus’ absurdity and the Will-to-Power in the White House. And the answer, over and over again, in a repeating cycle of realistic truth-telling and undeterred hope, is simply this: We sing together.

For nearly three years, Jesse and other band members have been leading barroom sing-alongs back home in North Carolina, gravitating toward the songs that have soundtracked social movements since the 1940s: Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” “What the World Needs Now,” made famous by Dionne Warwick, and countless songs by Dylan, Guthrie and Seeger.

Rather than chasing a particular sound, Jesse worked with producer David Wimbish (The Collection) and engineer Jeff Crawford (Skylar Gudasz) at Arbor Ridge Studios to serve the melodies and invite the listener to sing along. Drummer/trumpeter Scott McFarlane, bassist Jon DePue, saxophonist Tony Sali and guitarist/percussionist Steven DeConto form the core of the band, and the new recordings capture the sing-along vibe with a choir joining in on the catchy choruses.

The Pinkerton Raid has shared stages with The Ballroom Thieves, Annabelle's Curse, Forlorn Strangers, Lowland Hum, Noah Gundersen and Denison Witmer. The release of Tolerance Ends, Love Begins in 2017 brought the band from Durham to Chicago to Washington DC, with slots at the Festival for the Eno and Shakori Hills, a session at Daytrotter and critical acclaim from Paste, No Depression, Popdose, Aquarian Weekly, and more.

The title of the new album is a lyric from the song “Thin Places,” conjuring the Celtic idea of an earth charged with spirit. These songs were shaped by wanderings from the South to the Midwest to northern New England, and the band will bring them back on the road in 2018, in search of more thin places.


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Elk Walking is an acoustic and electric guitar driven indie-rock band of a rare breed. Fronted by singer-songwriter duo Savanna Dickhut and Julian Daniell, their music is energetic, electric and groovy yet still captures the folky acoustic flavors and lyrical focus of a singer-songwriter duo. The band is accented by fiery electric guitar and carried by powerful harmonies and meaningful songwriting. The filled out demanding sound of two lead singers is reminiscent of the sounds of Jefferson Airplane, or Fleetwood Mac and the songs are individually unique yet remain set in the bands signature sound; a mix of gritty and pretty, lonesome ballads, energetic love songs, and social commentary. The band frequently references and finds inspiration in the mysteries of nature and the living natural world.


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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GOOD MORNING BEDLAM w/ Fauvely - 8PM | $12
Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

GOOD MORNING BEDLAM w/ Fauvely - 8PM | $12


$10 Advance  |  $12 Doors

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

Ticket Link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3433858

NOTE: Online Ticket Sales END at 7pm on July 12th


Good Morning Bedlam has become an innovative force in the midwest folk scene. Their shows are known for their contagious energy, with members careening about the stage, jumping and dancing with a wild playfulness. With tight soaring three part harmonies, and thumping kick-drum, they captivate their audience night after night with no intention of slowing down. Every song is a unique twist on what is generally dubbed as folk music.”We want to surprise our audience from song to song. Rather than creating our music to fit a genre, we allow it to be an outpouring of our own stories and unique sound,” says Isaak, frontman of GMB. Just when you think you have Good Morning Bedlam pegged, they take you in another direction. You will be treated to a haunting waltz, whistling, jazz scatting, and the euphoria of the violin melodies. When it comes to their lyrical storytelling, Isaak says, “We’re desperate to connect to people through the common human experiences that we write about and the exuberance of our live show. People have a lot of choices of how they’ll kick-back, so we intend to deliver a show where they can be free--to share in whatever they need to--joy, grief, anger, gratefulness, or bedlam!”

Early 2016, Good Morning Bedlam signed with Minneapolis record label Last Triumph and released their first full-length album, Prodigal. After showcasing their music at SXSW two years in a row, this three piece is gearing up to release their sophomore album in July of 2018 while they continue to tour full-time.


Fauvely is the project of Chicago-based singer-guitarist Sophie Brochu, who creates deeply personal dream-pop music. After completing her master’s in fiction writing and feeling frustrated with the constraints of her craft, Sophie turned to music for its raw and immediate release. The title of her debut EP, Watch Me Overcomplicate This (Midwest Action, 2017), speaks to the confessional tone of songs that range from delicately self-effacing to hauntingly sad. 

Fauvely’s forthcoming LP, Tides, transports listeners to the salty coast of Sophie’s hometown, Savannah, GA. Louder and bolder than her EP, these intensely brooding songs are the result of a new confidence possessed by Sophie, and the desire to come to terms with haunting memories in a place revered for its beauty. Fauvely has cultivated a strong presence in Chicago, sharing the stage with internationally acclaimed artists Stella Donnelly, Gemma Ray, Ryley Walker, and Ultimate Painting.



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Lara Bell, Shealeigh, Althea Grace - 7PM | $10
Jul
15
7:00 PM19:00

Lara Bell, Shealeigh, Althea Grace - 7PM | $10



Lara Bell is a rising singer/songwriter from the northern Illinois area. A natural songbird, She’s performed numerous live shows between Chicagoland and Southern WI at various known venues since she was 16 years old. Her third time back at Uncommon Ground, she is thrilled to share her stories through songs in an organic atmosphere. She is an accomplished musician of classical piano, guitar, and ukulele. Raining with innocence, Lara brings a freshness to the music industry with her romantic honesty; she has been writing for almost 7 years and has a few singles available online. Plans of an album are in store for the near future. Her genre diversity captures the crowd's attention. Able to adapt to many styles, audience members have compared Lara's music to Jewel, Brandi Carlile, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, with a little bit of heartfelt country roots. In 2018, Lara has promising plans of recording and releasing more music, plus traveling to new places/venues to expand her career as a growing independent artist.


Shealeigh is a 19-year-old independent singer/songwriter from the Chicago area, whose musical introduction began with an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at age 12. At 13, she wrote the song “What Can I Say”, which was featured on the fourth season of the Radio Disney/Disney Channel program “Next Big Thing” in 2011, as well as in the Disney Channel original movie “Radio Rebel” and steadily climbed to the #2 spot on the Billboard Kids music chart. In February 2017, Shealeigh self-released her debut EP “We All Need To Go Places” via Soundcloud and Bandcamp. A collection of four melancholy stories, “We All Need To Go Places” is a product of navigating self-dependence, and being in between a fresh start and what comes next.


Althea Grace is a young singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Chicago area. Althea’s music can best be described as new age blues with heavy doses of jazz, funk, and soul featuring her powerful, soulful voice and guitar skills to match. Growing up the daughter of music lovers and in a city filled with talent, music quickly became her sole passion in life. Before even learning to drive, Althea began sharing the stage with many notable bands such as X Ambassadors, The Shins & Sylvan Esso. Michael Kaiz of Jambase described Althea as “One of Chicago’s rising gems.”

In 2016, her duo, Future Stuff, released their debut EP. She has spent much of the last year touring the country with Future Stuff opening for blues legend, Doyle Bramhall II and Grammy award-winning band, Los Lobos. Quote via Sheryl Crow (Twitter/Instagram): “Saw a young duo called future stuff last night at City Winery Nashville. They blew me away! Check them out!!”


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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THE PAPER BOATS w/ Cait Arq and G. H. Jackson - 8PM | $10
Jul
17
8:00 PM20:00

THE PAPER BOATS w/ Cait Arq and G. H. Jackson - 8PM | $10



The Paper Boats is an up-and-coming alt-folk trio made up of Mirabelle Skipworth, Blake Martin, and Isaac Wieser. Their music is a combination of Mirabelle’s songwriting, Blake's instrumental talents, Isaac’s unique percussion, and harmonies to tie it all together. They each got their start in music individually, but have since blended their music influences to create simple, yet thought-provoking songs.


Cait Arq is a singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL.


G.H. Jackson is an Americana singer-songwriter from San Antonio, TX. He is a recent transplant to Chicago and serves on Lake Michigan as a member of the Coast Guard. Jackson blends a history of punk, country and folk music to write Introspective yet bluntly simple lyrics over traditional instrumentation. He has performed over a fifteen year time span and has released three original albums to date.


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

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



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


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

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


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

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

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



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

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


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

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



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

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


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


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


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

OPEN MIC FINALS - 7PM | FREE

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Uncommon Ground Open Mic  FINALS

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



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


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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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



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

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

The answer was, yes. Hell yes.

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

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

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

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

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

- Peter Ames Carlin


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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

THE SWEET LILLIES - 8PM | $15



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


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

Shannon LaBrie and Alicia Michilli - 8PM | $20


$15 Advance  |  $20 Doors

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

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

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


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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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TRAE SHEEHAN w/ Ryan Burns and Jess Robbins - 8PM | $8
Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

TRAE SHEEHAN w/ Ryan Burns and Jess Robbins - 8PM | $8



An old soul from the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, twenty-year-old Trae Sheehan has been writing songs and performing since the age of ten. A lover of imagery and storytelling through lyrics based on old stories and poems, he never shies away from the hard stuff, instead setting it out in the open to be heard and discussed. Pulling inspiration from the country/rock sound of The Eagles, the folk roots of Bob Dylan, and the swift melodies of John Denver, his songs are written from a place of honesty with an understanding of people and culture gained through his travels and performances. With his guitar in hand and a new album ready to be released there’s no telling how far he’ll go.


Raised throughout the Midwest and living in Chicago, Ryan Burns plays music colored with the simple values of his surroundings. After spending his childhood singing and playing songs, it wasn't until he was an adult that he realized his calling to make music. He draws inspiration from American folk music like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, but his songs are also influenced by music as varied as David Bowie, Mande drumming, and The Dubliners. All of these threads combine to form a sound that is at once accessible and hard to define. 


Jess Robbins wrote her first song in third grade about the distant and mysterious planet, Saturn. Today her songs focus the same sense of wonderment and reverie on subjects a little closer to the heart.  Her natural, flowing sense of phrasing and meter belies the hours of hard work spent honing her craft.

In 2010, Jess released her first album, Dear Fred, to positive reviews, and she has continued to play all over her native Chicago. In 2012 she released her EP, Habitat, and is planning on releasing a new full length album June 2018. Time Out Chicago called Jessica a promising new artist and wrote that her “smart songs veer toward the folkier end of the rock spectrum but often recall the bite of Aimee Mann.” Her songs explore the mysterious side of life - Jess truly enjoys the wild, electric combination of inspiration, spontaneity and music.


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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


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


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BADASS LIBRARIANS w/ Ben Hollis (of Wild Chicago) - 8PM | $10
Jun
16
8:00 PM20:00

BADASS LIBRARIANS w/ Ben Hollis (of Wild Chicago) - 8PM | $10

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Badass Librarians are an acoustic rock duo featuring musicians John Siegle and Erin Brush. John’s masterful rock ‘n roll guitar riffs, and Erin’s steady rhythm guitar and percussion, back-up their vocal harmonies in an eclectic mix of classic and alternative rock tunes ranging from The Beatles and Kinks to Jack White and Cage the Elephant, with several of John’s own originals mixed in. John Siegle has an impressive history in the Chicago music scene, starting with his band The Screams in the 70’s, The Insiders in the 80’s and 90’s, Mike Jordan and the Rockamatics, and various other Chicago bands throughout his musical career. Erin is a classically trained pianist and singer turned rock bassist and acoustic guitarist. She plays regularly on the North Shore with John in a couple of different bands. When they’re not rocking the band scene, they unplug as the Badass Librarians and together they’ve taken their acoustic interpretations of a wide and varied selection of rock songs and made them uniquely their own. Instagram: @badass_librarians


Ben Hollis is best known as the pith-helmeted, khaki clad original host and co-creator of WTTW’s hit show Wild Chicago . More recently, Ben has written and performed his musical memoir around town: “How The Beatles Nearly Ruined My Life – and David Bowie Saved It” (also known as “Ben’s WILD Story”)  With musical support from John Siegle. It runs again May 26 and 27 at the Skokie Theatre.

With eight EMMYS to his credit for producing and hosting excellence, Ben Hollis has been a fixture on the Chicago television scene since 1989. But before Ben had ever picked up a mike to interview people on TV he was singing and writing songs in Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York and L.A. His debut CD, Live Your Life , produced by Tim Tobias on Beachaus Records, has garnered enthusiastic critical acclaim and local airplay. John Siegle plays on the CD too.


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Eric Slingo and Gable Bradley - 8PM | $10
Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

Eric Slingo and Gable Bradley - 8PM | $10



Eric Slingo, born and raised in Chicago, began writing songs in college. As an engineering student, his desire to learn quickly shifted from his studies to songwriting. He grew up listening to everything from Motown to Country, and after graduating in 2017, he made the move to Nashville where he’s currently developing his craft and touring alongisde a variety of different artists.


Gable Bradley is an artist and singer-songwriter from Hot Springs, Arkansas but lives in Nashville, TN.  With roots in Arkansas, Gable has a southern heart but his music reaches over genre walls and connects home to fans of all stature. With his relatable lyrics, passionate heart, and rustic voice, Gable and his band have been gaining a steady fan base and steadily making the climb in music city.

Gable has played just about every venue throughout his home state of Arkansas, and has taken his music all over the southern-eastern region of the United States. He went through the blind auditions of NBC's The Voice, season 11, and has opened for artists like Barrett Baber, Eddie Money, For King and Country, Backroad Anthem, and more.

With the ability to work a room with just him and his guitar or fill up an amphitheater with his band behind him, his music is sure to find a way into the hearts of fans around the country soon.


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AMANDA BROWN w/ Emma Jayne - 8PM | $15
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

AMANDA BROWN w/ Emma Jayne - 8PM | $15


$12 ADVANCE | $15 DOORS

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


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


Soulful singer-songwriter and storyteller Emma Jayne delivers heartfelt pop songs heavily inspired by her background in ukulele and jazz piano.

For lovers of Carole King, Sara Bareilles, and laughing until you cry. 

Every single song has a story, and Emma is telling them all on her tour of the East Coast and Midwest with her debut full-length, Nashville recorded album, Jetlag. 

Jetlag and other releases can be found on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your music. Emma Jayne can be found binge eating chips and salsa and thinking about that one time she tripped and fell in 2012. 


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TONEY ROCKS w/ Rebecca Jasso and Sarah Eide - 8PM | $12
Jun
13
8:00 PM20:00

TONEY ROCKS w/ Rebecca Jasso and Sarah Eide - 8PM | $12

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$10 Advance / $12 Doors

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


Chicago native Rebecca Jasso is a singer/songwriter who playfully writes around the themes of love, loneliness, and fantasy, skillfully weaving her melodies into the harmonic fabric of her fingerstyle guitar playing.

Music has had a strong hold over Rebecca since childhood. At age 10, she took up the guitar, and since the very beginning, sought to write good songs. Despite learning at this young age, it wasn't till after college that she worked up the confidence to take her music to the stage. For years she oscillated between playing solo and in bands, with each wave bringing her closer to chiseling out a style that would be her very own.

A visual artist, Rebecca conjures images with her lyrics to insert you into pictures from her own imagination. From soft, autumnal landscapes, to dark, Narnian scenes, each song is a journey into a new story. Her honest voice and beautiful songs will absolutely charm you.


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

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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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La Caccina Presents: Lifeline - 7:30PM | $15
Jun
9
7:30 PM19:30

La Caccina Presents: Lifeline - 7:30PM | $15

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The music we listen to has the power to shape our lives, our choices, and our very identities. We all have songs that mark specific moments in our lives, songs that take us immediately back into our past, no matter when we hear them or how much time has passed. La Caccina calls these "Lifeline Songs," and we've gathered some of the ones that mean the most to our audiences and created fresh arrangements that honor your stories and your experiences. From the very earliest memories of dancing on the feet of your father, to the last time you say goodbye to a beloved relative, and everything in between, Lifeline tracks the songs that have shaped your life and made you who you are today. Join us for an evening of stories both spoken and sung. 



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



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

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



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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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$15 ADVANCE | $20 DOORS

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


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

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


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


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

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


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Soul Lounge: Part I (Grace Kinter, D'Zhari, Shi La Rosa) - 8PM | $10
Jun
6
8:00 PM20:00

Soul Lounge: Part I (Grace Kinter, D'Zhari, Shi La Rosa) - 8PM | $10



Grace Kinter is a Chicago-based neo soul singer and songwriter who blends deep, sultry vocals with emotionally honest lyrics and stories, sharing the most personal pieces of herself every time she sings. Her voice is the missing ingredient to the pain and heartbreak in her life, while her music is her journey to self acceptance. As a musician, she embodies the warmth and beauty she’s found in the darkest corners and thrives from her ability to effortlessly connect with those who seek comfort too.


D'Zhari is a singer / songwriter from Chicago. Her raw lyricism and refreshing sound draws from her r&b soul and jazz influences. She aims to lift the spirits of her listeners and provide them with soul food. 


Shi La Rosa: "dive into my world of sound waves. These words are meant for you."


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Hannah Lieb, Greg Woods, & Shafer Brown - 8PM | $10
Jun
5
8:00 PM20:00

Hannah Lieb, Greg Woods, & Shafer Brown - 8PM | $10



Hannah Lieb, originally from St. Louis, is brand new to the Chicago music scene. Hannah carries nuances of soul, pop, and indie rock in her songwriting and sprinkles her jazz background into her vocal technique. Influenced by artists like Emily King, Angel Olsen, and Rachael Price, Hannah’s unique and versatile tone, matched with her subtly goofy stage presence makes for an intriguing performance. 


Greg Woods is a songwriter based out of Chicago, IL. Formerly of the local band Time & The New Romans, his music can now be heard via his debut solo record, a double-EP called Hello, Goodbye, and Later on. The album is available in all online stores today.


Shafer Brown is a folk singer/songwriter from Chicago, IL. His work has been licensed to numerous ad campaigns, including Lipton Tea, Jakfoto Films, and Cogeco, Inc. In addition to his solo work, he has produced two albums for the Chicago indie rock band Sedgewick and composed original scores for four musicals. 


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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ARTS FISHING CLUB w/ Evan Thompson - 7PM | $10
Jun
3
7:00 PM19:00

ARTS FISHING CLUB w/ Evan Thompson - 7PM | $10

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Arts Fishing Club makes their musical berth in Nashville, TN and travels primarily throughout the midwest and east coast.  Their sound blends modern indie-folk (Gregory Alan Isakov, The Head and the Heart, and Jose Gonzales) with classic 90s jam bands (Dave Matthews Band, Phish, OAR) to create a unique take on acoustic rock that will make you dance one moment and search your soul the next.  In addition to the above influences, AFC has been compared to Edward Sharpe, Jack Johnson, Ray Lamontagne, and Kaleo. 

After completing a 1,600 mile 60+ show walking tour from Maine to Nashville as one of The Walking Guys (Google us!), Christopher Kessenich (guitar/vox) has been focusing on piecing together the members of Arts Fishing Club.  He met Matt Siffert (bass) in spring 2016 at songwriters campfire.  The two took to each others’ songwriting and began meeting to workshop songs.  Then in late July, Kessenich was introduced to Peter Eddins (Keys) who landed in Nashville after completion of his Movie Scoring and Composition degree from Berkelee School of Music.  The three began playing shows together and everything clicked.  

Arts Fishing Club next album is due to be released mid-2018.  Be on the lookout for more exciting things coming your way! 


Evan Thompson credits the album Room For Squares by John Mayer as the initial inspiration for his love of songwriting, but his lifelong admiration of folk and country artists like James Taylor, John Denver, and Alison Krauss is at the heart of his introspective, acoustic style. 

Evan moved to Nashville in the summer of 2012 seeking inspiration from the community of songwriters unique to the Nashville music scene. Two years later, he released his EP "A Little Hurt" produced by Grammy nominated producer Todd Lombardo (Jerry Douglas, Patty Loveless).


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Natascha Myers and Jared Anderson w/ Ryan Herrick and Dave Campbell - 8PM | $12
Jun
2
8:00 PM20:00

Natascha Myers and Jared Anderson w/ Ryan Herrick and Dave Campbell - 8PM | $12



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“No, I really don’t like roses. More of a wildflower gal myself,” Natascha Myers responds, whenever people ask, true to one of her trademark songs, if she really ‘Never Liked Roses’.

Sure, this line paints her as more of a wildflower gal. But it’s also lines like these that characterize Natascha’s writing style of finding new ways to say old things in a way that makes people stop and wonder, “Why hasn’t it been said just like that before?”

With a vocal quality akin to Allison Krauss, a Lori McKenna-like sense for lyrics, and a raw organic sound influenced by Miranda Lambert and Ryan Beaver, Natascha brings a fusion of styles to the Nashville scene.

A style she calls; ‘Where country music meets folk Americana, with a dash of old soul and Iowa upbringing.”

Natascha grew up in Waterloo, Iowa, where the sweet corn tastes like candy and the growing up is just as sweet. Her first performance? “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” From then on, music became more and more prevalent in her life. She went on to study music at Clarke University in Dubuque, IA. While a senior there, Natascha released her debut project, Do Not Go Gentle.

Three months after graduating, Natascha packed up her trusty Takamine guitar, along with everything she owned and hit Interstate 380 south bound for Nashville. Only five days after her move, she played her first writers’ round, and from that moment, hit the ground running.

“I guess you could say I’m a little short on sleep,” Natascha laughs. “But while some are running on fumes, I’m running on pure bliss that I get to wake up every single day and do what a little three year old singing “Take Me Home, Country Roads” could only dream about.”


Nashville songwriter, performing artist & producer/engineer, Jared Anderson believes that a great song has to start with an excellent lyric. Intricate lines that tell a simple story are what he loves best. The Durham, North Carolina native and Berklee College of Music alum draws influences from Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton and John Mayer to name a few. His songs bridge a unique gap between folk, country, and indie-pop with a touch of all his musical heroes. There’s a sense of honesty in his voice when you hear him sing, the kind that is few and far between these days. Now residing in Nashville, he's making his mark in music city, sharing his thought provoking lyrics and heartfelt melodies. He has played shows at The Bluebird Café, and Listening Room to name a few, as well as worked with artists such as Jason Isbell, Judah and The Lion, and Tommy Emmanuel in the studio. 

In early 2018 he recorded his debut album, which was produced by the talented Eddie Spear (Brandi Carlile, Anderson East, Chris Stapleton), and is set to be released later this year. Jared says “Its not always easy, and some days I don’t feel like doing it, but when it comes down to it there’s not one other thing that makes me feel the way I do when I write that magic line. The line, that when paired with a melody and chords can make you feel more than just words ever could. I’m just grateful for every day that I get to do this”. Jared is currently preparing for his next major U.S album release and touring the midwest & east coast.


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


Dave Campbell is expert guitarist mostly known for experimental psychedelic guitar. He is currently exploring the acoustic realm of stripped down songwriting. His approach and technique are not only creative, but also inventive. He is a true player, with a on raw songwriting, inventive guitar experimentation, and merging traditional Americana styles with modern explorations. When he is not playing solo, you can also catch Dave performing with Chicago Future Jam Funk Fusion Group, Digeometric.


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ERIC SOMMER w/ K-Nein and Nick Jester - 8PM | $20
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

ERIC SOMMER w/ K-Nein and Nick Jester - 8PM | $20

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Eric Sommer does just about everything that can be done on a guitar to generate a blues groove, or any groove, for that matter. Which makes it a bit of a challenge to describe his sound, style & approach because no amount of words can communicate the explosive quality of his show. Does he use Open Tunings? Check. Slide Guitar? Check. Lap Slap? Check. Open tunings on the fly? Check. Neck bends? Check. About the only thing this guy and his guitars can’t do is make a drink, and serve it while he’s closing in on some wild hound dog lick from the night before. Not to be missed.


K-Nein (Michael John Krieglstein) is an Americana songwriter and musician who teaches, produces, and performs music in the Chicagoland area. His songwriting draws from his experiences in life having traveled extensively throughout the world. With deep roots in improvisational music as well as composition, K-Nein’s songwriting blends styles and crosses genres.  


Nick Jester is a singer songwriter from Lincoln, Nebraska who has made a home for himself in Chicago. His well-crafted songs feature catchy melodies and thoughtful lyrics. Jester is an engaging performer who prides himself on his above average stage banter. He has been seen performing with world class musicians and dancing robots, both of which are pretty impressive. In 2015 his debut LP, Another Tonight, was released with Nick Jester and the Outliers. March of 2017 saw the release of his EP, Chinese Dream.


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

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


Groundswell Educational Films Presents: The Doc Talk Show #15: Chicago Footwork


TICKET PRICE: FREE (DONATIONS APPRECIATED)

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

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

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


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


Rikkie 2991: "Professional Clout-Demon Slayer"


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

A Tribute to LOW - 8PM | $12

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A Tribute to LOW

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



FEATURED ARTISTS:

Trey Elder

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

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

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

Dan Thatcher (Diana & the Dishes, Empty Step)

Joe Padilla (August Hotel)

Ann Torrabla (Little Miss Ann)

Marcus Anthony Johnson (Gorillaz)

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

Aubrey Howard (Arthur & the Librarian)

Dustin Covert (Bury My Teeth)

Emily Woods (Brother StarRace)

Johnny Perona (Davenport Ed)


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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THE VOODOO FIX w/ KC Joe Wind - 7PM | $11
May
27
7:00 PM19:00

THE VOODOO FIX w/ KC Joe Wind - 7PM | $11

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Formed in southern Los Angeles, The Voodoo Fix are a must-see live band with a sound that echoes the soul of rock & roll, West Coast funk, and Chicago Blues. With a constant touring schedule, the band developed a cult fan base spanning the US and Europe. On their new album Back For More, The Voodoo Fix creates an alluring sound filled with primal grooves and hook-laden melodies greased with soul. After relocating to Nashville, the band caught the attention of independent radio giant Lightning 100's Music City Mayhem, winning the competition and earning an evening slot at Live on the Green Music Festival with the likes of Michael Franti, Spoon, Portugal. The Man, and Saint Paul & The Broken Bones. The Voodoo Fix is built from the ground up with an air tight show that can only be earned through years of working the stage. Wielding a balance of youthful energy and old-school show business, the band and crew are clearly in it for the people, leaving crowds ecstatic, energized, and wanting more. Now with two European tours under their belt, a packed schedule across the US, and a new record under way, The Voodoo Fix are cementing their place in rock and roll while growing an empire built on one undeniable live show. 


KC Joe Wind is a singer and guitarist from Chicago, IL. He will be performing acoustic.



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

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



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

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

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


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

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


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“Happy Baby” COMEDY SHOWCASE - 8PM | $10
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

“Happy Baby” COMEDY SHOWCASE - 8PM | $10

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“HAPPY BABY” Comedy Showcase

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

FEATURING: Matt LauriaAdam Degi, and Michael Burd



Adam Degi isn’t just another straight white male comedian. He’s bald, and his talent and joke writing separates him from the pack. He won the Funniest Person in Grand Rapids Competition in 2009 and was in the Semi – Finals of the Comedy 10K in 2014 as well as being featured on the cover of Revue magazine. He Was in the Boston Comedy Festival in 2016 and just released his debut comedy album His Name Is My Name Too in September of 2017.

His strangely endearing personality and ability to riff, rant and improvise sets him apart and makes every show unique. With an unapologetic, outspoken, unfiltered, and often unscripted act it’s difficult to tell when he’s telling a well written joke or just getting something off his chest. Adam Degi is anything but predictable and when he has a microphone in his hand you never know what might happen, he might even sing A cappella, so grab a seat and pay attention!


Matt Lauria has been ineffective at everything from relationships and productivity, but particularly @ writing witty comedy bios.  

These failures not only make for an evening of incredible entertainment, but also leave audience members feeling as if they’ve accomplished more in their lifetime.

Since Matt began telling jokes for money and drink tickets, he has had the opportunity to work with some of the country’s biggest names in; Amy Schumer, Patrice O’Neal, Bert Kreischer, Ron Funches, D.L. Hugley, etc.  But don’t be fooled by the rocks that he’s got, he’s still, he’s still Jenny From The Block.

Come see why Matt was recently voted prettiest African American actress over the age of 47.


Michael Burd will make you feel a lot better about yourself. He has made every wrong decision and is happy to tell you all about it. From booze to women, he certainly should not be left unattended. He's performed all over the country and has blacked out at more than one comedy festival probably. Check him out while you can!!!


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


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Fury, Tyler Seawood and Alysha Monique - 8PM | $10
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

Fury, Tyler Seawood and Alysha Monique - 8PM | $10



FURY is a female hip hop artist from Chicago. Inspired by rappers such as Queen Latifah, Left Eye, Eve, and Lauryn Hill FURY has embodied the spirit of the strong black woman. Backed by a live band she mixes rock, funk, soul, and jazz with a 90s hip-hop flow. She is best known for her powerful lyrics and explosive stage presence. FURY is a force to be reckoned with and commands the attention of all those who listen. 


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


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SONGWRITER SHOWCASE: Kristin Rebecca, Max Subar, ZEVIN - 8PM | $10
May
23
8:00 PM20:00

SONGWRITER SHOWCASE: Kristin Rebecca, Max Subar, ZEVIN - 8PM | $10



Kristin Rebecca has been called a musical goddess due to her captivating performance style which combines her powerful, angelic voice, unique guitar rhythms and rare harp ability into a show unlike any other. Her songs tell personal expressions, wider observations, narrative commentary and thoughtful reflections – each evoking timeless a narrative to pull you into the stories. She is an award-winning musician and is an actively touring artist who consistently performs over 200 shows a year.


Singer/songwriter Max Subar aims to remain bound to his midwestern roots with songs that radiate closeness and warmth. Growing up, his mother’s old nylon guitar became a familiar friend in the wake of moving to Australia and back as well as his parents’ divorce. Max’s grounded relationship to songwriting has helped shed light on his own experiences and struggles; from euphoric intimacy to the isolation of depression and anxiety. His debut EP reflects upon themes of love, loss, and reflection. ‘In a Dream’ is out now. 


ZEVIN is an ever-evolving project, once just a guy with a guitar, it has become something more.  Incorporating the use of backing tracks and having utilized the occasional additional band member, the sky is now the limit!

There is no ‘true’ musical direction with ZEVIN, just melodic possibilities.  As a fan of many MANY different genres, the aim is to create a vast array of different sounds and translate them to the live stage as fully as possible.  Drawing influence from several different areas (not just music) truly helps to craft something unique, so expect the unexpected.


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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview

These FREE events are proudly sponsored by Shure and Greenstar Brewing


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

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

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


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

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



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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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