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

  • Uncommon Ground (Lakeview) 3800 North Clark Street Chicago, IL, 60613 United States (map)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Earlier Event: November 7
Caroline Lucius with curt. - 7PM | $10