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

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


Saint Juice. Guy plays music.

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

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