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Suri, Erica Rene, Malo - 6PM | $10

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


It started in an airplane from Kunming, China to Hong Kong. Suri was deciding whether she wanted to take a piano teaching job away from Chicago, where she was born and raised. As fears of failure, and worries about her insecurities rose to the surface mid-flight, she knew she couldn't make a choice at that very moment, but she knew one thing for sure, and that was to write a song. Between the yes and No, she had to write the song. Suri is still connected to her classical music roots, but has performed as a Jazz singer and as a folk/pop artist. She’s recently teamed up with producer, mixer Taylor K. Phipps for her latest project “As I Am”. The EP is a fusion of Suri’s sweet vocals, poetic lyrics, and piano themes with the electric, synth feel. Suri's first melodies emerged from uncomfortable times whether she was struggling with her indecisiveness, going through a heartbreak, or when she was on a plane moving half-way across the world. She may not know your story, but she hopes you will find that hers resonants with yours.

M A L O is a creature of simplicity. A creator. A player of conscience. The Chicago native may be in the prime of her youth, but her music tells a story as old as the venues she has inhabited. Having graced stages like New York City's Carnegie Hall, Liverpool's own Cavern Club, and most recently the pages of Relix Magazine, she is no stranger to the mystic and magic of captivating an audience. "Music gives me a soul. I play for one simple reason. It is my life support. Without music, I am just a passerby though." M A L O recently released her debut solo album, Born in a Bad Way. The piece is a haunted, self-reflective collection of ethereal, multidimensional tracks— an authentic snapshot of a creative’s attempt to release themselves from apathy as a means of getting by. It was recorded in Brooklyn, NY at Douglass Studios. "I admit that I don't have any definitive goals as an artist— but I have preoccupation with the human condition. Writing music, for me, allows me to indulge that. I play for no other reason than to create something using all of my senses. At the base of our populous, we are all the same being— that’s the head, as they call it in jazz. And then you’ve got the personhood of each individual being, and well, that is improvisation. It makes me terribly nervous to not be fully aware of how people resolve when I’m watching them listen to my music, but I wouldn’t trade that feeling for the world.” M A L O's debut album, Born in a Bad Way, is available at all online retailers now.