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22nd Annual JEFF BUCKLEY Tribute Concerts Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the album “Grace”

Uncommon Ground presents:
An intimate dinner show celebrating the life and legacy of Jeff Buckley


Sunday, November 17th
6pm DINNER | 7pm SHOW | $55 PER PERSON
Ticket includes: 3 course price fixed dinner, Tribute Performance, tax and gratuity included.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to The Old Town School of Folk Music Scholarship Fund.
By being a part of this event, you are supporting the next generation of artists.

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For as long as Violet Wine can remember, she has felt bewitched by an uncompromising and insufferable love affair with music. it's utterly romantic. temperamental. harrowing. therapeutic. it's taken quite some time in her life to embrace it all. faults.. folly.. fruition.. amidst many other paths tread and endeavors explored, her figurative and finicky heart adamantly leads her back to melodies. to stories. to rhythm. to connection. to expression. it's absolute magic. and she can’t wait to share it with you.

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Soulmates Alex and Courtney (Millennium Youth) have been making music together about 3 years ago after a very serendipitous encounter. Since then they have gone on to tour with the band Polyenso and record in NYC. They have relocated to New Orleans where the muse is powerful! They are currently recording a full length album.

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Jeff Campbell’s onstage experiences have taken him to coast to coast countless times and found him sharing stages with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, The Grateful Dead, and opening for Train. After being crowned winner of Guitar Center's National Singer Songwriter Competition out of over 13,000 entrants, his 2013 EP Release, “In Spite of Everything”, produced by 6x Grammy Winner John Shanks, premiered at #1 on the iTunes rock EPs and singles charts, following a performance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show.


When we listen carefully to this 23 year-old man’s voice, we are struck; we are totally blown away. His debut EP contains tracks that sounds like classics. We may have found the secret spiritual son of Bill Whithers and Jamie Cullum: it is Alexandre Joseph! From the first listening, we understand that he belongs to the long tradition of good music makers such as Jamie Lidell, Mayer Hawthorne, JMSN, Allen Stone, Matt Corby, James Bay, Leon Bridges, Michael Kiwanuka or Lianne La Havas.
By adding perfectly well his prolific inspiration and his profound respect for Music’s codes, he got himself noticed by the famous french DJs Ofenbach and he is traveling among them around Europe.
Alexandre Joseph carries passionately the Ancient’s soul in this new world.

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Louisiana native John Guidroz is a singer/songwriter that blends elements of folk, pop, rock and other genres to create a sound that is truly his own.
John began playing solo acoustic shows in 2004. Over several years, he built a reputation as a solid live performer, willing to play songs from a variety of artists and genres. However, audiences would have to wait for any glimpse of original material.
That all changed in 2012 when John released his first solo album, Yesterday’s News. Produced by Matthew Moss and mixed by Michael James, the eight songs showcase John’s powerful vocal range, a keen sense of melody and clever lyrics. The songs are reminiscent of artists like Pete Yorn, David Gray and John Mayer.
John recently released his second full-length album, Misfit Me. Written and recorded over the span of a year, the 10 songs tackle subjects like the pressures of fame, love and escape. Moss returned to produce and mix the album, and mastering was done by legendary engineer David Donnelly.
John continues to perform regularly at live venues and has built up more than a decade of experience along the way. Whether performing solo or with a full band, audiences are sure to be entertained by his blend of humor, storytelling and well-crafted songs.

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Justice Hill is just a guy who plays melodic music.


In 2011, Fall Classic began carving their unusual paths through the landscape of Chicago’s expansive indie rock scene. Adventurous combinations of the rhythmically-syncopated African kings like Fela Kuti and the expansive introspection of Radiohead were present even in their debut Nerves. Years of musical refinement, personal tragedy and 3 albums later, one of Chicago’s must-see Indie acts of this generation continues to look forward.

Ryan Jeffrey Smith (guitar & vocals) and Jonathan Kolar (bass) met at Berklee College of Music in 2006 and performed together with various projects in the Boston music scene. But, it wasn’t until a reunion in 2011 and the addition of Chicago-native Christopher Grandberry (drums) that Fall Classic made their debut.

As a working musician in southern California, Ryan Jeffrey Smith backed up countless artists but never stepped into the spotlight himself. When self-doubt and self-destructive habits prompted a relocation back home to Chicago, he started exploring his own voice as a songwriter, inspired by the styles of Sam Cooke, D’Angelo, and Jeff Buckley, among others. Smith began sharing demos with long-time collaborator, fellow songwriter and Boston-based Andrew Fatato (vocals), and a collection of songs (half penned by Smith, half by Fatato) quickly presented themselves accompanied by the desire to record and perform the fresh material.

Sessions for the debut Nerves began in December, 2011. Nerves reflects the pop-sensibilities of the day (The Kings of Leon come to mind) and the excitement of individuals hearing something bigger than themselves. Fall Classic performed the duration of 2012 and spent the year finding their new voice writing material as a group. Man / Other Beasts quickly came together and was recorded in March, 2013.

Still based in Boston, Fatato began to step away from the project, but the remaining threesome continued their productive writing habits, expanding on their complex rhythmic structure and angular songwriting styles. Over the next few years, Fall Classic’s trend toward more aggressive guitars, angsty vocals, and gritty production work would lay parallel to the eroding personal demons: drugs and alcohol, health, and issues of self-worth.

Focus returned to completing Polarity of Being, filled with appreciation for the transience of life. On this new record, Fall Classic addresses the dichotomous sides of social issues of the day, including systemic racism, the importance of self-care, and the Flint water crisis. In the face of constant conflict and identity politics, we are often compelled to choose a side or be washed away in a sea of noise. Knowing what they’ve gone through to get to this point, Fall Classic welcomes the storm and invites you to weather it together.


NYC native and Chicago transplant, Kate found a home in the amazing community of musicians here in Chicago. Jan 2020 she will be releasing her third album. People say her music sounds like Portishead/ grace slick/ Fiona apple. Stay tuned!


Anna P is a singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL. Her metaphoric lyrics, haunting melodies, and crystal-clear voice have propelled her to capture the attention of the local music scene and land gigs at legendary Chicago performance venues such as Cubby Bear, Navy Pier, and House of Blues' Foundation Room. Her new EP ‘I Was An Iceberg’ is a chronicle through a mental breakdown following a heartbreak. The painfully honest lyrics of songs like “Hesitate” and “Waves” paint a scenery of the inner struggles of mental health.


Yomí is a dream-pop jazz harpist from Chicago, Il. She's was classically trained all though her childhood and teenage years, starting her journey with harp at 8 years old. 17 years later, and she's writing and producing her own music, touring the US, performing all around Chicago's best venues, and she's just getting started.

Earlier Event: November 16