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Matt Martino w/ Suri - 6:30PM | $10

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


After a five-year hiatus spent recovering from a neck injury that nearly derailed his career, singer/songwriter Matt Martino is back on tour and creating new music in 2018. Martino’s star was rising following the success of his debut album, “Let it Shine,” in 2007. In the years that followed, his tunes could be heard on prime-time television and independent films all over the world. “Let it Shine” appeared on the 2008 Grammy ballot in six categories, including Best New Artist, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. Following rave reviews from Music Row magazine and other prominent music industry publications, he released three additional singles and re-released a collection of back-catalog tunes before declining health finally halted his music career entirely in 2012. After a frustrating five-year healing period fraught with inaccurate diagnoses and setbacks, Martino was finally well enough to return to the stage in 2017. A series of small, intimate house concerts throughout the year allowed Martino to re-acclimate to performing and has reignited his desire to play. Response has been overwhelmingly positive and Martino will continue to pursue house concerts and intimate performing opportunities in 2018 while also revisiting many of the larger venues in which he has performed in the past. These performances will include long-time collaborators Dan Hagemann and Dennis Lee, as well as new projects in the works with musicians from Nashville and elsewhere. After an extended silence, the promise of new music from Matt Martino is in the works.

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.