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GROUND UP SHOWCASE: Matthew Black, Cuckoo Baby, Meghan Saletta - 7pm | $8

  • Uncommon Ground (Lakeview) 3800 North Clark Street Chicago, IL, 60613 United States (map)
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Matthew Black taught himself to play guitar while listening to the Beatles, Cat Stevens, and 90s monster ballads. The literal son of a preacher man, he moved a lot when he was young, learned to observe the world from the outside looking in, took what he saw and turned it into music. He wrote his first song when he was sixteen and hasn't stopped since. Self-taught, restless, rambling, he has a sound that comes from the roads of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the streets of Metro Manila, the rattle of a nearly-empty El train, his own fall(s) and redemption(s). Now he lives in Chicago where he performs for crowds large and small, singing intimate songs that tell stories about how this world has broken his heart, and also tell about the hope, love, and mystery that he's found among the pieces.

The line between comedy act and musical pop-duo is blurred when it comes to Cuckoo Baby. Comprised of lead vocalist Devin Patton and keyboardist/producer Stephen Maher, the duo first met at UMass Amherst in 2016 through performing improv comedy. After they graduated college in May of 2018, they moved to Chicago together to continue to pursue music. By incorporating their comedic training into their musical act, they create a truly unique experience of laughter and song.

A Chicago native, Meghan Saletta graduated from Belmont University in Nashville with a BA in Songwriting. She released her debut album, "Dreaming" in 2016, preceded by her EP, “Reminded” in 2012 and singles “I’ll Love You" (2013) and “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and You" (2014). Her song, “Safe + Sound” was featured in the independent film Texas Rein (2016). Meghan's most recent project "Afterglow" (2018) is available now on all streaming platforms. Her catalog is available for licensing on Songfreedom.