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Jessica Mindrum, Annika Bennett, The Simple Parade & Molly Martin - 7pm | $10

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


Chicago-Based singer-songwriter Jessica Mindrum combines elements of indie folk and slowcore in her melodic storytelling. Her voice complements her guitar’s reverb by being soft and easy on the ears. She confronts existential crises, heartache, and loneliness through deeply honest lyricism. She doesn’t hold back when posing questions rooted in the human condition which encourages listeners to do the same. Mindrum’s songs ring like endless thoughts that hover across our minds, but she dresses them up, and puts a tune to the sadness.

New York born, ASCAP award winning singer-songwriter Annika Bennett wrote her first song at age 9 and hasn’t stopped since. She left NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at 18 years old and moved to Nashville upon signing an artist development deal with Sony Records. After two years of label-booked co-writes, Annika realized that her best songs were spawned out of solitude, prompting her to terminate the deal and become an independent artist in the most literal sense.

Annika’s profound insight into human emotions is complemented by her ability to capture and find meaning in moments that are often overlooked. This results in songs rich in boldness, honesty, reflection, and healing - with a sound that is an amalgamation of folk, pop and indie. At age 21, Annika has already written over four hundred songs – both for her own solo artist project, as well as with/for other artists.

Formed in the central coast of California in 2014, alternative folk group The Simple Parade creates music that is as fluid and free as the ocean waters they were bred from. Led by Justin Hooper (vocals/guitar/piano), Kayla Hooper (vocals/keys/percussion), Kevin Ostrom (guitar), Brigg Kula (drums), and Josh Anamier (bass), the band speaks to the rawest parts kept hidden with their feel-good, acoustic-driven tunes. With a genre that has lovingly been described as, “sneaky Jesus,” The Simple Parade speaks to the highs and lows of doubt and faith, with a genuine yet energetic feel of its full band. Hoopers’ smooth tag-teamed vocals paired with the multi-level string accompaniments make for a layered, energetic and easy listening feel in every track.

Originally from Philadelphia now residing in Nashville, Molly Martin’s sound combines confessional indie rock songwriting with deep melodic sensibility. Best said by Nashville’s Chuck Beard, “Molly is someone you feel like you’ve known your whole life the moment you meet her. She has no filters but the truth, and she makes you feel alive in the moment and in her presence.”