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Ben Lubeck (of Farewell Milwaukee) album release with Will Phalen - 7pm | $10

  • Uncommon Ground (Lakeview) 1401 West Devon Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)


Upon releasing his first solo album, Rented Rooms, Minneapolis singer-songwriter Ben Lubeck received praise for the quiet power, emotion and substance behind the 2016 release. Written as an act of reconciliation towards his father while contemplating his own newfound status as a dad, the album “carried years of heartache in the notes...with primal howls and words that cut deep (City Pages).”

This year, Lubeck is rolling out a few singles - the first new music since his debut release. Now a father of two, his life has shifted focus, but the introspective messages in his songs are as strong as ever. On tracks ‘For You Again’ (April 2019) and ‘Mrs Bluebird’ (May 2019) the intense passion that comes from being a father is poignantly portrayed in the honesty and rawness of the songs.

Lubeck is a founding member of Farewell Milwaukee who have received national acclaim, song placement on major network television, supported bands such as the Lumineers, and had their songs featured on compilations alongside Mumford & Sons, Adele and Amos Lee. He has released four albums with the band over the last decade, frequently working with longtime producer and collaborator Brad Bivens who produced Lubeck’s latest singles.

Chicago-based songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Will Phalen has spent the last decade re-imagining the sound of Midwestern Folk Rock. Drinking from the fountains of twangy Americana, sixties psychedelia, ambient electronica and classic rock n roll, Will has developed a voice and a sound that is warmly familiar while still maintaining a fierce independence and a penchant for sonic innovation.

In his efforts as a bandleader, solo artist, and producer he's worked on over 20 records, released four critically-acclaimed studio albums, and written hundreds of songs. His recordings have been played on radio stations worldwide, his songs have been featured in television shows, and he's preparing to release a new full length band album this winter in addition to a solo EP of recordings made during his residency at the Salem Monastery in Germany this past summer.

Earlier Event: September 26
The Doc Talk Show - 7PM | FREE
Later Event: September 28
The Uptones - DOUBLE SHOW | $10