The Kicks are a country-rock duo from Chicago – with Mike Wasielewski on the guitar and Natalie Lord on vocals, they play their own original music and rocking covers that you can stomp your boots to no matter what. Established in early 2016, The Kicks have played all around areas in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. When they are not performing, you can find them writing and recording new originals, with sounds influenced by Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne, and Lucie Silvas. The Kicks always keep it country with a rock & roll flare and strive to have the audience dancing and singing along.
Jordan Avery is a 16-year-old singer/songwriter from just outside Chicago, IL. Her unique writing style and voice assist in crafting relatable, intriguing songs. At just 16, Jordan already has impressive live experience playing a number of coffeehouses, fundraisers, and conferences. She highly praises R&B artist Allen Stone as her primary lyrical inspiration, and the day-to-day experiences of those her age are commonly referenced and highly evident in her writing. Her debut single, "18," touches on fragile relationships and themes of moving on and acceptance.
Mirth and Mire is a project created by local North Side Chicagoan Anna Ingerson. Raised in a musical family, Anna began playing piano and a variety of guitar-like instruments early in life, and took up songwriting in her teens. It's been a wild ride ever since, full of late-night song sessions and ukuleles, as she's explored all the different ways a song can come to be. Many of her compositions are introspective, focusing on such things as feeling guilty after an argument or living with depression, but she also likes to dream up simple, lighthearted love songs. Anna has only recently begun attending Uncommon Ground open mics, and through them she's been introduced to a close-knit community of singers and songwriters that she's excited to be a part of. She is very enthusiastic about performing in this month's Ground Up showcase.