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"The Times are Changing" Tour: Graeme James w/ Alex Preston - 8PM | $15

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


Award winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Graeme James is bringing captivating live show to North America for the very first time. Known for his high energy performance featuring a loop pedal and layers of electric violin, guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica, percussion and velveteen vocals; this is a one man show you won’t want to miss.

Hailing from New Zealand, Graeme James started his musical journey busking on the streets of his hometown Wellington. The response from the public was so positive that it kick started a summer road trip centred around street performance. A major breakthrough came later that summer in the tourist mecca of Queenstown, where he would play nightly, busking concerts to crowds of 200-300 people by the lakefront. This started to gather what would become a large, loyal and global fan base. That year, on the recommendation of a fellow street performer Graeme ended up releasing the first of two very successful cover albums.

Graeme had always written his own songs, but it wasn’t until 2015 that he began to release them. His original music met with immediate interest and his first single ‘Alive’ placed second in the singer songwriter/folk category of the international songwriting competition Unsigned Only. ‘Alive’ was the lead single from his debut album ‘News From Nowhere’, which took Graeme on a string of sold out shows around New Zealand and Australia.

Just a few months after releasing News From Nowhere on Spotify his music started to gain significant traction with international audiences- especially in the U.S. and Canada. This lead to him being discovered on Spotify by Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride and the resulting label signing has helped propel him onto the international stage, cementing him as a folk artist to watch.

Having accumulated over 15 million streams online, Graeme is excited to be releasing a new single and embarking on a 34 date tour of North America. ‘The Times Are Changing’ Tour allows fans new and old the opportunity to see his exciting one man show for the first time.

Graeme is excited to be joined by US singer-songwriter Alex Preston. Preston was sprung into the spotlight when he placed second on American Idol 2014 and has since worked with artists such as Jason Mraz, Of Monsters and Men, Zooey Deschanel and Randy Jackson.