Tuesday nights, Uncommon Ground on Devon hosts an awesome open mic. While comedy and poetry are welcome, the Listening Room was filled with musicians — all of whom were excellent performers! The format was one song, which kept a nice flow going, and the applause was enthusiastic, without being raucous.
I decided to go first, and played “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers… on the ukulele!
I met a new friend, travelling from New York and just visiting Chicago, who played “Sweet Pea” on his travel guitar. He sang it both crystal-clear as well as Louis Armstrong style (raspy). One of Kimberly’s friends (whom we met via the Prague Shakespeare Company, but lives here in Chicago) also came, and played an excellent original song regarding a mass shooting in California a few years ago.
All in all, it was a good night and looking forward to more of them. Looks like the other Uncommon Ground location on Clark has an Open Mic on Monday, so we’ll have to try that as well!