Monthly Archives: May 2015

Good Stories and Humor at Uncommon Ground Clark Ave, Chicago June 7

Uncommon Ground on Clark presents Wisconsin  duo Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen and Chicago’s own humorist/guitarist Sue Fink on Sunday June 7th at 7pm $10
Uncommon Ground is located at 3800 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL  60613 Reservations recommended at 773-929-3680.

This is a special CD release event for Patty and Craig, introducing their CD Paint Me A Picture which features audience favorites written by Patty and Craig , as well as a few tunes from  their favorite songwriters including Larry Penn, Kate Wolf, Brett Kemnitz and AP Carter. They will be performing songs from the new CD.

Seasoned performers, Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen tour as a duo around the Great Lakes region and beyond. Patty & Craig had individual music careers , when they met in the mid 1980’s while performing at a folk music festival . For many years the couple maintained solo careers, even after they married. Eventually, with the prodding of wise friends, they agreed to perform one show as a duo. The rest, as they say, is history. Today they continue to create and record original songs as well as their own variations on timeless pieces that often span the ages of creativity in sound.

Chicago-based singer/songwriter Sue Fink has been entertaining audiences since 2001 with her quirky tales of love gone awry. Her poetry fiction-writing background informs her witty, compelling story-songs. Her genre is acoustic/folk with a hit of jazz and a large dollop of humor.  Somehow Sue transmits her light-heartedness to her audience; as they connect and engage., a cyclical energy exchange takes place. Listeners appreciate the gentle humor and sharp wit of her songs.

 

Michael Johnathon returns to Chicago for two special performances

Folksinger/Songwriter and WoodSongs Radio Show host Michael Johnathon returns to the Chicago area with two special performances:

The Uncommon Ground on Clark Street welcomes Michael Johnathon with special guest David Hawkins on Saturday June 20, 2015, 9pm.
The Uncommon Ground is located at 3800 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60613  $8 cover, Reservations recommended at 773-929-3680.

The Lake County Folk Club presents Michael Johnathon with Chicago humorist/guitarist Sue Fink on Sunday June 31, 2015 at 7pm $12 The event will be at Green Town Tavern, 110 S. Genesse St, Waukegan, IL

Michael Johnathon is a folk-singer, songwriter, concert performer, author who created and hosts the worldwide broadcast of the “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” with a radio audience with over a million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, PBS-TV coast-to-coast plus American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations. He also created the world’s first multi-camera weekly music series broadcast on the Internet. Michael is also a playwright … his play Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau has over 8,000 registered performances in 42 countries and translated into four languages. He wrote a full symphony opera to commemorate the 2012 Centennial of Woody Guthrie titled Woody: For The People, set on February 23, 1940 – the day he wrote “This Land Is Your Land.”

Growing up in New York, Michael Johnathon was Pete Seeger’s neighbor. Now settled in the foothills of Appalachia, the Kentucky-based songwriter is a prolific artist with ten released albums, two published books and several national projects. He performed two thousand Earth Concerts, plus benefits for the homeless, farm families, and shelters helping battered women and children. In all, he sang to over two million people in one four-year stretch. Billboard Magazine headlined him as an “UnSung Hero.” He has been featured on CNN, TNN, CMT, AP, Headline News, NPR, Bravo and the BBC.

David Hawkins introduces his new CD Everything That Brought You Here

The new release has been receiving national airplay and on several radio station choice lists for 2014.  Hawkins found Chicago by way of Detroit, Tulsa, and New Orleans, and he has picked up musical flavors wherever he has lived. 

“I just love these songs! ” Says David.”These are some of the writers and the songs that have shaped my sense of music and writing. These are the songs that moved me when I first heard them and still move me today.”   “The challenge of doing a collection mostly of cover songs is to give them new life without gimmicks and without compromising the spirit of the songs, but while still offering my own unique interpretation of them.” The album title comes from the bridge of ‘Driving to the End of the World,’ one of my original songs, in which an other worldly voice addresses the narrator:

“Everything that brought you here / speaks to you across all time.’ This line is the center of the dark, baptismal journey depicted in the song, and the idea is at the center of the album as a collection of musical influences that have brought me to where I am musically today.”

Chicago-based singer/songwriter Sue Fink has been entertaining audiences since 2001 with her quirky tales of love gone awry. Her poetry fiction-writing background informs her witty, compelling story-songs. Her genre is acoustic/folk with a hit of jazz and a large dollop of humor.  Somehow Sue transmits her light-heartedness to her audience; as they connect and engage, a cyclical energy exchange takes place. Listeners appreciate the gentle humor and sharp wit of her songs.