Emma Butterworth

  • Uncommon Ground Music Room

    3800 North Clark Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60613
Ticket Price $10.00 This event is now over
Description

This is an intimate, seated dinner show! We offer full food & beverage service throughout the show. Check out our menus at uncommonground.com 

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Seating: 7:30pm / Show: 8:00pm / All Ages

Emma Butterworth

Chicago songwriter Emma Butterworth is carving a niche for herself in the American indie scene with her uniquely soulful brand of indie-leaning folk rock. A keen storyteller and careful lyricist, she cuts straight to the heart of life’s big questions, examining moments of love, loss, growth, and self-acceptance with characteristic wit and wisdom. Her cheeky stage presence reveals a curious mind and a penchant for deeply melancholic songs, while her lush vocals have been compared to iconic acts like Brandi Carlile and The Head and the Heart. There’s a casual power when Butterworth sings that feels both practiced and raw: agile, occasionally vulnerable, but always sure—hers is a voice you’d follow in an emergency. The root of that strength lies in her own, joyful sense of self, which infuses even her most somber ballads with a buoyant, silver-lined charm. Or, as explained in the eponymous track from her forthcoming album, Fool’s Gold: “People say I’m lost without sweet words from a man, / but I never had trouble knowing just who I am.

Butterworth’s debut solo album, Fool’s Gold, is set for release in July 2023 on all streaming platforms. The stunning nine-song album was written, recorded, and performed by Butterworth, co-produced with her father Mike Butterworth, and recorded in part at his studio in Des Moines. From the first notes of the gently driving opening track “Take Me Home,” Fool’s Gold draws you in and holds you at its center. Built around a backbone of guitar, bass, drums, and piano, various tracks feature traditional folk accents like banjo, slide guitar, pedal steel, and strings played by Minneapolis musician Cicely Parnas, as well as background vocals contributed by Butterworth’s father and artist Jake Simon. Lead single “Dance of the Dead” offers an upbeat investigation into the macabre side of love, written from a fictional angle: “It seems to me the only remedy / is to dance with the dead at night,” while slow-building seventh track “End of Time” layers vocal harmonies and increasingly intricate instrumental parts with each new verse. Set against simple, steadily repeating piano chords, the song simultaneously evokes anxiety and comfort, repeating a simple question that seems to suggest its own answer: “Will you be mine?” Exploring themes of heartbreak, acceptance, anger, and self-love, the album deftly intertwines bright, dream-poppy love songs with gritty, rock-n-roll anthems, forming an eclectic yet cohesive vibe. It’s fun and it’s moving.

Rob Heart Throb

Chicago-based band Robot Heart Throb released their first EP in September 2023. In less than two years, they’ve taken the Chicago scene by storm, already selling out well-known Chicago venues like Subterranean and Uncommon Ground, headlining at Schubas to an almost sold-out crowd, and playing to an audience alongside The Giving Moon and Wyatt Waddell for nearly 400 people at Chop Shop Chicago. "I’m hard pressed to think of any bands with a similar sonic footprint, making them a truly unique act to witness "- Brian Nielsen, Dying Scene. "I don't think I've listened to a band that has a genre almost distinct unto themselves. Even crazier is that each song on What It Was Like is almost completely unique...truly impressive"- Pacific Ridge Records

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Venue Details

Uncommon Ground Music Room

3800 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613 Uncommon Ground Music Room
Uncommon Ground

We host intimate, seated dinner shows with full food and beverage service throughout the night. We suggest arriving 45 minutes before show time so you can place your dinner order with your server. Check out our full menus HERE and enjoy the show!

UNCOMMON GROUND HAS HAD A FOCUS ON MUSIC AND LIVE ART EVENTS SINCE IT FIRST OPENED AS A LITTLE COFFEE HOUSE IN 1991. OUR PERFORMANCE PROGRAM INCLUDES LIVE SHOWS EVERY WEEK! THE GOAL FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, WAS TO BE GROUND ZERO FOR EMERGING LOCAL & NATIONAL TOURING ARTISTS EACH NIGHT. OWNER MICHAEL CAMERON BOOKED ALL OF THE ENTERTAINMENT FROM 1991 UNTIL 2007 & STILL OVERSEES THE MUSIC PROGRAM WITH OUR PART TIME MUSIC DIRECTOR, MARIA SCHROEDER. 

WE HOST ONE OF THE BEST OPEN MICS IN THE COUNTRY EVERY SUNDAY, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY SHURE & GREENSTAR ORGANIC BREWERY. MANY OF OUR TALENTED NIGHTLY PERFORMERS HAVE GONE ON TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM. WITH UNCOMMON GROUND'S INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION, YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU MIGHT CATCH IN OUR INTIMATE ACOUSTIC LISTENING ROOMS.

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