Seating: 7:30pm / Show: 8:00pm / All Ages
Ian Jake Robleza
Ian Jake Robleza is a 22 year-old Filipino American singer-songwriter/audio engineer from Aurora, Illinois. He produces mostly acoustic music, but draws from many different genres (easy rock, rap, indie folk/rock, musical theater, etc.) and hopes to deliver eclectic, energetic, and emotional performances to any audience, no matter the size. From intimate ballads to crowd sing-alongs, he recounts intricate feelings with vulnerability, passion, and a fondness for human connection.
Throughout the self-release of his first two albums and a handful of singles, Ian continues to finish his studies at Columbia College Chicago, majoring in Audio Arts and minoring in Philosophy.
His latest EP is the turn of a new leaf- “How I’ve Been” is an oddly personal insight into a new chapter of his young adult life. Opening with the title track, “Wabash Ave” propels us into his new surroundings, encountering themes of exploration, self-image, and infatuation. The second track, “Liana”, only takes us deeper into that personal rabbit hole, as we find ourselves asking the question of who the song was really written about. “Taking a Toll” is the slower third track, reflecting on the aftermath of the pandemic, and how we go about making a connection with people again after all that isolation. The final track, “Qualia” is a candid response to the age-old question: “Why do you love them?” as he attempts to explain how falling in love is a deeply personal experience that no one could ever perfectly encapsulate through words alone.
This next collection of songs sees Ian at his most professional, yet most lighthearted, taking the listener through this brief moment in the beginning of his 20s.
Blxckwell (George Blackwell III) is a 21 year-old African American and Puerto Rican singer–rapper-songwriter/audio engineer from Oak Park, Illinois. He is inspired by Jon Bellion, Nic D, and Russ, having a genreless identity and wants to be known for making all kinds of music. Even though this is his first show he was classically trained through grade school with performances locally and internationally. Throughout the self-release of his first 10 singles he continues to finish his studies at Columbia College Chicago, majoring in Music Tech. Blxckwell hopes to deliver to his audience an ambitious and introspective outlook on life, creating self-portraits through his music.
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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.
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