Nov 17, 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the internationally acclaimed, well-loved Jeff Buckley Birthday Tribute Concert, a tradition founded and hosted by Uncommon Ground in Chicago. Owner Michael Cameron conceived the annual event held on Jeff’s birthday in celebration of his iconic 1994 performance at Uncommon Ground as a newly signed Columbia recording artist touring his first EP (Live at Siné). Since then, and with our blessing, Cameron has been dedicated to uplifting Buckley’s music legacy, championing up and coming artists from all over the world.
To mark this milestone, this year’s celebration expands to two nights as UG partners with long time neighbor and community advocate the Metro as part of their 40th Anniversary – where Jeff recorded the acclaimed Live in Chicago (1995) – and local nonprofit Quiet Pterodactyl, a music and arts thought leader of community development and advocacy.
In keeping with tradition, the annual celebration will kick off with night one on Wed, Nov 16th at Uncommon Ground Lakeview with local and emerging talent, benefitting Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music Scholarship Fund.
The Nov 17th concert at the Metro will include international, regional, and local artists, including members of Jeff’s original band, performing selections of Jeff’s music; Shawn Rios serves as music director; plus special guest speakers on the stage and screen. Proceeds will benefit Road Recovery, a music industry driven non-profit that works with at-risk youth facing addiction and other adversities through the process of creating, planning, and executing their own performance events and recording projects.
The evening will include a silent auction of Jeff Buckley memorabilia and merch from our archives. The concert will also be a ticketed global livestream, allowing Jeff Buckley fans from around the world to come together for this special celebration and benefit effort. (Global livestream ticket sales TBD)
Limited Early Bird tickets for the Metro show go on sale TODAY – Thurs, July 7th for $34! *This price will increase when tickets go on sale to the public in September.