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Writers Round (Nashville-style)

  • Mockingbird Bar & Garden 217 South Barrington Avenue East Dundee United States (map)

Join us for our monthly Writers Round at Mockingbird Bar & Garden!

Singer-Songwriters sharing their best stuff and telling stories about the songs.

Mackenzie O’Brien * Jake Mack * Dave Sills

Mackenzie O’Brien * Jake Mack * Dave Sills

Dave Sills

Dave Sills has performed his music all around Chicagoland at places like SPACE, FitzGerald’s, Martyrs, The Old Town School of Folk Music, The Law Office Pub & Music Hall, and the WXRT mainstage at The World’s Largest Block Party. He isfrequently called upon to play solo shows (opening for the likes of Peter Himmelman, Teddy Thompson, Glen Phillips, and others), but he really relishes getting to perform with his band. Mixing has just begun on his fifth (as yet untitled) album, due out in 2019.

Jake Mack

Jake Mack is a career musician and recording artist based in the suburbs of Chicago. Influenced by artists like Wilco, Jason Isbell, The Rolling Stones, and Tom Petty, he draws from these stylings with a focus on crafting songs that grab the listener with clever hooks, but house a deeper meaning behind the lyrics and tone of the song. Playing 200 shows annually, he brings veteran musicianship and a musical maturity to every stage.

Mackenzie O’Brien

Mackenzie began her music career three years ago when she graduated high school and began her trek into music.  Mackenzie reports being a melancholy child who often played on her own while humming made up melodies.  This propensity earned her the childhood nickname "Hummingbird".  Since going "professional" Mackenzie has performed over 100 times in each of the last two years and had performances in Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Austin, Los Angeles, and Nashville.   She currently travels back and forth to her home away from home in Nashville.  Mackenzie began writing seriously two years ago and in these two years has landed 18 songs on small market radio in the USA, England, and Ireland.  In February of 2019, Mackenzie landed a song on the largest country listenership station in Europe.  

Mackenzie is a guitar "picker" who also plays the ukulele and a little bit of Banjo.  Her songs are a hybrid of country and Indie and, like many song writers, she sites composers in all different genres as her influences.  Mackenzie's voice has been applauded by John Oates (Hall N Oates), Artie Kornfeld (Woodstock 1969 Founder and former VP at Capitol Records) and Courtney Burns (Head Talent Producer at The Voice).  In early 2019. Mackenzie's talent was recognized and she was awarded a grant from The Illinois Arts Council (partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts) for a production project she was working on in Nashville.  Mackenzie can be followed on Facebook (music by mackenzie) and on her website www.mackenzieobrien.net    


Earlier Event: February 7
Songwriter Night @ Mockingbird Cafe