Two Way Street Coffee House is Chicagoland’s most beloved folk and acoustic music venue, presenting weekly concerts and community events for over 50 years!  The show starts at 8pm (CDT) and the doors open at 7:30pm. (Suggested donation $10).  We will also host this concert virtually.  You may access the livestream on, on our Facebook page, or on our YouTube channel.

On Friday, June 9, 2023 Two Way Street Coffee House Friday Night Concert Series presents Emily White.

Emily White is a quiet force – a singer, songwriter and trained guitarist who stands out “conspicuously from the pack…with her hushed, preternaturally haunting vocal delivery” (Connect Savannah). Her potent images and dynamic melodies are things you hold onto, like (to quote one of her lyrics) “a stone in your pocket rubbed smooth.” Shunning the social media spotlight, White has slowly and steadily built her fan base the hard way – by dedicating herself to her songwriting craft, forging lasting musical friendships, and logging thousands of miles in her car.

White’s first full-length album 12 Ways to Live (2007) won her honorable mentions in the Billboard Song Contest and the Song Door Song Contest. Then, after spending time writing music, practicing French, and eating pastries in Paris, she released The Resolution EP (2010), returning to the US to hit the road full-time, performing with Peter Mulvey, Meg Hutchinson, Ember Swift, Bitch, and her friend Edie Carey. As the odometer on her Toyota Matrix ticked up toward 225,000 miles, White ventured back to her home state of Tennessee in 2014 to record her career-making album Staking Flags in the Valley in Nashville with producer Kai Welch (whom White had met at the famed Planet Bluegrass in Colorado). The release of that album brought many accolades, including being named an Acoustic Music Awards Finalist and a Telluride Troubadour Finalist.

Following the success of Staking Flags in the Valley, White began working on a new album in Nashville. Just as she was readying the album for release after the birth of her first child, the pandemic hit. Her album was put on hold…until now.  In 2023, Songs You Didn’t Know I Wrote About You is finally getting heard by her many devoted fans as well as new listeners. Coming full circle, her first single “Radio” pays tribute to her hometown of Memphis and the blues and soul music that first inspired her. It charted in the Top 10 on folk radio and gives a first glimpse of a songwriter who is quietly taking over the folk and Americana scene.

If you can’t join us in person, you can still tune in virtually to catch the show!  To make your donation to Emily HERE or for more information visit