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Saturday & Company w/ Phil Circle - 6PM | $10

  • Uncommon Ground (EDGEWATER) 1401 W Devon Ave Chicago, IL, 60660 USA (map)


Steve Kessler, Guitar, vocals, composer Steve Kessler has been a fixture of the Chicago music scene for many years. His credits include bandleader, composer and founder of the Saturday June Band His performing credits include stints with Ooze Magazine, the Pace, Fred Winston band and Chariot ( a band which also featured a fellow by the name of Eddie Vedder). Steve and Saturday June Band have performed at Chicagofest, Taste of Chicago, Arlington Race Track, Navy Pier, the Park West and Ravinia , as well as Notre Dame, Northwestern and Marquette Universities and played for both the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls. His bands have shared the bill with such notables as Steve Goodman, the Turtles, the Stranglers, X, the Outlaws, and the Kings. In addition, his guitar and vocal credits include playing live with Hound Dog Taylor and recording with Richie Havens. Chicago Magazine labeled his band “One of the Good Ones” J records (Alicia Keyes, Luther Vandross) VP of A&R, James Diener, has described Steve as a “strong musician and solid composer”. He has two albums out Jami Dawn Vocals and Percussion

The Saturday June Band is proud to feature Jami Dawn up front on vocals. Her deep soulful voice has electrified an audience on many an occasion. A talented songwriter and guitar player in her own right, Jami lends the band an extra dimension with her singing and dynamic stage presence. She is a veteran of the Chicago acoustic scene, often appearing at Uncommon Ground with artists like Crystal Bowersox. Her song “Moments” was recently chosen for a new compilation CD of notable Chicago artists.

Emma Smoler vocals and violin Emma Smoler has a degree in music and studied violin performance at Central Michigan University School of Music. Emma currently lives in Chicago and plays violin professionally in a variety of local, national, international, and touring ensembles including classical, jazz, improvisational, country, bluegrass, and pop. Emma has Nashville songwriting credit and sings in country bands in addition to playing fiddle. Born into a family of many professional musicians, Emma has been performing violin, piano, and vocals since she was old enough to hold a microphone. Post graduate, Emma worked as an orchestra teacher at West Intermediate School in Michigan, taught private lessons for numerous students, and was a member of the Midland Symphony Orchestra. Emma’s favorite musical achievement is getting her two children to practice their violins. .

Phil Circle is a veteran Chicago-based singer-songwriter-guitarist with several critically acclaimed albums and an award-winning book to his credit. His debut album in the 90's was hailed as "just what the doctor ordered" and "from the master class." Listeners were encouraged to "let this disc wash over your soul" and his style was described as something that "defies rock, jazz and blues." Many years and albums later, The Illinois Entertainer called Circle "one of our town's most unique voices" and CenterStage Chicago noted that "Phil Circle's prolific songwriting and powerful performance make him a staple of Chicago music." Chicago Music Guide recently said in lead up to an interview: "What makes Circle one of the few ‘professional indie musicians’ (where the phrase isn’t an oxymoron) is not only his tenacity, but his inherent fluidity with performing, and a zen-like understanding of what it means to be a songwriter."