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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."
An architect and musician, Darin Jellison brings a unique perspective to his multi-instrumental songwriting. His “Howie Day meets Ben Folds” live performance features acoustic guitar, melodic vocals, and live looping.
For 10 years Shenendoah Thompson performed in numerous musical theatre productions, studying every aspect of performance from acting technique to stage combat choreography to directing; building a resume with hundreds of credits. At the same time, he was experimenting with songwriting and home recording, and began to pour his heart into his lyrics. In 2010, Shenendoah’s freshman album Under the Radar featured a collection of memories of love, solemn regrets & unrequited longing for something a little beyond ordinary.
Now a proud father, Shenendoah’s most recent project is a way to wear his heart forever on his sleeve. Heavy rock ballads blend together with vividly poetic descriptions to confess some of those thoughts we sometimes struggle to find the words for. Quoted as having the longest list of musical inspirations a reporter had heard of, Shenendoah Thompson always strives to find new sounds to express the ever-evolving emotions of a love-sick Rockstar.