MUSIC: Little Blue Honda tour

Entertainment, Music

Joshua Bauer
Staff Writer
Posted: 07.28.2010

Five minutes into a conversation with Chicago born musician Phil Circle and you’ll know there are some who still put their soul into music, who do it for the love of the show and the joy of the crowd.  Bringing a classically trained hand and blues/jazz/jam band roots to Backstage Lounge on Wednesday June 28th, Phil puts yet another mark on a tour summer tour calendar that’s gone from his new home in Texas to Nashville, New Orleans, and stops all over the Sunshine State.

Doing it all from his little blue Honda, this is a man who’s lived several musical careers in his 40 some odd years, travelling now to try and infuse some independent spirit into a music scene that has degenerated into radio replay of the same top pop.  Working for enough money to travel town to town, encouraging and mentoring younger musicians along the way (often over beer and cigarettes in the smoky aftershow hours), he serves to remind that your love should never be relegated to a hobby.

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For more years than most can hack it, Phil has been playing for any who’ll listen, sometimes giving it a little more Grateful Dead, sometimes a little more Willie Nelson, but always playing with great enthusiasm and talent. Whether it’s an Irish themed ditty (complete with fiddle accompaniment) or a more bluesy/countrified, steel guitar sound, the years of practice have birthed a sound to please most any musical palette and the dust from years on the road has given his voice a world-wise/weary sound that works across the musical spectrum.  With such an eclectic style, his performances appeal to entire crowds of dissimilar listeners, ensuring that he’ll be enjoyed for many more years on this long, winding road.

Check out to hear more, to donate to this nomadic musician, and to encourage him to continue bringing his acoustic guitar driven, cross-genre sound to stages across the country.  The man says it’s all he knows how to do and, man, does he do it well.


MUSIC: Critically Acclaimed Chicago Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Phil Circle in Gainesville

Chicago-born Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Phil Circle has spent twenty years writing and performing in and around Chicago, and on various national tours.  His unique approach to songwriting and promotion has earned him a great deal of respect and admiration locally and on the road.  Phil has always preferred to pursue his career on his terms, mostly by disregarding the much sought-after “record label” in favor of his own, booking more intimate venues that appreciate the musician and his work, and receiving radio play on stations all over the country and world that look for independent talent.

Phil is by no means your ordinary songster picking away quietly on his acoustic guitar.  He manages to blend elements of rock, jazz, blues, folk, and even classical, to seamlessly create a style truly his own.  Add to this his flawless and energetic live performance, and he lands far away from what most people think of as “Singer/Songwriter.”

On July 15th he began a 30-day tour following the Chicago-release of his latest work: a double CD of originals and covers, all acoustic, entitled All That I Am and Da Coverz respectively.  The music on these albums is co-produced and recorded by Oscar winner and two-time Grammy-nominee George Belle.  The release also includes the DVD In the Loop with Phil Circle, which has behind-the-scenes footage of the recording process and live performances on the road.  In 2009 he also released Minutes to Circle, a full band CD of more original music, which has received numerous positive reviews.  A song off that album was chosen for a compilation of 16 artists from across the country and sent to 350,000 U.S. troops around the world.  Although not mainstream, Phil Circle’s music has by now touched the lives of countless people.

Phil’s recent departure from his longtime home base of Chicago attracted much media attention, with multiple live radio appearances prior to his leaving. After playing every major Chicago venue and countless smaller ones over the last two decades, he’s leaving for warmer climates.  Phil will be traveling in a little Honda Civic on his month-long tour, playing solo acoustic shows nearly every day in every town he stops in, performing his music for countless more listeners, soon to be new fans.
Phil Circle will be performing a set of his original material July 28th at Backstage Lounge in Gainesville.  Doors open at 8pm.

When: Wednesday, July 28th
Where: Backstage Lounge
1315 S. Main St.
Gainesville, Fl 32601

ENTERTAINMENT: Gainesville In The Park is second regional music series

PIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA – The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Fla announces Gainesville In The Park July 16-17. Bands from the great Gator city of Gainesville, Fla will include 3rd Stone, The Duppies, Diocious, Moodhosa, D.P., Big Uly, Mr. Magnum and Funkatron. In addition, Gainesville In The Park welcomes rock and roll pioneer Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Quark Alliance to the festivities after their three day run in Florida with 3rd Stone.

MUSIC: Chuck Ragan

Gainesville, FL, may not be the first place you’d think of having a hot music scene, but throughout the 90s and the better part of this millenium, Gainesville’s HOT WATER MUSIC was the leader of the punk pack. And the leader of that punk pack leader? Well CHUCK RAGAN could probably be called one of those guys.

CHUCK RAGAN has been running around the country for the past few years playing acoustic sets with the same fiery energy that made Hot Water Music popular with fans and critics. We are honored to welcome him to STICKYZ on Tuesday August 3rd. $10 advance tickets will go onsale July 6. Opening act is T.B.A. and show time is scheduled for 9pm.

MUSIC: Here’s to the Long Haul

In Gainesville, FL @ the Civic Media Center

“Gainesville Gone Nashville” Fundraiser

Child Advocacy Center Hosts 2nd Annual “Gainesville Gone Nashville” Fundraiser

Gainesville, FL, After raising more than $75,000 in its first year, the Child Advocacy
Center will host their 2nd annual fundraiser “Gainesville Gone Nashville: Kountry for Kids” on October 21,
2010. The event will be held at the Canterbury Equestrian Showplace in Newberry, Florida from 6-10pm.
Limited tickets are available and can be purchased through the Gainesville Gone Nashville website for
$75 each. There will be live country music, Texas Hold ‘Em, line dancing, and delicious BBQ for all that
attend. Gainesville Gone Nashville will also feature an extensive live and silent auction. With items
ranging from restaurant gift cards to getaways, guests will be sure to find something that piques their