Phillip-Michael Scales

Chicago, IL

Sometimes the death of a loved one can amplify lessons you couldn’t quite hear while that person was living. When Phillip-Michael Scales returned to Chicago, the tenacity and work ethic of his late uncle, B.B. King, came through loud and clear. This led him to play more than 200 shows and record a new EP, “Sinner-Songwriter.” The songs on his EP retain the strong lyricism from his love affair with all things folk/indie rock, while also allowing his earliest influences to shine through. The end result is distinctly Chicago: electric, passionate and gritty with a regard for its history. Scales has opened for Guster, David Cook, Bethany Joy Lenz, Billy Rafoul, Crystal Bowersox, Tyler Hilton, Jon McLaughlin, Cory Brannan and Kate Voegele. His music has taken him all the way to the Middle East as well as to festivals across the U.S. and Canada.

Music Sampler

Artist Performances

Friday August 2nd from 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM at History Museum at the Castle
Friday August 2nd from 6:40 PM - 7:30 PM at Lou's Brew Cafe & Lounge
Saturday August 3rd from 11:00 AM - 12:10 PM at Lawrence Chapel - MAIN STAGE
Saturday August 3rd from 4:35 PM - 5:25 PM at Fox River House
Saturday August 3rd from 8:15 PM - 9:05 PM at The Bent Keg (Formerly Mill Creek)