Phillip-Michael Scales

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Phillip-Michael Scales

November 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$3 – $15

$10 adv/ $15 at the door (advance sales until 3pm day of show, then available at the door). Doors at 7pm, showtime 8pm

Growing up, Phillip-Michael Scales had an uncle who played guitar for a living. He knew it was a big deal but didn’t understand the significance that his Uncle’s name was B.B. King. Even though Phillip-Michael played guitar, he shied away from soloing and most things blues. Instead, he fell in love with songwriting when his English teacher told him “A great writer can make their reader identify with anyone.” The trouble was he couldn’t find his story in the blues.

Born with a fierce independent streak and a passion for performing, Scales fronted his own indie bands, wrote and recorded his own music, and worked to make a name for himself on his own terms. All the while, his uncle just smiled a knowing smile and encouraged him to “stay with it.” As Phillip-Michael began to discover “the blues” in both his personal and professional life, their relationship grew closer.

It wasn’t until his Uncle passed away however, that Scales began incorporating more of the blues into his music. “These days I’m finding more of my story in the blues. A lot has led me here between politics, my identity, and of course: Legacy.” The result is a sound he calls “Dive Bar Soul” which takes a bit of indie rock story telling and couples it with the passion of the blues.

He most recently released a single called “O, Hallelujah” broke 100,000 plays on spotify and he has been featured in Rolling Stone France. His music has taken him all the way to the Middle East, as well as festivals across the France and North America. He has opened for Fantastic Negrito, Anderson East, Guster, David Cook, Bethany Joy Lenz, Matt Hires, Billy Rafoul, Crystal Bowersox, Tyler Hilton, Jon McLaughlin, and Cory Brannan.

“When Phillip-Michael Scales wants you to feel something you FEEL it!” – Nashville’s Lightning 100 (Local Artist of the week)

“Is it too early to anoint the Chicago native as one of America’s great soul singers? We don’t think so. If anything, we’re too late in making such a pronounced statement because the young man is a talent.” – The Revue

“Scales has an incredible vocal style that takes the lead on a groove-heavy, fun track about perseverance. If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time (hmm?), this is the kind of music that will get you moving and thinking hopefully about finding a way to survive. It’s fantastic!” – Ear To The Ground Music

“From the very onset, the retro soul track Find A Way by Nashville’s “dive bar” soul artist Phillip-Michael Scales, feels supremely funky and ultimately cuts a deep, deep grove that cuts a wide cultural and cross genre’d swath.” – American Pancake

$10 adv/ $15 at the door (advance sales until 3pm day of show, then available at the door). Doors at 7pm, showtime 8pm


November 18
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$3 – $15
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224 W Bruce St.
Milwaukee, WI 53204 United States
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