Phil Calkins The Musician

Phil has been performing most of his life. His flare and gift to connect with his audience is always a pleasure to see. He plays a 12 string acoustic guitar and has a tenor voice that makes you want to listen. He performs the classic rock songs from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and some top 40 hits. His performance is electrifying, fun to watch and always gets a room rocking.

Upcoming Shows
30 May 2021 Lake Como, WI DJ's In The Drink DJ's In The Drink free
04 Jun 2021 Trevor, Wi Town Square Town Square free
06 Jun 2021 Delavan, WI Rosewood Dinner and Entertainment Theater Rosewood Dinner and Entertainment Theater free
12 Jun 2021 Lake Como, WI DJ's In The Drink DJ's In The Drink free
07 Aug 2021 Lake Geneva, WI DJ's In The Drink DJ's In The Drink free
05 Sep 2021 Lake Geneva, WI DJ's In The Drink DJ's In The Drink free

Matt & Lea Vos – Guitar Lesson Review

We love having Phil teach our children guitar.  We’ve been with Phil for almost 2 years and it’s been a fantastic experience.  Our son and daughter have learned so much and it’s great to hear them play new songs.  Right off the bat, they started playing and it was amazing.  Phil works with them on techniques and chords and even has them singing while playing.  At Christmas they played a duet that was wonderful and showed how far they’ve come learning the guitar.  Ben and Megan enjoy that Phil will let them pick new songs to learn, so we are strumming away with new tunes on the radio.  We would recommend Phil Calkins to anyone who wants to learn to play guitar, be introduced to a wide spectrum of music and as the same time have a great time.


Matt & Lea Vos

Kim A Langosch – Live Music Review


I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you so much for Saturday.
I had such a great time, you made my birthday celebration a night to
remember! All my friends and family just couldn’t get enough of your great
music and signing. It was a fantastic time and I will always remember my
50th because of you!

I am keeping your card for future reference and have given out your email,
etc. to others who were interested. I’m going to go on your website and
check out your dates to see where you’re playing and hopefully see you in
the near future.

Take care and thanks again.



Kim A Langosch
AVP & Manager – Treasury Operations | HSBC Finance Corp.
1421 W. Shure Drive, Suite 100
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Cory Busch – Guitar Lesson Review

To whom it may concern,

It is my great pleasure to write this letter in support of a talented musician. I met Phil Calkins
early in 2015 when I hired him to teach my daughter to play her 6 string acoustic guitar. My first
impression was that Phil was easy-going and humble. As lessons progressed, his unique
creativity and responsible attitude towards her education was evident in the progress she was
making. By his example and encouragement, she became eager to practice and perfect her
techniques. Phil was willing to listen to our ideas and was very motivated keep her enjoyment a
top priority.
This summer, I was also fortunate enough to hire Phil to play for an evening party. He was on
time, professional, and adaptable to the layout of the party. He engaged our guests with songs
they knew, yet kept his music light as to not drown out conversation. He even allowed my
daughter to play along with him. We received great compliments from our guests and he has had
several booking requests as a result.
I would like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly recommend Phil Calkins for music
instruction and/or entertainment. His enthusiasm and passion for music is evident in all he
Most sincerely,
Cory Busch CST/CFA
Instructor, Surgical Technology
Gateway Technical College

Chris Charnas – Live Music Review

Dear Phil:

I wanted to thank you for the great job you did at my 50th birthday party. It is hard to believe that I first heard you play back in 1986 and as you proved at my party, you are better than ever.

My friends loved your set and the fact that you played everything my daughter requested made the night even better. We are already talking about making the party an annual event and it won’t happen unless you can be there.

Thanks again and please let me know if you ever need a reference.

Best wishes
Chris Charnas
Winnetka, Illinois

Jennifer Axelsen – Live Music Review

Hi there!

Happy to write a letter of rec 🙂

Phil played our neighborhood 4th of July backyard party two years in a row.
He’s prompt, courteous, relaxed, fun and TOTALLY made the party! Perfect for
families, he had all ages out dancing this year. He never plays too loud, has
such a positive attitude, is willing to take song requests, and his sound system is excellent.

We would recommend him for any event!

Jennifer Axelsen
13 Cornell Drive
Lincolnshire, IL
(847) 224-9808
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