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Guest Artist Recital: Jaik Willis, guitar
Jaik Willis is a wild fire-breathing freak show, pummeling a flying V acoustic guitar that crashes like cymbals and booms like a bass; howling & scatting impossible vocal turns while simultaneously beat-boxing. Playing 200 shows a year with appearances at Bonnaroo, Summer Camp Music Fest, Dunegrass, the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Fests etc.
Willis got a shout out in Rolling Stone magazine in Oct 2012 for his vocal contribution to the latest Bassnectar album “FreeStyle” that debuted at #1 on iTunes.
Willis is an independent performer based in Chicago, executing in the vicinity of 200 shows per year. He has shared bills with artists such as Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Wilco, Bela Fleck, MMW, Del McCoury, NIN, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Leftover Salmon, Justin Townes Earle, Digital Underground, Blueground Undergrass, Garaj Mahal, EOTO, The Schwag, Ekoostik Hookah, Tea Leaf Green, Split Lip Rayfield, and performed on stage with acoustic blues dynamo, Corey Harris, and Chicago blues legend Billy Branch as well. He has performed at innumerable festivals and major venues around the U.S. including Bonnaroo in Tennessee (2009,2010,2011), Summer Camp Music Fest in Illinois (2009,2010,2011, 2012), Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Fests (2009,2010,2012), Schwagstock in Missouri, Dunegrass in Michighan, Terrapin Hill Music Fest in Kentucky, Hyperion in Indiana, Jammin on the Wolf in Wisconsin, Michigan Peace Festival, Shoe Fest, Tall Tree Lake Music Fest, and dozens of others per season.
This event was brought to you in part by the Friends of the Arts.