Jaik Willis is a nationally touring performer based in Chicago, executing 300+ shows per year. He has a repertoire of literally thousands of songs in wildly varying genres from Folk to R&B to Metal to Jazz to Classic Rock to Blues to A Capella Beat-Box & beyond, whatever the situation calls for.
He can play drumset with his feet while playing guitar & harmonica while singing & beatboxing simultaneously.
He has shared bills with artists such as Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Wilco, Bela Fleck, MMW, Del McCoury, NIN, Big Brother & the Holding Company. Jaik Willis got a shout out in Rolling Stone magazine for his vocal contribution to the Bassnectar album “FreeStyle” that debuted at #1 on iTunes
He was even suffering with laryngitis, let me know the day before and even set up a back up just in case. We decided to just have him play regardless without singing. He showed up, sang as much as possible and made the event memorable.
I will be definitely using him again for my next event.
We had a great time. He played great music and had great vibes!!!
I LOVED THIS GUY WHEN HE PLAYED AT HOODILIDOO MUSIC FEST EPIC PERFORMER WITH SOME OF THE BEST GUITAR AND BEATBOXING SKILLS COMBINED WITH A RYTHMIC FUNK THAT SURE TO PLEASE ALL AUDIENCES I LOVED THIS GUY
What to Expect
I have a very wide skill set and I'm perfectly happy to adapt to whatever setting is appropriate. On the one hand I can create a very engaging show playing drumset with my feet and guitar with my hands, while singing and beatboxing at the same time as a very active & entertaining One Man Band ; but I am also just as happy to lay back and play gentle background music when that is what is called for.
I have thousands of songs in my repertoire covering any genre or era you could want.
I also have all of the Sound Equipment necessary for most settings, and can provide that when needed.
Jaik Willis - ( solo acoustic / human beatbox )
Jaik Willis is a wildly unique One Man Band ; playing an 11 piece drum set with his feet while singing, playing guitar, harmonica, and beatboxing all simultaneously without any electronic trickery. He has 1000s of songs in his repertoire covering an incredibly wide range of genres and eras. Playing 300 shows a year with appearances at Bonnaroo, Summer Camp Music Fest, Dunegrass, the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Fests etc; Jaik Willis got a shout out in Rolling Stone magazine for his vocal contribution to the latest Bassnectar album “FreeStyle” that debuted at #1 on iTunes.
Jaik Willis is a nationally touring independent performer based in Chicago, executing in the vicinity of 300 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 US including Bonnaroo in TN, Summer Camp Music Fest in IL, Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Fest, Schwagstock in MO, Dunegrass in MI, Terrapin Hill Music Fest in KY, Wuhnurth/Stable Studios in IN, Michigan Peace Festival, Tall Tree Lake Music Fest, and dozens of others per season.
Jaik has moved well over 15,000 CDs by hand with no outside assistance. His song “Leaving Vancouver” was featured on the front page of the Chicago Sun Times website accompanying an article and a 2 page photograph in the paper itself. Chicago Tribune ran a feature article on him in their Arts section. His song Checks & Balances was featured on Neil Young's website for over a year. He recently recorded with Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction, Rob Wasserman of Ratdog, Willie Waldman, & DeVante Swing of Jodeci.
His 4-octave voice stretches out in vocal solos, scatting and beatboxing; over his high-energy acoustic guitar work on original songs that are accessible and lyrically intriguing. The focus is on keeping the show fun for the audience.
Jaik trained at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Illinois and California State Universities' music departments, and in Hollywood's Musician's Institute as their youngest student when he was 16 years-old. He spent all of his teen-age years practicing 10-16 hours per day. After studying jazz and Euro-classical music, Jaik received an ethno-musicology/ anthropology degree with a thesis on microtonal guitar music from Mauritania. He is always seeking performance opportunities and new avenues forward for his music.
"Whether playing progressive folk music on his acoustic guitar, beat boxing while singing at the same time, shredding an electric guitar for a jazz project or yodeling for Bassnectar, Jaik Willis always has tricks up his sleeve and the ability to impress in so many ways." -J-man (MusicMarauders: News, Reviews & More)
"The standout set of the day was Jaik Willis. As a one man band, this guy’s energy alone is astonishing. He doesn’t just sing, he belts his lyrics out, all while hammering on his guitar, dancing around, and stomping his feet as if the energy of his music is just flowing out of every end.” – (Soundfuse Magazine)
"Jaik is a hardcore troubadour somewhere in between Steve Earle and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He has wandered around the USA like a modern minstrel, surfing sofas, car camping, and paying dues to sing the blues. It is a high energy solo show featuring Jaik's horn-like voice darting around a blistering broken-string approach to his acoustic flying V guitar, with original songs that are accessible, and message driven" - (Chicago Jams)
“He has a most unique soaring falsetto and a wild eyes rolled in the back of his head fierce guitar style. He writes original songs, including a fantastic song about Freedom (the gas station). Jaik's sound is somewhere between Anti-Folk and The Band and it is unlike anything I've heard from anyone else. His energy is fierce, his vocal range is inhuman, his beard is long. You've gotta check this guy out.”- ( Independent Music Center )
Additional Booking Notes
I can adapt to any situation.
Past Booked Events
|November 13, 2018 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Corporate Event|
|June 02, 2018 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm||Nonprofit Event|
|March 16, 2018 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Holiday Party|
|September 21, 2017 • 11:00am - 2:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|August 04, 2017 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Product Promotion|
|January 07, 2017 • 7:30pm - 11:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
Aside from original material where appropriate or Human Beatbox performances, I also have thousands upon thousands of cover songs in my repertoire, literally weeks of material.
Here is a Random Selection of 50 covers from these thousands
If I know one song by an artist I probably know several – I can also learn requests if they are posed in advance.
Carlos Puebla- Hasta Siempre –
Agep – Ela Nao Gosta de Mim
Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered
Lucinda Williams – Drunken Angel
Sam Cooke – A Change is Gonna Come
Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice & many others
James Brown – It’s a Man’s World
Bob Marley – Get Up Stand Up & much of his catalog
Toots & The Maytals – Sweet & Dandy
Nirvana- Heart Shaped Box
Lauryn Hill – Ex-Factor
Willie Nelson – Crazy, On the Road Again
Muddy Waters – Rollin & Tumblin
BB King – You Lost Your Good Thing Now
Elmore James – Done Somebody Wrong
Ray Charles- I Got A Woman
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
Rolling Stones – Wild Horses
Neil Young – Harvest Moon
Beatles – Across the Universe
Paul Simon – Graceland
REM – Losing My Religion
Grateful Dead – Box of Rain
Ani Difranco- Napoleon
Patty Griffin- Sweet Lorraine
Gillian Welch – Everything is Free
Duke Ellington – Sentimental Mood
Thelonious Monk – ‘Round Midnight
Joni Mitchell – Refuge of the Roads
Johnny Cash – Walk The Line
Elvis – Jailhouse Rock
Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians – Picture Perfect Morning
Hank Williams – Hey Good Lookin
Patsy Cline – I Fall To Pieces
Woody Guthrie – Over Yonder in a Minor Key
Police – Message in a Bottle
George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic- If You Don’t Like the Effect
Sly & The Family Stone- Everyday People
Bruce Springsteen – Atlantic City
Martin Sexton – Cherie
Soggy Bottom Boys – Man Of Constant Sorrow
U2 – Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Marc Cohn - Walking In Memphis
John Lennon – Imagine
Leadbelly – Midnight Special
Norah Jones – Come Away
Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly
Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion
Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit
Wilco – Ashes Of American Flags
Misfits – I Turned Into A Martian
|Jaik Willis||Vocals, Guitar, Beatbox|
I can adapt to any situation