Head for the Hills
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Head for the Hills
Similar To: Trampled by Turtles, Nickel Creek, The Avett Brothers, Leftover Salmon, and Yonder Mountain String Band
Head for the Hills is a modern Bluegrass band who is mostly acoustic but they draw on electric influences. The band members didn't grow up immersed in bluegrass music but came to it later in life, with each other. Head for the Hills fourth record, Blue Ruin, fuses bluegrass, jazz, hip-hop and indie rock into songs inspired by love and misery and comic books. A quintessentially Colorado band, Head for the Hills has been fortunate to work with many of the area greats, starting with Grammy Award winning Dobroist Sally Van Meter, producer of 2007's Robber's Roost and the list goes on. Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon) was quoted saying, Head for the Hills "Cutting edge. Listeners will fully enjoy this unique sound," and City Weekly (Salt Lake City, UT) said "Fiery and precise - what modern bluegrass should be".
Genre: Folk, Shock Folk, Rock
Similar to: Ben Harper, Keller Williams, Guns N’ Roses
Jaik Willis is a wild fire-breathing freakshow, pummeling a flying V acoustic guitar that crashes like cymbals and booms like a bass; howling & scatting impossible vocal turns while simultaneously beat-boxing. 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. Based in Chicago, he is playing 200 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 in Oct 2012 for his vocal contribution to the latest Bassnectar album “FreeStyle” that debuted at #1 on iTunes. 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, and Blueground Undergrass. His album Anything Possible was released in November of 2007.