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Soul Suppers: Jontavious Willis
February 17 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dinner/Doors 5:30 // Show 7:00 PM. Held at Fry’s Spring Beach Club.
**Tickets are still available for the show only at the door. Advance dinner tickets are SOLD OUT.
Introducing Soul Suppers, a new monthly concert series featuring Masters of American Roots Music. Our mission at The Front Porch is to bring people from all walks of life together through music. Soul Suppers is designed to help us do just that, through sharing meals and music with neighbors and new friends. Tickets are $25; dinner is included! A home-cooked, family-style barbecue supper is served at 5:30 pm and music starts at 7 pm.
Please support the spirit of this series by buying your tickets early! This helps us make sure we have enough food for everyone. We can guarantee dinner for all tickets purchased up to two days prior to the concert. We have a block of Pay What You Can tickets available that will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a PWYC ticket if needed.
About Jontavious Willis: Every generation or so a young bluesman bursts onto the scene. Someone who sends a jolt through blues lovers. Someone who has mastered the craft for sure, but who also has the blues deep down in his heart and soul. At the age of 22, bluesman Jontavious Willis may be the one.
Hailing from Greenville, Ga., Jontavious grew up singing gospel music at the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church with his grandfather. At the age of 14, he came across a YouTube video of Muddy Waters playing “Hoochie Coochie Man” and was hooked. That’s when he set his course on the blues. All types — Delta, Piedmont, Texas, gospel. As a fingerpicker, flat-picker and slide player. On guitar, harmonica, banjo and cigar box. Four years later he was playing on Taj Mahal’s stage.
Currently Jontavious is finishing his studies at Columbus State University, majoring in sociology. But on most weekends you can find him playing a small house show, up on the main stage or posting music videos for his friends and fans around the world. Recently he has shared the stage with Keb’ Mo’. “That’s my Wonderboy, the Wunderkind,” Taj Mahal said after inviting Jontavious to play on stage in 2015. “He’s a great new voice of the twenty-first century in the acoustic blues. I just love the way he plays.”
“When I heard him play I said to myself: this is how the blues, as I know it, is going to stay alive,” said Paul Oscher.