John Willis will perform a free concert in the Arkansas Educational Television Network studios at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, for an upcoming episode of “AETN Presents: On the Front Row.”
The public is invited to this free concert, which will be taped for broadcast during the 10th anniversary season of “AETN Presents” premiering in November. Anyone interested in being part of the audience is asked to arrive at the studio by 6:30 p.m. AETN is located at 350 S. Donaghey Ave. in Conway.
Willis is a singer songwriter who grew up listening to equal parts Motown, ’60s-’70s singer/songwriters and gospel. He took piano lessons and learned to love classical music, listened to late night jazz on public radio in high school, and added world music in college. Given this background, his music is a lush pop mix with piano and vocal harmonies. His new release, the “King of the Cocktail Party EP,” is a blend of piano-based pop, jazz and parlor music that has drawn comparisons to Harry Nilsson, Leon Russell and more recent acts Rufus Wainwright and Feist.
This performance will feature: Willis on lead vocals, piano and guitar; Chris Atwood on bass; Evan Barr on drums; Sarah Stricklin on backup vocals and additional keyboards; and Sydney Hunsicker on backup vocals, accordion, harmonica and additional percussion.