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BIO

Will Tilson is a guitarist and singer/songwriter from Wilmette, IL.  Now living in Chicago, Will is currently leading The Will Tilson Band, a collective of Chicago based musicians, and is also attending ChiArts (Chicago High School for the Arts).

For the last year, Will has been very active on the Chicago music scene. He has performed  at some of the city's top venues such as Untitled Supper ClubThe BedfordEvanston SPACE, The BassmentThe House of Blues, and Uncommon Ground and also has been featured on a number of news/media outlets and radio shows throughout Chicago including Fox in the Morning, ABC-7, and WGN TV's Music Lounge. Will has entertained numerous festival crowds, most notably performing at the The Chicago Blues Festival in both 2015 and 2016, and also at El Paso's famed Neon Desert Music Festival (2015).

You might have come across Will early on at The Rock House where he did a weekly morning set called,  “Waking Up to the Blues” (2014-2016) where Will, along with drummer, "Pretty Ricky" Nelson, and bass player Joe Faught, consistently packed the coffee shop with  a crowd of locals on Saturdays…  Or maybe you've seen him accompanying Blues heavyweights like Dave SpecterCorky SiegelSam Lay, and Marcella Detroit.  Or more recently, you may have caught Will performing with his 6-piece Blues/Soul/Funk band with a full rhythm section and crooning horns - The Will Tilson Band. 

Now going into his Senior year, Will is continuing to perform around Chicago and writing music which he hopes to record later this year.

 

 

 

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SHOWS

JUly 7th, 2017

Curragh-Pub Glenview
9:00pm - 12:00am

July 28th, 2017

Untitled Supper Club
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Complimentary Admission 

August 4th, 2017

Buddy Guy's Legends
9:00pm -10:00pm

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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PHOTOS

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All photos above by Dorey Kronick

All photos above by Dorey Kronick

Neon Desert Music Festival  The Will Tilson Trio

Neon Desert Music Festival 
The Will Tilson Trio

SydRocks Unplugged Fundraiser L-R Will, Felton Crews, and Corky Siegel Photo by Josh Dreyfus

SydRocks Unplugged Fundraiser
L-R Will, Felton Crews, and Corky Siegel
Photo by Josh Dreyfus

Chicago Blues Festival L-R: Marcella Detroit, Corky Siegel, Sam Lay, and Will Photo by Paul Chen

Chicago Blues Festival
L-R: Marcella Detroit, Corky Siegel, Sam Lay, and Will
Photo by Paul Chen

Chicago Blues Festival Photo by Roman Sobus

Chicago Blues Festival
Photo by Roman Sobus

Evanston SPACE L-R Dave Specter, Will Tilson, Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith, Jimmy Johnson, Harlan Terson, and "Brother John" Kattke Photo by Harvey Tillis

Evanston SPACE
L-R Dave Specter, Will Tilson, Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith, Jimmy Johnson, Harlan Terson, and "Brother John" Kattke
Photo by Harvey Tillis