Will Read and Sing for Food is teaming up with Jasper Engines and Transmissions’ “Jasper Endows Today & Tomorrow (JETT)” community outreach team for a public show on Saturday, April 18, 7 p.m., at Jasper Engine’s Power Drive Facility in Jasper.
Very special musical guest Jason Wilber will join the Will Read and Sing For Food players, including humor essayists Scott Saalman and Angie Mayfield and musicians Kyle Lueken, Debbie Schuetter, Megan Gatwood and Carley Knapp. The public benefit show is a mix of humor essays and live music.
A journeyman guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Wilber has traveled the world as lead guitar player for artists like John Prine, Greg Brown, Iris DeMent, Todd Snider, and Hal Ketchum. In the insightful and sometimes humorous songs featured on his seven solo CDs he manages to meld his rock, folk, jazz, and country influences into a unique sound that’s been described as “Van Morrison meets Wilco.” From Carnegie Hall to Red Rocks to Massey Hall and the London Palladium, Wilber has performed in all 50 States, and all over Canada, Europe, and the UK. His work with Prine includes the Grammy Award winning CD Fair & Square, and the Grammy nominated CDs Live On Tour and In Spite of Ourselves (which spent 32 weeks on the Billboard Country Charts).
John Prine’s penchant for duets has put Jason in the enviable position of accompanying him on recordings with Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Josh Ritter, Patty Loveless, Iris Dement, Trisha Yearwood, and Sara Watkins. Other wonderful artists Jason has worked with live or in the studio include Tim Grimm, Krista Detor, Greg Trooper, Carrie Newcomer, Kim Fox, Bill Wilson, and Over the Rhine.
Will Read and Sing For Food, founded in 2011, has raised $39,300 for local causes and charities. JETT, established in 2013, has granted about $18,000 to non-profit organizations.
Proceeds from the April 18 show will go to JETT’s community outreach efforts.
Admission is a $10 or more donation to JETT. Pay at the Power Drive entrance.