Musician Jontavious Willis coming to Walton Arts Center Oct. 22

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Multi-instrumentalist and bluesman Jontavious Willis is coming back to the Walton Arts Center next month.

The artist, who has previously performed at the venue when he opened for Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal in 2017, will return to town for a performance at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Willis, just 24 years old, has been called “70-year-old bluesman in a 20-year-old body,” is well known for his style that “touches the very roots of country blues.” He released his second album, Spectacular Class last year, which showcases Willis’ fingerpicking, flat-picking, and slide prowess on the guitar, as well as his skills on harmonica, banjo, and cigar box.

The show will be limited to just 200 people in the 1200 seat Baum Walker Hall, in a series of socially-distanced performances made possible by the WAC’s Ghost Light Recovery Fund.

A host of health and safety precautions will be in effect, including spaced seating inside the hall, enhanced cleaning and sanitation measures, temperature checks, face coverings, and others.

Tickets to the show range from $32 to $52 (plus applicable fees), and can be purchased by calling 479.443.5600 or at