J. Willis Pratt Benefit Concert

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT | By Donation at Door

Benefit at Goddard’s Haybarn Theatre to Support Plainfield Musician

A group of Central Vermont musicians including Donna Thunder, Django Soulo, Bad Dog, Stone Bullet, The Peter Mayhew Band and J. Willis Pratt & We’re Bionic will take the stage at Goddard College’s historic Haybarn Theatre on Saturday, June 16, to raise money to support local Plainfield musician J. Willis Pratt in his fight with cancer.

J. Willis Pratt is a longtime Plainfield resident and accomplished musician with his own unique style and story. Pratt grew up at the Maple Hill School, a group home in Plainfield, Vermont, until he moved out in 1980 at the age of 18. He remained in Plainfield afterward, focused on making rock music, and developed a sound all his own.

In the late 1980s, Pratt was drawn to the Goddard College campus where he began to make friends and network with other musicians. It was during this time that he met Phish drummer and Goddard student Jon Fishman. The two became good friends and formed the band J. Willis Pratt and We’re Bionic which features Fishman on percussion, John Kasiewicz on bass, Chris Martin on lead guitar and Willis Pratt on rhythm and vocals.

As a result of their mutual admiration, they formed a pact that if either of them ever got to play a large arena, he’d invite the other one to open up for them. Fishman kept his promise and on December 12, 1997, Willis opened up for Phish in Albany at the Pepsi Arena. J Willis Pratt and We’re Bionic have released a number of albums including Lost Paradox (1992), Bleeding in the Shark Tank (1997), Rhythm of the Sun (2000), Live at the Met (2010) and The Very Best of J. Willis Pratt and We’re Bionic (2010).

“Goddard is thrilled to host this benefit and to have Willis perform on the Haybarn Stage,” said Goddard staff member and organizer, Dustin Byerly. “We value his long history with the College and are grateful to all the community members who have come together to support him through this difficult time.”

The benefit concert will be a grand celebration of Pratt’s lifetime of rocking, with all ticket sales and donations going to support his treatment and recovery.

J. Willis Pratt

J. Willis Pratt is a longtime Plainfield resident and accomplished musician with his own unique style and story. Pratt grew up at the Maple Hill School, a group home in Plainfield, Vermont, until he moved out in 1980 at the age of 18. He remained in Plainfield afterward, focused on making rock music, and developed a sound all his own.

Concert Details
Saturday, June 16 – Goddard College’s Haybarn Theatre, Plainfield, Vt.
Doors open at 6:30pm. The music starts at 7pm. Donations of cash or check accepted at the door.

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Details

Date:
June 16
Time:
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost:
By Donation at Door
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/460428417711147

Venue

Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College
123 Pitkin Rd.
Plainfield, VT United States
Phone:
802-322-1666

Organizer

Dustin Byerly
Phone:
802-322-1601
Email:
dustin.byerly@goddard.edu