Billy Jonas

Billy Jonas

For 25 years, Billy Jonas, performer, singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and educator, has perfected the art of the neo-tribal hootenanny around the globe – original songs performed with a generous dose of audience participation. Jonas performs using voice, guitar, and industrial re-percussion – homemade creations of buckets and barrels, keys and cans, bells and body percussion. Each concert is a soul-spelunking, heart healing, joy-filled journey of spirited music that is accessible to anyone and everyone, regardless of age or cultural background.

Billy developed his craft in the late 1980‘s as a founding member of the Oberlin College Big Bang Theory performance art collective. He refined things further in Chicago during monthly “Bangalong with Billy” shows at the No Exit Cafe, and subsequently in the 1990‘s as a co-founder (with Bill Melanson) of the funky folk* duo The Billys. He currently tours solo, and with the Billy Jonas Band, which was honored with an invitation to perform at the White House in 2010.

Jonas has received numerous honors and awards, including an American Federation of Independent Musicians 1st place/Gold, multiple Parents Choice Golds, and a New York Times “Best” listing. Billy Jonas has shared stages with many renowned artists, including Alison Krauss, Peter Yarrow, Keb’ Mo’, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Mattea, Paul Winter, Michele Shocked, Justin Bieber, Ani DiFranco, David Wilcox, Richard Thompson, and Pete Seeger.


  16 Santo Lane, Au Sable Forks, NY 12912




Bangin' and Sangin' with Billy Jonas (performances...

Program description

In his educational concerts, Billy Jonas helps students discover the music within common items … and within themselves. His concerts inform and inspire the audience to be aware of the environment around them, including one another.

EVERYBODY’S IN THE BAND (Elementary) – This program is all about participation! Concerts include sing-a-longs, bang-a-longs, and an improvised song with audience suggestions. Instruments include voices, guitar and homemade, recyclable, object instruments. This show proves to each and every participant that they are indeed a musician. Themes include ecological awareness, community connection, and various curriculum-related songs.

THE TROUBADOUR TRADITION (Middle and High) – This concert presented in lecture-demo style, demonstrating the role of the singer / songwriter throughout history. Billy’s original songs and improvisation will help students gain an understanding of the role of the "musical historian / storyteller / news bearer" throughout history, and to realize their own potential to fill that role.

Student workshops include Making Recylcled Instruments, Making Music with Recycled Instruments, Songwriting/Song-Making

Booking / scheduling contact

Susan Lounsbury, Loyd Artists


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Music
Cultural Origin: American
Program type: Out-of-School-Time, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9, Kindergarten
Subject: Language Arts, Music, Science
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

 Available year round

Available times:


Length of program: 45-55 min.
Space / technical requirements:

 minimum 15′ x 15′ space


 Your site: school, library, theater

Fees / Ticketing:

 $800 for one performance; $700 each for two same day, same site.

Please call for workshop fees.


NC Standard Course of Study:

Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

NC Essential Standards:

Understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with music.

Use singing, playing and/or moving to respond to a variety of musical ideas.

Recognize the relationships between music and concepts from other areas.

Understand how humans can have positive and negative effects on the environment.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

When the Artist has incurred travel expense to honor a contract and the contract or a portion of the contract is canceled due to weather, the artist will be paid in full and every attempt will be made to reschedule the services within the following 12 months at no additional charge to the Artist or the Presenter. It is understood that make-up dates will be rescheduled when the artist is traveling through an area and the Artist is under no obligation to pay additional travel expenses to make-up services canceled due to weather.
If the school cancels the Engagement in whole or in part for reasons other than weather or any other legitimate condition beyond the control of the school, the school is responsible for full payment of the Engagement fee.