J-Council

Fox Cities, WI

Jon Wheelock isn’t the type of person to shy away from telling you what he believes. For the doubters, it’s tattooed in big, bold letters across his forearms: NATIVE PRIDE. A proud son of the Oneida Nation, Wheelock’s Native American heritage shapes every facet of who he is as an artist and a person. Be it his tender pleas for mercy on a soul ballad or his primal howl that carries a ripping garage rock joint, his voice is imbued with an unflinching honesty that immediately cuts all the pretense right out of the room.

While music has been a constant throughout Wheelock’s life, the vehicle that finally pulled the Kaukauna native from the backline – playing bass for GRAMMY-nominee Cory Chisel and others – to the beating heart of the center stage is J-Council, the soul band he formed in 2015. The project was born out of his relationship with Chisel, who recognized something special in Wheelock and invited him to join his Refuge Foundation for the Arts as the first artist-in-residence. After arriving at the Refuge in October 2015 for a year-long residency, Wheelock went from writing his very first song to recording and releasing an EP and embarking on a U.S. tour. His residency culminated with an appearance at the historic Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles for Petty Fest, performing alongside the likes of Norah Jones and Jakob Dylan. Wheelock’s powerful performance earned rave reviews from national media outlets, including Billboard and Rolling Stone.

Music Sampler

Artist Performances

Thursday August 1st from 6:45 PM - 7:35 PM at Houdini Plaza - MAIN STAGE
Friday August 2nd from 11:15 PM - 12:05 AM at OuterEdge - MAIN STAGE