Jake Ilika is a singer/songwriter from Minneapolis by way of Winona, MN. Through his solo work, Ilika Ward Duo, and his band The Heavy Set, he covers the bases of Americana with a variety of sounds and styles. He plays finger-style acoustic, tasteful electric, lap steel, resonator, pedal steel and keys, and enjoys collaborations with fellow musicians around the region.
His self-titled debut EP was released in March of 2014, and a solo album, "Live At Casket Arts" was released in March of 2015. The Heavy Set's first full-length album, "Everybody's Got A Mountain" will be released November 3rd, 2015.
Jake has shared the stage with Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps, Chastity Brown, Erik Koskinen, Charlie Parr, Euforquestra, Black Market Brass, The 4onthefloor, Mark Mallman, Chris Koza & Rogue Valley, Actual Wolf, Jillian Rae, Horseshoes & Handgrenades and many more.
"Circling the Drain" Live from Shannon Porter Studios in Winona, MN
"Hate Coming Here" Live at The Crux, Boise ID. Video by Keith Hyde
"Eagles on the Ice" Live at The Crux, Boise ID. Video by Keith Hyde