Local Music Notes

Published on March 9th, 2016 | by Brittain Thompson


The Ifs and Ills: From Busking the Square to Playing Mr. Feathers

Oxford-newcomer The Ifs and Ills started out as Jake Williams and Dayton Cooper busking on the Square, working to build into a full band. In the three months since they started the group has fleshed out into a four piece consisting of Williams on guitar, Cooper filling out drums, Jacob Lewandowski on bass, and Caitlin Kendrick on vocals.

“The name came from a guitar magazine we were reading, and the headline was riffs and fills,” said Williams. “At the time it was just me and our drummer…we lost the first two letters to make it sound interesting.”

The Ifs and Ills are frequent performers at Roosters open mic night and used the stage time to push for a show at Mr. Feathers. Williams said that the group is working on nailing down a steady string of shows at Mr. Feathers and expects at least one show there in March.

With inspiration coming “anywhere from Robert Johnson to The Gap Band to The Weekend,” The Ifs and Ills are a band you can’t miss out on. The Local Voice Ligature

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Brittain was an associate editor of The Local Voice from 2015-2018, ex-journalism student, and bad noise maker from the highway town of Brandon, Mississippi.

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