Will Knapp: Live Entertainment Professional
A Transcribed Oral History of My Rise to Adequacy
I was born on a cold October morning in Schenectady, NY to loving and supportive parents who, despite already having a perfect 5-year old daughter, welcomed me with open arms.
The resulting angst-free childhood and adolescence prevented me from developing into a truly deep, moving artist, so I pretty much stick to music written by people whose backstories are far more interesting.
I began (and fell in love with) performing in front of audiences at age 7 after a fateful turn as George Washington in the 2nd grade Presidents Day Spectacular; I bowed, my wig fell off, I got a laugh and was hooked. Cue the nostalgic coming-of-age montage of clarinet lessons, piano recitals, school plays, jazz ensembles, summer camp skits, fading out on me getting my first guitar and a book of Simon & Garfunkel sheet music at 16.
Fast-forward to the late 1990's and the birth of my professional career hosting open mics and sitting in on guitar or piano with friends and local bands in Philadelphia (forever and always, the Dawson Street Pub will be my home),
Life eventually brought me to the Jersey Shore where I've been consistently hosting solo and duo gigs, DJ sets, weekly open mics, trivia nights and Name That Tune. My shows are always light, fun and entertaining and, inevitably, sing-a-longs. (Yes, even at trivia shows.)
Check out my calendar and come see for yourself!