Jim Perona

Classical Guitar from Wheaton, IL - Will travel up to 600 miles
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***WINNER OF "TOP NATIONAL GUITARIST" ON GIGMASTERS, "BEST OF WEDDINGS" ON THE KNOT & "BRIDE'S CHOICE AWARD" ON WEDDINGWIRE!****

My name is Jim Perona and thank you for visiting my Gigmasters page! Music is my passion, my profession, and I can't wait to share more about it with you! I've been performing at weddings, corporate parties, restaurants, private events, & much more FULL-TIME for over 8 years now & the clients have spoken - I am amongst the top-reviewed solo guitarists in the country!

What makes me stand out from the other performers is my unique ability to take any song and arrange it for solo guitar. This means that I can accommodate ALL musical requests, making your music options virtually limitless!

Additionally, my versatile performance repertoire spans over 500 years of music covering the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras as well as hits from the past 60 years. From Bach to the Beatles, I play it all. Just listen for yourself as I skillfully turn any song into an instrumental guitar piece by retaining its familiar melody and harmony while gaining a charming elegance that is beautifully suited for any occasion!

Because of the versatility in my repertoire, my act is compatible with virtually every type of event. I am enthusiastically ready, willing and able to perform at any event: Weddings, cocktail hours, receptions, civil unions, rehearsal dinners, retirement home recitals, birthday parties, anniversaries, seasonal holiday parties, wine tastings, and more! Any time, any place, you name it and I will be there!

***MY MUSICAL JOURNEY***

I was born to be a musician. As the youngest of 6 kids in a very musical family, I was completely mesmerized watching my older brothers play in their bands. In fact, on the days they had a gig, I'd scramble to finish my homework so I could have the chance to see them perform. After being a mini-roadie for many years, I decided it was time to be a part of the action. I started taking guitar lessons and, at the age of 11, found my calling and developed a deep passion for guitar. In 2008, I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Northern Illinois University, where I had the incredible opportunity to study with modern guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, the 2009 award recipient of "Best World Guitarist" from Guitar Player Magazine. In 2010, I received my Master's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from New England Conservatory, where I had the amazing fortune of studying with world-renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk (winner of the 1980 International Guitar Competition, founder of the Boston Guitarfest and close friend and student of classical guitar great Andres Segovia). I feel so blessed to have been mentored by some of the best in the world and truly believe they have fully educated me to become one of the most versatile, accomplished guitarists around!

***TOP 10 REASONS TO HIRE JIM PERONA***

10. VOLUME CONTROL - The volume of my music is guaranteed to be loud enough to hear and enjoy, yet soft enough to have a comfortable conversation from 10 feet away!

9. PORTABILITY - Just me and my guitar (and usually some amplification, too), which means I can move from room to room with ease!

8. AFFORDABLE - Say good-bye to cutting hefty checks split among quartets and big bands and hello to me, myself and I!

7. DEDICATED - Above and beyond service with a smile. Will do just about anything to ensure you and your loved ones have the time of your lives. The sky's the limit!

6. PASSIONATE - Plenty of heart and drive. I respectfully treat you with the upmost care and will be there for you moment-by-moment!

5. HARD WORKING - Your happiness is number one in my book and I will work around the clock in order to create a flawless performance custom-made just for you!

4. RELIABLE - You can always count on me to be prepared, show up early to events and return all correspondence in a timely manner.

3. TRUSTWORTHY - No surprises when it comes to me! I will honestly and ethically communicate with you every step of the way!

2. PROFESSIONAL - My vast experience and friendly persona will erase all the stress so commonly experienced from an event.

1. VERSATILE/UNIQUE - You deserve nothing but the best and it's my goal to give you the highest-quality service possible. I eagerly accommodate ANY and ALL musical requests and will masterfully turn it into a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable solo guitar performance of a lifetime!

Thank you so very much for visiting my profile. It is greatly appreciated. I would love to be a part of your next event, so please feel free to contact me at any time and I will be more than happy to accommodate your every need!

All the very best,
Jim Perona
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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!
2013 - Top Guitarist
2012 - Top Guitarist

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JIM IS AMAZING! I hired Jim to perform at our outdoor wedding, and me and my husband could not have been more delighted with him or his performance. He is extremely kind and accommodating, and extraordinarily talented. He chatted and laughed with our guests, took requests, and impressed everyone. Our wedding was two months ago, and I still have guests commenting on the music and Jim. If you are thinking of booking Jim, do it! Even though we don't live near Chicago, we are already thinking of ways we can hire him again.

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Jim was absolutely wonderful! He was so easy to communicate with before and on the day of the wedding. He was also very accommodating of last minute changes on the day of the wedding. Jim played beautifully, and all of our guests were commenting on how much they liked him. He made our day truly special, and I would recommend him to anyone considering an acoustic guitar player for their wedding or reception- or for any event really!

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Jim performed at our ceremony and cocktail hour for our wedding. He was an absolute pleasure to work with. Jim arrived at our church with plenty of time to set up his equipment and practice before the ceremony. He then played beautiful wedding music for our prelude. Jim was also nice enough to sing and play a song we requested for our unity candle portion of our wedding, which was absolutely wonderful. He also played all the songs we asked. Jim is not only a great guitar player and singer, but great to work with as well. He made our wedding truly special and we would not hesitate to ask him to play at another event. We definitely recommend him!

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We found Jim on theknot.com and went to see him play at the Cellar Bistro. He was amazing, and we hired him immediately! He played everything we wanted to hear, and I just wish I could have heard him play before I walked down the aisle! I can't wait to see him perform again!

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Jim's voice, guitar playing, and energy filled our friends' wedding with delight. He is kind, warm, funny, and talented. Truly, he turned an ordinary backyard party into a magical experience.

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Jim was amazing!! We received so many compliments from our guests. His music is beautiful and he is so talented. He always has a smile and really makes the crowd happy. We were so pleased to have him at our wedding.

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Jim is wonderful to work with. He is flexible, easy going and relaxed. Not to mention also being a very talented, versatile musician. A real pleasure!

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Wine Tasting Party

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Jim, played for our wine tasting event. Jim is incredibly talented but also a pleasure to work with. He is a true professional in every sense of the word. Finding talent for this event was not a job I was looking forward to and Jim made the process a breeze. Emails were answered promptly and the booking process was easy. Our clients really enjoyed the acoustic guitar music he played and his music was a perfect compliment to our event. I would recommend Jim to anyone looking for a guitarist for any event.

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Jim was great. He made several custom arrangements for our wedding and was quick to respond to all of our requests and communication.

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2019
Aug
24
Wedding Ceremony
Chicago, IL
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2019
Aug
10
Wedding Ceremony
Glen Ellyn, IL
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2019
Apr
13
Bridal Shower
Wheaton, IL
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
2018
Nov
3
Wedding
Oswego, IL
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2018
Oct
20
Wedding
Chicago, IL
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2018
Sep
18
Corporate Function
Wheaton, IL
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
2018
Sep
16
Birthday Party (Adult)
Chicago, IL
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
2018
Aug
21
Corporate Function
Libertyville, IL
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2018
Jul
21
Wedding
Mineral Point, WI
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2018
Jun
8
Wedding
Avon, IN
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2018
Apr
21
Birthday Party (Kids)
Naperville, IL
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2018
Apr
7
Birthday Party (Adult)
Chicago, IL
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Alonso Mudarra
Jingle Bells
James Lord Pierpont
White Christmas
Bing Crosby
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Traditional
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Johnny Marks
O Holy Night
Nat King Cole
Winter Wonderland
Dean Martin
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Judy Garland
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie
Jingle Bell Rock
Bobby Helms
Little Drummer Boy
Katherine Kennicott Davis
O Christmas Tree
Traditional German
Let It Snow
Dean Martin
What Child is This? (Greensleeves)
Traditional English
Joy to the World
George F. Handel
Angels We Have Heard On Hight
Traditional Latin
Ave Maria
Franz Schubert
Canon in D
Johann Pachelbel
Bridal Chorus
Richard Wagner
Wedding March
Felix Mendelssohn
Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1
Johann Sebastian Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
J.S. Bach
Prelude No. 1 from The Well-Tempered Clavier
J.S. Bach
Air on the G String
J.S. Bach
Sheep May Safely Graze
J.S. Bach
Sleepers, Awake
J.S. Bach
Suite BWV 995 - Prelude & Presto
J.S. Bach
BWV 995 - Allemande
J.S. Bach
BWV 995 - Courante
J.S. Bach
BWV 995 - Sarabande
J.S. Bach
BWV 995 - Gavottes I & II
J.S. Bach
BWV 995 - Gigue
J.S. Bach
Bourree in e minor from Suite BWV 996
J.S. Bach
Prelude in E Major from Suite BWV 1006a
J.S. Bach
Prelude from Suite BWV 998
J.S. Bach
Romanza
Traditional
Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Francisco Tarrega
Estudio Brillante
Tarrega
Capricho Arabe
Tarrega
Adelita
Tarrega
Asturias
Isaac Albeniz
Tango
Albeniz
Sevilla
Albeniz
Romance de los Pinos
Federico Moreno Torroba
Danza Paraguaya
Augstin Barrios
Canco del Lladre
Miguel Llobet
El Colibri
Julio Sagreras
Canarios
Gaspar Sanz
El Humahuaqueno
Edmundo Zaldivar
Estudio 5
Fernando Sor
Etudes #1
Heitor Villa-Lobos
Etude #25
Matteo Carcassi
Classical Gas
Mason Williams
Guajiras de Lucia (Flamenco)
Paco de Lucia
Punta y Tacon (Flamenco)
Sabicas
Midnight Express
Nuno Bettencourt
Farruca (Flamenco)
Traditional
4 Sevillanas (Flamenco)
Traditional
Fandangos de Huelva (Flamenco)
Traditional
Cavatina
Stanley Meyers
River Flows In You
Yiruma
Eight Days a Week
The Beatles
All You Need Is Love
Beatles
I Saw Her Standing There
Beatles
Girl
Beatles
Here Comes the Sun
Beatles
Here, There and Everywhere
Beatles
If I Fell
Beatles
In My Life
Beatles
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Beatles
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
Beatles
She Loves You
Beatles
With A Little Help From My Friends
Beatles
I've Just Seen A Face
Beatles
Hide Your Love Away
Beatles
We Can Work It Out
Beatles
Hey Jude
Beatles
Across the Universe
Beatles
Something
Beatles
Yesterday
Beatles
Blackbird
Beatles
Let It Be
Beatles
Eleanor Rigby
Beatles
Tonight You Belong to Me
Patience & Prudence (made famous by Steve Martin in "The Jerk")
Besame Mucho
Consuelo Velázquez
Daydream Believer
The Monkees
I'm a Believer
The Monkees
Be My Baby
The Ronettes
God Only Knows
The Beach Boys
Wouldn't It Be Nice
The Beach Boys
Space Oddity
David Bowie
Moon River
Andy Williams
Forever In Blue Jeans
Neil Diamond
Sweet Caroline
Neil Diamond
Country Roads
John Denver
Heart of Gold
Neil Young
Peace Train
Cat Stevens
Proud Mary
Creedence Clearwater Revival
What Is Life
George Harrison
Imagine
John Lennon
Maybe I'm Amazed
Paul McCartney
My Valentine
Paul McCartney
Your Song
Elton John
Can You Feel the Love Tonight?
Elton John
Tiny Dancer
Elton John
Time in a Bottle
Jim Croce
Follow You Follow Me
Genesis
Close to You
Carpenters
Dance With Me
Orleans
Amie
Pure Prairie League
D'yer Maker
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
Led Zeppelin
Passionate Kisses
Lucinda Williams
Make You Feel My Love
Bob Dylan (in the style of Adele)
If I Ain't Got You
Alicia Keys
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
You Were Meant For Me
Jewel
This Year's Love
David Gray
Bless the Broken Road
Rascal Flatts
Whatever It Is
Zac Brown Band
Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison
At Last
Etta James
Falling Slowly
Glen Hansard (from the film "Once")
Love Me Tender
Elvis
It's Now or Never
Elvis
I Can't Help Falling In Love
Elvis
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Elvis
Stand By Me
Ben E. King
Nothing Else Matters
Metallica
Making Memories Of Us
Keith Urban
Feels Like Home
Chantal Kreviazuk
Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd
Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd
Another Brick in the Wall part 2
Pink Floyd
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Green Day
Wildflowers
Tom Petty
Always On My Mind
Willie Nelson
Sweet Child O' Mine
Guns 'n' Roses
Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen
Take On Me
A-Ha
Can't Fight this Feeling
REO Speedwagon
Hotel California
The Eagles
Love Will Keep Us Alive
Eagles
More Than Words
Extreme
Don't Stop Believin'
Journey
Happy Together
The Turtles
Something In The Way She Moves
James Taylor
Wonderful Tonight
Eric Clapton
Change the World
Eric Clapton
Everything
Michael Bublé
End of the Road
Umphrey's McGee
Margaritaville
Jimmy Buffet
Harvest Moon
Neil Young
You're My Best Friend
Queen
I'm Yours
Jason Mraz
Angel
Jack Johnson
Better Together
Jack Johnson
My Girl
The Temptations
How Deep Is Your Love
Bee Gees
As Time Goes By
Herman Hupfeld (from "Casablanca")
September
Earth, Wind & Fire
Wild Horses
Rolling Stones
The Book of Love
Peter Gabriel
I Only Want To Be With You
Dusty Springfield
Home
Phillip Phillips
Iris
Goo Goo Dolls
Just Breathe
Pearl Jam
Kokomo
The Beach Boys
Under The Bridge
Red Hot Chili Peppers
A Thousand Years
Christina Perri
Landslide
Fleetwood Mac
What A Wonderful World
Louie Armstrong
Come Away With Me
Norah Jones
Marry Me
Train
Rainbow Connection
(From the Muppet movies) Paul Williams & Kenneth Acher
The Way You Look Tonight
Dorothy Fields & Jerome Kern
Billie Jean
Michael Jackson
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
Righteous Brothers
City of Blinding Lights
U2
Glycerine
Bush
My Hero
Foo Fighters
Get Lucky
Daft Punk
Marry You
Bruno Mars
I Want You to Want Me
Cheap Trick
Surrender
Cheap Trick
(Oh) Pretty Woman
Roy Orbison
I Will Follow You Into the Dark
Death Cab for Cutie
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Simon & Garfunkel
The Luckiest
Ben Folds
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
All Of Me
John Legend
You and Me
Dave Matthews Band
Another Saturday Night
Sam Cooke
You've Got a Friend In Me
Randy Newman (from Toy Story)
Isn't She Lovely
Stevie Wonder
Sunshine of my Life
Stevie Wonder
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Stevie Wonder
A Whole New World
Alan Menken & Time Rice (from "Aladdin")
Kiss the Girl
(from The Little Mermaid) - Alan Menken & Howard Ashman
Seasons of Love
From "Rent" - Jonathan Larson
Storybook Love
Mark Knopfler
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World Music Guitar
Classical Acoustic Guitar
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Flamenco Acoustic Guitar
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First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Jim Perona will also travel to Glen Ellyn, Winfield, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Lombard, Warrenville, Bloomingdale, Lisle, West Chicago, Addison, Downers Grove, Naperville, Villa Park, Bartlett, Hanover Park, Medinah, Oak Brook, Roselle, Elmhurst, Wayne.
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