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Jim Perona

Classical Guitarist from Wheaton, IL Will travel up to 600 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 151 Reviews
  • 226 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2010
  • 15 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $500 per event

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***WINNER OF "TOP NATIONAL GUITARIST" ON THE BASH, "BEST OF WEDDINGS" ON THE KNOT & "COUPLE'S CHOICE AWARD" ON WEDDINGWIRE!**** My name is Jim Perona and thank you for visiting my profile on The Bash! 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 10 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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Review by Julie B.

Holiday PartyReviewed on December 9, 2021From Chicago, IL

I really enjoyed working with Jim for our company holiday party. He was quick and easy to communicate with, he played a wonderful mix of music, not just holiday. He's completely professional and adds a special touch to any event you hire him for. He's just the perfect extra something special. I've worked with him prior to this event 9 years ago and again would highly recommend and happily hire again!

Review by Britt K.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on December 23, 2019From McHenry, IL

Just so talented and wonderful. Could not recommend more. What a nice guy, too!

Review by Renee M.

WeddingReviewed on July 21, 2018From Mineral Point, WI

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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Song List

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  • Kiss the Rain | Yiruma
  • Malagueña | Pepe Romero
  • Colombianas | Traditional
  • Los Caireles - Zapateado | Sabicas
  • Soleares | Traditional
  • Mantilla de Feria | Esteban de Sanlucar
  • Panaderos | Sanlucar
  • Zapateado En Re | Sabicas
  • When I'm Sixty-Four | The Beatles
  • Fantasia X | 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
  • 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
  • Etude #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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Date Selected: 5/24/2022

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Past Events

April 10, 2022 • Bridal Shower
Sun12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Olympia Fields, IL
December 9, 2021 • Holiday Party
Thu12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Chicago, IL
November 6, 2021 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Wheaton, IL
July 31, 2021 • Anniversary Party
Sat6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Hendersonville, TN
July 17, 2021 • Wedding
Sat6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Lisle, IL
July 1, 2021 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Thu6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Lake Forest, IL
December 23, 2019 • Wedding Ceremony
Mon4:00 PM - 5:30 PM McHenry, IL
December 12, 2019 • Holiday Party
Thu5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Saint Charles, IL
August 24, 2019 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Chicago, IL
August 10, 2019 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Glen Ellyn, IL
April 13, 2019 • Bridal Shower
Sat12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Wheaton, IL
November 3, 2018 • Wedding
Sat4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Oswego, IL

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