the evelyn hotel would like to acknowledge the owners of the land on which we operate – the wurundjeri people of the kulin nation. we pay respects to their elders past and present. sovereignty never ceded.




Public Bar


Mountain Goat Live & Untamed Presents Willie J & The Bad Books

Sat 14 Oct

Saturday, 14 Oct 2023
Supported by GLEN
Doors at 08:30pm

Mountain Goat Live & Untamed Presents Willie J & The Bad Books

Imagine what would happen if Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson & Janis Joplin met at The
Crossroads and decided to form a band.

That band would sound like Willie J & The Bad Books.

This band lights up every stage and takes no prisoners.

They bring a fresh approach to blues rock laced with psychedelic heavy grooves and jaw
dropping riffage. Every show is a soul sacrifice from the band that demands you to boogie.

For all members of Willie J & The Bad Books, music has been an integral and essential part
of life. Springing to life during the pandemic, Will first met future Bad Books drummer Fru
Parsons while playing on Brunswick Street. Bassist Matt Forge entered the fray following a
conversation with Will over starting a blues and rock band. Matt worked with Rick and
resident Bad Books boogie-queen, vocalist and organist Eileen Hodgkins – and the rest, as
they say, is history. Bolstered by a shared adoration for classic tunes and the organic
creative process between the quintet, Willie J & The Bad Books have caught the eyes and
ears of many. With plenty of shows on the local live circuit up their sleeves, festival
appearances, live videos, singles and a debut album in the works, Willie J & The Bad Books
are firing on all cylinders.