Chris Yakopcic is a fingerstyle acoustic blues player, vocalist, and songwriter inspired by pre-war delta and piedmont players. His guitar playing builds on the rhythmic and often high energy thumb-bass picking patterns innovated by Robert Johnson, Bill Broonzy, and Blind Blake (among others).
Chris Yakopcic performs regularly at bars and listening rooms mostly located throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania. He has also performed on the main stage at blues festivals in Dayton and Cincinnati. He has recently started teaching and holding workshops on acoustic blues guitar at venues such as Taffy’s in Eaton, OH.
Additionally, Chris has twice qualified for the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN after winning the regional competitions held in Pittsburgh (2011) and Cincinnati (2012). In 2011 he recorded his debut album “Done Found My Freedom ‘fore My Technique” and is currently working on his second release.
2011 Best Blues Act, Cincinnati Entertainment Award
Leo Clarke CD – Voted #17 on WNKU Tops 89 CDs of 2012
2013 Columbus Blues Challenge (solo/duo)
2011 Pomeroy Big Bend Blues Challenge (solo/duo)
2010 Columbus Blues Challenge (solo/duo)
Notable Performances and Placements:
2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN (solo/duo)
2013 Finalist, Marietta Blues Challenge (solo/duo)
2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN (solo/duo)
2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN (solo/duo)
2011 2nd Place, Cincinnati Blues Challenge (solo/duo)
2011 2nd Place, Dayton Blues Challenge (solo/duo)
2010 2nd Place, Cincinnati Blues Challenge (solo/duo)