Fickel's guitar playing has taken him beyond the coffee house and bar room venues. Soon after his arrival in Bloomington, Jason Fickel jumped into performances with Bloomington's newly-formed professional theatre company, Cardinal Stage, playing acoustic and electric guitar for the childrens' hit, "Frog and Toad," and playing his 1967 Rickenbacker 360 for a staged reading of a Indian Partition musical co-written by Glenn Berger (Spiderman, PBS's Arthur) and Frank London (Klezmatics).

Other staged reading accompaniments include Tom Trent's time-travel play about William Howard Taft's visit to Southern Indiana, with Jason channeling his Mick Jones-Albert Von Tilzer mash-up.

In fall 2013 he was asked to provide live guitar accompaniment for a found film (Hickory Hill, circa 1930) that was part of Orphans Midwest Film Festival at the Indiana University Cinema. Later that year, he provided live accompaniment at the cinema for an afternoon ofEarly Stop Motion Animation shorts (Willis O’Brien {1915-1930}, It’s a Bird {1930} by Charley Bowers, Ladislaw Starewicz’s Frogland {1923}, and The Mascot {1934}). 

In 2017, Fickel provided a live guitar accompaniment to Carl Theodor Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc, a landmark film in the history of cinema. Fickel conceives the project as a tone poem contemplating the breathtaking performance of Falconetti.

In August of 2018, Jason provided live guitar accompaniment for the premiere of Bill Morrison's short film, "Buried and Breaking Away" which demonstrates the effect of Bloomington, Indiana’s elements on one of its favorite cinematic progenies. Plus, Morrison's "Dawson City: Frozen Time" was screened as well.  This special event was part of Visible Evidence XXV

In October 2018, Jason provided live accompaniment for the 1925 silent classic -- the Lost World



Jason Fickel / 

Jason & Ginger

Jason performs with Ginger Curry as Jason & Ginger



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Jason Fickel on WFHB's Blue Monday


I'm the DJ on WFHB's long-running blues-music radio show, Blue Monday. I spin classic and contemporary blues tunes, 9-11pm eastern time. Ways to listen:

This week's playlist:

Nina Simone / Blues on Purpose

Kim Wilson / Strollin'

Lowell Fulson / Pico

Duke Robillard / Rock Alley

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown / Pressure Cooker

The Fabulous Thunderbirds / In Orbit

The Staple Singers / Why (am I Treated So Bad)

Pops Staples / Down in Mississippi

Pops Staples / Gotta Serve Somebody

Jesse Mae Hemphill / Lord Help the Poor and Needy

Hayes McMullan / Hurry Sundown

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones / Don't Give No More Than You Can Take (feat. Little Charlie Baty)

Duke Robillard / Everybody Ain't Your Friend

Nora Jean Wallace / I've Been Watching You

B.B. & The Blues Shacks / True Love in Vain

Tampa Red / Let Me Play With Your Noodle (Remastered)

Muddy Waters / My Eyes (Keep Me in Trouble)

Nina Simone / Sugar In My Bowl

Ethel Waters / Blues in My Heart

Washboard Sam / I've Been Treated Wrong

Mildred Bailey / That Ain't Right

B.B. King / Ain't Nobody Home

B Willie Smith / Walkin' Blues

George Thorogood & The Destroyers / Crawling King Snake

The Allman Brothers Band / Can't Lose What You Never Had

Elmore James / My Bleeding Heart

Denise LaSalle / Your Husband Is Cheating On Us

Bobby "Blue" Bland / Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone

Brook Benton / Revenge

Paul Gayten / The Sweeper