At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, Gabe Stillman Band members will bring their skill and high-energy music to the Coolidge Theatre stage at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main St. in Wellsboro.
While the trio’s electrifying sound is unmistakably rooted in American blues, the group draws deeply from influences of soul, R&B, funk, and New Orleans jazz and blues music, performing both original tunes and well-chosen cover songs to pay respectful homage to the legends of the blues in the band’s own inimitable and dynamic way.
Based in Williamsport, this hard-stompin’ blues band is led by ace guitarist and singer Gabe Stillman who formed the band in 2015, shortly after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music.
Fueled by bassist Colin Beatty and current drummer Jesse Roedts, the band has been steadily climbing to the top of the regional blues circuit with standout performances at venues large and small. Roedts has been with the band since November of 2017 following the departure of Joel Vincent.
In addition to sharing the stage with blues royalty The Nighthawks and Chicago powerhouse Toronzo Cannon, they’ve won over crowds at the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival in 2016, 2017 and 2018, at the Destination Blues Festival in 2016 and the annual Billtown Blues Festival in their hometown of Williamsport in 2016 and 2018.
Joining the band for the Aug. 25 performance will be singer-songwriters Stacia Abernatha of Williamsport and Mike Brown of Geneseo, N.Y. Abernatha writes and sings her own original tunes accompanying herself on guitar. She and Stillman perform as a duo and she often sings with the band. Abernatha has previously performed with Stillman’s band in Wellsboro.
Brown will open for the band on Aug. 25. A multi-instrumentalist, Brown will play his own original Americana blues material. He runs a successful recording studio in Geneseo and produced Stillman’s just released extended play CD titled “The Grind.” Four of the five songs on Stillman’s CD are originals.
“The topics of my four original songs all come from personal, yet common, experiences,” Stillman said, adding, “They are heavily inspired by the work of my heroes in the blues genre.”
The fifth song is “My Baby Is The Real Thing,” written by legendary New Orleans musician, Allen Toussaint.
“I’m very much in love with New Orleans music and Allen Toussaint is one of the key figures in the history of New Orleans R&B. I love this song in particular and wanted to record it. It came out sounding very different from Mr. Toussaint’s original recording but I think it still captures the NOLA vibe,” he added.
“The Grind” will be available for purchase at the Aug. 25 concert.
For more about the band, their performance schedule, the latest news, and social media links visit www.gabestillman.com.
For this concert, everyone will be seated at tables so they can relax, bring their own favorite snacks and beverages and enjoy the music. Also available will be freshly popped popcorn and bottled water. Admission is $15.
To reserve a table, for tickets or more information, call the Deane Center at (570) 724-6220 or visit www.deanecenter.com.