Blues Double Header: an evening with Tas Cru and the Gabe Sillman Band

Blues Double Header: an evening with Tas Cru and the Gabe Sillman BandTas Cru. Provided photo.

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, Tas Cru and the Gabe Stillman Band will present a night of great blues in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main St. in Wellsboro.

The Gabe Stillman Band will open the show. This three-piece machine runs at full tilt for every performance. While their sound is unmistakably rooted in the blues, the band draws from the deep well of all American roots music. 

Blues Double Header: an evening with Tas Cru and the Gabe Sillman Band
Gabe Stillman. Provided photo.

“For this show, we will be performing our brand of hard stompin’ blues,” Stillman said. 

Based in Williamsport, the band includes Stillman, an ace guitarist and singer, drummer Jesse Roedts, and bassist Colin Beatty.

Stillman will then join Tas Cru, internationally acclaimed blues artist. They will perform original music from Cru’s most recent albums. Among them will be “Grizzle and Bone” from his 2018 Blues Music Award-nominated album “Simmered & Stewed”, as well as selections from his 2014 CD “You Keep The Money” and his most recent, “Memphis Song” released in June 2018. 

Cru’s songs are described as “raucous, rowdy, gentle, eccentric, quirky and outright irreverent” and testify to his reputation as one of the most unique bluesmen plying his trade today. It’s no wonder that Cru, who is based in upstate New York, has received wide praise for his songwriting. 

“His songs are blues poetry – crafted with a rare verbal flair. His ability to cast a memorable hook is magical,” writes Downbeat magazine. Live, his songs are performed with power and passion, observed Living Blues magazine, which wrote, “The vivacity and sheer joy with which Cru plays is intoxicating.”

Stillman has been a touring member of Tas Cru and The Tortured Souls for a year performing across the United States in Indianapolis, Indiana; Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pa. as well as playing up and down the East Coast and all around the state of Florida.

In January, Stillman and his band competed at the 35th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, where they landed in the final eight out of 101 starting entries. Stillman’s command of the guitar garnered serious notice from the judges who selected him as the winner of the esteemed Gibson Guitar Award. 

“Winning this award is an incredible honor, especially at this early stage of my career,” said Stillman. “It’s an electrifying feeling to have encouragement like this from the Blues Foundation. It tells me I’m on the right path as a musician.”

For the Sept. 14 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 $22. To reserve a table at no extra charge, for tickets or more information, call the Deane Center at (570) 724-6220 or visit www.deanecenter.com

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