Gabe Stillman & The Billtown Giants present two nights of performances at Jeremiah’s
On Nov. 25 and 26, both nights beginning at 7:30 p.m., the Williamsport-based blues trio, Gabe Stillman & The Billtown Giants will present Live at Jeremiah’s, above the Bullfrog Brewery, 229 W. Fourth St. This two-night live recording event will raise funds for the band’s trip to Memphis, Tennessee in January of 2017 to represent The Billtown Blues Association in the International Blues Challenge (IBC). In addition to sets from the Billtown Giants, each night will feature local and regional special guest musicians. Both nights will be recorded with plans to release an album in early 2017.
Gabe Stillman & The Billtown Giants are a musical force to be reckoned with, winning over audiences at every show with dynamic performances that showcase the band’s musical prowess and depth of passion for playing “the blues.” Formed in 2015 by Berklee College of Music graduate and Uptown Music Collective alumni Gabe Stillman, the trio has quickly risen on the scene and continues gaining momentum and accolades following standout performances at the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival, the Destination Blues Fest, the Billtown Blues Festival and many more. Fronted by Stillman on guitar and vocals, the band also features bassist Colin Beatty (Silenus, The Dirty Nickels, Clawfoot Slumber, The Goods) and Joel B Vincent (Bo Diddley, The Blind Chitlin Kahunas, Davy Jones, Melissa Reaves, Rubber Soul) on drums.
“We’ve been a working band for almost two years and have been very lucky to share the stage with some incredible artists,” says Stillman. “Now we’re getting ourselves ready for our trip to Memphis to compete in the IBC with some of the best blues artists around the world. Making a live recording is something I’ve always wanted to do and I feel that the timing is right. It’s the next step in the band’s progression.”
The two-night live recording event will feature a who’s who of local and regional talent opening up and sitting in as special guests with the trio. Friday night will feature Kimbo Reichley and Bryan Noaker opening up the evening. The duo also will be traveling to Memphis to compete in the IBC’s Solo/Duo category. Friday’s special guests will also include Cheryl Miller of Miz Ida and The All Nighta’s; Shawn Strickland of Dirty Mojo; as well as JT Thompson, Greg Burgess and Doug McMinn. On Saturday night McMinn will be back to open the evening with a special delta blues set. Saturday’s special guests include Nate Myers, Sean Farley, Kimberly Adair, Mallory Scoppa and Steve Adams.
“Being that it’s my first crack at doing something like this, I’m very excited to have lots of friends coming out to join in the fun,” Stillman said. “Anything can happen with the group of great musicians I have assembled and that’s what makes this most exciting for me! From Nate Myers powerhouse harp playing to Sean Farley’s blistering guitar, and the nostalgic soulful voice of Kimberly Adair … I feel confident that these shows are going to be memorable.”
Tickets are available at the Uptown Music Collective, K&S Music, as well as at any upcoming Billtown Giants show. Tickets will also be available at the door on the nights of the performances. For more information visit www.gabestillman.com or check out the band’s official page on Facebook.