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Thursday, January 28, 2016


Gabe Stillman , a blues prodigy,
formed the Billtown Giants in 2015.

WELLSBORO—On Friday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m., Gabe Stillman and the Billtown Giants will bring their musical skill and high-energy performance to the stage in the Gallery at the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. Every note of their dynamic and diverse song and genre selection will be delivered with passion and purpose. The concert is offered through the Deane Center’s Gallery Music Series.
With Stillman on guitar and vocals, Joel Vincent on drums and Colin Beatty on bass, the Giants will perform electric blues and R&B. Among the selections they will play in Wellsboro will be Louis Armstrong’s St. James Infirmary,” Muddy Waters’ “Baby I Wanna Be Loved,” Allen Toussaint’s “Let’s Get Lowdown” and B.B. King’s “Rock Me Baby.”

Stillman began taking guitar lessons at nine. At 11, he enrolled in Williamsport’s Uptown Music Collective. At 15, Stillman became the bandleader for the Collective’s Youngblood Blues Band. In January 2012, he led the band to the Youth Showcase at the international Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. where he was awarded a cash prize for individual effort.

In 2012, Stillman graduated from Williamsport Area High School, a year ahead of his class. That fall, he enrolled in the professional music program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. Thanks to his advanced placement credits from high school and taking courses during his summers in college, he finished all eight semesters in 27 months, graduating with his bachelor’s in professional music in December 2014, several months before his 20th birthday.

He immediately returned to Williamsport and formed the Billtown Giants. He had met and played with both Vincent and Beatty when he participated in the Uptown Music Collective. In addition to the Giants, Beatty and Stillman both perform with the blues-rock group Mama Warned Ya.

An alum and former faculty member of the Uptown Music Collective, Beatty has also performed with the blues band the Dirty Nickels and the R&B group, the Nobodies.

Vincent is well versed in many styles from funk to punk. His tenure with the regional blues band the Blind Chitlin Kahunas has made him a blues scene elder statesman in Williamsport. He also performs with the Doug McMinn Jazz Quartet, the Ken Wittman Trio, jam band Lumpy Gravy and the Beatles tribute band Rubber Soul.

"The Gallery is an ideal venue to enjoy live music," said Kevin Connelly, Deane Center executive director. "It has a wonderful ambiance, outstanding sound quality and allows the audience to interact with the band. Everyone is seated at tables so they can relax, bring their own favorite snacks and beverages and enjoy the music." Also available are freshly popped popcorn and bottled water.

Admission is $10. For reservations or more information, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.


Anonymous said...

This kid is the real deal.

Anonymous said...

Pickin an a Grinnin!