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Deane Center’s Free Outdoor Concert Series Kicks Off
At 6 p.m. on Friday, July 8, the Williamsport-based Gabe Stillman Band will kick off the Deane Center’s Free Outdoor Concert Series by performing impromptu selections of original American roots music gems and carefully chosen covers.
The outdoor stage is on the Central Avenue side of the Deane Center building at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.
If weather becomes an issue, this free concert will be moved into the Coolidge Theatre. Donations are always welcome and appreciated.
An ace guitarist and singer, Stillman founded and leads the band, which includes Colin Beatty of Williamsport on bass guitar and Ray Hangen of Buffalo, N.Y. on drums.
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.
The Gabe Stillman Band performed selections from their first full-length album, “Just Say The Word” on Sept. 10, 2021 in Wellsboro. The Boston-based VizzTone Label Group released the album worldwide on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. That same day, the band was to kick off Stillman’s three-concert “Album Release Weekend” with a performance on the Deane Center’s outdoor stage. Unfortunately, the concert had to be cancelled due to rain and lightning and was rescheduled to Sept. 10.
“Just Say The Word” includes thirteen originals plus two covers that further solidify Stillman’s reputation as an accomplished guitarist and songwriter.
The lyrics and arrangements are both personal and universal. “Just Say the Word” appeals to those in the blues world while stretching the boundaries into that realm of “just great music” that defies category.
Produced by Anson Funderburgh at Wire Recording in Austin, Texas, “Just Say the Word” is a compelling listen from beginning to end, with powerful contributions from the Texas Horns and special appearances by Funderburgh, Sue Foley, and Greg Izor.
Since its release, “Just Say The Word” has connected with Stillman’s growing fan base. It reached #5 on the Roots Music Radio Chart along with three charted singles and debuted at #10 on the Billboard Blues Chart.
In November of 2021, Stillman was invited to support ZZ Top at the famed Key West Amphitheater in Florida and in May 2022 was nominated by the Blues Foundation in the Best New Emerging Artist Album category in Memphis Tennessee for “Just Say The Word”.
The Gabe Stillman Band was honored in March of 2022 at the 3rd Annual Central PA Music Awards in Harrisburg by being selected the “Best Blues Band.”
Audience members are welcome to bring lawn chairs and sit on the grassy area in front of the outdoor stage or on Central Avenue, which will be closed to traffic between Main Street and the Warehouse Theatre. Or, if it rains, plan to move indoors.
Other free concerts being held at 6 p.m. on the Deane Center outdoor stage are: Scott Turner Band of One on Saturday, July 16; Molly’s Boys Jug Band on Friday, July 22; Richie and Rosie on Friday, Aug. 5; Organ Fairchild on Friday, Aug. 12; Stage Fright on Friday, Aug. 19; Like a Hurricane on Friday, Aug. 28; and South Penn Dixie on Friday, Sept. 2.
For more information about the free concert series, call the Deane Center at (570) 724-6220, email email@example.com or visit deanecenter.com.
Writing: Diane Eaton