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'Summer Sounds' Spotlght: The Gabe Stillman Band

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Talleyrand Park Bellefonte, PA 16823

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By Serge Bielanko

The summer of 2019 may very well go down in the local history books as the time when the most eclectic and cool mix of live bands and artists ever played in Talleyrand Park little ol' Bellefonte. So far we've had everything from Texas Swing and rock-a-billy- to doo-wop and a big band made up of folks from right down the road.

Plus there was The Beatles!

Well, as close as you can get anyways.

Truth is, at this point the folks at the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association (BHCA) are simply outdoing themselves on a weekly basis. Just look at this Sunday's (July 28) performer. The Gabe Stillman Band is from Williamsport, not so far away, but their music is a universal amalgam of ripping blues and rock-n-roll, with a hefty dash of soul thrown in for balance and heart.

Formed in 2015 by Stillman, a young guy who just so happens to be a graduate of the esteemed Berklee College of Music up in Boston, this is a band that is powered by power and sincerity as much as anything else. If you don't believe me (and why should you? I know!) then just look at the facts. They are road-tested as heck, having played a lot of gigs- big and small- all over the Northeast and beyond. That kind of traveling and constant gigging is the only way a band gets to the top of their game, trust me on that. Plus, they've won the Billtown Blues Challenge a couple of times and thus played the big stages at the annual Billtown Blues Festival alongside some of the best national blues acts in the world.

And on top of all that: they're coming get you people up off your summery butts and boogieing all over the grass like a Talleyrand duck that swallowed a Ghost Pepper by mistake.

So let the people at HBCA know how much you appreciate them bringing all kinds of beautiful music to town this summer for FREE. Show up. Bring the kids. This is a chance to introduce young people to one of America's most important cultural contributions ever: the blues. It's a chance to tell them about how music isn't just a bunch of dumb-dumbs hurling themselves around a YouTube screen and raking in the millions without a lick of talent. Bring some kids out and let them see what a real band looks and sounds like. It's enchanting and mesmerizing for this Gamer Generation to witness the overwhelming magic of a real human being playing a real electric guitar over real drums and bass.

Heck, by introducing a youngster to this music called the blues, you might just be helping to make this mad mad world a little bit better.

Especially if they start bugging you to buy them a harmonica first thing Monday morning.


The 38th Annual BHCA Summer Sounds Concert Series
Sunday, July 28th at 7pm with The Gabe Stillman Band
At the Gazebo in Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte, PA.
Lawn chairs and blankest suggested.
If it rains, concerts will be held at St John Lutheran Church, 216 N. McAllister St.

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