“Gabe plays the blues with strength, personality, and a depth of both feeling and musicianship.” —Nighthawks’ founder and frontman Mark Wenner
“Gabe Stillman has got the chops and the intensity the blues should have. Keep your eye on him!” —Toronzo Cannon
The Gabe Stillman Band are a high-voltage blues outfit that electrifies audiences with performances that showcase the band’s passion, musical prowess and the joy they take in playing music together. While their sound is unmistakably rooted in the blues, the band plays both original and cover songs that draw deeply from the well of Soul, R&B,Rock'N'Roll and New Orleans music.
Based in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the band is led by ace guitarist and singer Gabe Stillman, who formed the band in 2015, shortly after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Backed by bassist Colin Beatty, drummer Jesse Roedts, and harmonica virtuoso Shane “The Hurricane” Sager, Gabe has become a mainstay of the regional blues circuit with standout performances at venues large and small. In addition to sharing stages with blues royalty The Nighthawks and Chicago powerhouse Toronzo Cannon, they’ve won over crowds at the Briggs Farm Blues Fest, the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival, the Destination Blues Festival and, to Stillman’s great satisfaction, the annual Billtown Blues Festival.
In 2018 the band won the Billtown Blues Challenge for the 2nd time, earning them a return performance at the 2018 Billtown Blues Festival and the opportunity to compete in the International Blues Challenge coming up in January of 2019 in Memphis TN. In Memphis, they were among the lucky top 8 acts to make it to the finals. Stillman, taking home the prestigious Gibson Guitar Award for best guitarist at the IBC. Also in the Summer of 2018 the band performed at the Spyglass Ridge Winery as a supporting act for legendary blues and Rock'N'Roll band, George Thorogood & The Destroyers.
In Fall of 2018 Gabe and bassist Colin Beatty accompanied Tas Cru & His Band Of Tortured Souls on a tour of the Southern United States. Playing for great audiences at some of the most well respected blues venues and festivals in the country.