January 27, 2017 · 8:00pm

8 pm
$5 Cover
21 +

Blues

Benjamin Vo Blues Band

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Born on October 20, 1987, I guess that makes me a Libra-Scorpio cusp, huh? Don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but at least I’m alive and well. Well, I’ve got the blues. And with the help of a few of my good friends, I was able to get some of it on tape. A lot of it is slow burning electric blues but I threw in a couple acoustic pieces in there as well. Hope you enjoy, thanks for listening – Benjamin


“…intense yet tasteful playing, heartfelt singing with attractivevibrato and warm vocal tone, and a directness to the songs.” – Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records)

“…powerful voice, compelling songs, and sheer brilliance on guitar.” – Sam Campbell (Gig Spots)

“Favoring the deeper and darker blues, Benjamin’s band offers heavy swinging beats, smoky piano accompaniment, powerful vocals, and haunting lead guitar lines. From slow burning electric blues, to high energy slide guitar ditties, to mighty delta numbers, you are guaranteed a dynamic show.” – Rich Ruoff (LancasterRoots and Blues)

“You play like a motherfucker!” – Bernie Worrell (Funkadelic/Parliament)

 

 

Gabe Stillman & The Billtown Giants

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A feel-good, fire-breathin’ freight train of the blues, Gabe Stillman & The Billtown Giants is a musical force to be reckoned with … winning over audiences at every show with dynamic performances that showcase the band’s musical prowess, depth of artistic passion, and pure joy of playing ‘the blues.’ While the electrifying trio’s sound is unmistakably rooted in American Blues, the band draws deeply from the influences of soul, R&B, funk, and New Orleans jazz & blues music, performing both original songs and well-chosen ‘cover songs’ paying respectful homage to the giants of the blues … but in the band’s own inimitable way. And these giants always leave mighty big footprints where ever they roam.

Steered by prodigious guitarist & singer Gabe Stillman, and fueled by bad-ass bassist Colin Beatty and journeyman groove-master Joel B Vincent on the drumkit, this high-energy band was formed by Stillman in April of 2015 after graduating from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music … yet, in a very short amount of time, they’ve already risen rapidly on the scene following standout performances at the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival and the Destination Blues Festival, as well as shared bills with international blues legends The Nighthawks and Chicago powerhouse Toronzo Cannon. Based in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Gabe Stillman & The Billtown Giants has fast become favorites of every venue that has hosted them … and most certainly favorites of every music fan to have caught a show. Nighthawksfounder & frontman Mark Wenner says of Stillman, “Gabe plays the Blues with strength, personality, and a depth of both feeling and musicianship.”  Toronzo Cannon agrees, saying “Gabe Stillman has got the chops and the intensity the Blues should have. Keep your eye on him!”

Soon to be but 21 years of age, Gabe Stillman’s mastery of the guitar and fearlessness at the microphone is both remarkableand profound. Fierce in his playing and evocative in his singing, his skills belie his age … with an astonishing depth of knowledge,technique, and love for American roots music and in particular, all facets of ‘the blues.’ While Stillman has an enthralling style decidedly all his own, a style that ebbs and flows from pin-dropping hushes to mind-scorching mayhem, his influences may be somewhat evident to the astute and discerning blues fan … influences such as Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Luther Allison, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, or Elmore James. Granted, many (if not most) blues guitarists cite such legends as being influential, but it is Gabe Stillman’s deep appreciation of soul music that has greatly shaped his distinctive musical persona. The music of Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and Al Green found a home in Stillman’s heart, and he channels it like a boss.

Skribe

Skribe plays an oil can called a canjo-zookie. It’s an eight-string guitar with a biting, blues-y rasp. Skribe’s got the voice (and the old-school Cadillac) to match. Accompanying himself on the suitcase-kick and hi-hat, Skribe’s “M.I.Y.” is a barn-burning roots number.
– Ben Naddaff-Hafrey NPR

They call it “garage folk,” perhaps because the music is crafted without any more polish than it needs to showcase the allure of its soulfully delivered down-to-earth lyrics. The focus of Skribe’s sound is rhythmic acoustic strumming and plucking with emphatic vocals that epitomize the musical landscape of the area’s small-town city feel. Oh yeah, and the kazoo. Who knew you could elevate a quasi-irritating kid’s birthday party favor to a desirable sounding musical instrument?!
-Lindsay Bolin Lowery – Visit Annapolis / LBo Craft