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Lewisburg Live!

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

A downtown music festival is bringing different bands to different venues throughout downtown Lewisburg, all free and open to everyone. Lewisburg Live! is sponsored by the Lewisburg Arts Council as part of the 47th Annual Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts.

6-8pm
DePotorLand
Cherry Alley
21 N. 3rd Street
DePotorLand is a musical destination that exists at many places on the map at once. The band utilizes a number of styles: rock, folk, country, jug band, blues, jazz, reggae, or funk. There are country songs they’ve transformed into reggae pieces, rock numbers that end up becoming swing or tango. George Potor (guitar and vocals) and Joe DeCristopher (guitar and vocals) have played together in a bunch of local bands for over 35 years. Fred Strickland (5-string bass and vocals) came on board with in 2008 to add depth to the sound, and DePotorLand (the *De* for DeCristopher, the *Potor* for, well, Potor, and the *Land* for Strickland) was formed. The chemistry is right.

6-8pm
Little Paris Jazz Trio
Pronto
232 Market Street
Vintage jazz guitar, mandolin, silver flute and percussion—the Little Paris Jazz Trio delivers jazz from the French quarter of Paris in the 1930’s, early Americana jazz and gorgeous blues standards.

6:30-8:30pm
Greg Burgess & Bev Conrad
Mercado Burrito
520 Market Street
Fiddle, piano, banjo, and vocals – Beverley Conrad and Greg Burgess are a husband and wife duo who have performed throughout Susquehanna Valley in various configurations for many years. With a combined repertoire that spans centuries of traditional and Celtic music as well as modern day Americana, the two bring favorite tunes to life with a sound and mood reminiscent of a bygone era, the good old days, when the piano was king of the family parlor and the fiddle perched on top ready to be taken in hand and set toes tapping. Collectively, they have released over a dozen albums, many of which are now available on The Internet. But live music is best! You never know where it will take you.

6:30-8:30pm
Sweeney Blues
Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Bucknell University
400 Market Street
They play their favorite blues and rock – for your listening and dancing pleasure.

7-9pm
Mark Tomeo
Siam Cafe
518 Market Street
Originally from Boston, Tomeo began innocently playing along with Kingston Trio records at around age 10. A few years later he watched The Beatles first U.S. appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and joined the revolution. An electric guitar was shortly procured and Tomeo never looked back. After touring nationally and internationally as the pedal steel player in Rubber Rodeo, Mark settled down in Danville with his family. He began taking jazz guitar lessons in 2005 out of both a desire to achieve a new level in his playing as well as to have a style befitting a mature person. “I want to perform right up until they have to pry my cold, dead fingers from the neck of my guitar, but I don’t want to be the geezer rocker who embarrasses his kids,” Tomeo says. “So I’ve worked out a routine where I can play by myself but still sound musically robust, not have to haul a lot of heavy gear, and still satisfy a roomful of my contemporaries.”

7:30-9:30pm
Billy Kelly and a Band
Civil War Cider
606 Market Street
Billy Kelly’s music has been described as “Endearingly oddball” by National Public Radio, and his live performances have been called “A dang good time!” by TimeOut New York. Over the course of his 20 year music career Billy Kelly has opened for President Barack Obama, duetted with Davy Jones of the Monkees, and been nominated for a Grammy Award — in that order. His band, “A Band”, features Rick Buck (Tommy Cash, Country Legend) on bass, Steve Adams (Organ Trio East) on keyboards and Jake Kline (The Shouldas) on drums.

9-11pm
Gabe Stillman and the Billtown Giants
Bull Run Tap House
605 Market Street
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. Formed in 2015 by Berklee College of Music graduate Gabe Stillman, the powerhouse trio has quickly risen on the scene and continues gaining momentum following standout performances at the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival, Billtown Blues Festival, Destination Blues Festival, and shared bills with legendary blues-rockers The Nighthawks, Chicago’s Toronzo Cannon, New Orleans’ Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington, and more. While the electrifying trio’s sound is unmistakably rooted in American Blues, the band draws deeply from influences of Soul, R&B, Funk, and New Orleans jazz & blues music, performing both original compositions and well-chosen ‘cover songs’ that pay respectful homage to the true giants of the blues in the band’s own inimitable way. But these giants always leave their own mighty big footprints wherever they roam. www.gabestillman.com

10-midnight
Doug McMinn Blues
Towne Tavern
600 Market Street
Doug McMinn grew up playing the blues, learning from both his mom, an incredible singer, and dad, who taught him the importance of knowing when not to play. Doug played in the house band at The Rum Boogie Cafe on world famous Beale Street for almost 9 years, followed by working with oldies acts such as The Coasters, The Drifters, and The Shirelles. He has had a long and colorful career as both leader and sideman, playing with dozens of bands in the Central Pennsylvania area and now he’s lucky enough to be working with some of his favorite people in the whole world. Come out and hear them tear it up!