5th Annual Blues Bash
Start your New Year’s Eve festivities off right with one of Williamsport’s biggest celebrations in town! This fundraising concert event benefits Factory Works and will feature local talent Gabe Stillman & The Billtown Giants, plus acoustic duo Sean Farley & David Lynn. With Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats from State College, and America’s oldest touring blues band, The Nighthawks.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28th
Doors open at 5pm. Show begins at 6pm. BYOB concert event. Food truck onsite.
TICKETS: $25 before Dec. 28th. $30 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased at Franco’s Lounge (570) 327-1840 and Way Cool Beans coffee shop at the Pajama Factory (570) 601-7512, or are available online with an additional $2 service charge.
There is general seating; however, reserved seating is available for event sponsors. See below to learn how you can become an event sponsor!
A silent auction and a portion of the proceeds will directly benefit Factory Works.
About Factory Works
Factory Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization housed within the revitalized historic Pajama Factory complex. The MISSION is to provide the Williamsport community with resources for nurturing artists and innovative thinkers to IGNITE a spirit of creativity that ENRICHES our entire community.
The organization includes: Bicycle Recycle, Factory Works Clay Studio, Williamsport Community Darkroom, Williamsport Community Woodshop, Factory Works Gallery …AND partners with the Lycoming County Arts Alliance and the Pajama Factory for an Artists-In-Residence Program
One of the oldest touring blues bands in the country, The Nighthawks have been to 49 states, a dozen countries, performed with nearly all the living blues legends. The original “Bad Boys of Bethesda” have been making it happen since 1972, and when Mark Stutso, master of the deep groove, joined at the beginning of 2010, the 21st-century version of this legendary American roots band was complete. With Paul Bell and Johnny Castle in the band for nearly a decade, and founding father Mark Wenner the remaining original, this team outshines all previous incarnations.
Coming to us from State College, Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats specialize in all aspects of the blues, as well as performing roots, soul and New Orleans infused grooves. Melanie Zeigler’s powerful and sultry voice can whip a barroom dance floor into a frenzy or turn them quiet enough to hear a pin drop. Combine her exquisite talent with guitarist Mark Ross’ straight from the gut, honest, tone-filled guitar playing and the innovative, soulful stylings of organist Rev. James Harton and drummer Jordan Thompson, and you’re gonna watch their chemistry sizzle.
A feel-good, fire-breathin’ freight train of the blues, Gabe Stillman & The Billtown Giants is a musical force to be reckoned with. Their dynamic performances 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 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.
Playing instruments since the age of five, Sean Farley is a student of Blues, Rock, Funk, Soul, and Americana music. His songwriting has elements of all these genres and more. Having made it to, and competed in, the International Blues Challenge four times, Farley has opened for bands like Blue Oyster Cult and Yes, and shared the stage with many internationally renowned musicians such as Ann Rabson, Bnois King, Smokin’ Joe Kubek, “Iron Man” Michael Burks, 2013 Grammy nominee Melissa Reaves, and more. Farley currently occupies the role of guitarist, singer, and songwriter in regional acts such as Lynn & Farley 5, Sean & Adam, Northern With Glasses, and many other various projects!
Blues Bash Sponsors