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.
2016 Blues Music Award Winner Billy Price first attracted national attention during his three-year association with guitarist Roy Buchanan. Price is the vocalist on two of Buchanan’s LPs, That’s What I’m Here For and Live Stock. Since then, with the Keystone Rhythm Band, the Billy Price Band, and solo projects, Billy Price has recorded and released a total of 17 albums, CDs, and DVDs. In April 2016, he was officially recognized and inducted as a Pittsburgh Rock ’n Roll Legend at an award ceremony.
A feel-good, fire-breathin’ freight train of the blues, the Gabe Stillman Band 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.
Sean Farley is an american singer, songwriter, guitarist, and luthier. He is currently based out of Williamsport, PA, where he owns and operates Guitarley’s Custom Guitar & Repair (www.guitarleys.com). He tours in bands and as a solo artist mostly throughout PA, NY, CO, NM, and AZ. Farley was introduced to music at a very young age by his grandmother, a long time piano and voice teacher. He started on keys and violin at a very young age, sang in the choir through most of his schooling, then played drums and percussion, and finally the guitar. The guitar was always the clear favorite, leading to countless and obsessive hours of picking and bending. Sean would go on to play guitar and sing in bands starting at the age of 15, to his current age of 35. He plans to continue strumming repairing, and buildng guitars until his final days.
Stacia Abernatha is a singer songwriter from Williamsport, PA. She sings an eclectic array of styles & genres, with her passion in blues/americana & world music. Stacia began singing, dancing & performing at a very young age. You can catch Stacia performing locally with fellow musician friends. Stacia has shared the stage with legendary blues artists Tas Cru and The Nighthawks. Stacia is a vocal instructor at The Uptown Music Collective and currently serves on The Billtown Blues Association’s Talent & Hospitality Committees. She recently performed on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee at The International Blues Challenge, qualifying for IBC the semi-finals!
2cv is a Pennsylvania-based acoustic jazz group specializing in Swing and Gypsy jazz. Bill Mauro on guitar, Luke Dincher on upright acoustic bass, and Cassie Bramhall on vocals. It’s acoustic jazz with a French accent.