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Attitude, spunk and musical muscle when needed…Jamie Stillway

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FIRST SATURDAY CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS GUITAR GREAT JAMIE STILLWAY, MARCH 2

LINCOLN CITY – On Saturday, March 2, the Lincoln City Cultural Center will present an evening of guitar riffs and instrumentalism to beat the band. The guest performer for this First Saturday Concert will be guitarist Jamie Stillway, playing a solo concert set to begin at 7 pm. Tickets for this LCCC premier are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door, on sale at the center box office, 541-994-9994.

Guitarist Jamie Stillway grew up on an apple orchard in rural Minnesota, and didn’t begin her quest to play the guitar until she was 13 years old. As the old adage says, “better late than never,” and indeed this held true for Stillway, who started studying classical guitar in high school while still attempting to master the great guitar riffs of the seventies. After receiving a degree in film studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Stillway put her dashed dreams of being an Oscar winning cinematographer aside, and began to study with the great ragtime and blues picker Kenny Sultan.

After a brief stint in Denver as a rhythm guitarist in a gypsy jazz group, Stillway relocated to Portland. In 2002, she formed an acoustic guitar duo with resonator slide man, Ben Bonham, and the duo snared serious accolades from all corners. As music critic Don Campbell of the “Oregonian” aptly reported, “Jamie Stillway not only comps big, fat, swinging and expansive jazz chords but picks with a ferocity that would make Django proud.

Jamie usually plays with a big grin on her face as she demonstrates her technique that is both commanding and artful. She possesses a gypsy soul that would be at home in 1930s Paris, or busking on the streets of Dallas”.

In 2005, Stillway released her debut solo CD, “Mell of a Hess,” which featured many guest musicians from the Portland area, and was picked up for national distribution by Burnside Distribution.  Jazz Times magazine noted:  “Mixing up genres without pretension, the nimble Stillway moves freely and with wit and creative restlessness, between the worlds of, say, Leo Kottke and Django Reinhardt.”  

The online guitar magazine Minor7th.com stated, “Jamie Stillway continues to deliver an eclectic mix of sounds with an ensemble of fine supporting players.  This is music always with attitude, muscle when needed, spunky, with a healthy sense of humor.”  In addition to her performing, Stillway spent many years honing her skills as a guitar instructor, and is currently teaching at the Northwest Academy, as well as private lessons.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center is located inside the historic Delake School building at 540 NE Hwy. 101. On March 2, doors will open at 6:30 pm with the music set to begin at 7 pm. For details, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or call 541-994-9994.

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