Former Allman Brothers prodigy to play in Winter Park |

Former Allman Brothers prodigy to play in Winter Park

McKenna Harford
Heather Gillis playing guitar on tour.
Courtesy / Doug Deutsch

Fans of beer and blues will have a chance to rock out to the Heather Gillis Band this Saturday night at the Winter Park Pub on Highway 40.

Gillis, the front member and guitarist-vocalist for the band at only 23, describes their sound as roots-rock, inspired by American roots, country and blues. The band also features members Tommy Shugart on organ, Evan Sarver on bass and Dallas Dawson on drums.

“We like to get a little edgy with it and try stuff out and do some jamming, so we have fun with it,” Gillis said.

Gillis said the band was excited to play Winter Park because they enjoy the vibe of Colorado and have found receptive audiences here.

“The people really enjoy live music and are thirsty for good live music and that’s really obvious as musicians whenever you’re playing to an audience like that,” Gillis said.

Gillis was discovered in 2015 by former Allman Brothers Band drummer, Butch Trucks. After touring in his band, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train, for a few years, she launched her first tour in 2017 and is back this summer to bring her high-energy shows to new places.

Formerly from Florida and now residing in Atlanta, Gillis has also played alongside and befriended members of Col Bruce Hampton, The Lee Boys, North Mississippi All-Stars, and Matt Schofield.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday and tickets will cost $5. The show will include a mix of original songs and choice covers.

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