Cadillac Cats hit the Main Street Stage this Friday
LOCK HAVEN — Playing this Friday on the Main and Grove Street Stage, The Cadillac Cats are a Williamsport-based five piece band that has been playing an eclectic blend of blues-based music throughout northcentral Pennsylvania since 2013. The music is diverse, drawing on R&B, rock and country. Blues is at the forefront of this high energy combo, however, and that is due to founder and guitarist Blair Mitcheltree.
His earliest influence was his grandfather Howard Webber, who played in country and rock and roll bands in the Williamsport area during Mitcheltree’s childhood.
“Then I found the blues in my teens,” he said. “I was drawn to the blues by the guitar solos and emotional expression of the music.”
In addition to his grandfather, Mitcheltree counts Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King, Albert King and Eric Clapton as his main influences. This shows in his guitar playing, which pays tribute to all those great bluesmen.
Mitcheltree has been in numerous Williamsport area bands over the years: R-Way, the Nobody’s, Riverside Blues Band, and KG+3. His vision for the Cadillac Cats came in early 2013 while returning from Memphis after competing in the International Blues Challenge with acoustic duo R-Way.
“I wanted to start a band that played good-time, rockin’ blues and played it the way it’s supposed to be played,” Mitcheltree said. “With the Cadillac Cats, I got exactly what I wanted.”
The band’s current lineup is Mitcheltree (guitar), Becky Wool (vocals), Scott Myers (bass), Urie Kline (drums), and Dave Thompson, (harmonica and vocals).
“This is a great group of musicians who I feel very fortunate to have in my band,” Mitcheltree said. “We have a great time playing together and that reflects in our shows. People who come to see us are going to have a good time.”
Learn more about the Cadillac Cats on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kgcadillaccats, and come on out Friday night to Main and Grove Street to watch them perform!
While the committee is excited to offer these free concerts this summer, residents should remain vigilant to the threat of COVID-19 which has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 Americans and more than 6,000 Pennsylvanians including three in Clinton County.
In order to successfully continue the summer concert series, residents and guests are to follow CDC and DOH guidelines in order to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 including social distancing between non-household members while attending the concert, wearing masks, and sanitizing hands frequently. To that end, the city will provide hand-washing stations at each of the summer concerts. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or is included in a higher risk population are encouraged to keep their health and the health of their fellow residents as their primary interest and not attend.
The 2020 City of Lock Haven’s Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Bear Country Radio WQBR, Lock Haven Express, The Record, Clinton County, Clinton County Arts Council, Clinton County Community Foundation, Clinton County Economic Partnership & Visitor’s Bureau, Loggio Giosue Carducci Lodge # 146, Avis Building Supply, Curt’s Smokin’ Ribs, Dotterer Equipment, Inc., First Quality, Geisinger, Haffley Insurance, Horizon Federal Credit Union, Jersey Shore State Bank, Kliney’s Home Furnishings, Mid-Atlantic Marketing Group, Miller’s of Mill Hall, Muncy Bank and Trust Company, Murray Motors, Pizza City, River Valley Internet, Stella A’s Bar and Grill, UPMC Lock Haven Hospital, and Woodlands Bank.
Schedules are available at the concerts while supplies last. To learn more about the 2020 Summer Concert Series, check the City of Lock Haven’s website at www.lockhavenpa.gov.