The Pat Stilwell Band

The Pat Stilwell Band


The Band:

The Pat Stilwell Band is a four piece lineup consisting of Pat on vocals, guitar, and electric violin, Michael McGinty on keys, Kirk Bryant on bass,  and Doug Adair on drums. A two piece horn section (trumet, sax) is added for larger venue shows.   


Members:

Pat Stilwell, originally from the Washington, D.C. area, has also spent time in Mobile, AL, Seattle, WA, San Antonio, TX, and Albuquerque, NM, picking up the musical flavors of each region along the way.  Pat has played in and fronted a number of bands, including the popular Seattle blues band, the Cyclones, who were regulars on the Pioneer Square scene.  While in Seattle, Pat recorded a live CD with the Cyclones and a solo studio project entitled "Kaleidoscope", using the Cyclones as his studio band.  Since moving to Portland in 2009, Pat has been making his mark on the local music scene with his innovative guitar work, soulful vocals, and skillfully crafted original songs.  His playing and songwriting reflect a deep connection with the blues, infused with the many influences that have informed his style.  In addition to his skills as a guitarist, Pat is also an accomplished blues violinist, and features his Zeta electric violin in the band's live shows, and on his upcoming CD release.

Keyboardist Michael McGinty also hails from the east coast.  Trained in his youth on trumpet and jazz piano, Michael performed in rock, soul, and fusion groups, touring up and down the eastern seaboard from New England to the Virgin Islands. On moving out west to San Diego, he played in a number of rock, roots, and blues groups, notably holding down the Saturday night house band slot at the House of Blues in the Gaslamp Quarter. While in San Diego, Michael played in the band for singer Michelle Lundeen, and performed at summer blues festivals with this group.  Now living in Portland, Michael has played with a number of local rock, fusion, blues, and R&B groups, including Mr. Musu and Dept. of R&B.  Like every keyboard player of his caliber, Michael also keeps busy as a hired gun for local gigs and sessions.     

Bassist Kirk Bryant's full bio would take an entire page.  Kirk has been playing professionally since his teens, and has played with many notable artists including James Burton, Les McCann, Tommy Castro, and Duke Robillard, just to name a few of many.  Kirk spent an extended stint in the Bay Area, lending his talents to a variety of genres including blues, funk, jazz, and rock.  His work with smooth jazz group Second Nature has earned five Grammy nominations while a member of that group.  In addition to performing with the Pat Stilwell Band, Kirk is an in demand session and live player in the Portland area.

Drummer Doug Adair was born in New York state and grew up in the New England region.  Doug's paid his dues with just about every genre there is, including rock, blues, funk, and country.  Doug has paid professionally from the 70's on, with a list of groups and styles that goes on for days.  In addition to the PSB, Doug performs and fills in with a number of local artists including Kenny Lavitz, Ken Brewer, Rae Gordon, and Ben Rice.