The Pat Stilwell Band

The Pat Stilwell Band

The Band:

The Pat Stilwell Band formed in 2010, and has undergone a series of personnel changes since then.  The current lineup of Pat, Michael McGinty, John Cavanaugh,  and Doug Adair is a solid group of journeymen musicians, with great musical chemistry.   


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 John Cavanaugh has logged over 40 years of performing experience.  Originally from Northern Arizona, John spent many years playing in the SW with bands such as Weasel, which opened for Steely Dan in 1974, Toucan Eddy (original rock band), Kid Curry (country) and other groups. He played a show as bassist for Chuck Berry in the late 70’s. John joined the Portland area music community in 2013. He recently played a three-year stint with Gold Dust (a Fleetwood Mac tribute band) and is also currently the bassist for Billy D and the Hoodoos. John is a versatile and solid bassist who is known for his unique style and strong sense of rhythm.

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.