Heather Gillis Band, The Railbirds take stage in second Free Concert

The Heather Gillis Band takes the stage as the Moab Free Concert Series continues Friday, July 13. Expect an energetic live show featuring her original music as well as rock, soul, and roots music.

Gillis is the complete package as a guitar player, lap steel player, songwriter, singer and arranger, according to a Moab Free Concert Series press release. She and her band appeal to a variety of musical tastes be it rock, soul, jazz, roots or gospel. At 23 years old, Gillis has not only formed a following at a local level, but has played alongside and befriended members of The Allman Brothers Band, Col Bruce Hampton, The Lee Boys, North Mississippi All-Stars, Matt Schofield, and many more. In 2015 she was drafted by legendary Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks to be a member of his touring band, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band. The Railbirds, featuring Lisa Justice and Josie Kovash, will be the opening act.

The free concerts are an augmented segment of the Free Music Fridays already offered by the Farmers’ Market throughout its season, according to Cassie Paup, event organizer. The events are open to the public and people are encouraged to come with their friends and families to enjoy meal options from the Farmers’ Market’s many food vendors. A beer garden will also be in place. The concert stage will be set up adjacent to the park pavilion. Local openers will begin at 4:30 p.m. and headliners at 5:30 p.m. KZMU Community Radio will livestream the music.

The series is presented by a coalition of five local entities: The Moab Farmers’ Market, the Moab Folk Festival, the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, KZMU and Moab Gear Trader.