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Get Out and Get It! Devon Gilfillian

When new music comes across my desk I'm always interested. But when I heard Devon Gilfillian's music, I wasn't just interested, I was fascinated! If anyone would have furtively watched my reaction when I listened to his songs "High", "Here and Now" and "Troublemaker" for the first time, they would have seen my ears perk up see me intently dialing into Devon's unique and wondrous voice. What I heard was a sound that reminded me of the great Tom Jones or the Reverend Al Green. “Yes!” I said it. His voice is reminiscent of the kings of soul.

Justifiably so, I had to speak with Devon as he gets ready to embark on his summer tour. A trek that will immediately take him through the Midwest to Monticello Illinois June 1st, Chicago June 2nd and Indianapolis June 3rd at the Hi-Fi. As the summer continues, Devon finds himself sharing the stage with Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan, as well as finding his spot on many summer festival lineups.

I talked to Devon when he was home in Nashville getting his life together to hit the road. When we greeted one another on the phone, there was an immediate exuberance to his voice and a natural expression of good nature. During our conversation, we discussed touring with Brothers Osborne, his new album coming out next year, and his musical Influences.

I asked Devon what it was like touring with the likes of Brothers Osborne. "That was an amazing tour. We played in front of more people than we had ever played before in our lives." "And the Brothers Osborne are such bad asses, hard-working, mi casa es su casa kinda people." Devon went on to say he learned a lot from them as they are constantly pushing themselves, and as a consequence, Devon and his band made a lot of new fans on that journey.

As for new music in the works, Devon let us know that the new album is "all locked up" and they are just putting "a few sprinkles on top" as it goes through the final mixing and editing process. Musically, he describes it as an album that represents his love of Afrobeat, Hip Hop, and psychedelic soul.

Devon started playing guitar at the age of 14 and has spent his life listening to diverse musical genres, from Grunge to Hip Hop to Soul music. Citing Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Pearl Jam, Korn, Soundgarden, Jimi Hendrix, and Otis Redding as musical influences.

What can one expect at a Devon Gilfillian show? Well, Devon summed it up by saying: "We try and sing like Boyz II Men. Our Vibe is for all to have a good time, spread love, dance, and enjoy some good soulful music!"

From my conversation with him, I believe he is an impressive young man with talent and skill. I look forward to seeing his live show when he comes to Indianapolis.

Jun 1, 2019

Allerton Park Concert Series

Monticello, IL

Jun 2, 2019

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Chicago, IL

Jun 3, 2019


Indianapolis, IN

Jun 5, 2019

The Southern

Charlottesville, VA

Jun 6, 2019

Abingdon Market Pavilion

Abingdon, VA

Jun 7, 2019

The Glass House

Lynchburg, VA

Jun 8, 2019

Blue Plum Festival

Johnson City, TN

Jun 13, 2019

Gulley Park Summer Concert Series

Fayetteville, AR

Jun 20, 2019

Rose Music Center at The Heights

Huber Heights, OH

With Michael McDonald and Chaka Kahn

Jun 22, 2019

Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center

Canandaigua, NY

With Michael McDonald and Chaka Kahn

Jun 23, 2019

The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Mashantucket, CT

With Michael McDonald and Chaka Kahn

Jun 25, 2019

The Sands Event Center

Bethlehem, PA

With Michael McDonald and Chaka Kahn

Jun 28, 2019

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Westbury, NY

With Michael McDonald and Chaka Kahn

Jul 1, 2019

Montreal International Jazz Festival

Montreal, Canada

Jul 4, 2019

City of Dublin Independence Day Celebration

Dublin, OH

With Michael McDonald and Chaka Kahn

Jul 5, 2019

The City Center

Champaign, IL

with Whiskey Myers

Jul 7, 2019

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel - Mystic Showroom

Prior Lake, MN

With Michael McDonald and Chaka Kahn

Jul 9, 2019

Bell's Eccentric Cafe

Kalamazoo, MI

with Whiskey Myers

Jul 12, 2019

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Woodlands, TX

With Michael McDonald and Chaka Kahn

Jul 13, 2019

Winnipeg Folk Festival

Winnipeg, MB

Jul 18, 2019

The Machine Shop

Flint, MI

with Whiskey Myers

Jul 21, 2019

Levitt Shell at Overton Park

Memphis, TN

Jul 23, 2019

Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Airway Heights, WA

With Michael McDonald and Chaka Kahn

Jul 25, 2019

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

Woodinville, WA

With Michael McDonald and Chaka Kahn

Jul 27, 2019

Newport Folk Festival

Newport, RI

Aug 3, 2019

Mile of Music

Appleton, WI

Aug 4, 2019

Levitt Amp Concert Series

Earlham, IA

Aug 10, 2019

Railbird Festival

Lexington, KY

Aug 28, 2019

WFPK Waterfront Wednesday

Louisville, KY

Sep 4, 2019

Muddy Creek Cafe and Music Hall

Winston-Salem, NC

Sep 5, 2019

Canton Waterfront Park

Baltimore, MD

Sep 7, 2019 - Sep 8, 2019

Moon River Music Festival

Chattanooga, TN

Sep 22, 2019

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

Franklin, TN

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