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SATURDAY JULY 27, 2019
Raised by a musical family, Devon Gilfillian grew up singing. He took up the electric guitar at 14 years old, kickstarting a fascination with classing rock and other sounds form an older generation. After moving to Nashville, he released his self-titled EP in May 2016. Equal parts swampy, funky, and enthralling, the record finds Giflillian planting one foot in the classic sound of his influences, with the other foot pointing somewhere new and uncharted. After all, he’s no revivalist. No nostalgia act. No retro wannabe. Instead, Gilfillian is a classic artists for the modern age, discovering new life in soulful sounds that have been making people dance for decades.
Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Devon to Give A Note Foundation to support their efforts to acknowledge and reward the impactful work of music teachers across the country in the form of funds granted directly to public school K-12 music classrooms.
Quote from Devon Gilfillian
I coincidentally was talking to a friend who works for Give A Note, and I think it is perfect for this opportunity. They expand and increase music education opportunities for children in low-wealth/low-income areas. Also they're here in Nashville!
Quote from Juliana Lee, Strategic Development Director
Give A Note thanks Newport Festivals Foundation for recognizing and supporting impactful music education programs. We sincerely appreciate our friend, Devon Gilfillian, for choosing to spotlight our work and partnering with us to bring attention and funding to public school K-12 music teachers who design engaging and accessible programs with their students.