Saturday, July 7th at 8:00 – 10:00 pm
Christie Lenee has been capturing a wide audience across the US- many times being seen on stage with Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band) and a stellar cast of musicians including Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Jeff Coffin, and Stanley Jordan. Her recent EP “Give and Take In” has been receiving excellent reviews and gaining momentum through various radio stations, touching souls with innovative musicianship and soulfully-inspired lyrics.
Christie was selected in 2011 as “Best Guitarist” for the 93.7 WSTW Hometown Heroes Awards, and “Best Female Songwriter” for Origivation Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards (Philadelphia, PA). Her unique guitar work is often compared to visionaries like Michael Hedges, Andy McKee, John Mayer, and Ani Difranco- fusing folky/funky playfulness with pop/rock inspired songs and virtuosic guitar compositions. She is, as Skope Magazine states, “a refreshing burst of unrestrained love and feeling… It’s simply a joy to listen to her spirit break free.”
From the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont emerges SENAYIT, a trio capable of guiding its listeners on an intimate journey by awakening a tribal and grounding energy.
Front woman and songwriter, Senayit Tomlinson, is a woman of Ethiopian heritage. Raised in New York City, she grew up on 80s pop, as well as traditional Chinese, Indian, and Hatian music, later studying Indonesian gamelan in school. Her dynamic range, vocal expression and poetic style weave an eclectic, even wild thread of sound throughout her honest and accessible lyrics.
Michael Ramirez on bass and Isaac Luxon on drums and percussion complete the trio of Senayit. Michael brings to the group an insatiable urge for experimentation with sound, and Isaac adds his invaluable lyrical style of drumming, attributed to his natural ear and training in instrumental music.
Offering an eclectic blend of folk, funk, blues and jazz singer/songwriter, Crys Matthews brings a refreshing new sub-genre to Neo-Soul. With influences ranging from Otis Redding all the way to Ani DiFranco and having been compared to artists as diverse in sound and style as Jill Scott and Tracey Chapman it’s no wonder there isn’t a box large enough to encompass what she likes to call FuBlueJazz.
A self-proclaimed old soul, the southeastern North Carolina native first popped onto the local music scene in Boone, NC in 1999 as a vocalist/keyboardist with the band Half & Half before breaking out with her own solo career. Since then she has been a permanent fixture at venues like Caribbean Cafe, Jimmy’s Java, Cafe Portofino, and Higher Grounds.