Chrissy Gardner is a singer/songwriter originally from Chicago, IL. Whether from behind a piano, holding a guitar or standing at the front of the stage with mic in hand, she belts out her tunes in a style that is often compared to both classic and contemporary singer/songwriters, but also has real shades of hard rocking Blues and R&B. On stage, Chrissy can effectively convey the depth of meaning in her music with her passionate voice and genuinely sophisticated and romantic piano playing, but when the time comes to get the crowd up and dancing, she can rock as hard as anyone.
Robert Messore (meh-sor’-ee) has been called “Connecticut’s finest fingerstyle guitarist.” He plays beautiful instrumental guitar music and he is noted for composing tuneful pieces that work well as music, and not simply as fancy guitar playing. Robert has been called “the Heart of the New Haven Folk Scene” for his vital and many-faceted contributions as solo performer, side man, recording artist, teacher and concert presenter (working on several concert series and the Connecticut Folk Festival).
When Chrissy Gardner and Robert Messore get together, their performances are full of vulnerability, triumph, and joy. Chrissy effortlessly embodies the spirits of soul, folk and contemporary music through her masterful songwriting and her shape-shifting voice that in one phrase can be as delicate and lovely as Joni Mitchell and in the next express the heart and soul of Janis Joplin. Robert has passionately devoted himself to the guitar for 30+ years and was voted Best Instrumentalist in a New Haven Advocate readers’ poll. Together, Chrissy and Robert make a kind of acoustic soul music that is sheer bliss.
The Best Video Coffee & Wine Bar will be open with a fine selection of delicious snacks and refreshments, including Willoughby’s coffee, wine and beer.
A YouTube video of Chrissy and Robert performing the Amy Winehouse song “Valerie”:
UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:
• Thursday, Jan. 31. PSYCH/FOLK: PONYBIRD
• Wednesday, Feb. 6. AVANT-GARDE: JACK VEES
• Thursday, Feb. 7. ROCK: THE IVORY BILLS
• Monday, Feb. 11. WHAT WOULD YOU DO? FILM SERIES: GONE BABY GONE
• Wednesday, Feb. 13. EARLY MUSIC/CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & ALEXANDER SMITH
Wednesday, Feb. 20. JAZZ: THE ELLIGERS BROTHERS BANDS
• Thursday, Feb. 21. SINGER-SONGWRITER ROCK: THE STREAMS DUO
• Wednesday, Feb. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER ROCK: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE
• Thursday, Feb. 28. ART SONG WITH TUNED WINE GLASSES: JONNY RODGERS