Christo’s Novelty Combo is built on an exciting blend of jazz and Hawaiian steel guitar, blending to a new type of driving acoustic swing music. The band presents a unique mixture of the Vaudeville era, novelty infused hot steel guitar and ukulele of the 1920s and 30s “Hawaiian Craze” and the swinging sounds of French jazz from the 1930s and 40s. Hot Hawaiian guitar meets Jazz à la Django!
The Combo’s primary repertoire comes from Christo’s “Antique Aloha” and “Café Allongé” records. They use that repertoire to present high energy eclectic shows. Christo peppers in historical anecdotes about the music presented to give it context. Christo has had extensive performance experience in many settings including large music festivals, concert series, night club gigs, and private events. His Combo is equally as comfortable on the main stage as is is in an intimate living room house concert. Their unique sound is always met with rave reviews!
Christo Ruppenthal – Steel Guitar, Jazz Guitar, and Ukulele
Gian Compuesto – Jazz Guitar
Forrest Evans – Upright Bass
The Sounds of Summer outdoor concert series is a free event open to all members of the community.