Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
This event is all ages
Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz
Award-winning Philadelphia native Christine Havrilla brings her “well-built, catchy, smart tunes” (Upstage Magazine) to audiences everywhere, touring nationally solo and also with the support of her band, Gypsy Fuzz. Christine utilizes the soft gritty texture of her vocals to express warmth and honesty listeners quickly embrace as well as her aggressive, raw, trash-style guitar playing and looping. Main Line Today Magazine lists Christine as one the 25 “Power Women” ready to lead (October 2015). “Christine Havrilla is a creative, talented powerhouse wrapped up in one complete package!” exclaims Nor’easter Magazine (Aug 2015). Mike “Jacobs” McKenna of Steel Notes Magazine reviews & says “This CD (Vol. 2- The Sunset Sessions) just defies description. It is hot, tight, precise and just plain kicks ass. This ambitious Philly native manifests her talent in certain ways that allows her to create eclectic music which will grab your heart and leave a lasting memory. Her Roots/Folk/Americana background coupled with that unique individuality that she possesses allows her to be a presence that steps into many genres and gives her the tools to crossover to different music formats. My recommendation is go hear the band live, buy the CD and experience what I have just heard. I give this 2 THUMBS UP!” Mark Rogers from 93.7 WSTW raves, “…with Gypsy Fuzz (the album and the band), Christine takes especially that rock element and turns it to 11. Gypsy Fuzz fuses fantastic guitar work with Christine’s vocals, which can reach down inside and grab your heart. A very diverse album, showing elements of rock, blues and even country, among others, Gypsy Fuzz continues Christine’s string of fantastic albums. Buy it.” Named "One of the Top Ten Indie Artists" by The Advocate Magazine, The Washington Post writes, “(Havrilla’s) songs are intelligent and moving, the arrangements are incisive and colorful, and, best of all, Havrilla consistently comes across as a confident and seasoned performer.” Gypsy Fuzz’s premier album titled “Searching. Finding. Living.”, co-produced by Larry Crane (Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, Cat Power), was listed on Advocate Magazine’s not to be missed “Best Overlooked Albums of 2011!” (Advocate -November 2011) Christine is listed with Takamine Guitar’s Worldwide Artists, was a featured Artist for American Musical Supply’s Singer/Songwriter Month (Feb 2015), nominated for About.com's 2013 Reader's Choice Awards, awarded the 2010 Garden State Film Festival’s “Best Contemporary Country Song” for “Blinders”, nominated for 3 “Homey Awards” (2015) for 93.7 WSTW, and is called "...raw, simple, wonderful!" by Curve Magazine. Inessa at 101.9 KINK.FM calls Gypsy Fuzz "Yet another fun late-year discovery!" Michaela Majoun, former DJ from 88.5 WXPN, applauds her "terrific, big sound”, while Philadelphia Magazine states, “She rocks!” Larry Goldfarb of the famous Tin Angel venue shares, “Christine is such a kind person and a great talent!” Christine’s current project is a series of “Live Session” volumes, with “Vol. 1- The Creamery Sessions”, “Vol. 2- The Sunset Sessions”, and “Vol. 3- The Old Church Sessions” now available.
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 93.7WSTW 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."
Christie has composed a variety of innovative works- from folk and funk, to pop/rock inspired songs, to choral arrangements and classical orchestrations. Her ability to fuse the multiplicity of styles propels an eruption of harmonic fluidity, delivering profound expressions and a vibrant live performance. Whether performing solo or with a full band, Lenée's kinetic fingerboard work, alluring voice, and rich lyrics create a mesmerizing experience.
The recently released "Give and Take In" EP, featuring saxophonist Jeff Coffin on the title track, represents a variety of Christie's acoustic and electric band material. This EP also includes the first of three movements from her modern fingerstyle piece "Evolution," which has been played in addition to the song "Before I Go" on WXPN 88.5 (Philadelphia, PA), WSTW 93.7 (Wilmington, DE), WMNF 88.5 (Tampa, FL), and various internet radio stations. The sound on this EP was compared to Dave Matthews Band's "Before These Crowded Streets" while the sixth track, "Smile," was compared to Sir Paul McCartney and The Beatles in a review by Skope Magazine. Christie has been forming a large following in many cities along the eastern seaboard such as Philadelphia, New York City, Annapolis, Roanoke & Floyd, The Outerbanks, and her hometown of Tampa, not to mention many other great cities in the United States.
An upcoming album is currently in production with a substantial amount of touring to follow. Crafted instrumental acoustic pieces, catchy songs, expansive band arrangements, plus special guitar collaborations with Tim Reynolds and Stanley Jordan have garnered increased excitement about the project. Meanwhile the "Give and Take In" EP and raw "Acoustic Sessions" albums are continuing to spread a buzz. She lights up each stage with a radiant presence, driven to spread a positive energy and inspirational message through her music. As Tim Reynolds states, "Christie Lenée is a wonderful spirit making beautiful music on the guitar. She has epic compositions that take one on a journey through time."
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