Chris Chandler

Chris  Chandler in 1000 words

Chris  Chandler in 1000 words
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Chris Chandler has performed on thousands of stages across the US and Canada as well as for hundreds of organizations seeking social justice.  

He has been called, "America's best kept secret" by someone really important who would prefer to remain anonymous.

The Chris Chandler Story

Few musicians can claim "on-the roadisms" the way Chris Chandler can. He is a true veteran of the road, traveling across The United States of Generica for many years. His anthology of road tales transforms into a flock of doves beneath the musical high-wire act.

He has worked with everyone from Allen Ginsberg to Ani DiFranco and Pete Seeger to Mojo Nixon.  Utah Phillips says, "Chris Chandler is the best performance poet I have ever seen."

Originally from Stone Mountain, Georgia the son of a Baptist minister, Chris has been on or around the stage his whole life. As a teen-ager he was in the bars and on the road working as a roadie for bands like the Georgia Satellites. He graduated from the North Carolina School of the Performing Arts in 1988. That summer - which was supposed to be a "summer away from college" he hit the road as a street performer to fund his way to audition as a lighting designer in Theaters across America. He actually landed a job on Broadway no-less but turned it down to become a performer in his own right. He has been on the road ever since.

For the first few years he was living in his car and stopping in every town from Bangor to San Ysidro where he opened his guitar case and waxed the manifesto electric sporting a sign that read "Stranded Musician Needs Gas Out of Town." Eventually he hooked up with a group of performers busking in Harvard Square where he joined a commune of other traveling street musicians. These nomadic experiences naturally fed him into the world of activism. Since then he has performed at thousands of festivals, colleges, and bar rooms across the US and Canada.

You can often find him at demonstrations and protests - large and small, across the US and Canada. Recently, he was seen protesting the FTAA in Miami, the G-8 in Calgary and the Iraq war (both of them) in Washington, DC to name a few.

His experience as a street performer and rabble rouser shine through every performance making him a welcome addition to festivals, carnivals, hay rides and riots, or where ever the rabble need to be roused.

This is not performance art - like the clichés of Hollywood would imply. No one pours chocolate on the wings of a sparrow. This is steeped in the centuries of tradition that define theater. At one time in human history bards roamed outside the castle wall carrying tales from village to village. Today, gritty road warriors do the same - outside the castle walls of corporate America. Between the frequencies of Clear Channel, still exists the forgotten art form of storytelling.

Here are a few events Chandler has played:

The Boston Folk Festival here

The Bread & Roses Festival .click here

The Falcon Ridge Folk here

The Dogwood Festival here

The High Sierra Music Fest  .click here

The Islands Folk Festival here

The Kerrville Folk Festival click here

Lollapalooza here

The National Poetry Slam here

The Oregon Country Fair here

The Ottawa Folk Festival here

The S. Florida Folk Festivalclick here

South By Southwest here

The Takoma Park Folk Fest here

The Vancouver Folk Festival click here

Vancouver Island here

The Whole Earth Festival here

The Winnipeg Folk Festival .click here

He has collaborated with, recorded with, performed with,

shared a bill with, toured with or opened for:

The Austin Lounge here

The Be Good Tanyas here

Dan Bern here

Lou and Peter Berryman here

Adam Brodsky here

Chuck Brodsky here

Catie Curtis here

Ani DiFranco here

Farin here

Anne Feeney here

Gina Forsythe here

The Gas Tank Orchestra here

Allen Ginsberg here

Arlo here

Richie here

Magda Hiller here

Pat Humphries & Sandy O as Emma's here

Jim's Big Ego here

Jabbering Trout here

Billy Jonas here

Leo Kottke here

Mary Lou Lord here

Andrew McKnight here

Myshkin here

Mojo Nixon here

Shaun Mullins here

Alix here

Tom Paxton here

Tom Prasada-Rao here

Ellis Paul here

Pierce Pettis here

Utah Phillips here

Earl Robinson here

Phil Rockstroh here

David Rovics here

Eric Schwartz here

Pete Seeger here

Martin Sexton here

Martin Simpson here

SONiA here

Sweet Juice ...

Trout Fishing in America here

Brian QTN ...

Mike West here

David Wilcox here

Dar Williams here

Peter Yarrow here

(  many more)

updated: 5 years ago