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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)