Chris Varosy is a gritty, hard-rocking, independent singer/songwriter that taps multiple genres to tell stories of real life, from euphoric to tragic, irreverent to absurd. He uses keyboards and guitars to create blues / soul grooves to propel these stories, either as a solo act or with a full band.
Price Range: $150 and up
Gig Length: 40 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, German, Spanish
What to Expect
As a solo artist, I perform everything from low-key background music suitable for dining and corporate settings to full-band rock concerts you would see in a music club or outdoor festival. I've played park concerts, performing arts centers, live music clubs large and small, coffee houses, restaurants, art walks, farmers markets and even school events.
My singer-songwriter material ranges from intimate storytelling to bluesy grooves and soulful jams. With the full band, expect danceable soul to rocking anthems.
My smallest configuration is as a solo artist with a guitar. I might fit in the space of a 4-seat table with my small PA system. For full-band setups, I have a drummer, bassist and guitarist that join me, and most often we are playing through a house system with stage monitors. For outdoor events, we'll typically work with professional sound companies hired by the event coordinators, but we can bring in our own sound company if needed.
My favorite music tells a story, not just with words, but with the emotions, imagery, texture and energy that the sounds create. It doesn’t have to be complex; sometimes the simplest music is the most effective. It mostly has to be real and true. When the story takes me somewhere, makes me feel something, connects me, involves me, makes me want to take action… I am on board.
This kind of music cuts across disparate genres, and so my influences are from diverse corners of the music library. I draw heavily from hard rock, blues, pop, punk, jazz, folk, electronic, world music and country. And in the interest of being real and true, I tend to follow the stories that emerge from me and develop music that naturally harmonizes with the ideas. I end up with an eclectic body of songs, and perhaps few people would like all of them. But perhaps many people would like some of them.
I’ve been involved in many bands, and contributed songs that fit the sound each project aimed to develop. Some notable projects:
Talismen: harmonic rock with progressive leanings, along the lines of Squeeze, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Cars, Boston, Yes, The Police, INXS…
My Shiny Machine: alternative rock, along the lines of Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, etc.
Ultrawide: a hard rock 3-piece journey with influences like Tool, Deftones, Metallica, Soundgarden, Incubus, Rage Against the Machine, etc.
The Long Run: a polished Eagles tribute that also played classic rock hits with lots of harmony
The Colfax Cannonballs: a high-energy rockabilly band playing hits from the 50’s to modern day in a punk-charged rockabilly style
Gold Mine Arcade: my current original blues / soul band, bringing uplifting grooves that tap into our love of Stevie Wonder, Melissa Etheridge, Earth Wind & Fire, James Brown, Steely Dan and Ohio Players
Throughout my musical career in these projects and many others along the way, I’ve continued to write the music that I’m given, whether or not it fits with the music that preceded it. Of course some patterns emerge: the heavy riff-oriented guitar music, the dissonant harmonies, the harmony-driven acoustic stuff, the electronic textures, the sometimes silly captures of everyday life… but I couldn’t tell you what the next song I write will sound like…
Instruments: acoustic guitar, piano, bass and vocal chords
Influences: Swervedriver, Soundgarden, The Cars, Tool, Dieselboy, Bad Brains, Crowded House, Ozomatli, The Living End, Rage Against the Machine, Stevie Wonder, Muse, Soul Coughing, Deftones, Queens of the Stone Age, Incubus, Ride, The B-52’s, AC/DC, Suzanne Vega, Luscious Jackson, The Beastie Boys, Led Zeppelin, Toy Dolls, Queen, James Brown, Ohio Players, Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, Nine Inch Nails, Alice in Chains, Gotye, Wallflowers, Toad the Wet Sprocket, David Bowie, The Black Keys, Underworld, AK1200, Seal, Black Sabbath, Miles Davis, Kings of Leon, Cake, Downset, Self, Brendan Benson, The Grays, Peter Gabriel, The Eagles, The Kinks, The Police, Sonny Rollins, Henry Rollins, U2, Morningwood, Medusa, DJ Dara, Kemistry & Storm, Daft Punk, Youth Brigade, Talking Heads, Sade, Tom Petty, Steve Miller, Brad Paisley, Cheap Trick, Dire Straits, Pearl Jam, Paul Simon, Stray Cats, INXS, Hank Williams, Creedence Clearwater Revival, They Might Be Giants, Devo, Billy Joel, about a million others.
Favorite Singers: Chris Cornell, Janis Joplin, John Fogerty, Bruce Dickinson, Ella Fitzgerald, Bono, Mike Doughty, Sealhenry Samson, Freddie Mercury, Florence Welch, Björk, Annie Lennox, Tina Turner, Steve Perry, Steven Tyler, James Brown
Favorite Guitarists: Mark Knopfler, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, John Scofield, Edward Van Halen, The Edge, David Gilmour, Steve Lukather, Jeff Beck, Prince, Dr. Know, Steve Stevens, Nile Rogers, Brian Setzer, Johnny Marr
Favorite Bassists: Tony Levin, John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney, Steve Harris, Victor Wooten, Bootsie Collins, Billy Sheehan, Jaco Pastorius, Ray Brown, Lee Sklar, Flea
Favorite Drummers: John Bonham, Stewart Copeland, Danny Carey, Dave Abbruzzeze, Clyde Stubblefield, Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon, Jez Hindmarsh
Favorite Keyboardists: Tori Amos, Billy Joel, Thelonius Monk, Freddie Mercury, Greg Hawkes, Billy Preston, Richard Wright, Chick Corea, Brett Tuggle, Rick Wakeman, Stevie Wonder
Favorite Lyricists: Sting, Joni Mitchell,David Byrne, Mark Knopfler, Suzanne Vega, Emily Sailers, Amy Ray,Billy Joel, Traci Chapman, Zack de la Rocha, Charlie Tuna, Beck, Glen Tillbrook, George Harrison, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Neil Finn, Bob Dylan, Jakob Dylan, John Lennon, Roger Waters, Mike Doughty
Additional Booking Notes
We have 2 PA systems:
StagePAS 300 suitable for small solo performances
Alto Black 10's suitable for small full band performances (100 people or less)
Solo performance channel list for provided sound:
1 vocal mic
1 stereo piano input (2 x 1/4" DIs)
1 acoustic guitar input (1 x 1/4" DI)
1 percussion pedal input (1 x 1/4" DI)
1 monitor mix, wedge
1 boom stand
Full band channel list for provided sound:
7 drum mics (kick, snare, HH, R1, R2, R3, OHL, OHR)
3 vocal mics
2 electric guitar amp mics
1 bass DI
1 stereo piano input (2 x 1/4" DIs)
4 monitor mixes, wedges
3 boom stands
I perform more than 80 original songs, plus covers like:
Sir Duke / Stevie Wonder
Easy / Commodores
Come Together / Beatles
Desperado / Eagles
Romeo & Juliet / Dire Straits
Reminiscing / Little River Band
Rocky Mountain Way / Joe Walsh
By Your Side / Sade
Bette Davis Eyes / Kim Carnes
Royals / Lorde
Ho Hey / Lumineers
You May Be Right / Billy Joel
Surrender / Cheap Trick
Lowdown / Boz Scaggs
What You Won't Do for Love / Bobby Caldwell
Influences & Inspiration
Stevie Wonder, Melissa Etheridge, James Brown, Nethaniel Rateliff, Leon Bridges, Sara Bareilles, Ohio Players, The Black Keys, Maroon 5, Black Crowes, Soul Coughing, Seal, Chic, Steely Dan, Prince, Crowded House, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Sam Cooke, Earth Wind & Fire, Raconteurs, Florence and the Machine, Tina Turner, Jimi Hendrix, Talking Heads, Parliament, Yes, Billy Joel, Ozomatli, The Police, Portugal the Man, Revivalists, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Queen, Toto, Annie Lennox, INXS, The Cars, U2, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Peter Gabriel, Imogen Heap, Tool, Indigo Girls, Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Steppenwolf, Bob Marley, The Who, Muse, Swervedriver, Soundgarden, Jimmy Cliff, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Daft Punk, Edgar Winter, Steve Winwood, Kool & The Gang, Jamiroquai, Hall & Oates, Sade, Michael Jackson, Gnarls Barkley, Stray Cats, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Ray Charles
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