Saturday: June 7, 2014 – East Portal Park – 6 p.m.
Chris Gardner Band
With the release of their first album titled ‘The Answer’ debuting April 2013, Nashville recording artist, the Chris Gardner Band, is just getting started. Excitement is buzzing over their first single, “Everybody Loves My Baby” and managing over 150 shows per year, its sure to be heard! With their country-rock lyrics, soulful harmonies, high energy performances and vulnerability on stage, the Chris Gardner Band always gives their best.
Six incredible musicians whose talents excel alone but thrive together are taking huge steps towards flourishing careers in music. It has been very rewarding for the band to open up for major country artists such as Chris Young, Luke Bryan, Love and Theft, Jerrod Neiman, Joe Nichols, Mark Chestnut, Josh Gracin and more. At Country in the Park this year, they opened up for Billy Currington and amazed a sold outcrowd of 17,000 in Sacramento, CA that was put on by CBS. They competed in the Colgate Country Showdown all the way to state championships in Nevada and entertained 10,000 people at the 2010 Monster Truck Show at Arco Areno in Sacramento.
The energy coming off the stage when the Chris Gardner Band performs is phenomenal. “They [the fans] know us for our show,” says Gardner, whose greatest influences include Alabama, Conway Twitty and Chris father, John Gardner. With great respect for any musician that performs, Gardner says, “we influence each other and I think it’s important that we support our fellow peers as much as possible.”
Supporting local communities is very important to the band members and they continue to help with Relay for Life, Make a Wish Foundation and Toys for Tots. “We try to do a benefit anytime anyone is in need,” states Gardner.
Buck Busfield & Bill Blake, Emcees