Summer has arrived and so has Carnegie Hall’s 2014 free Ivy Terrace Concert Series. Opening this year’s series is the Christian Lopez Band. The concert will be held at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner, your lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy one of Lewisburg’s favorite summertime events.
Christian Lopez Band (CLB) is not merely riding the wave of Americana Music, these West Virginia natives, are bending it to its knees. With the will of his voice and the stomp of a steady beat, Christian Lopez and his band are pioneering their own brand of Alternative Folk Country Rock. Like a young Whitman, Lopez translates the iconic America before him into rousing romps and searing serenades employing crisp, thoughtful imagery and storytelling.
Playing since the age of five, Lopez formed and fronted the band Joe Taxi at the age of fifteen. The band quickly garnered success including a slot on the 2012 Van’s Warped tour and wins at the 2012 West Virginia University Coca Cola, Moonstruck, OttoBar and 2013 Blue Ridge Music Festival Battle of the Bands competitions. Lopez gained additional attention as a Hollywood Finalist in Seasons 11 and 12 of “American Idol.” Encouraged by feedback from judge Jennifer Lopez, who commented that she could feel the passion in his voice, Christian returned home determined to carve out a career in music founded on his love of singing, writing, and performing a style of music he felt in his heart, and has now brought to life.
Christian is joined on stage by drummer Mike Silver, bassist Dominic Valentine, and vocalist and banjo player Chelsea McBee. With a growing reputation for originality and intensity on stage, the newly rechristened Christian Lopez Band continues to deliver, becoming a favorite at festivals, colleges and premiere venues.
Carnegie Hall’s Ivy Terrace Series is sponsored by City National Bank. For more information on this or other Carnegie Hall programs call 304-645-7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org. Programming at Carnegie is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.