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Sat, Sep 14


The Side Door

Chris Webster & Nina Gerber

Chris Webster & Nina Gerber
Chris Webster & Nina Gerber

Time & Location

Sep 14, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

The Side Door, 2900 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818, USA

About the Event

Chris Webster is a soul singer.

Her voice conveys a passion that connects with the longings of her audience. She expresses sometimes-troubled feelings that everyone understands.But Webster goes beyond pain to hope; her voice can be a compassionate balm to the troubled soul. Performing live, her intensity brings a hush to every room she plays. 

Those who see her hear it: Chris Webster is the real deal, a singer who transcends genre. 

Webster’s broad experience in disparate genres is succinctly reflected in the recent story-so-far compilation My Name is Christine, which contains selected tracks from her albums with eclectic NorCal band Mumbo Gumbo, as well as tracks from her first two solo albums and gems from the acclaimed bluegrass disc she recorded with her opera-singing sister Cassie Webster and ace guitarist Scott Nygaard, Ten Thousand Miles.

Nina Gerber

Born and raised in the semi-rural outskirts of Sebastopol, CA, Gerber has been an undeniable staple of the West Coast acoustic music scene since the late 70's. From the first time she heard Kate Wolf perform in a local pizza shop, the budding teenage guitarist single-mindedly dedicated herself to her instrument. Within a few years she had won Wolf's respect and a place as her principal musical collaborator. From there she built a career as a sought after teacher, arranger, producer and prolific accompanist to a veritable who's who of folk music royalty (Greg Brown, Karla Bonoff, Kate Wolf, Dave Alvin, Lucy Kaplansky, Peter Rowan, Rosalie Sorrels, Mollie O'Brien, Laurie Lewis, Eliza Gilkyson, Chris Webster, and so many more).

It would take pages to include all the accolades Gerber has received from the many songwriters she has worked with. In 2018 Maria Mulduar wrote of Gerber, "It is so Zen the way she under-girds and complements whatever music is at hand, never playing an extraneous or superfluous or irrelevant note." Acclaimed songwriter Karla Bonoff says, "Nina has this uncanny ability to weave an emotional tapestry throughout a song...never getting in the way of the song, but adding this incredible depth to it...Sometimes, I am just amazed at what I hear coming from her side of the stage."

In 2021 when awarding Gerber with the "Far West Best of the West" award, the acclaimed fiddler and songwriter, Laurie Lewis said, "Nina makes magic happen as few can. Sure, she has the technical chops and knows the fingerboard, but it's what one does with those tools that sets the artist apart from the technician. And Nina is an artist--one who has made a profession of giving wings to songwriters' scribbles. And I'm not talking paper airplanes."


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