Singer-Songwriter Christine Havrilla’s East Coast Tour

by Debra Miller
Philadelphia Arts and Culture Correspondent
Photo by Tiana Godfrey

It’s an exciting time for Christine Havrilla. After receiving nominations for two of her songs at the 7th Annual OUTMUSIC Awards in May, she’s focused on a new project, a new album, and a new Northeast tour. The Philadelphia native moved to Portland, Oregon in 2010, but still has strong family ties, a large network of friends, and an extensive fan base in the greater Philadelphia area, which she visits frequently.

This summer, she has been balancing her solo appearances with her work on Gypsy Fuzz–the self-described “power trio” of Havrilla, Mike Kurman on bass, and Rob Schnell on drums, whose debut album will be out in September. With a focus on electric rather than acoustic, and the addition of background singers and musicians on organ, guitars, and horns, Gypsy Fuzz promises to be a dark and ethereal blend, whose layers of sound Havrilla compares to a painter applying layers on a canvas.

To fund her new project, she is offering fans the opportunity to be directly involved in its development, by making a donation, pre-ordering copies of the Gypsy Fuzz CD, or at a higher level of support, by booking a 90-minute “house concert” for an up-close and personal experience. Upcoming private events are scheduled at homes in New Hope on July 17, and Brooklyn on July 31.

This month Havrilla will also perform at a series of public venues, including the Nighcat in Easton, Maryland; the Seafood Shack in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; Twilight Concerts at the Gazebo in Bryn Mawr; and John & Peter’s in New Hope, where she’ll appear with Gypsy Fuzz. Her passion for the new sound is evident: “I want people to pump a fist and not just tap a toe to some of the new Gypsy Fuzz songs!”

Along with her other local dates, Havrilla will play a charity event for New Jersey Ride Against AIDS on Friday, July 29, beginning at 9 pm. Originally scheduled as a house concert through a friend who cycles with her Dad, the benefit has been moved to Triumph Brewing Company, 400 Bridge Street, New Hope. The goal is not only to raise money, but to generate awareness and support for the 3-day, 250-mile bike ride from High Point State Park to Cape May, scheduled for September 23-25, with 100% of the dollars pledged going to charity.

For more information, a detailed list of concert dates, and “all things Christine,” visit her website at Look for my full-length feature interview with Havrilla in the September-October issue of Central Voice. Havrilla has previously performed at The Wire and Whitaker Center.


One Response to “Singer-Songwriter Christine Havrilla’s East Coast Tour”

  1. bosox8 Says:

    Christine ‘s music is phenomenal and she puts on a great show. Go see her when you get the chance!

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