Christo's Novelty Combo

October 7, 2023

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm


Witwen Park - Gazebo
S9855 County Rd E
Sauk City, WI 53583
Free and open to the public

Christo's Novelty Combo presents a unique mixture of the Vaudeville era, novelty and jazz-infused hot steel guitar and ukulele of the 1920s and 30s "Hawaiian Craze," and the swinging sounds of French, Django Reinhardt-style small group swing jazz from the 1930s and 40s. Think Hot Hawaiian guitar meets Jazz à la Django!

Much of the Combo's repertoire comes from Christo's “Antique Aloha” series of solo recordings and his all original "Café Alongé" release. They also showcase a wide variety of exciting guitar and steel guitar centered jazz standards. They present that repertoire in high-energy eclectic shows. During concert performances Christo peppers in historical information about the vintage music presented and its huge impact on American and European popular music at the time to give it context.

The Combo features Christo Ruppenthal on steel guitar, jazz guitar, and ukulele, Gian Compuesto on jazz guitar, and Forrest Evans on the upright bass.