07 April 2016
Christine “Mama Christy” Gilardi
Christine Gilardi (aka Mama Christy) is a San Diego based rock/blues/pop original musician, singer, guitarist, composer, vocal arranger, recording artist, and audio engineer. Gilardi’s powerhouse voice has been likened to Grace Slick, Sheryl Crow, and Melissa Etheridge, and her band DarZana was compared with Tom Petty and Rush. Her original music is infused with compellingly simple spiritual messages. Her passionate performances will bring you to your feet and to tears. In the mid-1990’s, Gilardi was the director of an original music summer camp called “SD Rock Music Day Camp,” under the National Guitar Workshop. Ric Lee of the Bayou Brothers volunteered each summer, showing the kids his enormous drum kit and demonstrating his expertise. Ric was inspired by Gilardi’s rock music summer camp to create a blues music summer camp… that we now know as the “Blues in the Schools.” Mary Lewis wrote about it in Boogie Issue 4! Gilardi gained national acclaim in the 2013 Posi-Fest Awards with Honorable Mention for “I Believe in Love,” a song that she wrote for Melissa Etheridge. Gilardi’s straight-ahead rock and blues arrangements, infused with positive messages, are common threads. She is an improvisational songwriter and a featured blues jam performer at Boogie...