Ahoy! This is Christopher Mario Bianco. I am a solo, traveling troubadour specializing in performing live original and popular music of the Sea, the Beach, and the Sailing & Coastal lifestyle. Thank you for considering me for a performance slot in your entertainment program. I've recorded TEN original CD albums that provide the bulk of my material, plus I play numerous pop sea-folk favorites for a nice mix of ocean & nature-themed music. I have extensive experience performing live in fine-dining & lounge venues, at open-air festivals, and for very special private celebrations of all sorts, I also have Relais & Chateaux Resort experience. I play acoustic & electric guitars and sing high & low, and I enjoy introducing the songs with background stories and then weaving everything together in a larger narrative to help make the shows interactive & dynamic. I am equipped with a full range of amplification equipment and I am able to handle all sizes of events, from full-blown outdoor concerts to fine dining rooms by candlelight, to intimate lounge environments, even battery-powered shows right out on the beach! I am always professional, clean & classy, and I always present a quality show that keeps the guests smiling and entertained.
My home port is in San Diego, California and I perform in fine venues and for private events up and down the US West Coast throughout California, Oregon, Washington and the mountain states. I will also travel internationally by special request and arrangement. I offer a variety of show themes; primarily nautical and coastal in focus – including a special “Watch the Sun Kiss the Sea” sunset show for an hour before and an hour or so after the event (excellent for venues with coastal or harbor views). I also offer a more romantic show incorporating material from my Wine and Riding on a Rainbow albums along with romantic pop favorites from the last four decades. I often perform an Earth & Nature show that sings of the wonders of the Earth and appreciation for it's beauty. I also frequently do a combination variety show. I always make a point of maintaining a dynamic awareness of the state of the audience in order to modulate my volume and tempo appropriately and it is a point of pride for me to be on key with the guests and in tune with the hosts desired atmosphere.
My style of live Nautical & Coastal acoustic music fits in well in fine dining & lounge venues (particularly those with water views), private events, home concerts, sailing galas, nautical-themed weddings & receptions, corporate events in seafront settings, membership hails & Farewells... I can help provide an upbeat and festive atmosphere for most any occasion.
My Coastal music has been characterized as "Upbeat sunny beach music made by and for Long Beach Walkers, Surf Riders, Sunset Gazers, Shell Collectors, Seagull Dreamers, Flip-Flop Wearers, Sunbeam Collectors, Sandy-feet People, Pelican Lovers, Horizon Reachers, and Sea-spray inhalers... like YOU and ME! New-style "Beach-Jazz" for grooving to while walking along the shoreline; some new beach acoustics for hanging out with in your beach chair daydreaming about the seabirds; some new California coastline-lifestyle music to Watch The Sun Kiss The Sea too. Music to transport you to this Golden Place on the Beaches from wherever else you may happen to be."
My Nautical music is "Upbeat, robust, nautical music born of the Sailor's lifestyle and love for the sea and the sailing experience; these songs are all afloat on memorable melodies and meaningful lyrics. You will find no pirate fantasies here - no "Yo-ho-ho, blah-blah-blah", only music reflecting the genuine modern sailor's passion and articulating his/her lifestyle choice. Strongly acoustic in drive, but with moments of serious grit - something like how every so often the sea Herself rips the idyllic atmosphere open to reveal and flaunt her raging mane. For example: "Her Deepness" is a tribute to women of the sea and the fathomless depths of their passions and strengths. "Open Seas" touches on the core of the exhilarating underway experience all sailors live for. "Fair Winds and Following Seas" gives new voice and meaning to the timeless phrase. "Home on the Sea" is the seaborne soul's very anthem; while "Lullaby Seas" is the soft voice of the gentle rolling sea lapping at the bow lulling Her own sailor-child to rest.
I also frequently mix-in dozens of popular cover songs from the likes of masters such as James Taylor, Paul Simon, John Denver, Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, the Beatles, the Eagles, the Beach Boys...and plenty more that you would recognize if you heard them! Its always a lively good show and a real fun time, with happy guests and satisfied hosts. Come aboard!