Friday, November 30, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Kriss Santala & Michael Coppola open.
Kat Wright, whose voice is both sultry and dynamic, delicate yet powerful; gritty but highly emotive and nuanced, has been described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse”. Add to that voice enough stage presence to tame lions, and the combination of feline femininity proves immediately enchanting. There’s soul flowing in and out of her rock ‘n’ roll with a serpentine seduction. Some of soul music’s sweet, grand dames belt, shout, seethe, and succumb, while Wright sings gently like a heartache’s apology. It’s funky in spots and beautiful all over. And it hurts a little … like it should.
Kriss Santala is a New Haven based musician who has been writing and performing music for the last 30 years. As a vocalist, bass player and drummer, she has performed in numerous Connecticut bands over the years covering many genres. She is most recognized for her vocal stylings and is currently working on her second solo album to be released in 2018. Kriss has been a featured jazz and r&b vocalist for The George Baker Experience, as well as with other jazz artists such as Dave Dana, Brian Buster, and Michael Coppola.
Michael Coppola began playing guitar at the age of eleven. His musical foundation, which began with instruction from guitarist Ritchie Lengel, was further developed through the combination of classical fingerstyle studies and lessons with jazz artist Sal Salvador. He pursued his education at the Boston Conservatory of Music and soon after in Austria, at Die Hochschule Fuer Music. He later studied with jazz master Walter Bishop Jr. in New York City. He performs regularly at national guitar shows, NAMM, and festivals and concert venues throughout New England. He has shared the stage with other top guitarists, including the legendary Les Paul, Gene Bertoncini, Jack Wilkins, Howard Alden, and Stephen Bennett.