Join Arts at the Palace on Saturday, April 20th at 8pm for The Underground Live, featuring Christopher White (also known as Isto).
Isto is a musician and music teacher currently based in New York City and Newark, NJ. His primary instruments are guitar, voice, ukulele, and Hawaiian guitar. He plays many different styles of music, but is best known for his jazz and ragtime guitar with crooning, his fingerstyle arrangements of classic American song, his humorous and thoughtful original songs, his stage antics, and more recently for his work with King Isto’s Tropical String Band.
Originally from Hamilton, Isto began studying guitar with local legend Ed Vollmer in 1993 at the age of 9. Later, he went on to study Music at Wesleyan with a concentration in composition. While at Wesleyan, he was able to study under Tony Lombardozzi, Neely Bruce, Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier, and many other great musicians. After graduating in 2006, Isto moved to Brooklyn, where he began teaching guitar and ukulele full time. Around the same time, he also began posting videos to youtube. Since his Banana Song was featured on youtube’s homepage in 2007, Isto’s videos have received a few million hits.
Soon after moving to Brooklyn, Isto became associated with the Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook. He teaches group guitar classes there and performs frequently, often as part of their Wednesday night Roots and Ruckus showcase. Isto also performs at various other venues around the city. In 2017, he moved to Newark, NJ, where he teaches out of his home, and continues to teach and perform regularly in Brooklyn and Manhattan. His latest album is available here: https://isto.bandcamp.com/album/isto-on-the-go.
The Underground Live, sponsored by Chartwells, blends music, comedy, and culture to create a shared experience for our community. $10 per ticket. Show starts at 8pm. Limited seating. Cash concessions will be available.