Kick off the first week with us on January First Friday with August Christian and John Floridis, Jan 5, 5-8pm!
August Christian was born on the South Side of Chicago on July 2, 1950. He served almost four years in Vietnam, doing long range reconnaissance patrol and received many awards including the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal, and the Bronze Star, among others. But the war took its toll on Christian: he was exposed to Agent Orange, was wounded several times, and has been diagnosed with PTSD.
Rather than inhibiting his creative energies, his trauma served to impel his military experiences into art as displayed in his marble sculptures, his intricate mysterious collages, as well as in his stone reliefs, small models, and drawings. August left New York City when he lost his apartment to big-financed realtors and moved to Missoula. He was on scholarship at the Art Students League from 1979 to 1985 and studied privately under Jose De Creeft.
When asked about his general view on art, August quotes Henry Moore: “Art is like a vast bowl and you can take out whatever you want. The only rule is that you have to place back something that wasn’t there before.” You may view much of his work at www.augustchristian.com
John Floridis, Missoula, Montana based guitarist, singer-songwriter and composer has been a resident in the “Big Sky” state since 1993 having moved there from the strong shouldered, down-but-never-out city of Cleveland, Ohio. He has released 7 recordings mixing bluesy, folk-rock vocal tunes with adventurous solo acoustic guitar compositions including two very popular winter themed recordings “December’s Quiet Joy” and “The Peaceful Season.” His most recent recording is “Live From 11th and Grant”, the soundtrack from his Northwest Emmy Award winning performance for the Montana PBS program of the same name. The recording features drummer Ed Stalling and bassist John Sporman who combine with Floridis to form the John Floridis Trio.
John has been named Missoula’s best musician by the Missoula Independent and remains a consistent finalist in that category. He has performed for over two decades at numerous concert series, festivals and music clubs in the Western region. He has consistently been among the winners of the International Acoustic Music Association’s awards for instrumental composition. John has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Shawn Colvin, Derek Trucks, Patty Griffin, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn, Kelly Joe Phelps, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Patty Larkin.
For over 20 years John has been the producer and host of Montana Public Radio’s weekly feature Musician’s Spotlight for 20 years. The program is a multiple winner of the Montana Broadcasters Award for Best Non-Commercial Program.
Prior to his full time career in music, John worked with emotionally troubled youth as a registered music therapist and clinical social worker both in Ohio and Montana. Find out more at: www.johnfloridis.com