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The STiLTS and The Stenographers bid farewell to Fairman

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Local Sacramento bands The STiLTS and The Stenographers will play their last show with frontman and Sacramento native Christopher Fairman at Luna’s at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Fairman has played guitar in The STiLTS since it formed in 2008, and bass in The Stenographers since it formed in 2009.

But the bands will be one man short after Fairman moves to Austin, Texas on Dec. 27 to pursue a career as a musician.

“Not in a bad way but (Sacramento) is not the place to be.

“When I first started playing music people always said ‘You never know who’s going to be in the audience,’ and that was true for a few years,” Fairman said.

But he said that’s not the case anymore.

“It’s not very beneficial for me, at least in my mindset, to be here,” Fairman said.

Fairman said he traveled all over the country and knew when he got to Austin that it was the place to move.

“It was the vibes,” Fairman said. “I just knew it was a place that I could grow as a person and a musician and still be in a real music city, because there’s not very many of them.”

In June, after settling in Austin, Fairman will release The STiLTS’ next CD, “The Paladini Ranch,” which The STiLTS recorded in the last five days of 2009.

“We literally finished it at New Year’s 2010, so it was quite a moment,” Fairman said.

According to The STiLTS’ second guitarist, Sam Stern, the sounds of The STiLTS are an original mix of sounds and colors that are unique and can’t be categorized into any one genre.

“The STiLTS is a pretty unique band to play in because it's hard to put a genre to it,” Stern said. “Christopher is pretty influenced by Jazz music, so it is a band that is more about tones, phrasing, and colors, and creating an atmosphere for the songs.

“Everyone in the band comes from different backgrounds and interests, musically, and it all just comes together when we play. I think I'd call it a psychedelic jazz-rock band with overtones of trash ’80s music. But it really doesn't do it justice.”

And as for the band’s plans after Fairman leaves?

According to drummer of The STiLTS and The Stenographers, Zack Kampf, the bands will stay together and “just have to make it work.”

However, Stern said the bands won’t be the same without him.

“I'm pretty bummed that Christopher is going to leave,” Stern said. “We are friends inside and outside of music, so Sacramento is certainly going to be a duller place to live without him, but he's got to flap his wings, metaphorically speaking.”

The finale show, which is being co-funded by a grant from the J Irvin Foundation, will be hosted by Fairman’s friend, poet Frank Andrick and will feature The STiLTS, The Stenographers, and friends Josh Fernandez and David Houston.

“That’s what the whole thing’s about; it’s about friendship,” Fairman said. “(Playing with this band) is the most magical thing I’ve ever done.”

The show will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Luna’s Cafe, located at 1414 16th St.

There will be a cover charge of $6 at the door.

For more information about Fairman and his music, click here

Photos courtesy of Christopher Fairman.

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