Will Rassel for Food
Kris Landherr has worn many hats through his life so far. His careers/activities have been and still are video editing, graphic design, marketing, CD & DVD duplication, composer, singer, guitarist, pianist, synth player, backing musician, wrestler, activist, as well as concert and live event promoter. Read on: Musician: Kris began writing and performing in the New Jersey club scene at the age of 16 with the new wave band 2 ½ Minute Shower thanks to a fake i.d. and the Juno synth his mom got him for Christmas. During college he began composing for pharmaceutical companies and medical documentaries, while simultaneously promoting his punk rock group Maxi Reagan's Nancy Pads and his first pop venture Idle Warship. More recently he has been working on his solo comedic experiment Liquid Chicken as well as his more serious material. Kris performs as a solo act, as a duo with drag celeb Charmaigne, and with his band The LandShark! Experience. Often times his boyfriend Troy will join him on stage for some heartfelt duets. Kris has appeared with the likes of Joey Arias, Bedlam, Butthole Surfers, C&C Music Factory, Petula Clark, Deborah Gibson, Flock of Seagulls, Paul Lekakis, Tiffany, When In Rome, and Terry White to name a few. Celebs spotted while watching him perform are Lea Delaria, Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Austin Pendleton (Catch 22, What's Up Doc), Stanard Ridgeway (Wall of Voodoo), Tom Smothers, Jimmy Somerville, Ron Stringer (Fibonaccis), and Tequila Mockingbird. Producer/Activist: In addition to being a performer Kris supports the queer music community by producing and promoting the Fagapalooza music series. Fagapalooza provides a space for musicians to showcase Out material in a safe, nurturing environment without an audition process or worry about audience quotas. Fagapalooza grew last year to include shows in N.J. and Palm Springs furthering access for queer artists. The series also serves as a fundraising vehicle for a wide variety of community, health, political, AIDS services and social organizations (way too many to list here). Groups and charities benefiting from fundraising efforts through Fagapalooza directly as well as in association with other promoters this last year received over $65,000 in funds. Aside from fundraising, 2005 marked Kris 8th year of involvement with NYU School of Medicine's search for an HIV vaccine as both study and recruitment volunteer. During this year he did battle with the American Family Association as they called for a boycott of Walgreen's for their support of the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago. The AFA used Kris photo along with several other gay athletes from the Sydney Gay Games on their website as part of their propaganda. Troops were rallied for a letter writing campaign in support of Walgreens as well as against the AFA and within 48 hours managed to have the photos removed from the AFAs site. Kris received notes from church groups around the country expressing their stating solidarity with the LGBT community's fight for equal rights and asking not to be lumped in with the Religious Righteous. Kris is no longer an agnostic due to a renewed faith in actual organized religions. He recently completed his long awaited CD titled "Will Rassel For Food". Accolades/Accomplishments: 2002 Sydney Gay Games - Bronze Medalist / Freestyle Wrestling 2004 Outmusic Awards Nominee Outsong of the Year "Waiting For My Man" Outmusician of the Year 2005 Outmusic Awards Nominee Outsong of the Year "I'm A Fag" Outmusician of the Year 2006 Outmusic Awards Nominee Outmusician of the Year Press Quotes: 'With unapologetically queer music this naughty boy of the New York City scene is becoming an influence in his own right. Is the rest of the world far behind? The results are FAG-alicious!' - Jed Ryan, PM Entertainment 'Kris Landherr represents quintessential queer sensibility. His tuneful politically offbeat songs are relevant to today's issues, mischieviously playful, and have great heart.' - Will Clark, NY Blade " One of the up and coming queer artists to look out for." - Gregg Shapiro, Windy City Times "The Outmusic Award nominated I'm A Fag is destined to knock you off your seat!" - Justen Ocean, Next Magazine "Kris is the future of Queer Music." - Randy Jones, The Village People Performance Venues / Appearances: 9th Avenue Bistro, NYC 9th Avenue Saloon, NYC Across The Street Bar, Dallas, TX Bad Boys Pool Party, Palm Springs, CA Bar B, NYC :: Barracuda, NYC Bitter End, NYC Black Out Café, Asbury Park, NJ Blu, NYC Café Ole, Trenton, NJ Café Puss Puss, Seattle, WA Cartwheel, New Hope, PA CBGBs, NYC CBGBs Gallery, NYC Cherrys, Fire Island, NY Corner Room, Rahway, NJ C-Note, NYC Dirt Club, Bloomfield, NJ Duplex, NYC Finally Freds, NYC Gaslight, NYC Hannahs Lava Lounge, NYC Helen's, NYC Jacob Javitz Center, NYC Jersey City Pride, NJ The Jetty, Bloomfield, NJ Juice Music Series - Various Venues, NYC Kean College McCarter Theatre, Union, NJ Kettnors, London, England La Fleurs, NYC Le Parking, Montreal, Canada Lesbian & Gay Community Center, NYC Liffy II, NYC :: Lizard Lounge, NYC Madam Wongs, Los Angeles, CA Maplewood, NJ Same Sex Marriage Celebration 2004 Marquee, NYC Marriage Equality March 2005, Brooklyn, NY Melody, New Brunswick, NJ Modern Art, Rahway, NJ Moochies, Jersey City, NJ Motor Bar, Rochester, NY Newark Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ New Jersey Pride Center, New Brunswick, NJ New Jersey Pride Festival, Asbury Park, NJ Nut & Bolts, NYC Olympic Park Stadium, Sydney Australia O.W. Bar, NYC Pegasus, NYC Philadelphia Pride Festival, PA Phoenix & Firkin, London, England Pipeline, Newark, NJ Plough & Stars, Cambridge, MA Posh, NYC Ramada Inn, Shreveport, LA Rebar, Seattle, WA Rockwood Music Hall, NYC Roses Turn, NYC Sacred Heart Cathedral, Newark, NJ San Diego Pride, CA Scoundrels, Linden, NJ Smalls, NYC St. Johns Lutheran Church, Newark, NJ Sun Music, NYC Triad, NYC Uncle Joes, Jersey City, NJ Valley Road Covenant Church, Montclair, NJ View Bar, NYC XL, NYC.