Chic Street Man (Rev. Gary Davis)
Chic performs in clubs, colleges, theaters, performing arts centers, special events, high schools and middle schools. His lyrics focus on the positive alternatives while entertaining in a spirited manner. His music transcends cultural barriers through acoustic bluesy ballads and funky upbeat originals.
Chic recorded his first album in Paris, France in '75 and later settled in Santa Barbara, CA where he founded Chic Street Man's School of Performing Arts. He has been a featured performer on many stages, including the Paleo Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Bern Jazz Festivals in Switzerland, the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore for Cancer Survivor's Day, the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York for the International Day of Peace, and he has given benefit concerts for the United Nations Human Rights Center in Geneva.
Chic composed the music and starred in the off-Broadway hit show, Spunk, adapted by George C. Wolfe. He received a 1990 Audelco Award and a 1992 NAACP Theater Arts Award for his music and performance in Spunk. Chic composed the score and starred in the Berkeley Repertory Theater's production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle. He was a contributing author, performer and musical arranger for the Denver Center Theater Company's It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, and toured with the show in D.C., Arizona, Kansas City and Seattle. Chic composed the score for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's world premiere of A Lesson Before Dying. He composed the score and was the featured performer in the Cleveland Playhouse's world premiere of Touch The Names--Letters to The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. He wrote and performed A Black History of The Blues for the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Chic was the Arranger, Musical Director and Composer for the McCarter and Berkeley Repertory Theater’s production of Zora Neale Hurston’s Polk County, where he also won the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Circle Award for Musical Direction. He played the role of “Slow Drag” at the Seattle Repertory Theater’s production of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and he composed the music and starred in Richard Wright’sNative Son at Seattle’s Intiman Theater. Chic was the guitar man in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production ofRuined and Professor Slick in Pullman Porter Blues at the Seattle Rep, Arena Stage in DC and the Goodman Theater In Chicago. He starred in the Mark Taper Forum production ofLost Highway, the story of Hank Williams, and has appeared in the films Triple Bogey and Hangin' With The Home Boys.
Chic has several album releases, including Guns Away,Everybody Be Yo'self, Beau-ti-ful, Lullablues and Sidewinder.
Chic is on faculty at the Seattle Conservatory of Music and the Heifetz International School of Music in Staunton, VA.