Christo's Lounge in Salem, Ore. is an intimate venue that features jazz, blues, and a variety of eclectic music.
The lounge was established in 2011 by Mike and Lisa Learn, who own Christo's, the Italian Restaurant next door. Before it became Christo's Lounge it began as a space for alternative music called "The Space," owned by drummer par excellent Doug Hoffman. Unfortunately, The Space was too loud and the neighbors had it banned.
During the week Christo's Lounge features local talent. Once a month they bring in a headliner, often from outside Salem. For example, Lew Soloff who played with Blood, Sweat, & Tears; Mel Brown of Portland, drummed for the Temptations and is a favorite with the regulars; Tom Bergeron, a music instructor at Western Oregon University, stops by occasionally with his Brazil Band Ensemble just to keep things lively.
Since January 2012 I have been photographing the bands and musicians for the house.