The core of The Stellanovas is the husband-wife team of Mary Gaines & Chris Wagoner. The Stellanovas play “cafe jazz”–intimate, swinging, original, dynamic music accompanied by unique instrumentation…violin, accordion, cello, ukulele, hawaiian guitar and award-winning vocals. Gaines & Wagoner have been mainstays on the Madison and southern-Wisconsin music scene for almost 3 decades, with several Madison and Wisconsin Area Music Awards on their shelves including “Best Male Vocalist”, “Best Female Vocalist” and “String Instrumentalist of the Year”.
“Multi-instrumentalist Chris Wagoner and his wife Mary Gaines are masters of string swing music. They call it “café jazz,” but that seems too calm. Their music is equal parts Hawaiian luau and Parisian wedding party. The love they bring to their music is as apparent as the precision with which they make it” –Andy Moore, producer of Wisconsin Public Television’s “30-Minute Music Hour”