Adrian Aardvark offers a unique brand of rock and roll that is highly energetic, completed with costumes, theatrics, introspective lyrics, and solid grooves. The Plattsburgh, New York 4-piece is fronted by songwriter Christopher Jay Stott-Rigsbee and accompanied by Shannon Stott-Rigsbee on violin, Catherine Harrison-Wurster on upright bass, and Christopher Lee Shacklett on drums.
Catherine is an animal whisperer and a seamstress who enjoys making her own clothes. She also makes Adrian Aardvark’s souvenir patches by hand. Christopher Lee can usually be found either meditating or enjoying his favorite pastime practicing archery; either way, he’ll be naked. Shannon thinks dinosaurs still live amongst us and wishes she could live solely on pizza and ice cream.
Mr. Aardvark himself, Christopher Jay, is an avid supporter of Donate Life America. In 2014 he donated 65% of his liver to Catherine’s father, George, which saved his life. In 2015 Shannon and Christopher Jay were married and this year Chris Lee has also joined the Stott-Rigsbee household. These events have made the band members and their families intimately close.
Adrian Aardvark has performed with Tyler Daniel Bean, Jay Arner, Mary Ocher, Hello Shark, Viking Moses, Lung, Real Live Tigers, Lucid, Joey Agresta, GEPH, the Big Drops, Lobo Marino, and Assateague, among others.
Photographs by Jerry Cadieux (2017)