The Fruit Stare is a Chicago-based experimental music and performance art ensemble, founded by two Missouri transplants, singer/songwriter Christopher Salveter (Judson Claiborne) and composer/guitarist, Jefferey Thomas (Mucca Pazza). This project began in 2013 with “The Agreement,” Salveter’s work of speculative fiction about race and the American music industry. Over the next several years, The Fruit Stare grew into an ensemble and transformed the story into a Podcast-Opera and performance series called Dr. Atop’s Journey to The Polygon of Suffering, which has been performed at rock clubs, black box theaters, and notably, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. In 2020, the group released We is the Temple, a soundtrack album from Season One of The Fruit Stare Pod Opera.
Chris Salveter deejays under the name Lil' Boy w/ a Beard and has a regular show, "Still High" Wednesday mornings at 10 (EST) on the internet radio station KPISS.FM. His sets are archived HERE and HERE.