Village Club Series

Fall 2014 Village Club Series All shows in the Benjamin Mays Center.  All shows at 9 pm.

preston pugmire pic September 4 -Preston Pugmire – Beats, guitars, bass, vocals. How can all these sounds be generated by just one guy? For the last 4 years, Preston Pugmire has been entertaining audiences all over the US with his looping performance.Electronic floor pedals allow Preston to record anything he plays live, and then layer multiple sounds on top of it, creating an entire song from scratch. He does this right in front of the crowd while keeping them completely engaged and involved.  Remember – first show likely = free stuff!
Branches-band-2 September 11 - Branches - Through both singalong celebration and solitary longing, their recordings provide the full spectrum of what this band is capable of: Indie-folk-rock-family-fun in a style that has been compared to the likes of Death Cab For Cutie, The Lumineers, Mumford and Sons, and The Head and The Heart. Pouring as much creativity and imagination into every live experience as they have into their studio recordings, they have been honored to sing in such notable California venues like the Hotel Cafe (Hollywood), The Independent (San Francisco), & the Glass House (Pomona), as well as touring nationally in the college circuit and enjoying their first venture into the crazy world of SXSW.
 ghost of paul revere September 18Ghost of Paul Revere - Born of the waters of the Saco River, brothers in all but name, the Ghost of Paul Revere is Maine’s holler-folk band. Building their songs around powerful three-part harmonies, energetic performances, and a non-traditional way of interpreting traditional American music, The Ghost draws from a broad array of influences including Elmore James and the Beatles, to Tom Waits and more. The Ghost writes powerful songs, built on melody and energy, designed to be performed with passion. From folk to foot-stomping bluegrass, the songs have unique identities while still remaining undeniably the Ghost of Paul Revere. Their live show has quickly attained legendary status, with fans traveling unholy distances from the most remote corners of Maine to catch the band on their way up.
 humminghouse September 25 - Humming House - At once danceable and reflective, familiar and nostalgic, Humming House is a musical experiment gone right. Woven together from diverse backgrounds (Americana, classical composition, bluegrass, soul, and traditional Irish music), their playground of musical exploration has something for every generation. Unmistakable pop sensibilities mixed with a depth of lyrical narrative give their whimsical songs an irresistible quality that can only be described by the imagery of the name – Humming House.
 rose cousins October 2 - Rose Cousins - The spirit of collaboration is in everything Cousins does. Her firm roots in two vibrant music communities (Eastern Canada and Boston Massachusetts) fuel her music with an evolving cast of talented fellow artists. At any show, anywhere Cousins travels, recruits from the local music scene appear with her on stage, be they emerging or well known. CBC debuted her short film IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND about the community in Boston where her album We Have Made A Spark was made.
Asia_Project October 9 - The Asia Project -  As an aspiring novelist/astronaut/oil painter/brain surgeon/ninja, Asia never thought spoken word poetry would be his calling. But as with everything else we encounter in life while dealing with the illusive astrological joke we’ve come to know as destiny, here Asia stands: a cancer survivor who was won audiences throughout the country with a spoken word show that has been nothing less than an honest and genuine testimony of his life- a spoken word show that is always inspiring, sometimes gut-wrenching, and most often times comical buffoonery. He has been featured on HBO Def Poetry and BET J Lyric Café, has achieved to win the APCA Performer of Year award, and uses his poetry as an activist tool to help fight poverty in the Philippines. Taking his poetry to the next level, he is now touring with his brother-in-law Jollan who adds dramatic guitar to make the poems come alive on stage. So maybe Asia never became the ninja he had always hoped to be as a child…but come to his show and he’ll guarantee you will have never seen him coming.
Taylor Carson October 23 - Taylor Carson - “My heart is all over this record,” says Carson, “my fans are happy people and I finally made a record that suits that mentality.”In 2010, Taylor released Defending The Name — a 16 song autobiographical epic that brought his skeletons into public view and established him as an artist to watch. Defending The Name won an INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD and garnered praise from press, “a modern-day masterpiece” (Inner Ear Media), and artists alike, “it stands out from the crowd, just as Taylor always has” (Pat McGee). In its support, Taylor shared stages with Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, John Hiatt, Virginia Coalition, Edwin McCain and Eric Hutchinson. The four-year arc of that record (2.5 years in the making, 1.5 years on tour) was cathartic — Taylor began the record in a dark place and emerged poised to put pen to paper for a new chapter in his life.
bates-bobcat-primary3-rev October 30 - Student Show - Come enjoy an evening of music performed by current Batesies! Usual refreshments, and great environment.
 nickmotil-255x300 November 6 - Nick Motil - “I think the coolest part of my career right now is the satisfaction I get from the little things that happen along the way to remind me that, no matter the struggle, I’m doing what I love and am supposed to do,” says Motil. “My favorite thing in the world is playing a venue I’ve never been at before, just trying to make fifty bucks to get to the next gig, and seeing kids come out and request my songs that they’ve heard on the radio or from friends. When the fans show this kind of appreciation, I don’t take it for granted. Sometimes I’ll even stop the show and say ‘wow, thanks for coming. You made my day.” What a day it’s shaping up to be.
November 13 - Blair Crimmins and the Hookers - Blair Crimmins began his current music career in Atlanta, Georgia, with a determination to bring Ragtime and 1920’s style Dixieland Jazz to new audiences. What he created was a sound that is at once modern while being deeply rooted in the past. Now four years, and five hundred shows later, he has toured the Eastern United States playing large venues and has opened for national acts such as Mumford & Sons and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. A multi-instrumentalist and music academic, Crimmins writes songs and arrangements for a classic New Orleans style horn section consisting of Trumpet, Clarinet, Trombone.
edie carey November 20 - Edie Carey - “Accidental Poet,” one of Edie Carey’s earliest songs, describes a particularly eloquent friend, but could just as easily refer to Carey herself and the circuitous and serendipitous route that led her to become one of the country’s most notable young songwriters. Somehow, all of the seemingly unrelated turns – from her intention to become a doctor, to a tiny music room in the basement of a Morningside Heights’ chapel, to a year in Italy – managed to steer her towards music.
 Darlingside December 4 - Darlingside - With four distinct voices clustered around a single microphone, Darlingside effortlessly draw audiences into their lush musical world. David Fricke of Rolling Stone describes them as “a quartet with a rich line in acoustic textures and chamber-rock dynamics.” The band’s sound, characterized by classical strings, tight vocal arrangements, bluegrass and rock instrumentation, and smart lyricism, is the product of complete collaboration among the four close friends. The group has no frontman; instead, lead vocals are traded from moment to moment, and each song features a new combination of instruments and textures, pulling heavily from folk, retro-pop, barbershop, and chamber music.

All shows are free to the entire Bates Community. Free refreshments will be provided at all Village Club Series events.  To check out videos of many past performances check out - http://www.youtube.com/batesactivities