Village Club Series

Winter 2014 Village Club Series

All shows in the Benjamin Mays Center.  All shows at 9 pm.

ballroom thieves January 9 - The Ballroom Thieves - Rock disguised as folk. In January 2012 The Ballroom Thieves broke into the Boston scene with a five-song, foot-stomping EP entitled The Devil & The Deep. Since their debut release the trio has captivated audiences with their unique instrumentation and dazzling three-part vocal harmonies. In the span of just one year they have performed at over 50 colleges nationwide, shared the stage with established acts such as Dispatch, The Lone Bellow, Little Green Cars, and Houndmouth, and played to sold-out crowds at the The Sinclair, Great Scott and the historic Club Passim in Cambridge, MA.  Remember – first show likely = free stuff!

 bates-bobcat-primary3-rev January 16 - Winter Carnival Student PerformersCome enjoy an evening of music performed by current Batesies! Usual refreshments, and great environment.
tall heights January 23 - Tall Heights - In the summer of 2010, Tim Harrington and Paul Wright were playing for spare change in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In a few short years since, Tall Heights has headlined packed listening rooms across the country, toured down to Austin, TX to showcase at South By Southwest Music Festival, and performed alongside national acts like Laura Marling, Ryan Montbleau, and Andrew Belle.

austin renfroe January 30Austin Renfroe - It’s sometimes hard to combine the spirit of a soulful songcrafter and the energy of a concert artist, but Austin Renfroe brings both to the page and stage. The Atlanta native is quickly making his mark as one to watch! With the release of his first album in 2008 – Stuck in Your Head – followed by his buzz-producing Unexpected EP in 2010, Austin has garnered critical and fan acclaim, as well as selling hundreds of thousands of digital downloads and streams, creating an even bigger platform for this up and comer to reach his audience. In 2010 he performed along side many of the nations top musical acts at the Macy’s Great Tree Lighting, performing his original Christmas song entitled “Brand New Christmas”.

matt beilis February 6 - Matt Beilis - New Yorker Matt Beilis was born with his distinct voice. Some would say it’s unconventional, which would fit the personality of this singer/songwriter/pianist. Matt traded in his Ivy League education—along with a lucrative finance career–for a gig in a piano store, betting that his artistic talents would propel him beyond the comfort that his academic achievements all but guaranteed.

kayte Grace February 13Kayte Grace -  After releasing three albums, two singles and touring the country—all within four years of teaching herself to play guitar—YouTube and Washington Post favorite, alterative “folktry” singer/songwriter Kayte Grace authors a five-chapter musical novel. “Set Fire to Separate Lives” is being released over the course of a year to fans who’ll be able to pay what they like for every EP. The 22-song collection, funded by an IndieGoGo campaign and recorded in 50 hours in Brooklyn, traces the anatomy of “forever love” in all of its breathless, brutal brilliance, deep delight and dirty corners. 

Ryanhood February 27 - Ryanhood - Ryanhood began as humble street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market, when they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene. They quickly developed a reputation around the country as one of the most entertaining and engaging duos around. Their airtight vocal harmonies, along with Ryan’s rapidly precise guitar riffs and Cameron’s soulfully rich lead vocals, create the pleasantly distinguishable “Ryanhood” sound.

bates-bobcat-primary3-rev March 6 – Student Spoken Word Show - Come enjoy an evening of spoken word performances by Bates Students! Usual refreshments, and great environment.
 microphone March 13 - Special Surprise Performer - Come out for a special evening of music by an surprise musical performer.
kurt scobie March 20Kurt Scobie - Every time Kurt Scobie sits down at the keys, the power of his expressive lyrics and percussive piano style have a magnetic effect on the entire room. The lyrics strike a familiar chord but carry a refreshing tone, and the catchy melodies enable listeners to sing along, even after hearing his songs for the first time. On and off the stage, Kurt is consistently friendly and respectfully honest.

Novelette March 27Novelette - Novelette is the new project of NJ/NY based songwriter Cara Salimando and collaborator Billy Libby. Over the course of a little over a year, the two began recording a record in Denver and finished it in Brooklyn. The recently released debut LP “Everything Is Happening Now” is technically 21 year old Salimando’s first full length release after performing during her teen years as a solo artist tied up in label politics and spending the other half of her time as a contracted songwriter for Glassnote Records/ Insieme Publishing. Libby has released LPs and EPs in the past both as a part of other bands and as a solo artist himself, including the EP “Pitter Patter”, self released in 2011. Together the two achieve an ethereal alt/pop atmosphere with lyrics that at times read like storybooks. Novelette is currently working on an EP expected to be released in spring 2014.

 alex brumel April 3 - Alex Brumel - Singer/songwriter Alex Brumel began his career in music at the age of 11, performing on Broadway and on tour in some of the 90s’ most successful musicals. He began writing songs in High School, and shortly thereafter began playing music with drummer/musical director Eric Novod. Since that time, he has shared stages with some of the nation’s finest songwriters, including Ingrid Michaelson, Ari Hest, Adam Levy, Pete Francis, and Duncan Sheik (with whom he worked on developing Sheik’s Tony Award-winning “anti-musical” Spring Awakening). He graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Music in 2007; while at the University, Alex was invited by the renowned rock musicologist Walter Everett (author of the essential “The Beatles as Musicians” series) to exemplify the tenor voice on the companion recordings for his Oxford University Press publication “The Foundations of Rock: From ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ to ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes’”.

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 -