Village Club Series
Fall 2013 Village Club Series
All shows in the Benjamin Mays Center. All shows at 9 pm.
|September 5 - Jon Aanested - Jon Aanestad, a soul/pop/folk songwriter and the leader of a band, The Sugarcane from Boston, MA has turned to an edgier pop-rock sound as of late, honing in on his songs that are closer to the bone—still very accessible and commercially viable, but more visceral. Solo and full band, Jon is focusing his irreverent pop sound and taking on arrangements that fuse modern pop, old-school soul and contemporary folk. As a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist, Jon has toured nationally, performed for corporate clients such as Gap, Converse and the Minnesota Twins at Target Field and performed on the CMA Awards in Nashville, TN on ABC. Jon has also gained a devoted fan base on YouTube with his original material and his quirky covers of everyone from Justin Bieber to The Black Keys. Remember – first show likely = free stuff!|
|September 12 - Darlingside - In an age of increasingly electronic music, Darlingside still values authentic performance on real instruments. The sound is characterized by multiple lead-vocalists, dreamy five-part harmonies, dominating cello and violin interjections, and a dynamic rock engine at the core. Darlingside traces its diverse sound to an eclectic array of musical origins: Auyon traveled and studied the traditional instruments of Brazil, Turkey and Ireland; Harris picked up the cello at age six, performing twice on NPR; Dave learned guitar as a street musician in Boston; Don toured nationally as a boy alto and played sunset cruises in Maine; Sam took up both celtic and jazz drumming at age seven. Together, the five close friends are a powerhouse of vocal, instrumental, songwriting and performing talent.|
|September 19 - Taylor Carson - Taylor is a seasoned veteran with the energy of a debuting artist. His last album won an Independent Music Award and earned him touring selections with Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, Edwin McCain and Virginia Coalition. “With Innocence” captures the childlike wonder and optimism that dreams are made of and finds, with insightful observation, the good in the world around us.
|September 26 - Maryleigh & the Whisper Circle - MaryLeigh Roohan brings a lot to the table. Though she’s only twenty-two, the experience she gained since she began performing four years ago explains why she’s likened to “a wizened old soul.” Her yearlong, weekly residency at a pub in St Andrews, Scotland honed her guitar and vocal skills, and helped build her confidence in exploring other musical ventures. Since graduating from her Scottish residency and moving back to the states, MaryLeigh has played everywhere from intimate cafes, such as the celebrated Caffe Lena, to wild festivals, like Albany’s LarkFEST. The diverse stages she’s played match the variety of acts with whom she’s shared them. Sean Rowe, Theresa Andersson, Paranoid Social Club and Milo Greene are a few of the many.|
|October 3 – Hotels and Highways - It was September 2010 and Erin “Syd” Sidney, Lisa Piccirillo and Patrick Thomas were getting to be well-versed in letting their temporary home in the woods be a part of the creative process. They’d come to a lakeside cabin in New York to fulfill a mutual, career-long dream of living together while recording an album. A week-long tour of the Northeast had been booked immediately following the 10-day writing and recording retreat. The material was largely unwritten. The sound had not been clearly defined. But with each day’s new songs and each night’s recording sessions, what began as a joyful experiment in creativity and trust evolved quickly into an emerging full-length album and a well-received tour. Hotels & Highways, originally a nom de plume for songs a group of friends wrote together, had quietly and gracefully transformed into a band.|
|October 10 – 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.|
|October 24 - Katie Wirsing - Firmly believing the mouth is a speakerbox to whatever makes your heart sing most; she has opera lungs and a getaway car for anyone willing to pick up and move forward.Never afraid of the difficult truths, Katie has toured her way to stages around the world speaking on issues from gender, love, sexuality, and spirituality to jello wrestling and her Grandmother’s love of hot dogs.|
|October 31 – Student Show - Come enjoy an evening of music performed by current Batesies! Usual refreshments, and great environment.|
|November 7 - Jared Mahone - A little more than a year ago, Jared Mahone released an EP called THATCitYSCAPE and then put a band together to help promote it. They set out on this adventure completely independent of major label support and made some pretty amazing discoveries including the end of a solo artist and the beginning of a real band.|
|November 14 – Kate Davis - Kate began playing piano and violin at a young age, performing as first chair in youth orchestras and later winning in state solo competitions on both violin and bass. She received national recognition in high school for bass and singing as a Silver Winner through the National YoungArts Program. She is a recipient of four Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards, a double invitee to the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, and bassist in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble. In 2009, she was selected as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts, which included a White House visit.
|November 21 - Nick Motil - A few years back, when Nick Motil was “wasting away again in Margaritaville,” he was doing a hell of a lot more than searching for a lost shaker of salt. The acoustic singer/songwriter was having a blast during a two year residency at Jimmy Buffett’s restaurant on the Strip in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas, performing tons of his original material amidst the covers during his three hour sets, five nights a week on the outdoor patio. Then he became a true road warrior, logging thousands of miles (and upwards of 150 annual gigs) these past two years as he became the country’s highest booked act on the college circuit.|
|December 5 - Edie Carey - Born in Burlington, Vermont and raised in the Boston suburbs by her English teacher father, therapist mother, and poet stepmother, Edie Carey couldn’t help but learn to love words. But her ear for music only became apparent after she “took the stage” in the back seat of her babysitter’s green Cadillac, belting out her own rendition of “Up Where We Belong.” From age nine, after beginning voice lessons, she became involved in singing groups and musicals, which she continued all the way through high school. A child of the 80’s, she dressed in lace and sequins and dreamed of appearing on Ed McMahon’s “Star Search.” However, as much as she loved performing, Carey was unaware that there was any middle ground between singing at weddings and being Madonna, and never considered music a real career possibility. So, she made plans to major in English/Creative Writing with Pre-Med classes at Barnard College in New York City. However, during her freshman year, two pivotal discoveries knocked those plans right off course – The Postcrypt Coffeehouse and the Italian language.|
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