Village Club Series
Winter 2015 Village Club Series All shows in the Benjamin Mays Center. All shows at 9 pm.
January 15 – Ballroom Thieves – Truly a high-energy rock trio performing under the guise of well-crafted, emotionally sincere folk, the Thieves have released two well-received EPs since getting their start three years ago. With a strong presence in the Boston area and New England, they have received press from local blog luminaries such as Allston Pudding, who said of the Thieves live performance, “The intensity and passion The Ballroom Thieves had for the songs they delivered- it was hard to believe it was just three of them.” The Thieves have begun to branch out from New England, touring around the country with well-known stalwarts such as The Lone Bellow, Dispatch, Railroad Earth and Houndmouth, among others.
January 22 – Winter Carnival Student Performers – Join us for another night of great performances from your fellow students. And because it is Winter Carnival look out for special themed treats!
January 29 – Lyle Divinsky – Lyle Divinsky, a.k.a. The Sasquatch of Soul, “doesn’t front: he sings soul and R&B, and that’s that. There are no tags or modifiers needed: his music is pure and honest. His focus is so spectacular that his originals sound like instant classics…” (Todd Richard, The Portland Phoenix). Hailing from Portland, ME, Divinsky moved to the delicious apple just over 3 years ago, and has been crooning his way into the hearts and hips of the 5 boroughs since. With a new album on the way featuring some of the baddest musicians in soul behind him, there’s no limit to how far this Sasquatch will go. To quote NYC blogger/music aficionado, Sami Promisloff, “Lyle Divinsky is the minister of soul and master of babymaking music for ALL TIME… and scene.”
February 5 - Lakin – Lakin is a young singer/songwriter with a voice sweeter than honey, whose combination of genre-defying musical styles, stunning melodic gifts, beauty, and warmth shine through in her heartfelt lyrics and powerful performances. She grew up in an entertainment based family in Riverside, California and went on to major in jazz studies at Long Beach State. Lakin has cultivated a loyal fan base throughout Southern California, opening for such major acts as Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat, Brian McKnight, Sheila E., and Gladys Knight. Lakin’s music is sure to penetrate not only the listener’s ear, but the listener’s heart.
February 12 – Tall Heights – Tim Harrington and Paul Wright got their start playing for spare change in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In a few short years since, Tall Heights has headlined venues 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, Andrew Belle and Wild Child.
February 26 – Student Spoken Word – A new VCS tradition will bring out some of the best spoken word artists in the student body. Come out to hear from some of your peers share their poetic talents.
March 5 – Emily Roig – Emily Roig is a singer-songwriter hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, but she recently transplanted herself to Music City. Throughout her childhood and adolescence, Emily was immersed in music and started writing songs at the ripe age of eight. Eventually, she found her way into the studio and has released several albums and songs, including her latest single “Go” inspired by her move to Nashville. Emily is influenced by the raw vocals of artists like Joni Mitchell and Florence Welch, the playful pop of Ingrid Michaelson, and the soulful sounds found in church music. Be sure to experience Emily in a live setting where you will be energized and buoyed by the joy infused in her music!
March 12 – Matt Hires – Matt Hires is an American singer-songwriter from Tampa, Florida. Drawing inspiration from influences as disparate as The Band, Sufjan Stevens, Wilco and Ryan Adams, Matt became the first artist to sign with F-Stop Music, an imprint of Atlantic Records.
March 19 – Spring Standards – The Spring Standards could very well be an ongoing science experiment in addition to being a band. A study in the limits of the human body – just how many things can one person do simultaneously while singing 3-part harmony?
In their case, the answer is: a lot. A band of three multi-instrumentalists and songwriters, The Spring Standards bring creativity and innovation to every aspect of their genre-defying music. Their live shows are positively electric – from small towns to big cities, they explode on stage with spirit, spontaneity, and a style all their own.
March 26 – Noah Guthrie – Bluesy-pop singer/songwriter, Noah Guthrie, has been taking the U.S. by storm in 2014 to promote his debut album, Among the Wildest Things. Often known for his unique covers on youtube, Noah is excited to give fans a taste of his own music.
April 2 - Jeff LeBlanc – Listening to Jeff LeBlanc’s new album My Own Way There is like driving with the top down. With Jeff at the wheel, he takes you on a winding road through a varied landscape of songs and stories. The opening track, This Moment rings like a mission statement for LeBlanc’s journey; the lyric “you’ve come too far to have to turn back now” depicts his unwavering perseverance on the path to achieving something to call his own.
April 9 – Ryanhood – Named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA’s), acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.” They’ve since gone on to perform more than 800 shows in 42 U.S. states over the past decade and have shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, American Authors, and have even been tweeted about by Ellen DeGeneres.
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