Village Club Series

The Village Club Series hosts performances every Thursday at 9:00pm in the Benjamin Mays Center! All shows are free to the entire Bates community. 

 

CLICK HERE to apply for a spot in the VCS Student Showcase! 

 

Winter 2019 Schedule

January

Jan 17 Tall Heights

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From playing on the streets of Boston to now performing in venues across the globe, the duo of Paul Wright and Tim Harrington, together known as TALL HEIGHTS, have built a career from the ground up, diligently as a relentless touring act. It’s been a journey of consistent evolution for the longtime best friends – everything from instrumentation to production to the size of their band has changed throughout the years, hand-in-hand with an ever-growing audience of listeners. Yet with all of this change, there remains a distinct DNA that courses through the entirety of Tall Heights’ music. The potency of their sound cannot be credited to harmony alone, but rather a unique union of two distinct voices that makes the music inarguably their own.

Jan 24 The Ballroom Thieves 

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Darker times make for bolder and, sometimes, brighter art.

The Ballroom Thieves – Calin “Callie” Peters (vocals, cello), Martin Earley (guitar, vocals), and Devin Mauch (percussion, vocals) – mine immense melodies and hypnotic hooks from personal stories on their 2018 EP, Paper Crown (Nettwerk Records). Under the cover of vintage jazz-style, the five songs reflect feelings of rootlessness from four nomadic years, bouts of depression, and the ever-looming specter of political unrest hanging over the country.

Nevertheless, a noticeable glimmer of light always peeks through.

That subtle balance has transformed The Ballroom Thieves into a quiet phenomenon. Following two EPs, the group released their full-length debut A Wolf in the Doorway in 2015. Between marathons of touring, 2016’s Deadeye would spawn a string of fan favorites. They claimed real estate on prime Spotify playlists (e.g. “Your Favorite Coffeehouse,” “Relax & Unwind,” “Morning Acoustic”) with “Bees” cracking 10 million streams on the platform. Along the way, they sold out shows and delivered standout performances at festivals such as Boston Calling and Newport Folk Festival, while landing features at NPRBaeble Music, Boston GlobePasteEarmilk, and many others.

Jan 31 Alisa Amador

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Alisa Amador (Bates Class of 2018) writes and arranges songs on guitar and ukulele, although her roots lie in Latin music. Her originals speak of her own life experience – from poignant and heartfelt to longing, wonder, and joy. With a voice likened to Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, and Laura Marling, this one-woman band is sure to please. For free music downloads, her new music video and more, visit her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AlisaAmadorMusic or band camp: http://alisaamadormusic.bandcamp.com/

February

Feb 7 Student Showcase

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Feb 14 Londrelle

 

New album “Sunflower Soul” is available now! Click Here to listen.

Feb 28 Becca Mancari

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Becca Mancari

Perhaps more striking than Mancari’s sound is the tender honesty and vulnerability present in each of her songs. Ann Powers describes Mancari’s writing as “lyrical and raw,” commenting on the “great personality in her songs.” As a gay woman in the south, she has fought hard to reconcile her spiritual beliefs with her sexuality. Her strong personality enables her to be a spokeswoman to the outcast and the misfit, helping her redefine the categories that so often divide people. Mancari explains, “It was not an easy road when I came out. No matter how hard I tried to fit into society’s molds, I could not. I want to be open and proud of who I am, because I needed people like that in my life when I was young.” Mancari hopes that people will find the bravery in her story and be able to discover their own inner strength.

When Mancari sings, she shines with authenticity. It is evident that Mancari knows exactly who she is, and her music has a strong sense of identity. But it is her refusal to subscribe to molds and societies trends that sets Mancari apart. Mancari is challenging all of us to throw away the old book and create a new genre of music.

March

Mar 7 Bells Atlas

Soulful noise pop, inspired, propellent psych pop… Trying to nail down the sound of Bells Atlas is a bit like narrating the inner workings of a kaleidoscope – where it’s more about tripping out than nailing it down.

A surreal blend of r&b, psychedelia, jazz, and pop, rooted in the cultural bellwether of Oakland, CA, Bells Atlas has supported a number of international artists and shared the stage with acts such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Badbadnotgood, Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, W. Kamau Bell, Angélique Kidjo and more. They have also been making a name for themselves nationally as the touring band for NPR’s Snap Judgment since 2016, and recently wrapped up a sold-out tour supporting Bermuda Triangle, side-project of Alabama Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard.

Channeling at once the ramshackle lo-fi beats of Tune-Yards and the sighing lullabies of Sade, Bells is like the passing bubbles of an unknown aquatic life-form, music percolates from depths untaken, playing in a deep blue pool of life, death and the fluid in-between.

Mar 14 Leonard Ouzts – VCS Comedy Night!

Leonard Ouzts is a distinct rising voice in the world of stand up comedy. A native of South Carolina, his southern upbringing shaped his down to earth, observational comedic style. Leonard was most recently selected as a NEW FACE at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. Aside from performing stand up around the country, he recently has made his television debut on Gotham Comedy Live. Leonard is also the host of the web-series Camedians, directed by Christian Charles.

Mar 21 Student Showcase

Want to perform spoken word, comedy, drama, or a musical piece? Apply HERE

Mar 28 Hillsburn

Hillsburn is a five-piece, indie-rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their sophomore album, The Wilder Beyond, was released on February 2nd, 2018. The Wilder Beyond departs sharply from the folk-rooted sound of Hillsburn’s award-winning In The Battle Years debut. The group’s soaring three-part harmonies are intact here, but densely-layered arrangements and more electronic instruments signal a move in the direction of indie rock.
All of the band members contribute something unique here. Multi-instrumentalist Jackson Fairfax-Perry plays bass, keys, and saxophone, while scoring the strings and horns for the album’s guest players. Siblings Rosanna and Clayton Burrill complete the three-part vocal battery, and Rosanna puts her classical training to use throughout, layering violins on many of the tracks. Newest member Clare Macdonald brings understated power to the proceedings. Her drumming is complex at times, direct at others, but never demands undue attention. It is plain that, although Aarntzen sparks the process, Hillsburn is a deeply collaborative affair.

April

Apr 4 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.