Village Club Series

The Village Club Series is held in the Benjamin Mays Center Thursdays at 9:00pm. All shows are free to the entire Bates community. Free refreshments are provided at all Village Club Series events.

VCS has been around for decades. Check out some of our past performers here.

Winter 2017 Shows

January

Jan 19
Bates Showcase

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Join us for performances by the Bates community!

Jan 26
The Ballroom Thieves

http://www.ballroomthieves.com/

ballroomthievesreFor The Ballroom Thieves, the band’s journey has only just begun, but their roots already run quite deep. Stylistically, the Thieves find a captivating mélange of acoustic styles on the album, exploring the basic constructions of folk and pop music while almost wholeheartedly rejecting its restrictions at the same time. It mirrors the band’s sharp awareness of its surroundings that equates to a rare form of musical intelligence.

February

Feb 2
Air Traffic Controller

http://www.airtrafficcontrollermusic.com/

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Air Traffic Controller have created a place all their own in the indie pop world.

Serving in the US Navy as an air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent home demos written during deployment. Bandmate and singer/songwriter Casey Sullivan met Dave soon thereafter, and the two forged a collaborative bond that has become the vocal sound of ATC.

With an eclectic song catalog and category-defying organic/electronic sound, people are taking notice of ATC. They were 2015 Billboard Hot 100 Fest performers with The Weeknd and Justin Bieber, placed on the NPR Hot 100 List for SXSW, named Guardian UK Band of the Day, won Best Indie Alternative Song in the Independent Music Awards, and have over 15 million Spotify plays. ATC’s music has been licensed by Bose, MTV, NBC, ABC, Disney, Verizon, Toyota, and many more.

Feb 9
Maggie Maye

http://maggiemayehaha.wordpress.com/

Maggie Maye loves candy almost as much as she also loves performing comedy. She made her late night debut on Conan and was featured in AXS TV presents: Gotham Comedy Live. She’s performed stand up in festivals such as Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest (as one of the Sketchfest Dozen), FunFunFun Fest, Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, SXSW, and the All Jane Comedy Festival. She’s opened for Hannibal Burress, Paul Rodriguez, Gladys Knight, and Earth, Wind and Fire. She’s had her name in comedy articles in the Huffington Post, Variety, LaughSpin, the New York Times, Splitsider, who named her among the 2015 top up-and-coming comics, and the Austin American Statesman, who named her as one of 2015’s People to Watch. She performs improv comedy with her troupe Damn, Gina! and in various sketch and improv shows around Austin. Her comedy is described in the same way she is: sassy, charming, and smart. Also, a 6-year-old once told her she was the funniest person ever. And kids rarely lie.

Feb 16
Edie Carey

http://www.ediecarey.com/

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Chicago-based singer-songwriter Edie Carey is known for her unmistakable, soulful voice, her intelligent, heart-grabbing songs, but perhaps most especially for her warm, engaging presence on – and off – stage. As much a part of her show as the music itself, Carey’s wry and often self-mocking humor makes audiences feel as though they have just spent an evening with a very close friend.

Carey has been singing at festivals, colleges, and listening rooms across the US, Canada and Europe since 1999, performing alongside Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Brandi Carlile, and Shawn Mullins. She’s also been a featured artist on NPR’s Mountain Stage.

March

Mar 2
Branches

http://www.branchesmusic.com/

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Splitting their time between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Branches have described their collaborative process as ‘a lot like long-distance dating’.

Best-friends turned band-mates, the lady and gentlemen of Branches are making music that they believe in.
Through both sing-along celebration and solitary longing, Branches offer their own brand of harmony-driven indie-rock, with elements of folk-instrumentation and pop-inspiration.

Mar 9
To be announced

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Mar 16
GoldenOak

http://www.goldenoakband.com/

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From the foothills of Western Maine comes GoldenOak, a folk group whose genre-blending sound has them steadily emerging as a musical force in New England. Conceived in the winter of 2013 by Singer-Songwriter Zak Kendall and cellist Seth Wegner, they were quick to join forces with Kendall’s sister Lena, whose voice blends with the hum of the cello and guitar to create a sound that resonates deep within. More recently, they have teamed up with their good friend Eloise Schultz, who Zak and Seth met while studying at College of the Atlantic, and who gives their songs yet another set of layers with her soaring trumpet and vocal harmonies. 

Mar 23
Sam Burchfield

http://www.samburchfield.com/

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With an honest voice, a band of buddies, and a fancy hat; Sam Burchfield has managed to make some moves at just 25 years old. His latest EP, Unarmored, digs a few layers deeper into a genre-crossing career that has only just started. From folk, to funk, to southern soul — Sam and his band capture it all on their sophomore release.

After cutting his teeth in the indie-music hub of Athens, Georgia, Sam planted new roots in the nation’s R&B capital of Atlanta. Working as a wedding singer to pay rent, Burchfield played with some of Atlanta’s finest, meeting the likes of the Terminus Horns. Sam and the band have now made ripples in the southeast, opening for soul-phenom St. Paul & The Broken Bones, emerging pop star Ben Rector, and Athens pals Family & Friends.

Mar 30
Gregory Douglass

http://www.gregorydouglass.com/

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Gregory Douglass was born and raised in rural Vermont, winning local talent shows in his early teens.  He taught himself to play the piano and guitar by ear and took up songwriting in junior high.  While attending Brewster Academy, a college-preparatory boarding high school in New Hampshire, Douglass composed and recorded the material for his first two albums.  On graduation day, Brewster Academy’s headmaster presented him with a music award, publicly announcing that Douglass was the first student he would ever encourage not to go to college and instead pursue his passion full time — advice Douglass ran with.

Douglass’s numerous accolades include being a finalist for both the 2005 International Songwriting Competition and the 2004 Independent Music Awards; he was the winner of the 2003 GrammyFest Awards in New York City, as well as the inaugural performer on the American Red Cross “Save A Life Tour” in 2003. Douglass actively appears at listening rooms, clubs, festivals, and campuses throughout the United States and has shared the stage with artists like They Might Be Giants, Shawn Colvin, The Weepies, Jason Mraz, Regina Spektor, and Margaret Cho.  

April

Apr 6
Hillsburn – OUTDOOR SHOW AT THE AMPHITHEATER
Rain location: Benjamin Mays Center

http://hillsburn.com/

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Hillsburn formed almost by accident in the spring of 2014. Following a health scare that winter, Paul Aarntzen had spent a solid month writing songs. He showed some of them to Clayton Burrill, who brought his sister Rosanna to Aarntzen’s house in Hillsburn, Nova Scotia to hear them. Jackson Fairfax-Perry came along for the trip. The four hit it off and, after a couple informal sessions, Aarntzen sold his house and moved to Halifax to work on the band full time.
 
The new quartet recorded and released a self-titled EP that October, which garnered national attention after one of its tracks finished in the top ten in CBC’s Searchlight competition. In The Battle Years, their first full-length effort, followed in March 2016. But by the time the group started touring in support of the album that spring, their sound had already changed. What had started as a string band now decidedly was not. Synths and electric guitar had replaced banjo and mandolin, and the addition of Clare Macdonald on drums had helped push things more in the direction of pop and rock. Hillsburn had, in other words, come into its own, and its members were eager to make a record that reflected that.