Village Club Series

Students – Apply to perform at the 1/19 Spoken Word Showcase here!

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. If you are a student and would like to get involved in planning the Village Club Series, contact Nick Dressler, Assistant Director of Campus Life.

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

Fall 2016 Shows – Sept. | Oct. | Nov. | Dec.

Sept. 15
Shane & Emily

A pop/acoustic/folk duo that incorporates many different elements of diverse genres into their original music. They give off a positive/energetic vibe but don’t shy away from diving into the darker emotions that inspire their music.

Sept. 22
Jeff LeBlanc

Since releasing his first EP “Signals” in 2009, Jeff has epitomized success as an independent artist – netting three top twenty albums on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart (2011’s Worth Holding On To, 2013’s My Own Way There & 2015’s Vision), scoring dozens of television placements, achieving both satellite and commercial radio play, selling-out headline shows and touring the country with a wide range of acts such as Gavin DeGraw, Tori Kelly, Chris Stapleton, Boz Scaggs, Colbie Caillat, Brett Dennen, Ingrid Michaelson, Parachute, Chris Isaak and many more.

Sept. 29
Julia Easterlin

juliaIn Boston, someone convinced me to go to college and study music technology. In Cannes, I rented a flat and sang at the MIDEM conference. In Havana, I collaborated with Cuban performers to premier a piece at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. In Tibet, I climbed mountains in the Himalayas, until I got so sick and stranded that the American Embassy in Kathmandu had to send an emergency rescue helicopter to save me. I would like a redo!

I made it out alive, and now I’m living in New York, playing with sound loops and gadgets, singing loudly, excited to present new music when it’s ready. I’ve also been watching a lot of Björk interviews from the 90s and burying my head in historical fiction.

Oct. 6
Bear Market Riot – OUTDOOR SHOW at the Keigwin Amphitheater

bear_market_riot_highresBear Market Riot is a power-folk duo from California’s Central Coast. They blend everything from Americana to hip-hop into an infectious sound that can only come from two bearded men playing six instruments all while keeping a full dance floor satisfied. Bear Market Riot consists of Kirk Nordby and Nick Motil, a VCS regular.

Oct. 13
Green Dot Student Music Showcase

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Check back soon for information on how to sign up to perform!

Oct. 27
Matt Hires

As a cabinet store worker by day and a musician by night, Hires always had a heroic passion for music. Matt’s father, also a musician, introduced him to music at a young age, giving him the handmade guitar that Matt continues to play. Initially drawn to the punk, Post-hardcore, and Emo scenes, Matt later developed an interest in artists like Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, which explains the uniqueness of his vocal and instrumental harmonies that dabble in both traditional and contemporary musical realms.

Nov. 3
Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with her Dominican parents’ bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. Acevedo has been a featured performer on BET and Mun2, as well as delivered several TED Talks. She has graced stages nationally and internationally including renowned venues such as The Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, and South Africa’s State Theatre; she is also well known for  poetry videos which went viral and were picked up by PBS, Latina Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and Upworthy.

Nov. 10

Named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, 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.


Nov. 17
Humming House


As complete as they are in the studio and on record, Humming House is fundamentally and emphatically a live band. With scarcely a tube’s worth of amplification or electricity and a drum kit’s worth of percussion distributed among the band members, they emit force on stage and demand attention. They’ve rocked rooms of all sizes and played Forecastle Festival, Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots Festival, and the Cayamo Cruise with the elite of Americana. They opened the new Music City Roots hall in The Factory in 2014, sharing the bill with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.

Vocals are the emotional core and lure of Humming House. They are five voices deep, with a galvanizing male/female twin attack over the top. Tam and Rodriguez sing as soloists or a duet, depending on the song. Humming House works out careful hand-offs and big harmonies, including frequent passages that are just vocalizing, chanting beautiful music on top of their robust instrumental attack.

Dec. 1
Tall Heights

Singer/guitarist Tim Harrington and singer/cellist Paul Wright formed Tall Heights in 2010, keeping their songs stripped down to their essential elements, in part, to make it simpler to perform on the streets of Boston. The band’s broadening sound came from the musicians’ conscious effort to push themselves, and each other, to create in new ways. By relying on a few core elements at the start, the duo learned to make the most of their minimalist set-up. The musicians tend to develop ideas separately, before one brings a new song to the other for further development. It’s a reflection of their early days sharing musical ideas, when Wright was living overseas and Harrington was finishing up college.

Dec. 8
Faculty & Staff Showcase

Check back soon for information on how to sign up to perform!