Village Club Series

Want to perform at the next Student Showcase on 3/29? We’re now accepting applications, which are due at 5:00pm on Thursday, 3/22!


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

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

Winter 2018 Schedule


Jan 18 Midnight Meow

Midnight Meow is all about giving people a journey, a trip, and an escape. Violinists Jonathan Chan and Jan Bislin comprise the multi-instrumental group that will reach and pull you into its musical world ~ Explore the freedom of creation and let the rest speak for itself.

Jan 25 Tall Heights

Getting there is half the fun, as the old saying goes, but the journey is really the whole point for Boston electrofolk duo Tall Heights. Singer/guitarist Tim Harrington and singer/cellist Paul Wright know where they’ve been, and where they want to go. As for the route, well, “we’re just mapping it out as we take it, day by day,” says Harrington.

Harrington and 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.

“It was helpful and I think comforting to define ourselves as two vocalists, guitar and cello,” Wright says. “There was a beauty and a simplicity, and stepping outside of that box is pretty scary, because you’re forced to redefine yourself and do some sonic soul-searching. I think this record [Neptune] reflects the results of that scary step.”

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. “It taught us to be lean and mean and effective with just two voices and two instruments,” Harrington says. “It made us consider vocal tone and the way voices can mesh and interact.”


Feb 1 Student Showcase

Check out amazing performances by the following student performers:

Elliot Chun ‘18
Will Crate ‘21
Sarah Curtis ‘18
Billy Lahart ‘21
Sophie Moss-Slavin ‘18
Nick Osborn ‘19
Summer Peterson ‘18
Joshua Redd ‘21
Will Sanders ‘19
Emma Schiller ‘18
Sam Stone ‘19
Walter Washington ‘19

Feb 8 Nkosi Nkululeko – SPOKEN WORD NIGHT AT VCS
Part of the 2018 Unity Conference, presented by Amandla! Black Student Union, and Sustainable Ethics Week, presented by EcoReps.
Nkosi Nkululeko, the 2016 New York City Youth Poet Laureate and a Callaloo Fellow, has been nominated for Best of the Net, the Independent Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. Nkosi was a featured speaker on TEDxNewYork and is a finalist for the 2016 Winter Tangerine Awards for Poetry. His work is published or forthcoming in [PANK] Magazine, Third Coast, VINYL, No Token, and other publications.
Feb 15 Javier Colon

Javier Colon has a lot of heart. In fact, that heart is precisely why he captivated America as winner of the inaugural season of NBC’s hit television show, “The Voice.” Whether he was performing “Landslide” with Stevie Nicks, or his fan favorite acoustic rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” the performer captured the hearts of millions. Javier’s original song and debut single “Stitch By Stitch” not only clenched the top prize on The Voice, but it also became something of a phenomenon. During the first week of its digital release, the song exceeded sales of 145,000 and peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In addition, Javier writes his own music, constantly keeping himself open to inspiration. A family man, he keeps his wife and daughters close to his heart at all times often writing about them. Javier isn’t simply following anyone else’s path; he’s making his own way.


Mar 1 Student Showcase



Due to the storm, VCS is canceled for this week and Lip Talk will perform at a future date.

Mar 15 Nazlee Arbee

Born in Durban, South Africa, and raised on a diet of Tupac, Nazlee Arbee has been claiming titles in poetry slams and street cyphers since 2011. Since they left the microphone for the megaphone during the Fees Must Fall and Rhodes Must Fall student uprisings of 2015, Nazlee has been working with multimedia art as a form of protest and mobilization. They believe that queer and trans people should make space to represent themselves and their narratives. Nazlee’s most recent works revolve around the self-coined term “Afrofuturistic gangsterism,” which they define as “a mental and spiritual recognition of the constant violence we face, which is taking arms in ways with much more longevity than the sound of a gun”. 

Mar 22 Haeley Vaughn

Haeley Vaughn is on her way to becoming Country-Pop’s next darling with a genuine optimism and enthusiasm for singing that cannot be deterred. Her passion for music was cultivated in Tucson, Arizona- in the bathtub at just three years old. She spent her childhood belting out tunes to anyone who would listen and explored every possible outlet of performance. From singing in school and church choirs, to gymnastics and cheerleading, it was clear that Haeley was born for the spotlight.

At 16, Haeley tried out for “American Idol” season 9, and ultimately finished as one of the top ten females of the overall TOP 20. Since moving to Nashville, she has written with hit songwriters such as Mark Irwin (Highway Don’t Care- Tim McGraw & Taylor Swift), Marty Dodson (Everyone Wants to Go to Heaven- George Strait), Billy Montana (More than a Memory- Garth Brooks), Jennifer Hanson (Let Me Down Easy- Billy Currington), Jenn Schott (Two Lanes of Freedom- Tim McGraw), Jennifer Adan (She Wouldn’t Be Gone- Blake Shelton) and has played at popular events and venues such as CMA’s annual Country Music Festival and The Bluebird Café. Nowadays you can find Miss Vaughn performing regularly at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Broadway, famously known as the #1 Honky Tonk in Nashville, along with fairs, festivals and clubs from coast to coast.

Mar 30 Student Showcase

Want to perform spoken word, comedy, drama, or a musical piece? Something else? Check back soon for the application for this student showcase!


Apr 5 Blair Crimmins & the Hookers

Blair Crimmins began his current music career in Atlanta, Georgia, with a determination to bring Ragtime and 1920’s style Dixieland Jazz to new audiences. While playing small rock clubs around the Southeast he developed a sound that is at once modern while being deeply rooted in the past. Now four years, and five hundred shows later, he has toured the country playing large venues and has opened for acts such as Mumford & Sons and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. A multi-instrumentalist and music academic, Crimmins writes songs and arrangements for a classic New Orleans style horn section consisting of trumpet, clarinet and trombone. His debut 2010 release The Musical Stylings Of became a college radio sensation on WRAS Atlanta making him the most requested band on the air.  In 2012 Crimmins showed his musical diversity by writing and recording the full score for the independent short film “Old Man Cabbage”. The following year, Crimmins was the critics pick for Best Song Writer of 2013 in Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL issue.  His last album entitled Sing-a-longs! went to #21 on the EuroAmerican radio chart and earned him a nomination at The Georgia Music Awards for Best Jazz Artist.  Blair Crimmins has now released his anticipated 4th studio album “You Gotta Sell Something.” The band will be touring through 2018 performing their newest songs from the record as well as old favorites from his past recordings.