State Theatre Portland
Bella's Bartok

State Theatre presents

Bella's Bartok

Skyfoot

Fri, January 25, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Portland House of Music and Events

Portland, ME

$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

This event is 21 and over

Bella's Bartok
Bella's Bartok
All little children grow up, one day - all except the bedazzled and glittered boys of Bella’s Bartok. Inspired by elements of Vaudeville, centuries of street performance, and an unyielding drive to promote camaraderie, Northampton, MA-based Bella’s Bartok delivers a passionate kaleidoscope of sound. The songs are born of Americana and folk music of their immigrant grandparents, blended with the joy of a particular brand of pop sensibility. Their performances are at once a primal stand against oppression and a declaration of joy in the face of adversity. From quiet reflections on loss, to the howl of justice in four-part harmony, Bella’s Bartok sonically and lyrically delivers a sweaty, soulful dance-party that is sure to leave the audience happily breathless.

Bella's Bartok started in the dimly lit alleyways of Great Barrington, MA, Bella’s Bartok gradually evolved from street-punk performers to an electric, brass-filled, accordion-based spectacle that has continued to entertain audiences for nearly a decade. The line-up includes: Asher Putnam (Vocals, Bass, all-around entertainer), Dan Niederhauser (Guitar and Vocals), Amory Drennan (Trombone/Banjo and Vocals), Crisco (Drums/Percussion and Trumpet), Gershon Rosen (Trumpet), and Alex Kogut (Accordion, Keyboard). The band has shared the stage with musicians and acts such as Rubblebucket, Red Baraat, The Indigo Girls, Larry & His Flask, The Suitcase Junket, Parsonsfield, And the Kids, Kanye, Rough Francis, Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan, West End Blend, Adam Ezra Group, Meat Puppets, World Inferno/Friendship Society, Rupa & the April Fishes, Arc Iris, and many more. Find Bella’s Bartok on a variety of stages, at a myriad of festivals, or on the street across the continental United States. Audiences often pick up on the band’s main influences such as Frank Zappa, System of a Down, Tom Waits, and Oingo Boingo.

If you’ve never listened to Bella's Bartok, stop what you’re doing right now. Run to the nearest computer and listen to their uproarious, joyful, eclectic sound. The band plays a mesmerizing mix of Eastern European, Americana, punk, and pop music. Their live shows are theatrical, “a mix of The Nightmare Before Christmas and the Rocky Horror Picture Show” says front man Asher Putnam. “We are the night and you are bound to boogie.” So, do yourself a favor, practice a little self care, throw your societal inhibitions to the wayside and let yourself get lost to the tune of Bella’s Bartok - before the tumult of daily life rears its ugly head once more.
Floors may be broken, but hearts will be mended.

“A carnival of sound and sweat and something intangible... Bella's Bartok aren't just a band, they're an enchantment." - Julia Tolstrup, Black on the Canvas

“A folk collective with perfect pop sensibilities combined with a Klezmer influence, this is basically about as much fun as you can have with your pants on.”- Dan Wolovick, Two Way Monologues

“[A] manic, Old World-tinged on slaught of sound that’s not like much of anything else.” - James Heflin, The Valley Advocate (Apr 02, 2014)

“Perfect for Tim Burton’s next ghoulish movie. With some yo-ho-ho and shout-along songs, the seven-piece band will wake up any jaded dozers.”> - Daily Hampshire Gazette

“Bella’s Bartok is a strange mix of a band, and with their absurdity lies their charm. Varied percussion, bright pianos, scratchy guitars, scattered horn sections, and group harmonies give their dancey tunes a distinct bohemian vibe, and their raw sound gives them something of a punk edge. Bella’s Bartok topped our New England open submission.”- The Deli Magazine
Skyfoot
Skyfoot
Skyfoot is a powerful jam-rock band from Boston, MA. Forming in early 2011, the band has played 200+ shows all across the United States. You'll find them rocking New England regularly and on down the eastern seaboard in the Carolinas and Virginias. In summer 2014 the band spent 2 months touring the Northwest U.S. with shows in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

Skyfoot plays a variety of genres from funk, rock, & bluegrass to sonic landscapes and fusion. Their live show features tight compositions and jamming that give way to memorable moments that are recorded and archived. If you dig the sounds of Phish, The Derek Trucks Band, Bruce Hornsby, Grateful Dead, you'll be stoked you heard Skyfoot!

Tyler Arnott (guitar) thoughtfully threads through songs and jams with his genuine and tasty finger style playing. Eric McEwen (Keyboards and Lead Vocals) doubles as the bassist with crazy left hand lines. Aaron Morey (Drums) fills out the rest with a dynamic approach to jam drumming with reverence to all the best drummers of the scene.

Skyfoot's 2012 debut album "Eternal Bend" features nine original songs including favorites Maybe Mississippi, Indigo, and The Mountain. On July 1, 2014 the band released their 2nd studio album entitled "Room For Space" recorded in West Springfield, MA at the Rotary Records.
Venue Information:
Portland House of Music and Events
25 Temple Street
Portland, ME, 04101
http://www.portlandhouseofmusic.com/