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 kaleidescope 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.
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 frontman 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.
What People Are Saying
“When you hear Amherst, MA, band Bella’s Bartok play their unique blend of folk, punk, and klezmer, it’s easy to get lost in the atmosphere. The ensemble group draws the audience in with its visual theatricality and keeps their riveted attention with its sonic groove.”
– Eoin Higgins, Huffington Post
“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 onslaught 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.”
“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
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Otis Mtn Get Down, Elizabethtown, NY
Backwoods Pondfest, Peru, NY
North Country River Jam, Plattsburgh, NY
LAUNCH Music Fest, Lancaster, PA
Strangecreek Music Festival, Greenfield, MA
Wormtown Music Festival, Greenfield, MA
Green River Festival, Greenfield, MA
Disc Jam Music Festival, Barre, MA
Festival of Fools, Burlington, VT
Summer on the Hudson, NYC
Harry Brown’s Farm – Starks, ME
Maine International Film Festival, Waterville, ME
LAUNCH Music Fest, Lancaster, PA
O+ Festival – Kingston, NY
Pearl Street Nightclub, Northampton, MA
The Middle East, Boston, MA
Waterhole, Saranac Lake, NY
BSP Lounge, Kingston, NY
House of Yes, New York, NY
Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
Arch Street Tavern, Hartford, CT
Nectar’s, Burlington, VT
Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
Red Line Tap, Chicago, IL
Ocean Mist, Kingston, RI
The Asheville Music Hall, Asheville, NC
The Pour House, Raleigh, NC
Woodlands Tavern, Columbus, OH
The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
Crow Bar, Tampa, FL
Portland House of Music, Portland, ME
Upcoming Bella's Bartok Shows
The Deli Magazine's Best of New England, twice!
The Valley Advocate, Best Band in the Valley 2014
New England Music Award, Best Roots Band Nomination
Relix Magazine JamOFF
"[Bella's Bartok] draws the audience in with its visual theatricality and keeps their riveted attention with its sonic groove."
Black on Canvas
"A carnival or sound and sweat and something intangible... Bella's Bartok aren't just a band, they're an enchantment."
"... the dance floor breaking. It’s happened a few times, it happened at one venue recently in March I believe and we’ve done it to a few houses, my own included...."
The Valley Advocate
"... The headliners’ loyal groupies are out in force; Bella’s have been touring all summer and this is their homecoming show. ..."
"The number of songs on this release may be minimal but all the cuts possess a big and very unique sound and approach..."
“When you hear Amherst, MA, band Bella’s Bartok play their unique blend of folk, punk, and klezmer, it’s easy to get lost in the atmosphere. The ensemble group draws the audience in with its visual theatricality and keeps their riveted attention with its sonic groove. ” ~ Eoin Higgins, Huffington Post
“New England’s most infectious band.” ~ Music Inkorporated
“Overall, this album will turn any unpleasant day into a duration of 14 fun-filled tracks that will make you want to dance and clap your hands.” ~ Dillon Price, Sound Renaissance, review of the album “Change Yer Life”