To understand Bella’s Bartok, imagine what you would get if Salvador Dali and Toulouse Lautrec were fronting the Moulin Rouge’s house band, and you have the exuberant spectacle that is Bella’s Bartok. Described as “about as much fun as you can have with your pants on” (Dan Wolovick, Two Way Monologues), this 7-piece powerhouse melds Bohemian Klezmer Punk with pop sensibilities into an eminently danceable party. The diversity of musicians that make up Bella’s Bartok, combined with their boundless energy on stage, has been known to break a dancefloor, or two (or three, but who’s counting?). Their sound moves way beyond labels, pushing the envelope towards the darker side of Eastern European music, referencing vaudeville and 20th century eclecticism.
The Bella’s Bartok line-up includes: Asher Putnam (Vocals and all-around entertainer), Chris “Fancy” Kerrigan (Guitar, Clarinet, Vocals and physicist!?!), Dan Niederhauser (Bass and Vocals), Amory Drennan (Trombone/Banjo and Vocals), Crisco (Drums/Percussion and Trumpet) and Gershon Rosen (trumpet). 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.
With multiple awards under their belts, including The Valley Advocate’s Best Band in the Valley 2014 and The Deli Magazine’s Best of New England (twice!), this eclectic group of guys have carefully crafted a sound that is part strange and creepy, part pop gold. With an aura of theatricality, Bella’s Bartok shows not only entertain, but they invite you to partake in the wild party they are having on stage, to involve yourself in the spectacle. Quite simply put- this is the band you should never miss, ever.
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
LAUNCH Music Fest, Lancaster, PA
O+ Festival - Kingston, NY
Green River Festival, Greenfield, MA
Disc Jam Music Festival, Barre, MA
Precipice Vermont Music Festival, Burlington, VT
Cool Globes - Boston, MA
Summer on the Hudson, NYC
Bohemian Festival, NYC
Old 78 Farm Fall Festival - Warwick, MA
Harry Brown's Farm - Starks, ME
Maine International Film Festival, Waterville, ME
Backwoods Pondfest, Peru, NY
Balkan Soul Fest, Cambridge, MA
VT Steampunk Festival, Springfield, VT
Pearl Street Nightclub, Northampton, MA
Toad's Place, New Haven, CT
Nectar's, Burlington, VT
Tanglewood, Lennox, MA
The Bitter End, New York, NY
Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
The Stone Church , Newmarket, NH
Electric Haze, Worcester, MA
Gateway City Live, Holyoke, MA
Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
Red Line Tap, Chicago, IL
Ocean Mist, Kingston, RI
The One Stop, Asheville, NC
The Pour House, Raleigh, NC
BSP Lounge, Kingston, NY
Woodlands Tavern, Columbus, OH
Tone Wheel Music Group
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”