April 8, 2017 · 8:00pm

$5 Cover

Vaudevillian Folk Punk

Bella’s Bartok


The Vaudevillian Folk Punk powerhouse Bella’s Bartok melds klezmer pop with a circus vibe into a spectacle that can’t help but compel you dance!

From circuses and smoky soirees, Lovecraftian affairs and the nocturnal gatherings of society’s undesirables, the songs on “Change Yer Life” reflect the hectic and eclectic minds that compose the group. “Social justice, classic horror, or old friends long gone” all influence Lead Singer Asher Putnam’s emotional state and lyrical content. “There is always a theme and an element of the horror/fantastic in every song I write, as well as a sense of loss.” These themes live and dance in this album, full of fan favorites from the live Bella’s set. Songs such as The Fiddler and the Devil and The Strigoi Waltz borrow from Jewish folklore and supernatural tales. Others tend toward the more personal or emotional, as in Mother, a dance ballad written as a paean to mothers and a plea to forgive their children. Science puts on display a love for Nikola Tesla and his scientific contributions and psychological quirks. The brisk, Django-esque romp, Zora, jangles ironically over its themes of civil rights and the hypocritical violence of Zionist ideology. Creepster uses its relentlessly upbeat country vibe to unveil the inherent creepiness in coveting someone from afar, and Party Song mocks the exhausting absurdities in privileged party culture. Produced and engineered by guitarist Chris Kerrigan, “Change Yer Life” was recorded at Amity House Productions and is the first full length album with the band’s current line-up.
Happy songs for sad people, sad songs for happy people and good times had by all.

 This Way To Egress

If Tom Waits and Lady Gaga made a musical lovechild it might sound a little like EGRESS. Whether you know them as the “dance band to ring in the end of the world with” or by their “raise your spirit, raise a glass and drop a beat” attitude, EGRESS will leave their mark on you. The six-person troupe cascades onto the stage in an explosion of sound and sight that’s equal parts unruly vaudeville, ebullient world-beat and three ring circus all the while playing an amalgamation of worldly genres that catapults their audience through time and space with unexpected shifts of styles, tempos and time signatures.

EGRESS is Taylor Galassi (lead vocals, accordion, piano); Sarah Shown (vocals, piano, violin); John Wentz (tuba, backup vocals); Joe Lynch (trombone, backup vocals); Jaclyn Kidd (guitar, banjo) and Nick Pecca (drums/percussion). Hailing from a wide variety of musical backgrounds with a diverse array of influences, EGRESS crafts intricately arranged audible cocktails which will be sure to make you move. Their rambunctious stage show generates enough energy to light up a city while their genre-bending miscellany leaves the audience wondering what will happen next. Beware: EGRESS’ infectious energy is contagious. After EGRESS you might never be the same, but you will be coming back for more.