VAE Welcomes Back Bella’s Bartok
Continuing its celebration of the 15th season of the Basement Music Series (BMS), Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) welcomes Bella’s Bartok on Saturday, March 30, at the Masonic Hall, located at 504 Main Street in Bennington. Doors open at 7 for the 8 p.m. show. BMS fans may recall Bella’s Bartok as the very first band to take to the stage upon arrival to its new home at the Masonic Hall in January of 2016. “We wanted to open our new space with a bang and we did, with a sold-out crowd of over 150 people.” says VAE director Matthew Perry. “It was one big party from the minute they took to the stage.”
The bedazzled and glittered boys of Bella’s Bartok are inspired by elements of Vaudeville, centuries of street performance, and an unyielding drive to promote camaraderie with a passionate kaleidoscope of sound. The songs are born of Americana and folk music of their immigrant grandparents, blended with 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. You’ll find them on a variety of stages, at a myriad of festivals, or on the street across the continental United States. Their live shows are theatrical; “a mix of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show,’” says frontman Asher Putnam.
Tickets are $18 in advance throug vtartxchange.org or by calling 800-838-3006. If not sold out, tickets are $22 at the door. Student tickets are available for $10. The Masonic Hall is an accessible facility, call for specific accommodations.