Port City Music Hall
Bella's Bartok, Madaila

Bella's Bartok

Madaila

Thu, August 23, 2018

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

Portland House of Music and Events

Portland, ME

$10 Advance / $12 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
Madaila
Madaila
Psych pop juggernaut Madaila is upbeat, synth–heavy, and catchy. Vocal skill and range are immediately apparent. But in the tradition of Prince and more recently Frank Ocean, an ornateness and heaviness expose Madaila’s complexity and depth. Tight arrangements and multi–instrumental performances showcase musical minds at work.

When Madaila is on stage, spontaneous expression and contagious melody coexist. The freakier elements of the band come to the surface as the five–piece explores the deeper possibilities lying within their concise-recorded material. The band’s improvisational power gives each song the capacity to have its form pushed to the edges of comfort, or uplifting peaks.

Madaila released its debut, “The Dance”, in 2015. The band generated buzz with large hometown shows held on a ferry, in Burlington’s City Hall, and in an aquarium. Madaila has shared the stage with artists such as BØRNS, Mac DeMarco, Grace Potter, Big Gigantic, Delicate Steve, Deer Tick, Matisyahu, Twiddle and Rubblebucket; and played at festivals such as Mountain Jam, Frendly Gathering, Grand Point North, Waking Windows, Otis Mountain & Burlington Discover Jazz. Madaila is part of Future Fields, an artist–run label and management group based in Burlington, Vermont that includes Kelly Ravin, Iron Eyes Cody, & The Precepts. Madaila’s sophomore release is slated for release in early fall of 2016.
Venue Information:
Portland House of Music and Events
25 Temple Street
Portland, ME, 04101
http://www.portlandhouseofmusic.com/