Levitt AMP Music Series: Bella’s Bartok | Handshake Deals
Aug 10, 2018 - Friday / Share

Self-dubbed ‘circus punk’ rockers, Bella’s Bartok, enthrall concertgoers with a passionate kaleidoscope of sound that gets listeners of all ages and backgrounds moving their feet and clapping their hands.

The Levitt AMP Berea Music Series is a family-friendly community block party! Featuring national, regional, and local live music and performance art, handmade arts and crafts vendors, Kentucky Proud local foods, performance art, children’s activities, and a family fun atmosphere.

Presented by the Berea Arts Council, First Friday Berea, Berea Tourism & Berea College Entrepreneurship for the Public Good, including sponsorships from MACED and Mountain Tech Media.

For more information and to learn how to get involved, go to firstfridayberea.com.

Location: Artisan Village
Address: Artist Circle
Times: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Bella's Bartok

Fans and band members alike describe the band’s bold, genre-bending sound as ‘Siouxsie Sioux covering Frank Zappa playing trombone in Tom Waits’ basement during the French Revolution.’ Bella’s Bartok take audiences on a mesmerizing journey with their seamless fusion of eastern European klezmer, Americana, punk and pop music. Built on a shared love for the roots and folk music of their immigrant grandparents, the six-piece powerhouse began nearly a decade ago in the streets of Great Barrington, Mass., and has since evolved into the colossal, brass-filled, accordion-based bohemian phenomenon it is today. Frontman Asher Putnam describes their theatrical live shows as “a mix of The Nightmare Before Christmas and the Rocky Horror Picture Show,” filled with lush sonic soundscapes and soulful fervor.

Bella’s Bartok has performed alongside renowned musicians and acts including the Indigo Girls, Rubblebucket and Larry & His Flask as well as fellow past Levitt performers the Meat Puppets (Levitt AMP Santa Fe Music Series; 2017) and Red Baraat (Levitt Shell Memphis; 2013, 2015). They’ve thrilled audiences at a myriad of festivals and from a variety of stages—including the 2016 Levitt AMP North Adams stage—and are slated to bring their lively, eclectic music to Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury later this summer (7/8). Their latest album, Change Yer Life, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim, garnering the band coverage from outlets like Huffington Post, The Deli Magazine and Berkshire Living.


The Handshake Deals

The Handshake Deals, Laura and Casey have been playing music in living rooms, around campfires, on sidewalks and on stage in a multitude of states and a few countries since they met in February 2016 in Austin, TX. They have been residing in East Kentucky since 2008/9. They have an intergalactic kind of musical connection and it is oh so sweet. Their past musical projects include: The Bloodroots Barter (KY), The Natural Valley of the Sphinx (TX), Turnstyle (TX), and The Four Day Tub Band (TX).


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