Bella’s Bartok and the Whiskey Treaty Road Show

Colonial Theatre Pittsfield, MA

April 16, 2016


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Readers of this site know that we have been seeing a lot of Bella’s Bartok lately.  So it was with great excitement that we went to their home town of Pittsfield MA to see them in a larger setting, at the historic Colonial Theatre.  This was their home town CD release show, different than their college town release a few weeks earlier, in a more posh setting in front of their relatives and old friends.

The show opened with The Whiskey Treaty Road Show.  In all of the best ways this band is much like some of the song writing driven bands of the 1970s with a plethora of writers and singers in the band, laying down material in a musical setting that ranges between folk, rock and Americana.  More like the eastern kings of that concept, The Band, than the western purveyors The Eagles, The Whiskey Treaty were an exceptional band, especially for the length of time they’ve been together.  The material was well sculpted, and carefully executed.

Most of the show’s audio was captured:

I’m a big Chris Merenda fan, and the fact that he is in this band, playing banjo and contributing vocals is a big plus for me.  But all of the guys in the band were equally awesome, each with their own take material and each with their own songs to contribute.  One of them called up their lady to sing Gillian Welch’s Look at Miss Ohio which was a perfect example of the type of music they are purveying.  

Up next Bella’s Bartok took the stage to a roar from the intimate but strong crowd.  They opened with their single Ramona and plowed through nearly twenty songs from their catalog, both new and older material.  This seemed like an historic show, where the band was really showcasing what they’ve achieved and how far they’ve come.  A benchmark show that illustrates the current state of material, and their ability to produce it on stage, with energy and clarity.

The entire show’s audio:

They played all of the material I would have hoped to hear, Fiddler and the Devil, Masquerade, Bagend March, almost everything else from Change Yer Life, their current release.   They even did a crazy cover, System of a Down’s Sugar. You could feel the energy oozing out of them, and it was a thrill to be part of this coming out party for them.


UPCOMING BELLA’S BARTOK TOUR DATES: 05 11 Wed Sportsmen’s Tavern Buffalo NY 05 12 Thu The Brass Rail Fort Wayne IN 05 13 Fri Union Street Station Traverse City MI 05 14 Sat Union Street Station Traverse City MI 05 16 Mon Be Here Now Muncie IN 05 17 Tue Beachland Ballroom Cleveland OH 05 18 Wed Jilly’s Music Room Akron OH 05 19 Thu Bullfrog Brewery Williamsport PA 05 20 Fri Hill to Hill festival Rockingham VT 05 21 Sat Lefty’s Spring Fest Greenfield MA 05 27 Fri Wormtown Music Festival Greenfield MA 05 28 Sat Fury’s Publick House Dover NH 06 04 Sat The Stomping Ground Putnam CT 06 10 Fri Balkan Soul Festival Somerville MA 06 11 Sat Main Pub Manchester CT 06 20 Mon The Shaskeen – Summer Sol Concert Manchester NH 06 24 Fri Harry Brown’s Farm Starks ME

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