Bella’s Bartok

December 31, 2016

Pearl Street Northampton, MA

by: Stephanie Janicedottir

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Bella’s Bartok has a unique and original sound that has catapulted them from local band to touring outfit, playing up and down the Eastern Seaboard.  Born in the local club scene of Northampton, MA, this 7 piece “Vaudevillian Folk Punk” band brings Eastern European music to the dark side.  The band fuses a fair amount of punk and pop Printsensibilities with traditional klezmer sounds, referencing vaudeville and 20th century eclecticism.   Perhaps to best understand them, you’d have to imagine Salvador Dali and Toulouse Lautrec fronting the Moulin Rouge’s house band and you’d have a pretty good idea.  

The energy of this band is off the charts.  Their shows are a visual spectacle full of old-school suspenders, wild hair, crazy eyes, sweaty bodies, and hard core bouncing.  Bella’s Bartok has even been known to break a stage or two (or four, but who’s counting?)!  They’ve been described as “about as much fun as you can have with your pants on” – Dan Wolovick, Two Way Monologues and “a carnival of sound and sweat and something intangible, beguiling, … Bella’s Bartok aren’t just a band, they’re an enchantment.” – Black on Canvas.

And what an enchantment…Bella’s Bartok is bringing the carnival to the Ballroom at Pearl Street on New Year’s Eve with their The Strange Ones’ Ball, and you are invited to the party.  They will be joined by the Connecticut band The Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Boston-based Damn Tall Buildings, and the Brattleboro, VT band The Snaz. That’s not all, the Sarotonin Flow Performance Art team, with touring member(s) of Cirqularity, will perform during the music.  The troupe’s performance will feature LED hooping, poi spinning, a medley of circus performances, and a few surprises you’ll have to see to believe.

nyeflowartThe Strange Ones’ Ball promises to be a night full of “mayhem, dancing, giant monster people, acrobatics, balloons, costumers, giant hamster balls, and more mind-blowing things you’ll just have to see to believe.” Playing-off of Bella’s Bartok’s circusy leanings, The Strange Ones’ Ball is being billed as “The Greatest Show On Earth…Probably” and it pretty much will be. Each act on the diverse line-up adds to the event’s sense of spectacle, combining indie rock, guerilla bluegrass, New Orleans horn band and, of course, klezmer pop to make for a foot-stomping night of music not to miss.  

Additionally, Bella’s Bartok is unveiling their latest official music video for their song “The Fiddler and the Devil” today.  The video showcases the band’s live set as it is meant to be seen.  Shot at the wilds of a Wormtown Music Festival set by James Sarubbi (who also produced the video), the video perfectly exemplifies the Bella’s Experience. Take a look!



The NYE Line-up:


Performing just before Bella’s, The Funky Dawgz Brass Band bring a bit of a New Orleans brass feel to the show. Out of Connecticut, The Funky Dawgz Brass Band has exploded onto the live music scene playing a mix of traditional New Orleans R&B, original music, and today’s top hits with a brass twist. One of New England’s up-and-coming touring acts, these high energy horns are bound to get everyone around them dancing all night to that irresistibly funky music.




Also in the NYE line-up, Boston’s Damn Tall Buildings adds to the eclectic night some guerilla roots, bluegrass and folk music in a fully-immersive and truly electrifying performance. With lyrical storytelling and foot-stomping grooves, their songs about love and ramblin’ help you forget everyday troubles and slip away into their up-tempo hobo-anthems. Priding themselves on their robust tour schedule, DTB has performed at numerous venues and festivals across the continental U.S., having shared the stage with artists such as The California Honeydrops, The Dustbowl Revival, Sierra Hull, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Gangstagrass, and many more.



The Brattleboro, VT-based indie rock band The Snaz rounds out the evening.  The Snaz song, Anna, from their self-titled 2013 debut recording, was a radio favorite in Massachusetts and Vermont, topping out at #2 on 93.9 The River. As WRSI’s Monte Belmonte says of the Snaz, “It’s every disc jockey’s dream to believe that you may have discovered the next big thing.”


Tickets to the show are only $15 advance, $20 day of show.


Pearl Street Nightclub Ballroom

10 Pearl St, Northampton, MA

Doors at 7:30; show at 8 pm

Tickets: $15 ADV $20 DOS

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Band and Performer Links

Bella’s Bartok

Funky Dawgz Brass Band

Damn Tall Buildings

The Snaz

Sarotonin Flow Performance Art  


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