West End Blend and Bella’s Bartok
Saranac Lake’s 120th Winter Carnival Night #9
Waterhole Upstairs Music Lounge
48 Main St. Saranac Lake, NY
Doors 8:30pm Show 9:30pm
West End Blend
West End Blend Official Site
Since their conception, ten-piece band West End Blend has been playing their version of soul-funk in venues all over. Fronted by vocalist Erica Bryan the band pays homage to classic throwback sounds while still adding their own distinct sound and flair to their collectively-composed originals.
West End Blend boasts a full four-piece horn section, two guitars, bass, keys and percussion to boot, packing the group onto stages every night. From humble beginnings in an epic basement funk dance party, The Blend’s goal has always been to bring a party atmosphere to every show and venue ever since.
In 2013, the band recorded their debut release with recording engineer Brendan Morawski (Jungle City Studios) at Telefunken Studios in South Windsor, CT. Guaranteed to please any fan of hip-hop, soul or funk, “What It’s All About EP” combines these influences to create an energetic first release. Shortly following the EP, West End Blend released a music video to the title track of the record, “What It’s All About” directed by Ty Morin (179 Pictures).
With no signs of slowing down, the Blend maintains a busy performance schedule with plans to record extensively over the next year. Only one thing remains certain for the band’s future, West End Blend is going to keep the party going one show at a time.
Bella’s Bartok Official Site
To understand Bella’s Bartok, imagine what you would get if Salvador Dali and Toulouse Lautrec were fronting the Moulin Rouge’s house band, and you have the exuberant spectacle that is Bella’s Bartok. Described as “about as much fun as you can have with your pants on” (Dan Wolovick, Two Way Monologues), this 6-piece powerhouse melds Bohemian Klezmer Punk with pop sensibilities into an eminently danceable party. The diversity of musicians that make up Bella’s Bartok, combined with their boundless energy on stage, has been known to break a dancefloor, or two (or three, but who’s counting?). Their sound moves way beyond labels, pushing the envelope towards the darker side of Eastern European music, referencing vaudeville and 20th century eclecticism.
The Bella’s Bartok line-up includes: Asher Putnam (Vocals and all-around entertainer), Chris “Fancy” Kerrigan (Guitar, Clarinet, Vocals and physicist!?!), Dan Niederhauser (Bass and Vocals), Saera Kochanski (accordion and mandolin) Amory Drennan (Trombone/Banjo and Vocals), Crisco (Drums/Percussion and Trumpet) and Gershon Rosen (trumpet). 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.
With multiple awards under their belts, including The Valley Advocate’s Best Band in the Valley 2014 and The Deli Magazine’s Best of New England (twice!), this eclectic group of guys have carefully crafted a sound that is part strange and creepy, part pop gold. With an aura of theatricality, Bella’s Bartok shows not only entertain, but they invite you to partake in the wild party they are having on stage, to involve yourself in the spectacle. Quite simply put- this is the band you should never miss, ever.