Thursday, November 11, 2010

Belleville Outfit Brings Pop, Gypsy Jazz To Macey

Mountain Mail reports

Driving around the country wowing audiences wherever they go, is the Belleville Outfit, playing a rootsy mix of swing, big band and gypsy jazz, honky-tonk country, folk and blues. They will perform at Macey Center in Socorro, on Friday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m., during Festival of the Cranes.
“The only music that hasn’t influenced us is the music we haven’t heard.” Belleville’s fiddler and vocalist Phoebe Hunt said.
The band plays a little bit of everything in their music, and all of it played with amazing competence and energy, or as the Austin Chronicle puts it “… the sextet is one of Austin’s most musically accomplished and adventuresome, mixing gypsy swing, big-band jazz, a touch of bluegrass and some Walter Hyatt covers into a unique mix that flows like a whiskey river.”
Belleville Outfit started with one idea: “Play and write music that you believe in, and others will come to believe in it as well. Play what speaks to your heart, and it will speak to theirs too.”
With an unwavering dedication to their craft, the raw talent, and an energy and charm that inspires nothing short of a celebration, this band of early twenty-somethings is firmly weaving their signature blend of pop, gypsy jazz, big band swing, and American roots music into the hearts of listeners across the country.
In less than three years, with two highly successful, independently released records now under their belt, the band is playing at its best ever.
“Don’t forget your dancin’ shoes,” Ronna Kalish, Director of the Performing Arts Series in Socorro said. “I saw Belleville Outfit at a festival in Colorado and couldn’t stay in my seat. I love them! And I know Socorro audiences will love them, too.”
The band, known for their electrifying live shows, maintains a whirlwind touring schedule,. Between appearances at major festivals around the country including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Merlefest, Floydfest, and the Strawberry Music Festival, they have made fans out of heroes like Lyle Lovett, and picked up an 2009 Americana Music Association award nomination for Best New/Emerging act - all while uniquely managing their own career. 
Tickets for the concert are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, and $10 for youths 17 and under; with a $2 discount if purchased by 5 p.m. the day before the concert. Tickets are available at the Tech Cashier’s Office, Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, and Burrito Tyme.
Admission is free to full-time New Mexico Tech students – those taking at least six hours and showing a valid ID. Students should pick up their tickets in advance at the Tech Bookstore.
Before the concert, Tech Club – Club Macey holds a social in Macey from 5 to 7:30 p.m with appetizers. TCCM is a social club for people 21 and over. There is a $5 cover charge if you are not a member of TCCM.
This concert is a Socorro Springs Brewing Company Partner event with additional local sponsorship provided by Iris Passcal, Amec, Blue Corn Music, KUNM-FM Public Radio-88.7 and Holiday Inn Express.

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