Bella's Bartok comes home to The Colonial Theatre

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PITTSFIELD — Asher Putnam, lead vocalist for the band Bella's Bartok, conceded that he's never really comfortable trying to describe his group in a word or phrase.

"Ah, well, Cabaret Punk," he said after a moment. "That's pretty close."

It's not your usual label, but BB, as their fans call them, isn't your usual band. They mix in musicmanship with a bit of performance art.

The band — which is performing Saturday night at The Colonial Theatre — is made up of Putnam, Fancy Kerrigan on guitar and keyboards, Dan Niederhauser on bass, Amory Drennan on trombone, Cisco on drums and Jesse Putnam on accordion and mandolin.

Asher Putnam laughed when asked if brother Jesse is in the band because of family ties.

"No," he said, "Jesse's in the band because he's the best musician I know."

The Putnams and Drennan are all graduates of Monument Mountain Regional High School. They met the rest of their mates at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The band formed in 2009.

They are touring in support of their first full-length CD, "Change Yer Life." The band has also released a shorter EP.

Bella's Bartok has cut its collective teeth on stage, said Putnam. They regularly tour the Northeast corridor, with occasional forays out west.

The band is no stranger to the Colonial, having played there twice before. Putnam said the group always enjoys being on its stage.

"We are a theatrical performance band," he said. "This is the best performance space in the Berkshires. We love being there."

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251

IN CONCERT

Who: Bella's Bartok with DJ BFG and Whiskey Treaty Roadshow

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield

Tickets: $15 advance; $20 day of show

How: (413) 997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org; in person at Colonial box office


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