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May the Bates be with you!

Bad pun intended…. That’s how I roll! OK – we’ve all been crazy slogging through this so called ‘spring’ but we also know it’s inevitable that the seasons will change around here. The transformative power of change is truly a wonderful thing to watch season after season. Music has transformative powers as well – sometimes…

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April showers bring May flowers.

The Bates Update   Last Friday I was playing a gig on a hotel deck in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico with my friend, guitarist Todd Clouser. John Medeski (from Medeski, Martin and Wood, John Scofield etc) played keyboards and Anton Fier (Lounge Lizards, Feelies, Pere Ubu, Bill Laswell etc) was on drums. We had…

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March Performance Update

February was fun! After some great music with Bryan Nichols and JT Bates, the debut of my series Magica Improvisado and the Todd Clouser CD release and short tour I’m excited to be back in town to play music for you! March is looking great with some very exciting shows and another tour with Todd.…

January News!

Well I just played a really nice show with Red 5 on Saturday night at Studio Z. The band played brilliantly and even thought the crowd was rather small we had a real connection going between performer and audience. It’s the kind of thing I live for. Whenever that connection happens it immediately takes the…

Dave, Anthony, CB, JT & Brett.

The Bates Update

“Hello all you boys and girls. I’d like to take you to the inside world. It’s quite an irregular place to be. But never fear you’re safe with me. Well, maybe.” – from Frizzle Fry by Les Claypool / Primus This will be the last Bates update in this form. Starting with the next mailing…

composited drawing by Michael Brewer Carina.

11 in 9

  This is a great, but grim, article on the economic state of being an artist: http://www.salon.com/2012/04/22/no_sympathy_for_the_creative_class/ My friend Jeremy Walker is also wrestling with some big questions regarding his path: http://www.mnartists.org/article.do?rid=323537 It got me thinking about what my freelancing life can be like sometimes. The last two months have possibly been the busiest and most…

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Ari Bill

http://www.bebopified.com/2012/10/ari-hoenig-bill-carrothers-and-chris.html  When music is played with people of integrity and passion for the art of sound, and it’s subtle and often fickle and fleeting moments of purity, then you have achieved the ultimate musical truth – in the moment only the moment is true. Being in the NOW, present and accepting of all things as…

A Love Electric tour highlights

9/27: I’ve been out here on the road for the last 9 days and I’ll be getting home in 3! Some really great music has been played and new friends have been made. This time around we are touring with a really great post-rock band from Tulsa called Panda Resistance. Panda reminds me of many…

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Worldwide! Chris Bates’ Red 5 ‘New Hope’ Album Release!

I am pleased to announce that the debut album ‘New Hope’ from Chris Bates’ Red 5 is available worldwide today, Tuesday Sept 18th! If you are living in the Minneapolis / St Paul area you can pick up your very own copy at all the Electric Fetus and Cheapo locations. You can also go to Amazon or itunes…

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CD RELEASE PARTY!

Update: WOW. It’s finally here. After many months of working and waiting it’s all happening this weekend. I’m releasing my debut CD as a leader and my band Chris Bates’ Red 5 will be throwing down at the Artists Quarter. We’ll be taking you on a musical journey and I would love to see you…

New Hope sessions

Chris Bates’ Red 5 ‘New Hope’ gets some press.

Here is an interview about Red 5 by Pamela Espeland. She writes for Mn Post and is one of the biggest advocates for the creative music community in Mpls / St Paul. Please click thru to her website for this interview. http://www.bebopified.com/2012/09/bassist-and-composer-chris-bates-comes.html

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A decade since 7th St. Entry

Itʼs been a solid decade since I last played The 7th St. Entry. I remember a couple of shows there with my friend John Devine & Imp Ork and the 1st set opening slot (aka -lonely town) for the first?! Soul Coughing show in Minneapolis circa ʼFeb 95!? Iʼve loved them ever since! Good times.…