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…


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…

CB R5_ album cover_4inch


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

Chris Playing Acoustic Bass

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.…