Sorry mates, I’m late, for this important Bates Update

March came in like a Lion in my world. I’m cruising along working on my music and gigs, taking care of my family and household. When BAM – a part time job appears that’s close to my house, fits neatly into my available dad hours and it’s in the music industry. So, apologies true believers for being late with the Bates Update but I’m now working at My Music Store in Golden Valley three days a week. I’m very excited for this opportunity for all sorts of reasons but it’s going to pose a few logistical problems as I work to add this to my schedule and keep the momentum going with music. To that end, this edition of the Bates Update will take us through the end of April to give me time to get organized and we’ll hopefully be returning to the monthly update starting in May. As usual you can find my full gig schedule posted at or follow me on FacebookTwitter or Instagram. Did you know you can buy some merch here: Bandcamp or here: Shifting Paradigm?!? Cool, huh? Unique original art for your enjoyment. Big Thanks to all of YOU for supporting live music and creative endeavors of all kinds. Hope to see you all at some shows! ONWARD!


Friday 3/11 9pm $8 21+ – Bates | Nichols | Bates with the University of Mn Morris Jazz Ensemble @ Vieux Carre

Saturday 3/12 9:30pm FREE 21+ – Joe Damman, Davu Seru, Chris Bates @ Ngon Bistro

Sunday 3/13 4pm – Klezmerica @ Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Tuesday 3/15 7pm $20min – Laura Caviani w/ Dave Schmalenberger and CB @ Crooners

Friday 3/18 8pm $10 All Ages – Inventions & Dimensions (Bates, Strachan, Buckner) @ Jazz Central                          Here’s a video. It’s really exciting IMHO.

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Saturday 3/19 8:30pm $10 All Ages – Pat Moriarty, Ellen Lease, Davu Seru and CB @ Black Dog

Tuesday 3/22 7pm $7 All Ages – Pete Whitman’s X-tet @ Dakota

Tuesday 4/5 8:30pm $10 All Ages – Bill Simenson Orchestra @ Jazz Central

Friday & Saturday 4/8-9 – U of M Morris Jazz Festival w/ Clay Jenkins, Brian Claxton, Bryan Nichols and CB

Tuesday 4/12 5pm FREE – Steve Jennings plays Live at Five @ McNally Smith

Wednesday 4/13 8:30pm $10 All Ages – Chris Bates solo acoustic bass, Al Vorse solo electric bass @ Jazz Central

Friday 4/15 8pm $15 All Ages – ATLANTIS Quartet plays 8 O’Clock Jump @ Walker West. Our 1st show of 2016!!! We’ve been laying low but we’re setting the groundwork for a lot of activity in 2016 and 2017.

Saturday 4/16 3pm All Ages – Twin Cities Bass Camp Fundraiser! Chris Bates, Billy McLaughlin & Mn Orch. Basses. Come show your support for Doan Brian Roessler and this incredible camp dedicated to spreading bass love!

Tuesday 4/19 7pm $15 All Ages – Chris Bates’ Red 5 with Eden Prairie High School Jazz Ensembles. We’re Going In again. Back to school. Prairie City Limits is the fundraiser for the Band Dept. at EPHS. We’ll be debuting new small group and big band arrangements of Red 5 classics. More info in April as it becomes available.

4/26 – 5/2 – Adam Meckler Quintet tour. I’ll be hitting the road with Adam, Joe Mayo, Zacc Harris and Greg Schutte. We’ll be playing venues in Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston and New York. More on this as it fills in.

SO there you have it. Thanks for listening. Stay classy everybody!

Hearts and hugs – CB

photo by Benny Moreno @2015 Helios Photography

photo by Benny Moreno @2015 Helios Photography