""Amazing. Phenomenal. Unbelievable"
My Texas Music, http://www.mytexasmusic.com/bat/
“Bat "joins a very limited company in his wizardy of the 12-string guitar"”
" . . .completely original. . . crosses all borders with heavy influence on melody, vocal strength and amazing guitar passages."
“. . .mastering the 12- String Guitar to the extent that few have. . . .”
- Ed Harper, State Port Pilot (Jun 25, 2014)
"This skillful guitarist uses . . . acoustic wizardry and melodic strengths . . with flare & style to deliver a stellar show"
~~~~~Never the same show twice~~~~~
The Composer, Singer/Songwriter & Original Songs
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Bat Shows 2016 (So far)
This section is completely subject to change hourly. These dates are being filled in by the minute, and just because a day is not listed does not mean that it is available.
You can reach Brenda with Stellar Entertainment at firstname.lastname@example.org for booking dates.
Jan 6, Pickles' Icehouse, Keller TX
Jan 8, House Concert, Plano TX
Jan 21, Pat O'Brien's, San Antonio TX
Jan 22 & 23, Centennial Club, McAllen TX
Jan 26, Alamo Country Club, Alamo TX
Jan 28-30, Centennial Club, McAllen TX
Feb 3, American Legion Post 7, Port Arthur TX
Feb 5, 6, & 9, Flora-Bama, Perdido Key FL
Feb 10, Felix's Fish Camp, Spanish Fort (Mobile) AL
Feb 12, Pensacola Elk's Lodge #487, Gulf Breeze FL
Feb 13, Bella Terra RV Resort, Foley AL
Feb 17-18, Indian Pass Raw Bar, Indian Pass FL
Feb 19, Bowery Station, Appalachicola FL
Feb 20, The Haughty Heron, Port St. Joe FL
Feb 23, Snook Inn, Marco is FL
Feb 27, Sea Hag, Treasure Is FL
Feb 28, Sunset Beach Tropical Grill, Ft Myers Beach FL
Mar 5, Stan's Idle Hour, Goodland FL
Mar 6, Sunset Beach Tropical Grill, Ft Myers Beach FL
Mar 8, Snook Inn, Marco is FL
Mar 9-10, Stan's Idle Hour, Goodland FL
Mar 19, Stan's Idle Hour, Goodland FL
Mar 22, Snook Inn, Marco Is FL
Mar 23- 24, Stan's Idle Hour, Goodland FL
Mar 26, Sea Hag, Treasure Is FL
Mar 30, Folly Beach Crab Shack, Charleston SC
Apr 1 & 2, Bone island Grille, Eatonton GA
Apr 3 & 5, Folly Beach Crab Shack, Charleston SC
Apr 9, Tiki 52, Jupiter FL
Apr 13-14, Stan's Idle Hour, Goodland FL
Apr 16, Sea hag, Treasure Is FL
Apr 22- 23, Fishy Fishy Cafe, Southport NC
May 6 & 8, Fishy Fishy Cafe, Southport NC
May 19- 21, Reefpoint Brew House, Racine WI
May 24-25, Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale, Alexandria MN
May 27, Arrowwood Country Club, Alexandria MN
May 29, Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria MN
June 5, Gracie's, Salt Lake City UT
June 26, W--eko Beach Party, Bridgman MI
September 21, Ivy Restaurant, Wheaton IL
September 22, Reefpoint Brew House, Racine WI
September 23, Reefpoint Brew House, Racine WI
September 24, Reefpoint Brew House, Racine WI
October 1, House Concert, Plano TX
October 3, Private Event (at the Cowboys' Stadium!!) , Arlington TX
October 5, Mort's Cigar Bar, Wichita KS
October 6, Candle Club, Wichita KS
October 12, Pickles BBQ & Ice House, Watauga TX
October 15, Bella Terra RV Resort, Foley AL
October 18, Flora-Bama, Perdido Key FL
Blast on the Bay/ Song Writer Festival
October 22, Dockside Cafe, Port St. Joe FL
October 22, Provisions Inc., Port St. Joe FL
October 23, Raw Bar, Indian Pass FL
October 27, Flora-Bama, Perdido Key FL
October 28, Flora- Bama Yacht Club, Perdido Key FL
November 4, St. James Hotel, Cimarron NM
November 5, Private Party, Santa Fe NM
November 11, American Legion Post 90, Los Alamos NM
November 17, High Desert Brewing Co., Las Cruces NM
November 19, American Legion Post 4, Deming NM
November 22, Desert Trails RV Resort, Tucson AZ
November 29, Irish Wolfhound Pub, Surprise AZ
November 30, Bistro at The Lakes, Peoria AZ
December 2, Salt Creek Grille, Santa Clarita CA
December 3, Private Party, Indio CA
December 8, McP's Irish Pub, Coronado CA
December 9, Hooley's Irish Pub, La Mesa CA
December 10, Hooley's Irish Pub, Rancho San Diego CA
December 13, Irish Wolfhound Pub, Surprise AZ
December 14, Bistro at The Lakes, Peoria AZ
December 15, Studio 55 (The Resort), Mesa AZ
December 17, Private Party, Surprise AZ
December 20, Irish Wolfhound Pub, Surprise AZ
December 21, Bistro at The Lakes, Peoria AZ
December 23, Hooley's Irish Pub, La Mesa CA
December 24, Hooley's Irish Pub, Rancho San Diego CA
December 28th, McP's Irish Pub, Coronado CA
December 29th, McP's Irish Pub, Coronado CA
December 30, Salt Creek Grille, Santa Clarita CA
Bat is now and then featured on a special "Stump the Bat " series on 94 Rock, a popular Clear Channel Rock & Roll Station (both Classic & Current) in Albuquerque, NM.
Callers are invited to call in their requests, the only limitation being that it had to be a song that the station would typically play within their format. Calls come in, not only from Albuquerque, but from Las Cruces NM, St. Paul Minnesota, Austin TX, and Chattanooga, TN. Prizes are awarded to callers that were able to name a song that Bat could not play. The show was as fun as it could be, with lots of humor, lots of guitar picking, and just plain fun! Future editions will be announced here.
The PodCasts can be found here:http://www.94rock.com/main.html
Bat,Skyler,Swami Rob & Rainman
Look for Bat to be a Headliner at the "Twilight Tunes" songwriter/ Folk Festival in Cape Girardeau, MO!!
Other folk festival appearances to be announced as the Festival Season moves on.
Twice at the Carlos Creek Winery Festivals
this year in Alexandria, MN.
June 5 at Howler's In Pittsburgh PA!
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Bat returns to the BAT-CAVE on October 18th!!``````````````````
Good Grief, watch out Bricktown!!
New Year's Eve 2014 will also be at the Purple Bar
The World Famous Purple Bar at Nonna's
All shows start at 8pm~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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Amazing. Phenomenal. Unbelievable. These are the adjectives most commonly used to describe the Singer/Guitarist from New Mexico, whether they are talking about his voice, or his guitar playing. Now in his fourth year as a Solo Performer on the National stage, Bat leaves quite an impression wherever he plays.
Bat grew up in Zion, IL, a little North of Chicago on Lake Michigan’s shore where Illinois becomes Wisconsin. His brother Steve and he started playing bluegrass tunes on banjo & guitar when Bat was eight years old. Singing around the campfire & entertaining at family parties was a typical occurrence for the boys.
The family moved to New Mexico around the time Bat was in High School, and meeting other musicians with largely different styles gave him a whole new world of influences to practice on and draw from. A musical sponge, Bat soaked up every note of these new sounds and began applying them to his music. Bat wrote his first compositions as a teenager, one of which, ‘Playground’ has been recognized Internationally and is currently used in rotation on Jazz radio stations in the USA.
In addition to guitar & banjo, Bat learned to play drums, piano, and bass. After high school he easily found enough work as a Bass player to keep him employed (as well as simultaneously doubling on the Keyboards) for the next 20 years.
He spent a period of time hitchhiking across the US and ultimately landed in San Francisco, where he began polishing his amazing ability to cover almost anything from the Rock, Folk, Country, Soul, Metal and Oldies catalogues, playing on the wharf there for tourist tips.
1986 Bat met Brenda while in New Mexico, and they were married. They raised three children in the Rio Rancho and Albuquerque area.
Looking for a way to serve his country, Bat began a series of letters to the United States Department Of Defense, and after a year of being directed to this office and that, found himself in a traveling position as an entertainer for US Troops overseas for all branches of US Armed Forces, performing what most people know as USO shows for active duty forces in bases all over the world. Bat has performed for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Ambassadors and Statesmen not only for the US but also the Emissaries of many lands in over 50 countries. One year became nearly ten, and the touring went on without letup until 2002. Once the Second Gulf War had started, the USO schedule became too choked with Celebrities wanting to go to Iraq to be with the Troops, that Bat decided to leave that Arena to the big shots, and go home for a while.
During all this time of travel and performing with bands, Bat had become the Lead Singer in the ensembles he was performing with and, gifted with an incredible voice range, learned to use it in every style, learning to copy with uncanny accuracy the vocal tone & style of the greatest of singers from Journey to Johnny Cash. Touring non-stop, audiences are still awed nightly by his unbelievably versatile voice.
Returning home and performing much less, Bat found other work for a time in a number of ways, but mostly helping Brenda to run her advertising Business in Albuquerque. After a couple of decades of National and International performing, Bat felt he was done with the music business and told Brenda that he was ready to get out. Brenda, however, had other ideas.
The children having grown up and moved away, Brenda was eager to get out on the road and see the country. She convinced Bat to pick up his old 12-string guitar again, and take a run at the music business as a solo guitarist, and she, his manager.
“What can I say?’ admits Bat. “She was right.”
Bat returned to his guitar playing with an intensity that was unstoppable. In all the years of bass playing, Bat had always been practicing on the guitar and doing solo gigs here & there, but now turned his attention to the instrument with a vengeance. Practicing day & night, Bat wrote & recorded the first solo CD “Waiting For Zavala” on only two instruments- 12 String Guitar and voice. The result is what he refers to as “Heavy Folk.” Most others call it acoustic music on steroids. The guitar playing is flashy and impressive, and the melodies are beautiful. Catchy tunes that stick in one’s mind immediately, while studiously avoiding the sound of typical pop radio formula songs.
The second CD “Digital Sculpture” takes folk music to a whole new level. While still recorded strictly with acoustic guitar & voice, the production is more lavish with vocal arrangements and percussion sounds- all of which are produced from drumming on the guitar body in various ways. Digital sculpture features Bat’s Magnum Opus for acoustic guitar called “Last Stand In Texas’; a three-movement masterpiece of 12 String guitar virtuosity that leaves the audiences standing in the aisles at the shows. This is the current CD that Bat is touring in support of.
Bat has been touring North America solo now for 3 years from Coast to coast in the USA & Canada. The CDs have been acclaimed worldwide, and have been featured on television shows in Europe. He has been awarded back-to-back songwriting grants from ASCAP for his compositions, and the performances of them.
The next CD “Guitar Pieces” will be released in early 2015, and will be an entire volume of instrumental compositions for Solo Guitar, which will include, in addition to his world renowned 12-String playing, pieces for standard 6-string, and compositions on nylon string classical guitar.
The songs themselves range in style from one to another. Bat uses his knack for versatility generously, covering ground from Big Band Jazz to Country, Doo Wop to Rock. He does not like to have two songs of a similar style on the same CD, and is always searching for a melody better than the one before it. The lyrics are intelligent and sometimes silly, but always poetic & thoughtful. The guitar arrangements while obviously very difficult to compose and perform flow beautifully from his fingers and paint a rich atmosphere of sound and impression.
Amazing Guitar, Incredible Voice, Absolutely Delightful Music.
WARNING: THERE ARE NO EXPLICIT LYRICS IN THIS MUSIC.