""Amazing. Phenomenal. Unbelievable"
My Texas Music, http://www.mytexasmusic.com/bat/ 
 
"Bat is the CONSUMMATE performer. . . he beats on that guitar with an amazing skill, whether playing it in front or behind his back. . . he has talent, stage presence and a wonderful sense of humor."
Doris Welle, Performance reviewer, Dickinson County News

“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"
"Incredible Guitar and Amazing Voice"
-The Tonkawa News (9-13-18)

"A Kaleidescopic Music Experience"
-Rylan Howe, Discover Magazine (9-15-18)
                               

                          ~~~~~Never the same show twice~~~~~
CRUISE NEWS!!!

Dear Gypsy-loving Bat persons, the question is answered here and now: 'Where is the info link for the Gypsy Sea Adventure Cruise?" Well here it is. If you have questions about the rates, the cruise, the destinations or special circumstances, please write to Kelly at the Bursch Travel Agency- she is the person who has the answers. The link to her is included here. Brenda & I have NOTHING to do with the management or arrangements of the cruise. I assure you that we are planning to have the time of our lives, and we hope that you have the time and opportunity to join us on this Caribbean Romp. Big bonus- Your drinks at the performances are paid for!! Thanks for being a part of our Gypsy Sea Adventure!!!!!!!!!!!!
Click on this link:

Bat Shows  (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 wheresbat@gmail.com for booking dates.


2018 January

Jan 12, American Legion, Port Arthur TX

Jan 16, Flora-Bama Main Room, Perdido Key FL

Jan 17, Flora-Bama Yacht Club, Perdido Key FL

Jan 18, Flora-Bama, Main Room, Perdido Key FL

Jan 20, Pelican Point, Venice FL

Jan 23, LazyDays, Seffner FL

Jan 26, Sea Hags, St Petersburg FL

Jan 30,  JD's Restaurant, Largo FL

Jan 31, Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant, Goodland FL

2018 February

Feb 7, Riverland, Stuart FL

Feb 11, Everglades Isle, Everglade City FL

Feb 13, Snook Inn, Marco Island FL

Feb 14, Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant, Goodland FL

Feb 16, Sea Hags, St Petersburg FL

Feb 17, Royal Garden Estates, Cortez FL

Feb 18,  JD's Restaurant, Largo FL

Feb 23, Florida Grand Motor Coach Resort, Webster FL

Feb 27, Snook Inn, Marco Island FL

Feb 28, Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant, Goodland FL

2018 March

Mar 2, Sea Hags, St Petersburg FL

Mar 6, Snook Inn, Marco Island FL

Mar 7, Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant, Goodland FL

Mar 8, Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant, Goodland FL

Mar 10, JD's Restaurant, Largo FL

Mar 16, Fishy Fishy Cafe, Southport NC

Mar 18, Fishy Fishy Cafe, Southport NC

Mar 23, Fishy Fishy Cafe, Southport NC

2018 April

Apr 3, Snook Inn, Marco Island FL

Apr 4, Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant, Goodland FL

Apr 5, Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant, Goodland FL

Apr 10, FloraBama, Perdido Key, FL

Apr 11, Lulu's, Destin FL

Apr 12, Lulu's, Gulf Shores AL

Apr 13, FloraBama, Perdido Key FL

Apr 15, JD's Restaurant, Largo FL

Apr 17, Snook Inn, Marco Island FL

Apr 18, Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant, Goodland FL

Apr 19, Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant, Goodland FL

Apr 20, Sea Hags, St Petersburg FL

Apr 28, Venice Golf & Country Club, Venice FL

Apr 30, Lulu's, Gulf Shores AL

 2018 May

May 1, Lulu's, Destin FL

May 3, Flora- Bama Yacht Club, Perdido Key FL

May 4, Flora-Bama, Perdido Key FL

May 5, Flora-Bama, Perdido Key FL

May 18 , Private Party, Payson UT

May 19, The Cabin, Park City UT

May 31, Skagway Brewing CO, Skagway AK

2018 June

June 1, Fogcutter Bar, Haines AK

June 2, Fogcutter Bar, Haines AK

June 6, Fairview Inn, Talkeetna AK

June 15, Alice's Champagne Palace, Homer AK

June 22, Skagway Brewing Co, Skagway AK

June 30, Private Party, Wheaton IL

2018 July

July 4, Private Party, Alexandria MN

July 5, Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria MN

July 6, Arrowwood Resort, Alexandria MN

July 7, Private Party, Peewaukee WI

July 11, Ivy Restaurant, Wheaton IL

July 13, Reefpoint Brew House, Racine WI

July 14, Private Party, Wheaton IL

July 18, Private Party, Philadelphia PA

July 20, Fred's Tavern, Stone Harbor NJ

July 21, Fred's Tavern, Stone Harbor NJ

July 27, Private Party, Lincoln RI

July 28, Private Party, Lake Placid NY

July 29, Delta Blue, Lake Placid NY

July 30, Delta Blue, Lake Placid NY

July 31, Private Party, KOA Lake Placid NY

2018 August

Aug 9, Finback Ale House, Bar Harbor ME

Aug 10, Finback Ale House, Bar Harbor ME

Aug 11, Sand Bar, Vinalhaven ME

Aug 17, Fred's Tavern, Stone Harbor NJ

Aug 18, Fred's Tavern, Stone Harbor NJ

Aug 19, A C's Only Surf Bar, Atlantic City NJ

Aug 26, Delta Blue, Lake Placid NY

Aug 27, Delta Blue, Lake Placid NY

Aug 28, Delta Blue, Lake Placid NY

2018 September

Sept 7, Fred's Tavern, Stone Harbor NJ

Sept 8, Fred's Tavern, Stone Harbor NJ

Sept 12, Moose Lodge 1302, Proctor MN

Sept 15, Discovery Owners Rally, Goshen IN

Sept 18, Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji IA

Sept 20, Mort's Cigar & Martini Bar, Wichita KS

Sept 24, Full Moon Concert, Tonkawa OK

Sept 28, Robins Air Force Base, GA

2018 October

Oct 5, Fishy Fishy Cafe, Southport NC

Oct 7, Fishy Fishy Cafe, Southport NC

Oct 12, Fishy Fishy Cafe, Southport NC

Oct 19, Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club, Venice FL

Oct 27, Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant, Goodland FL

2018 November

Nov 6, Irish Wolfhound Pub, Surprise AZ

Nov 7, Sunset Bistro at The Lakes, Peoria AZ

Nov 9, Western Trails Ranch, Morristown AZ

Nov 10, Private Party, San Tan AZ

Nov 13, Irish Wolfhound Pub, Surprise AZ

Nov 15, McP's Irish Pub, Coronado CA

Nov 16, McP's Irish Pub, Coronado CA

Nov 17, Hooley's Irish Pub, Rancho San Diego CA

Nov 23, McP's Irish Pub, Coronado CA

Nov 24, Salt Creek Grille, Santa Clarita CA

Nov 29, McP's Irish Pub, Coronado CA

Nov 30, Salt Creek Grille, Santa Clarita CA

2018 December

Dec 1, Hooley's Irish Pub, La Mesa CA

Dec 4, Private Party, Indio CA

Dec 5, Sunset Bistro at The Lakes, Peoria AZ

Dec 8, Irish Wolfhound Pub, Surprise AZ

Dec 11, Private Party, San Tan Valley AZ

Dec 12, Country Club Park, Wickenburg AZ

Dec 14, Irish Wolfhound Pub, Surprise AZ

Dec 18, Irish Wolfhound Pub, Surprise AZ

Dec 21, Desert Trails RV Park, Tucson AZ


2019 January

Jan 10, Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant, Goodland FL

Jan 16, Stan's Idle Hour Restaurant, Goodland FL

Jan 18, Sea Hags Bar and Grill, St Petersburg FL

Jan 22, Lazy Days, Seffner FL

Jan 27, Royal Caribbean Cruise, en route to Costa Maya Mexico

Attention

You must book your cruise using this link  https://www.groupminder.com/internet/resEvt.cfm?cstId=121&evtId=14 to be able to attend Bat's performances on the cruise !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


2019 February

Feb 1, Royal Caribbean Cruise, en route to Tampa FL

Feb 8, Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club, Venice FL

Feb 10, Everglade Isle, Everglade City FL

Feb 18 - 21, Florabama, Perdido Key FL

Feb 24 - 27, Florabama, Perdido Key FL

Mar 3 - 6, Florabama, Perdido Key FL

Mar 8, Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort, Webster FL

Mar 9, Southern Aire RV Resort, Thonotosassa FL











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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                    
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EXTRA!!    EXTRA!!!
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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Here is the Reverbnation Music Player
Listen to Bat's songs FREE!!



Bat returns to the BAT-CAVE on October 18th!!
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please check venue for show times in your area!!

 







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.