January News!

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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 … Read More

The Bates Update

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“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 … Read More

11 in 9

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  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 … Read More

Ari Bill

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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 … Read More

CD RELEASE PARTY!

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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. … Read More

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