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Bates Update Artist In Residence Edition
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Hello! Needless to say, is it a very incredible(!!!????) time to be a human being on planet earth? I really do hope that all of you are staying healthy and balanced during this situation. I have been overwhelmed at times, so … Read More

March into Music
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Is it really almost spring? Time is flying by so fast and the world seems to be getting even faster every day! I know I’ve touched on this topic before but it does seem to be a dominant feeling out … Read More

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Dave Olson @ Aster Cafe
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Join the fantastic singer / songwriter Dave Olson and his merry band of FarmGirls for a night of beautiful songs about life, liberty and the pursuit! Friday Nov 9th @ the Aster Cafe  (http://aster-cafe.com/music.html) 9:00 pm  $5 cover  2 big … 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

A Week at the AQ
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In a rare moment of continuity I’ll be playing 4 times at the Artists Quarter this week. I’ve played at the AQ at least once a month for the last 5-6 years. This month I’m there 7 nights with 5 … Read More

A Love Electric tour highlights
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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 … Read More

Worldwide! Chris Bates’ Red 5 ‘New Hope’ Album Release!
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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 … 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

Chris Bates’ Red 5 ‘New Hope’ gets some press.
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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 … Read More

Jeremy Walker’s Boot Camp
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Title: Jeremy Walker’s Boot Camp Location: Dakota Link out: Click here Description: Boot Camp featuring Jeremy Walker on piano Brandon Wozniak on saxophone Chris Bates on bass Miguel Hurtado on drums Start Time: 23:00 Date: 2012-08-24

Chris Bates’ Red5 CD Release Party
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Artists Quarter Friday and Saturday Sept 14th and 15th 9pm $10 cover CD’s will be for sale. Chris Thomson: tenor and soprano saxophones Brandon Wozniak: tenor and alto saxophones Zack Lozier: trumpet and flugelhorn Jt Bates: drums and cymbals Chris … Read More

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