Chris Bathgate : West Coast Tour

Chris Bathgate and crew are hitting the road to spread their music outside of the midwest to the West Coast. Kickoff show tonight at Woodruff’s is the first of more than 25 shows between here and California. With a lot of Bathgate shows under my belt I still get goosebumps. Every. Damn. Time. I could give you all kinds of reasons to go see Chris Bathgate, and I already have, but some of the best reasons that we’ve never addressed are the people in his band.

Matt Jones

Well known for his solo material and well-received debut album “The Black Path”, Matt Jones and Chris have been holding down the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area together for the past few years. Playing on previous Bathgate releases it’s more than natural that he’s joining Chris on this west coast tour, and opening the night for some of the gigs. Dig on this new video of Matt Jones and the Reconstruction at Harvest Gathering 2011.

Samantha Cooper

Sam Cooper may be one of the most inspiring and open-minded freelance musicians I’ve met since starting Mostly Midwest. Playing on stage with Chris Bathgate, Fiona Dickinson, Elisabeth Pixley-Fink, and at any opportunity she can get she has definitely made her face and sound known. On top of that, she frequently organizes and helps out at community learning sessions covering a wide variety of topics from music to dancing to sustainability.

Graham Parsons

Another individual known for his solo career, Graham Parsons has been making music all his life. From the Squeaky Clean Cretins to The Go Rounds to TAFT, I can’t recall a time where Graham wasn’t actively writing or supporting music.
Paired with Sam Cooper their harmonies, complimentary percussion, and other instrumentation during Bathgate’s live shows add an atmosphere and volume that changes the performance to an experience. Watch Graham’s band The Go Rounds playing “Feathername” live at The Strutt for Boiling Pot 2011 in this brand new video.

Keith Kinnear

The bassist! Why does no one ever talk about the bassist! (I’m a bassist)

Keith is everything plus “the bassist”. Going back to Graham’s time in the Keweenaw, Keith played bass with the Cretins, recorded their album, played bass with This is Deer Country, recorded their album, and has put in countless other hours between playing gigs and engineering audio. He even helped out and mixed our session with Red Tail Ring. Take a moment during a Bathgate set and focus on the bass. Imagine what it would sound and feel like without it. You might be surprised. Keith recently played bass for Pat Carroll’s upcoming album and we’ll be putting up a video of him tracking sometime in the future.

One of these shows line up with where you’re at right now? Take a night off and go check out this incredibly powerful live band put on an experience you won’t forget.

(Video will be updated on Monday, November 7th with their current live set from The Strutt this Sunday, November 6th)

November 04, 2011
Ypsilanti, MI, US
Woodruff’s, 10 am

November 05, 2011
Grand Rapids, MI, US
Founders Brewing Co., 7 pm

November 06, 2011
Kalamazoo, MI, US
The Strutt, 9 pm

November 09, 2011
Chicago, IL, US
Uncommon Ground on Devon, 8 pm

November 10, 2011
Milwaukee, WI, US
Club Garibaldi, 8 pm

November 11, 2011
Madison, WI, US
The Project Lodge, 7 pm

November 12, 2011
Minneapolis, MN, US
Cause Spirits & Soundbar, 11 pm

November 14, 2011
Missoula, MT, US
Um Flat, 8 pm

November 15, 2011
Seattle, WA, US
The Tractor Tavern, 8 pm

November 18, 2011
Palouse, WA, US
Look Around

November 19, 2011
Portland, OR, US
House Show

November 20, 2011
Eugene, OR, US
Sam Bond’s Garage

November 22, 2011
Kings Beach, CA, US
The Grid

November 23, 2011
Oakland, CA, US
Starline Social Club

November 26, 2011
San Francisco, CA, US
Amnesia

November 27, 2011
Santa Barbara, CA, US
Soho Restaurant & Music Club

November 28, 2011
Los Angeles, CA, US
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub

November 29, 2011
Phoenix, AZ, US
Habanero Collective

December 01, 2011
Denton, TX, US
House Concert

December 02, 2011
Oklahoma City, OK, US
The Blue Door

December 03, 2011
Norman, OK, US
The Deli

December 05, 2011
Omaha, NE, US
Slowdown

December 08, 2011
Dekalb, IL, US
House Cafe

December 09, 2011
Kalamazoo, MI, US
The Strutt

December 10, 2011
Toledo, OH, US
The Ottawa Tavern

December 11, 2011
Ann Arbor, MI, US
Old Town Tavern