""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)
              
New Article From the Boston Globe:

                          ~~~~~Never the same show twice~~~~~

Dear Gypsy-loving Bat persons,  Thanks for being a part of our Gypsy Sea Adventure!!!!!!!!!!!!

We had the most wonderful time on our first ever Bat Sing-a-Long cruise to the Caribbean. There were around 100 Bat people from all over North America on board, and we certainly had the vacation of a lifetime. We stopped in Costa Maya, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel and sing our way around the most beatuiful seas in the world.


The Composer, Singer/Songwriter & Original Songs

Click This Link below:

https://sites.google.com/site/wheresbat/home/singer-songwriter-original-heavy-folk-music


The Sing-Along Cover Shows

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https://sites.google.com/site/wheresbat/the-all-request-sing-along-cover-show


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.



2021 January

Jan 6, FloraBama Tent, Perdido Key FL

Jan 13, FloraBama Tent, Perdido Key FL

2021 February

Feb 13, Dale's RV Park, Fairhope AL CANCELLED

Feb 18, FloraBama Ole River Grill, Perdido Key FL

Feb 22, Outdoor Resorts, Orlando FL CANCELLED

Feb 24, FloraBama Dome, Perdido Key FL

Feb 26, Sea Hags Bar and Grill, St Pete Beach FL

2021 March


Mar 3, Southern Aire, Thonotosassa FL CANCELLED

Mar 5, Florida Grande, Webster FL

Mar 12, Sea Hag, St Pete's Beach FL

Mar 16, Riverland, Stuart FL

Mar 19, Sea Hag, St Pete's Beach FL

Mar 26, Sea Hag, St Pete's Beach FL



2021 April

Apr 9, FloraBama Ole River Grill, Orange Beach AL
Apr 25, Private Party, Orange Beach AL
Apr 30, FloraBama Dome, Orange Beach AL

2021 May

May 7, Private Party, Albertville AL

2021 June
June 5, FloraBama Ole River Grill, Orange Beach AL

  2021 July  
July 2, Lakewood Golf Club, Fairhope AL
July 25, Private Party, Orange Beach AL
July 29, Lazy Bass Bayside Bar and Grill, North Wildwood NJ
July 30, Lazy Bass Bayside Bar and Grill, North Wildwood NJ
July 31, Fred's Tavern, Stone Harbor NJ


2021 August
Aug 5, Finback Alehouse, Bar Harbor ME
Aug 6, Finback Alehouse, Bar Harbor ME
Aug 7, The Sand Bar, Vinalhaven ME
Aug 11, Private Party, Keene NH
Aug 13, Lazy Bass Bayside Bar and Grill, North Wildwood NJ
Aug 14, Fred's Tavern, Stone Harbor NJ
Aug 15, Lazy Bass Bayside Bar and Grill, North Wildwood NJ
Aug 18, Hearthside Grove Motorcoach Resort, Petoskey MI
Aug 20, Private Party, Decatur IL
Aug 21, Reefpoint Brew House, Racine WI
Aug 27, Private Party, Rochester MN
Aug 28, Carlos Creek Winery Gazebo, Alexandria MN
Aug 29, Carlos Creek Winery Jack's Pub, Alexandria MN
Aug 31, Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji IA

2021 Sept

2021 Oct

2021 Nov

2021 Dec
Dec 4, Private Event, Queen Creek AZ

2022 Jan
Jan 27, Fleetwood Rally - Oak Alley RV Resort, Webster FL

2022 Feb

Feb 4 through 14, EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE!!! (Pirate Treasure Hunt) leaves out of Tampa FL
Feb 4, depart Tampa 4pm
Feb 5, at sea Bat show
Feb 6, at sea Bat show
Feb 7, San Juan Puerto Rico
Feb 8, Philipsburg St Maarten
Feb 9, Basseterre, St Kitts Nevis
Feb 10, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas
Feb 11, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Feb 12, at sea Bat show
Feb 13, at sea Bat show
Feb 14, Tampa 7am
Feb 21, Outdoor Resorts, Orlando FL
2022 March
Mar 4, Southern Aire RV Resort, Thonotosassa FL
Mar 11, Sea Hags Bar and Grill, St Pete Beach, FL
Mar 12, Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort, Webster FL





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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 tenth 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.

  Bat has been touring North America solo now for 10 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 “Tone Poems” was released in early 2015, and is an entire volume of instrumental compositions for Solo Guitar, which includes, 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.