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Saranac Lake

Bella's Bartok & Folkfaces at Winter Carnival

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Bella's Bartok & Folkfaces at Winter Carnival
Bella's Bartok & Folkfaces at Winter Carnival

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Feb 09, 2024, 7:30 PM – Feb 10, 2024, 1:30 AM

Saranac Lake, 48 Main St, Saranac Lake, NY 12983, USA


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Bella's Bartok & Folkfaces

At Winter Carnival 2024

Friday February 9th, 2024 7:30pm Doors 8:30pm Show 21+

$13.00 Adv / $15.00 Door

Week Pass: $76.00 - Save $24

48 Main St. Saranac Lake, NY Waterhole Music Lounge

Bella's Bartok - Northampton, MA


“Live your fantasy and embrace the stranger side of life with Bella’s Bartok. A band known for raucous theatrical performances and an outspoken political message of finding hope in a world beset by cruel uncertainty. With utter joy, they seamlessly blend a rich cacophony of sound and soul into their music with influences ranging from Punk to Folk and Pop to Americana. Let your freak flag fly high, fiercely and free, throw your societal inhibitions to the wayside and seek comfort in the warm sonic embrace of Bella’s Bartok. We are the night and you are bound to boogie.”

Bella’s Bartok’s newest release, Sticks and Stones, tells a story leading up to and through the Covid pandemic and the responses thus by individuals and the US government at large. The intent behind this song evolved over its lengthy writing process. The verse is the oldest part, dating melodically from late 2017 and lyrically from early 2018. It tells the tale of the dissolution of a long-standing romantic relationship, conjuring imagery of industry and failed emotional infrastructure.

Rust, rot and loss give way to the pre-chorus with the repeated call and response refrain of “We’ll work it out.” This section came about shortly before the pandemic, in November of 2019. More than a plea, the lyrics are an admonishment of despair, a reminder that hope does truly spring eternal — for both the individual and the community.

The key to this song is its chorus. Written in the deepest, darkest period of the pandemic. Rather than wallow in misery, the lyrics confront the certain doom of Covid, the loss and utterly inept response of government in trying to contain the disease. Like any good tongue-in-cheek political commentary, existential crisis can be defanged and declawed by taking the wind out of its sails. The world keeps spinning, even through the hypocrisy of those in power.

FOLKFACES Rowdy Jazz Roots'n Rag'n Shit Buffalo, NY on the web: on Facebook: on Instagram & Twitter: @folkfaces

Folkfaces is New York state based roots music quartet. Folkfaces play a mix of original and traditional music. The group takes its influence from weird old american music. An energetic variety show and traveling music review. Exploring a wide range of genres including country blues, traditional jazz, rock and roll, honky tonk, western swing, bluegrass and oldtime, jugband music and more.

The music is driven by songwriter and frontman, Tyler Westcott (Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Kazoo) who founded the band in 2011. The rest of the band has taken many forms over the years, but the current lineup includes multi-instrumentalist and fiddler Brendan Gosson, upright bass player, Patrick Jackson, and percussionist Dan Schwach on drumkit and washboard. Each of the band’s members come from different musical backgrounds, but find common ground in the rare and captivating sound of Folkfaces.

Waterhole Winter Carnival Lineup Sponsored By: North Country Public Radio Sloop Brewing Downeast Cider Explore Adirondack Frontier


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