Every show is a party with six-piece gypsy punk band Bella’s Bartok.
Inspired by their Hungarian and Romanian grandparents and their own travels to Eastern Europe, the music of this Northampton, Mass.-based band is understandably diverse. Dancing is highly encouraged—if not inevitable—at Bella’s Bartok shows, which feature the talents of Asher Putnam (vocals), Jesse Putnam (accordion, mandolin, guitar, trumpet, vocals) Chris Kerrigan (guitar, clarinet, vocals), Dan Niederhauser (bass, vocals), Amory Drennan (trombone, banjo, vocals) and Crisco (drums, percussion, trumpet).
Best known for its exuberant live performances, Bella’s Bartok has also channeled its boundless energy into several EPs, including We Are Not a Cult (2012). In 2014, Bella’s Bartok was named “Best Band in the Valley” by regional newspaper The Valley Advocate. The band’s new album, Change Yer Life, was released in March 2016.