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Jazz Band Swings Into Macey Center

SOCORRO, N.M. November 16, 2010 – Driving round the country wowing audiences wherever they go, the Belleville Outfit brings their rootsy mix of swing, big band and gypsy jazz, honky tonk country, folk and blues to Socorro. The band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at Macey Center during Festival of the Cranes.

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Phoebe Hunt of the Belleville Outfit performing during a recent concert.
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The Belleville Outfit has earned widespread accolades in their homebase of Austin and around the country for their innovative style.

Before the concert, Tech Club – Club Macey holds a social in Macey from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with appetizers. The clubs present a social hour for people 21 and over. There is a $5 cover charge for non-members.

Belleville’s fiddler and vocalist Phoebe Hunt said, “The only music that hasn’t influenced us is the music we haven’t heard.” And that’s the truth!  You will hear a little bit of everything in their music, and all of it played with amazing competence and energy.

A reviewer in the Austin Chronicle wrote, “The sextet is one of Austin’s most musically accomplished and adventuresome, mixing gypsy swing, big-band jazz, a touch of bluegrass and some Walter Hyatt covers into a unique mix that flows like a whiskey river.”

“Don’t forget your dancin’ shoes,” says Ronna Kalish, Director of the Performing Arts Series in Socorro. “I saw Belleville Outfit at a festival in Colorado and couldn’t stay in my seat. I love them! And I know Socorro audiences will love them, too!”

Belleville Outfit started with one idea: Play and write music that you believe in, and others will come to believe in it as well. Don't inflate it with smoke and mirrors, and don't water it down in search of conventional success. Play what speaks to your heart, and it will speak to theirs too.

With an unwavering dedication to their craft, the undeniable raw talent, and an energy and charm that inspires nothing short of a celebration, this young band of early 20-somethings is firmly weaving their signature blend of pop, gypsy jazz, big band swing, and American roots music into the hearts of listeners across the country. In less than three years, with two highly successful, independently released records, and a relentless tour schedule, the band is playing at its best ever with a maturity unheard of in musicians of their age.

Known for their electrifying live shows, the band maintains a whirlwind touring schedule. The band has appeared at major festivals around the country including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Merlefest, Floydfest and the Strawberry Music Festival. They have made fans out of some of their heroes, like Lyle Lovett who, when asked recently on MSNBC to name his favorite new, young acts, responded, "The Belleville Outfit." Both of the Outfit’s albums have charted in the top ten at Americana radio. They also picked up an 2009 Americana Music Association award nomination for Best New/Emerging act, all while uniquely managing their own career, the true embodiment of an "indie" band.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, and $10 for youths 17 and under. Tickets purchased by 5 p.m. the day before the show are discounted $2. Tickets are available at Tech Cashier’s Office on the second floor of the Fidel Center, Brownbilt Shoes & Western Wear on Manzanares Street, the Burrito Tyme Drive-up on Bullock Street or at the door.

Subscriptions will be available at the door, in advance, or any time throughout the season, and provide a 30 percent savings. Subscribers may trade in unused tickets for other concerts in the season and are recognized in the evening programs.

Admission is free to full-time New Mexico Tech students with valid ID. Students can pick up their tickets in advance at the Tech Bookstore.

This concert is a Socorro Springs Brewing Company Partner event, with additional local sponsorship provided by IRIS PASSCAL, AMEC, Blue Corn Music, KUNM Public Radio-88.7 FM and Holiday Inn Express.

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