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Past Shows

Fri. March 3rd 2017
The Astoria Vancouver BC (No Minors)
Big John Bates (Noirchestra), Colby Morgan & The Catastrophes, Mississippi Live and the Dirty Dirty
Thu. December 31st 2015
The Media Club Vancouver BC (No Minors)
BIG JOHN BATES NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECTACULAR! Big John Bates, Alchemy Chamber, Year of the Wolf, BRANDY BONES (DJ), The TASSEL TWIRLERS Burlesque Beauties
Fri. May 1st 2015
The Hindenburg Vancouver BC (No Minors)
Big John Bates, Reverend Heathen StrangeFellow & the VaudeVille Vagabonds, The Still Spirits, DJ Thee Swingin Creeper
Wed. December 31st 2014
Railway Club Vancouver BC (No Minors)
NEW YEAR'S CARNIVAL! Big John Bates, Reverend Heathen StrangeFellow & the VaudeVille Vagabonds, Devil in the Woodshack
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Big John Bates

Big John Bates

Active / Available - Confirmed: Nov. 3, 2017 (Awaiting Update)
Age: 8 (estimated)
other sites: www

Label: Frontman Records
Americana Noir from Vancouver BC
Instruments: Guitar, Vocals, Violin, Bass (Acoustic), mandolin, cello, timpani details

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The Big John Bates: Noirchestra has “relentless, film noir-inspired, Dracula-awaking grooves, file them under post-punk revival”, Beatroute Magazine (July 2017). Listen now at Spotify or Bandcamp.

We call our music Americana Noir. Created from the dead things that Brandy drug in from the gothic country of her native Montana. From the rusty riffs John uncovered in some dark garage in the Ottawa Valley. From black metal soundscapes and epic Denver bands. And the lyrics are most likely influenced by rustic paintings partially obscured by spiderwebs …

Big John Bates built his reputation by creating an epic atmosphere with every live performance and the Noirchestra is the highest point of that dark undertaking.

Audio Samples

Sisters Keeper
Il Barbiere
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Current Projects

Big John BatesVocal / Guitar2010-present

Past Projects

Black ClawGuitar2013
Big John Bates & the Voodoo Dollzvocals / guitar2000-2010
Available for paid gigs


Big John Bates - Il Barbiere
In this Video Artist(s) Big John Bates
Posted: Jul. 18, 2015


Listing last updated/confirmed Nov. 3, 2017