"Blues is the teacher... Punk is the preacher"

"Blues is the teacher... Punk is the preacher"

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Welcome

You have arrived at the site of the maximum punk-rock-and-soul group The BellRays. Thanks for stopping by. We've made a few changes and we hope you like them. Please keep visiting us regularly to find out all the news about upcoming shows and recordings. We will also let you know about special and related events.

Sunshine day 

So we decided to do something special for our new tour and to shake off the last remnants of the "Cold-Front." We've changed our theme and let the sunshine in. So often we don't get a chance to do everything we would want to to the website or social media mostly because we have so many other things to do when you are not on the road or in the studio. We are so grateful for the fans we have and these multiple ways to communicate with them. We are making an effort to create more creative bits than just music. I've also made some changes to the way comments can be made on the site after spending a few hours weeding through quite a few posts by "bots" that had nothing to do with the folks I made this site for in the first place. You now have to sign in to post. It really isn't to make it harder it's actually to make it softer and more personal so please do not take offense.

In addition to the website changes we have a new tour to Europe starting on May 22nd. The dates have been posted under SHOWS and are listed on two pages even though it looks like one because the maximum number of show that can post on one page is 20. That might be too much information but I get asked a lot so just click "2" to see the rest of the dates. 

Anyway, thanks for stopping by. We have more to post and trying to get better at doing that. Every visitor we get here is appreciated.

  --  oxo Lisa

2018 EU/UK - We're back! 

We made it back home after six-weeks of almost none stop touring and faced the European "Cold Front" to boot! So many thanks go out to all the fans that were there after we had to cancel the fall tour unexpectedly. We know that every show may not have been rebooked but for those venues that did and those fans that made it out, we are grateful for your support. We could not go on as a band without you.

We were fortunate enough to celebrate our anniversary while we were there making the tour extra special.

"Punk Funk Rock Soul - Vol. 2" was released on February 2nd and makes up the bulk of our new set list. Find your copy at shows or at finer record stores.

We were also able to get back over the Finland after a 7 year absence. So nice to be back there and rock those northern lights. Since it is always cold there at this time of year there was no other name for it other than "winter."

Now that we are back home we are preparing for the recently posted spring/summer dates including Denmark, Serbia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Austria and Slovenia. I get excited every time I list them.

We are doing a lot this year and hope you keep visiting us here as we find more ways to help you find that rock show you need to be a part of every now and then.

PUNK FUNK ROCK SOUL - VOL 1 IS FINALLY HERE! 

OMG! PUNK FUNK ROCK SOUL - V1 is finished! Downloads for all previously purchased copies should hit 11/30.

Many apologies to each and every one of our fans that supported our attempts to release this over the summer. We have been working tirelessly on the recording, compiling and distribution of this project that has occupied so much of our creative space over the last half-decade. Mistakes were made and had to be corrected. Tours were cancelled and had to be rescheduled. It seemed to us that we would never find a way to finish everything we needed to and once you miss deadlines it’s easy to fall victim to that way of thinking. Well, we made it past that and have four (4) fabulous tunes to show for it, each genre specific to the title of the EP. Check out the track listing in our MUSIC section on this site.

We were fortunate enough to have two creatives working with us on the business end. Stefan Lit, a.k.a. Stef Litrownik our drummer on BLACK LIGHTNING, mixed both volumes and gave us a great sounding CD. As did Louise Sordoillet with the CD design for both V1 & V2. She is the killer guitarist for the New York Kleps that have opened for us several times. Many thanks to the both of them for sharing.

If you have not ordered a copy of the download I highly recommend you do. We have included track notes and lyrics and images (like the one below) of the physical CD. For those that would like to get the physical release, it will be available 12/15 at our shows and at fine record stores with impeccable taste. Look for V2 February 2018.

#ROCKPOCALYPSE - WESTERN USA W/ THE SUPERSUCKERS 

#ROCKPOCALYSE - The hash-tag of days to come.

We are embarking on an honorable awesome rocking tour with The Supersuckers and the Bomb Pops starting December 1st. Please join us so we can so rock you.

All dates can be found here under "SHOWS" which feeds from BandsInTown 

#ROCKPOCALYPSE - W. USA  AND CANADA TOUR DECEMBER '17
DAY DATE CO CITY VENUE
FRI 12/01/2017 US LAS VEGAS, NV BACKSTAGE BAR AND BILLIARDS
SAT 12/02/2017 US MESA, AZ CLUB RED
SUN 12/03/2017 US TUCSON, AZ THE ROCK
MON 12/04/2017 US ALBUQUERQUE, NM SISTER BAR
TUE 12/05/2017 US DENVER, CO LOST LAKE LOUNGE
WED 12/06/2017 US OFF  
THU 12/07/2017 US SALT LAKE CITY. UT URBAN LOUNGE
FRI 12/08/2017 US HAILY, ID SUN VALLEY BREWERY
SAT 12/09/2017 US SPOKANE, WA THE PIN
SUN 12/10/2017 US BELLINGHAM, WA THE GREEN FROG
MON 12/11/2017 US SEATTLE, WA EL CORAZON
TUE 12/12/2017 CA VANCOUVER, BC VENUE NIGHTCLUB
WED 12/13/2017 US PORTLAND, OR DANTE'S
THU 12/14/2017 US OFF  
FRI 12/15/2017 US SACRAMENTO, CA GOLDFIELD TRADING CO.
SAT 12/16/2017 US SAN JOSE, CA THE RITZ
SUN 12/17/2017 US SAN FRANCISCO, CA BOTTOM OF THE HILL
MON 12/18/2017 US OFF  
TUE 12/19/2017 US HOLLYWOOD, CA THE VIPER ROOM
WED 12/20/2017 US COSTA MESA, CA THE WAYFARER
THU 12/21/2017 US SAN DIEGO, CA THE CASBAH
FRI 12/22/2017 US PIONEERTOWN, CA PAPPY AND HARRIETS

 

TOUR POSTPONEMENT  

Due to circumstances beyond our control The BellRays must regrettably postpone our EU dates from October 4th through November 5th. We would not do so if it were not a matter of personal wellbeing and we hope you will understand and support us and our privacy. We are currently doing everything we can to reschedule the tour and our release for February 2018. 

Those of you familiar with us know that we rarely, if ever, cancel a show, much less an entire tour. Our deepest apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. Thank you for your support.  

- The BellRays