Based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the Billy Bauer Band has built their fan base the old fashioned way, through years of touring and great live performances. The Billy Bauer Band has played some of the most prestigious music festivals & venues in America. Their sound is craftily woven with electric violin and folky grooves.
Founded by Billy Bauer (vocals, guitar) and Chris Lorenzetti (electric violin, piano) in 2006, the Billy Bauer Band began as an acoustic duo, and evolved to incorporate the solid rhythm section of Drew Somers (percussion) and Steve Zalalas (bass).
Within just a few months of their first show in 2006, the band landed a spot in one of the most prestigious independent music festivals in the world- the "CMJ Music Marathon" (New York, NY). They have gone on to play the largest festivals in the nation, including Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA), Arts Fest (State College, PA), and the Herndon Festival (Herndon, VA). As their reputation grew, they were booked as an opening act for Grammy award winning & top billboard artists: Third Eye Blind, Blues Traveler, Tim Reynolds (of Dave Matthews Band), Uncle Kracker, Dispatch, O.A.R (Of A Revolution), and many more.
Although they possess the ideal sound for festivals and outdoor concerts, they have also performed at some of the most prestigious rock venues in the northeast, including:
âThe Bitter End, The Living Room, and Sullivan Hall (New York, NY)
â The Grape Room, World Café (Philladelphia, PA) , Musikfest Cafe (Bethlehem, PA)
Billy Bauer Band's single "Maybe Tomorrow" (2010) can already be heard in all 19 Six Flags theme parks in Mexico, Canada and the U.S, and their most recent single "So Far Down" (2011) was contracted with ESPN Nascar, Supercuts "Rock the Cut", and was featured on Philadelphia's radio 104.5’s live @ 5 show.
In early 2015, Billy was unfortunately diagnosed with a career threatening vocal cord lesion that caused the band to cancel over 60 shows. With surgery now long in the past, the band's success continued, and a new solo single "Worms" was released late in 2016. The band also notched more opening slots for Grammy award winner Blues Traveler (Penn's Peak July 2016) and Tim Reynolds (of Dave Matthews Band).
2017 is off to a great start and the band is currently in the recording studio working on their first full band release since 2011. The new album is scheduled to release summer of 2017.