** Due to COVID-19, Spencer is now offering virtual performances! To book your private event (birthday parties, holiday parties, happy hours, weddings, corporate events, etc.), email or call 301.337.7354. Please also reach out if you are interested in Spencer’s Music & Politics presentation for your school, organization, or University. Spencer is additionally offering virtual voice and piano lessons.**
In addition to his piano bar and original gigs, Spencer is always available for private, country club, and corporate bookings (i.e. weddings, mitzvahs, birthdays, holiday parties, conference events, military and college balls and galas, etc.). He is also available for bookings at colleges, festivals, and other special venues. Spencer has performed at such weddings, celebrations, benefits, and corporate events for over ten years. Spencer combines musical talent and charisma to make your special day a dream come true. Spencer guarantees personalized service based on each event’s distinctive vision, needs, and desires.
Please email management or call 301.337.7354 for booking inquiries. Performance footage, song lists, references, and pricing are available upon request. Reviews are available here. Spencer is available to perform solo or dueling: sing-a-long style receptions, performance style receptions, dance party events, house concerts, ceremony and cocktail music (with or without vocals), etc. Spencer will book a trusted and experienced colleague to perform with him for all dueling piano events. Instruments and equipment are provided upon request. Affordable rates are based on day of the week, time of the day, hours, set-up, and travel requirements. Performances can include guest requests and/or a pre-selected/pre-approved song list.
Spencer has performed in Georgetown several nights per week for the last 15 years! Spencer can be found at Georgetown Piano Bar on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. He will also be performing dueling pianos at Georgetown Piano Bar on many upcoming Friday nights. Please check the live page for dates! Watch Spencer's Georgetown Piano Bar promotions on Let's Talk Live and DC's WUSA9, and listen on Mix 107.3.
Spencer is looking forward to another fabulous dueling piano event at Breaker's Sky Lounge in Herndon, VA on Saturday, July 24. He will also be performing at Cuvee Ray in Rehoboth Beach, DE on Saturday, Aug 10. He looks forward to returning to The Pines Rehoboth Beach this fall. Spencer is currently performing monthly at Cured in Columbia, MD. This summer, Spencer is also performing and teaching about the relationship between music and politics at Georgetown University's summer programs. Other regular gigs include Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar in National Harbor, MD, Manor Country Club in Rockville, MD, and private dueling piano gigs. Check back soon to learn more about Spencer's upcoming gigs at venues across the country. Spencer also performs every few months at Normandie Farm Restaurant's Margery's Lounge in Potomac, MD, where the regulars sing, dance, and play along while the crowd dines and sips.
At each of his 'piano bar' performances, Spencer showcases his eclectic repertoire of over 3000 cover songs, along with comedy and crowd-interaction. Stop by one of his shows to share some laughs, and to sing-a-long to your favorite covers or originals. Spencer will likely surprise you with brand new additions to his repertoire! To book Spencer at your commercial venue please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301.337.7354.
Please click here for a list of upcoming performance dates and venues. You can also visit Spencer’s Facebook page, or email email@example.com for exact performance and venue details.
Spencer's most recent original album, Goodnight Rosebud, continues to receive accolades. Goodnight Rosebud features Spencer as songwriter, vocalist, and pianist, and spans the genres of Pop, Rock, and Folk. Copies of Goodnight Rosebud are on sale at Spencer's nightly shows. For online album purchasing, please click here or visit cdbaby.com/spencerbates3. To hear clips of the songs from Goodnight Rosebud, as well as from Spencer's previous DEMOs, please click here.
As you explore this website, look for photos in the gallery, read Spencer's bio, and enjoy album reviews. You can also visit Spencer’s Facebook page for updated performance dates and venue information. You can even become a Facebook fan of Spencer's Mr. Smith's page, or ‘like’ his Spencer Bates Music page.
To view broadcasts of Spencer's performances at the 2010 Takoma Park Folk Festival, the 2008 Takoma Park Street Festival, the 2008 Takoma Park Folk Festival, the 2009 Tastes of Takoma, and the 2007 Takoma Park Folk Festival (where he won the emerging artist showcase competition), view the City of Takoma Park's cable schedule for dates and times. Also, check out Spencer's interview with K Street Kate and The District Dish. You can, of course, find Spencer on YouTube as well.
Piano and Voice Lessons
Spencer has openings for a few piano and/or voice lessons each week. Spencer's unique teaching approach is wonderful for students who want to learn to perform 'by ear.' His approach is perfect for those who do not enjoy, or who struggle with, more classical learning approaches. Spencer is an engaging teacher who helps students learn through music that they love! If you are interested in exploring lessons with Spencer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301.337.7354.