front2.jpgSpencer’s upcoming schedule is booked with live and virtual piano bar, private event, and original performances, across the country!

Private Events

In addition to his piano bar and original gigs, Spencer is always available for live or virtual 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 live or virtual 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 live or virtual 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.

Are you looking for solo or dueling pianos for your holiday party? If so, please reach out to us as soon as possible! Spencer's holiday scheduling is filling up quickly.

 Performance Venues

Spencer has performed in Georgetown several nights per week for the last 21 years! Spencer can be found at Georgetown Piano Bar every Sunday night for solo shows and most weekends for dueling pianos. To check out his sample song list and learn more about his Georgetown Piano Bar performances, click here. Watch Spencer's Georgetown Piano Bar promotions on Let's Talk Live and DC's WUSA9, and listen on Mix 107.3. You can also find Spencer at Tarbender's Lounge in Leesburg, VA, about once per month.

Each summer, Spencer can also be found presenting and performing at Georgetown University on the topic of Music & Politics. 

Spencer will be performing at the upcoming Somos Amigos FUNdraiser on June 9th from 2-5 PM. Spence will also be supporting students and staff at Mater Dei School with their spring events.

Check back soon to learn more about Spencer's upcoming gigs at venues across the country as he returns to more and more live performances coming out of the pandemic.

If you'd like to receive invites and links to Spencer's virtual concerts, please email us. These concerts are scheduled 2-3 weekend nights each month. 

At each of his 'piano bar' performances, Spencer showcases his eclectic repertoire of over 2000 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 us 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 us for exact performance and venue details.

Original Music

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 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 Georgetown Piano Bar 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 us or call 301.337.7354.