front2.jpgSpencer’s upcoming schedule is booked with 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 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.

Performance Venues

Spencer has performed in Georgetown several nights per week for the last 13 years! Spencer can be found at Georgetown Piano Bar on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and some Wednesday nights. Watch his Georgetown Piano Bar promotions on Let's Talk Live and DC's WUSA9, and listen on Mix 107.3.

Seasons 52 in North Bethesda, MD and Tysons Corner, VA, where Spencer has performed for the past 5 1/2 years, is re-branding and will no longer have a piano bar. However, Spencer can be found on many Thursdays and Fridays at Seasons 52 in Columbia, MD. Other upcoming gigs include Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar in National Harbor, MD, Sing, Sing Dueling Piano Barin Pittsburgh PA, Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar in Des Moines,IA, Normandie Farm Restaurant's Margery's Lounge in Potomac, MD, Manor Country Club in Rockville, MD, Chevy Chase Club in Chevy Chase, MD, and venues in Canton and Warren, OH. Check back soon to learn more about Spencer's upcoming gigs at venues across the country.

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 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 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 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 or call 301.337.7354.