Whether you need background music or a featured performer, the intimate one-man-band sound of Dad's Noisy Basement will add a whimsical sonic element to your event. Tom’s repertoire includes rock, pop, Hawaiian, rockabilly, swinging and rootsy tunes culled from his large collection of LPs, 45s, and 78s, along with well-crafted and catchy original songs. His DIY backing tracks supplement his live guitar and include imaginative rhythms and his own background harmonies. The effect is a virtual "band of Toms." A veteran performer and recording artist for over 30 years, Tom's solo act has been featured multiple times at The Dirt Salon in Hartford, as well as at a number of private parties.
Price Range: $50 (single set) and up
Gig Length: 45 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
Tom can work around the logistics of any venue or event. He can present a quiet acoustic "cocktail hour" set while people mingle and chat, and/or perform up to two hour-long sets as a featured act. His small equipment footprint enables flexibility if needed during an engagement. His sound system is always available for event announcements.
Dad’s Noisy Basement (DNB) is the performing alias of Hartford, Connecticut area singer/songwriter Tom Bittel. Tom turns out catchy pop melodies with offbeat lyrics, along with twangy, surfy instrumentals. An avid collector of old LP’s, 45’s and 78s, Bittel draws on his instincts and dizzying variety of influences to create memorable pop tunes set to irresistible beats with memorable musical hooks.
The Dad’s Noisy Basement Show
Tom’s solo performing mode utilizes a growing collection of DIY backing tracks of varying complexity, from simple rhythms to full-on vocal and instrumental arrangements. The end result is the illusion of multiple "Tom's" performing together. Depending on the venue, he may simply grab the guitar and sing out alongside his old boombox, or perform plugged into a full professional PA system.
Tom’s repertoire includes selections from his sizeable catalog of original songs, as well as rock, pop, Hawaiian, rockabilly, surf, swing, and rootsy tunes culled from his vast collection of records. He has performed at private parties and at The Dirt Salon in Hartford, both solo and with other Hartford-area musicians.
Previous and Present Bands
Past band involvements include The Broken Hearts, a Hartford pop-rock band of the mid 1980’s, in which Tom played lead guitar as well as contributing vocals and songwriting. The Broken Hearts’ sole LP “Want One?” (1985), includes three Bittel compositions and is currently available digitally and on CD from CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, and other sources.
Tom’s current band, The Aquatudes, plays in the surf-rock genre and has released a CD titled “Unsafe at Any Speed!” (2012), containing 12 Bittel-penned instrumental compositions and is also available at the above- mentioned sources. The Aquatudes typically play about twelve gigs per year at clubs, festivals, fairs, and benefit events.
Additional Booking Notes
Very flexible regarding stage setups. Can fit into impossibly small spaces and provide hi-fi sound for performances. Needs only one electrical outlet. Very sensitive to sound quality reaching audiences.
Past Booked Events
|November 04, 2017 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Day of the Dead (The Dirt Salon)|
|September 22, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm||Durham Fair (with the Aquatudes)|
Sets include both original and cover tunes.
Here are some examples of cover tunes:
Apache* (Jorgen Ingman)
At My Front Door (The ElDorados)
California Sun (The Rivieras)
Girl Don't Tell Me (The Beach Boys)
Girl Like You (The Troggs)
Green Tamborine (Lemon Pipers)
Honey Do You Think It's Wrong (Al Dexter and his Troopers)
Hula Blues (Sol Hoopii Trio)
I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight (Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart)
If I Fell (The Beatles)
Judy in Disguise (with Glasses) (John Fred and his Playboy Band)
Little Bit 'O Soul (Music Explosion)
Little Girl (Syndicate of Sound)
Little Things (Bobby Goldsboro)
Misirlou* (Dick Dale, etc.)
Oh Muki Muki Oh! (Al Shaw and His Hawaiian Beachcombers)
Paperback Writer (The Beatles)
Pipeline* (The Chantays)
Walk Away Renee (The Left Banke)
Walk-Don't Run* (The Ventures)
Influences & Inspiration
Tom's influences span the history of recorded music, from ragtime and Hawaiian idioms of the early 1900's through the swing era, and into early rock & roll and pop guitar styles. All are filtered through his indie-rock sensibility for a stripped-down approach that highlights the most appealing aspects of each song.
One electrical outlet.
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