CAS to begin spring performances

BLOOMSBURG—Boston alternative folk band, The Ballroom Thieves, will be the opening act for The Suffers on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Bloomsburg University’s Celebrity Artist Series.

The Ballroom Thieves, a three piece alternative folk/pop band describes themselves as “having a certain sound at the moment, but a sound that is constantly evolving; and (we) hope it keeps doing that.” The Thieves exhibit a blend of acoustic styles that explore the basics of folk and pop music while at the same time rejecting their restrictions.

Guitarist Martin Earley, cellist Calin Peters and drummer Devin Mauch discovered right away that life on the road for a burgeoning band is easily glamorized from the joy of playing a show, the wonder of encountering new places and people and the stories that amass. However, the lifestyle can also be trying: the isolation of a van, the misery of being separated from home and loved ones and the unspoken grievances that stack tensions high. For The Ballroom Thieves, this theme became their album.

"I think all three of us underestimated how mentally and physically taxing it would be to uproot our lives completely to jump after the wild and unlikely dream of becoming a successful band," explains Earley.

As the stability of home faded along the road, anxieties like depression, financial burdens, illness and the breakdown of relationships came into focus. "I think if you give everything to something for long enough, you have nothing left," Peters says, "and then you break down."

Celebrity Artist Series

  • The Suffers with The Ballroom Thieves — Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.
  • Blind Boys of Alabama — March 25, 7:30 p.m.
  • Jessica Lang Dance — April 14, 7:30 p.m.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.