Bakelite 78

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Bakelite 78 was founded by old time music enthusiast Robert Rial, who arrived in Chicago in 2000, armed with a tenor banjo and eager to engage in the music he loved: dance orchestra music/swing, country-blues, dixieland, tin pan alley, rock and American folk. He played, wrote songs, and took solace in his 78 R.P.M. records (some discs in his collection were made from an early form of plastic called Durium, similar to Bakelite).
Bakelite 78's repertoire is an eclectic mix of swing, Dixieland, blues, proto-country, and cabaret, as well as a plethora of originals in hybrids of these styles. The original lineup of Bakelite 78 performed throughout Chicago from 2003 to 2008. The group released their acclaimed debut "It’s A Sin" in 2006, and followed up in 2008 with "Delta Disc", produced by Jimbo Mathus of the Squirrel Nut Zippers. They performed with The Squirrel Nut Zippers, Brave Combo, Asylum Street Spankers, Erin McKeown and more.
In 2009, Robert departed for Seattle and Bakelite 78 went through a personnel change. Robert sought multi-instrumentalists that preserved and expanded the essence of the group’s original sound. The new lineup of musicians includes Robert Rial on tenor banjo, six string, tenor guitar, piano and voice, Austin Quist on upright bass and sousaphone, Erik Reed on trumpet, Sabrina Pope on clarinet and Steve Baz on drums. Within a couple months, the new line-up began performing original compositions, classic standards and rare gems.
The group has performed all around Seattle, including at The Tractor, Neumo's, The Moore Theatre(during the finale of The 1st Annual Seattle International Cabaret Festival), The Can Can, The Triple Door, The Fun House, The Pink Door, The Josephine, The Seattle Tattoo Expo, Seattle Hempfest, as well as weddings and parties. Bakelite 78 has recently completed their new album, What The Moon Has Done, available at

Bakelite 78 performs new and old classics.

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TONIGHT IS THE BIG NIGHT! Please, PLEASE come out tonight to the Tractor Tavern in Ballard for an amazing celebration of our new EP, Five Hits from Heck. Opening the show is Blackheart Honeymoon and closing the show is The Dusty 45's. We are very excited to share this new album. See you there!

SIX DAYS AWAY!!! Bakelite 78's EP release! Come on out to the Tractor to see this amazing triple bill with The Dusty 45's and Blackheart Honeymoon, along with your pals Bakelite 78!! There will be compact discs, 12' records, t-shirts, lapel pins, and much revelry!!!!

Bakelite 78, The Dusty 45's and Blackheart Honeymoon at The Tractor Tavern, November 25th, 2016!! BUY advance Tickets HERE:

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Band Interests

Playing shows! Writing the new classics!

Band Members

Robert Rial- vocals, tenor guitar, tenor banjo, guitar, piano.
Erik Reed - trumpet, flugelhorn, backing vocals.
Steve Baz - drums, percussion, backing vocals.
Austin Quist, upright bass, sousaphone, musical saw, backing vocals.
Sabrina Pope- Clarinet


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