Concert

The Hillary Reynolds Band / As the Sparrow

Friday / July 11, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
02115

The Hillary Reynolds Band invites listeners into a transcendent folk experience. With campfire congeniality, classic songs, and a soulful and technical grasp of Americana, this quintet has risen from coffeehouse darlings to sharing stages with Norah Jones and performing at festivals in front of thousands. In advance of an upcoming album, the band released sthe single “Crossing the Line,” marking a new era of widespread exposure for these roots-pop torchbearers. 

Voted Best Live Artist of 2013 by Salem State University. As the Sparrow is a folk influenced rock-swing band based around the songwriting of Mark Damon and Crystal Araiza. Coming out of Boston, the band  draws from the energy of big band swing music as well as the intimacy and poetry of the folk genre. In May, As the Sparrow released the In a Box EP with the help of engineers Steve Aliperta and Chris LaRocque (The Color and Sound, Pray for Sound, The Dirty Looks) at Kennedy Studios. 

Midnight Snack / Aphrolove

Thursday / July 17, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
02115

Midnight Snack is the musical brainchild of brothers Michael and John Johnson. They started the project in 2009 in rural Hawinton, Connecticut, and the next year moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. At Berklee, the brothers started playing their songs with several of their closest friends, and these friends very quickly transformed into what is now the Midnight Snack family. The band consists of John Johnson on vocals and keyboards, Michael Johnson on guitar and synths, Peter Brownlee on bass, Zack Kardon on guitar, Zoe Gelinas on vocals and glockenspiel, Katie Richter on vocals and trumpet, and Jacob Burnstein on drums. Their sound is a blend of old-school psychedelic rock and funk with new-school art rock. Their goal is to spread love and positivity with addictive recordings and powerful live performances.

Futuristic Soul band APHROLOVE, is a collaboration between singer/songwriter & guitarist Sterling Sherman, bassist/composer Tony Solis, keyboardist/ singer-songwriter Alec Gaston, guitarist Charlie Kendall and drummer Jamie Howell. APHROLOVE is all about presenting rich harmony and heart-throbbing, polyrhythmic grooves. Later this summer they will be recording their debut EP, which will be released later in 2014.

Admission: 
Free

Black Prairie / Kristin Andreassen

Monday / September 8, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
02115
Black Prairie

Black Prairie is a band with its own character, momentum, and style though describing that style has become increasingly difficult. “I gave up a long time ago,” says guitarist Jon Neufeld of the Portland, Oregon-based band which formed in 2007 when Chris Funk gathered local musicians for a chance to write music and play instruments he wasn’t utilizing in his role as guitarist in the Decemberists.

Black Prairie’s recent material adds a dose of Led Zeppelin-inspired rock energy to its Americana roots.

Watch a music video for Black Prairie’s “Let It Out” here:

Kristin Andreassen is a diverse musician who has toured three continents, playing festival stages as big as Bonnaroo, living in rooms smaller than a train car, and everything in between. The influence of traditional music is still strong Andreassen’s writing. Her catchy song “Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color For Your Eyes,” which opens her solo album Kiss Me Hello, was inspired by an old-fashioned pattycake rhythm. “Crayola” won the John Lennon Song Contest Grand Prize for Children’s music, has been covered by choirs and marching bands, and remains a favorite on kids’ radio. 

Watch Kristin Andreassen’s music video for “Crayola” here:

Wing-Ching Poon's Senior Recital

Tuesday / July 15, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Guitarist Wing-Ching Poon presents his final recital at Berklee.

Admission: 
Free

Giulia Malaspina in Musica

Friday / October 31, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
02115

Pianist and composer Giulia Malaspina presents an afternoon of original tunes and arrangements.

Admission: 
Free

Takafumi Suenaga Jazz Trio

Thursday / July 10, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Legacy Place
950 Providence Highway
Dedham
MA
United States
02026

Pianist Takafumi Suenaga started to play classical piano when he was 5 years old. He was also interested in jazz, Latin and pop music. At 18 he entered Tohoku University and  started to play as professional musician. He performed at Josenji Jazz festival, Sendai Promenade, and many other festivals. After he graduated with a degree in physics, he came to the U.S. to attend Berklee College of Music. He took part in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2013 and has performed at the Panama Jazz Festival as well as the Blue Note in New York. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Takafumi Suenaga

Wednesday / June 11, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Pianist Takafumi Suenaga started to play the classical piano when he was 5 years old. He was also interested in jazz, Latin and pop music. At 18 he entered Tohoku University and started to play as professional musician. He performed at Josenji Jazz festival, Sendai Promenade, and many other festivals. After he graduated with a degree in physics, he came to the U.S. to attend Berklee College of Music. He took part in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2013 and has performed at the Panama Jazz Festival as well as the Blue Note in New York. 

Admission: 
Free

Takafumi Suenaga

Tuesday / June 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Pianist Takafumi Suenaga started to play the classical piano when he was 5 years old. He was also interested in jazz, Latin and pop music. At 18 he entered Tohoku University and started to play as professional musician. He performed at Josenji Jazz festival, Sendai Promenade, and many other festivals. After he graduated with a degree in physics, he came to the U.S. to attend Berklee College of Music. He took part in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2013 and has performed at the Panama Jazz Festival as well as the Blue Note in New York. 

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Joel Hill's Senior Recital

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
02115

Pianist Joel Hill and his band present an afternoon of jazz and funk tunes.

Admission: 
Free

Eidan Molina: Chains of Freedom

Friday / October 17, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Venezuelan-Irish pianist and composer Eidan Molina presents an evening of alternative rock and pop fused with world and electronic music.

Admission: 
Free

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