Concert

Tweedy

Friday / September 26, 2014 / 7:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Piper Ferguson

Jeff Tweedy is "one of the most daring songwriters of his generation," and his band Wilco is "vital, adventurous . . . breaking new stylistic ground with each ambitious and creatively restless album,” according to Salon.com. As the founding member and leader of the American rock band Wilco and before that, the cofounder of the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music’s most accomplished songwriters, musicians, and performers.

Since launching Wilco in 1994, Tweedy has written original songs for eight Wilco albums and collaborated with folk singer Billy Bragg to bring musical life to three albums of Woody Guthrie-penned lyrics in the Mermaid Avenue series.

His latest project is Tweedy, a musical collaboration with his 18-year-old son and drummer Spencer Tweedy. The father/son duo’s debut album is called Sukierae and features 20 songs written by Jeff Tweedy. With Spencer on drums, Jeff handles guitar and vocals, as well as bass and keyboards. Musician Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., The Minus Five, The Baseball Project) lends additional keyboards, and (Berklee alumnae) Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the Brooklyn-band Lucius provide backing vocals on Sukierae.

More Than Four Meets Brazilian Big Band

Thursday / October 9, 2014 / 8:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The vocal jazz quartet More Than Four presents its love of Brazilian music with lush harmonies backed up by a contemporary Brazilian big band.


Joe Musella: Steely Dan Tribute

Wednesday / October 1, 2014 / 8:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty Guitarist Joe Musella and his band play Steely Dan's classic Aja album.

Aja was the sixth studio album by Steely Dan and is considered to be the artistic pinnacle of the ’70s jazz-rock movement. 

Aaron Spears: Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Final Concert

Wednesday / October 8, 2014 / 8:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Winner of the 2014 Drummies Artist Award for Best Gospel Drummer, Aaron Spears broke onto the national scene with the Washington, D.C. based jazz, R&B, and rock group the Gideon Band. He has gone on to work with artists such as James Brown, Alicia Keys, and Usher. An in-demand drummer, Spears also performed on the American Idol Tour and is currently recording and touring with Usher. 

Patitucci, Wooten, Bailey, and Bailey

Tuesday / October 7, 2014 / 8:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, Victor Bailey, and Steve Bailey as they explore the inner and outer limits of the bass, with special guest drummer Derico Watson. Aside from their work as solo artists, these bassists have underpinned some of the greatest recordings and tours of the last three decades. Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Weather Report, Madonna, Bela Fleck, SMV, Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson, and Jethro Tull are but a few of their career collaborators.

From deep pocket grooves to textured pyrotechnics, Berklee artist-in-residence Patitucci, Summer Bass Workshop director Wooten, Bass Department chair Steve Bailey, and faculty member Victor Bailey will make it a night to remember. 

VIP Tickets include a Meet & Greet with the artists after the performance. 

Songwriting Department Battle of the Bands Contest

Tuesday / January 27, 2015 / 8:00 pm
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This battle of the bands contest will feature the best bands playing original music in the Berklee community. A panel of music industry professionals will judge the competition, along with faculty from the songwriting department and other faculty.

 

Sucré / The Honey Trees / Merriment

Saturday / September 13, 2014 / 8:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sucré is a musical group comprised of Stacy King, Darren King and Jeremy Larson. Variety magazine writes that the band "at times recalls Florence + The Machine and Leona Lewis.” The Insider says the band's music is "the sweetest music my ears have heard in a long time.”

Four years. That’s how long California dreamy-pop duo the Honey Trees took to make its debut LP. Such a careful, diligent, even leisurely pace is virtually unheard of in today’s music landscape, where the hype machine churns ever faster. But the Honey Trees wasn't looking for hype; it was looking for magic. And magic takes time.

Christie and Collin, the two youngest members of the DuPree family, compose the duo Merriment. With their four older siblings and cousin comprising the indie pop outfit Eisley, their brother-in-laws being Max Bemis of Say Anything and Darren King of Mutemath, their mother being a vocalist, and their father being a band manager, surely it would surprise no one that Christie and Collin would embark on their own musical endeavor. The young duo has essentially grown up on the road—having toured alongside Eisley since they were young kids—and now share the stage with the band as the opening act.

Snarky Puppy

Saturday / September 27, 2014 / 3:40 pm
Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
640 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Snarky Puppy

Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical—or most carefree—audience. This convergence of musicians from white and black America, which occurred while the band was in its adolescence at the University of North Texas, has naturally established a balance that draws listeners to the band's music—it's raw funk and sensitive dynamics, relentless pocket and lyrical melodicism, lush harmony and soulful simplicity, and, most importantly, delicate mixture of composition and improvisation. The Grammy-winning Snarky Puppy also performs regularly with artists like Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kirk Franklin, Justin Timberlake, Roy Hargrove, and Marcus Miller, among others.

Do you love Snarky Puppy and want to see them again? If so, it doesn't get any better than this, because you can! Get tickets to their concert on Sunday, September 28 at the Berklee Performance Center here.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Federator N°1

Saturday / September 27, 2014 / 12:00 pm
BeanTown Stage
Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Federator N°1

Federator N° 1 is a big band playing up-tempo Afrobeat and reggae that will make you dance while also delivering a message.

This 12-piece band includes three horns, two vocalists, keys, guitar, bass, three percussionists, and a dancer. The lineup includes Berklee professors, globe-trotting musicians, teachers, fathers, software developers, activists, cooks, and poets—all of whom are dedicated to presenting an exceptional live Afrobeat experience featuring originals and arrangements of familiar tunes. The band balances that which is deeply traditional with that which is unapologetically modern, and advances the power of music to speak to today’s culture, politics, and people. Come free your body and mind with Federator N°1.

Admission: 
Free

Propaganda / JGivens

Thursday / September 11, 2014 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Propaganda

With an uncompromising message intertwined with hot rhythms and beats, the Los Angeles-based Propaganda delivers potent lyrics and relevant music that reaches across the spectrum of youth and pop culture. Propaganda has toured with KRS-One and has performing alongside and/or with groups such as De La Soul, the Visionaries, and the LA Symphony. From aggressive battle raps to smooth and introspective soul and to the head-nodding beats and rhymes California is known for, Propaganda is the total package.

JGivens will open the concert.

Watch a video for Propaganda's "Crimson Cord" here:

Watch a video for JGivens's "JackPot" here:

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