First Night Boston, Berklee, and WUMB-FM present guitarist, singer-songwriter, and Berklee alumna Patty Larkin and roots multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons, performing at the Berklee Performance Center on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 2014. The concert is a centerpiece of this year's First Night Boston festival, and it will be broadcast live on WUMB-FM and webcast worldwide on wumb.org, live from Berklee. New Year's Eve 2014 marks the fourth consecutive year that First Night Boston, WUMB-FM, and Berklee have collaborated on a live folk/roots concert broadcast.
Admission is $10 by purchase of a First Night button. VIP tickets/seating is available for $35, which includes a button. Dom Flemons performs at 8:00 p.m. (WUMB broadcast, and wumb.org, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern), and Patty Larkin performs at 9:30 p.m. (WUMB broadcast, and wumb.org, at 9:30 p.m. Eastern).
Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk and urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her “soundscape experiments” while Rolling Stone praises her “evocative and sonic shading.” She has been described as "riveting" (Chicago Tribune), "hypnotic" (Entertainment Weekly), and a "drop-dead brilliant" performer (Performing Songwriter).
Larkin is a 1974 Berklee alumna who came to the college to study jazz guitar. She also holds an honorary doctorate from Berklee, presented in recognition of her many contributions to music and society. Her most recent recording is Still Green, the title track of which was inspired by the work of poet Kay Ryan.
Dom Flemons is known as the "American Songster," pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he cofounded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry.
In July 2014, Flemons released his third solo record with Music Maker Relief Foundation and his first since leaving the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Prospect Hill finds Flemons digging deeply into multiple styles such as ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, jug band music, and ballad idioms with showmanship and humor. He was featured on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and his new album has received praise from the Boston Globe, Paste Magazine, and Living Blues Magazine, among others.