Concert

Phil Wilson Presents: The Berklee Rainbow Band Celebrates Duke Ellington

Tuesday / April 21, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Rainbow Band celebrates the amazing career of Duke Ellington, playing music from each decade of his career. Alumnus Edward Ellington, Duke's grandson, will attend representing the Ellington Foundation. Vocals by Aubrey Logan. This performance commemorates the 110th anniversary of Duke's birth

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Natalie Stovall/Liz Longley/Gina Cimmelli and Friends

Saturday / April 4, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Natalie Stovall

It's the one-year anniversary of Cafe 939 and we are celebrating with some very special guests: Berklee alumnae Natalie Stovall and Gina Cimmelli and friends, and current Berklee sensation, Liz Longley. We hope you come join us for this very special evening. 

Admission: 
$12 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Adam Ezra with special guest A House a Home

Saturday / May 2, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Adam Ezra Group has made appearances with Aerosmith, Blackalicious, Cake, Cracker, Dave Matthews Band, the Donnas, the Goo Goo Dolls, Guster, John Mayer, Modest Mouse, the Samples, Pete Seeger, the Wailers, and many more. VH1 called Ezra "one of the most promising songwriters to come along in years."

Admission: 
$10 general admission; student discount available

Fly

Wednesday / April 15, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fly

In the era of individual “star” instrumentalists, the idea of a truly collective trio can be a difficult concept to fathom. Yet collectivity is what the Fly trio strives for, and collectivity is what they unabashedly and unquestionably achieve.

Ballard, Grenadier, and Turner have three rather distinct musical personalities, simultaneously complimentary and contrasting, that create a cohesive unit that expresses each part while forming an uniquely realized whole. In other words, they celebrate the group without sacrificing the individual.

Marsalis Berklee Jams is a collaboration between Marsalis Jams and Berklee College of Music. Up-and-coming jazz groups interact with Berklee students in a program of clinics, concerts, and jam sessions. Miguel Zenón and Sean Jones and their groups have been past participants.

Marsalis Jams was conceived by Berklee alumnus Branford Marsalis as an initiative to provide meaningful interaction between established musical ensembles and dedicated student musicians at the high school and college levels. Marsalis Jams provides a rare opportunity for students to play with working groups, and opens a window into the music's creative process for members of the audience. Since 2003, the program has been successfully presented in colleges and high schools in Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Texas.

Admission: 
$10 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Forgive Durden / You, Me, and Everyone We Know / Anarbor

Wednesday / May 6, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Photo courtesy of David Kalani Larkins

Seattle-based rock/pop outfit Forgive Durden will take the stage in support of their 2008 release Razia's Shadow: A Musical.

Lead vocalist/guitarist Thomas Dutton founded Forgive Durden in 2003. Looking to become more serious with his songwriting, he soon found kindred musical spirits in schoolmate/bassist Jesse Bauer and drummer Andy Mannino. The trio debuted in September 2004 with an independently released seven-song EP When You're Alone, You're Not Alone. After the addition of second guitarist Thomas Hunter to the lineup, the quartet hopped on the road.

Forgive Durden ultimately caught the eye of Fueled by Ramen, inking a deal with the label by the end of 2005. The band's conceptual label debut Wonderland surfaced the following May—a social commentary on the world of capitalism, greed, and corruption metaphorically built around the fictitious Wonderland. Tour dates with the likes of Panic! at the Disco followed, and Forgive Durden joined the Warped Tour that same summer.

Dutton's bandmates eventually quit the band, leaving him as the sole member. Retaining the Forgive Durden moniker, Dutton enlisted help from his brother and set to work on a musical, taking influence from films like Moulin Rouge and The Newsies. The result was Razia's Shadow: A Musical, a 2008 release that featured cameos by Max Bemis (Say Anything), Chris Conley (Saves the Day), Greta Salpeter (the Hush Sound), and Aaron Weiss (mewithoutYou).

Admission: 
$10

Gospel Ensemble

Monday / April 27, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee’s 53-member Reverence Gospel Ensemble, directed by Dennis Montgomery III, will raise the roof at the Berklee Performance Center in a rousing program of contemporary and traditional gospel music. Berklee's small gospel ensemble, Overjoyed, will also perform.

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Bob Dylan Listening Party / Open Mic

Saturday / April 18, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115


 

Admission: 
Free

Lee Ritenour & Friends

Friday / April 10, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Lee Ritenour & Friends combines acoustic jazz, funk, fusion, and world music into an exciting display of virtuosity and musicality. This high-energy group takes the audience around the globe, featuring selections from Lee's albums, Smoke 'N' Mirrors, Wes Bound, Stolen Moments, and Twist of Jobim. Lee will be joined by Patrice Rushen (piano/keys), Will Kennedy (drums), and Melvin Davis (bass).

Admission: 
$10, general public; advanced tickets free for all Berklee students, faculty and staff, $2 on the day of the show

WhiteShoeBrownShoe

Thursday / April 30, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
WhiteShoeBrownShoe

Cafe 939 presents its lunchtime concert series The New Brew featuring WhiteShoeBrownShoe. Feel free to bring your lunch or indulge your palate with coffeehouse fare. 

WhiteShoeBrownShoe is the musical creation of two songwriters brought together by rock, roll, and a bowl of chili. Mr. Patrik Gochez, an East Coast Legend, and Sir Alex Britten of London fame are the fitted old shoes with the soles to walk us through this modern life. One sweet day, they realized that if they wanted to open the minds of the masses, they'd better open theirs first. Steady sticks were essential, and as the lights flickered, a pirate from the heart of America busted down the door and kicked a beat so sweet it rocked the shoes to their feet. Nasty Nez was his name, and runnin' groove was his game, now all they needed was Dynamite Dave to campaign the bass train. He stepped in and laced the shoes up tight, and with that they became a unit of love and revolution. They began playing shows until Heavy Rotation Records took a liking to their particular brand of sauce and decided to pour 'em out of the crock pot of Boston onto the labyrinthine buffet of America. So slow down, take a second, and take a listen, because this is a band you won't want to miss.

Admission: 
Free

Sara Watkins (of Nickel Creek) / Andy Davis

Wednesday / April 29, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Photo by Jeremy Cowart

You could say that Sara Watkins's solo debut has been a lifetime in the making. The 27-year-old singer/songwriter and fiddle player spent nearly two decades-all of her teenage and young adult life-as one-third of Nickel Creek, the Grammy Award-winning acoustic trio that used contemporary bluegrass as a starting point for its no-genre-barred sound. Along the way, she's hinted at her desire to do a project of her own and even organized some exploratory sessions in Los Angeles about six years ago. Now, with Nickel Creek on indefinite hiatus, she is releasing her self-titled solo disc, recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville and produced by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. It features an impressively wide range of backing players and old friends, including itinerant alt-country duo Gillian Welch and Dave Rawling; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench; Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas; fellow travelers from the bluegrass world Tim O'Brien, Chris Eldridge, Ronnie McCoury and Rayna Gellert; and her Nickel Creek bandmates. Also appearing, Andy Davis.

Admission: 
$20

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