Concert

Paulo Stagnaro Quartet

Wednesday / July 7, 2010 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Paulo Stagnaro Quartet

Paulo Stagnaro, a rising percussionist and composer, is quickly establishing both a national and international reputation. Stagnaro has performed with Marcus Miller, Danilo Perez, Paquito D'Rivera, and Gloria Estefan, among many others, and at festivals and venues across the United States including the Newport Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. His band La Timbistica/Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars appeared at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. This concert is presented by Harvard Longwood Campus and takes place at Harvard Medical School.

Admission: 
Free

Maxim Galkin

Wednesday / May 12, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Maxim Galkin

Famed Russian comedian, singer, and television host Maxim Galkin will take the stage for one night only. This show will be presented entirely in Russian without translation. For tickets, call 617 787-1088.

Admission: 
$120, $100, $80, $75, $65, $55, reserved seating

Ari Hest / Sarah Siskind

Wednesday / June 9, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ari Hest

A prolific songwriter and captivating live performer, Ari Hest is returning to Cafe 939 to kick of his national spring tour. Many singer/songwriters toil for months on their Macs, trying to make a demo that sounds polished enough to score a record deal with a major label. But Ari Hest has done the exact opposite, as he continues to defy the conventional route of a musician, largely because of his ambitious 52 project. He spent all of last year immersed in an unprecedented effort: to write, record, produce, and release one new song per week, 52 weeks in a row. Now he will self-release his new studio CD, Twelve Mondays. The album features reworked versions of 12 fan-selected songs, culled from the past year's extraordinary output.

Also performing is Sarah Siskind. She is seen as one of today's most eclectic songwriters, with songs covered by Alison Krauss, Randy Travis, Bon Iver, the Infamous Stringdusters, April Verch, and more. Krauss released both Siskind songs as singles, and in 2008 her rendition of "Simple Love" was nominated for a Grammy.

Admission: 
$15, general admission

Nini & Ben

Thursday / July 29, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Nini+Ben

Two sixteen year olds were en route to a birthday party and realized they didn't have a gift. "Let's write him a song," they thought. Unbeknownst to them, that afternoon sparked a partnership between two songwriters who would fall in love with each other and the gypsy lifestyle they were bound to lead.

Waking up in a ragged old VW bus. Performing at clubs and cafes. Writing songs on acoustic guitars and Wurlitzers. This simple and unpredictable way of living has yielded the most profound moments of their lives that are captured in their warm and expressive songs. The duo have spent years performing all over the U.S., Europe, and Australia. 

In 2007, they settled in Boston, where they found their musical family: bassist Derek McWilliams, drummer Jake Cohen, guitarist Johnny Duke, and pedal steelist Tommy Bohlen. 

Nini & Ben were selected out of 400 acts to be featured on the Heavy Rotation Records compilation. This past November, they self-released their debut full length LP, The Reasons We Try, produced by Rich Mendelson (The Cars, Boston, Paul Simon) and recorded at legendary Avatar Studios in Manhattan. Nini sang into the same condenser microphone as Norah Jones.

Admission: 
Free

Pinchback Blues

Thursday / July 22, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Pinchback Blues

Pinchback Blues plays old-school urban blues in the styles of Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Leroy Carr, and Tampa Red. Have a listen and you'll say "Yas, Yas, Yas"!

In 2005, Dan Bowden and Bob Christopherson joined forces to explore the great pre-war piano/guitar groups, leading them to the music of Leroy Carr, Scrapper Blackwell, and Tampa Red. When vocalist Minden Jones auditioned with her repertoire of Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey, Pinchback Blues was born.

What's a pinchback? In "pinchback blues," advice is offered to women to avoid being taken advantage of by a handsome, fast-talking, and unemployed "pinchback" and to find a decent, hard-working man with a job.

Admission: 
Free

Sierra Hull

Thursday / July 8, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull displays instrumental facility and musical maturity well beyond her age with Secrets, her national debut album. Hull began playing mandolin at age eight, and quickly became noted on the national festival scene for her fluid, inventive picking-winning several mandolin and guitar championships in the process. 

Hull has developed into an exquisite vocalist, as amply demonstrated by the largely vocal-driven material that composesSecrets. Working closely with co-producer Ron Block (Alison Krauss and Union Station), her vocal performances are disarmingly tender and eloquent, yet delivered with the confidence and honesty necessary to cut through a top-notch bluegrass ensemble. Among the musicians and vocalists joining her on Secrets are Block, Barry Bales, Dennis Crouch, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Clay Hess, Rob Ickes, Chris Jones, Jason Moore, Tony Rice, Dan Tyminski, Jim VanCleve, and the remarkably hard-driving seventeen-year-old banjo phenom Cory Walker, who has already played alongside Sierra for several years.

Hull was a featured performer on the Great High Mountain Tour, which included an all-star bluegrass lineup performing songs from the soundtracks of the hit movies O Brother Where Art Thou and Cold Mountain. A seasoned performer, she has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry radio and television shows and shared the stage with bluegrass legends Alison Krauss, IIIrd Tyme Out, Sam Bush, Mountain Heart, and Ricky Skaggs.

An active member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Hull has been performing in that organization's annual convention showcases of young bluegrass talent since she was ten. As co-host (with Ryan Holladay) of IBMA's educational DVD releaseDiscover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music, she played an integral part in their effort to introduce young audiences to this uniquely American genre.

Admission: 
Free

Tubby Love

Tuesday / June 15, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Tubby Love

It's not the size of the band, its the size of the Love. Here to spread the message of purely positive vibrations, Tubby Love is a heady force of futuristic reggae fusion. With songs like "Constant Motion" and "No One's in Control," the message of the music is a clear ear-opening experience for the awakening of the masses. The five-piece Boston-based band has shared the stage with up-and-coming reggae greats such as the Aggrolites, Passafire, and Blue King Brown, and continues to make its way into the Future Roots music scene. Outwardly expressing their love for experimental music, Tubby Love is on the steady path of creating what some are calling a "reggae soul revolution."

Admission: 
Free

Celebration of African Music

Monday / April 26, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A celebration of African Music featuring student performers from around the world, produced by Joey Guglielmo '13.

Admission: 

Nini & Ben

Saturday / July 24, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Nini & Ben

Two sixteen year olds were en route to a birthday party and realized they didn't have a gift. "Let's write him a song," they thought. Unbeknownst to them, that afternoon sparked a partnership between two songwriters who would fall in love with each other and the gypsy lifestyle they were bound to lead.

Waking up in a ragged old VW bus. Performing at clubs and cafes. Writing songs on acoustic guitars and Wurlitzers. This simple and unpredictable way of living has yielded the most profound moments of their lives that are captured in their warm and expressive songs. The duo have spent years performing all over the U.S., Europe, and Australia. 

In 2007, they settled in Boston, where they found their musical family: bassist Derek McWilliams, drummer Jake Cohen, guitarist Johnny Duke, and pedal steelist Tommy Bohlen. 

Nini & Ben were selected out of 400 acts to be featured on the Heavy Rotation Records compilation. This past November, they self-released their debut full length LP, The Reasons We Try, produced by Rich Mendelson (The Cars, Boston, Paul Simon) and recorded at legendary Avatar Studios in Manhattan. Nini sang into the same condenser microphone as Norah Jones.

Admission: 
Free

Folk Arts Quartet

Friday / June 19, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Folk Arts Quartet

The Folk Arts Quartet has stormed the global folk scene, combining traditional styles from the fiddle world with the arts heritage of the classical string quartet. The result is a new, grooving, and prodigiously tasteful progressive string quartet pioneering a new genre: "ChamberGrass."

The original members met while studying at Berklee, arranging traditional Celtic and old-time tunes and original compositions using an array of techniques and ideas. Their groovy, contemporary style nods to their many influences and breathes new life into folk and chamber music. The quartet has had the honor of being mentored by some of the best contemporary string players around, including Eugene Friesen, Mads Tolling, Matt Glaser, and John McGann. The band released its self-titled debut to critical acclaim in 2009.

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