Concert

Zac Zinger Group

Tuesday / June 8, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
The Zac Zinger Group

Formed in 2007 and recently signed to Jazz Revelation Records, the Zac Zinger Group is one of Berklee's most promising up-and-coming bands. Led by saxophonist/composer Zac Zinger, the quartet's repertoire includes an ever-expanding list of more than thirty originals and an extensive knowledge of the old classics. Though each member has a strong base and fundamental knowledge of the standards, ZZG's focus is on the development of new music, incorporating unique forms, grooves, harmony, and melody to each piece. Influenced by elements of jazz, soul, funk, gospel, fusion, and r&b, but not quite fitting into one specific genre, ZZG boasts a fresh contemporary sound that has been compared to artists as prominent as the Yellowjackets, John Coltrane, and Cannonball Adderly.

Admission: 
Free

Folk Arts Quartet

Thursday / June 17, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 The Fenway
Boston
MA
United States
02115
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.

 

Admission: 
$23 adults, $18 seniors, $15 members, $10 college students, $5 children ages 5–17

Mark Whitfield Jr.

Thursday / May 20, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 The Fenway
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mark Whitfield Jr.

Brooklyn-born drummer Mark Whitfield Jr. leads a group of Berklee's finest musicians in an evening of his favorite jazz standards and original compositions.

Admission: 
$23 adults, $18 seniors, $15 members, $10 college students, $5 children ages 5–17

Dopapod

Saturday / August 21, 2010 / 2:00 p.m.
Salem Jazz and Soul Festival
157 Fort Avenue
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Dopapod

Dopapod is an experimental funk band led by Berklee student and Philadelphia native Eli Winderman. Winderman has played Hammond organ and other keyboard instruments in a variety of bands throughout the Nnrtheast, performing with artists such as G. Love, Melvin Sparks, and Stanton Moore.

Thumping up from basement parties in Boston to bumping the sound systems of major venues all across the east coast, Dopapod has been steadily growing as a musical tour-de-force. Winderman and Michelangelo Carubba began Dopapod in 2007 to make people dance. The band's Dopapod's debut album Radar received critical acclaim from Performer Magazine, which called Dopapod's members "incredibly talented musicians." The band has big plans for 2010, including a new album and more East Coast tours.

Admission: 
Free

Aljashu in Concert: Everlasting Spring

Thursday / April 29, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Sephardic songs in Ladino from the Greek Islands, featuring Berklee student and very special guest Ali Amr on qanun, and presented by Julia Madeson. Sponsored by the Office for Cultural Diversity.

Admission: 
Free

Jason Castro / Camera Can't Lie / Michael Castro

Saturday / May 15, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jason Castro

With his rich tenor voice, distinctive looks, and endearingly innocent charm, Jason Castro won over millions of viewers as a contestant on the seventh season of American Idol. Now Castro releases his self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records. Also appearing are Camera Can't Lie and Michael Castro, Jason's brother.

Admission: 
$12 in advance, $15 day of show

Dave Madden and Phoebe Hunt / Lukas Nelson

Monday / May 3, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Dave Madden

In the midst of a sea of throaty voices, Austin, Texas singer/songwriter Dave Madden is a pleasant surprise. His songs are catchy, yet fraught with meaning. His delivery is both impeccable and sexy. Trained at Berklee, he moves deftly between the piano and various guitars. He will be sharing music in an "in-the-round" style with Phoebe Hunt from the Belleville Outfit. With special guest Lukas Nelson (son of Willie).

Admission: 
$10, general admission; $8, students

Berklee Spring Fest 2010

Saturday / April 24, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Student Activities Center at Berklee College of Music is holding its first ever Spring Fest outdoor concert and market, cosponsored by the Shops at Prudential Center. It takes place rain or shine on the outdoor plaza on the Boylston Street side of Prudential Center. This event features some of Berklee's most talented musicians including Emily Elbert, Eric Robertson and the Boston Boys, Julia Easterlin, Re-Up, Tin Soldiers, and Berklee's 17-piece Prince ensemble Purple Rain. The event will also feature a mini-bazaar with various community vendors as well as a few activities for children.

Admission: 
Free

The Case of Michael Jackson

Saturday / May 1, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee students from the Advanced Theater Production Workshop and Michael Jackson Ensemble present an original play, with music and dance, about the life and death of Michael Jackson. Students perform Jackson's hits and examine his life, with guest artist Michael Bearden, musical director for This Is It. Read more about the event.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

The Case of Michael Jackson

Friday / April 30, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee students from the Advanced Theater Production Workshop and Michael Jackson Ensemble present an original play, with music and dance, about the life and death of Michael Jackson. Students perform Jackson's hits and examine his life, with guest artist Michael Bearden, musical director for This Is It. Read more about the event.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

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