Concert

Julian Velard / Harper Blynn / Rachel Platten

Wednesday / May 5, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Julian Velard

Julian Velard is that rarest of artists, a brilliant pop songwriter who is also a storyteller. He writes instantly catchy tunes while creating indelible characters that encompass the pain, humor, and joy of life.

Harper Blynn is composed of a half-Jewish state champion baseball player from Chicago named Pete Harper, a curly-haired choir boy from Philadelphia called J. Blynn, a first-generation Indian man from Long Island named Sarab Singh, and a tall Dutchman by the name of Whynot—yes, that is his name. All of Harper Blynn's four band members sing, bringing a unified and powerful emotional energy to the music. Lead vocals are shared between the two songwriters, Pete Harper and J. Blynn.

Admission: 
$10/Advance $12/Doors

Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra

Tuesday / May 4, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Directed by Greg Hopkins, the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra is big band jazz featuring music written by current students. The band's repertoire contains traditional big band charts, as performed by many professional bands, and music of Berklee alumni.

Admission: 

Sonya Kitchell / Todd Thibaud

Tuesday / May 4, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sonya Kitchell

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Sonya Kitchell has delivered the goods on her new album This Storm—12 timeless tunes that document her evolution from emerging artist into a sophisticated musician and songwriter with something meaningful to say about the human condition. Her lyrics are sometimes personal and often political, but all are insightful and deeply felt.

True to the title of Sonya Kitchell's 2008 album This Storm, the 21-year-old singer/songwriter's life has been in constant whirlwind mode since the release of her critically acclaimed 2006 breakthrough Words Came Back to Me. While she's performed with everyone from Angelique Kidjo and Ben Harper to Jamie Cullum, India.Arie, Los Lonely Boys, and Madeleine Peyroux, her career picked up international steam when jazz legend Herbie Hancock tapped her to tour the world with him in 2007. Slowing down after an exhilarating year on the road with Hancock and later the Slip, Kitchell found a much needed quieter place to write and record the six songs on Convict of Conviction, her 6-track EP debut for 429 Records.

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

Mandolin Mashup

Monday / May 3, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The second annual Mandolin Mashup is a showcase for Berklee's finest mandolin virtuosi in a variety of settings and styles. Directed by John McGann.

Admission: 

Jesse Ruben / Rachel Antion / Zach Comtois

Saturday / May 1, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jesse Ruben

23-year-old, Philly-bred singer/songwriter Jesse Ruben freely confides that he's done a bit of "obsessing" over his second album, The Ones That Matter. Adding full-band accompaniment to his lush, soulful pop/rock, Ruben also stretches impressively as a writer on The Ones That Matter, achieving a near-novelistic sense of character and setting on finely hewn tracks like "A Lack of Armor," "Bleeker and Sixth," and "Unbreakable." His relentless attention to detail pays off handsomely. Also appearing Rachel Antion and Zach Comtois.

Admission: 
$8 in advance; $10 at the door

Claudia Acuña Performance and Jam Session

Wednesday / April 21, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Claudia Acuña

Marsalis Berklee Jams is pleased to present Claudia Acuña. Chilean singer, songwriter, and arranger Claudia Acuña possesses one of the most beautiful and compelling voices in jazz and creative music. While singing primarily in Spanish, her music crosses language barriers to communicate with power and deep feeling.

There will be a ticketed performance from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. At 9:15 p.m., Berklee students are welcomed into the venue for a jam session with Acuña. Ticketholders are allowed to stay for both events.

Admission: 
$10

Pitch Slapped

Saturday / April 17, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Pitchslapped

Berklee's own award-winning a cappella group, Pitch Slapped, perform at Cafe 939. 

Pitch Slapped is the one and only co-ed a cappella group from Berklee. Founded in 2006 by Cate Wright and Mary Dooley, Pitch Slapped has spent the past three years performing in and around the Boston area, creating a distinguished reputation. Their repertoire consists of a variety of music, ranging from pop to rock to r&b. After winning the title of Northeast Quarterfinal Champion of the ICCA's (International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella) for the past two years and also in this year's ICCA, this talented student run group is very excited to continue competing.

2010 group members include Ingrid Andress, Cara Brindisi, Taylor Catlin, Jon Dendy, Max Deneau, Christine Gallagher, Dan Horst, Derek Jayson, Mario Jose, Hannah Juliano, Kyle Miller, Mitchell Owens, Megan Porter, Samantha Schultz, Jen Waris, and RJ Woessner.

Admission: 
Free

Claudia Acuña

Thursday / April 22, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Claudia Acuña

 

Chilean singer/songwriter/arranger Claudia Acuña possesses one of the most beautiful and compelling voices in jazz and creative music.  While singing primarily in Spanish, her music crosses language barriers to communicate with power and deep feeling.

There will be a ticketed performance from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. At 9:15 p.m., Berklee students are welcomed into the venue for a jam session with Acuña. Ticket holders are allowed to stay for both events.

 

 

Admission: 
$10

Merrily James / Ramzy & The Newscasters / Margaret Glaspy

Friday / April 9, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Merrily James

Merrily James has performed for Linda Ronstadt and Smokey Robinson, and on Showtime at the Apollo. She has shared the stage with Bobby McFerrin, Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind, & Fire),  Don Was, and Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power). She was selected as the sole performer for Google's Grand Opening Celebration in 2008 and has been featured with the New York Songwriters Circle. 

Ramzy Suleiman is a pianist, vocalist, and songwriter who was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area with music born out of classic rhythm and blues, and motivated by extensive experience playing funk and jazz. Suleiman is groove-heavy, soulful, and intellectually organized by his training in jazz and is the rare type of performer that physically affects his audience with complex, jazz-infused songs written to challenge and to energize; to get down while thinking high; to shift your perceptions while you're shaking your hips. 

Admission: 
$8 GA, $5 Students

Adrien and the Fine Print

Thursday / April 1, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Adrien & The Fine Print

Adrien and the Fine Print are a five-piece band out of Boston's Back Bay with a rich sound and a sharp, intelligent focus on the craft of songwriting. Their songs come from the broad spectrum of youth, incorporating tales of wanderlust, dance halls and debutantes, lost love, unrequited love, and a desire for something you just can't quite put your finger on.

Also appearing: James Harris Moore, The Sand Dollar Four

Admission: 
$9

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