Concert

Marcus Eaton / George Woods

Saturday / October 30, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Marcus Eaton

 

 

 

Admission: 
$8/General Admission

Eisley / Ives / Christie Dupree

Wednesday / October 27, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Eisley

Tyler, Texas quintet Eisley kicks off a seven-week Over the River and Through the Wood tour. After appearing on the Dallas scene in 2001, playing hundreds of shows throughout Texas and garnering a fan base as an indie band, Eisley was signed to Warner Bros. in 2003. The band won Best New Artist in the Dallas Observer Music Awards in the same year. The band is currently finalizing plans to release its long-awaited third album following a separation from Warner/Reprise earlier this year. Eisley's latest LP release was 2007's Combinations, followed by the Fire Kites digital EP last year.

Hailing from California, Ives is a musical anomaly: four young musicians who perform music of strength and depth, with sweeping intellectual and emotional qualities. Musically, Ives culls its influences from all walks of life—pop, theatre, and conceptually oriented music of the past, yet with one foot placed firmly in the future, towards new musical landscapes and expressions. Their newest release, The Incredible Story of Mr. Birch (produced by Kenny Riley of Studio 150 and Electric Lady Studios) is a tour through the imaginary world of a circus leader.

Christie DuPree, singer/songwriter from Texas, is the younger sister of the members of Eisley and is currently working on her own solo projects. She made appearances during various shows on Eisley's Combinations tour. She has previously worked with Wesley Jensen on both of his EPs and can be seen in the music video for "Think I Wanna Die" by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. 

Admission: 
$15

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Brittany Mahrer

Tuesday / November 23, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Brittany Mahrer

The Red Room presents the New Brew Lunchtime Concert Series. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Berklee students, staff, or faculty help you either slow down or power up for the afternoon. Concerts are free, all-ages, and open to the public. Bring your lunch, snag a coffee, and grab a seat for our New Brew performances—they're good for the soul. Today's featured artist is Brittany Mahrer.

It's every artist's dream that someday, people will look back on their work and call it worth listening to. Mahrer wouldn't mind if people decided to look at her work sooner rather than later. Preferably before she gets too old to curse on stage. Currently a student at Berklee focusing on piano, Mahrer has a songwriting style that can only be described as "deliciously varying." From beautiful ballads to hard-hitting pop, she impresses audiences with her music and lyrics, no matter what the genre. You may even get to hear a musical theater piece of hers, someday. She dares you to listen.

Admission: 

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Mario Jose

Thursday / October 28, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mario Jose

The Red Room presents the New Brew Lunchtime Concert Series. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Berklee students, staff, or faculty help you either slow down or power up for the afternoon. Concerts are free, all-ages, and open to the public. Bring your lunch, snag a coffee, and grab a seat for our New Brew performances-they're good for the soul. Today's featured artist is Mario Jose. 

Jose is a San Francisco Bay Area native and a vocal performance major here at Berklee. Since his arrival in the fall of 2008, Jose has performed all over Boston. He is in "Pitch Slapped," a student-run a cappella group that took second place in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (2010) and performed at the prestigious Lincoln Center.

He has also performed in Maggie Scott's Vocal Jazz series, Berklee's New Music Festival, Berklee's Pop/Rock Showcase, and numerous Berklee Performance Center concerts with visiting artists including Philip Bailey and Patrice Rushen. He is a three-time performer at Singers Showcase, where he has shared the stage with Ben E. King, Paula Cole, and Lalah Hathaway, and will be performing in this fall's event paying tribute to Abbey Road.

Admission: 
Free

Tron Donson / Future Vince

Saturday / November 6, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Tron Donson is bringing you the future, Vince. What does the future sound like? you might be asking yourself. That remains to be seen, but Boston-based Tron Donson will fill you up with gleeful melodies and soulful harmonies until the morning dew.

Admission: 
Free

Brian Dunne / Gideon Brown / Adam Sullivan

Thursday / October 21, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Brian Dunne

Hailing from the small town of Monroe, New York, pop/rock singer/songwriter Brian Dunne is releasing an EP. A music lover from the tender age of 2, he has always had an ear and talent for music, playing the guitar and writing songs since the age of 6. He has been performing in the greater New England area for several years.

Though still young to the Boston music scene, Dunne has been playing consistently for the past three years and has released two EPs, with another expected to drop in 2010. When asked about his personal goals pertaining to music, he simply states that he would like to continue sharing his music with as many people as possible. This simplicity and devotion to his craft are what makes Dunne's music so authentic and addicting.

Gideon Brown sounds like an approaching train at midnight clanking on the rails and howling its vibration into the dead air. It is at times reminiscent of the rockabilly music of the late '50s as well as the folk/rock of the late '60s.

Following his restlessness across borders, oceans, and international time zones, singer/songwriter Adam Sullivan found himself happily bumping into inspiration at nearly every stop.

Admission: 
$10 general admission, $8 students

Greg Laswell / Harper Blynn

Thursday / November 18, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Greg Laswell

California native Greg Laswell brings an evening full of bright, orchestral melodies and melancholy, soul-searching lyrics to the Red Room @ Cafe 939. He has won legions of fans and become a favorite of film and television music supervisors alike.

Take a Bow both closes and opens a chapter in Laswell’s life as a songwriter and a man, with songs of loss and hope recorded in a cabin in Arizona. It’s an album that shows a deep understanding of where he’s been personally—and unlike a lot of songwriters, he’s also able to poke a little fun at himself. Putting it on the line and taking chances both musically and lyrically, Take a Bow is a collection that deserves wide recognition.

Opening act Harper Blynn, previously Pete and J, will be returning to the Red Room for a repeat performance.

Admission: 
$15 general admission

The Led Zeppelin Experience: Hammer of the Gods

Saturday / December 4, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hammer of the Gods

Considered by many to be the "ultimate Led Zeppelin experience," Hammer of the Gods recreates the mystical aura of an authentic Zeppelin concert, complete with thunderous sound, a spectacular light show, authentic instruments, vintage-period clothing, and flawless renditions of Zep favorites, including "Kashmir," "Dazed and Confused," "Stairway to Heaven," and "Moby Dick"! All of this, coupled with the band's amazing stage presence, creates a show like no other—a truly astounding showcase of Led Zeppelin's raw energy and infinite musical genius.

For one night only, Hammer of the Gods recreates the music of the movie The Song Remains the Same. Witness note-perfect renditions of every song from the live album, including many cuts from the legendary 1973 Madison Square Garden shows that never made it to the original live album. See it all here—live!

Admission: 
$45, $40, $30, $25, reserved seating

Chucho Valdés with the Afro-Cuban Jazz Messengers

Thursday / October 28, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chucho Valdés

Cuban virtuoso pianist Chucho Valdés culminates a day of master classes for Berklee students with a recital by his fiery trio. Multi-Grammy Award–winner and founder of the rhythmically innovative Latin jazz band Irakere, Valdés has been hailed by the New York Times as "the dean of Latin jazz" and "one of the world's great virtuosic pianists." He has recorded over 80 albums during his illustrious career and performed with countless jazz masters, including Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, and Chick Corea.

Admission: 
$49, $43, $39, reserved seating

The New World Jazz Composers Octet Directed by Daniel Ian Smith

Monday / October 25, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
The New World Jazz Composers Octet

Arsenal Center for the Arts continues its third season with The New World Jazz Composers Octet. The NWJCO was organized over 11 years ago by Berklee faculty member Daniel Ian Smith as an aggregation dedicated to the performance of new music. To have a group of great ensemble players who are also stellar soloists is a rarity—it's a dream come true for contemporary composers.

The NWJCO gave its first performances under the guise of the Sanctuary Composers Forum in tandem with the Jazz in the Sanctuary concert series. The group garnered considerable attention after its first performance, and word spread that this world-class ensemble was truly one-of-a-kind.

The ensemble quickly adapts to and personalizes the compositions that are written expressly for it. Faculty composers who have contributed to the ensembles' repertoire have included Ted Pease, Dick Lowell, Matt Nicholl, Ken Pullig, Bob Pilkington, Rich Grudzinski and others. The impressive list of players, all with international performing credentials, includes Daniel and Dino Govoni on woodwinds, Ken Cervenka and Walter Platt on trumpets, Tim Ray on piano, Keala Kaumeheiwa on bass, and Steve Langone and Ernesto Diaz on drums and percussion. Transitions, the group's 2010 release, is currently garnering attention from JazzTimes and All About Jazz.

"As its name professes, the Boston-area–based New World Jazz Composers Octet is not, strictly speaking, a big band. On the other hand, it has a big sound, thanks in part to well-shaped charts," wrote Jack Bowers of All About Jazz. "While the viewpoint is contemporary, the essential building blocks of pleasurable music, namely melody, harmony, and rhythm, are never slighted." 

Admission: 
$15 adults/$10 students and members

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