Concert

New York Songwriter Circle Showcase

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

Tina Shafer hosts the New York Songwriter Circle showcase featuring Seth Glier, Caleb Hawley, Will Knox, Berklee's Liz Longley, Mieka Pauley, and Jesse Ruben.

MIEKA PAULEY: Pauley graduated early from Harvard with a degree in biological anthropology. Her music career took off at warp speed shortly after. She performs an average of 150 live shows a year and was the Grand Prize Winner of NYSC's 2008 Songwriting Contest.

SETH GLIER: Glier's voice, with its earthy rumble and fluttering falsetto, has critics and musicians alike singing his praises. His lyrics amplify the cry of the ordinary heart. His infectious passion and energy fill his live shows and leave listeners talking for days after. He was a top finalist at NYSC's 2008 Songwriting Contest.

CALEB HAWLEY: Hawley is a Berklee graduate with a degree in jazz composition. He has traveled all over the country performing in various cities. He was a top-five finalist in the NYSC annual contest.

WILL KNOX: Knox is a London expat and recent Berklee grad, an alternative-folk singer/songwriter influenced by Ryan Adams, Nick Drake, Damien Rice, and Jose Gonzalez. His achievements include winning Berklee's Songwriting Competition in 2006 and 2007, and Performing Singer/Songwriter 2007.

LIZ LONGLEY: John Mayer has called Longley's music "gorgeous." Her natural singing style led to her being voted the number-one all-time female vocalist in both the acoustic and folk categories on Garageband.com. She won Grand Prize in the Low-Budget Love Music songwriting competition, and was recently awarded Berklee's top songwriting honor, the Scott Benson Scholarship.

JESSE RUBEN: Singer/songwriter and recent Berklee graduate Ruben released his debut album Aiming for Honesty in January 2008, recorded with producer Clay Cook (John Mayer, Marshall Tucker Band). A trio of sold-out CD release shows followed in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. The first single, "A Lack of Armor," was a finalist in the 2008 John Lennon Songwriting Contest as well as an honorable mention at the 2008 New York Songwriter's Circle Contest.

Admission: 
$10

Jim Peterson & Groove Junkies with Special Guest Soul Vaccination

Thursday / July 30, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jim Peterson will lead an evening of high energy funk and soul music with Jim Peterson & Groove Junkies, featuring opening act by the Boston area No. 1 Tower of Power cover band, Soul Vaccination.

Admission: 

Joe Musella

Thursday / October 8, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A rock/fusion concert featuring original compositions and songs by Paul Gilbert, Jeff Beck, and Page/Plant, performed by a five-piece band with guitar, bass, keys, drums, and vocals, featuring faculty members Tom Appleman and Larry Finn.

Admission: 

Vinx

Thursday / July 16, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
Free

Bain Smith and Quintet East

Wednesday / August 5, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Quintet East, featuring sax, brass, and rhythm section, will play original jazz compositions by pianist Bain Smith.

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Greg Laswell

Tuesday / July 14, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Greg Laswell is already a critic's darling, and his newest album should give him a proper shove into the mainstream. His music has been described as densely lyrical, deeply melodic indie pop that refuses to settle into predictability.

Laswell self-funded and self-released his first solo album, Good Movie, in 2003. It won the San Diego Music Award for Best Local Recording in 2004. Following the album's success, Laswell signed to Vanguard Records, releasing his second studio album Through Toledo in July 2006. In spring 2008, Laswell joined the European leg of the Hotel Café Tour, hosted by Tom McRae.

He released an EP titled How the Day Sounds in March 2008, which preceded his third studio album Three Flights from Alto Nido, released in July. Several songs from the album, including "Comes and Goes (in Waves)," "How the Day Sounds," and "And Then You," have been featured in the television shows Grey's AnatomyTrue Blood, and 90210. Laswell also contributed a cover of Cyndi Lauper's hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" to the soundtracks of Confessions of a Shopaholic and My Sister's Keeper, both in 2009.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

My Own Story: Performance, Stories, and Monologues Straight from the Heart

Thursday / July 9, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
My Own Story

My Own Story (MOS) is the culmination celebration of a five-week intensive autobiographical writing/storytelling/performing workshop for Berklee summer students and staff. Facilitated by critically acclaimed performance artist Alex Luu, MOS works from the simple yet dynamic truth that all human beings have powerful stories within them. MOS participants create autobiographical art in the context of performance pieces and monologues using their own lives as material and inspiration.

Admission: 
FREE

Kris Roche CD Release Party / Ann Driscoll / Nini & Ben

Thursday / August 13, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

If you're ever strolling through the Boston Commons on a sunny day, you may hear some irresistible acoustic pop coming out of a battery-powered amplifier. And if you're lucky—it may be the music of Kris Roche. The son of wayfaring hippies, one from New York, one from Tokyo, Roche moved to Boston at age 19 and has been making a name for himself ever since. One part Jason Mraz, one part Jack Johnson, and one part playing the hell out the guitar like it was a djembe, his music is fun but sensible, sing-along-able but honest.

Also appearing: Ann Driscoll is a Boston-based singer/songwriter whose appealing indie-pop sound reflects her passion for the Beatles, Britpop, and grunge. A multi-instrumentalist who plays five different instruments, Driscoll's sophisticated melodies and chord progressions combined with her witty and heartfelt lyrics have connected her to fans all across the country and earned her opening slots with nationally renown bands including an Horse, Arizona, and the High Strung.

Also appearing: Nini & Ben began as a loving partnership between Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert. Nini, a talented vocalist with a classical background and Ben, a strong pianist and gifted music engineer, have traveled the world together seeking adventure and music. The duo have spent years performing all over Europe and Australia, writing poignant songs about their adventures and falling in love with the gypsy lifestyle.

Admission: 
$8.00

Rob Bell: The Drops Like Stars Tour

Friday / September 18, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rob Bell: The Drops Like Stars Tour

How many of the most significant moments in your life came not because it all went right, but because it fell apart?

It's strange how there can be art in the agony....

The Drops Like Stars tour is a two-hour exploration of the endlessly complex relationship between suffering and creativity—and I’d love to see you there.

Rob Bell

Admission: 
$20

Julian Velard / Rosi Golan / Dan Turnbull

Friday / August 14, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
$15

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