KingBilly is composed of six extraordinarily talented multi-instrumentalist songwriters, who combine the rich history of country and bluegrass music and modern day country and rock.
Lori McKenna is also an acclaimed singer/songwriter who was thrust into the limelight last year when superstar Faith Hill included three of McKenna's songs on her number one album Fireflies, including Hill's poignant single "Stealing Kisses."
The Rick Peckham-Allan Chase Quartet
Guitar Department assistant chair Rick Peckham and Ear Training Department chair/saxophonist Allan Chase present a concert of original jazz compositions and historic repertoire for quartet and quintet. Yoron Israel, assistant chair of percussion, David Clark, professor, Bass Department and Ken Cervenka, professor, Brass Department will also be performing.
Ryan Cabrera burst onto the music scene in 2004 as a pop/rock prodigy from Dallas, Texas. His upbeat single "On the Way Down" peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year, and the follow-up "True" was another Top 20 hit.
Cabrera has appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Total Request Live, and The View, among other. He recently released his new album, The Moon Under Water, on his new independent label.
Also appearing will be The Kin and Zach Comtois & Michele Karmin
Jazz All-Stars, is led by conguero and Berklee student Paulo Stagnaro; and includes students, drummer Marcos Lopez and bassist Juan Maldonado; trombonist Nick Noonan and saxophonist Godwin Louis, both Berklee alumni; and pianist Alex Brown, from New England Conservatory. They will share the Gazebo Stage with Dred Scott Trio, Wallace Roney Quintet, and more.
Strings is a pop/rock band featuring vocalist Faisal Kapadia and guitarist/composer Bilal Maqsood. Famous for composition, the band contributed to the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack released in India and Pakistan, and has won MTV Asia Awards for Best Band and Best Album. Please note that all children, regardless of age, require a full-price ticket for admission.
Two-thirds of the trio, Little Joy—Rodrigo Amarante (vocals and guitar) and Binki Shapiro (vocals and keyboards)—set out to spread the love on a U.S. tour. Rodrigo and Binki will fill out the band with bassist Todd Dahlhoff (a Berklee alumnus) and guitarist Matt Borg of the Dead Trees; drummer Matt Romano, (from Albert Hammond Jr.'s band), and guitarist Jack Dishel (from Only Son).
National Public Radio sung the praises of Little Joy in a recent review: "There's an authentic earnestness . . . [Fabrizio] Moretti's lyrics, as crooned by Amarante, dispense melancholic missives of lost love while capturing the excitement inherent in tomorrow's promise . . . [A]midst all the swooning vocal harmonies, crisp strums of acoustic guitar and percussive clacking, it's not hard to fall in love with Little Joy" – National Public Radio
Composer/lyricist/author Kevin Bleau, a CWP faculty member, presents Act 1 of his musical If You Want My Body. Mildred, a rich but overweight lawyer, has never had a relationship. Annelies, a slim dancer, is about to lose her studio to foreclosure. The ladies make a deal with the "devil," Lorana the witch, who swaps their brains into each other's bodies. The women question their philosophies on life as they "walk a mile in each other's bodies."