Concert

Alicia Lemke

Tuesday / July 6, 2010 / 12:00 pm
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Alicia Lemke

Both an accomplished jazz singer and self-taught guitarist, Alicia Lemke began writing her own brand of folk music a little over a year ago, and has just released her first EP, entitled Shades of Motion. Musically speaking, Lemke is an amalgam of poetic and whimsical lyrics, lilting melody, finger-style guitar, and a graceful, strong voice. Her songs speak of her own self-awareness, honesty, and personal experience.

Though her first forays into music came from performing in community musical theater as early as middle school, Lemke's real musical passion came from 10 years of classical alto saxophone and jazz baritone saxophone. Her leadership in high school propelled her into college jazz ensemble, where she doubled as a baritone saxophonist and vocalist. Her discovery of vocal jazz inspired Lemke to take a semester off from school to work under the tutelage of jazz piano legend Garry Dial (Manhattan School of Music). It was during that spring in New York that Lemke picked up acoustic guitar and auditioned for Berklee College of Music.

A true midwestern girl, Lemke grew up in Wisconsin with a healthy exposure to nature, camping, and travel. Her love for the environment carried over into her course of study at Swarthmore College, where she graduated in May 2009 with an undergraduate degree in theater and biology. During her time at Swarthmore, Lemke spent a summer conducting field research in Northeast Queensland, Australia, where she fell in love with conservational sciences and environmental studies. This passion has taken its own musical turn, as Lemke and Canadian singer/songwriter Kiesza have teamed up to form the band Raising Redwood. Fueled both by their musical compatibility and mutual respect for planet Earth, Lemke and Kiesza hope to use their music to lead by example and raise awareness surrounding environmental issues. You can check out Raising Redwood's first endeavors on Youtube.

Admission: 
Free

Emily Elbert

Tuesday / June 29, 2010 / 12:00 pm
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Emily Elbert

Raised in Texas on a musical diet of Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Taylor, and '60s radio, 21-year-old Emily Elbert first picked up the guitar when she was 15. Her self-taught approach on the instrument grew to include singing and songwriting, and her passionate involvement in these three soon led to the creation of her debut CD of original material, Bright Side, in 2006.

Elbert then moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, but simultaneously continues to maintain a musical career. She's toured with G Love & Special Sauce and Kaki King, and was a featured artist at the North American Folk Music Alliance in Memphis. Boston-based WUMB-FM radio named her the Best New Artist of 2008. She has played more than 300 gigs worldwide, from Los Angeles to New York, from Alaska to Tennessee, from Peru to Puerto Rico, and has just returned from Scotland, where she was a guest of the Burnsong International Songwriting Contest, played for Scottish Parliament, and was broadcast on BBC Radio. Elbert is currently in the process of recording her second studio album in New York, expected to be released in fall 2010.

Admission: 
Free

Keppie Coutts

Tuesday / June 22, 2010 / 12:00 pm
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Keppie Coutts

Keppie Coutts is immersed and reveling in the new wave of folk fusion—an eclectic melding of acoustic-based songs that step inside jazz, soul, and quirky pop.

Multi-Grammy Award–winning artist John Mayer heard one of her new tunes ("Waiting for the Avalanche") and within a week had taken it into the studio in Boston to record. Coutts had scored a private audience with Mayer as one of 12 young songwriters hand-selected to spend the week with Mayer.

Since arriving in Boston in 2005 she has won the praise of peers, audiences, and mentors, and has performed extensively in the Northeast, including at the Bitter End and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York, as well almost every conceivable venue in Boston. Her host of achievements has led her to the position of assistant professor at Berklee College of Music.

Admission: 
Free

Zac Zinger Group

Tuesday / June 8, 2010 / 12:00 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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

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