Concert

Brooke Fraser—SOLD OUT

Saturday / November 20, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Brooke Fraser

Brooke Fraser is starting anew with Flags, inspired by her writing trips into the more remote parts of the United States. "I was traversing these incredible landscapes and wondering about all the people who had worked this land and what their lives were like; how they had come to arrive in and then leave these places," she says. Flags will be released on her own Wood & Bone Records on October 12, 2010.

Admission: 
$12 advance general admission, $15 day of show

Emily Elbert / The Boston Boys / Julia Easterlin

Saturday / October 2, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Emily Elbert

Emily Elbert will be releasing her second album, Proof, with special guests the Boston Boys and Julia Easterlin.

Raised in Texas on a musical diet of Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Taylor, and '60s radio, 21-year-old Emily Elbert first fell in love with guitar when she was 15. She set her sights on Berklee and won numerous awards, including a coveted spot in the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Foundation's jazz ensemble. The Berklee junior has now played over 350 shows, from Alaska to Memphis, Austin to New York, as well as in Scotland, Puerto Rico, and Peru. Named the Best New Artist of 2008 by WUMB-FM in Boston, she is releasing her second album, Proof, this fall. It features Elbert at her best, with strong melodies, straight-to-the-heart vocals, and intricate guitar work.

The Boston Boys is a new band emerging from the hotbed of talented young players in the hip Boston music scene. Featuring singer/songwriter Eric Robertson, all band members are either students at or alumni of the prestigious Berklee College of Music. The Boston Boys sound is contemporary roots-rock, blending reverence for the Beatles and the energy of the Avett Brothers with hints of Appalachian string band music. 

Julia Easterlin weaves jazz, electronic music, and unexpected instruments (such as Scandinavian Tupperware) into performances that have been described as "mesmerizing" and "Ella Fitzgerald meets Stomp." Her current work involves using a looping station to create tracks in front of the audience, incorporating instruments, vocals, hand claps, tongue clicks, and the serendipitous sound events that only a live setting can provide.

Admission: 
$8

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Cameron Galpin

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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 Cameron Galpin.

Admission: 
Free

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Ryan Harris Brown

Thursday / October 7, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ryan Harris Brown

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 Ryan Harris Brown.

Born in the Scranton, Pennsylvania area, Ryan Harris Brown has been intrigued by music from a very young age. After receiving a guitar for his 12th birthday it wasn't long before he began to compose original material, or what he calls "scribbly little things." Like any young adult, Harris Brown is searching for meaning and a purpose, only he does this through honest lyrics and undeniable melodies. With every new tune he writes he demonstrates growth not only as a musician but as a person. Hints of Paul Simon and the Beatles can certainly be heard in his songs, not to mention solid guitar playing. Harris Brown currently resides in Boston.

Admission: 
Free

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Tumbleweed Company

Thursday / September 30, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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 Tumbleweed Company.

Admission: 
Free

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Silvina Moreno

Tuesday / November 9, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Silvina Moreno

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 Silvina Moreno, a senior songwriting and business student as well as a singer/songwriter from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She plays guitar and piano; her styles include alternative pop, Latin American music, rock, and some blues as well. She will be releasing an EP soon with her best songs, which will be available on her website, silvinamoreno.com.

Admission: 
Free

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Ensemble

Monday / November 1, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York
NY
United States
10023
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Ensemble

This performance features talented students from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI). The BGJI, under the artistic direction of world-renowned pianist Danilo Perez, is a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. Students may pursue a performance degree, diploma, or two-year certificate.

The BGJI has three main goals: to provide an interdisciplinary music program where students may explore their creativity to the highest level; to explore the social power of music as a tool for the betterment of society; and to connect musical creative thinking with the restoration of nature. Learn more about the institute.

 

Admission: 

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Joe's Truckstop Stringband

Tuesday / September 21, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Red Room presents the New Brew Lunchtime Concert Series. Every Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m., 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 act is Joe's Truckstop Stringband.

Come all you rounders: Joe's Truckstop Stringband plays authentic old-time Appalachian music sure to make you pull on your dancing boots. Members Lucy Cochran (fiddle), Melissa Wright (guitar), Joe Macheret (mandolin), and Ben Walters (banjo) play songs and tunes straight from the hills. You won't hear a more authentic hillbilly band round these parts!

Admission: 
Free

SIX

Wednesday / October 20, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
SIX

Unbutton the white collar for the Executive Sessions-an innovative concert series showcasing bands whose members include Boston-area CEOs and corporate executives. Since it's inception in 2006, Cafe 939 has hosted presidents, principals, CEOs, senior VPs, NBA club owners, venture capitalists, investment bankers, software and biotech engineers, heart surgeons, jet pilots, pharmaceutical scientists, Emmy Award–winners, executive producers, philanthropists, and trustees. With top student singer/songwriters opening for the bands, the diverse audience is in for a special treat! The series is booked and produced by Berklee's Mirek Vana and Tom Simons, president and creative director of communications firm PARTNERS+simons. The series culminates with the annual Battle of the Executive Bands. The winner of the battle receives a recording sessions at Berklee studios. All proceeds from the series directly support the Executive Sessions scholarship, awarded to a graduating senior who has outstanding musical merit, entrepreneurial promise, and demonstrated financial need. So far, over $800,000 has been donated by the participating executives. 

Formed in early 2006, SIX covers classic rock 'n' roll songs from the 1960s to the 1990s, ranging from the Beatles and Rolling Stones through Neil Young, Tom Petty, and Van Morrison, to the Clash, Matchbox 20, and beyond. While much of the band's music is quickly recognizable, with a focus on the best classic party tunes of the era that make both young and old want to get up and dance, the band also features b-sides and deep cuts of songs by well-known rock bands that were aired more commonly on FM stations back in the day—all of which of course reflect the collective musical tastes of the members of SIX.

Also appearing: Kiesza. Kiesza has packed a lot into her 22 years. She's been a navy codebreaker, a national beauty pageant contestant, and a tall ship sailor. But these days, writing and performing music is the Calgary native's main passion.

Admission: 
$20

Berklee Stage at Boston Book Festival

Saturday / October 16, 2010 / 10:00 a.m.
Copley Square
206 Clarendon Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116

Berklee presents seven groups on the main stage at Copley Square during the second annual Boston Book Festival, a free event open to the public with over 50 authors and presenters. Musical genres include bluegrass, folk, jazz, and flamenco.

10:00 a.m. - Berklee City Music All-Stars

The Berklee City Music All-Stars Ensemble is composed of the best and brightest City Music students, all of whom have attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program on full-tuition scholarships. The ensemble performs multiple genres of contemporary music, including jazz, pop, hip-hop, and rhythm and blues, and is made up of talented urban teens from the Boston area. The All-Stars have performed in New York at an event hosted by Quincy Jones to promote national music education for youth. The Berklee City Music program has also been a recipient of the prestigious 2008 Coming Up Taller Award, and were featured performers at a ceremony that took place in the East Room of the White House. 

11:00 a.m. - Alicia Lemke

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Alicia Lemke is a young singer/songwriter who began writing her own brand of folk/pop music a little over a year ago. Musically speaking, Lemke is an amalgam of poetic and whimsical lyrics, lilting melody, fingerstyle guitar, and a graceful, strong voice. Her songwriting speaks of her own self-awareness, honesty, and personal experience. Lemke and her trio blend a steady harmonic interplay between piano and acoustic guitar with the rhythm of cajon and hand percussion, to breathe life and movement into her words.  

12:00 p.m. - Berklee Performance and Slam Poetry

No costumes, no props—just raw creativity and a courageous soul. Performance poetry sweeps across all genres, spanning hip-hop, stand-up, comedy, theater, social commentary, bittersweet love ballads, and personal evolution. The end result is an electric event that inspires, transforms, entertains, and liberates.

Featuring Berklee students Jennifer Ayala, Sarah Mount, and Scott Kapelman, and Berklee Poetry Slam Team coach Caroline Harvey, a poet featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam

1:00 p.m. - Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull displays instrumental facility and musical maturity well beyond her age with Secrets, her national debut album. Hull began playing mandolin at age eight and was quickly noted on the national festival scene for her fluid, inventive picking—winning several mandolin and guitar championships in the process. 

Hull has developed into an exquisite vocalist, as amply demonstrated by the largely vocal-driven material that composes Secrets. Working closely with coproducer Ron Block (Alison Krauss and Union Station), her vocal performances are disarmingly tender and eloquent, yet delivered with the confidence and honesty necessary to cut through a top-notch bluegrass ensemble. Among the musicians and vocalists joining her on Secrets are Block, Barry Bales, Dennis Crouch, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Clay Hess, Rob Ickes, Chris Jones, Jason Moore, Tony Rice, Dan Tyminski, Jim VanCleve, and the remarkably hard-driving seventeen-year-old banjo phenom Cory Walker, who has already played alongside Sierra for several years.

Hull was a featured performer on the Great High Mountain Tour, which included an all-star bluegrass lineup performing songs from the soundtracks of the hit movies O Brother Where Art Thou and Cold Mountain. A seasoned performer, she has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry radio and television shows and shared the stage with bluegrass legends Alison Krauss, IIIrd Tyme Out, Sam Bush, Mountain Heart, and Ricky Skaggs.

An active member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Hull has been performing in that organization's annual convention showcases of young bluegrass talent since she was ten. As cohost (with Ryan Holladay) of IBMA's educational DVD release Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music, she played an integral part in their effort to introduce young audiences to this uniquely American genre.

2:00 p.m. - Hailey Niswanger

Hailey Niswanger's accomplishments reach far beyond the borders of her home in Portland, Oregon and well beyond her years. The alto saxophonist has shared the stage with jazz greats Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Duke, George Garzone, Red Holloway, Terell Stafford, Phil Woods, James Moody, Steve Nelson, Christian McBride, McCoy Tyner, Maceo Parker, Wynton Marsalis, and Mark Whitfield, among others. Her own quartet has performed at the Portland Jazz Festival, Jimmy Mak's Jazz Club, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, and other jazz venues around Portland. In September 2009 she was selected as the new alto saxophonist for the internationally acclaimed big band the Either/Orchestra, occupying the chair previously held by Miguel Zenón and Jaleel Shaw, among others.  

Niswanger's June 2009 recording debut as a leader—the self-produced and self-released CD Confeddie—established her throughout North America. The album was reviewed in such leading jazz magazines as Jazz Times and Jazziz and inspired veteran jazz critic Nat Hentoff to profile her in the Wall Street JournalConfeddie appeared on the Jazz Week Top 50 chart 3 times and was among the top 100 jazz CDs in the country for two months. It features a rhythm section composed of fellow Berklee students Michael Palma on piano, Greg Chaplin on bass, and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums. 

Niswanger was a featured artist at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where she won the festival's saxophone competition in 2008.

3:00 p.m. - Ariadna Riva's Band

Spanish pianist and composer Ariadna Rivas, the first Spanish Presidential Scholar at Berklee College of Music, graduated in 2005 from Guildhall School of Music in London, receiving a degree on classical piano. After returning to Spain she performed with many great figures of  the flamenco scene, such as Niño Josele, Jorge Pardo, Agustín Carbonell "El Bola," and Jesús del Rosario.

She has toured with Jorge Pardo, Vivancos and others, playing in Israel, Athens, New York, the U.K., Turkey, Romania, and all over Spain.

Currently residing in Boston while attending Berklee, she took part in a tribute to the great flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía and performs around the New England/NYC area. She is also working on her upcoming album to be recorded with Javier Limón (Paco de Lucía, Bebo Valdés, and el Cigala).

4:00 p.m. - The Boston Boys

The sound of Eric Robertson and the Boston Boys is contemporary roots rock, blending reverence for the Beatles and the energy of the Avett Brothers with hints of Appalachian string band music. Featuring singer/songwriter Eric Robertson, the Boston Boys is a new band emerging from the hotbed of talented young players in the hip Boston music scene. All band members are either students at or alumni of the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Admission: 
Free

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