Concert

Ryan Cabrera / Samantha Schultz

Friday / March 26, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Ryan Cabrera burst into the music scene in 2004 with his hits "On the Way Down" and "True." Since then he has toured extensively and put out several other albums, most recently The Moon Under Water. Come hear the hits and some new material that Ryan is readying for his next release.

Also appearing: Samantha Schultz

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 at the door

Roots and Reason Concert / Carter Lecture: Bernice Johnson Reagon / Toshi Reagon

Thursday / February 18, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon

Bernice Johnson Reagon is a singer, composer, scholar, and social activist who founded the a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock in 1973. Toshi Reagon, her daughter, is also a singer and songwriter. They perform as part of the Roots and Reason concert series and the Warrick L. Carter Lecture series. Learn more about the event and the Roots and Reason series.

This year's Africana Studies music programming celebrates the richness of America’s roots music traditions. The roots music artist is the chronicler of the ongoing story of America, told through song. Roots music is the intermingling of cross-cultural influences. Johnny Cash once said, "Every successful country singer I know has a humble background. . . and the colored blues has been a part of their musical heritage. Every one of them bar none. Elvis will tell you himself that where he got his style is from colored blues singers." From this fusion and sharing of American cultures came spirituals, blues, gospel, folk, country, and bluegrass—the roots of all American popular music.

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Frankie's Little .44

Thursday / February 18, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Frankie's Little .44

Lucy Cochran and Jen Starsinic, who had first met playing traditional fiddle tunes, suddenly found themselves band-less and in need of an excuse to travel while playing their beloved fiddles and banjos. In addition to a wealth of traditional old time tunes, the band's repertoire has come to include many old-time inspired original songs as well as a handful of eclectic covers. 

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Al Natale Brass Scholarship Finalists Perform

Wednesday / February 10, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert will feature the three brass finalists for the Al Natale Scholarship Award.

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Adam and the Waxmen / Mark Hopkins

Wednesday / February 10, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Adam and the Waxmen

Come join Adam and the Waxmen for a little soul, a little love, some peace, and a whole lotta sweaty, dirty, funky rock.

From playing toy guitar to the theme of "Dukes of Hazzard" at the age of two, to endlessly singing Beatles songs throughout his childhood, Mark Hopkins has been a musician since birth. His first instrument was the trumpet in fourth-grade band, but at age 12, he discovered true love: guitar. Within seven months he was playing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at a school talent show, and never looked back. Hopkins studied jazz guitar and composition in college, then continued his studies with Baltimore's own Carl Filipiak. Years later Hopkins continued that hunger studying guitar and songwriting at Berklee as a scholarship recipient. With influences as varied as Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Buckley, and Wayne Krantz, Hopkins's abilities have grown throughout the years to reflect a love of diverse genres and an obvious ability with the guitar.

Admission: 
$10 general admission, $8 students

Great American Songbook: The Music of Motown

Sunday / February 28, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Motown celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2009 with the bittersweet memory of Michael Jackson's electrifying performance at the 25th anniversary concert. In tribute, Berklee students and faculty artists perform the timeless music of Motown with a full orchestra. Learn more about the event.

Admission: 
$20, $15, reserved seating

Singers Showcase

Thursday / April 15, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's premier vocal event offers a variety of styles and musical settings for some of the college's exceptional singers. The outstanding lead singers will be chosen from more than 100 students who audition for a spot in this immensely popular concert.

Admission: 
$15, reserved seating

Stompin' at the Grand Terrace: A Jazz Memoir in Verse

Thursday / March 4, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Carolyn Wilkins

Award-winning Minnesota poet Phil Bryant visits Berklee to read from his new book, Stompin' at the Grand Terrace: A Jazz Memoir in Verse, accompanied by Carolyn Wilkins, Berklee professor of ensembles. In this stunning collection, Bryant revisits his boyhood home on Chicago's South Side to capture the sights and sounds of postwar America as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of Bryant's father, James, and his longtime accomplice Preston—hard-working, blue-collar steelworkers whose lives and loves revolve around jazz.

Bryant's poems take us inside the life of these two old friends, who spend their Saturday afternoons listening to—and arguing about—music performed by a cavalcade of jazz upstarts and stars. This tribute to family and art honors the abiding affection the men have for their pastime and each other, despite the frustrations and limitations of ghetto life.

Jazz pianist and vocalist Carolyn Wilkins is a professor of ensembles at Berklee. She has been an active participant in the Boston music scene for over 20 years as a performer, educator, and composer. Her experience includes radio and television appearances with her group SpiritJazz, a concert tour of South America as a jazz ambassador for the State Department, and performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony under Andre Previn and in shows featuring Melba Moore, Nancy Wilson, and the Fifth Dimension. Wilkins has performed in numerous Boston-area venues and been featured four times as a part of Boston's annual First Night celebration.

 

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The Third Annual Next Big Strings Concert

Wednesday / February 10, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This concert features six student performers from Berklee's String Department who are creating a new vocabulary on their instruments. The size and style of each performer's ensemble are chosen to show the great variety of music in the department. Sponsored in part by Strings magazine and Crazy Dough's Pizza.

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An Ewe Proverb

Wednesday / February 17, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Joe Galeota and the Berklee West African Drum and Dance Ensemble will perform an evening of traditional Ewe music from Southern Ghana and Togo, featuring Berklee Africa Scholar Victor Dogah. Jordan Benissan, a Togolise Ewe master drummer who teaches at Colby College in Maine, will MC the night.

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