Concert

Vox Rocks: Syncopation

Thursday / June 24, 2010 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Syncopation performs as part of Vox Rocks.

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Rachel P / Nick Howard / Mikey Wax

Wednesday / June 23, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rachel P

Rachel P is a New York City singer/songwriter who’s about to change everything. With a rapidly growing fan base, having already shared the stage and toured with such acts as the Strokes, Lady Gaga, Marc Ford, Rachael Yamagata, Susan Tedeschi, and Toots and the Maytals. . . she’s ready. Her self-titled debut EP is piano-driven soul/pop saturated with distorted trombones and ambient synths. Best of all, her music is the ultimate remedy to our darkest moments: an infectious smile, a giving heart, a radiant soul, and a whole lot of love.

Moving to the United States five years ago with nothing but his guitar and a dream, Nick Howard literally worked around the clock balancing countless day jobs and night jobs. He managed to squeeze in his music at every possible opportunity to carve out time for music. Five years later he is an award-winning touring and recording artist. Howard is currently supporting the release of his debut album, Something to Talk About.

On the morning of his graduation from Vanderbilt University, singer/songwriter Mikey Wax received a letter that took nearly 20 years to get to him. It was from his late grandfather, who had written the letter when it was clear he had little time left to live. Inside were words of love and wisdom to make up for lost time that the two would never share. Inspired by his grandfather's words, Wax began pursuing a music career to show the world the songs he had quietly been writing in his dorm room. The collection of songs eventually turned into his debut album, Change Again. The album deals with uncertainty, love, and loss, which is displayed beautifully in the title track "In Case I Go Again."

Admission: 
$8

Dave Mattacks with the Crigler Band

Monday / June 21, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert as part of the Berklee Percussion Festival.

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Vox Rocks: Vox One

Wednesday / June 23, 2010 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A concert featuring Vox One as part of Vox Rocks.

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Vox Rocks: Jam Session

Tuesday / June 22, 2010 / 7:30 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
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Stan Strickland: Visual Jazz

Tuesday / July 27, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Stan Strickland presents an interactive performance of cutting-edge computer-driven technology and improvisational music.

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Shotaro Kaizuka: Crepuscolo—Summer Lament

Tuesday / July 6, 2010 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Shotaro Kaizuka will lead a string quartet—three violins and one guitar—and will perform his original compositions and arrangements of Japanese music.

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Kina Grannis

Saturday / June 19, 2010 / 2:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Kina Grannis

Kina Grannis started playing shows at the age of four in front of her stuffed animals. Now she plays in front of people. It was not the quickest transition for the admittedly shy songstress. While attending college at USC, Grannis often retreated to the secluded stairwells around campus, where she could write and sing without being heard. Protected by their quiet confines, she found a safe haven for her creative expression and a private outlet for her music. Armed with a guitar and a cup of tea, she wrote in every stairwell she came across. And it was within these stairwells that she developed the confidence in her abilities as a songwriter and her poise as a performer.

In 2007, Grannis joined YouTube, made a music video, and entered herself into a contest. A few months later, her video for "Message from Your Heart" aired during the Super Bowl and its 97 million viewers (or 194 million eyeballs, depending on how you’re keeping track),and she walked away with a record deal. Since then, Grannis has regularly posted her songs on YouTube, amassing many millions of views, and toured throughout North America. Her songs have been heard on television shows such as ABC’s General Hospital and MTV’s College Life.

Grannis independently released her first full-length album, Stairwells, on February 23, 2010. Her music is both sweet and melancholy, but always filled with hope. She’d want you to know that she saves drowning honeybees from pools whenever she gets the chance.

 

 

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of show, general admission

Eric Robertson and the Boston Boys / The Benjy Davis Project

Thursday / June 17, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Eric Robertson and the Boston Boys

The Boston Boys is a new band of musicians 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.

Lost Souls Like Us, recorded at Rivergate Studios in Hendersonville, TN, is packed with moments, both lyrical and musical, that define the band: Davis's intensely personal lyrics coupled with music that comfortably serves the needs of the story Davis is telling. Benjy Davis Project's Southern roots (they hail from Baton Rouge) are on display in gorgeous down-home rhythms and slide guitar work. "I draw a lot from my surroundings and the Southern atmosphere and attitude," Davis says. "The music comes from my daily experiences and my way of life." The record also shows a natural progression and the maturity that comes from a band on their fourth studio album.

Admission: 
$8, $5 for students

Julia Easterlin

Thursday / September 16, 2010 / 12:00 pm
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Julia Easterlin

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.

Easterlin was the lead soprano for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensembles (2006, 2007), performing with Allen Toussaint, the Neville Brothers, Coolio, Kurt Elling, and James Moody. In 2008 she was presented with Down Beat magazine's Young Jazz Vocalist Award.

Admission: 
Free

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