Concert

Amy Crawford & the Electric

Thursday / January 22, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Calderwood Pavilion
527 Tremont Street
Boston
MA
United States
Amy Crawford

A former jazz pianist turned singer, Amy Crawford has always had a love of classic American song. Her melodic piano and cool vocals recall the sounds of Peggy Lee, Sheryl Crow, and Norah Jones. Her sound is undeniably catchy and upbeat, with a vintage sheen that makes her one of the freshest new songwriters on the scene. She performs two shows, 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Read more.

Admission: 
$15, $10 with Berklee I.D.

Hiromi's Sonicbloom: NPR Radio Concert

Wednesday / December 31, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hiromi's of Hiromi's Sonicbloom

For the fifth consecutive year, Berklee, WGBH Radio Boston, and now First Night, collaborate to kick off NPR's Toast of the Nation concert broadcast on New Year's Eve. This year, star alumna Hiromi, with her group, Hiromi's Sonicbloom, composed of fellow alumni Tony Grey on bass, and Martin Valihora on drums, and Berklee professor Dave Fiuczynski on guitar. The concert broadcast is at 8:00 p.m., and the group will play a second set at 9:30 p.m.

Learn more this concert in the news section of Berklee.edu.

Admission: 
$15 - First Night button

The Lawrence Fields Quartet

Wednesday / December 31, 2008 / 5:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lawrence Fields

Widely considered to be one of the finest jazz pianists to come out of Berklee in the last decade, St. Louis native Lawrence Fields brings three of his favorite musicians to play the Berklee Performance Center on New Year's Eve. Although just graduated, Fields has been working for some time in the bands of star alumni Jeff "Tain" Watts and Terri Lyne Carrington, and has substituted more than once in the Branford Marsalis Quartet.

At Berklee, Fields was the first recipient of the James Williams Scholarship, named for the legendary pianist and beloved Berklee professor. He has led the college's top touring small group, the Berklee Monterey Quartet, in concerts on both coasts, and for XM Radio.

Learn more this concert in the news section of Berklee.edu.

Admission: 
$15 - First Night button

Amy Crawford & the Electric

Friday / January 9, 2009 / 4:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Amy Crawford

A former jazz pianist turned singer, Amy Crawford always had a love of classic American song. After slugging it out in New York City jazz clubs for a few years, she decided to revisit the music of her childhood—the Beatles; Beach Boys; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Sly & The Family Stone; Rickie Lee Jones; and James Taylor, among others—and spent a summer writing madly in her unfurnished Brooklyn apartment. 



While in New York, Crawford expanded her musical community to include filmmakers (see Lucas McNelly's Gravida [2007] featured in the NOW Film Festival) and choreographers. She is also the keyboardist and sometimes-vocalist for the rock band DeLeon . In 2007 she helped coach the Brooklyn Youth Chorus' performance at Elton John's sold-out Madison Square Garden 60th Birthday Celebration and also helped the chorus prepare parts for a guest spot on Talib Kweli's new album, Eardrum and for Alicia Keys's appearance on a Sesame Street holiday special, among other events.



2008 has been a great year for Crawford: she placed third in the renowned Shure/Montreux Jazz Festival's international Jazz Vocal competition in Switzerland; spent a week on the road opening sold-out shows for the Grammy-winnng band Ozomatli with DeLeon; recorded on DeLeon's self-titled record for the JDUB label; received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston to study music production and engineering; and is putting the finishing touches on her highly-anticipated EP with her band Amy & The Electric.

Admission: 
Free

Fly Upright Kite / Ellis Ashbrook / Bad Rabbits

Friday / January 23, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fly Upright Kite. Credit: Bryan Master George

Upon hearing Fly Upright Kite, it will become immediately obvious how this Boston-based band has gained a large and loyal following. Fly Upright Kite is a young, energetic pop/rock group that blends heartfelt compositions with well-crafted pop melodies. The powerful choruses and inventive hooks are sure to linger in your head for days. Having shared the stage with national touring bands Denison Witmer, Umbrellas, Brandston, As Tall As Lions, Quiet Drive, Moneen, the Hush Sound, and big-name local acts (Medicated Kisses, Therefore I Am, The Killing Moon), Fly Upright Kite is constantly adding new listeners to its dedicated fanbase. The band is currently recording its new album with Mike Poorman (Hot Rod Circuit, TREOS, Paulson) and Brian McTernan (Circa Survive, Moneen). Armed with a dynamic and expressive live show and the unusual use of violin, Fly Upright Kite produces a fresh, compelling sound that makes them one of the most captivating bands on the competitive New England music scene.

Ellis Ashbrook generates ferocious sounds and swarming vibrations that swim in a psychedelic pool of aquatic delays. This band has rocked audiences all over New England. The songwriting reverberates with beauty and heaviness, respect for the funk, and a love of unique grooves. These players and singers have the prowess, technique, and tenacity to play original music that transcends trends.

Also appearing: Bad Rabbits.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Yellowjackets Ensemble

Thursday / December 11, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee students perform the high-octane jazz of the Yellowjackets, under the direction of Dave Weigert.

Admission: 

An Evening with Monte Montgomery

Tuesday / June 23, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Monte Montgomery

Monte Montgomery has taken the acoustic guitar beyond anyone's expectations. His amazing fretwork, combined with unique combination finger- and pick-style playing through trailblazing "chordal" thoroughfares, often baffles even the most accomplished players. In 2004, Montgomery was named on Guitar Player magazine's list of Top 50 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time. Montgomery's fretwork has become the benchmark for acoustic guitar players.

Admission: 
$15

Poetry Slam Featuring Regie Gibson

Tuesday / December 9, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Regie Gibson

Berklee College of Music is proud to launch the first college-wide Poetry Jam and Slam. This event is hosted by Liberal Arts Department associate professor Michael Heyman and showcases the emerging Berklee slam poetry all-stars as well as a guest feature artist, internationally acclaimed poet Regie Gibson, performing spoken word with his trio of Robert Rivera (bassist/cellist), Todd Brunel (bass clarinetist), and Grant Smith (drummer). The evening will begin with an open mic, followed by Regie Gibson, and end with the big event, Berklee’s first-ever poetry slam. Leave your beret and bongos behind, and be prepared for the exuberant, genre-defying, political, personal, raucous, and powerful punch of the modern performance poetry movement.

Regie Gibson is an internationally acclaimed poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator, whose poetry appears in Storms Beneath the Skin (EM Press 2000). He has worked with Gwendolyn Brooks, the Last Poets, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Fareed Haque, Kurt Vonnegut, David Amram, and many other artists in a host of musical genres.

Michael Heyman is an associate professor in the Liberal Arts Department at Berklee, where he teaches courses on children’s literature, music for children, poetics, multicultural literature, and performance poetry. He is a scholar and writer of literary nonsense and children’s literature and is the head editor of the groundbreaking and best-selling, The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense (Penguin 2007).

Admission: 
$5, general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Jane Olivor: A Boston Holiday Tradition

Saturday / December 20, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

American cabaret singer Jane Olivor will perform at the Berklee Performance Center for a very special event, A Boston Holiday Tradition. A Brooklyn native, Olivor eased her way into the burgeoning New York cabaret scene in the early 1970s and has been since compared to Barbra Streisand and Édith Piaf, as well as to Eartha Kitt and Johnny Mathis.

Admission: 
$35, $30, reserved seating

Ashley Alexander CD Release / Haley Arnott

Friday / December 5, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ashley Alexander

A native of Manchester, New Hampshire, Ashley Alexander has been singing and performing all over the country for most of her life. At a very young age she developed a love and appreciation for all styles of music such as jazz, pop, country, and r&b, which helped to influence her own vocal style. With years of experience, Alexander's passion, energy, and versatility have caught the attention of many people. Her mix of the spirit of country and the longing of soul translate to audiences all around and are received through her heartfelt vocal performances.

In past years she has opened for artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Christina Milian, O-Town, Dream Street, J.C. Chasez, Baby Bash, Cassidy, Nick Cannon, Tito Puente Jr., Stereo Fuse, and more at various radio shows and concerts. In 2003 she received a Los Angeles Music Award for while performing with her sister in their vocal group, Fantasy. They performed together as a duo for five years.

While studying at Berklee College of Music, Alexander spent her time gigging all around Boston as a lead vocalist for the band Classic Groove. She also heading her own band. During this time she made many trips to Los Angeles and Nashville to record. This December Ashley will release her debut solo album Heaven on Earth. She will perform a CD release concert that will include many close friends as members of her band at the Red Room at Cafe 939. A free CD will be available to all members of the audience with a ticket!

Haley Arnott is no stranger to the stage. The daughter of a singer and a bass player, music was always around her. Growing up in Holliston, Massachusetts she performed with her family, as well as in various talent shows and musicals. In 2004 she decided to pursue her love for music and study at Berklee. Over the years she has grown into a powerful and gritty soul singer and with the recent formation of her band she is beginning to create a buzz for herself around Boston nightspots. This November she will appearing in Berklee's vocalist showcase Singers Night.

Admission: 
$15, general admission

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