Concert

ROAR: A Night of Fierce Singer/Songwriters

Thursday / August 20, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Krysta Youngs

Boston soul/pop chick Lisa Bello rocked the Apollo cold at 13 years old and smashed through the public school talent show circuit before her sweet 16. Every artist gets labeled, and Bello never minded being the tattooed Italian broad with Mary's pipes and Whitney's gusto. Hipsters dig her dance-floor–friendly backdrops, soul cats flock to see her front an eight-piece band, and hip-hop crowds haven't heard rhythm packaged this tightly since Jodeci dominated airwaves. This songstress is definitely ready to drop, and yes, folks—she'll be sure to make it hot.
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Casey Desmond tends to linger in your mind long after she exits the stage. Her costumes, wonderfully hand-crafted, playfully complement her "miss means business" music. This alt-indie pop siren's got a pair of pipes that will move you straight to the dance floor and keep you there all night. Whether it's a quirky tune played on an odd '80s electronic toy autoharp; a rich layer of melodic guitar, synth, and piano; or her beautifully odd lyrics, her songs always manage to deliver a classic familiarity and uncharted freshness. With the release of her follow-up EP Chilly Allston, this singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and fashionista confirms she's a quadruple threat to be reckoned with.
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Krysta Youngs is a colorful, creative, and complicated character, qualities all perfectly captured on her stunning debut, Stories. Youngs, fresh out of Boston via her native Grand Blanc, is today's answer to straight-shooting artists like Madonna, Pink, and Katy Perry, only without all that superstar baggage. Youngs is quickly making a name for herself through song placement on television shows like ESPN's Inside the Big East. Her songs—rockin', heartfelt, and literate—often pack devastating impact, and her mic-throwing performances leave you breathless. Frankly, you have to see her to believe it.
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Admission: 
$10 general admission

Ten out of Tenn

Tuesday / September 29, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Ten out of Tenn will return this fall with a brand new compilation and tour featuring a third generation of the top artists out of Tennessee. Available September 13 on iTunes, Ten out of Tenn Volume 3 features eight new Tennessee-based musicians: Kyle Andrews, Andrew Belle, Madi Diaz, Mikky Ekko, Jedd Hughes, Ashley Monroe, Sarah Siskind, and Joy Williams. They are joined by returning contributors Trent Dabbs and K.S. Rhodes.

Admission: 
$12 advance, $15 at the door

Break Science

Saturday / September 5, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come out and see Break Science, the electrifying duo of Adam Deitch on drums and Borahm Lee on keys.

Admission: 
$15 general public, $10 students

Erin McCarley / Landon Pigg

Friday / October 9, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Erin McCarley calls the music on her debut album Love, Save the Empty a document of her search for authenticity in herself and others. The album successfully does heavy philosophical lifting with a lightness that boosts the spirit. The elegantly crafted, deeply melodic music has echoes of the Beatles, Aimee Mann, and Alanis Morissette.

Also appearing: Landon Pigg.

Admission: 
$16

Liz Longley / Ryan Laperle

Thursday / September 3, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Liz Longley is the grand prize winner of the 2009 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival's Songwriters Showcase. In addition to receiving a custom Hayes guitar, Longley will be performing next summer on the main stage at Colorado's prestigious festival. She was also honored as a finalist at Texas's 2009 Kerrville Folk Fest and New York's 2009 Falcon Ridge Folk Fest.

The Telegraph of New Hampshire said, "Longley's songs swell with honesty and genuine emotion that most of us are unable to admit to but recognize all the same."

Singer/songwriting icon John Mayer, who surprised Longley and classmates when he broke into and impromptu rendition of Longley's song "Queen," has described her music as "gorgeous... just gorgeous!"

Longley and Jim Tullio cowrote the internet smash "Naked Trees," which in 2006 earned the distinction as GarageBand.com's No. 1 all-time song in the acoustic singer/songwriter category.

In addition to regularly sharing the stage with Livingston Taylor, Longley has opened for acclaimed acts such as Colin Hay, Nanci Griffith, Kenny Rankin, and Jonathan Edwards. 

This summer, Longley released her second full-length CD, Somewhere in the Middle, produced by Grammy Award-winner Glenn Barratt at Morningstar Studios.

Ryan Laperle's music reflects his passion for the pursuit of musical expression. The acoustic guitarist/vocalist, whose 2003 EP is Crashed into Infinity, writes and composes music that bares his soul. He is working on his EP Disguise and preparing for a solo tour.

 

 

Admission: 
$10.00

Keegan Dewitt with Wakey! Wakey! and Parachute Musical

Saturday / September 12, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ryan's Smashing Life

Presented by Ryan's Smashing Life. From the sad simplicity and grace of his New York Times heralded film scores to the ornate and diverse string sections ringing throughout his brand new LP, Keegan DeWitt is someone who represents the human heart in all its variations. A native of Portland, Oregon, Keegan left home at 17 to attend the exclusive SUNY Purchase film conservatory in New York. It's here that he most likely pulls his unique talent for translating the human experience into art.

Also appearing: Wakey! Wakey! and Parachute Musical

Admission: 
$10 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Adam Deitch, Eric Krasno, and Members of Lettuce

Friday / September 4, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An incredible concert featuring Lettuce members Deitch and Adam "Shmeans" Smirnoff, Eric Krasno, and special guests Louis Cato and Nigel Hall.

Admission: 
$15 general public, $10 students

Still Flyin' / Pants Yell! / Excalibrah

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Still Flyin'

Come out and enjoy a night of unique music featuring San Francisco's Still Flyin', whose debut album has been described as "a gorgeous piece of kaleidoscopic pop." Also performing: Pants Yell and Excalibrah.

Already a fixture on the European festival circuit, Still Flyin' are following up their 2 EPs released on Antenna Farm with their first full length LP Never Gonna Touch The Ground. With concurrent CD releases in the U.K. by Moshi Moshi, in Australia by Lost & Lonesome, and the U.S. by Ernest Jenning, Antenna Farm is pleased to offer this stellar release on 140 gram vinyl LP, complete with a poster and free album download with purchase. The momentum behind this release is palpable, and the band is spending most of 2009 on tour in the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Australia.

Pants Yell! started in earnest the spring of 2003, while the members were attending art school in Boston, MA. Practices were held in bedrooms and basements, then shows were played in other people's bedrooms and basements and then recordings were made in various bedrooms and basements. Their second full-length, Recent Drama, was released in the spring of 2006, and Plan B Magazine published a glowing review of their London gig.

For more information about Excalibrah, visit myspace.com/excalibrah.

Admission: 
$12 general admission; student discount available at Berklee Performance Center box office

Jesse Scheinin Quartet

Thursday / January 8, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz
CA
United States
95060
Jesse Scheinin

An all-star quartet of Berklee students—Jesse Scheinin, Ilan Bar-Lavi, Jeff Fajardo, and Dan Carpel—plays a Northern California tour that takes in the Kuumbwa Jazz Center and Yoshi's Oakland.

Read a piece about Scheinin in the San Jose Mercury News.

Admission: 
$10 in adv.; $13 @ door

Jesse Scheinin Quartet

Monday / January 12, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland
CA
United States
94607
Jesse Scheinin

Berklee's Jesse Scheinin, a product of the fertile Northern California jazz scene, brings his quartet—featuring fellow Berklee students Ilan Bar-Lavi, guitar, Jeff Fajardo, drums, and Dan Carpel, bass—to Yoshi's Oakland.

Read a piece about Scheinin in the San Jose Mercury News.

Admission: 
$10

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