Concert

Joe Firstman and Josh Hoge, with Marianne Keith

Friday / June 11, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Joe Firstman bought an $18 cross-country Greyhound ticket from his home in North Carolina to Los Angeles, arriving with a beat-up guitar and head full of songs. He quickly found the big stage. It all happened quickly: first came the Hollywood gigs, then the industry buzz, then the deal with Atlantic Records and national tours withrock stars like Sheryl Crow, Jewel, and Willie Nelson. There was ego and excess and beautiful ladies and music, music, music. Firstman wrote it all down and sang his songs like his life depended on it.

When the world stopped spinning, he’d landed a regular gig as the bandleader on Last Call with Carson Daly. For four years, this was his university—playing and writing songs in whatever style the show’s musical guests played and learning how to engage a studio audience, day in and day out. That gig ended in early 2009.

Upon anchoring in L.A., Josh Hoge quickly became friends with hit-maker and future super-star Ne-Yo. Together, the pair began to work on a series of songs. A strained personal relationship brought Josh back to Nashville where he eventually signed to Epic Records. His debut single, "360," soon followed.  

Marianne Keith
 wears her heart on her sleeve, penning songs that seek to capture the essence of falling into—and losing—love. Growing up singing in church choirs and playing in the school band, Keith started to play professionally around her hometown of Redlands, CA, where she garnered a local following as well as critical accolades.

Admission: 
$10

The Chicken Thieves

Sunday / July 11, 2010 / 12:00 pm
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
United States
02171
The Chicken Thieves

The Chicken Thieves is one of the most talented gypsy jazz bands on the East Coast. The music is a combination of Django Reinhardt tunes and originals, full of an energy that will bring you in spirit to France and Europe. 

Founded in 2009 by percussionist and guitarist Julien Machet, the band includes, among others, Jonathan Joubert, who for the last four years has been playing endlessly with the gypsies in Paris, including David Reinhardt, grandson of Django; and Ben Powell, a young violinist who has taken lessons with Florin Niculescu, today's best gypsy jazz violinist. This flock of young virtuosi have performed for political events such as the annual gala of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, and much more.

Admission: 
Free

Music of African American Composers

Wednesday / November 24, 2010 / 6:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The music of various African American composers.

Admission: 

Those Who Can Teach, Perform!

Monday / December 13, 2010 / 6:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Each semester students and faculty from the Music Education Department demonstrate their performance skills in an eclectic program.

Admission: 

Music of South Africa

Wednesday / November 3, 2010 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The music of South Africa presented by Joe Galeota.

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Jer Coons

Friday / July 23, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jer Coons

Armed with drop-dead catchy melodies, boyish good looks, and a charm equal to or greater than Paris Hilton, Jer Coons is poised for national recognition. In the meantime, look for Coons on a crowded street near you. His debut LP, Speak, drops September 29, and you can hear his song "Legs" playing in all Hollister stores.

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

Five-Week Performing Songwriter Showcase

Wednesday / August 4, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Students go through a series of two auditions to make it to this final show in the BPC, performing their original songs with an all-star Berklee house band.

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Omar Thomas Large Ensemble

Tuesday / June 8, 2010 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Omar Thomas Large ensemble is a full big band, performing original compositions and arrangements in the contemporary jazz idiom. Berklee alum Tavonna Miller will be featured on an arrangement of the Yellowjackets' "The Hope."

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Daryl Lowery Instant!Groove

Wednesday / July 14, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Daryl Lowery (saxophone), Rick Peckham (guitar), Ben Zecker (Hammond B3), Jesse Williams (bass), and Louis Cato (drums) introduce brand-new music as well as selections from the CD Instant!Groove available on Amazon and iTunes.

Regarding the band's debut CD, Jazziz magazine wrote "[Daryl  
Lowery and Instant!Groove] specialize in the funky soul-jazz grooves commonly referred to as 'acid-jazz.' . . . The rhythm section is elastic, mid-tempo patterns aid excellent solos‚ . . . resulting in a  
sound akin to guitarist John Scofield's A Go Go CD, on which he was backed by organ trio Medeski, Martin and Wood."

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Atomic Tom / Gentlemen Hall

Friday / May 21, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Atomic Tom

Somewhere between New York City and an unassuming Midwestern town, a van filled with high hats, guitar strings, amps, and cables is twisting its way down a two-lane highway. When it stops, its four occupants will pour into a small music club packed with eager followers. The band will plug in, tune up, and drown out the night with a sound destined to be much bigger than the stage their on.

That band is Atomic Tom.

Supporting Atomic Tom will be the band Gentleman Hall. Having already won a VMA for MTV's 2009 Best Breakout Artist Boston, Gentlemen Hall continues its meteoric rise through its latest collaborations with world-renowned producers Earl Cohen (The Temptations, Anita Baker) and Michael Seifert (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Tori Amos). The band defines itself by the characteristic melodies of vocalists Gavin and Jacob Michael, fused with big guitars, big beats, and even bigger synths. The result is an unforgettable and highly energetic dance experience.

 

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

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