Concert

Goli / Sarah Rabdau / Nohow On

Saturday / July 17, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Goli

Goli is a duo of misfit classical musicians with an appetite for world music that has cut its teeth in rock bands, world folk ensembles, symphony orchestras and the occasional free improv outlet. The band can be considered chamber music for the modern era.

Sarah Rabdau is carving out a niche that transcends scenes and sub-enres. Rabdau and the Self-Employed Assassins have shared bills with Nicole Atkins and the Sea, Winterpills, and HUMANWINE. The band now looks forward to supporting its album, bringing its energetic live show to dark halls throughout the United States and beyond.

Nohow On are architects of a unique sound they describe as "garage folk," drawing upon a diverse range of traditional and contemporary influences, from Sacred Harp singing and West African griot music to Bob Dylan and Neutral Milk Hotel. The band juggles an eclectic array of instruments and vocal parts in its live show, weaving world-weary lyrics around sweet melodies, forceful harmonies, and unorthodox arrangements.

Admission: 
$8

Acoustic String Festival: Final Concert

Sunday / July 18, 2010 / 2:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Acoustic String Festival wraps up with a flourish at its final concert.

Admission: 

Gregorio Uribe

Thursday / August 5, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
East Boston Greenway
42 Marginal Street
Boston
MA
United States
02128
Gregorio Uribe

The wildly danceable Gregorio Uribe Big Band is a 15-piece group that plays Gregorio Uribe's original songs and traditional Colombian music. With Berklee alumnus Uribe sometimes squeezing an accordion and nine horn players soaring over the percussion, the band is reminiscent of Columbian porro groups and similar to New Orleans second line bands, but with updated harmonies and arrangements.  

Uribe was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and started his musical life playing drums and guitar in traditional Colombian music and punk/rock bands. His current projects reflect the energy of his teenage years; he also plays drums in Pop Filter, rocking out on music from the Caribbean coast of Colombia. 

This show part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series.

This concert is presented by Berklee College of Music, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, ParkArts, and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.

Admission: 

La Timbistica

Thursday / July 8, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Mozart Park
10 Mozart Street
Boston
MA
United States
02130
La Timbistica

La Timbistica is a contemporary all-star Latin band made up of some of the best young musicians on the East Coast, named 2008 Jazz Group of the Year in the collegiate category by Down Beat magazine. Members have performed and recorded with some of the Latin music industry's most prominent musical figures, including Paquito D'Rivera, Victor Manuelle, and Kevin Ceballo, among others.

The band's Latin jazz repertoire ranges from Afro-Cuban and Brazilian classics to modern salsa, timba, and the members' original compositions. La Timbistica is a mainstay in the Boston music scene, making regular appearances at the Havana Club, Mojito's Lounge, and Wally's Jazz Café as well as at various music festivals in the area. The band recently lit up the stage at the Duke Ellington and Monterey jazz festivals.

This event is part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series.

This concert is presented by Berklee College of Music, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, ParkArts, and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.

Admission: 
Free

Through Children's Eyes

Monday / July 26, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Randy Felts and visiting vocalist/composer Ron McPhatter will present an evening of classic and modern r&b music featuring new songs written by Felts and McPhatter, a selection of new original songs by McPhatter, and a couple of classics as recorded by the Drifters (featuring McPhatter's father, Clyde McPhatter, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame). A 12-piece ensemble blending faculty and Boston-area professionals will assist. Many Berklee faculty will contribute their talents, including Darcel Wilson, George Russell Jr., Alizon Lissance, Mike Ihde, Roberta Radley, Berke McKelvey, Jerry Cecco, and Bob Pilkington.

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Katzenjammer / Mighty Tiny

Thursday / July 8, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Katzenjammer

Presenting the queens of sultry sound, sisters of mercy, saints of scarred souls, society's hangover, and Calamity Jane's bachelorette party. The eminent, prominent, and decadent ladies of our time: Katzenjammer!

The bugle call that signals the entrance of the all-female quartet Katzenjammer onto the Norwegian stage, and now the international music scene, stems from the band's first hit single, the whirlwind song called "A Bar in Amsterdam."

The trumpet fanfare is just one of Katzenjammer's vast array of instrumental hooks, recently utilized to wake up the audience at the opening of the Spellemannprisen, the Norwegian Grammy Awards. Katzenjammer was nominated for "Newcomer of the Year" for their debut album, Le Pop, but the fact that they were chosen to open the awards ceremony confirmed the band had already established themselves as the most entertaining new act on the thriving Norwegian music scene.

Also performing will be the locally-known Mighty Tiny. Imagine, if you will, an evening of performance that journeys into the depths of musical madness. A journey guided by six masked lunatics playing tunes dating back to the golden days of Tin Pan Alley-those days where songwriting meant more than a weepy man with a guitar at your local coffee house. When you see Mighty Tiny, you're part of an entire experience, and not simply a concert. Join the masquerade and find out for yourself.

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

Adam and the Waxmen/Blue Mountain Bustdown

Friday / June 25, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Adam & The Waxmen are based out of Portland, Maine. They originated as a four-piece band in late 2006, playing their first gig at Chicky's Fine Diner in Westbrook in November with Dan Waxman and Friends. Their debut full length CD is now out. Keep an eye out for these young gents on the road, soon brandishing just what you want for a night on the town: a little soul, a little love, some peace, and a whole lotta sweaty, dirty, funky rock.

Assembled for the sole purpose of having fun, a loose bunch of musicians gathered around the songs of a natural new songwriter named Adam Waxman. He was the new kid on the block, having only a year or so in trying his hand at the guitar and writing songs. After a few months, the band members realized that they'd all been playing music in many, many bands for many, many years, and they'd never in all their born days had people respond like this. Within a couple shows the front of the dance floor was crowded and people were screaming back lyrics at the band. And furthermore, the band members themselves had never felt quite so right playin' together. It was like sitting down to hot buttered biscuits and gravy every time they strapped on instruments. Waxman's songs reminded them of a bygone time when music had class and warmth, and reached out to people in universal ways—a time when music was played, not into a computer and stretched and sliced and squashed, but played in a room by happening musicians in front of sweaty, glowing, happy people.  

Balancing evocative songs and expressive improvisation, Blue Mountain Bustdown is a band rooted in a tasteful and unique blend of traditional rock and blues. Founded in Boston by members Jonathan Ellington (vocals, guitar) Stephen Malinowski (keyboards, Hammond) Josh Carter (bass) and Ben Teters (drums).

Admission: 
$8

Jerry Rivera / Eguie Castrillo y Su Orquesta

Saturday / July 31, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
City Hall Plaza
100 City Hall Plaza
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Jerry Rivera (left) and Eguie Castrillo

Through a special collaboration with Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events, City Hall Plaza will play host to a remarkable concert entitled Caliente, a Celebration of Latin Music and Culture.

Puerto Rico native Jerry Rivera comes from a family of talented musicians. As a child he would often accompany his mother Dominga, a singer, and father Edwin, a guitarist and director of Los Barones Trio, during their shows. When Rivera was 14, his father made a demo and presented it to the CBS music department, which signed Rivera.

Rivera began to be known as "El Bebé de la Salsa" (the baby of salsa) after recording his first album, Empezando a Vivir. Songs from his follow-up album became number-one hits across Latin America; his third album went platinum in the United States, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Colombia and held the number-one spot in the Latin American Billboard charts for three consecutive months. It became the most-sold salsa album in history.

Rivera continues to perform with his band, both at home and across the Americas. His most recent album is Caribe Gardel. (Source: Wikipedia.)

Growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Eguie Castrillo first showed hints of musical ability playing a tiny organ in his parents' living room. Castrillo began playing the timbales at age 7, profoundly influenced by the music of the great bandleader and percussionist Tito Puente. These days, Castrillo is a high-demand percussionist and an authority on the rhythms of the Caribbean countries Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad and Tobago.

When Castrillo's role model Tito Puente passed away in 2000, he decided to bring the mambo back with new touches. He put together an orchestra for the Latin Big Band concert at the Berklee Performance Center in November 2004. The orchestra played again at Berklee's Performance Center for a full house, doing a show called Latin Meets Jazz, and it also played at Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick's inaugural ceremony to an audience of 10,000.

Jerry Rivera headlines.

This concert is presented by Berklee College of Music, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, ParkArts, and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.

 

Admission: 
Free

Fausto Cuevas y Su Orquesta la Moderna

Thursday / July 22, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
Fausto Cuevas

Fausto Cuevas is a native of Brownsville, Texas, where he began playing drums at the age of 11. He continued throughout grade and high school, making his way to Berklee, where he discovered his love for percussion and studied with Giovanni Hidalgo and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. From Boston, Cuevas traveled to Los Angeles where he currently resides.

In addition to performances at the famed Playboy Jazz Festival and the Blue Note in New York City, Cuevas has recorded, performed, and toured with artists ranging from Latin to legend, including Julio Iglesias, Al Jarreau, Tito Nieves, Roy Hargrove, and Britney Spears. He comes to this show directly from performing with Stevie Wonder in Norway.

This event is part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series.

This concert is presented by Berklee College of Music, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, ParkArts, and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.

Admission: 
Free

William Cepeda

Thursday / July 29, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
William Cepeda

Accomplished on the trombone and a noted composer and arranger, William Cepeda comes from a well-known Puerto Rican family rooted in music. He developed a unique style that he calls "Afrorican Jazz"—a fusion of jazz with the folk music he grew up with. 

Studying at Berklee and Queens College connected Cepeda to great jazz musicians and taught him the complexities of jazz improvisation and composition. He also played with and learned much from Dizzy Gillespie, a key figure in Latin jazz, and from African music star Miriam Makeba.

In 1997, Cepeda was selected as one of the most important and influential Puerto Rican composers. He has won awards and grants from Meet the Composer and American Composers Forum, among others. He is currently on faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. 

For this event, which is part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series, Cepeda will perform with a band comprised primarily of Berklee faculty, students, and alumni.

This concert is presented by Berklee College of Music, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, ParkArts, and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.

Admission: 
Free

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