Concert

Tom McRae / Steve Reynolds / Michael Greenberg

Thursday / October 23, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tom McRae. Credit: Rebecca Cresta

Since 2000, Tom McRae has toured endlessly and released four albums. His most recent record, King of Cards, was released on V2 shortly before the label was swallowed by Universal. McRae's music has been featured in numerous television shows, including Six Feet Under, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and CSI.

Have you read The Carnival Papers lately? There’s great news for fans of Steve Reynolds, the well-traveled singer/songwriter who’s made modern rock a powerful outlet for storytelling troubadours these past few years. After numerous tours of the United States and Europe, where he’s charmed and intrigued crowds of up to 2,000 fans, Reynolds is also back from Exile, his critically acclaimed 2006 debut.

What do you get when you unite complex chords, simplistic yet thought-provoking lyrics, and melodies that will ring in your head for days? You get Michael Greenberg, a Berklee student ready to serenade you at any time. Noted for his soothing sound, catchy melodies, and unruffled stage presence, Greenberg is beginning to create a pregame buzz throughout the Northeast.

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

Women in Rock: Nona Hendryx, Siedah Garrett, Joyce Kennedy, Cindy Blackman, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Felicia Collins

Wednesday / October 8, 2008 / 8:15 a.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Women will rock the house when Berklee presents a one-time gathering of influential and groundbreaking African American female musicians. Berklee's Women In Rock residency brings Nona Hendryx, Siedah Garrett, Joyce Kennedy, Cindy Blackman, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Felicia Collins to the college for performances, master classes, and panels, culminating in tonight's public concert. The artists will perform their original music at the event.

Terri Lyne Carrington, a professor of percussion, is the musical director for the concert and will play drums for all of the artists, leading a star-backing band that includes powerhouse bassist Meshell Ndegeocello (who will not sing lead) and guitarist Felicia Collins of the Late Show with David Letterman. Rounding out the band is Berklee student Cedric Hanriot on keyboards and alumnus Aurelien Budynek on guitar. Student band Shea Rose opens the concert.

Women in Rock is the brainchild of Kudisan Kai, associate professor of voice, who will perform two of her songs with the band. Says Kai, "I wanted to offer the college something that was straight from my heart and experience, share my knowledge in this genre, and discuss the musical, social, economic, and political influences that made these women choose such a path. Many people don't even realize there is such a thing as a black female rocker. These women are very strong, multi-talented, and well-versed in several genres of music. I decided to showcase these women at Berklee, where they can garner respect as outstanding instrumentalists, singers, and Grammy Award-winning songwriters, and be role models for all-female musicians."

Kai is also the driving force behind a new course in Berklee's Liberal Arts Department titled Women In Rock, which opens for enrollment in the spring 2009 semester.

The Women in Rock concert is being filmed for inclusion in a documentary by Sheila Hardy, titled Nice & Rough, exposing the unknown history of black women in rock, and celebrating the complexity and courage of these daring, outrageous, sexy, soulful women who—despite what anyone thinks—choose to rock.

Learn more about the event and the artists in the news section of our website.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Night of Soul II: Merrily Scruggs-James / Orlando Dixon / Krystal Johnson

Thursday / October 16, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

It was an odd sight . . . a tiny white kid singing with an all-black gospel choir in a stomping Pentecostal church. But it was with the nationally renowned Total Experience Gospel Choir that Merrily Scruggs-James discovered her absolute joy of soul and blues music. She was quickly swept up by Showtime at the Apollo and had the Harlem theater singing along with her when she was 17. She has been mentored by musicians such as Ernestine Anderson, Sue Ennis (songwriter for Heart), and Michael Shrieve (former Santana drummer), and has performed with Bobby McFerrin and Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power).

Her band the Bucket of Soul has been hitting dance floors on the East Coast and was recently featured at Google's grand opening celebration in Boston. Flooded with energy, the Bucket of Soul will bring you back to the days of raw, organic, old-school soul music. Leaking enthusiasm, they put on the kind of show that leaves you joyful.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Railbird / Will Knox / Arum Rae

Saturday / October 18, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sarah Pedinotti is a songwriter and musician from Saratoga Springs, New York. She has released three albums independently. In 2003 and 2005, Billboard editor Thom Duffy listed her albums among the ten best of the year.

Pedinotti is one of seven in a family of artists. She began performing at her parents' jazz bistro at the age of 12. Over the years she has performed with many artists, including members of the Wynton Marsalis Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. One review called her songs "mini short stories," comparing them to Jacques Brel, Dr. John, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Waits.

Will Knox is an export from London. An alternative-folk singer/songwriter with influences ranging from Ryan Adams to Nick Drake to José González, Knox can be found running around in New York promoting his Buckled Knees EP.

Also appearing: Arum Rae

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

Dorian Holley / Evan Anderson

Friday / October 17, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Dorian Holley has 22 years of experience in the music industry, including film, television, recording, and live performance. He also produces, writes, and teaches vocal performance and background singing. He has toured with Michael Jackson, Queen Latifah, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Lionel Richie, and Linda Ronstadt and performed with many others, including Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, Christina Aguilera, and Mary J. Blige.

Admission: 
Free for Berklee students, $10 for general public at the door only.

G.H.R.: Rafal Rokicki and Friends

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

A piano/bass/drums trio will perform original compositions in a mixture of jazz with European influences by group leader Rafal Rokicki with drummer Thomas Hartman and bassist Zak Croxall.

Admission: 

Gamelan Galak Tika and Ensemble Robot

Thursday / October 30, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Music for robots, gamelan, and other Western instruments by members of Gamelan Galak Tika and Ensemble Robot, presented by faculty member Ramon Castillo. Our sound mixes Balinese music, rock, jazz, funk, musique concrète, and ambient electronica. We are the only collaboration of Balinese Ggmelan and musical robots anywhere.

This concert features a collaboration between Gamelan Galak Tika and Ensemble Robot, two extremely experimental groups in the Boston area. We will present a concert of new works by group members that feature elements of Balinese gamelan infused with western instrumentalists, electronic sounds, and robotic musicians. The program will include "Agak-Agak" by Ramon Castillo (Berklee faculty), "SSSS" by Midori Matsuo (Berklee student), "Rice Combo" by Po-Chun Wang (Berklee alumnus), "Mars Rover and Snow White" by Christine Southworth, and a new work by Sachi Sato (Berklee alumnus).

Admission: 

Sean Jones

Thursday / October 30, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sean Jones is a world-class trumpeter and composer who has released four albums on Mack Avenue Records and is featured on the Grammy-Award-winning Turned to Blue by Nancy Wilson. With each new project he adds a new style to his repertoire—modern bop, funk/soul, gospel—and on Kaleidoscope, his latest release, he showcases the music and voices of top-flight singers. This show will feature a brief set by Sean and his band that will segue into jam sessions with Berklee students.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Sean Jones

Wednesday / October 29, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sean Jones

Sean Jones is a world-class trumpeter and composer who has released four albums on Mack Avenue Records and is featured on the Grammy-Award-winning Turned to Blue by Nancy Wilson. With each new project he adds a new style to his repertoire—modern bop, funk/soul, gospel—and on Kaleidoscope, his latest release, he showcases the music and voices of top-flight singers. This show will feature a brief set by Sean and his band that will segue into jam sessions with Berklee students.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

The Brakes / An Horse / Ann Driscoll

Friday / October 24, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Brakes

The Brakes are a genuine rock and roll band at first glance. However, given a closer look, elements of folk, jazz, and even post-rock reveal themselves, making their sound a distinct intertwining of American music, held together by insightful lyrics and memorable songs. Their musicality shines through as the members switch instruments, trading guitars, basses, and keyboards for trumpets and saxophones. The band's success is evident in the range of acts that this band has shared the bill with: from Dave Matthews Band to the Hold Steady, from Live to Willie Nelson and John Fogerty.

This past spring, their diverse talents were highlighted when the band took on dual city residencies, performing weekly in New York and Philadelphia. Inhabiting the Knitting Factory in NYC every Tuesday and Milkboy in Ardmore, PA every Thursday, the band effortlessly transitioned from famed New York rock club to intimate listening room, often rearranging their songs for each setting. These historic performances were captured on record with the help of Milkboy Recording's Tommy Joyner (Gomez, the Dixie Hummingbirds). The album, entitled Tale of Two Cities is on sale now.

Having just got off of tour with Tegan & Sarah and Death Cab for Cutie, An Horse are a unique and captivating pop indie duo from Australia.

Ann Driscoll has released her first self-titled EP. It has six songs which she wrote and on which she performed all the instruments.

Admission: 
$12 general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

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