Concert

Julia Easterlin

Thursday / September 16, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Julia Easterlin

Julia Easterlin weaves jazz, electronic music, and unexpected instruments (such as Scandinavian Tupperware) into performances that have been described as "mesmerizing" and "Ella Fitzgerald meets Stomp." Her current work involves using a looping station to create tracks in front of the audience, incorporating instruments, vocals, hand claps, tongue clicks and the serendipitous sound events that only a live setting can provide.

Easterlin was the lead soprano for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensembles (2006, 2007), performing with Allen Toussaint, the Neville Brothers, Coolio, Kurt Elling, and James Moody. In 2008 she was presented with Down Beat magazine's Young Jazz Vocalist Award.

Admission: 
Free

Craig Hlady: Six Shades of Blue / Tomo Fujita

Wednesday / July 28, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitar Department faculty member Craig Hlady leads his quartet of original blues-influenced music.

In the second half of the show, the Tomo Fujita Trio will perform tunes from Pure, Fujita's latest album with Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, Steve Jordan, and Will Lee featuring original compositions that mix blues and funk. For Fujita, a Boston-based guitarist, music is not just about playing—it's about feeling. Throughout his extensive career, Fujita has proven that he possesses all the elements of great musicianship: astounding technical ability, flawless rhythm, and a total command of his instrument. But he has also shown a remarkable ability to inject emotion into every phrase he plays, whether the style be blues, jazz, funk, or rock.

Fujita earned a degree at Berklee and has been a faculty member since 1993. Perhaps the most famous of his former Berklee students are Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno ("Kraz") and John Mayer. Fujita is also affiliated with the major music schools in his native Japan. His articles have been published in the Japanese magazines Jazz Life and Jazz Guitar, and he is a regular contributor to the Japanese edition of Guitar magazine. His instructional materials are especially popular in Japan, where players have bought more than 100,000 copies of his videos and books. He has performed with some of the best, including Phil Collins, Ronnie Earl, and Susan Tedeschi. He also enjoyed a guitar-playing gig in a Boston production of the musical Rent.

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Chandler Travis Philharmonic

Monday / August 2, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Chandler Travis Philarmonic is a nine-piece technicolor extravaganza from Boston with a horn section, string bass, mandocello, guitar, drums, accordion, and valet. It's possible they might be the missing link between the Kinks and Sun Ra, shamelessly combining disparate musical forms and using what seems to work at the moment. They perform mostly originals with obscure B-side covers from the '50s and the odd jazz standard thrown in for credibility. Must be heard to be understood.

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Berklee Tower of Power Ensemble Five-Week Welcome Concert

Sunday / July 11, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Comprised of Berklee's finest students, this 17-piece ensemble—one of the college's most prestigious—performs the funk and r&b music of Tower of Power. The group's instrumentation is five vocalists backed by seven horns and a five-piece rhythm section. The group has become famous for its high-powered performances and tight ensemble work.

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Berklee Percussion Festival Faculty Blowout Concert

Friday / June 25, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Percussion Festival Faculty Blowout Concert hosted by Dave Samuels

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Ryan Star / Matt Duke

Monday / June 21, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ryan Star

Ryan Star says that during his childhood, his home record collection was his "bible and education: the Doors, the Stones, Janis, Joni, the Who, Simon and Garfunkel, and countless other legends." He picked up his his brother's neglected guitar, and began learning songs by ear. Stage, a band he formed in high school, grew into New York City prominence while he attended college. Madonna signed the band to Maverick Records, and national touring followed. But Star knew that he wanted something different. He pursued a solo career, participated in the show Rock Star, and is currently signed to Atlantic Records.

Matt Duke looks super-young—almost like a teenager—in photographs, but the sound of his voice and the gravity of his lyrical content make you believe he is an old soul who has been through a lot. “That’s exactly the image I am hoping to project,” says Duke, who incorporates pop, folk, jazz, and rock into his repertoire. His stadium-ready, Vedderesque voice may have mass appeal, but for now you are more likely to see him in a coffeehouse setting, following in the footsteps of some of his heroes such as Ani DiFranco and Conor Oberst.

Admission: 
$10

Larry and His Flask / Dead Ellington

Saturday / June 12, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Larry and His Flask is made up of six young men who play their hearts out every chance they get. With beginnings in Redmond, Oregon, LAHF started playing in late 2003 as a three-piece punk rock band and have since evolved into a six-man hillbilly jamboree. Passion and love of life is what powers them. It's never about drugs, money, or fancy things. It's about those perfect moments in a dank, poorly lit, cramped basement, a star-lit field or a filthy street corner. Those are the moments that will last forever. With no sign of stopping or even breaking pace, it is their every intention to sweat, bleed, travel to the point of exhaustion, and do anything it takes to take the music to the people who need it!

Also appearing: Dead Ellington.

Admission: 
$8

Patrik Gochez

Tuesday / July 13, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Patrik Gochez

Patrik Gochez is an American songwriter, musician, illustrator, and leader of the band WhiteShoeBrownShoe. Considered a "jukebox" writer, he covers an eclectic number of musical styles, from pre-war jazz to r&b to danceable pop/rock. Despite endless ventures into new genres, he retains an identity of his own, as his delivery is honest and expresses much more than harmony, melody, and words. Gochez won the 2006 Granite State Songwriting Competition with the title track from his debut album, Strawberry Bitter Chase.

Admission: 
Free

Russell Lacy

Tuesday / July 27, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Russell Lacy

Russell Lacy is a native Virginian fingerpicker who meshes old-time and bluegrass music with his own interpretations of Delta blues and songster traditions. His songwriting drifts easily from ballads to blues numbers. By playing the chords, melody, and bass simultaneously, Lacy creates a full sound that is reminiscent of John Hurt, Doc Watson, Robert Johnson, and countless others in American roots music. 

Admission: 
Free

Boyce Avenue / Tamar Kaprelian

Friday / July 9, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Boyce Avenue

Boyce Avenue is comprised of three brothers from Sarasota, Florida: Alejandro Manzano (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Fabian Manzano (guitar, background vocals), and Daniel Manzano (bass, background vocals). In just over three years, and as an independent band through the end of 2009, Boyce Avenue has amassed a worldwide online following, sold out shows in major United States markets, and headlined tours in Europe and the Philippines. The band self-produced its debut album, All We Have Left, which will be released on Universal/Republic Records on June 15, 2010.

Admission: 
$12, general admission; $15, day of show

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