Concert

Rachael Yamagata

Monday / September 29, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rachael Yamagata

A few rounds of heartbreak … a broken wrist … eight stitches … a blown-out eardrum … and label realignment.

It wasn’t easy getting here for Rachael Yamagata. Three years after she began to appear on the public’s radar with her self-titled debut EP and full-length album Happenstance, Yamagata will release Elephants…Teeth Sinking into Heart, a single record in two parts, on October 7, 2008.

The nine tracks on Elephants are darker and more vulnerable than the five gritty, defiant rock songs on Teeth Sinking into Heart. Taken together, the two halves present a complete timeline of the emotions that revolve around complicated relationships and the accompanying fallout.

Yamagata sometimes worries that her need to analyze heartache in her songwriting is too often mistaken as depressed obsession. After all, her songs are famously populated by breakups. “I see it more as a fascination with human relationships and behavior,” she says, “the struggles we create and the strength we gain.” Her lyrics display an ability to draw new wisdom and confidence from every devastating experience in the hope that the next time will be different. Elephants…Teeth Sinking into Heart, reveal a woman not only undaunted by such losses, but smart enough to know she deserves a lot more than she’s been asking for.

Admission: 
$25 general admission

The Sal DiFusco Project

Wednesday / September 17, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Original jazz-rock fusion compositions with saxophone, keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums will be performed under the direction of faculty guitarist Sal DiFusco.

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Fourth Annual String Department Faculty Concert

Tuesday / September 16, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's string department is the most diverse in the world, and the annual "welcome back" concert, coordinated by faculty violinist Mimi Rabson, reflects that diversity. Selections will come from many genres, including classical, jazz, traditional, and several unusual combinations. Come delight in the familiar and explore the unexpected.

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Scots At Berklee

Monday / September 15, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student, alumni and faculty led by faculty member saxophonist Gail McArthur straight ahead jazz and fusion originals. This show also introduces the sax quartet formed from the members of Scots at Berklee. The concert will feature soloists Leah Gough-Cooper, Anna Hoffman, Alan Benzie, Patrick Kunka, Diana Leverinton, and special guests.

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Paul Weller

Tuesday / September 9, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Paul Weller

Paul Weller tours in support of his ninth solo album 22 Dreams, which was released this June. "After As Is Now, I thought the time was right to make the sort of record I wanted to make," says Weller of the creative process which led to his extraordinary album. It's a kaleidoscopic tour de force incorporating rock, funk, soul, free jazz, krautrock, classical, spoken word, electronica, and all stops in between. A 70-minute odyssey delivered with a verve and ambition to shame musicians half his age, Weller's latest album is sure to please.

Admission: 
$39.50, reserved seating

The Ferrous Wheel Project / The Soulive Tribute Band

Saturday / September 6, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Ferrous Wheel is a funk band formed by Berklee students, looking to play music that is fun to listen and dance to. Groovy drum and bass, funky keys and guitars, powerful horns and soulful vocals make up the group's unique sound. There is more coming from this band in the future so keep your eyes and ears open if you like to get funky!

Admission: 
Free

Martin Sexton

Friday / December 12, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singer/songwriter Martin Sexton has been hailed by Billboard as "the finest new male singer/songwriter of recent memory," as well as "a vocalist of amazing proficiency and sensual conviction." Sexton tours in support of his seventh record, Seeds.

Admission: 
$32, $26, reserved seating

Wayne Shorter 75th Birthday Celebration

Wednesday / December 3, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The saxophone legend and NEA jazz master Wayne Shorter celebrates his 75th birthday year with his first concert in Boston in more than five years, featuring his quartet with Brian Blade, John Patitucci, and Danilo Perez.

Admission: 
$66, $46, reserved seating

Daniel Lanois

Sunday / November 16, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The legendary producer, who has worked with Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris, and U2, brings his band to the BPC stage to kick off his stay as Berklee artist-in-residence.

Admission: 
$30 general admission

Melissa Ferrick

Saturday / September 13, 2008 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Few artists have Melissa Ferrick's relationship with an audience. Her performances are fierce and funny, outspoken and vulnerable, passionate and real. Boston Globe: "She appeared at times to be channeling Bruce Springsteen and Ricky Lee Jones simultaneously." Language may not be suitable for children. Learn more.

Ferrick's concert celebrates the launch of the GLBT Leadership Fund at Berklee, with all proceeds benefiting the fund. The GLBT Leadership Fund, newly established through an alumni gift, provides support to students working to benefit the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community at Berklee and beyond. Applications are open to any Berklee student, regardless of sexual orientation. Two awards will be granted annually.

Admission: 
$30 general admission

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