Concert

Nona Hendryx

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 3:30 p.m.
Target Stage
681 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Nona Hendryx

From her beginnings with Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles (the sweethearts of the Apollo Theater); to LaBelle (a trio with Patti LaBelle and Sarah Dash); followed by a stunning solo career; and then an induction into the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1999, Nona Hendryx has always been on the cutting edge of music. Her songs are edgy, provocative, political, and full of double entendres and empowering messages that enabled the trio to break the traditional girl-group mold. Their stage show was the forerunner of the epic productions we expect today, and they were the only contemporary black group to take their Wear Something Silver show to New York's prestigious Metropolitan Opera House and to major theaters and opera houses across the world. Labelle racked up three gold albums and a No. 1 worldwide hit with "Lady Marmalade (Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?)." Recently, Hendryx toured festivals in Europe with the Daughters of Soul (Sandra St. Victor, Indira Khan, Lisa Simone, Lalah Hathaway, and Joyce Kennedy), toured in the U.S with Cyndi Lauper on the True Colors tour, and reunited with Patti Labelle and Sarah Dash for a 2008-2009 tour.

Admission: 
Free

Terence Blanchard

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Terence Blanchard

Hurricane Katrina informs Crescent City native son Terence Blanchard's impassioned song cycle A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina), a 13-track emotional tour de force of anger, rage, compassion, melancholy, and beauty. A Tale of God's Will features Blanchard's quintet-pianist Aaron Parks, saxophonist Brice Winston, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Kendrick Scott-as well as a 40-member string orchestra-and is his third album for Blue Note Records. (His second album for them, Flow, was nominated for two Grammys in 2006.) An important jumpstart for A Tale of God's Willwas director Spike Lee's decision to document the aftermath of Katrina on film, in what turned out to be the four-hour HBO documentary When The Levees Broke. Lee, who has enlisted Blanchard on numerous occasions to score films such as Mo' Better Blues, Malcolm X, The 25th Hour, and Inside Man, tapped him once again for his documentary. Four of the movie's tracks-"Levees," "Wading Through," "The Water," and "Funeral Dirge"-formed a nucleus of material for A Tale of God's Will. "Requiem tells the story," Blanchard says, "that needs to heard so that people will continue to talk about what happened after Katrina."

 

Admission: 
$28

Terence Blanchard

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Terence Blanchard

Hurricane Katrina informs Crescent City native son Terence Blanchard's impassioned song cycle A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina), a 13-track emotional tour de force of anger, rage, compassion, melancholy, and beauty. A Tale of God's Will features Blanchard's quintet-pianist Aaron Parks, saxophonist Brice Winston, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Kendrick Scott—as well as a 40-member string orchestra—and is his third album for Blue Note Records. (His second album for them, Flow, was nominated for two Grammys in 2006.) An important jumpstart for A Tale of God's Will was director Spike Lee's decision to document the aftermath of Katrina on film, in what turned out to be the four-hour HBO documentary When The Levees Broke. Lee, who has enlisted Blanchard on numerous occasions to score films such as Mo' Better Blues, Malcolm X, The 25th Hour, and Inside Man, tapped him once again for his documentary. Four of the movie's tracks—"Levees," "Wading Through," "The Water," and "Funeral Dirge"—formed a nucleus of material for A Tale of God's Will. "Requiem tells the story," Blanchard says, "that needs to heard so that people will continue to talk about what happened after Katrina."

Admission: 
$28

Vocal Summit Jam Session

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

A vocal jam session as part of Vocal Summit.

Admission: 

Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
BeanTown Stage
Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Al Kooper

In 1958, Al Kooper began his professional career as guitarist in the Royal Teens ("Short Shorts"). He metamorphosized into a Tin Pan Alley songwriter with cuts by Gary Lewis, Gene Pitney, Keely Smith, Carmen McRae, Pat Boone, Freddie Cannon, Lulu, Lorraine Ellison, and Donny Hathaway and later was sampled by the Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Pharcyde, and Alchemist.

In the mid-'60s, Kooper was a member of the Blues Project and then founded Blood, Sweat & Tears, remaining only for their debut album. He then slipped his producer hat on and began with the top-ten album Super Session in 1968, featuring Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills. He is well known for his organ playing on Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." His playing skills have graced the works of the Rolling Stones; George Harrison; the Who; Jimi Hendrix; Peter, Paul & Mary; Tom Petty; Joe Cocker; B.B. King; Taj Mahal, Alice Cooper, and scores more.

Major moments include playing piano, organ, and French horn for the Rolling Stones on "You Can't Always Get What You Want"; keyboards on George Harrison's No. 1 hit "All Those Years Ago"; and keys on The Who Sell Out and on Electric Ladyland for Jimi Hendrix. As a producer he is best known for discovering Lynyrd Skynyrd and producing their first three albums, including "Sweet Home Alabama," "Free Bird," "Gimme Three Steps," and "Saturday Night Special." His other producing clients included the Tubes, Nils Lofgren, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the Staple Singers, Lorraine Ellison, Bob Dylan, Joe Ely, Thelonious Monster, and Green on Red. His autobiography, Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards, is considered by many to be a rock 'n' roll must-read. He scored Hal Ashby's first film, The Landlord; John Waters' film, Cry Baby; Michael Mann's TV series, Crime Story; and Peter Riegert's recent directorial debut King of the Corner. His live show accompanied by his band of Berklee professors, the Funky Faculty, has been acclaimed all over the world. In 2006, he received the Milestone Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2007 the AES awarded him the Les Paul Award, and in 2008 he was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. At 65, he shows no signs of retirement, with a new album, White Chocolate; more live concerts; and the brisk sale of his book.

Admission: 
Free

Julian Lage Trio

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 2:15 p.m.
BeanTown Stage
Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Julian Lage

When Julian Lage emerged on the music scene 13 years ago, the young San Francisco Bay Area musician was not only deemed a guitar-playing prodigy, but he was also offered record deals on numerous occasions. Playing a unique style that melded blues, classical, folk, and jazz influences, Lage decided to wait for the right moment to document his own music. He chose instead to become a sideman with established instrumentalists like Gary Burton and to collaborate with contemporaries such as pianist Taylor Eigsti. Along the way, Lage received recognition from musical luminaries, including Herbie Hancock and Béla Fleck, and patiently waited until he was ready to go into a studio with a band of like-minded players to realize his own musical vision. Now the time has come. At the age of 21, the Boston-based Lage releases his debut album, Sounding Point on EmArcy Records, an imprint of Universal Records. The music ranges from composed works and impromptu improvisations in duo and trio settings to solo excursions and a finale capped by a masterful rendering of Miles Davis's "All Blues." Lage also delivers impressively original covers of Elliott Smith 's "Alameda" and Neal Hefti's "Lil' Darlin'."

Admission: 
Free

Battle for Five-Week

Saturday / June 19, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Battle for Five-Week

The Five-Week Summer Performance Program, now in its 22nd year, is the largest, most comprehensive summer music program available. It attracts roughly 900 participants from across the U.S. and 50 different countries and focuses on all aspects of musical performance. Students play in ensembles, develop improvisational and reading skills, improve technique through weekly private lessons and enjoy lectures and demonstrations by well-known Berklee faculty and visiting artists.

The final four bands—Jaci and Those Guys, Ria, GJ, and Fellow Freak—will battle it out in a Battle of the Bands on Saturday, June 19 at Cafe 939 in front of an audience of Berklee faculty, students, Boston music industry experts, press, and more. A panel of judges will determine the final scholarship winner. These four bands will travel to Berklee’s campus, creating “Road to Berklee” videos for Berklee staff, students, Sonicbids teammates, fans, and family to enjoy at www.sonicbids.com/BerkleeBattle. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and admission is free.

Admission: 
Free

Dear Havanah

Thursday / June 17, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Soulful, young, and energetic are three defining words for Boston-based, rock-infused, jam trio Dear Havanah. With their melodic hooks and honest, uninhibited live shows, the band is making waves. Dear Havanah has been tirelessly touring clubs and college campuses from the Northeast to the Midwest, making a name for themselves across the country. The band is currently collaborating with Soulive drummer Alan Evans on its second album. Evans is producing the new record, which is set for a release in summer 2010. 

Admission: 
Free

Jon Batiste Band

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 4:45 p.m.
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Jon Batiste

Jonathan Batiste is part of a culturally significant lineage of New Orleans musical families known worldwide. At the age of 8, he was already featured singing with his family in Japan. He later performed with them on percussion, and by 12 had found his destiny: the piano. Since then he has performed, recorded, and toured over 30 countries with artists such as Harry Connick Jr., Abbey Lincoln, Jimmy Buffett, Lenny Kravitz, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, and currently with Cassandra Wilson and Roy Hargrove. He debuted at Carnegie Hall when he was 18 years old and has performed at major music festivals worldwide. He has three CD releases under his own name, the first when he was 17 and still studying at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) High School in New Orleans. He is also a graduate of the Juillard School in New York. 

Admission: 
Free

The Boogaloo Swamis

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 3:30 p.m.
BeanTown Stage
Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02215
The Boogaloo Swamis

The Boogaloo Swamis combine their rhythmic Cajun and zydeco music with Rockabilly, Tex Mex, blues, and original tunes for a hot musical gumbo. Four-time winners of Boston Music Awards' Outstanding World Music Act, the Boogaloo Swamis, true to their roots, create a party wherever they perform.

Admission: 
Free

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