Concert

The Eighth Annual New Music Festival

Tuesday / February 16, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This event showcases original arrangements or compositions in different styles performed by a variety of musical groups, including Silvina Moreno, Ferrous Wheel, SuperVolcano, Deezy and the Brobots, and Eva Louhivuori.

Admission: 

Logan 5 and the Runners / LipTease / Brite Lite Brite

Friday / February 26, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
LipTease

Electro-pop performers Logan 5 and the Runners and LipTease co-headline this explosive evening of music, with special guest Brite Lite Brite.

With icy synths and strangled guitars, Boston's Logan 5 and the Runners are the sound of Britpop thrown into "a neurotic disarray, not from an elitist high, but from a deep-down scavenger low" (Boston Phoenix). Though named after cult '70s movie Logan's Run and inspired by cinema, the band eschews political sci-fi for French New Wave and Valley of the Dolls. Featurette (2009) was released to rave reviews. Members include frontman David Berndt, keyboardist/trumpeter Chris Barrett, bassist Mike DeLisle, drummer Marc Beaulieu, and guitarist Nick Balkin.

Liptease has grown from a concept to an independent work of art. The band has a vibe that is free and eclectic with no boundaries. With many influences, ranging from electronic to r&b to neo-pop, the band is rediscovering today's musical heritage.

Brite Lite Brite's debut album, Universe Universe, marks their move toward organic electronica and a preoccupation with life and our universe. Brite Lite Brite's career highlights include winning the grand prize, electronica category, in the 2007 John Lennon Songwriting contest. The band was chosen by MTV to open the 2008 Choose or Lose Tour, by Platform One Entertainment as part of their Spring 2009 Campus Music Invasion, and by Gap Stores to perform in August 2009 at the largest-ever simultaneous live acoustic music event.

Admission: 
$8 general admission; student discount available at Berklee Performance Center box office

Puscifer

Tuesday / March 16, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Puscifer

Puscifer is a side project of Maynard James Keenan from the bands Tool and A Perfect Circle. As Keenan is the only permanent member, he considers the project to be his "creative subconscious."

While one might imagine Keenan would have enough going on to keep him busy as a frontman with the groups Tool and A Perfect Circle, in 2007 he decided to record an album under yet another name with Puscifer. Described by Keenan as "the space where my id, ego, and anima all come together to exchange cookie recipes," Puscifer first appeared as the name of a fictional band Keenan fronted in a cameo on the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show in 1995. It wasn't until 2003 that Keenan actually recorded under the name.

Organized less as a traditional rock band, and more as a musical collective with a rotating lineup of likeminded artists, Puscifer's early recording projects featured a large cast of noted musicians, including Tim Alexander from Primus, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk from Audioslave and Rage Against the Machine, former King Crimson member Trey Gunn, violinist Lisa Germano, pop singer/songwriter Jonny Polonsky, and actress/vocalist Milla Jovovich.

Admission: 
$45, $35, reserved seating

Puscifer

Monday / March 15, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Puscifer

Puscifer is a side project of Maynard James Keenan from the bands Tool and A Perfect Circle. As Keenan is the only permanent member, he considers the project to be his "creative subconscious."

While one might imagine Keenan would have enough going on to keep him busy as a frontman with the groups Tool and A Perfect Circle, in 2007 he decided to record an album under yet another name with Puscifer. Described by Keenan as "the space where my id, ego, and anima all come together to exchange cookie recipes," Puscifer first appeared as the name of a fictional band Keenan fronted in a cameo on the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show in 1995. It wasn't until 2003 that Keenan actually recorded under the name.

Organized less as a traditional rock band, and more as a musical collective with a rotating lineup of likeminded artists, Puscifer's early recording projects featured a large cast of noted musicians, including Tim Alexander from Primus, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk from Audioslave and Rage Against the Machine, former King Crimson member Trey Gunn, violinist Lisa Germano, pop singer/songwriter Jonny Polonsky, and actress/vocalist Milla Jovovich.

Admission: 
$45, $35, reserved seating

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper

Thursday / February 11, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Considered one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation, Mike Cleveland performs with his group Flamekeeper.

Mike Cleveland—vocals, fiddle

Cleveland picked up a fiddle at age 4, and his talent was recognized early. In 1993 he made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. His list of guest apperances over the years is a who's-who of bluegrass legends, including J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Doc Watson, and Mac Wiseman. After high school Cleveland toured with Dale Ann Bradley and Rhonda Vincent before going on to record several solo albums. Since 2001, he has won the International Bluegrass Music Association Fiddle Player of the Year Award seven times. Today Cleveland is a sought-after guest and an active studio musician. He lives in Charlestown, Indiana.

Tom Adams—vocals, guitar

First gaining national recognition more than 20 years ago as banjo player with the legendary Jimmy Martin, Adams was hailed as Earl Scruggs's heir apparent with his 1990 recording Right Hand Man. A three-time IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year, Adams has performed and recorded with some of bluegrass music's most influential artists, including Blue Highway, Rhonda Vincent, and Dale Ann Bradley. Recently Adams returned to performing on his first instrument, guitar. He lives with his family in Pennsylvania. 

Jessie Baker—banjo

Baker taught himself the major chords at age 11 after receiving a ten-dollar pawn-shop guitar from his grandma. He soon gravitated to what is now his main instrument, the banjo. Although he is not yet out of his teens, Baker has played with a long list of artists, including Marty Raybon, Wildfire, and the Wildwood Valley Boys as well as his family band, the Baker Boys. Baler lives in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Jesse Brock—vocals, mandolin

2009 IBMA Mandolin Performer of the Year, Brock has spent a lifetime in bluegrass, starting with his family band at the age of nine. He was an integral part of Cleveland's two solo albums, and was his bandmate for three years in the Dale Ann Bradley Band. Brock is also a solo artist in his own right, with Kickin' Grass on Pinecastle Records. Brock lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Marshall Wilborn—vocals, bass

2009 IBMA Bass Performer of the Year, Wilborn has played with some of the great bluegrass bands, including Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys, the Johnson Mountain Boys, and the Lynn Morris Band. He is also a great singer and songwriter, with songs recorded by Alison Krauss, Doyle Lawson, and others. He is an experienced bass teacher, and produced a set of instruction videos for the Murphy Method. Marshall lives in Winchester, Virginia, with his wife Lynn Morris.

Admission: 

Metal Night: Ethan Brosh / Typherus

Wednesday / February 3, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ethan Brosh

Ethan Brosh headlines Metal Night at the Red Room. His debut album Out of Oblivion was released on Magna Carta Records in March 2009. Also playing is Typherus.

Admission: 
$5

Heavy Metal/Hardcore Meets Neo-Soul

Monday / February 1, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert featuring two of the college's most creative ensembles: Heavy Metal/Hardcore and Neo-Soul.

Admission: 

Mike Clark Concert

Wednesday / February 17, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Visiting artist Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America's foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock's group in the early 1970s. Mike became known as a major innovator through his incisive playing on Hancock's Thrust album, which garnered him an international cult following.

Mike has performed with jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Woody Shaw, Larry Coryell, Jack Wilkins, Wallace Roney, Geri Allen, Billy Childs, James Genus, Bob Hurst, Chris Potter, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Dave Liebman, Nat Adderley, Oscar Brown Jr., Bill Doggett, Mose Allison, Maxine Brown, and Gil Evans and his orchestra, and did a stint with Brand X, the acclaimed British fusion band founded by Phil Collins. He has performed throughout the world at all the major jazz venues and festivals.

Featured in DownbeatMusicianInternational Musician & Recording WorldModern DrummerJazz TimesGuitar PlayerJazz Is, and numerous jazz history and method books, Mike is a former faculty member of Drummers Collective, and is a popular and busy clinician around the country. His book Funk Drumming: Innovative Grooves & Advanced Concepts was published by Hal Leonard and is a bestseller.

Called "the most sampled drummer in hip hop" Mike's beats have been used on tracks by musicians as diverse as NWA, Grandmaster Flash, Britney Spears, Prince, and many others.

His numerous recording credits include albums with Herbie Hancock, the Headhunters, Brand X, Eddie Henderson, Jack Wilkins, Marc Puricelli, Mike Wolff, and Alien Army, a group led by guitar great Jack Wilkins. As a bandleader, his release Give the Drummer Some was very enthusiastically received, earning a rare four and a half stars inDownbeat, as was The Funk Stops Here, a joint effort with Hancock alumni Paul Jackson. In 2001, his solo CD Actual Proof met with critical acclaim, as did the 2003 acoustic jazz release Summertime, featuring Chris Potter and Billy Childs, which spent many weeks in the top ten charts.

Other efforts included a compilation of his legendary, innovative funk beat samples, Mike Clark: The Headhunter; a re-release of the widely acclaimed Thrust album; and, in 1998, The Return of the Headhunters, featuring Herbie Hancock. Next came Herbie Hancock's Box Set, featuring Headhunters classics "Actual Proof" and "Butterfly," from Thrust, a few choice cuts from Manchild, and also some historical tracks from the classic Flood, previously only available in Japan. Evolution/Revolution featured the latest Headhunter configuration, with original founding members Mike, Bill Summers, and Paul Jackson joined by Donald Harrison, Victor Atkins (Los Hombres Caliente), and Nicholas Payton.

His band Prescription Renewal debuted in the winter of 2000 and electrified audiences across the country with an eclectic core of cross-generational multi-talents such as Charlie Hunter, Fred Wesley, Skerik, Robert Walter, and DJ Logic, and always featured stellar special guests such as George Porter Jr. of Funky Meters' fame, Kyle Hollingsworth of String Cheese Incident, Les Claypool, Will Bernard, Larry Goldings, and fellow Headhunters alumnus Bill Summers. It proved a hit on the thriving young jam band scene. Touring concurrently that year and the next was the Roots Funk All Stars, another hot ad hoc association that married Mike with James Brown trombonist Fred Wesley, former Headhunter cohort and funk bassist legend Paul Jackson, Lonnie Smith, and Robben Ford. In 2004 he teamed up for a series of gigs with fellow drumming legend Lenny White in a two-drummer powerhouse band called New Brew, featuring music inspired by Miles Davis's landmark recording Bitches Brew.

Mike is currently busy touring with his own Prescription Organ Trio/Duo, featuring Jerry Z, doing clinics and performing at clubs and concerts nationwide. He's also a regular in pianist Mike Wolf's band, Impure Thoughts, and continues to do Headhunters projects around the world.

Admission: 

Christopher Barnes

Thursday / February 4, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
Free

Haitian Relief Open Mic

Saturday / February 6, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sign up in the coffee house. The list will start to form at 6:00 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

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