Concert

Toby Lightman / Aslyn

Saturday / June 5, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Toby Lightman

Toby Lightman released her debut album on Lava Records in March of 2004 and spent the better part of a year on the road, touring with such notable singer/songwriters as Howie Day, Gavin DeGraw, Josh Kelley, and Edwin McCain. The highlight was an unforgettable opening slot with Prince on his Musicology tour. You also might know Lightman from her singles "Devils and Angels" and "Real Love," or from her appearances on Letterman, Conan, and The Today Show.

Lightman released her second album, Bird on a Wire, to good reviews in 2006. She then spent 2006 and 2007 on tour with artists like Marc Broussard, Sons of William, Taylor Hicks, and Carbon Leaf, with a trip on the Rock Boat in January 2007. Lightman is currently writing new material for her third album.

There's a shocking intimacy to singer-songwriter Aslyn's music. That's not to say that it's full of titillating sexual imagery or blistering diatribes. Listening to her music, you get the sense that you've stumbled across a trunk full of a stranger's letters and that at any moment you'll be discovered reading them. They reveal the stories behind breakups and betrayals, yet they are buoyant, intoxicated by life and love. They are pure Aslyn.

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

Joe Stump: Virtuostic Vendetta

Tuesday / August 3, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Joe Stump

Metal guitar master Joe Stump performs tracks from his lastest solo release, Virtuostic Vendetta, as well as tunes from his extensive back catalogue.

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Joe Firstman and Josh Hoge, with Marianne Keith

Friday / June 11, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Joe Firstman bought an $18 cross-country Greyhound ticket from his home in North Carolina to Los Angeles, arriving with a beat-up guitar and head full of songs. He quickly found the big stage. It all happened quickly: first came the Hollywood gigs, then the industry buzz, then the deal with Atlantic Records and national tours withrock stars like Sheryl Crow, Jewel, and Willie Nelson. There was ego and excess and beautiful ladies and music, music, music. Firstman wrote it all down and sang his songs like his life depended on it.

When the world stopped spinning, he’d landed a regular gig as the bandleader on Last Call with Carson Daly. For four years, this was his university—playing and writing songs in whatever style the show’s musical guests played and learning how to engage a studio audience, day in and day out. That gig ended in early 2009.

Upon anchoring in L.A., Josh Hoge quickly became friends with hit-maker and future super-star Ne-Yo. Together, the pair began to work on a series of songs. A strained personal relationship brought Josh back to Nashville where he eventually signed to Epic Records. His debut single, "360," soon followed.  

Marianne Keith
 wears her heart on her sleeve, penning songs that seek to capture the essence of falling into—and losing—love. Growing up singing in church choirs and playing in the school band, Keith started to play professionally around her hometown of Redlands, CA, where she garnered a local following as well as critical accolades.

Admission: 
$10

The Chicken Thieves

Sunday / July 11, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
United States
02171
The Chicken Thieves

The Chicken Thieves is one of the most talented gypsy jazz bands on the East Coast. The music is a combination of Django Reinhardt tunes and originals, full of an energy that will bring you in spirit to France and Europe. 

Founded in 2009 by percussionist and guitarist Julien Machet, the band includes, among others, Jonathan Joubert, who for the last four years has been playing endlessly with the gypsies in Paris, including David Reinhardt, grandson of Django; and Ben Powell, a young violinist who has taken lessons with Florin Niculescu, today's best gypsy jazz violinist. This flock of young virtuosi have performed for political events such as the annual gala of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, and much more.

Admission: 
Free

Music of African American Composers

Wednesday / November 24, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The music of various African American composers.

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Those Who Can Teach, Perform!

Monday / December 13, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Each semester students and faculty from the Music Education Department demonstrate their performance skills in an eclectic program.

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Music of South Africa

Wednesday / November 3, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The music of South Africa presented by Joe Galeota.

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Jer Coons

Friday / July 23, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jer Coons

Armed with drop-dead catchy melodies, boyish good looks, and a charm equal to or greater than Paris Hilton, Jer Coons is poised for national recognition. In the meantime, look for Coons on a crowded street near you. His debut LP, Speak, drops September 29, and you can hear his song "Legs" playing in all Hollister stores.

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of show, general admission

Five-Week Performing Songwriter Showcase

Wednesday / August 4, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Students go through a series of two auditions to make it to this final show in the BPC, performing their original songs with an all-star Berklee house band.

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Omar Thomas Large Ensemble

Tuesday / June 8, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Omar Thomas Large ensemble is a full big band, performing original compositions and arrangements in the contemporary jazz idiom. Berklee alum Tavonna Miller will be featured on an arrangement of the Yellowjackets' "The Hope."

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