Concert

Celebration of African Music

Monday / April 26, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A celebration of African Music featuring student performers from around the world, produced by Joey Guglielmo '13.

Admission: 

Nini & Ben

Saturday / July 24, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Nini & Ben

Two sixteen year olds were en route to a birthday party and realized they didn't have a gift. "Let's write him a song," they thought. Unbeknownst to them, that afternoon sparked a partnership between two songwriters who would fall in love with each other and the gypsy lifestyle they were bound to lead.

Waking up in a ragged old VW bus. Performing at clubs and cafes. Writing songs on acoustic guitars and Wurlitzers. This simple and unpredictable way of living has yielded the most profound moments of their lives that are captured in their warm and expressive songs. The duo have spent years performing all over the U.S., Europe, and Australia. 

In 2007, they settled in Boston, where they found their musical family: bassist Derek McWilliams, drummer Jake Cohen, guitarist Johnny Duke, and pedal steelist Tommy Bohlen. 

Nini & Ben were selected out of 400 acts to be featured on the Heavy Rotation Records compilation. This past November, they self-released their debut full length LP, The Reasons We Try, produced by Rich Mendelson (The Cars, Boston, Paul Simon) and recorded at legendary Avatar Studios in Manhattan. Nini sang into the same condenser microphone as Norah Jones.

Admission: 
Free

Folk Arts Quartet

Friday / June 19, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Folk Arts Quartet

The Folk Arts Quartet has stormed the global folk scene, combining traditional styles from the fiddle world with the arts heritage of the classical string quartet. The result is a new, grooving, and prodigiously tasteful progressive string quartet pioneering a new genre: "ChamberGrass."

The original members met while studying at Berklee, arranging traditional Celtic and old-time tunes and original compositions using an array of techniques and ideas. Their groovy, contemporary style nods to their many influences and breathes new life into folk and chamber music. The quartet has had the honor of being mentored by some of the best contemporary string players around, including Eugene Friesen, Mads Tolling, Matt Glaser, and John McGann. The band released its self-titled debut to critical acclaim in 2009.

Admission: 

Folk Arts Quartet

Friday / June 19, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125

The Folk Arts Quartet has stormed the global folk scene, combining traditional styles from the fiddle world with the arts heritage of the classical string quartet. The result is a new, grooving, and prodigiously tasteful progressive string quartet pioneering a new genre: "ChamberGrass."

The original members met while studying at Berklee, arranging traditional Celtic and old-time tunes and original compositions using an array of techniques and ideas. Their groovy, contemporary style nods to their many influences and breathes new life into folk and chamber music. The quartet has had the honor of being mentored by some of the best contemporary string players around, including Eugene Friesen, Mads Tolling, Matt Glaser, and John McGann. The band released its self-titled debut to critical acclaim in 2009.

Admission: 

Liz Longley

Thursday / August 26, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Liz Longley

Liz Longley's open approach to songwriting across several genres is not only why her music defies classification, it is also why music lovers seem so taken with her performances—they get to enjoy a little country, some acoustic pop, the blues, and even some jazz.

During the past year, Longley has received accolades and awards recognizing her as one of the finest new talents writing songs today. In 2010, she took the Overall Grand Prize, amongst 9,000 entries, in the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA). Last summer she garnered three of the top honors on the acoustic music scene: 2009 cowinner of the Mountain Stage New Song Contest, finalist in the 2009 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition, and grand prize winner of the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival's Songwriter Showcase. 

In addition to regularly sharing the stage with Livingston Taylor, Longley has opened for acclaimed artists Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, Colin Hay, Nanci Griffith, Jesse Colin Young, and Jonathan Edwards. 

Admission: 
Free

Nini & Ben

Thursday / July 29, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Nini & Ben

Two sixteen year olds were en route to a birthday party and realized they didn't have a gift. "Let's write him a song," they thought. Unbeknownst to them, that afternoon sparked a partnership between two songwriters who would fall in love with each other and the gypsy lifestyle they were bound to lead.

Waking up in a ragged old VW bus. Performing at clubs and cafes. Writing songs on acoustic guitars and Wurlitzers. This simple and unpredictable way of living has yielded the most profound moments of their lives that are captured in their warm and expressive songs. The duo have spent years performing all over the U.S., Europe, and Australia. 

In 2007, they settled in Boston, where they found their musical family: bassist Derek McWilliams, drummer Jake Cohen, guitarist Johnny Duke, and pedal steelist Tommy Bohlen. 

Nini & Ben were selected out of 400 acts to be featured on the Heavy Rotation Records compilation. This past November, they self-released their debut full length LP, The Reasons We Try, produced by Rich Mendelson (The Cars, Boston, Paul Simon) and recorded at legendary Avatar Studios in Manhattan. Nini sang into the same condenser microphone as Norah Jones.

Admission: 
Free

Sierra Hull

Thursday / July 8, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull displays instrumental facility and musical maturity well beyond her age with Secrets, her national debut album. Hull began playing mandolin at age eight, and quickly became noted on the national festival scene for her fluid, inventive picking-winning several mandolin and guitar championships in the process. 

Hull has developed into an exquisite vocalist, as amply demonstrated by the largely vocal-driven material that composesSecrets. Working closely with co-producer Ron Block (Alison Krauss and Union Station), her vocal performances are disarmingly tender and eloquent, yet delivered with the confidence and honesty necessary to cut through a top-notch bluegrass ensemble. Among the musicians and vocalists joining her on Secrets are Block, Barry Bales, Dennis Crouch, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Clay Hess, Rob Ickes, Chris Jones, Jason Moore, Tony Rice, Dan Tyminski, Jim VanCleve, and the remarkably hard-driving seventeen-year-old banjo phenom Cory Walker, who has already played alongside Sierra for several years.

Hull was a featured performer on the Great High Mountain Tour, which included an all-star bluegrass lineup performing songs from the soundtracks of the hit movies O Brother Where Art Thou and Cold Mountain. A seasoned performer, she has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry radio and television shows and shared the stage with bluegrass legends Alison Krauss, IIIrd Tyme Out, Sam Bush, Mountain Heart, and Ricky Skaggs.

An active member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Hull has been performing in that organization's annual convention showcases of young bluegrass talent since she was ten. As co-host (with Ryan Holladay) of IBMA's educational DVD releaseDiscover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music, she played an integral part in their effort to introduce young audiences to this uniquely American genre.

Admission: 
Free

Emily Elbert

Thursday / July 1, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Emily Elbert

Raised in Texas on a musical diet of Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Taylor, and '60s radio, 21-year-old Emily Elbert first picked up the guitar when she was 15. Her self-taught approach on the instrument grew to include singing and songwriting, and her passionate involvement in these three soon led to the creation of her debut CD of original material, Bright Side, in 2006.

Elbert then moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, but simultaneously continues to maintain a musical career. She's toured with G Love & Special Sauce and Kaki King, and was a featured artist at the North American Folk Music Alliance in Memphis. Boston-based WUMB-FM radio named her the Best New Artist of 2008. She has played more than 300 gigs worldwide, from Los Angeles to New York, from Alaska to Tennessee, from Peru to Puerto Rico, and has just returned from Scotland, where she was a guest of the Burnsong International Songwriting Contest, played for Scottish Parliament, and was broadcast on BBC Radio. Elbert is currently in the process of recording her second studio album in New York, expected to be released in fall 2010.

Admission: 
Free

Dear Havanah

Tuesday / June 1, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Dear Havanah

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 their second album. Evans is producing the new record, which is set for a release in summer 2010.

Admission: 
Free

Kelly Bartley

Tuesday / July 20, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Kelly Bartley

As part of the band Up Yonder with Shaun Fleming, Nicky Egan, John Ryan, Wayne Whittaker, and Josh Jones, Kelly Bartlett's music ranges from southern rock and folk to pop and soul. With a focus on four‐part vocal harmonies and a laid-back groove, Up Yonder has been performing around the Boston area and in the Bahamas.

Bartley has studied under renowned music instructor Elaine Overholt and recorded with Bill King's Saturday Night Fish Fry and two-time Grammy winner John D. Thomas at Cherokee Studios in Miami Beach. She has gigged all over South Florida as a solo artist and with the jazz band the Crafters. She has been a featured performer at the Art Basel Festival and Borscht Film Festival in Miami.

At Berklee, Bartley was part of the development of the 2010 Jazz Revelation Records CD, and her song "So High" was chosen for the Music Synthesis Departmental CD. She also scored a Harvard graduate film to be featured in the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in France.

After the devastating 8.8 earthquake that shook her home country, Bartley recorded "Levantemos Nuestro Chile," a song dedicated to the people of Chile. The song has served as an anthem of unity and support.

Admission: 
Free

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