Concert

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.

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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

Jaggery / Sxip Shirey

Friday / February 5, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jaggery

Jaggery is a Boston-based collective that works the dark edge of a genre-defying musical style (darkwave jazz?). They bring to mind a more classical, organic, avant-jazz oriented Cocteau Twins, or a "white witch" counter to the haunting Diamanda Galas. Special guest Sxip Shirey.

 

 

 

Admission: 
$10

The Zodiac Trio Plays Bartók, Stravinsky, and List

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

Featured in the London-based international MUSO magazine as one of the leading chamber groups of its generation, the Zodiac Trio has been praised by critics for their "truly exceptional talent" (Nice-Matin, France) and "musicality of rare intensity" (La Tribune de Lyon, France), and been declared "excellent, talented and committed" by the New York Concert Review and "awe-inspiring" by NYC.com. Formed at the Manhattan School of Music in 2005, the Zodiac Trio was the protégé of the famed Ysaye Quartet at the Paris Superior Conservatory.

The young ensemble has been welcomed on many leading stages throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. Since its formation, the Zodiac Trio has been awarded prizes at a number of national and international competitions, including the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition (OH), FNAPEC Ensemble Competition (Paris), International Chamber Music Competition of Duchi D'Aqcuaviva (Italy), Val Tidone International Music Competition (Italy), the Cziffra Foundation (France), Joyce Dutka Foundation for the Arts (New York), International Peninsula Young Artist Festival in California and the ProMusica Ensemble Competition (France), among others. The ensemble has also received a Recording Grant and Commission Grant from Co-Op press, is a laureate of the 6th International Osaka Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and was recently awarded the Encore Grant from the American Composers Forum to support the collaboration with composer Andrew List.

Individually, the trio members have performed throughout the United States, South America, Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, China, and Japan. As soloists, members of the Zodiac Trio have appeared with the Ghent Symphony Orchestra, Geneva Symphony, Marseille Symphony Orchestra, Cannes Philharmonic Orchestra, Couer d'Alene Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, and others, collaborating with such legendary musicians as Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Boulez, Paquito D'Rivera, Kurt Masur, and many others. The ensemble's debut commercial recording continues to receive airplay throughout the U.S. 

As strong advocates of new music, the trio has commissioned new works in order to expand the clarinet-violin-piano trio repertoire, and strives to serve as a platform of exposure for up-and-coming composers. Their debut commercial recording included two works written for the ensemble. Currently the Zodiac Trio is involved in a number of collaborative projects with emerging composers both in the United States and France.

In 2007, the Zodiac Trio made Paris their headquarters, where they are on the artist roster of the Cziffra Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting Europe's top young artists. The ensemble was chosen by Culture France to receive moral and financial support from the Declic Program, partner with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Mecenat Musical Societe General. The Zodiac Trio also enjoys the generous support of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation, and is represented in Canada by Kanon Artists. 

For further information, visit ZodiacTrio.com or KanonArtists.com.

Admission: 

Brad Byrd / Ben Karis-Nix / Casey Sullivan

Thursday / February 25, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Since singer/songwriter Brad Byrd rereleased his debut album The Ever Changing Picture in 2003 and his EP Release Me in 2007, a number of his songs have been featured on over 20 television shows, independent films, and national ad campaigns. The single "Never Came Back" topped the singer/songwriter charts on Artistdirect.com as the number 1 downloaded song, ahead of artists such as Jewel, Jason Mraz, and Damien Rice. 

Songwriter and multimedia artist Ben Karis-Nix has fortified his reflections on life, love, and the natural world across many miles and media. This year Ben K-N is on the road once again, performing with new sounds-an ensemble of stringed instruments backed by beats, blips, and spacey synths-all emanating from an entourage of his musician pals and a heap of electronic beat-generating gizmos. His music has been featured on the CW show One Tree Hill, MTV'sRoad Rules and Real World, NPR's Weekend Edition, and MySpace Compilation Vol. 1. Over the course of his career Ben has toured or shared the stage with Elliott Smith, Hello Goodbye, Coheed and Cambria, the Roots, and They Might Be Giants.

Casey Sullivan has been writing music since her preteen years. She is now 18 years old and has played in many different venues around Boston, from living rooms to coffeehouses to nightclubs. Her indie folk style derives from many influences, such as Bob Dylan, Regina Spektor, and Conor Oberst. She is now finishing her first semester at Berklee and is working on her first full-length album.

Admission: 
$10, general admission, student discount available at Berklee Performance Center box office

Greg Laswell / David Ryan Harris

Tuesday / February 23, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Greg Laswell returns to the Red Room for a February residency. Laswell's music has been described as densely lyrical, deeply melodic indie pop that refuses to settle into predictability. His songs have been featured in a number of television shows, including Grey's Anatomy (four placements last season alone, including an original song called "Off I Go" recorded specifically for the season finale), True Blood, The Hills, 90210, and Smallville. He's also had some success in the film arena, with songs in Confessions of a Shopaholic and My Sister's Keeper.

David Ryan Harris is searching for the truth in music. He hopes that it is his devotion to the truth that connects him to an audience. Raised in Atlanta, he heard music, melodies, and stories in his head as a child. After experimenting with drums, piano, and other instruments in his teens, he began his love/hate affair with the guitar. David has worked with many great artists, including Dave Matthews, Santana, and Marc Broussard, and is getting ready to head out on tour with John Mayer's band.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

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