Concert

Asobi Seksu / The Tales / Ann Driscoll

Saturday / January 30, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Asobi Seksu

Asobi Seksu, which in Japanese slang translates to "casual sex," is quite possibly the most perfectly named band. So often band names lack a meaningful connection with the sounds that they create, but Asobi Seksu creates a beautiful soundtrack for the act that they're named after. While Asobi Seksu's creative core explored music at an early age (lead vocalist/keyboardist Yuki Chikudate got standing ovations at child prodigy recitals when she was just 8; guitarist/vocalist James Hanna bounced between sludgy hardcore and Mogwai-schooled post-rock in his teens), their potential "career" wasn't put into perspective until a stint at the Manhattan School of Music. And by "put into perspective," we mean finding out what they didn't want to do. Soon after escaping the joyless world of sheet music and classical composition, Hanna began tackling dreamy-but-disorienting soundscapes for the first time. He quickly shifted his focus from singing to starry-eyed chords, however, with Chikudate falling into the frontwoman position without missing a beat. One thing Asobi Seksu has avoided is sheer shoegaze-pop revivalism. While they listen to a lot of into-the-ether music, Hanna and Chikudate are too obsessed with the expansive possibilities of sound to explore one well-treaded path.

The tale of the Tales is short but sweet. They formed in Boston in 2008 with the goal of creating something that struck true to the heart of American pop music. Strongly influenced by the ideals of late '50s and early '60s pop, the Tales emphasize their craft with song structure and vocal harmonies .

Ann Driscoll is a Boston-based singer-songwriter whose appealing indie-pop sound reflects her passion for the Beatles, Britpop, and grunge. Driscoll is plays five different instruments, and her sophisticated melodies and chord progressions combined with her witty and heartfelt lyrics have connected her to fans all across the country and earned her opening slots with nationally renowned bands, including an Horse, Arizona, and the High Strung.

Admission: 
$10

...soihadto... / The McLovins

Friday / January 29, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
...soihadto...

By combining a variety of influences from indie to punk to hardcore to soul-funk and an incomparable melodic approach, the sound of ...soihadto... is as varied and unique as their rapidly growing fan-base. The ...soihadto... story began in 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland. The concept for the band's debut EP was simple: they wanted it to be less of a traditional album and more of a personal invitation to feel and experience a live performance. The EP is a spontaneous, highly kinetic performance and is the closest you can get to being on stage with the band. The band recorded their upcoming album at the Magpie Cage Studio with producer/engineer J. Robbins. While ...soihadto... have just started their journey, the combination of their unique musical stylings and the furious energy of their live performances have made them a rising band to watch.

Also appearing: The McLovins.

Admission: 
$8

Berklee Rainbow Band: A Lifetime Celebration

Wednesday / April 28, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Great classic music from the history of jazz with featured vocalist Aubrey Logan.
Presented by Phil Wilson.

Admission: 

Musical Theater Club

Monday / March 29, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A production of the Musical Theater Club.

Admission: 

Elton John's Aida Showcase

Friday / March 26, 2010 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This program is a showcase for the understudies in the production of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. This is a prelude to the full show which will take place April 21 in the BPC.

Admission: 

Debbie & Friends

Saturday / January 9, 2010 / 10:30 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Debbie & Friends

Get ready for some sing-along, dance-along, laugh-along family fun in this rockin' musical journey through classic kids' tales and original songs! Parents and kids join in this interactive "variety show," which includes a diverse array of styles including rock, pop, country, reggae, and Broadway-esque tunes. Debbie and Friends music is great fun for the whole family! (ages 2-7). For more information visit debbieandfriends.net.

Cafe 939 is not large enough to accommodate strollers. Strollers can be stored at David Friend Recital Hall, located at 921 Boylston Street.

Tickets are free at the door for babies under 1 (based on availability).

This event is standing room only, meaning most seats will be removed to create plenty of room for movement and sitting on the floor.

Admission: 
Adults $8, Children under 12 $5

Debbie & Friends

Saturday / January 9, 2010 / 9:00 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Debbie & Friends

Get ready for some sing-along, dance-along, laugh-along family fun in this rockin' musical journey through classic kids' tales and original songs! Parents and kids join in this interactive "variety show," which includes a diverse array of styles including rock, pop, country, reggae, and Broadway-esque tunes. Debbie and Friends music is great fun for the whole family! (ages 2-7). For more information visit debbieandfriends.net.

Cafe 939 is not large enough to accommodate strollers. Strollers can be stored at David Friend Recital Hall, located at 921 Boylston Street.

Tickets are free at the door for babies under 1 (based on availability). 

This event is standing room only, meaning most seats will be removed to create plenty of room for movement and sitting on the floor.

Admission: 
Adults $8, Children under 12 $5

Silvina Moreno

Friday / December 18, 2009 / 3:30 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Silvina Moreno

Looking for indoor entertainment for the family in December? Current Berklee students will perform holiday-inspired concerts at the Prudential Center the week of December 13. The December 18 show features Silvina Moreno.

Silvina Moreno

Silvina Moreno has been grateful for the opportunities that were and are being offered to her, and she continues to dream of a long life of performances. She considers her experience in Argentina a vital introduction to her dream, and her actual Berklee experience the beginning of the journey.

Admission: 
Free

Winterlights Festival

Saturday / December 19, 2009 / 11:00 a.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Neara Russell

Looking for indoor entertainment for the family in December? Current Berklee students will perform holiday-inspired concerts at the Prudential Center the week of December 13. The December 19 show features Neara Russell and Dear Havannah.

Neara Russell

Pianist/vocalist Neara Russell has performed in churches, coffee houses, concert halls, art galleries, sound sculptures, rock clubs, and living rooms. From the 1200-seat Berklee Performance Center and world-reknowned acoustics of Jordan Hall to the homegrown orchestra pit of Spring Green's Gard Theater, her keyboard has seen stages and basements and the grass in between.

However, this musical mastermind is happiest in her living room studio with a cat in her lap and notebook in hand. Her newly released five-song EP, Information Fiction, is perfect evidence. Russell composed, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered the album herself with self-invested guerrilla gear and an obsessive love for D.I.Y.

After winning the Berklee Songwriting Contest in 2006 with her celebrity satire "Don't Be Mad," Russell earned an infamous reputation as "the girl who crashed her parents' car." She joined with some of Berklee's best performers and booked local clubs, including TT the Bear's Place, All Asia Bar, and Matt Murphy's Pub. Enthusiastic word-of-mouth led to featured showcases on WBZ-TV, Tufts University Freeform Radio, Berklee Internet Radio Network, and the New Music Festival.

Dear Havannah

Every so often, a band comes along that blurs the lines of musical genres. With hints of pop, soul, and rock 'n' roll, Dear Havanah is that band. For the Boston-based trio, drawing from a multitude of styles is easy, because each member comes from his own unique musical background. Citing influences that include Dave Matthews and the Motown sound, Dear Havanah has no problem offering listeners something diverse and original. 

Admission: 
$0

Nini & Ben

Thursday / December 17, 2009 / 3:30 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Nini & Ben

Looking for indoor entertainment for the family in December? Current Berklee students will perform holiday-inspired concerts at the Prudential Center the week of December 13. The December 17 show features Nini & Ben. 

Nini & Ben 

Nini & Ben began as loving partnership between Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert. Nini, a talented vocalist with a classical background and Ben, a strong pianist and gifted music engineer has traveled the world together seeking adventure and music. The duo have spent years performing all over Europe and Australia, writing poignant songs about their adventures, and falling in love with the gypsy lifestyle. Their daily life consisted of waking up in a ragged old VW bus, doing various jobs, performing at clubs and coffee houses, writing music, and connecting with fellow musicians. This simple but unpredictable way of living has influenced them to seek out the most profound moments of life and capture them in their warm and expressive songs. 

In 2007 they settled in Boston, Massachusetts to attend Berklee College of Music and bring together their vision within the hotbed of talent of the Boston music scene. Boston has seen a large spurt of creativity in its varied musicians and artists and Nini and Ben came at just the right time to befriend some of Boston's finest musical acts and share in their creative community. Later that year they released their debut album, Rise and Shine.

Since then their musical evolution has flourished, with the influence of their experience always recreating their sound and souls. In 2009, they joined together with a group of musicians that would put definition to their music and support the songwriting. Bassist Derek McWilliams, drummer and percussionist Jake Cohen, southern guitarist Johnny Duke, and pedal steel guitarist Tommy Bohlen joined together with Nini and Ben to bring their rich textures of experience to the duo's songwriting.

McWilliams and Cohen both have played in many great acts in their time, providing a sophisticated rhythmic relationship. Johnny Duke's mentorship with blues guitarist David Bromberg is a strong influence on his virtuosic and innovative guitar playing and has given him a mature and stylish sound. The band is rounded out by the warm pedal steel playing of Tommy Bohlen, a lover of Americana music.

Meeting other up-and-coming performers in Boston, the band began to play shows with artists of a common mind, sharing in their love of art and community. Their first show as a steady lineup was to a sold-out crowd of 1,200 people at the Berklee Performance Center, and since then their shows have been piquing the interest of fans all around the world. 

This year has also seen Nini and Ben signed to Boston's Heavy Rotation Records and have just finished recording their second album at the world famed Avatar Studio in New York under the guidance of engineer and producer Rich Mendelson, who has worked with acts such as Rhianna, the Cars, and Boston.

Admission: 
Free

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