Concert

Cassavettes / Big Baby Ernie

Friday / November 20, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Known for energetic, powerful live shows that crackle with the electricity of the Replacements, Old 97s, and the Rolling Stones, Cassavettes has turned more than a few heads in Boston and beyond. The group scooped up Best Local Band in the Boston Phoenix reader's poll, nabbed a Boston Music Award for Outstanding Americana Act, and made a splash at the South By Southwest Music Conference in 2007 and 2008.

Big Baby Ernie has a sound that's equal parts smooth and soulful, smack-like and poignant, stirring up middle-aged mechanics on the Jersey Shore and 20-something Manhattan yuppies alike.

Admission: 
$12

The Coal Men / Will Knox / Johnny Nicholson

Tuesday / November 10, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Capturing the impact of a moment is what Dave Coleman—the singer, guitarist, and principal songwriter of the Coal Men—set out to do on the band's second full-length release. Singer/songwriter Johnny Nicholson's motley of travels parallels his musical styles. He can play it all, from pop-folk to smooth lullabies to rock.

Admission: 
$10

Fernando Brandao Quartet and PaKaSi

Monday / November 9, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

There's free Latin music on tap for Cafe 939's Mondays in the Red Room series. This week features the Fernando Brandao Quartet, with PaKaSi opening. 

The Fernando Brandao Quartet features Nado Michelin on piano, Bertram Lehmann on drums, Fernando Huergo on bass, and Fernando Brandao on flute.

Opening the show will be PaKaSi, featuring Paola Gonzales, Katerina Polemis, and Silvina Morena.

Read more about Latin Culture Celebration . . .

Admission: 
Free Admission

Berklee Canta en Español Showcase

Monday / November 16, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert will feature artists who competed in Berklee Canta en Español, the Spanish-language songwriting contest sponsored by Berklee and SGAE. Performers include contest cowinner Joel Waldman, finalist Juliana Ronderos, and artists Tornsol and Pablo Latapi.

Read more about Latin Culture Celebration . . .

Admission: 
Free Admission

Rickie Lee Jones

Sunday / December 6, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones, singer, songwriter, and guitarist, has become an American classic—from her 1979 "Chuck E's in Love" to the latest CD Balm in Gilead.

Admission: 
$50, $38, $33 reserved seating

Harper Simon / The Spring Standards

Wednesday / November 4, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Harper Simon

Harper Simon is a gifted singer/songwriter and guitarist. Players on his brand-new debut include Nashville session greats, Petra Haden, Yuka Honda, Sean Lennon, and his father Paul Simon. The Spring Standards are an energetic force of three-part harmony circling over rock 'n' roll with an old country aftertaste. Simon, was recently featured in the Boston Herald.

Admission: 
$15, general admission, student discount available at Berklee Performance Center Box Office

Taller de Musica Experimental

Thursday / November 5, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Experimental Music Workshop hails from Carabobo, Venezuela. Members include Enrique Lara, alto sax; Manuel Lara, drums; Pedro López, piano; Fernando Martínez, electric bass; Luis Natera, cuatro; José Muñoz, cumacos and voice; Martha Colmenares, macuayas; Félix Lara, maracas; and Guiro Ana Colmenares, manager. 

Admission: 

Richard Saunders / Emily Elbert / Julia Easterlin

Friday / November 6, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Richard Saunders will perform with his all-star band, featuring what has been characterized as "some of the most amazing vocals and uber-sophisticated musicality."

Richard Saunders is an 18-year-old who survived the Connecticut suburbs making music too soulfulicious to be ignored. Claiming influences from Donny Hathaway to Ella Fitzgerald to Björk, his musical blend of jazz, pop, and hip-hop sounds like a young Michael Bublé who spent his first few years of high school in Harlem. He plays the piano and writes songs to sing with his band, Richard Saunders and the Too-Cool-for-Yous, which consists of Jewish drumming prodigy Jake/Yakov Goldbas, bassist Andrew Grandahl, and singers Andrew Flynn, Shenel Johns, and Stephanie McAllister.

Fresh off a northeast run with G Love and Special Sauce and a showcase spot at the Folk Alliance Festival in Memphis, Emily Elbert is quickly growing in the national spotlight. Her lifelong passion for music from around the world and distinctive combination of jazz, folk, soul, blues, and pop creates a sound that engages the hearts, minds, and ears of listeners around the globe. Elbert blends a hip musical perspective with an in-depth knowledge of classic songs to create unique vocal and guitar arrangements.

Also appearing: Julia Easterlin.

Admission: 
$10, general admission, student discounts available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

Puerto Rico Conservatory meets Berklee College of Music

Tuesday / November 17, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

An exciting concert featuring students from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music. The music will span from Pan-American, Latin and straight-ahead jazz.

With: Lalo Rojas (alto saxophone), Jahaziel Arrocha (tenor saxophone),
Felipe Fournier (vibraphone and percussion), Cristian Li (piano), Paulo Stagnaro (percussion), Alex Ayala (bass), and William Rodriguez (drums).

Admission: 

Ryan Adams Tribute Band

Saturday / October 31, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

"We are here to help you sing your songs," said Ryan Adams, and here's the band to play them. Zac Taylor and his fellow musicians pay tribute to Ryan Adams on Halloween—but don't worry, they won’t scare the candy corn out of you.

Admission: 
Free

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