Concert

Julian Velard / Tim Blane

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

 

Native New Yorker, London resident, former kindergarten gym teacher, and one-time Parisian street sweeper, Julian Velard is a true original—the kind of character in a Wes Anderson or Quentin Tarantino film you’d like to grab a drink with. He fuses effortless cool with self-deprecating humor, serving up old-school pop perfection with a raised eyebrow.

After releasing three records independently, in 2007 Velard garnered UK major label attention and was plucked from relative obscurity off Myspace. He signed a deal and promptly moved to England. Since then, he has straddled the Atlantic, writing songs for himself and others, and playing shows alongside Marc Broussard, Ben Kweller, Shelby Lynne, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, among others. His major label debut is slated for release in 2010.

 

Admission: 
$12

Locksley / Super Satellite

Saturday / November 21, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Locksley is a true rock band from Madison, Wisconsin that played Bamboozle last May and not stopping since. Their album Darling It's True is sure to win over many new fans. Also appearing: Super Satellite.

Admission: 
$10

Birds in the Woods CD Release with Ferrous Wheel

Friday / November 13, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Birds in the Woods recently released its debut full-length, Some Thing Knew?, which provides listeners with a full palette of BITW's imaginative-eclectic, often funky, always soul-searching sound. Lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist George Woods brings listeners along on a journey exploring all the little pieces and moments of life. Backed by Sue Buzzard on violin, Tyreek Jackson on bass, and Massimo Buonanno on drums, together the band provides a rich atmosphere of engaging improvisational sound. The band is even known to make up full songs from scratch on stage.

Ferrous Wheel formed its neo-funk sounds out of a need for serious groove. Made up of Berklee alumni and current students, Ferrous Wheel is quickly emerging as one of Boston's top funk bands. In the spirit of the classic carnival ride, the members of Ferrous Wheel are highlighted one by one throughout the band's performance, eliminating the need for a "star child."

Admission: 
$8, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

The New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Black Kettle

Thursday / November 5, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
Free

Michael Tolcher / Zach Comtois

Friday / October 23, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Growing up just south of Atlanta, Tolcher wrote his first song at five. After an injury ended his athletic pursuits, he turned his focus back to music. He has opened for such artists as Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler, Gavin DeGraw, G. Love & Special Sauce, Everclear, and Hanson. His song "Sooner or Later" was the theme for ABC's 2004–2005 series Life As We Know It.

 

Admission: 
$10

The New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Skyler

Thursday / October 29, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

With the coolness of Wilco, the songwriting depth of Springsteen, and the pop accessibility of Tom Petty, Skyler is constantly performing across New England—whether it's at a basketball game, a benefit for Habitat for Humanity, or a bar. He even posed as a street musician to provide the background music for a wedding proposal.

Admission: 
Free

The New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Patrik Gochez

Tuesday / October 27, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Patrik Gochez is a songwriter, an illustrator, and a leader of the band White Shoe Brown Shoe. He won the 2006 Granite State Songwriters Competition with the title track from his debut album Strawberry Bitter Chase. Considered a "jukebox" writer, he covers an eclectic number of musical styles, from prewar jazz to r&b to danceable pop/rock, while retaining his own honest identity.

Admission: 
Free

Nneka, AfroDZak, and Guests

Thursday / November 12, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
$10

Open Mic

Thursday / October 22, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Open to all. First-come, first-serve. Two songs or 10 minutes. Signup starts at 6:30 p.m. This is the fall open mic, so come on down!

Admission: 
Free

JugendZupfOrchester NRW

Monday / October 19, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The JugendZupfOrchester NRW (JZO NRW), based out of the state of Northrhine-Westfalia, is Germany's premier mandolin and guitar orchestra. It features gifted young musicians ages 15 to 27, many of whom are prize winners at the "Jugend Musiziert," Germany's major youth musical competition.

Founded in 1977, the JZO NRW is supported by the Ministry of Culture, the German Music Council, and the German Mandolin and Guitar Association. The orchestra has been invited to many national and international festivals, such as Dundee Guitar Festival 2000 (Scotland), Eurofestival Zupfmusik 2002 (Germany), Philharmonia Gdansk (Poland, 2002), International Mandolin Festival Takamatsu (Japan, 2003), and International Conservatoire Week 2006, Rimsky-Korsakow Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Gnessin-Music Academy Moscow.

Their concert programs include music in Baroque, Romantic, Latin and Contemporary style by composers like J.S. Bach, Yasuo Kuwahara, Steve Reich, Eduardo Angulo, Raffaele Calace, Klaus Wustoff, Christopher Grafschmidt, Uwe Kunstler, Thomas Allen LeVines, John McGann, and many more. In addition, various soloists contribute to a rich and eclectic mix of instrumental sounds. The latest CD productions are, Live in Japan and Back from Russia.
The orchestra is conducted by Christian de Witt, head of the famous Folkwang Music School and professor at the Folkwang College in Essen. Moreover, he directs the Collegium Musicum Essen, various choirs, and is in charge as the head of the state commission Jugend Musiziert in NRW. De Witt performs as a pianist in chamber music recital halls all over Europe. Since 1995, he has been conducting JZO NRW.

Mandolin virtuoso and former Berklee student Annika Lückebergfeld coaches the mandolins of the JZO. She has studied mandolin in Germany with professors Caterina Lichtenberg and Marga Wilden-Hüsgen, and Gertrud Weyhofen at the College of Music Cologne (Department Wuppertal/Germany). She completed her instrumental teaching diploma and her artistic performance diploma with honors. She received a full scholarship from Berklee, where she studied music performance with teachers such as John McGann. She is a prize winner of numerous national and international music competitions, teaches and conducts at national and international master classes and festivals, and performs as a mandolin-soloist and as a member of several chamber-ensembles or orchestras all over Europe, Japan, Russia, and the United States.

The manager of the JZO NRW is mandolin virtuoso Silke Lisko, who is also instructor for mandolin. She performs in concert venues all over Europe, Japan, and Russia. Valerij Kisselow coaches the octave mandolins and Rupert Gehrmann, international concert guitarist and  accompanist at the College of Cologne, instructs the guitars.

Admission: 

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