Kris Delmhorst is a songwriter of restless curiosity whose body of work has roamed from darkly rollicking roots and vibrant Americana to the quirky borderland between indie-rock and folk. The common threads are memorable melodies, elegant and literary lyrics, and emotional honesty.
Indie songstress Liz Durrett's near dream-state writing and softly unsettling voice has gained her high praise from Pitchfork and NPR, among others. While she shares the timbre of Feist and the whimsy of Regina Spektor, Durrett creates her own entirely distinctive identity that is both hushed and confident, simple and lush.
Lost in the Trees is a folk orchestra from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, led by composer/songwriter Ari Picker. Local favorite son, Todd Thibaud, and his band support the bill while Berklee songstress, Hannah Christianson, rounds out this amazing bill.
$10 General Admission, student discounts available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office
Somewhere between Pete Yorn, Counting Crows, and John Mayer lies the inspiration for Pete Walsh, an 18-year-old singer/songwriter with half a lifetime of playing already behind him. Download his brand-new first EP One Last Midnight for free at petewalshmusic.com.
Now in its second season, the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra has grown into an 88-piece ensemble, full of verve and resonance, conducted by the energetic Francisco Noya.
This concert will open with selections from Ma Vlast by Smetana, including "Sarka" and "The Moldau." The orchestra will also perform the world premiere of Quiet Earth: A Fantasie for Orchestra by Composition Department assistant chair James Russell Smith, as well as the final two movements from Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, then conclude the program with special arrangements of Pink Floyd prepared by Angel Quinones of Venezuela.
Sponsored by the Berklee College of Music Professional Performance Division.
Modeled after the famous round-robin nights at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, this show features Julia Easterlin, Caleb Hawley, Zach Hurd, Liz Longley, Johnny Nicholson, Emily Russo, and Reed Waddle. Learn more at songwriters-circle.com.
On the streets of Boston, in between classes at Berklee, Ryan Green found his calling with childhood friend Cameron Hood. One part comedic exchange and one part music ensemble, Ryanhood has built a reputation around the country as one of the most entertaining and engaging acoustic duos today. Also appearing: David Linhart.
Storytellers, now in its 14th year, is Berklee's premier showcase for pop/rock singing and songwriting talent. This year's diverse selections range from pop and rock to r&b, jazz and folk. Storytellers is Berklee's most intimate student concert peformance, with each singer/songwriter revealing "the story behind the song." Directed by Didi Stewart and Alizon Lissance, Storytellers features a four-piece band consisting of Alizon Lissance on keyboards, Craig Hlady on guitar, Claire Finley on bass, and Jake Cohen on drums.
Blood, Sweat & Tears has left an indelible mark on the American music scene. One of the greatest horn bands in popular music, BS&T's alumni roster reads like a Who's Who of the world's best jazz and rock musicians. 100% of ticket sales go to the Elsie Monica Colomby Scholarship at Berklee. Expect big songs and a few big surprises. Featuring original member Steve Katz.
Ray Davies is the lead singer, chief songwriter, and rhythm guitarist in the Kinks, one of the most long-lived of the British Invasion rock groups of the 1960s. During the '90s, the Kinks gradually became inactive and Davies pursued other projects, such as his semi-fictional 1995 memoir, X-Ray, which he then followed with a series of concerts subtitled Storyteller, during which he performed classic Kinks tunes, read from the book, told stories, and showcased new songs. Most recently, in late 2005, he released the benefit EP Thanksgiving Day, for which all the proceeds went to New Orleans music education programs. A year later the full-length Other People's Lives appeared, followed by Working Man's Café in 2008. This show promises to be one you won't want to miss.