House Red is an eclectic band that combines classic jazz (Mingus and Parker) and rock ranging from the classic (The Doors) to the contemporary (3 Doors Down). It covers many tunes that are not often heard live, including those from the basic food groups—Smashing Pumpkins and Red Hot Chili Peppers—sweetened with a little of Turrentine's "Sugar." The band features Marc Caruso on guitar and vocals, Dean Goodermote on bass and vocals, John Rule on drums, and George Skelly on guitar and vocals. The performance will showcase guest artists from the Berklee student and staff community. The band supplements its musician income with other gigs: Caruso is VP of enterprise services, Data Intensity; Goodermote, chairman and CEO, Double-Take Software; Rule, director of fuel cell development, Lilliputian Systems; and Skelly, partner, Nixon Peabody).
Israeli musical collaborative the Idan Raichel Project looks beyond intercultural differences and celebrates the value of diversity. Led by Raichel, a young keyboardist, composer, and producer, the Project's blend of Ethiopian folk music, Arabic poetry, Yemenite chants, Biblical psalms, and Caribbean rhythms has already taken Israel by storm, generating multiple number-one hits.
Tom Simons—president/creative director of the independent, full-service marketing communications firm PARTNERS+simons—is a guitarist by avocation and a long-time Loomer. With Michael Cahill (drums, background vocals) who owns his own business, CK Environmental; PARTNERS+simons controller Jack Cavalier (bass guitar, background vocals); Everett Pendleton (electric guitar, harmony vocals); and Jon Svetkey (acoustic guitar, harmonica, lead vocals), Simons continues to perform in the great tradition of corporate bands. The Loomers, whose latest album Tomorrow Today is available on iTunes, have performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and twice been finalists in Fortune magazine's Corporate Battle of the Bands. For more information, visit loomers.com.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops are a group of young African-American string band musicians, hailing from the green hills of the North Carolina Piedmont to sunny Arizona, sharing the tradition of music as a culture and way of life. They bring their washboards, jugs, bones, and kazoos into the BPC for a homegrown night of fiddle and banjo music.
Professor Jetro DaSilva will perform original arrangements of popular hymns. He will be joined by his quintet (Ron Mahdi, Ricardo Monzon, Bill Pierce, Ron Savage) and the Berklee String Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Friesen.