Concert

First Annual Berklee Middle Eastern Festival with the Bassam Saba Ensemble

Wednesday / February 18, 2009 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bassam Saba

Berklee welcomes world-renowned nay and flute virtuoso Bassam Saba and his ensemble for a residency as part of the college's First Annual Middle Eastern Festival. Saba will work with Berklee students on February 17 and 18, and perform with them during the first set of this night's concert. The second set will feature the Bassam Saba Ensemble. The festival aims to showcase different styles and genres of Middle Eastern music and artists, and to bring together students from different musical and cultural backgrounds in experiencing this music. This event is sponsored by the Ensemble Department and the Office for Cultural Diversity, and was founded and directed by Berklee Voice faculty member Christiane Karam.

Admission: 
$10 general public, discount with Berklee ID

Antony and the Johnsons

Sunday / February 22, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Mercury prize-winning Antony and the Johnsons present emotionally charged chamber cabaret, creating music that is highly dramatic, piercing and lyrical. A veteran of artistic collaborations with such icons as Lou Reed and Björk, Antony Hegarty has been compared to everyone from Nina Simone to Brian Ferry and has a voice that is hauntingly evocative. His soulful vocals are backed by the Johnsons' graceful arrangements. After a three year hiatus, Antony and the Johnsons hit the road with a new album, The Crying Light, due to be released January 2009.

Admission: 
$35, $28, reserved seating

Railbird / Dave Smallen / Sydney Wayser

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

Railbird is an all-original indie folk rock group with eclectic, lyrically driven songs from Saratoga Springs, New York. The band is fronted by singer/songwriter Sarah Pedinotti who is described by Billboard Magazine as, "a talented young singer/songwriter on the rise." In a recent Railbird review, Pedinotti's songs are compared to those of Dylan, the Band, and Patti Smith.

Pedinotti is a storyteller who finds inspiration in the fiction and poetry of writers such as George Orwell, Philip K. Dick, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, and W.B. Yeats. Railbird's debut disc was listed as No. 8 in the Billboard editors' picks for 2008, hailed as "a great indie band set to break out." Also performing, Dave Smallen and Sydney Wayser.

Admission: 
$12 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Jay Clifford / Chris Koza / Jessica Yoakum

Thursday / February 19, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singer/songwriter Jay Clifford performs in support of his debut solo album Driving Blind. The disc is full of emotionally evocative vocals and showcases the maturation of a truly gifted artist. Also performing Jessica Yoakum.

Admission: 
$12 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

The Blue Pages / All These Kings / Ian Walsh

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

In a very short amount of time, the Blue Pages have toured extensively throughout the Northeast, sold out Boston's Paradise Rock Club, and signed with Walking City Records. Whether they’re cranking up their amps to 11 or serenading audiences with intimate acoustic shows, the Blue Pages have turned heads since they formed in October 2007.

Admission: 
$10 general admission; student discount available at Berklee Performance Center box office

Open Mic

Saturday / February 14, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Pete Francis featuring Barefoot Truth

Friday / February 20, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Pete Francis featuring Barefoot Truth

Pete Francis just completed a year of touring behind his most recent release, Iron Sea and the Cavalry, sharing stages with Rusted Root, Greyboy Allstars, and Gov't Mule. Barefoot Truth have emerged as one of the fastest-growing bands on the East Coast. They spent the fall touring behind an election-themed single and were asked to play the Obama campaign official pre-debate rally in New York between sets by Bruce Hornsby and Crosby & Nash. While both acts work on new records, the concept of merging ideas and styles is one that will be both exciting to fans and the musicians themselves.

Part singer/songwriter, part foot-stomping backbeat and part old-time rock 'n' roll, the Pete Francis/Barefoot Truth collaboration has been in the works for quite some time. Francis produced Barefoot Truth's 2006 release The Clubhouse Sessions with longtime Dispatch producer Jack Gauthier, and has joined the band on stage at multiple performances over the last 18 months. "These guys are like little brothers to me," says Francis. "Rearranging songs and learning new ones is going to bring a fresh energy to the shows."

"We've known Pete since 2006 and have since opened for him and joined him to play a song or two on stage," said Barefoot Truth guitarist J Driscoll. "The tour this winter and spring will be something different though. We all grew up on Dispatch songs, and to have one of the members of our favorite bands actually join ours for a tour is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience."

Look for Pete Francis featuring Barefoot Truth on tour this spring. Expect a new, one-time only EP from the quintet in March 2009.

Admission: 
$15 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Robert Christopherson / The Pinchback Blues

Tuesday / February 24, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Urban and country blues featuring talented Berklee student Minden Jones accompanied by the versatile and accomplished Berklee faculty members Dan Bowden on slide guitar and Bobby Christopherson on piano. Tributes to Bessie Smith, Tampa Red, and other early, great blues artists.

Admission: 
Free

The Old Ceremony / Nini & Ben / Zac Taylor & the Drugs

Tuesday / March 3, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Old Ceremony

 

 

Admission: 
$12 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Fly

Thursday / April 16, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fly

In the era of individual “star” instrumentalists, the idea of a truly collective trio can be a difficult concept to fathom. Yet collectivity is what the Fly trio strives for, and collectivity is what they unabashedly and unquestionably achieve.

Ballard, Grenadier, and Turner have three rather distinct musical personalities, simultaneously complimentary and contrasting, that create a cohesive unit that expresses each part while forming an uniquely realized whole. In other words, they celebrate the group without sacrificing the individual.

Marsalis Berklee Jams is a collaboration between Marsalis Jams and Berklee College of Music. Up-and-coming jazz groups interact with Berklee students in a program of clinics, concerts, and jam sessions. Miguel Zenón and Sean Jones and their groups have been past participants.

Marsalis Jams was conceived by Berklee alumnus Branford Marsalis as an initiative to provide meaningful interaction between established musical ensembles and dedicated student musicians at the high school and college levels. Marsalis Jams provides a rare opportunity for students to play with working groups, and opens a window into the music's creative process for members of the audience. Since 2003, the program has been successfully presented in colleges and high schools in Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Texas.

Admission: 
$10 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Pages