Lee Ritenour & Friends combines acoustic jazz, funk, fusion, and world music into an exciting display of virtuosity and musicality. This high-energy group takes the audience around the globe, featuring selections from Lee's albums, Smoke 'N' Mirrors, Wes Bound, Stolen Moments, and Twist of Jobim. Lee will be joined by Patrice Rushen (piano/keys), Will Kennedy (drums), and Melvin Davis (bass).
$10, general public; advanced tickets free for all Berklee students, faculty and staff, $2 on the day of the show
Cafe 939 presents its lunchtime concert series The New Brew featuring WhiteShoeBrownShoe. Feel free to bring your lunch or indulge your palate with coffeehouse fare.
WhiteShoeBrownShoe is the musical creation of two songwriters brought together by rock, roll, and a bowl of chili. Mr. Patrik Gochez, an East Coast Legend, and Sir Alex Britten of London fame are the fitted old shoes with the soles to walk us through this modern life. One sweet day, they realized that if they wanted to open the minds of the masses, they'd better open theirs first. Steady sticks were essential, and as the lights flickered, a pirate from the heart of America busted down the door and kicked a beat so sweet it rocked the shoes to their feet. Nasty Nez was his name, and runnin' groove was his game, now all they needed was Dynamite Dave to campaign the bass train. He stepped in and laced the shoes up tight, and with that they became a unit of love and revolution. They began playing shows until Heavy Rotation Records took a liking to their particular brand of sauce and decided to pour 'em out of the crock pot of Boston onto the labyrinthine buffet of America. So slow down, take a second, and take a listen, because this is a band you won't want to miss.
You could say that Sara Watkins's solo debut has been a lifetime in the making. The 27-year-old singer/songwriter and fiddle player spent nearly two decades-all of her teenage and young adult life-as one-third of Nickel Creek, the Grammy Award-winning acoustic trio that used contemporary bluegrass as a starting point for its no-genre-barred sound. Along the way, she's hinted at her desire to do a project of her own and even organized some exploratory sessions in Los Angeles about six years ago. Now, with Nickel Creek on indefinite hiatus, she is releasing her self-titled solo disc, recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville and produced by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. It features an impressively wide range of backing players and old friends, including itinerant alt-country duo Gillian Welch and Dave Rawling; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench; Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas; fellow travelers from the bluegrass world Tim O'Brien, Chris Eldridge, Ronnie McCoury and Rayna Gellert; and her Nickel Creek bandmates. Also appearing, Andy Davis.
Grammy-nominated platinum-selling American r&b and neo-soul singer Eric Benet is on top of the world these days. The singer, songwriter, and producer is sounding strong, romantic, and full of joy on his aptly titled third solo effort, Love & Life. With this album, Eric exercised complete creative control for the first time in his career, cowriting and producing eleven of the twelve tracks with his partners. He is now on the road promoting Love & Life.
The Greencards are touring in support of their Sugar Hill Records debut, Fascination. Fascination describes the essence of this band. It was, first of all, their fascination with American roots music—bluegrass especially—that drew singer/bassist Carol Young and multiple string-instrument master Kym Warner from Australia, and violinist/violist Eamon McLoughlin from the U.K., to Austin, Texas, where they began performing together, and later to their current home base in Nashville. That urge to challenge themselves, to test the limits of any established genre, guided them on their first three albums. It kept them focused as they accumulated awards and acclamations, from the Americana Music Award in 2006 for Emerging Artist of the Year through tours with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson to last year's Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy nomination for Viridian in 2008. All of which leads to Fascination, the band's most daring accomplishment to date. Meticulously crafted arrangements serve as springboards for exhilarating improvisations, and acoustic textures shimmer in the light of Jay Joyce's innovative production.
THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE POINT-OF-PURCHASE SITE DURING BUSINESS HOURS.
With his trademark tone and irresistible melodies, trumpeter Herb Alpert is a cultural touchstone for an entire generation. Perhaps best known for his string of sensational, popular music hits in the 1960s with the Tijuana Brass, the seven-time Grammy winning jazz icon is back for a very special performance with Lani Hall. Performing original arrangements of American standards and spicy Brazilian jazz with a trio of masterful musicians, Alpert's warm, expressive tone will complement Hall's sensual, emotional voice in a performance you won't soon forget! Read the press release.
Ryanhood, Vivian Darkbloom, Tom Thumb. A Ryan's Smashing Life live show delivers remarkable music talent, straight from the celebrated music blog's digital pages to New England's finest live stages. This tradition of music exploration continues tonight at the Cafe 939 with three outstanding acts that promise to thoroughly entertain, reigniting your passion for exciting new music!
Recent alumna Joy Daniels returns to the Red Room at Cafe 939 for a night of heart and soul. This is a must-see performance also featuring Ryan Pinkston and Denise Hudson.
In every generation, there is an artist who pushes industry standards and musical tastes to the limits, and Joy Daniels is such an artist. Playing an unusual and eclectic mix of soul, funk, and rock, this amazing singer/songwriter offers listeners a musicality far beyond her 21 years. Her music is beautifully constructed lyrically and musically to explore the complexities of the human spirit.