Concert

Greg Laswell

Tuesday / July 14, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Greg Laswell is already a critic's darling, and his newest album should give him a proper shove into the mainstream. His music has been described as densely lyrical, deeply melodic indie pop that refuses to settle into predictability.

Laswell self-funded and self-released his first solo album, Good Movie, in 2003. It won the San Diego Music Award for Best Local Recording in 2004. Following the album's success, Laswell signed to Vanguard Records, releasing his second studio album Through Toledo in July 2006. In spring 2008, Laswell joined the European leg of the Hotel Café Tour, hosted by Tom McRae.

He released an EP titled How the Day Sounds in March 2008, which preceded his third studio album Three Flights from Alto Nido, released in July. Several songs from the album, including "Comes and Goes (in Waves)," "How the Day Sounds," and "And Then You," have been featured in the television shows Grey's AnatomyTrue Blood, and 90210. Laswell also contributed a cover of Cyndi Lauper's hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" to the soundtracks of Confessions of a Shopaholic and My Sister's Keeper, both in 2009.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

My Own Story: Performance, Stories, and Monologues Straight from the Heart

Thursday / July 9, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
My Own Story

My Own Story (MOS) is the culmination celebration of a five-week intensive autobiographical writing/storytelling/performing workshop for Berklee summer students and staff. Facilitated by critically acclaimed performance artist Alex Luu, MOS works from the simple yet dynamic truth that all human beings have powerful stories within them. MOS participants create autobiographical art in the context of performance pieces and monologues using their own lives as material and inspiration.

Admission: 
FREE

Kris Roche CD Release Party / Ann Driscoll / Nini & Ben

Thursday / August 13, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

If you're ever strolling through the Boston Commons on a sunny day, you may hear some irresistible acoustic pop coming out of a battery-powered amplifier. And if you're lucky—it may be the music of Kris Roche. The son of wayfaring hippies, one from New York, one from Tokyo, Roche moved to Boston at age 19 and has been making a name for himself ever since. One part Jason Mraz, one part Jack Johnson, and one part playing the hell out the guitar like it was a djembe, his music is fun but sensible, sing-along-able but honest.

Also appearing: Ann Driscoll is a Boston-based singer/songwriter whose appealing indie-pop sound reflects her passion for the Beatles, Britpop, and grunge. A multi-instrumentalist who plays five different instruments, Driscoll's sophisticated melodies and chord progressions combined with her witty and heartfelt lyrics have connected her to fans all across the country and earned her opening slots with nationally renown bands including an Horse, Arizona, and the High Strung.

Also appearing: Nini & Ben began as a loving partnership between Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert. Nini, a talented vocalist with a classical background and Ben, a strong pianist and gifted music engineer, have traveled the world together seeking adventure and music. The duo have spent years performing all over Europe and Australia, writing poignant songs about their adventures and falling in love with the gypsy lifestyle.

Admission: 
$8.00

Rob Bell: The Drops Like Stars Tour

Friday / September 18, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rob Bell: The Drops Like Stars Tour

How many of the most significant moments in your life came not because it all went right, but because it fell apart?

It's strange how there can be art in the agony....

The Drops Like Stars tour is a two-hour exploration of the endlessly complex relationship between suffering and creativity—and I’d love to see you there.

Rob Bell

Admission: 
$20

Julian Velard / Rosi Golan / Dan Turnbull

Friday / August 14, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
$15

Andrei Matorin Quartet

Saturday / January 31, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Calderwood Pavilion
527 Tremont Street
Boston
MA
United States
Andrei Matorin

Brazilian-born jazz violinist Andrei Matorin's one-of-a-kind original melodies come to life amid the up-tempo syncopations of the small jazz band that accompanies him. They will perform two shows, 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Read more.

Admission: 
$15, $10 with Berklee I.D.

Manami Morita

Friday / January 30, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Calderwood Pavilion
527 Tremont Street
Boston
MA
United States

A trained classical pianist from Japan, Manami Morita's instrumentals are a collision of classical melodies and American jazz backbeats. 10:00 p.m. show is free with a Berklee ID. Read more.

Admission: 

Florencia Gonzalez

Thursday / January 29, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Calderwood Pavilion
527 Tremont Street
Boston
MA
United States
Florencia Gonzalez

A composer, arranger, and saxophonist, Florencia Gonzalez is inspired by the rhythms of her native Uruguay to create a visionary style of jazz-infused bossa nova that evokes Leonard Bernstein's score for West Side Story. She performs two shows, 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The 10:00 p.m. show is free with a Berklee ID. Read more.

Admission: 
$15, $10 with Berklee I.D.

Settle / Kids of Survival / Keji & Your Best Friend

Wednesday / August 12, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
$8

The Berklee Staff Infection Featuring Anomopoly, Levi Peckham, and Cirque du Badass

Friday / July 17, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Staff Infection features Anomopoly, Levi Peckham, and Cirque du Badass.

Releasing its debut CD next month, Anomopoly is pleased to be offering this rare unplugged performance. With ToniJo's ethereal vocal stylings, Brian Joyce's smashing guitars, and Tommy's fiery bottom end, this band is destined to be awesome and harder than anything ever.

Levi Peckham: Peckham is an accomplished performer, composer, audio engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. His musical influences are extremely diverse and range from the vintage sound of 1970s funk, soul, and jazz fusion to modern-day progressive hard rock/heavy metal and world music.

Cirque du Badass: Cirque du Badass is a breath of fresh air for the Boston music scene, offering a fusion of styles that include progressive rock, funk, and jazz.

Admission: 
$8

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