Concert

Boston Book Festival

Saturday / October 24, 2009 / 11:00 am
Copley Square
206 Clarendon Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
Sierra Hull

Berklee presents five groups on the main stage at Copley Square during the Boston Book Festival, a free event open to the public with over 50 authors and presenters. Musical genres include bluegrass, folk, reggae, and blues.

Sierra Hull, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Articulate and engaging on-stage and off, Sierra Hull has already emerged as a leading light in a new generation of bluegrass musicians. Only seventeen years old as of this writing, Hull displays instrumental facility and musical maturity well beyond her age with Secrets, her national debut album. She began playing mandolin at age eight, and quickly became noted on the national festival scene for her fluid, inventive picking, winning several mandolin and guitar championships in the process. Hull has also developed into an exquisite vocalist, as amply demonstrated by the largely vocal-driven material that composes Secrets.

Hull has been exceptionally busy over the past few years, winning over a wide range of audiences via extensive festival appearances (including Merlefest and Rockygrass), performances at the IBMA conventions, as well as IBMA-sponsored workshops, teen showcases, and appearances at the 2008 Americana Music Association Conference. She was also privileged to participate in the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Honors and Awards show honoring Alison Krauss. She cohosted (with Ryan Holladay) and performed at the Carnegie Hall Family Concert Series held in the renowned Isaac Stern Hall, and in February 2008 joined Ron Block, Bobby McFerrin, and Edgar Meyer at the same historic venue—after which the New York Sun praised her as a "wonderfully adapt" mandolin player and "a lovely singer."

Liz Longley, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Liz Longley was recently named the grand prize winner of the 2009 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival's Songwriters Showcase. In addition to receiving a custom guitar, Longley will be performing next summer on the main stage of the prestigious festival. She was also honored as a finalist at Texas's 2009 Kerrville Folk Fest and New York's 2009 Falcon Ridge Folk Fest.

This past year, Berklee awarded Longley its highest honor for songwriting, the Scott Benson Scholarship. Her song "Rush" was chosen as the no. 1 song in Berklee's 2009 Songwriting Competition. She was recently selected by Berklee to represent the school at the annual Kennedy Center Conservatory Project in Washington, D.C. In addition to regularly sharing the stage with Livingston Taylor, Longley has opened for acclaimed acts such as Colin Hay, Nanci Griffith, Kenny Rankin, and Jonathan Edwards. Music icon John Mayer, who surprised Longley and fellow students when he broke into an impromptu rendition of her song "Queen," has described her music as "Gorgeous . . . just gorgeous!"

City Music All-Stars, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

The Berklee City Music All-Star Ensemble is composed of the best and brightest City Music students, all of whom have attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program on full-tuition scholarships. The ensemble performs multiple genres of contemporary music, including jazz, pop, hip-hop, and rhythm and blues.

Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

The class entitled, The Music and Life of Bob Marley, was created by assistant professor of piano, Matt Jenson, at Berklee College of Music. Students enrolled in this class take an in-depth study of Marley's life, maintaining the utmost respect for the soulfulness of his music, for his message of love and his insistence that human consciousness be raised. Besides looking at Bob Marley as a person, they also perform his music on a weekly basis in the classroom. Today they will share the good vibes of his music in a non-academic setting in the heart of Boston.

Johnny Duke and the Aces, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Johnny Duke and the Aces is a high-energy blues band. While adding a new edge to a classic style, Duke continues to impress with his showmanship, songwriting, and graceful guitar skills. In addition to sharing the stage with B.B King and David Bromberg, Duke has performed with Jimmy Buffett, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Jorma Kaukonen, Johnny Neel, and Toni Lynn Washington, among others. Duke is a recent graduate of Berklee, where he was showcased twice in their highly competitive Guitar Night. Through Berklee, he was invited to play the famous Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Admission: 
Free

A Journey Into Tomorrow Today

Tuesday / October 20, 2009 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This set will feature the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra (AIJO), a 17-piece ensemble, with guest soloists. The AIJO performs originals and arrangements of Ayn Inserto, who has just released its second album, Muse, this past February.

Admission: 

The Beans & Cornbread Jazz and Blues Brunch

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 9:00 am
The Columbus Avenue AME Zion Church
600 Columbus Ave ( & Northampton St)
Boston
MA
United States
02118-1057
Admission: 
$15 proceeds to benefit the South End Technology Center @ Tent City’s Recording Studio for Emerging Artists

JazzFest Jam Session

Friday / September 25, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee Jams Club hosts a Jazz Jam Session in honor of the BeanTown Jazz Festival, at the Red Room @ Cafe 939. Sign up starts at 5:30 p.m., session starts at 7:00 p.m. Free to all Berklee students.

Admission: 
Free Admission

A Tribute to Michael Jackson

Monday / September 21, 2009 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A multimedia concert tribute to Michael Jackson, directed by the Yo Team, with performances by Berklee students and faculty.

Admission: 

Barefoot Truth / The Cringe / Jer Coons

Saturday / September 19, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Barefoot Truth is one of the more promising young roots-rock bands on the indie circuit these days. Its heartfelt, melodic songs are performed with a wide array of instruments including upright bass, lap steel, congas, didgeridoo, and lead harmonica. Despite using classic folk instruments, Barefoot Truth is clearly a band of the 21st century and a product of the download age. The band members—each still only 22 years old—advocate spreading music through any medium possible, including file sharing.

Also appearing: The Cringe and Jer Coons.

Admission: 
$15

The Swell Season

Friday / November 6, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Swell Season

The Swell Season is Glen Hansard (from the Irish band the Frames) and Marketa Irglova (classically trained Czech pianist and vocalist). Musicians that have accompanied them on tour include Thomas Bartlett (keyboard), Rob Bochnik (guitar), John Carney (bass guitar), Joseph Doyle (bass), Bertrand Galen (cello), Graham Hopkins (drums), Colm Mac Con Iomaire (violin), and Marja Tuhkanen (violin). Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. Learn more about the band.

Admission: 
$40, reserved seating

Ayumi Ueda with Women of the World

Wednesday / October 14, 2009 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Great women musicians from more than 50 countries will present unique ethnic music from all over the world for peace.

Admission: 

Tyrone Wells—Full Band, Plugged-in Show

Friday / October 2, 2009 / 8:15 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Tyrone Wells is a singer/songwriter in the folk pop genre from Spokane, Washington. His songs have been featured in television shows (Rescue Me, One Tree Hill, North Shore, What About Brian, Numb3rs, The Mountain, Windfall, Wildfire, Ghost Whisperer, The Bedford Diaries, Three Moons Over Milford, Meet the Barkers) and film (Everyone's Hero).

Tyrone set a record in 2006 at the National Association for Campus Activities for most college and university bookings in the history of the convention from a single showcase.

Tyrone was born in Seattle and raised in Spokane, Washington. He has admitted in several interviews that he was not inspired to begin songwriting until his move to California. While attending Hope International University in Southern California, Tyrone joined the band Skypark. Skypark worked with producers Ed Stasium and Thom Roy.

In 2000 Tyrone launched his solo career, playing regular acoustic shows in Orange County, California, where he and a small movement of folk, pop, and urban folk artists including Mike Barnet, Danny Vasquez, and Jaycob Van Auken formed a loose coalition called True American Records.

In 2006 Tyrone signed a recording contract with Universal Records. They re-released his independent album Hold On on the internet in 2006, and released it in stores in 2007.

In his solo project, Tyrone has worked with producers Chris Karn and Marc Ford.

Tyrone released his new solo album, Remain, January 27, 2009.

Admission: 
$15

Rockapella

Saturday / October 3, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rockapella

This five-man powerhouse of vocal talent sweeps through sold-out venues across the country year-round. With an ever-expanding fan base, they're known as the kings of contemporary a cappella.

Admission: 
$99, $31, $26, and $21, reserved seating

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