Concert

The Greencards

Thursday / April 30, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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.

Admission: 
$15

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

Wednesday / April 22, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lani Hall and Herb Alpert

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.

Admission: 
$45, $30, $20, reserved seating

Ryan's Smashing Life

Friday / May 29, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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!

Admission: 
$10

Robin Trower

Thursday / October 1, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Robin Trower

British guitarist Robin Trower performs for one night only at the Berklee Performance Center.

Admission: 
$42.50

Love Productions Featuring Joy Daniels / Denise Hudson / Ryan Pinkston

Saturday / April 25, 2009 / 8:00 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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.

Admission: 
$7, general admission.

Faculty New Brew Lunchtime Concert Series Featuring Carolyn Wilkins

Tuesday / April 21, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert series features some of Berklee’s most prestigious faculty performing at the Red Room @Cafe 939. The coffeehouse will have delicious lunch specials that complement any style of music.

Fine jazz is music of the spirit, by the spirit, and for the spirit. This performance will feature the words and music of pianist/vocalist Carolyn Wilkins as well as fresh treatments of African-American spirituals and popular works by jazz masters such as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and Thelonious Monk. Wilkins celebrates the richness and humor of the human condition with songs about love, unity, nature, and spirituality. Firmly rooted in jazz tradition, she mixes the haunting eloquence of blues, the sophistication of swing, and the spiritual energy of gospel in a foot-tapping musical blend guaranteed to entertain and inspire the audience.

Admission: 
FREE

Cage the Elephant

Friday / May 1, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The band visits Berklee fresh back from SXSW, on the way to Coachella and Bamboozle.

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

Rock off Main Street—Rock Showdown

Sunday / April 19, 2009 / 12:30 p.m.
The Center for Arts in Natick
14 Summer Street
Natick
MA
United States
01760

The Berklee College of Music joins forces with the Center for Arts in Natick to sponsor the Rock Showdown, a series of showcase concerts for the best high school bands in the MetroWest and greater Boston regions.

Four bands will compete in the final showdown, where a talented lineup of Berklee faculty members will select musicians to receive a 50% scholarship to a Berklee College summer music program.

Performers include Blindfolds Aside, the Jessica Prouty Band, One Step Away, and Vitamin Seed.

Admission: 
$8

<em>Parade</em>

Tuesday / April 28, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Musical Theater Workshop, the Musical Theater Club, and the Musical Theater Orchestra present the musical Parade, with music by Jason Robert Brown and book by Albert Uhry.

Parade deals with the true story of the 1913 murder of Mary Phagan in Atlanta. The Jewish manager of the factory (Leo Frank) where she worked was arrested, tried, and convicted. After his sentence was commuted, he was lynched by Phagan's "friends." It is a difficult story, but one told with great sensitivity through wonderful music ranging from ballads to gospel.

Look for other Berklee events related to this show so you can become familiar with the story and the issues raised by one of the great trials of the 20th century.

Admission: 

Roberto Benigni: <em>TuttoDante</em>

Saturday / June 6, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Roberto Benigni

Two-time Academy Award–winner Roberto Benigni makes his Boston stage debut with his one-man show TuttoDante. The show is Benigni's unique creation, a fascinating voyage that extends from current events (cultural and political) to The Divine Comedy, from moments of pure humor to moments of breathtaking poetry-in particular Canto V from The Inferno, Dante's cosmos-bestriding, medieval epic of sin, salvation, and the everlasting.
 
Benigni has been perfecting his one-man show in his native Italy for the past three years in front of more than 1 million fans. He performs in English until the very end, when he recites the fifth chapter by heart in Italian.
 
The fifth canto describes the familiar and tragic love story between Paolo and Francesca, condemned for the sin of lust to pass eternity on the first of the descending rings of hell. Benigni illustrates the story as only he can—first as the familiar rascal running about the stage, then becoming the earnest student, kindly professor, and ultimately, the tragic actor performing the verse of Dante.
 
TuttoDante has received rave reviews all across Italy and in London.

Admission: 
$80, $60, $40, reserved seating

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