Concert

Barefoot Truth / Naia Kete

Saturday / February 13, 2010 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Barefoot Truth

Barefoot Truth is a five-piece roots-rock band from Mystic, Connecticut. Their upbeat live show features didgeridoo, Weissenborn lap guitar, upright bass, lead harmonica, piano, and a drummer on lead vocals. Their songs are hook-heavy, and their youthful energy makes listeners believe that, yes, maybe each of us can indeed make a positive impact on one another and on our planet. In fact, the band says the concept behind their new album Threads is nothing less than "universal consciousness." They say: "As we emerge from the wreckage of unbridled greed in America, this album aims to inspire us to reset our value meters, and to celebrate life!"

This pure, honest spirit is reflected in BFT's growing fan base. With over 4.5 million spins on Pandora Radio, listeners of Barefoot Truth are building the kind of new media support that can spark mainstream success.

A limited number of two-show ticket packages are available.

Also appearing: Naia Kete.

Admission: 
$15 general admission; $12 with student ID at the BPC box office; $20 for a two-show package

Michael Greenberg / Jennah Bell / Nikolas Metaxas

Thursday / January 21, 2010 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Michael Greenberg

Noted for a soothing sound, catchy melodies, and unruffled stage presence, Michael Greenberg is beginning to create a pre-game buzz for audiences throughout the northeast. Greenberg brings a new twist to the traditional acoustic pop style with diverse inspirations, ranging from rock to folk to bossa nova, and bringing listeners to a standstill. You too will find yourself uncontrollably hitting the repeat button to his songs, humming the choruses for weeks. He has performed for many artists, including Blue Öyster Cult, Ryan Cabrera, Braddigan and Pete Francis (Dispatch), Jeffrey Gaines, Ben Taylor, Livingston Taylor, and Keller Williams. Greenberg will be touring with his band in support of his new album, Blue, to be released in January 2010.

Also appearing: Jennah Bell and Nikolas Metaxas.

 

Admission: 
$10 general admission, $5 with student ID

Bushwalla / Bronze Radio Return

Friday / February 19, 2010 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bushwalla

Bushwalla plays a unique blend of funk, rock, freestyle, and acoustic hip-hop with a soul deeply rooted in authenticity and optimism. His writing talents came to notice after he cowrote Jason Mraz's debut platinum album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, and sophomore release. Bushwalla's debut EP, Ghetto Blaster (produced by Spooner Oldham), has fans worldwide and is highly acclaimed in the Southern California media circuit. He released his full-length album Autodidactical Freestyle & Radical in 2008. Live, Bushwalla and his 1-2-3 Band experiment with an improvisational party atmosphere, captivating audiences week after week. 

Like listening to old bluesmen on your iPod, Bronze Radio Return is about the juxtaposition of the old and the new. The band members share a love for old records and attribute their sound to music that came long before their childhoods, which they studied in college. The way they modernize this traditional American style of music makes them truly unique. Myspace Records brought Bronze Radio Return into their stable of "Friends and Family," the best unsigned bands on the popular portal.

Doug Derryberry (Bruce Hornsby, Ben Folds Five) produced their first EP. More recently, the northeastern band's collaboration with midwestern producer Chad Copelin brought them to a Southern studio. The resulting full-length, Old Time Speaker, has what it takes to please lovers of all kinds of rock 'n' roll.

Admission: 
$13 general admission

HUMANWINE / Mighty Tiny / Laura Jorgensen

Saturday / January 23, 2010 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
HUMANWINE

HUMANWINE reminds us that we are all a stone's throw away from shedding our self-imposed chains. Their latest full-length album, Mass Exodus, is a tall glass of inspired allegorical song stories stripping away a few more veils that have been covering their elusive Vinland, a land filled with riddles and keys in the form of a cliffhanger poised for a sequel that we won't have to wait two more years for.

Mighty Tiny: Imagine, if you will, an evening of performance that journeys into the depths of musical madness. A journey guided by six masked lunatics playing tunes dating back to the golden days of Tin Pan Alley, those days where songwriting meant more than a weepy man with a guitar at your local coffeehouse. When you see Mighty Tiny, you're part of an entire experience, and not simply a concert. Join the masquerade and find out for yourself, won't you?

Laura Jorgensen and her accordion hail from Seattle, bringing a wide variety of literary and musical influences together to create a unique form of folk singer/storyteller chaos. Beware the apocalypse!

 

Admission: 
$10

Greg Laswell

Tuesday / February 9, 2010 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Greg Laswell

Greg Laswell returns to the Red Room for a February residency. Laswell's music has been described as densely lyrical, deeply melodic indie pop that refuses to settle into predictability. His songs have been featured in a number of television shows, including Grey's Anatomy (four placements last season alone, including an original song called "Off I Go" recorded specifically for the season finale), True Blood, The Hills, 90210, and Smallville. He's also had some success in the film arena, with songs in Confessions of a Shopaholic and My Sister’s Keeper.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

Multicultural Welcome Celebration

Friday / January 15, 2010 / 6:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The concert and reception will feature the Jeff Parker Trio. Jeff Parker, best known for his membership in the band Tortoise, is a Berklee alumnus.

Admission: 

Spring 2010 Entering Student Convocation & Concert

Wednesday / January 13, 2010 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The evening includes welcome remarks and words of advice by student, staff, and faculty leaders of the college, as well as bass player and Berklee alumnus Victor Bailey '80. The concert—featuring a group led by jazz/pop/Middle Eastern vocalist Annette Phillip, an instrumental funk jazz band featuring brothers Giancarlo and Enrico DeTrezio, and the City Music All-Stars—will immediately follow the ceremony.

Admission: 

Asobi Seksu / The Tales / Ann Driscoll

Saturday / January 30, 2010 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Asobi Seksu

Asobi Seksu, which in Japanese slang translates to "casual sex," is quite possibly the most perfectly named band. So often band names lack a meaningful connection with the sounds that they create, but Asobi Seksu creates a beautiful soundtrack for the act that they're named after. While Asobi Seksu's creative core explored music at an early age (lead vocalist/keyboardist Yuki Chikudate got standing ovations at child prodigy recitals when she was just 8; guitarist/vocalist James Hanna bounced between sludgy hardcore and Mogwai-schooled post-rock in his teens), their potential "career" wasn't put into perspective until a stint at the Manhattan School of Music. And by "put into perspective," we mean finding out what they didn't want to do. Soon after escaping the joyless world of sheet music and classical composition, Hanna began tackling dreamy-but-disorienting soundscapes for the first time. He quickly shifted his focus from singing to starry-eyed chords, however, with Chikudate falling into the frontwoman position without missing a beat. One thing Asobi Seksu has avoided is sheer shoegaze-pop revivalism. While they listen to a lot of into-the-ether music, Hanna and Chikudate are too obsessed with the expansive possibilities of sound to explore one well-treaded path.

The tale of the Tales is short but sweet. They formed in Boston in 2008 with the goal of creating something that struck true to the heart of American pop music. Strongly influenced by the ideals of late '50s and early '60s pop, the Tales emphasize their craft with song structure and vocal harmonies .

Ann Driscoll is a Boston-based singer-songwriter whose appealing indie-pop sound reflects her passion for the Beatles, Britpop, and grunge. Driscoll is plays five different instruments, and her 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 renowned bands, including an Horse, Arizona, and the High Strung.

Admission: 
$10

...soihadto... / The McLovins

Friday / January 29, 2010 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
...soihadto...

By combining a variety of influences from indie to punk to hardcore to soul-funk and an incomparable melodic approach, the sound of ...soihadto... is as varied and unique as their rapidly growing fan-base. The ...soihadto... story began in 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland. The concept for the band's debut EP was simple: they wanted it to be less of a traditional album and more of a personal invitation to feel and experience a live performance. The EP is a spontaneous, highly kinetic performance and is the closest you can get to being on stage with the band. The band recorded their upcoming album at the Magpie Cage Studio with producer/engineer J. Robbins. While ...soihadto... have just started their journey, the combination of their unique musical stylings and the furious energy of their live performances have made them a rising band to watch.

Also appearing: The McLovins.

Admission: 
$8

Berklee Rainbow Band: A Lifetime Celebration

Wednesday / April 28, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Great classic music from the history of jazz with featured vocalist Aubrey Logan.
Presented by Phil Wilson.

Admission: 

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