Concert

City Music Blowout

Tuesday / August 11, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Hosted by J. Curtis Warner, assistant vice president, Community and Governmental Affairs, this musical extravaganza will feature Boston's most talented inner-city youth in concert at the Berklee Performance Center. Featured performers are recipients of the Berklee City Music Summer Scholarship from Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Lawrence, and City Music Network members in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Cleveland, Seattle, Memphis, and Wilmington-Delaware. Noteworthy will be the traditional awarding of full tuition SYSTEM-5 Continuing Scholarships to eight deserving students who will have successfully completed Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

Admission: 
$5 adults; $1 students w/ID, children, Berklee faculty and staff, and ProArts students. Reserved Seating

Bess Rogers / Lelia / Keppie Coutts

Friday / August 21, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Stunning in its simplicity, Bess Rogers's new EP, Travel Back, possesses immeasurable potential. From the dark, compelling "Bulldozer" to the rousing exuberance of "I Don't Worry," this latest record encapsulates everything that's great about her approach to songwriting. Not content with simply producing good tunes, Rogers continuously challenges herself to produce something distinctive and recognizable as her own.

Lelia Broussard's career has been one of a constantly evolving cottage industry, built upon a determined work ethic and belief that the fans are what matters most. With over 100,000 fans across her MySpace pages (she has a few of them) and a growing YouTube popularity (millions of views), Broussard has been very consistent about where she believes the heart of her music career is: her relationship with her fans.

Keppie is immersed and reveling in the new wave of folk fusion—an eclectic melding of acoustic-based song that steps inside jazz, soul, and quirky pop. Multi-Grammy Award-winning artist John Mayer heard a new tune of Keppie’s ("Waiting for the Avalanche") and within a week had taken it into the studio to record; it appears on her 2009 release, The Ordinary World. She performs with the fiery consequence of Ani DiFranco, with the sultry eloquence of Norah Jones, prompting the Boston Globe to write that "Coutts's songs marry soul and folk so gorgeously, you'll cheer when they get stuck on endless repeat on the jukebox in your brain."

Admission: 
$10.00

Girl Authority

Saturday / August 15, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Girl Authority is a pop girl group from Massachusetts that consists of nine girls, ranging in age from 11 to 16. The group was established in 2005 by Samantha Hammel, the group's vocal coach/executive producer; Scott Billington, a Grammy-winning producer; and John Virant, CEO of Rounder Records.

Girl Authority has often been compared to Kidz Bop, as they also perform popular songs of other artists. They have also been called a G-rated version of the Spice Girls.

Each girl has a distinct personality: "Country Girl" Crystal, "Party Girl" Kate, "Rock 'n' Roll Girl" Tarr, "Urban Girl" Gina, "Fashion Girl" Alex, "Preppy Girl" Zoë, "Boho Girl" Jess, "All-Star Girl" Jacqueline, and "Glamour Girl" Carly. All attended musical theater together for five years before joining the group, and have acted in local theater throughout greater Boston.

The group has appeared on CBS's The Early Show and signed a deal with PorchLight Entertainment for a television series, specials, website, direct-to-video programming, merchandising, and an original book series.

 

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Matt Jenson

Thursday / February 5, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
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Kristin Cifelli

Monday / February 2, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A showcase of Kristin Cifelli's "other songs," written primarily for pitching to artistis in the pop/country genre. Lead vocalists include faculty Susan Cattaneo, Kaye Kelly Hardt, and Karen Carr, and student Aryn Calhoun.

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Marcus Santos and Bloco AfroBrazil / The People's Republic

Thursday / January 29, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Brazilian percussionist Marcus Santos and his group Bloco AfroBrazil will tear the roof off Cafe 939. This 20-piece percussion ensemble guarantees a spectacular show combining traditional Brazilian grooves like samba and axé with rock, jazz, and even hip-hop. Santos has been featured in the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival and PASIC, and has played all over the world. His debut CD Batukaxé will be sold at a special discounted price. The slammin' funk band the People's Republic opens the show.

Admission: 
$10 general admission, student discount available at Berklee Performance Center box office

The World Collective / Anne Heaton / Margret Galaspy

Saturday / January 24, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Boston's own World Collective will perform at Cafe 939 with Anne Heaton. Both are celebrating their CD release. Shows begin at 8:00 p.m. (opener, Margaret Galaspy); 8:45 p.m. (Anne Heaton); and 10:00 p.m. (World Collective).

The World Collective's influences range from Brian Wilson, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Beck, North Indian classical, and the Gilberto family.

Heaton has toured the U.S. and beyond—including stints opening for Jewel, the Pernice Brothers, and Jill Sobule—with songs that have been called "tender, barbed, and spiritual" (Washington Post).

Admission: 
$12 general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

Leah Gough-Cooper

Monday / February 2, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Alto Saxophonist Leah Gough-Cooper presents her band Human Equivalent, which will be playing original and exciting compositions in the fusion vein. This is a concert you really don't want to miss.

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Music, Truth, Image, and Life

Monday / January 19, 2009 / 2:30 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115-5523

William Banfield, of Berklee's Africana Studies/Music and Society initiative, will give a lecture-performance about music from the African diaspora at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House at the Museum of Fine Arts. Banfield, along with BGKLS, an ensemble rounded out by faculty members George Russell Jr., Kenwood Dennard, and Lenny Stallworth, will paint a musical portrait of the roots of black music culture, emphasizing its impact on society.

Admission: 
Free

ROAR: A Night of Fierce Singer/Songwriters

Thursday / August 20, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Krysta Youngs

Boston soul/pop chick Lisa Bello rocked the Apollo cold at 13 years old and smashed through the public school talent show circuit before her sweet 16. Every artist gets labeled, and Bello never minded being the tattooed Italian broad with Mary's pipes and Whitney's gusto. Hipsters dig her dance-floor–friendly backdrops, soul cats flock to see her front an eight-piece band, and hip-hop crowds haven't heard rhythm packaged this tightly since Jodeci dominated airwaves. This songstress is definitely ready to drop, and yes, folks—she'll be sure to make it hot.
lisabello.com
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Casey Desmond tends to linger in your mind long after she exits the stage. Her costumes, wonderfully hand-crafted, playfully complement her "miss means business" music. This alt-indie pop siren's got a pair of pipes that will move you straight to the dance floor and keep you there all night. Whether it's a quirky tune played on an odd '80s electronic toy autoharp; a rich layer of melodic guitar, synth, and piano; or her beautifully odd lyrics, her songs always manage to deliver a classic familiarity and uncharted freshness. With the release of her follow-up EP Chilly Allston, this singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and fashionista confirms she's a quadruple threat to be reckoned with.
caseydesmond.com
myspace.com/caseydesmond

Krysta Youngs is a colorful, creative, and complicated character, qualities all perfectly captured on her stunning debut, Stories. Youngs, fresh out of Boston via her native Grand Blanc, is today's answer to straight-shooting artists like Madonna, Pink, and Katy Perry, only without all that superstar baggage. Youngs is quickly making a name for herself through song placement on television shows like ESPN's Inside the Big East. Her songs—rockin', heartfelt, and literate—often pack devastating impact, and her mic-throwing performances leave you breathless. Frankly, you have to see her to believe it.
krystayoungs.com
myspace.com/krystayoungs

Admission: 
$10 general admission

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