Concert

Jordan Tarrant and Johnny Nicholson / Evelyn Brown and Ashley Root / Nathan Reich

Wednesday / December 3, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jordan Tarrant was born in Dallas, Texas. Having played guitar for most of his life, he first started performing in Austin around the age of 16. Though most of his music is performed on an acoustic guitar, Jordan brings an electric energy to the stage. Jordan's music is lyrically driven and performed with wild passion. His first formal guitar instruction began with studying classical guitar for four years with Klondike Steadman (graduate of Adam Holzman's acclaimed Classical Guitar Department at the University of Texas). After graduating from the McCallum School of Fine Arts he was accepted to Berklee College of Music, where he is currently studying guitar, songwriting, and music business.

Born in Geyserville, California, Johnny Nicholson picked up the violin at age five and the guitar at age seven. He also plays banjo and mandolin. He has been writing, recording, and performing for the better part of his life. Johnny is now at Berklee College of Music. He founded Monkey Rock in 2006. Monkey Rock is a community comprised of artists and friends who support each other by promoting and performing as a group.

Evelyn and Ashley began collaborating only a few months ago, but it didn’t take them long to realize their potential together as writers and singers. That’s why they have decided to make collaborating a career move. In January 2009, Evelyn and Ashley will be headed to Austin, Texas to record their first debut album with Tono Music Group, with a release date for summer 2009.

It's been said of many great musicians that they "were born with a guitar in their hand." And while singer/songwriter Nathan Reich found his guitar soon enough, his first love was a toy ukulele. Born in the musically rich San Francisco Bay Area Nathan began studying guitar in earnest at the age of 12. Growing up he had many passions in life, but after spending a year at Berklee College of Music it didn't taken long for his unique style of playing only with his fingers, and predominately with just his thumb, to gain him recognition—his peers nicknamed him "Thumb Kid" and his teachers agreed they had never seen anything like it.

Admission: 
Free

Contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble

Friday / December 5, 2008 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Contemporary classical chamber music by Aaron Copland, Alberto Ginastera, David Leiser, Pauline Oliveros, Jeno Takacs, and Berklee presidential scholar Neara Russell for piano, flutes, cello, voice, and guitar will be performed under the direction of faculty member Robin Ginenthal.

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Rae Riot and the Smoke Animals / The Thickness / Protean Collective

Thursday / November 20, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Formed at Berklee College of Music in February 2007, Rae Riot and the Smoke Animals is putting a fresh new spin on rock in New England. People of all kinds of musical tastes can enjoy their fun and easy-to-listen-to music. Their influences include Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, Pat Benatar, Patti Smith, Le Tigre, Pearl Jam, and Tom Petty.

The Thickness joined in 2005, seeking to entertain the masses with their version of punk rock comedy. The band met at Berklee College of Music in Boston and instantly knew that their love for the punk would ostracize them from their jazz-loving hippie constituents. Inking a deal with Sidehatch Entertainment in 2006 has propelled the band to new levels, allowing them to play all the great bars in New England and down the coast. They have released three EPs in under two years Girth Control, The Kids'll Love It, and most recently a self-titled. The band is touring constantly in support of the punk. With a triangle, lead bass, and stereo drums, the Thickness will add girth and length to any crowd lucky enough to envelope the band entirely into their, uh, ears.

Also appearing: Protean Collective.

Admission: 
$8, general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Live Band Karaoke Featuring Downtown Fever

Wednesday / December 10, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Downtown Fever

Live band karaoke featuring Downtown Fever. Sign-ups at 7:30.

Admission: 
Free

Joe Stump Virtuostic Vendetta

Tuesday / July 21, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee guitar faculty member, metal guitar master, Joe Stump, performs live, playing tracks from his latest release Virtuostic Vendetta as well as other tracks from previous releases.

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Music Therapy Recital

Tuesday / July 28, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Students majoring in music therapy will perform original, improvised, and pre-composed material. Music therapy professor Kimberly Khare will emcee this event and will weave in theory and practice of music therapy between student performances.

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Jim Gaffigan

Sunday / November 23, 2008 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jim Gaffigan has proven himself to be a major talent, beloved by a wide range of audiences after achieving milestones in stand-up, acting, and writing. As a stand-up comedian, Gaffigan’s clever, quiet style has earned him an unprecedented number of appearances on both CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman and NBC’s Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His recent one hour Comedy Central special entitled “Beyond the Pale” has made Gaffigan one of the most popular touring and recorded comedians in the country today.

Admission: 
$42.75, reserved seating

The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra

Monday / December 8, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Jazz Composers Orchestra specializing in performing contemporary, original student jazz compositions for large jazz ensemble under the direction of Greg Hopkins.

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Me and My Gang

Thursday / December 4, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come see some of Berklee's best pickers and singers in a night of classic country and hot new country music. The Berklee Country Music Ensemble under the direction of Mike Ihde will play songs from artists as diverse as Patsy Cline, the Dixie Chicks, Elvis, and Sarah Underwood. Four vocalists, two fiddles, pedal steel guitar, and a rhythm section make up this great band. A good time is guaranteed for all.

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The Berklee Music of James Brown Ensemble

Tuesday / December 2, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty member Kenwood Dennard presents his student ensemble performing the music of soul and funk great, James Brown.

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