Concert

The Polaroid Truth

Friday / February 13, 2009 / 4:00 pm
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Jeni Magana of the Polaroid Truth

Once a month, Berklee student performers with innovative original music representing a wide range of styles perform in the State Street Corporation Lobby at the ICA. The Water Café by Wolfgang Puck serves refreshments. The Polaroid Truth has been hailed as "a unity of opposites that is sure to warm your evening and enrich your soul" (East Village Coffee Lounge). Coming from very different backgrounds, Jeff Fettig and Jeni Magana aim to do just that—combine their unique experiences to deliver an entertaining but honest message. Their music has been compared to Damien Rice and Brett Dennen, but they are quickly carving out their own niche in the acoustic genre. The duo recently spent a month on tour in California promoting their debut release, Last Day as Children. They also made a special live appearance on the CosMix 92.1 FM, where they were said to be "better than Damien [Rice]" in an interview. Their track "Mind Over Heart" is now making regular playlists on the online radio stations Sentient Radio and String-Theory, as well as on public radio station WJCT 89.9 FM, based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Admission: 
Free with museum admission

First Annual Berklee Middle Eastern Festival with the Bassam Saba Ensemble

Wednesday / February 18, 2009 / 7:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bassam Saba

Berklee welcomes world-renowned nay and flute virtuoso Bassam Saba and his ensemble for a residency as part of the college's First Annual Middle Eastern Festival. Saba will work with Berklee students on February 17 and 18, and perform with them during the first set of this night's concert. The second set will feature the Bassam Saba Ensemble. The festival aims to showcase different styles and genres of Middle Eastern music and artists, and to bring together students from different musical and cultural backgrounds in experiencing this music. This event is sponsored by the Ensemble Department and the Office for Cultural Diversity, and was founded and directed by Berklee Voice faculty member Christiane Karam.

Admission: 
$10 general public, discount with Berklee ID

Antony and the Johnsons

Sunday / February 22, 2009 / 6:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Mercury prize-winning Antony and the Johnsons present emotionally charged chamber cabaret, creating music that is highly dramatic, piercing and lyrical. A veteran of artistic collaborations with such icons as Lou Reed and Björk, Antony Hegarty has been compared to everyone from Nina Simone to Brian Ferry and has a voice that is hauntingly evocative. His soulful vocals are backed by the Johnsons' graceful arrangements. After a three year hiatus, Antony and the Johnsons hit the road with a new album, The Crying Light, due to be released January 2009.

Admission: 
$35, $28, reserved seating

Railbird / Dave Smallen / Sydney Wayser

Friday / February 13, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Railbird is an all-original indie folk rock group with eclectic, lyrically driven songs from Saratoga Springs, New York. The band is fronted by singer/songwriter Sarah Pedinotti who is described by Billboard Magazine as, "a talented young singer/songwriter on the rise." In a recent Railbird review, Pedinotti's songs are compared to those of Dylan, the Band, and Patti Smith.

Pedinotti is a storyteller who finds inspiration in the fiction and poetry of writers such as George Orwell, Philip K. Dick, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, and W.B. Yeats. Railbird's debut disc was listed as No. 8 in the Billboard editors' picks for 2008, hailed as "a great indie band set to break out." Also performing, Dave Smallen and Sydney Wayser.

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

Jay Clifford / Chris Koza / Jessica Yoakum

Thursday / February 19, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singer/songwriter Jay Clifford performs in support of his debut solo album Driving Blind. The disc is full of emotionally evocative vocals and showcases the maturation of a truly gifted artist. Also performing Jessica Yoakum.

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

The Blue Pages / All These Kings / Ian Walsh

Saturday / February 21, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Blue Pages

In a very short amount of time, the Blue Pages have toured extensively throughout the Northeast, sold out Boston's Paradise Rock Club, and signed with Walking City Records. Whether they’re cranking up their amps to 11 or serenading audiences with intimate acoustic shows, the Blue Pages have turned heads since they formed in October 2007.

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

Open Mic

Saturday / February 14, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Pete Francis featuring Barefoot Truth

Friday / February 20, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Pete Francis featuring Barefoot Truth

Pete Francis just completed a year of touring behind his most recent release, Iron Sea and the Cavalry, sharing stages with Rusted Root, Greyboy Allstars, and Gov't Mule. Barefoot Truth have emerged as one of the fastest-growing bands on the East Coast. They spent the fall touring behind an election-themed single and were asked to play the Obama campaign official pre-debate rally in New York between sets by Bruce Hornsby and Crosby & Nash. While both acts work on new records, the concept of merging ideas and styles is one that will be both exciting to fans and the musicians themselves.

Part singer/songwriter, part foot-stomping backbeat and part old-time rock 'n' roll, the Pete Francis/Barefoot Truth collaboration has been in the works for quite some time. Francis produced Barefoot Truth's 2006 release The Clubhouse Sessions with longtime Dispatch producer Jack Gauthier, and has joined the band on stage at multiple performances over the last 18 months. "These guys are like little brothers to me," says Francis. "Rearranging songs and learning new ones is going to bring a fresh energy to the shows."

"We've known Pete since 2006 and have since opened for him and joined him to play a song or two on stage," said Barefoot Truth guitarist J Driscoll. "The tour this winter and spring will be something different though. We all grew up on Dispatch songs, and to have one of the members of our favorite bands actually join ours for a tour is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience."

Look for Pete Francis featuring Barefoot Truth on tour this spring. Expect a new, one-time only EP from the quintet in March 2009.

Admission: 
$15 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Robert Christopherson / The Pinchback Blues

Tuesday / February 24, 2009 / 12:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Urban and country blues featuring talented Berklee student Minden Jones accompanied by the versatile and accomplished Berklee faculty members Dan Bowden on slide guitar and Bobby Christopherson on piano. Tributes to Bessie Smith, Tampa Red, and other early, great blues artists.

Admission: 
Free

The Old Ceremony / Nini & Ben / Zac Taylor & the Drugs

Tuesday / March 3, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Old Ceremony

 

 

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

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