Concert

We Are Hip-Hop

Thursday / March 5, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

BHHA campus chapter presents an evening showcasing diverse, conscious, live hip-hop from Berklee students and special guests.

Admission: 
FREE

An Evening with Lila Downs

Saturday / April 18, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lila Downs, photo credit: Elena Pardo

Lila Downs, born in Oaxaca, Mexico, is the daughter of Mixtec cabaret singer Anita Sánchez and Allen Downs, a Scottish/English-American art professor. She grew up in Oaxaca, California, and Minnesota, where she graduated from the University of Minnesota in voice and anthropology. Her musical vision is anthropological in nature, as varied as the ancient and earthy cultures that inspire her. Downs is accompanied on her musical journey by her longtime band, La Misteriosa, multicultural multi-instrumentalists who include Paul Cohen, her collaborator, producer, and husband. Latin Grammy winner and Grammy nominee Downs takes listeners on a world music journey that's both intensely personal and vividly universal. Switching between Spanish and English, many new songs address the heated topics of immigration, political justice, and transformation, but Downs's compassion and humor are always present. This evening's show is a benefit for Circulo de Mujeres.

Her powerful persona and voice caught Hollywood's attention. She played a role in the Salma Hayek film about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, sang the Oscar-nominated soundtrack song "Burn It Blue," and became the first Mexican to perform on the Academy Awards telecast. She also captured a Latin Grammy for 2004's Una Sangre. At the Festival of Sacred Music at the Hollywood Bowl, Downs participated alongside luminaries including the Dalai Lama. "I sang in Mixtec, my mother's native language. There were so many Mixtec people in the audience—who wash dishes, who cultivate the fields, and we got a standing ovation. It was the most intense moment in my life. It was an honor to have that connection."

It's a connection she strives to make every moment, succeeding admirably on her newest and Grammy-nominated release, Shake Away. Downs taps into the native Mesoamerican music of the Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya, and Nahuatl cultures. The title track, "Shake Away (Ojos De Culebra)," (Eyes of the Snake) references symbols in the Olmec culture. "It's a metaphorical event, losing your skin. But I went to a place with Shamans who inject the venom in their body to become immune, a practice traced back to pre-Columbian times," Downs explains. "Mexico also has an important African community—in the history of music in Latin America we owe so much to our African roots, yet people in the U.S. might not know how important that is."

Admission: 
$35, $30, $20, reserved seating

Duncan Sheik

Friday / March 13, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Duncan Sheik plays with special guests and cast members of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening, including original cast member Lauren Pritchard. They will perform songs from the musical as well as original material from their individual repertoires and hit pop albums (e.g., Barely Breathing). 

Admission: 
$35, $25 reserved seating

Dedication—Jazz Revelation Records CD Release Concert

Thursday / April 23, 2009 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz Revelation Records CD release concert featuring original student artists. Directed by Kevin McCluskey.

Admission: 

Rock the Opera / Musical Theater

Friday / February 27, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This is an open mic for students to come showcase their talents in the areas of music theater and opera. Accompanists will be provided.

Admission: 
FREE

A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan

Saturday / March 14, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Maura O'Connell

Each year, WGBH's Brian O'Donovan puts together a compendium of some of the best singers, musicians, and dancers from around the world, including Maura O'Connell and the Lóchrann ensemble, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style. The concert is lively and diverse, and reflects the informal style that is the hallmark of Brian's radio program, A Celtic Sojourn, heard weekly on Saturdays between noon and 3:00 p.m. on 89.7.

Admission: 
$45, $35, $30, $25, reserved seating

Jay Nash / Greg Laswell / Anya Marina

Friday / March 6, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jay Nash

Jay Nash's country/rock music has been called "soulful, energetic, adult, intelligent." Greg Laswell plays densely lyrical, melodic indie pop that refuses to settle into predictability. According to a Rolling Stone blog, Anya Marina honed her songwriting chops by working in radio. She claimed the San Diego open-mic crown, then scored a national audience via Grey's Anatomy.

Admission: 
$10 general public

Armsted R. Christian Fundraiser: Stay in the Light

Saturday / March 14, 2009 / 6:00 pm
The Sky Room
561 Orchard St.
New Bedford
MA
United States
02744
Armsted Christian

Armsted Christian has had the auto immune deficiency disorder sarcoidosis since 1976 and is now in urgent need of a bilateral lung transplant. Help to increase awareness and raise money for continued research of this disease while enjoying music by the A List and many other friends and guest artists. If you are unable to attend but interested in lending your support, send a contribution to the Armsted R. Christian Fund, 104 Smith Street/ Suite #1, New Bedford, MA 02740. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Armsted R. Christian Foundation for Sarcoidosis, to assist in ongoing research and ongoing care initiatives. For tickets and additional information, call Mike Monteiro at 508 789-7377 or Patti Mae Mello at 774 526-2736.

Read an article about the event in South Coast Today.

Admission: 
$50; $25, advance purchase

Sex! / Nini & Ben / Open Mic

Thursday / March 26, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sex!

Boston based band Sex! is an amalgam of West Coasters, East Coasters and Mid-Westers. They pride themselves on the pure, raw quality of their live shows. Their sound contains a mixture of blues, r&b, soul, and rock 'n' roll. Unlike their counterparts of the late '50s/early '60s, they've got another influence in hip-hop to modernize themselves. - Hailing from various parts of the world, the musicians that form Nini & Ben came together to showcase the songs of the talented duo. Performing at clubs and coffee houses, writing music and connecting with fellow musicians, Nini & Ben add an exciting and funky new flavor to their folky roots. The evening kicks off with an open mic (one song per participant).

Admission: 
Free

Neko Case

Saturday / April 11, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Photo by Jason Creps

On March 3, Anti– Records will release the eagerly awaited new Neko Case album Middle Cyclone. The fifteen-track collection is her first release since 2006’s Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, the best-reviewed and best-selling album of her career. Fox Confessor was Case's first album to debut in the Billboard Top 100, and has sold nearly 200,000 copies in the United States alone. The album earned Case Female Artist of the Year honors from the PLUG Independent Music Awards, and a Top-10 placement in the Village Voice’s annual Pazz & Jop critics’ poll. Middle Cyclone was produced by Case with Darryl Neudorf and recorded in Tucson, Brooklyn, Toronto, and Vermont. It features her core band—guitarist Paul Rigby, bassist Tom V. Ray, backing vocalist Kelly Hogan, multi-instrumentalist Jon Rauhouse, and drummer Barry Mirochnick—plus numerous guests including M. Ward, Garth Hudson, Sarah Harmer, and members of the New Pornographers, Los Lobos, Calexico, the Sadies, Visqueen, the Lilys, and Giant Sand, among others.

Admission: 
$30, reserved seating

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