Concert

Adam Deitch, Eric Krasno, and Members of Lettuce

Friday / September 4, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An incredible concert featuring Lettuce members Deitch and Adam "Shmeans" Smirnoff, Eric Krasno, and special guests Louis Cato and Nigel Hall.

Admission: 
$15 general public, $10 students

Still Flyin' / Pants Yell! / Excalibrah

Saturday / September 26, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Still Flyin'

Come out and enjoy a night of unique music featuring San Francisco's Still Flyin', whose debut album has been described as "a gorgeous piece of kaleidoscopic pop." Also performing: Pants Yell and Excalibrah.

Already a fixture on the European festival circuit, Still Flyin' are following up their 2 EPs released on Antenna Farm with their first full length LP Never Gonna Touch The Ground. With concurrent CD releases in the U.K. by Moshi Moshi, in Australia by Lost & Lonesome, and the U.S. by Ernest Jenning, Antenna Farm is pleased to offer this stellar release on 140 gram vinyl LP, complete with a poster and free album download with purchase. The momentum behind this release is palpable, and the band is spending most of 2009 on tour in the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Australia.

Pants Yell! started in earnest the spring of 2003, while the members were attending art school in Boston, MA. Practices were held in bedrooms and basements, then shows were played in other people's bedrooms and basements and then recordings were made in various bedrooms and basements. Their second full-length, Recent Drama, was released in the spring of 2006, and Plan B Magazine published a glowing review of their London gig.

For more information about Excalibrah, visit myspace.com/excalibrah.

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

Jesse Scheinin Quartet

Thursday / January 8, 2009 / 6:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz
CA
United States
95060
Jesse Scheinin

An all-star quartet of Berklee students—Jesse Scheinin, Ilan Bar-Lavi, Jeff Fajardo, and Dan Carpel—plays a Northern California tour that takes in the Kuumbwa Jazz Center and Yoshi's Oakland.

Read a piece about Scheinin in the San Jose Mercury News.

Admission: 
$10 in adv.; $13 @ door

Jesse Scheinin Quartet

Monday / January 12, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland
CA
United States
94607
Jesse Scheinin

Berklee's Jesse Scheinin, a product of the fertile Northern California jazz scene, brings his quartet—featuring fellow Berklee students Ilan Bar-Lavi, guitar, Jeff Fajardo, drums, and Dan Carpel, bass—to Yoshi's Oakland.

Read a piece about Scheinin in the San Jose Mercury News.

Admission: 
$10

Sol Melodiq

Friday / January 23, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Calderwood Pavilion
527 Tremont Street
Boston
MA
United States

Sol Melodiq is a Boston-based ensemble of six that combine elements of jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk, and gospel to create offbeat sounds that uplift the soul. The band features Stacey Wade, keyboardist and organist for Al Green. They perform two shows, 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Read more.

Admission: 
$15, $10 with Berklee I.D.

Amy Crawford & the Electric

Thursday / January 22, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Calderwood Pavilion
527 Tremont Street
Boston
MA
United States
Amy Crawford

A former jazz pianist turned singer, Amy Crawford has always had a love of classic American song. Her melodic piano and cool vocals recall the sounds of Peggy Lee, Sheryl Crow, and Norah Jones. Her sound is undeniably catchy and upbeat, with a vintage sheen that makes her one of the freshest new songwriters on the scene. She performs two shows, 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Read more.

Admission: 
$15, $10 with Berklee I.D.

Hiromi's Sonicbloom: NPR Radio Concert

Wednesday / December 31, 2008 / 7:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hiromi's of Hiromi's Sonicbloom

For the fifth consecutive year, Berklee, WGBH Radio Boston, and now First Night, collaborate to kick off NPR's Toast of the Nation concert broadcast on New Year's Eve. This year, star alumna Hiromi, with her group, Hiromi's Sonicbloom, composed of fellow alumni Tony Grey on bass, and Martin Valihora on drums, and Berklee professor Dave Fiuczynski on guitar. The concert broadcast is at 8:00 p.m., and the group will play a second set at 9:30 p.m.

Learn more this concert in the news section of Berklee.edu.

Admission: 
$15 - First Night button

The Lawrence Fields Quartet

Wednesday / December 31, 2008 / 5:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lawrence Fields

Widely considered to be one of the finest jazz pianists to come out of Berklee in the last decade, St. Louis native Lawrence Fields brings three of his favorite musicians to play the Berklee Performance Center on New Year's Eve. Although just graduated, Fields has been working for some time in the bands of star alumni Jeff "Tain" Watts and Terri Lyne Carrington, and has substituted more than once in the Branford Marsalis Quartet.

At Berklee, Fields was the first recipient of the James Williams Scholarship, named for the legendary pianist and beloved Berklee professor. He has led the college's top touring small group, the Berklee Monterey Quartet, in concerts on both coasts, and for XM Radio.

Learn more this concert in the news section of Berklee.edu.

Admission: 
$15 - First Night button

Amy Crawford & the Electric

Friday / January 9, 2009 / 4:00 pm
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Amy Crawford

A former jazz pianist turned singer, Amy Crawford always had a love of classic American song. After slugging it out in New York City jazz clubs for a few years, she decided to revisit the music of her childhood—the Beatles; Beach Boys; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Sly & The Family Stone; Rickie Lee Jones; and James Taylor, among others—and spent a summer writing madly in her unfurnished Brooklyn apartment. 



While in New York, Crawford expanded her musical community to include filmmakers (see Lucas McNelly's Gravida [2007] featured in the NOW Film Festival) and choreographers. She is also the keyboardist and sometimes-vocalist for the rock band DeLeon . In 2007 she helped coach the Brooklyn Youth Chorus' performance at Elton John's sold-out Madison Square Garden 60th Birthday Celebration and also helped the chorus prepare parts for a guest spot on Talib Kweli's new album, Eardrum and for Alicia Keys's appearance on a Sesame Street holiday special, among other events.



2008 has been a great year for Crawford: she placed third in the renowned Shure/Montreux Jazz Festival's international Jazz Vocal competition in Switzerland; spent a week on the road opening sold-out shows for the Grammy-winnng band Ozomatli with DeLeon; recorded on DeLeon's self-titled record for the JDUB label; received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston to study music production and engineering; and is putting the finishing touches on her highly-anticipated EP with her band Amy & The Electric.

Admission: 
Free

Fly Upright Kite / Ellis Ashbrook / Bad Rabbits

Friday / January 23, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fly Upright Kite. Credit: Bryan Master George

Upon hearing Fly Upright Kite, it will become immediately obvious how this Boston-based band has gained a large and loyal following. Fly Upright Kite is a young, energetic pop/rock group that blends heartfelt compositions with well-crafted pop melodies. The powerful choruses and inventive hooks are sure to linger in your head for days. Having shared the stage with national touring bands Denison Witmer, Umbrellas, Brandston, As Tall As Lions, Quiet Drive, Moneen, the Hush Sound, and big-name local acts (Medicated Kisses, Therefore I Am, The Killing Moon), Fly Upright Kite is constantly adding new listeners to its dedicated fanbase. The band is currently recording its new album with Mike Poorman (Hot Rod Circuit, TREOS, Paulson) and Brian McTernan (Circa Survive, Moneen). Armed with a dynamic and expressive live show and the unusual use of violin, Fly Upright Kite produces a fresh, compelling sound that makes them one of the most captivating bands on the competitive New England music scene.

Ellis Ashbrook generates ferocious sounds and swarming vibrations that swim in a psychedelic pool of aquatic delays. This band has rocked audiences all over New England. The songwriting reverberates with beauty and heaviness, respect for the funk, and a love of unique grooves. These players and singers have the prowess, technique, and tenacity to play original music that transcends trends.

Also appearing: Bad Rabbits.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

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