Concert

Forgive Durden / You, Me, and Everyone We Know / Anarbor

Wednesday / May 6, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Photo courtesy of David Kalani Larkins

Seattle-based rock/pop outfit Forgive Durden will take the stage in support of their 2008 release Razia's Shadow: A Musical.

Lead vocalist/guitarist Thomas Dutton founded Forgive Durden in 2003. Looking to become more serious with his songwriting, he soon found kindred musical spirits in schoolmate/bassist Jesse Bauer and drummer Andy Mannino. The trio debuted in September 2004 with an independently released seven-song EP When You're Alone, You're Not Alone. After the addition of second guitarist Thomas Hunter to the lineup, the quartet hopped on the road.

Forgive Durden ultimately caught the eye of Fueled by Ramen, inking a deal with the label by the end of 2005. The band's conceptual label debut Wonderland surfaced the following May—a social commentary on the world of capitalism, greed, and corruption metaphorically built around the fictitious Wonderland. Tour dates with the likes of Panic! at the Disco followed, and Forgive Durden joined the Warped Tour that same summer.

Dutton's bandmates eventually quit the band, leaving him as the sole member. Retaining the Forgive Durden moniker, Dutton enlisted help from his brother and set to work on a musical, taking influence from films like Moulin Rouge and The Newsies. The result was Razia's Shadow: A Musical, a 2008 release that featured cameos by Max Bemis (Say Anything), Chris Conley (Saves the Day), Greta Salpeter (the Hush Sound), and Aaron Weiss (mewithoutYou).

Admission: 
$10

Gospel Ensemble

Monday / April 27, 2009 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee’s 53-member Reverence Gospel Ensemble, directed by Dennis Montgomery III, will raise the roof at the Berklee Performance Center in a rousing program of contemporary and traditional gospel music. Berklee's small gospel ensemble, Overjoyed, will also perform.

Admission: 

Bob Dylan Listening Party / Open Mic

Saturday / April 18, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115


 

Admission: 
Free

Lee Ritenour & Friends

Friday / April 10, 2009 / 7:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Lee Ritenour & Friends combines acoustic jazz, funk, fusion, and world music into an exciting display of virtuosity and musicality. This high-energy group takes the audience around the globe, featuring selections from Lee's albums, Smoke 'N' Mirrors, Wes Bound, Stolen Moments, and Twist of Jobim. Lee will be joined by Patrice Rushen (piano/keys), Will Kennedy (drums), and Melvin Davis (bass).

Admission: 
$10, general public; advanced tickets free for all Berklee students, faculty and staff, $2 on the day of the show

WhiteShoeBrownShoe

Thursday / April 30, 2009 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
WhiteShoeBrownShoe

Cafe 939 presents its lunchtime concert series The New Brew featuring WhiteShoeBrownShoe. Feel free to bring your lunch or indulge your palate with coffeehouse fare. 

WhiteShoeBrownShoe is the musical creation of two songwriters brought together by rock, roll, and a bowl of chili. Mr. Patrik Gochez, an East Coast Legend, and Sir Alex Britten of London fame are the fitted old shoes with the soles to walk us through this modern life. One sweet day, they realized that if they wanted to open the minds of the masses, they'd better open theirs first. Steady sticks were essential, and as the lights flickered, a pirate from the heart of America busted down the door and kicked a beat so sweet it rocked the shoes to their feet. Nasty Nez was his name, and runnin' groove was his game, now all they needed was Dynamite Dave to campaign the bass train. He stepped in and laced the shoes up tight, and with that they became a unit of love and revolution. They began playing shows until Heavy Rotation Records took a liking to their particular brand of sauce and decided to pour 'em out of the crock pot of Boston onto the labyrinthine buffet of America. So slow down, take a second, and take a listen, because this is a band you won't want to miss.

Admission: 
Free

Sara Watkins (of Nickel Creek) / Andy Davis

Wednesday / April 29, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Photo by Jeremy Cowart

You could say that Sara Watkins's solo debut has been a lifetime in the making. The 27-year-old singer/songwriter and fiddle player spent nearly two decades-all of her teenage and young adult life-as one-third of Nickel Creek, the Grammy Award-winning acoustic trio that used contemporary bluegrass as a starting point for its no-genre-barred sound. Along the way, she's hinted at her desire to do a project of her own and even organized some exploratory sessions in Los Angeles about six years ago. Now, with Nickel Creek on indefinite hiatus, she is releasing her self-titled solo disc, recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville and produced by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. It features an impressively wide range of backing players and old friends, including itinerant alt-country duo Gillian Welch and Dave Rawling; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench; Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas; fellow travelers from the bluegrass world Tim O'Brien, Chris Eldridge, Ronnie McCoury and Rayna Gellert; and her Nickel Creek bandmates. Also appearing, Andy Davis.

Admission: 
$20

Eric Benet

Sunday / May 10, 2009 / 7:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Grammy-nominated platinum-selling American r&b and neo-soul singer Eric Benet is on top of the world these days. The singer, songwriter, and producer is sounding strong, romantic, and full of joy on his aptly titled third solo effort, Love & Life. With this album, Eric exercised complete creative control for the first time in his career, cowriting and producing eleven of the twelve tracks with his partners. He is now on the road promoting Love & Life.

Admission: 
$58, $48, and $38, reserved seating

The Greencards

Thursday / April 30, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Greencards are touring in support of their Sugar Hill Records debut, Fascination. Fascination describes the essence of this band. It was, first of all, their fascination with American roots music—bluegrass especially—that drew singer/bassist Carol Young and multiple string-instrument master Kym Warner from Australia, and violinist/violist Eamon McLoughlin from the U.K., to Austin, Texas, where they began performing together, and later to their current home base in Nashville. That urge to challenge themselves, to test the limits of any established genre, guided them on their first three albums. It kept them focused as they accumulated awards and acclamations, from the Americana Music Award in 2006 for Emerging Artist of the Year through tours with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson to last year's Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy nomination for Viridian in 2008. All of which leads to Fascination, the band's most daring accomplishment to date. Meticulously crafted arrangements serve as springboards for exhilarating improvisations, and acoustic textures shimmer in the light of Jay Joyce's innovative production.

Admission: 
$15

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

Wednesday / April 22, 2009 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lani Hall and Herb Alpert

THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE POINT-OF-PURCHASE SITE DURING BUSINESS HOURS.

With his trademark tone and irresistible melodies, trumpeter Herb Alpert is a cultural touchstone for an entire generation. Perhaps best known for his string of sensational, popular music hits in the 1960s with the Tijuana Brass, the seven-time Grammy winning jazz icon is back for a very special performance with Lani Hall. Performing original arrangements of American standards and spicy Brazilian jazz with a trio of masterful musicians, Alpert's warm, expressive tone will complement Hall's sensual, emotional voice in a performance you won't soon forget! Read the press release.

Admission: 
$45, $30, $20, reserved seating

Ryan's Smashing Life

Friday / May 29, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Ryanhood, Vivian Darkbloom, Tom Thumb. A Ryan's Smashing Life live show delivers remarkable music talent, straight from the celebrated music blog's digital pages to New England's finest live stages. This tradition of music exploration continues tonight at the Cafe 939 with three outstanding acts that promise to thoroughly entertain, reigniting your passion for exciting new music!

Admission: 
$10

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