Concert

What the Heck Concert Series Featuring the Steve Heck Band and Ann Pedersen Trio

Wednesday / April 30, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee’s monthly jazz concert series premiere. The concert will feature the Steve Heck Band along with special guests Ann Pederson and Claudia Eliza.

Admission: 
Free

Three Day Threshold, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Jason Webley

Thursday / May 1, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Three Day Threshold could be the soundtrack to a shotgun wedding, tractor pull, or dog fight. It's bluegrass on overdrive, it's an after-hours rockabilly prom, but most of all it's a show not to be missed. They've garnered more accolades than a dog's got fleas; a handful of Boston Music Awards and WFNX/The Phoenix Awards as well as a few nods for "Artist of the Year" from Jam Music Magazine and "Best Live Band" from The Noise.

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band actually isn't that big. It's kinda like your husky pal everyone calls "Tiny." The young, modest three-piece from rural Indiana, makes up for its size deficiency with a high-energy sound steeped in classic blues. With just acoustic guitar, the occasional dobro, a minimal drum kit, and the always reliable washboard, the trio concocts a rousing, hyper, and authentic brand of blues.

Jason Webley began as a busker playing accordion in the streets of Seattle but has since moved indoors and onstage, playing venues and festivals all across the world. His music is a combination of folk, gypsy, and punk.

Admission: 
$12.00 General Admission

The Fiery Furnaces, Mumble News

Friday / April 25, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Fiery Furnaces: This engaging, Brooklyn-based, brother and sister rock duo has been compared to the White Stripes. After their 2003 garage-blues debut, Gallowsbird's Bark, Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger strayed into esoteric, prog-inspired experimentation on their next few offerings. Their new disc, Widow City finds them coming back down to earth.

Mumble News is a Boston-based band making their way into the music scene with a combination of engaging, energetic live performances and a humble do-it-yourself attitude. The band’s focus is on the promotion of both themselves and other artists, bringing to the table the most intoxicating concentration of bold music and design possible.

A student discount is available at the Berklee Performance Center.

Admission: 
$15, general admission

Spring Old-Time String and Bluegrass Blowout

Tuesday / May 6, 2008 / 2:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Four student bands will play and sing all acoustic music—first Mark Simos's Appalachian/old-time ensemble, followed by three bluegrass groups directed by Dave Hollender. The bluegrass bands will play traditional fiddle tunes, songs, and instrumentals by Norman Blake, Flatt & Scruggs, Alison Krauss, Bill Monroe, and the SteelDrivers.

Admission: 

Big Band Concert

Tuesday / May 6, 2008 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Under the direction of faculty member John Pierce, this ensemble will play big band jazz featuring compositions by artists including Benny Carter, Thad Jones, Pat Metheny, and Charles Mingus, and arrangements by Bob Curnow, Bob Freedman, Sy Johnson, and Brian Lewis. Sections leaders include Maria Defreitas on alto, Matthew Joseph on trumpet, Patrick Kunka on drums, and Brian Paulding on trombone. The group includes students from all over the world, from places such as Australia, Scotland, Turkey and across the United States.

Admission: 

21st Century Ensemble

Monday / May 5, 2008 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Under the direction of faculty saxophonist Joe Lovano, a student ensemble will perform music by Dave Holland, Paul Motian, Sonny Rollins, and Kenny Wheeler.

Admission: 

52nd Street Themes

Monday / May 5, 2008 / 2:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Music by Thelonious Monk and Joe Lovano will be performed by a student ensemble under the direction of Lovano, a faculty saxophonist.

Admission: 

Igmar Thomas and the Cypher, Cedric Hanriot, Akoustik Obsession

Friday / May 2, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Igmar Thomas and the Cypher combine the sophistication of jazz with the culture of the new hip-hop generation. What sets them apart from other bands is their emphasis on improvisation—a common feature of both jazz and hip-hop. Though the songs are arranged to follow a certain form, Thomas encourages the musicians to bring their own inflections and independence to each piece.

Cedric Hanriot, a musician, composer, arranger, educator, and actor, played and toured with funk/acid jazz band Notorious, performing about 400 concerts throughout Europe and recording the album Funky Way of Life in 1998. After this great and intense experience, Hanriot went on to play and record with many projects as a leader and sideman/accompanist in musical styles as varied as jazz, salsa, funk, pop, electro, and groove.

Admission: 
$7 Adult G.A. Student Discount Available at Berklee Performance Center

The Berklee Pat Metheny Ensemble

Friday / May 2, 2008 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This ensemble will play jazz fusion compositions by Pat Metheny under the direction of Winston Maccow.

Admission: 

Just Get Funky

Friday / May 2, 2008 / 2:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This ensemble will perform funk and jazz by George Duke; Earth, Wind & Fire; and others with special guests Appollo Payton, vocals and Gerami Groover, keys. Under the direction of Winston Maccow.

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