Berklee Stage at 2014 Boston Book Festival

Saturday / October 25, 2014 / 11:00 a.m.
Copley Square
206 Clarendon Street
United States

Jacob McCaslin (11:00 a.m.): McCaslin is an award-winning vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. Influenced at a young age by various soul and blues artists, McCaslin has been advancing in many areas of the music world. Before taking any music lessons, he was recognized as an advanced guitarist and a gifted singer. He has been composing and producing his own music for more than nine years, and continues to grow as a musician through his studies as a scholarship student at Berklee.

Sara Kendall (11:30 a.m.): Kendall is a singer-songwriter and performer from Southborough, Massachusetts. While at Berklee, she has been integrating her piano, vocal, and writing skills into acoustic sets, and has been working her loop station into live performances. She has had years of experience with various a cappella groups, and the looper allows her to use those skills to layer vocal harmonies with percussion, building the song as she sings it in front of her audience. While studying professional music with a focus on contemporary writing and production and songwriting at Berklee, she has been writing and recording her original songs and taking every opportunity to perform them publicly.

Berklee Poetry Slam (12:00 p.m.): Berklee has its own slam team, which consists of the top students from the slam courses, taught by Caroline Harvey. Each year the team competes in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. In 2012, the Berklee Slam Team won the Spirit of Slam award.

Wambura Mitaru (1:00 p.m.): Mitaru's eclectic, fluid music blends funk, soul, R&B, jazz, and hip-hop with sounds from her African background. A young and passionate singer and songwriter from Nairobi, Kenya, Mitaru got her start in high school with training in classical music. She attended the Kenya Conservatoire of Music until 2011, when she arrived at Berklee College of Music.

Luke Niccoli (2:00 p.m.): Alternative singer-songwriter Luke Niccoli combines the acoustic and pop sensibilities of John Mayer with the edge and arena rock energy of Kings of Leon and U2. Niccoli is currently finishing production on his upcoming EP, due in fall 2014.

3 Sudacas (3:00 p.m.): 3 Sudacas is three students at Berklee from Venezuela, Brazil, and Colombia who perform traditional and unique compositions arranged for voice, percussion, mandolin, guitar, and bass. They performed at the 2014 Latin Grammys with Alejandro Sanz.

The Western Den (4:00 p.m.): Driven by a passion to create music with purpose, Deni Hlavinka and Chris West formed the Western Den in 2013. The band blends compelling folk harmonies with ambient textures, producing a sound all its own. The duo released its debut EP Battle Hymns in May 2013 and premiered by opening for Melissa Ferrick on her national tour that summer. The Western Den performs in Boston and is working on a full-length album.