As part of Berklee’s African Scholars fellowship program, faculty member Winnie Dahlgren will present an evening of Latin/jazz music with a South African twist, as Cape Town-based pianist Camillo Lombard, a founding member of the Cape Music Institute, will be the evening’s special guest. The concert will feature a combination of original compositions written by Dahlgren and Lombard.
With soaring vocals and catchy melodies Caroline Smith is settling into a sound that merges ’90s R&B and neo-soul with her indie rock and folk roots. As Smith's music takes a step from girl to woman, her new album, Half About Being a Woman, explores self-acceptance and growing into oneself.
Described as having “that voice” by the Boston Weekly Dig newspaper, pop/soul artist Tavonna Miller's vocal ability spans styles including soul, rock, gospel, and opera. Coming from a family of musicians, she learned early on to discover and explore the world of music and craft her own unique sound. Her influences include legends as Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, John Legend, and John Mayer. Now Brooklyn-based, the Berklee College of Music graduate performs throughout Massachusetts, New York, and Philadelphia, either self-accompanied on piano or backed by some of the best local female musicians.
Tales of Olde released its first single, “This Place,” in October and is currently working on a debut EP to release in 2014. This Boston-based indie folk/rock band was founded on the notion that our shared stories are what bind us to each other and to the world around us. At the center of the band’s songs is an insistence that, even in the midst of heartbreak and sorrow, a great, ancient hope is alive and well among us, drawing us together to sing, celebrate, and love.
Watch a music video for Tales of Olde's "This Place" here:
From the state that gave us the Pixies and Sonic Youth comes another alternative rock gem, Art Decade. An experimental hard rock band with progressive and classical influences, Art Decade has an expressive, distinct musical style. Drawing inspiration from the likes of the Mars Volta, Muse, and Radiohead, Art Decade is rising fast in the vibrant Boston music scene.
Watch Art Decade's music video for "Numberless Dreams" here:
AERS collaborators Tasha and Zack explore alternative/ambient/electronic music with the goal of straddling genres while continuing to respect the sound of American folk music. The result is a warm sound that is hypnotic and cathartic, which pairs nicely with the duo’s poetic lyrics that provoke the listener to ask questions.
Watch AERS' music video for "With a Light" here:
The members of These Wild Plains were raised on The Band and Neil Young. The band was named one of Esquire’s “15 Bands To Watch” in 2014.
Watch These Wild Plains perform "Waves" in this video:
Meklit Hadero, known simply as Meklit, erupted to national notice with the 2010 release of On a Day Like This… on Porto Franco Records. Hailed by Filter magazine for “[combining] New York jazz with West Coast folk and African flourishes, all bound together by Hadero’s beguiling voice,” her full-length debut garnered praise from NPR and National Geographic, among others. The album announced the arrival, as the San Francisco Chronicle put it, of “an artistic giant in the early stages.”
Meklit will release her second album, We Are Alive, in March.
Watch a music video for Meklit's "Soleil Soleil" here:
By combining sophisticated compositions and virtuosic improvisation, the Grammy-nominated group Kneebody has created a diverse, loyal fan base in the United States and Europe. Founded in 2001, Kneebody has built upon an impressive array of individual resumes and conservatory training to create a truly singular voice within the instrumental world.
Kneebody is currently touring in support of its fourth studio album, The Line, on the Concord Records label.
"Cohesion is the truest constant in the music of Kneebody, a band that inhabits the borderland abutted by post-bop, indie-rock and hip-hop, without seeming to give much thought to the borders.” -New York Times, 2010
Watch a video of Kneebody performing "Cha Cha" live:
Tyler Hilton is best known for his role as "Chris Keller" in the CW hit show One Tree Hill, and for playing Elvis Presley in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. In both notable roles, he plays a musician, which is indicative of his real-life musical talent.
No longer with his former record label, Hilton is excited to be introducing the world to his new music—on his own terms. His most recent album, Forget the Storm, is his first full-length release in more than eight years. It unleashes a new side of the artist while combining multiple genres. Today, Hilton is happy to be on the scene as an independent artist, touring the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and working on new film and television projects (including the 2013 hit holiday film Christmas on the Bayou).
Watch Tyler Hilton perform "Prince of Nothing Charming" live in this video:
$12 in advance, $15 day of show, $59.99 VIP experience, general admission. *VIP experience includes admission to the show, Tyler Hilton CD, Tyler Hilton poster, and access to a pre-show acoustic hang with Tyler Hilton during soundcheck.
From Indian Lakes is an indie rock band based in California’s Yosemite Valley. The up-and-coming band has multiple nationwide tours under its belt and has garnered a devoted following in the process. Its most recent album, Able Bodies, showcases a band exploring new depths of maturity while still holding fast to many of its more aggressive and passionate tendencies.
Watch a music video for “Breaking My Bones” by From Indian Lakes:
This show also features driving pop-punk from the Berkeley, California-based The American Scene and a dose of fuzzy indie pop with a tropical twist from Southern California's Naive Thieves.
Established in Boston in 2004, the Fenway Recordings Sessions is a regular concert series featuring a mix of established acts and the best new and developing indie artists along with occasional special guest DJs. Bands that have played the Sessions include Hot Chip, The Joy Formidable, Cults, Wild Flag, Rival Schools, Diplo, MGMT, and more.
Tyrone Wells got his start as a singer-songwriter and storyteller in Southern California coffee shops, building a groundswell of devoted followers who connected with his powerful voice, honest lyrics, and personal anecdotes.
From this foundation, Wells went on to release two records with Universal Republic, to build a national fan base by touring relentlessly with his band, to land over 50 songs in televsion and film placements, and to launch several records that charted at No. 1 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter charts. This journey has brought Wells full circle and he's decided to go back to his roots for this tour so that he can have a closer-than-ever experience with you. The Closer Than Ever tour is about a voice, a guitar, and one man's story of loving, dreaming, and growing.
Nick Howard will open the show.
$22 in advance, $25 day of show, general admission