Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) and Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater- Kinney) from IFC's hit original comedy Portlandia are embarking on a unique six-city tour bringing the romanticized and dreamy rendering of Portland, Oregon to life for fans across the country. Portlandia: The Tour will feature Armisen and Brownstein, the cocreators, writers, and stars of Portlandia, performing live music, presenting sneak-peek clips from the show's second season, and sharing personal anecdotes about the creation and inspiration of Portlandia and its variety of eccentric characters.
Iowa-born singer-songwriter Chuck McDermott has been making music for 40 years, on a journey that has taken him from Boston to Los Angeles, from barrooms to concert halls, from bootleg tapes to albums and movie soundtracks. Along the way, he's left a trail of evocative songs and a legion of still-loyal fans across the U.S. and Europe. McDermott's writing style is a gumbo that is true to the narrative traditions of country music but still incorporating the rhythms and sounds of R&B and rock 'n' roll.
Join us at the opening concert of the new Jazz at the Arsenal series featuring Berklee faculty musicians. The Bruce Gertz Quintet consists of the great Jerry Bergonzi on sax, Phil Grenadier on trumpet, Steve Hunt on keyboard, Austin McMahon on drums, and, of course, Bruce Gertz on bass.
Gertz has been one of the most respected bass player/teachers in the Boston area for decades. His performances and educational clinics have taken him around the world, and he has shared the stage with such luminaries as Gil Evans, Dave Brubeck, Lee Konitz, Cab Calloway, Gary Burton, and many others, including the great Jerry Bergonzi who will perform with Gertz for this concert. Gertz's publications include 22 Contemporary Melodic Studies for Electric Bass, Mastering the Bass, volumes 1 and 2, and Let's Play Rhythm. His recent albums include It Wasn't Me and Reptilian Fantasies.
Katherine Jenkins is a Welsh mezzo-soprano, a classical-popular crossover singer. Her albums feature a mixture of arias, popular songs, hymns and light classical music. Jenkins is a judge on Popstar to Operastar and is also set to star in the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special.
Six out of seven of Jenkins's studio albums reached number one in the classical charts between 2004 and 2008, selling a total of more than 4 million copies. After her first album, Premiere, made her the fastest-selling mezzo-soprano to date she became the first British classical crossover artist to have two number one albums in the same year. She is also the first female artist to win two consecutive Classical BRIT Awards: her second album, Second Nature, reached number 16 in the UK pop charts and was Album of the Year in the 2005 BRIT Awards.
With a career that has spanned over four decades, legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is no less than a worldwide superstar, and his trumpet has long been a call to freedom and a celebration of the resilience of his people.
Touring in support of his best album in years, Phola, Masekela and his hot new South African band create supple grooves that blend Afro-beat, funk, and jazz.
Attend a free Hugh Masekela lecture, "The Artist's Role as Activist," Thursday, October 14, 7:00 p.m., at Lesley University's Prospect Church, 1803 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.
Young@Heart is an entertainment group composed at present of people at least 70 years of age. Some have prior professional theater or music experience, others have performed at the amateur level, and some have no experience whatsoever. They are particularly noted for their unconventional covers of rock, punk, and other modern pop music songs. A 2008 British documentary followed their preparation for a concert in their hometown of Northampton, Massachusetts.
When Bob Cilman and Judith Sharpe organized the Young@Heart in 1982, all of the members lived in an elderly housing project called the Walter Salvo House. That first group included elders who lived through both World Wars. One of the members had fought in the Battle of the Somme as a 16-year-old and another, Anna Main, lost her husband in the First World War. Main was a stand-up comic who at 88 told jokes that only she could get away with.
The current performers in Young@Heart range in age from 73 to 89. None was part of the original group that formed in 1982, but all have kept alive the spirit of the early pioneers and continue to push the group into glorious new directions.
Please note that the mezzanine and first and second balcony sections of the Berklee Performance Center are accessible by staircase only.
Heavy Rotation Records is a class that gives Music Business/Management majors at Berklee hands-on experience in running a record company. The student staff oversees all of the label's functions, including A&R, marketing, promotion, sales, web development, media, touring, and accounting. Learn more about the event.