Students, faculty, and recent alumni of the American Roots Music Program play blues, early gospel, spirituals, Celtic, old-time, bluegrass, and Western swing as well as contemporary music inspired by these genres. The concert will also celebrate the birth of J.S. Bach.
Berklee has become the epicenter of an amazing scene of virtuosic young players in these folk idioms, and this will be the first Berklee Performance Center show to celebrate them and the American Roots Music Program since its inception. The performance will also include a tribute to the great singer Jo Stafford featuring selections from her seminal album, American Folk Songs.
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission
Armed with an inimitable, irresistible singing voice, Canadian songstress Lindi Ortega decided to relocate to Music City from her native Toronto to birth her brand new musical offspring, Cigarettes & Truckstops.
With a heart bursting with creative ambition, American Songwriter magazine calls Ortega “the love child of Johnny Cash and Nancy Sinatra.” Watch a music video for Ortega’s “Cigarettes & Truckstops” here:
On his album Bird in the Tangle, Brett Detar takes listeners on an authentic roots journey into the darkest depths of wanderlust and loneliness. Watch Detar perform a song from the album, “Empty House on a Famous Hill,” here:
Ryan Schmidt delivers a hook-laden gem with his full-length debut album, Black Sheep, Run. Watch Schmidt perform an original song, “September,” here:
Catie Offerman is a talented singer and fiddle player from New Braunfels, Texas. At 19 years old, Offerman has already accomplished many great things and is starting to look forward to her bright future. Currently a senior at Berklee College of Music, she will be graduating this summer and then returning back home. However, she won't be waiting for graduation to begin her dream of starting her own music career. While finishing college, she will release her first single in Texas and will go back home as often as possible to play gigs and promote her music.
Offerman has had the honor of playing fiddle with artists such as Bobby Flores, Robert Earl Keen, Brave Combo, Livingston Taylor, Julian Lage, Josh Abbott, Matt Glaser, Joe Walsh (of the Gibson Brothers), Mark McKinney, Grammy nominee Alex Meixner, The Hot Texas Swing Band, and a number of others. She has played shows in venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the House of Blues in Boston; Tootsies Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee; and Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, Texas, just to name a few.
At 19 years old, Kate Cameron has a soulful country flair with a driven Boston edge. She is best known for her energetic and unique live performances, as well as her instinctive songwriting ability. Growing up on the South Shore of Massachusetts, she sang everything from acoustic singer-songwriter material to pop, classic rock, and blues, and she is self-taught on the guitar, keyboard, and mandolin.
At age 16, she developed an interest in country music and realized it was the perfect genre to infuse with many styles in addition to showcasing her songwriting talent and powerful chops. In the summer of 2012, Cameron played an extensive 44 live shows, additional open mics, and live radio performances. She is hired by Country 102.5 WKLB Boston to perform and host many promotional events. Her ability to entertain large venues and eclectic audiences with just her voice, guitar, and personality is an impressive experience.
These days, you can find Cameron in Boston, where she is a sophomore at Berklee College of Music majoring in songwriting.
Sixpence None the Richer was founded by guitarist Matt Slocum and singer Leigh Nash. Since 1993, the Nashville-based band has released four albums, scored several hit singles, and appeared on countless soundtracks. It's landed a platinum record and even earned a few Grammy nominations. Long in the making, its latest album, Lost in Transition, finds Slocum and Nash sharing the songwriting duties, along with musician Stephen Wilson, Nash’s husband. This album features a stripped down sound; the end result is a gorgeous mix of pop hooks, piano, acoustic guitars, a bit of country, and a newfound beautiful simplicity to the songs. To coincide with the album’s release, the band will hit Turkey, Europe, and the U.S.
Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.