CommonThread is a collective of like-minded musicians from all over the globe, brought together by a passion for funk and pop music and the need for a stronger female presence in today's music industry. CommonThread was founded in 2013 by bassist Alissia Benveniste, guitarist Maddie Rice, and drummer Amber Baker. This concert will feature Gabrielle Walter-Clay on vocals.
Guitarist and singer Luis Castro presents his last student-led recital at Berklee, this time with a nine-piece funk and acid-jazz band, focusing on the music of Tower of Power, Incognito, Maceo Parker, and Toto.
Guitar faculty member Thaddeus Hogarth presents the sixth annual Guitar Night: R&B/Funk Showcase, featuring six stellar guitarists leading their groups in an evening of original and cover material in the genres of R&B and funk.
Ensembles will perform the music of Sam Cooke, Tina Turner, and Otis Redding, directed by Dennis Cecere, at 2:00 p.m.; the music of James Brown, directed by Kenwood Dennard, at 3:15 p.m.; and the music of Jimi Hendrix, directed by Kenwood Dennard, at 4:30 p.m.
Berklee students and faculty showcase the music of Musiq Soulchild and India.Arie. Featuring the Neo-Soul Ensemble, Berklee instructor Skip Smith will direct this funk, soul, and R&B concert.
American artist Musiq Soulchild is best known for his songs "Halfcrazy" and "So Beautiful." His style blends influences of funk, R&B, blues, hip-hop, and jazz. Nominated for 11 Grammy Awards throughout is career, Musiq Soulchild is one of the most innovative artists of our generation.
Known for her hits "Video" and "Beautiful," India.Arie is one of the greatest neo-soul singer-songwriters of our time. A four-time Grammy winner, Arie has sold over 3 million records in the U.S. and over 10 million records worldwide.
$8, $14 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12, $18 day of show, reserved seating
Drummer Kostas Milonas and his band will perform funk covers, including tunes by Earth, Wind & Fire; Tower of Power; Stevie Wonder; Incognito; Jamiroquai; and John Blackwell. Milonas is in the process of making an instructional DVD, The Ultimate All-Around Drummer, to be released in the fall of 2014.