Cocoa Jackson Lane and Brite Lite Brite will perform 50-minute sets at the Boston Ahts Festival. Each group has a unique style, from soul with elements of reggae to electronic.
Brite Lite Brite: 3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Brite Lite Brite, made up of award-winning singer-songwriter Andrea Stankevitch and electronics master Luke Johnson, both alumni of Berklee, has taken live electronic music production and performance to new levels by creating innovative technologies and techniques for live sound design and real-time production.
Brite Lite Brite's musical highlights include winning the grand prize electronica category in the 2007 John Lennon Songwriting contest for "Sky Turns Red," as well as earning semifinalist placement in the 2008 and 2011 International Songwriting Competition for "Now that You're Around" and "Radioactive Love," and winning the grand prize electronic category and second overall contest winner for "I Lost My Heart Tonight" in the 2010 100% Music Songwriting Contest.
Additionally, Brite Lite Brite was selected to play Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010 by thousands of voters and Virgin Mobile’s panel of judges in the Book the Band contest opening for headliners M.I.A., Joan Jett, Matt & Kim, LCD Soundsystem, and Ludacris. Brite Lite Brite is currently in the studio recording their second album, Stalker, coming soon. Brite Lite Brite will also be performing at Lollapalooza this summer on Aug. 2, 2013. britelitebrite.com
Cocoa Jackson Lane: 4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Cocoa Jackson Lane combines gritty soul with roots and reggae. Hailing from the Pacific, South East Asia, and Barcelona, this eclectic outfit instinctively delivers an honest and raw performance. Fronted by the vivacious Jess Harlen and directed by bassist Camilla Charlesworth, Cocoa Jackson Lane seamlessly ranges from heart-wrenching delicacy to hard-hitting dancehall.
Berklee Music Fest on Georges Island offers a free concert featuring three student groups whose music ranges from rock to blues to soul. These bands have performed at the House of Blues, SXSW, and opened for Jackson Browne.
Isis Lune: 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Led by Israeli vocalist Ella Joy Meir, the band creates a unique soundscape that combines electronic textures with a raw human element. Titles such as "In the Belly of a Whale" and "Bring Me the Moon" submerge the listener in the band's world: a realm of demons and magic, of vast oceans and endless skylines. The band’s music reflects its members' eclectic musical backgrounds, ranging from classical to ethnic, from jazz to rock and R&B. Isis Lune is Ella Joy Meir (vocals and piano), Asher Kurtz (guitar), Ran Gil (keys), Aaron Liao (bass), and Tim Merle (drums).
Lauren Tenney and the Terribles: 3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Lauren Tenney and the Terribles are a band based in Boston. Their blues/rock sound combined with the influence of jazz harmonies gives them a fresh and soulful vibe. All five members are graduates of Berklee College of Music, where they met and started playing together about a year ago. Since then, the Terribles have been gigging in the Boston area as well as playing shows in New York City and Austin, Texas, during SXSW. The Terribles are currently working on their second EP of original music and have shows lined up in Boston and New York.
China Fox: 4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Pop thunder vocals, electric nights, pseudo-synth, an ear for integration, and a thirst for the blues . . . so was born ChinaFox. With no certain origin, ChinaFox makes a home anywhere it finds itself, whether in the basements of small houses, in the woods, around bonfires or drum circles, or on makeshift dance floors. It constantly reinvents itself by collecting bits and pieces from the sounds it's drawn to. If you find yourself drawn in, too, come find your fox.
Watch China Fox perform "Through with You" in the music video below:
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Sırma started her musical career officially in 2007, after becoming the first winner of the Arif Mardin Fellowship through Berklee College of Music. In 2008, she earned the opportunity to participate in the Pulawy Jazz Workshop in Poland, where she was the youngest competitor in the history of the competition. Sırma instantly gained attention from Turkish media and was crowned "the youngest jazz singer in Turkey." In 2009, she was one of 16 singers globally selected by Pepsi to be part of the Pepsi World Choir for Akon’s latest single. The song, titled “Oh Africa,” was recorded in Record Plant Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA with Akon, Keri Hilson, and the Soweto Gospel Choir. Sırma also appeared in the music video for the single, directed by Gil Green. The video debuted globally at the 2010 Grammy Awards. In addition to this global background, Sırma has experience as a producer, songwriter, and arranger, as well as fronting the popular rock band Helicopria for two years. She recently released her debut solo EP, Traces.
Berklee College of Music's student-run label, Heavy Rotation Records, presents a showcase of its upcoming artists on the eighth Dorm Sessions album. First 100 to walk in get a free swag bag.
Crossover Kidz is a hip-hop duo based out of Boston, that continues to electrify stages all over New England. After meeting their freshmen year of college, Matt [MuZ] and Droobee found themselves producing, writing, and recording songs right out of their dorm room closet. After only weeks of working together, they established themselves as the Crossover Kidz and began to plan for a live concert. Pulling together a band, instead of using the typical DJ or click track, and using a few weeks to practice, their debut show was a huge success; filling the venue to capacity with more than 250 people in attendance.
Red Oblivion is a rock band based out of Boston, with backgrounds in a multitude of styles including classical, metal, world music, pop, and electronic. Red Oblivion blends a traditional lineup with the heaviness of amplified cello in an evolving passionate collaboration.
Noize Tank is a rock group based in the Boston metropolitan area. Now over year after its inception, the group continues to develop and grow.
Berklee-based Heavy Rotation Records brings this showcase of fine music from Boston. Experimental, rock, funk, metal, and indie styles of music will all be on display courtesy of Red Oblivion and Nikolas.
Red Oblivion is a rock band based out of Boston, Massachusetts with backgrounds in a multitude of styles, including classical, metal, world, pop, and electronic. Red Oblivion blends a traditional lineup with the heaviness of amplified cello in an evolving passionate collaboration.
Characterized as a blend of Brandon Boyd, "old skool" John Mayer and a "young" Elvis Costello, Nikolas has something about him that just makes you listen. Nikolas Metaxas established his vocal chops on the hit TV show X Factor (Greece), impressing millions. Shortly after earning second place on the show, he went on to represent Cyprus as a composer in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song "Firefly" (Sony-BMG) topping many iTunes charts across Europe. Thought-provoking songwriting, inspiring vocal chops, and a growing fanbase and online presence (27,000 online fans) prove Nikolas is here to stay His first album is titled Square One.
The dark winters of Boston bore a band that crawled out of the womb and called itself Bent Knee. Orchestral textures, haunting vocals, dynamic sound, and presence are the calling card for this twisted little group. When taken to the stage, seven creatures sawing away on their instruments make for an immersive journey and an intimate conversation all at once.