Adam Kronowski is a 20-year-old musician originally from Augusta, Georgia. With passions ranging from drums to piano, writing to producing, and recording to performing, Kronowski has a musical voice that brings together a multitude of genres and influences, and combines them into a powerful musical experience. This Berklee student fronts his band by singing and playing piano, and he drums for many artists in the Boston area, including Animal Flag. His first album is currently in production.
Raised in Ontario, Canada, Beyond the Sun is a pop/rock trio that is defined by their youthful, energetic, and clever approach to telling universal stories. Comprised of brothers Phil, Dalton and Colin Radu, the band’s recordings and performances reflect the members’ commitment to ongoing musical study and the varied strengths of their greatest influences, which include Creed, Train, and the Fray.
Nile Alexander is a Boston-based soul/R&B singer-songwriter who attends Berklee College of Music. Alexander is backed by his three-piece band, consisting of Kevin McGowan on drums, Alex Labrie on guitar, and Casey Andersen, who also attend Berklee. They are influenced by the likes of John Legend, Frank Ocean, Erykah Badu, and Marvin Gaye.
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Singer-songwriter Colyn Cameron of Wake Owl has been immersed in the world of music for the past 10 years. Now based in Vancouver, British Columbia and Portland, Oregon, Cameron was originally born and raised in southern California. After graduation, Cameron trained in organic agriculture at Emerson College in England; worked on different farms throughout the U.K., Germany, Chile, and Canada; and traveled the world. Cameron found his journeys to be a catalyst for writing songs. Upon returning to Vancouver, Cameron spent some time playing in bands before deciding to record the songs he had written after his journey, and thus began the Wild Country EP. The result is a five-song EP that harvests raw, honest, emotion through Cameron’s words and melodies.
DJ Carbo, a.k.a. Mark Kates, was a resident at one of L.A's. electronica clubs, Atmosphere at the Viper Room, as well as the legendary pirate station KBLT. He now hosts the Fenway Recordings Sessions in Boston. 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 playing the city's clubs, along with occasional special guest DJs.
Named one of the "50 Best Albums of 2011" by Guitar World magazine, the new self-titled album from The Wandas, out August 30, has been praised for its exceptional songwriting and forceful performances. Singer-songwriter Patrick Krief will open the show. USA Today raves "'Do or Die.' Ooh, I can't get tired of this one — and after the first chorus, I couldn't get tired of singing it, either. The Wandas may remind you a bit of early Wilco, although they hail from Boston." My Old Kentucky Blog goes on to say "The Wandas' breakthrough may be upon us. ['Forever And Ever'] is both effortless and timeless, the kind of thing Tom Petty used to knock out at will, and a slice of music so perfect that you need not be surprised if you end up standing next to your parents the next time the Wandas swing through your town." Spending the last two years relentlessly touring America, the Wandas were able to enter the studio and successfully record their new album live with minimal overdubs, most of the songs completed in three takes or less.
Writing intensely personal music is nothing new for Montreal's Patrick Krief, either as a solo artist or as the longtime guitarist for the Dears. Upon completing his recent release, Hundred Thousand Pieces, Krief had to step away from the project for nearly six months. The self-produced, self-mixed Hundred Thousand Pieces was his first concerted attempt to create music that was strongly evocative and inspired by his work scoring films.
California born singer Marisa Duchowny (the Rabbit) and New York-native Neill MacCallum (the Hare) have been playing music together for just over a year. Fresh off recording their first album together, this sweet and nostalgic indie-folk-pop duo bring an intimacy to their music that can hush a room to silence. Vulnerable, honest, and relatable, the Rabbit and the Hare's music transcends the typical music spectrum and reaches more classic and timeless depths with their personal lyrics and catchy tunes. Drenched in inspiration from the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, and Cat Stevens, their music draws you into their soothing and dreamy world.
Whether accompanied by the exciting sounds of synth, drums, guitar, bass, violin, and cello, or just the bare-bones, stripped down sound of their voices, this pair will most definitely leave you wanting more.
$10 in advance, $12 day of show, general admission
There’s a reason Steven Roth has had the honor of opening for legends such as Robert Plant and Roger Daltrey. It’s this same reason Roth’s following is swelling and his recent L.A. shows have been packed to capacity. Perhaps it’s also why Counting Crows frontman, Adam Duritz, chose Roth from over 3,500 artists to perform at his SXSW showcase. Roth will also perform at music blogger Ryan Spaulding’s Outlaw Roadshow at Rusty’s in Austin, Texas.
Lily & The Parlour Tricks is the perfect combo of pretty and gritty. The Tricks' 2011 EP was recorded live at the legendary Daptone Studios in Brooklyn, and they are currently hard at work on a follow-up album, recorded at The Magic Shop in SoHo. With their soaring harmonies, raucous attitude, and what Aesthetes Anonymous calls their "deadly sex appeal," Lily & The Parlour Tricks keeps its audience dancing and howling for more.
The Okay Win is a Boston-based band that has consistently grown since it began playing shows in 2009. It has released four albums and performed around the northeast. It has shared the stage with such acts as Kevin Devine, Portugal. The Man, Colour Revolt, and many more. In 2012, the group performed at the House of Blues and was featured in the Boston Phoenix's Best Music Poll issue as one of the seven bands to look out for. Its latest effort, Leveled, was decidedly its most cohesive and realized piece to date.
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:
Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening concerts, led by faculty members Kudisan Kai and Christiane Karam. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a wide range of styles.
The Dave MacKay Group (DMG) began as an experiment in sound, an attempt at combining very different musical ingredients in a big pot with the hope of making some tasty musical soup. The powerhouse quartet of Berklee students includes Dave MacKay, Aman Khosla, Antoine Katz, and JP Bouvet. Over the past few years, the band's sound has evolved into a unique style of instrumental music that lives somewhere between the worlds of alternative rock, fusion, and film soundtracks.
Emily Peal is a redheaded singer-songwriter who is backed by a "band of skinny men." The team of four collaborated on her recent album release Fine Fur Coat, which was a major success on all accounts. Boston Band Crush says, “Emily Peal’s complex songwriting draws us in like a siren song, but like one where we don’t die once we get there. Backed by her Band of Skinny Men, her powerful and menacing rock belies her cutesy, singer-songwriter appearance."
Here We Just Dream was founded in 2012 by three original members of Pride of the Atlantic, an indie/progressive outlet that played together from 2009 to 2011. Since January of 2012, they have been working on their self-titled debut EP. The Boston-based band anticipates a string of summer dates immediately following its EP release.
Inspired by the music of Fela Kuti, Miles Arntzen, drummer for Antibalas and Superhuman Happiness, created EMEFE in 2009. Since that time, the band’s infectious and energetic blend of afrobeat, funk, soul, and rock has supported the likes of Passion Pit and Rusted Root and members of EMEFE have played with artists such as the Budos Band and Medeski, Martin, and Wood, just to name a few. EMEFE’s instrumentation includes a drummer, a bassist, two guitarists, two percussionists, a keyboardist and a four-piece horn section. Dubbed “one of the Big Apple’s best live acts” by SarasotaDay.com, EMEFE’s motto is “music frees all.” The evening will feature members of Antibalas and the Big Mean Sound Machine.
Watch a music video from EMEFE below:
Noble Savage is a mash-up of virtuoso musicians from Boston-based jam bands. Members of Noble Savage are drawn from Spiritual Rez, the Effective Dose, Rapplesauce, and the Philadelphia-based dub/rock trio Among Criminals. Noble Savage plans to leave its mark on Boston’s thriving local music scene.
$10 in advance, $12 day of show, general admission
Led by guitarist and composer Asher Kurtz, Oblio combines modern jazz, world music, indie-folk, and rock. Kurtz's compositions are focused on melodies and grooves, and always allow for the improvisational freedom to take the music wherever it needs to go. Oblio's unique sound and adventurous spirit provide the listener with an exciting and new performance every time.
Watch Oblio perform "You Are the Sunrise" in the music video below: