Take No Prisoners: Berklee at Fort Warren

By 
Mitzi Dorbu
July 21, 2009
Fort Warren on Georges Island
Mark Hopkins and the Hotel
Nini & Ben
Abigail East
Photo provided by the artist
Photo provided by the artist
Photo provided by the artist

Boston Harbor Islands National Park and Berklee College of Music have joined to bring a little rock 'n' roll rebellion to Georges Island. Take No Prisoners: Berklee at Fort Warren will hold you captive for an afternoon under the sun with the rolling backbeat of three of Berklee's best up-and-comers back-to-back. It's the first-ever concert to rock national historic landmark Fort Warren with sounds that don't come from the harbor. The triumvirate of talent performs August 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy an exciting excursion to Georges Island with an Island Park ferry from Long Wharf (on the blue line, next to Christopher Columbus Park and the Marriot Hotel). Take in the concert while relaxing on the lawn in front of Fort Warren and experience any number of other activities promised by land or sea throughout the day. For more information, call 617 223-8666 or visit bostonislands.org.
 
Mark Hopkins and the Hotel

Hopkins cites a range of influences, from Paul McCartney and Jimi Hendrix to Jeff Buckley and Wayne Krantz. Hopkins's prior band, Tribe, released a disc, Vehicle, that was named album of the year by Maryland adult alternative radio station WRNR in 2004. Hopkins has toured the northeast U.S. and has shared the stage with such artists as Bernie Worrell and Yellow Man. Hopkins later decided to leave Tribe to establish a new project: a power trio of talented musicians focused on mature songwriting and soulful melodies.

Nini & Ben

Nini & Ben's music is characterized by rich textures of innocence and experience. The duo has spent years performing all over Europe and Australia, writing poignant songs, and falling in love with the gypsy life style. With gritty slide guitar and graceful pedal steel accentuating an acoustic sound, the music comes alive through delicate songwriting and masterful musicianship. Having been cowriters since their teenage years, Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert came to Berklee to study with some of the industry greats, and will release their first full-length album this fall. They are featured on the latest disc from Berklee's student-run Heavy Rotation Records.

Abigail East

Recognized by poets and musicians alike, Abigail East busted through the braces of ordinary songwriting with music that continues to artfully reflect her experiences from a pool of soft and almost impressionistic chord progressions. Her clear, radiant voice and unique approach to finger-style guitar supports a single-minded poeticism, all while mapping the drift and spiritual growth of a young woman.

About Boston Harbor Islands

This concert is a part of over 50 free programs provided by Boston Harbor Island Alliance and the DCR though out the Boston Harbor Islands. Every week this summer there will be free outdoor concerts, walking tours, programs, and events on the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. For up- to-the-minute information, visit bostonharborislands.org. These summer programs are presented by the Boston Harbor Island Alliance, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the National Park Service. Music performances are additionally funded by Citizens Bank.