| February 2008

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February 2008

  Bobby Brown
  Photo by Phil Farnsworth

While Black History Month has always been a busy time at Berklee, the new Africana Studies Initiative means there's more going on this year than ever. Visit Berklee for screenings of the films Black Musicians Living in the Soul of the Era and The Soul of Bernie Worrell, and attend a lecture by Marc Willis, president of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Check out a concert by Berklee's own Bob Marley, Afro-Cuban, and Steel Pan ensembles, and participate in a panel discussion about the business of hip-hop with Berklee faculty and special guests.

Read on to find out about special guests who visited Berklee recently, from Bobby Brown and Babyface to k-os and the New Pornographers. And now you can watch the latest Berklee news, with a series of videos following a variety of Berklee students and concerts.

The Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee

The college's annual live music series returns, with lead sponsorship from Sovereign Bank. The 2007–2008 series promises to be the most innovative yet.

  February 24, 2008   The Great American Songbook: Berklee on Broadway
Some of the great standards in jazz have come from Broadway musicals. Berklee faculty and student performers take a fresh look at the music now being composed for Broadway stages.

Tickets $20; seniors $15.

  March 7, 2008   The SFJAZZ Collective
  April 17, 2008   Singers Showcase

Purchase tickets at the Berklee Performance Center box office or online through Ticketmaster. For more information, check back later at the series home page.


Heavy Rotation Records Eighth Annual Epic Event, February 6

Heavy Rotation Records presents the eighth annual Epic Event and CD release concert. Giveaways will include a free copy of Dorm Sessions Vol. 5. Artists include the Peasantry, Turkuaz, Kevin Ross, Annie Lynch and the Beekeepers, Christopher Barnes, Black Tea, With Engines, Rebel & the Truth, Honest Thomas, and Altered Tensions. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Read more...

High School Jazz Festival, February 9

Three thousand musicians and 200 bands compete for $175,000 in scholarships at Berklee's High School Jazz Festival, the largest competition of its kind in the United States. Hynes Convention Center. Read more...

Talking Soul with Marc Willis: History About Music and Meaning (1965–1980), Black Musicians Living in the Soul of the Era, February 12

Film and lecture with Marc Willis, president and CEO of Soulsville Foundation/Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Cosponsored by Berklee City Music. 4:00 p.m., David Friend Recital Hall. Read more...

The Soul of Bernie Worrell: A View of Parliament-Funkadelic’s Soulful Pianist, February 14
A film screening cosponsored by the Color of Film Collaborative, Inc., 2:00 p.m., David Friend Recital Hall. Read more...

The Business of Hip-Hop Symposium, February 20

Listen and participate in a panel discussion about various business issues and approaches relating to hip-hop. 7:00 p.m., Berklee Performance Center.

Soul Caribbean, February 21

You'll have a hard time not dancing during a power-packed night of music featuring the Bob Marley Ensemble, the Afro-Cuban Ensemble, and the Steel Pan Ensemble. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Read more...

Learn more on the Events section of our website.

  Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds
  Photo by Phil Farnsworth


Berklee and Essence Announce Hip-Hop Contest

Berklee and Essence magazine search for the next generation of hip-hop stars with their third national songwriting contest. Read more...

Watch Berklee in Action

Get to know some of Berklee's most enterprising students and faculty—and watch their live performances. See more...

He's Got That Whip Appeal

Recording artist and r&b legend Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds tells the story of his rise to success. Read more...

Bobby Brown Returns to His Roots

The "New Jack Swing" star swung a little with the Berklee City Music All-Stars. Read more...

Helsinki Hoedown

A Berklee quartet of students and faculty do some pickin' during a bluegrass-focused trip to Finland. Read more...

Northern Exposure

A multi-band concert—from k-os to the New Pornographers—celebrated Berklee's connections to Canada. Read more...

Serving the Police
Music business/management major Jared Braverman learns about the music industry from the inside. Read more...

For all the latest news, go to the Berklee News home.

Live at the BPC

This month, the Berklee Performance Center features a chronological journey through 1,000 years of popoular music with Richard Thompson (February 1) and an evening with Norwegian superstar vocalist Sissel (February 10).

The box office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston.

For a full schedule of events and information on how to buy tickets, go to the Berklee Performance Center website or

Sounds of Berklee Podcast

Listen to "Homie," a song by a great student band—the Peasantry—in this month's podcast. The Peasantry is one of several student groups featured on the new disc from student-run Heavy Rotation Records and performing in the label's CD release concert this month.

Subscribe to the Sounds of Berklee podcast.


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