Concert

Dear June

Tuesday / June 30, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
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Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Dear June
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Liz Wyatt and Justin Kelley are Dear June, a country folk duo from Boston. Although newly formed, Dear June has already made a splash in the local music scene. Their blend of unique harmonies and compelling lyrics have an old-time feel and a distinctly refreshing sound. 
 
Wyatt is a Jersey girl with country roots. Rebelling against her classical operatic training, she started listening to Joni Mitchell and writing finger-picked folk with intricate lyrics, and she's stuck with it ever since. Kelley is a Massachusetts native who found his way to music through playing the trumpet. However, he quickly transitioned to songwriting and has never looked back.
 
Watch Dear June perform "Fences":

 

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Low Key

Tuesday / June 16, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
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Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Low Key
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Low Key is an indie/folk/rock band from Boston with influences ranging from Feist to Radiohead to Minus the Bear. Kelsey Crawford, Charlie Gargano, Matt Gargano, and Cord West grew up playing music together for years on the Connecticut shoreline. While attending school, working, and playing music with other local bands in Boston, they met Shane Prescott, who joined the group in 2012. After two years of writing and recording, their debut EP, Ship without an Anchor, is available now. The first single, “Natalie,” exudes the funkier influences that all the members share. 

Watch Low Key perform "Spell It Out":

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Molly Kupris

Tuesday / June 9, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
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Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Molly Kupris
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Molly Kupris is a singer-songwriter from Boston whose songs are rooted in country music with folk and pop influences.

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Free

Birchfire

Tuesday / June 2, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
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Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Birchfire
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Melodic, soulful, and lively, Birchfire draws on the songs and sounds of the last century. With players steeped in the traditions of jazz, blues, and country, this all-Bostonian band is anything but traditional: elements of popular music and the avant garde alike are emphasized in Birchfire's dynamic performances.

Some of Boston's busiest musicians play in Birchfire. Fronted by Sam Franklin, a New Hampshire native and Boston transplant, the band features a cast of the usual suspects from Boston's lively music scene. The roster consists of Max Ridley and his magical doghouse bass; Matt Hull's sensational trumpet; Sonny Jim Clifford on the electric harmonica; and Mike Greenstein on keys, percussion, and wizardry.

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Josh Shpak Band

Wednesday / August 19, 2015 / 12:30 p.m.
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Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Josh Shpak
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For the Josh Shpak Band, rising trumpeter/composer Josh Shpak has collected a quintet of some of the brightest young talents in music today, creating a group steeped in the history of jazz that—following in the footsteps of pioneers like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Pat Metheny—generates a sonic palette more accessible to young listeners of the modern era. As a protégé of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn legend Clark Terry, Shpak finds that his focus comes from a place of deep respect for the past. He says, “Every great musician in history has been completely present in his or her own time period while using a knowledge of tradition to drive his or her creative forces.”
 
Based in both Boston and New York, the Josh Shpak Band has as part of its mission a deep commitment to collaboration. They have performed with special guests such as sax giant George Garzone, Grammy-nominated pianist/arranger/educator Shelly Berg, and bandleader/trumpeter/EVI master John Daversa, among others. The group is releasing their debut EP, Astatic, in early 2015 and regularly performs throughout New England.
 
Watch the Josh Shpak Band perform "The Vibe":
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Josh Shpak Band

Thursday / July 9, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
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Atlantic Wharf
280 Congress Street
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Josh Shpak
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For the Josh Shpak Band, rising trumpeter/composer Josh Shpak has collected a quintet of some of the brightest young talents in music today, creating a group steeped in the history of jazz that—following in the footsteps of pioneers like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Pat Methenygenerates a sonic palette more accessible to young listeners of the modern era. As a protégé of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn legend Clark Terry, Shpak finds that his focus comes from a place of deep respect for the past. He says, “Every great musician in history has been completely present in his or her own time period while using a knowledge of tradition to drive his or her creative forces.”
 
Based in both Boston and New York, the Josh Shpak Band has as part of its mission a deep commitment to collaboration. They have performed with special guests such as sax giant George Garzone, Grammy-nominated pianist/arranger/educator Shelly Berg, and bandleader/trumpeter/EVI master John Daversa, among others. The group is releasing their debut EP, Astatic, in early 2015 and regularly performs throughout New England.
 
Watch the Josh Shpak Band perform "The Vibe":
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Free

Sara Kendall

Wednesday / August 12, 2015 / 12:30 p.m.
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Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sara Kendall
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Sara Kendall is an electronic/indie pop singer-songwriter from Southborough, Massachusetts currently studying at Berklee. While at Berklee, she has been integrating her piano and vocal skills with songwriting to play acoustic sets with her looper and, more recently, with her band. She's working on releasing a new EP in April 2015. Her haunting melodies and intimate lyrics are showcased in her release "Love You More," which was recently featured on Berklee's official YouTube channel.
 
Watch Kendall perform "Love You More":
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Grey Season

Wednesday / August 5, 2015 / 12:30 p.m.
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Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Grey Season
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Grey Season is a five-piece folk rock band based out of Boston. The members met in 2011 and began crafting their music by busking on the streets of Boston and Cambridge, learning how to please and cultivate an audience in the process. Their debut EP, Troilus, was released in May 2013, and since then they have performed at a variety of venues throughout the Northeast, from radio stations, basements, pop-up markets, and conventions to galleries, bars, colleges, and concert venues. They have appeared as a spotlight artist at one of the secret shows organized by the Boston branch of Sofar Sounds, an organization that showcases emerging independent artists from around the world. 
 
In January 2014 after a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, Grey Season recorded their first full-length LP with Grammy-winning engineer Justin Guip and Boston Music Awards producer of the year Benny Grotto in Levon Helm Studios. Released in April 2014, the album exemplifies their constantly evolving sound and has already been garnering attention among their expanding local listenership. Time Will Tell You Well has received critical and popular acclaim in the Boston community, and the band has been playing across the Northeast in support of its release.
 
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The Yousif Yaseen Project

Wednesday / July 29, 2015 / 12:30 p.m.
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Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Yousif Yaseen
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The Yousif Yaseen Project is an endeavor to bring music from diverse multicultural sources and blend it into a sound that is immediately unique and passionate. Elements of jazz, soul, Arabic music, and American folk come together in elemental songs that are reminiscent of distant daydreams and ominous mountaintops.
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Cordelia & the Buffalo

Wednesday / July 22, 2015 / 12:30 p.m.
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Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Cordelia Vizcaino is a Mexican American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer. She started singing as a child and rapidly developed a keen ear for harmony, a passion for piano, a curiosity for guitar, and a knack for captivating her listeners. The Texas native draws her musical inspiration from Mexican Indian tribes and Native American cultures. Her love and admiration for their percussive instruments, vibrant war paint and wardrobe, and feathered headdresses nurtured her identity as a colorful musician. 
 
In 2011, Vizcaino set out to find the perfect combination of musicians to give life to a fresh new sound, and Cordelia & the Buffalo was born. This indie/electronic rock band's members are Yusuke Sato (guitar), Carlos Feitoza (keys), Diego Diaz (drums), Federico Masetti (bass), and Vizcaino herself (vocals, tambourine, and synths/keyboard). Their sound developed from a fusion of dynamic, energetic, and explosive beats; exotic instruments; powerful lyrics; and soothing melodies. 
 
Watch Cordelia & the Buffalo perform "7th Sea":
 
Cordelia & The Buffalo - 7th Sea
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