Concert

Berklee City Music All-Stars

Saturday / September 26, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
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Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
640 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Berklee City Music students; photo by Kelly Davidson
Berklee City Music students perform.
Photo by Kelly Davidson

Berklee City Music is a national nonprofit program enabling youth from underserved communities to develop musically, academically, socially, and emotionally, primarily through the study of contemporary music. Berklee City Music offers fourth- to twelfth-graders in underserved communities year-round instruction, expert faculty, individualized mentoring, and a comprehensive online curriculum (PULSE). Berklee City Music combines the breadth of Berklee resources, facilities, and available scholarships with an environment of attention and encouragement. Kids get the tools and support they need to flourish as students, musicians, and confident well-rounded individuals ready to shape their world.

The Berklee City Music All-Star Ensemble is comprised of the program’s best and brightest rising young stars, all of which have received scholarships to attend the Berklee City Music after-school program and Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

Al Dimeola's Elegant Gypsy and More Electric Tour

Saturday / October 31, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Elegant Gypsy Tour, which features a six-piece band with an extraordinary violinist, reflects the rich influence of flamenco, tango, Middle Eastern, Brazilian, and African music. The Elegant Gypsy special VIP fan package includes admission to sound check, a meet-and-greet with the band, an autographed CD and poster, premium seating at the concert, and a moderated, 20-minute group Q & A with the band. 

Admission: 
$35 / $45 / $65 / $200 (VIP)

Berklee Bass Bash with Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey

Saturday / September 26, 2015 / 3:30 p.m.
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Capital One Stage
Columbus Ave. and Massachusetts Ave.
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02118
Steve Bailey (left) and Victor Wooten (right); photo by Dave Green
Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten
Photo by Dave Green

Bass virtuosos Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey join forces for a performance not to be missed featuring special guests to be announced soon. Wooten is widely recognized as one of the world’s most influential bass players and is an original member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.  In addition to being an author (The Music Lesson), five-time Grammy winner, composer, and solo artist, Wooten has just joined the Berklee faculty as a performance scholar in residence. 

Steve Bailey, chair of Berklee’s Bass Department, is an educator and author who has performed or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, John Anderson, Willie Nelson, Paquito D’Rivera, and Jethro Tull, among many others. Bailey is considered a foremost innovator on the six-string fretless bass. As a duo, Wooten and Bailey have collaborated frequently on projects such as their popular Bass Extremes series and the Sword and Stone/Words and Tone tour as well as the Berklee/Wooten Summer Bass Program.

Watch Wooten and Bailey in performance at Berklee last year:

Casey McQuillen / TASH

Saturday / October 3, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Casey McQuillen

Whether at home in New England or around the world on American Idol, Casey McQuillen’s fans fell in love with her catchy, melancholy songs and powerful voice. A singer-songwriter from Boston, she sings of young love, heartbreak, and personal struggle, highlighting the joy and pain we all share. She was a Top 48 contestant on season 13 of American Idol and has amassed well over a million hits on her YouTube channel.  With attention pouring in from young teens, McQuillen founded a charity program called the “You Matter” Tour to start a discussion with students about positive self-image, work ethic, and respect for others. Over the past three years, her interactive school concert has used her original music to engage students in a conversation about bullying and self-confidence. 

Boston-based artist TASH is a singer-songwriter with an old soul. TASH's music acts as a bridge between the heart of urbanity and the depth of nature. Her unique folk/pop sound, sung with effortless grace and deep roots to the earth, captures the individuality and freedom that she stands for. 

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $10 day of show, general admission

Settle Down Kids

Friday / October 2, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Settle Down Kids

Settle Down Kids is a collaboration of six YouTubers who post daily videos and have a combined following of 1.3 million viewers. This show will feature hip-hop, sketch comedy, acoustic music, and guest appearances. 

Admission: 
$12 in advance / $18 day of show / $59.50 VIP

LANDS / RickExpress / Zilla

Friday / October 30, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
RickExpress
Zilla

Fresh Prospects is a showcase of up-and-coming acts presented by the student booking agents that work at the Red Room at Cafe 939. This showcase will feature Berklee performers LANDS, RickExpress, and Zilla. 

LANDS is a band of 10 Berklee students performing neo-soul and funk fusion. They approach music by understanding their relationship to it and to each other, thus bringing awareness to the music as a whole and exposing artistic beauty, contrast, and awe. LANDS is here for the people with the music they share, speaking of the common human bond through music rather than words. Sit back and enjoy. 

Singer-songwriter RickExpress is also a composer, pianist, and recording artist. The youngest of his siblings and the only boy, RickExpress's talent was discovered and harnessed at an early age. Today he studies music and perfects his work as a Berklee student. While his music lends itself to the neo-soul genre, he describes his sound as “soulful, moving, and ahead of the times.” RickExpress's lyrics are in tune with real lives and real people, and this is what drives his expression. He has worked with many artists including Erykah Badu, Sinbad, Valerie Simpson, Sheila E.,  and Sam Smith, among others.

Zilla is an up-and-coming funk/rock band. With stacked harmonies, intricate vocal runs, and a groovy pocket, Zilla brings a unique sound to their original music. Currently based in Boston, this soulful group of Berklee students is a band to watch.

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Free

Djangofest

Thursday / October 1, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join Berklee faculty Jason Anick (violin), John Baboian (guitar), Jon Wheatley (guitar), and some special guests for an evening of hot gypsy jazz and swing. Djangofest celebrates the music and legacy of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli.

Admission: 
Free

Paige Bryan

Saturday / September 26, 2015 / 2:45 p.m.
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Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
640 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Paige Bryan
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Paige Bryan is a natural born performer. She grew up attending her father’s '70s soul music festivals, watching such iconic acts as Chaka Khan; Earth, Wind & Fire; and the Isley Brothers. These experiences ignited a desire and passion in Bryan for music and inspired her to pursue a career in the business. In 2010, she released her first album, Imperfect Me, a contemporary mélange of R&B, soul, and funk that showcases her vocal and writing abilities. A track from the album, “Here I Am,” won an award in the 2011 USA Songwriting Competition. In 2012, she released an EP titled Pieces of Me, which she cowrote with producer Swoop Brown. 
 

Throughout her career, Bryan has shared the stage with some of today’s most notable artists and also appeared on TV in her family's reality series, Sinbad: It’s Just Family. She has performed at numerous venues in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Japan. One of the highlights of her career has been performing for our military troops worldwide. With three albums under her belt and numerous accolades, Bryan continues to grow and evolve as an artist. Her latest projects include an independent artist music podcast, Keepin’ It PC, hosted on LEG Digital’s Sideshow Network, and a new EP scheduled to be released later this year, A Mile in Stilettos, which was cowritten with singer-songwriter/producer Manwell Reyes. 

Watch Paige Bryan's music video for "London Bridges" here:

 
Admission: 
Free

Ledisi

Saturday / September 26, 2015 / 5:00 p.m.
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Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
640 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Ledisi

New Orleans native Ledisi Anibade Young, who performs as Ledisi, has recorded six albums, gained eight Grammy nominations, including a nomination for Best New Artist in 2008, performed six times at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama, and earned a place in the pantheon of the best soul singers of her generation. Now this singer-songwriter has come into her own with an exuberance that shows on each track of her new album, The Truth. The album is filled not only with Ledisi's trademark soaring ballads but also with something unexpected: a generous collection of up-tempo, beat-driven celebrations of love and trust. 

Watch Ledisi's video for "I Blame You" here:

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Free

Brian Marquis / Ryan Pinette

Tuesday / September 29, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Brian Marquis

Brian Marquis, former guitarist of the beloved, Boston-based, post-hardcore outfit Therefore I Am, has just released his debut solo album, Blood & Spirits, via Equal Vision and recorded in Los Angeles with producer Doug Grean (Tim McGraw, Sheryl Crow, Stone Temple Pilots). This follows his run on the first-ever Acoustic Basement UK Tour, also featuring Geoff Rickly (Thursday), KOJI, and Rob Lynch.

Following the disbanding of Therefore I Am, Marquis set out on his own musical path as a solo artist, leaving the in-your-face rock that had been a part of his life for so long to present a more soulful side. His deep, earthy vocals shine on Blood & Spirits, offering introspective, poetic lyricism, catchy melodies, and a dynamic collection of songs that range from bright, memorable sing-alongs filled with Boston pride to dark, emotional tales crooned with Americana twang and a full heart. 

With influences ranging from rock to country and bluegrass to Americana music, Boston-based singer-songwriter Ryan Pinette has created his own sound to tell his cathartic narratives. Although he only began playing out in 2010, for the past five years Pinette has traveled the East Coast and Midwest to share his music and amass the experiences that fill his songwriting. He will head to the studio later in 2015 to record his first EP.

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 day of show

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