Concert

Avishai Cohen's Triveni

Wednesday / September 28, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Avishai Cohen
Avishai Cohen

The Checkout—Live at Berklee, a collaboration between WBGO-FM and Berklee, presents the 10-year anniversary of trumpeter Avishai Cohen's Triveni with Ben Street on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums.

For four years running, Cohen '99 has been voted a Rising Star trumpeter in the DownBeat Critics Poll. Cohen arrived as an experienced professional musician when he accepted a full scholarship to study at Berklee. In 1997, the young musician established an international reputation by placing third in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition. He came of age as a jazz player as part of the fertile scene at the club Smalls in New York’s West Village. His most recent recording, Into the Silence, was produced by Manfred Eicher and released by ECM Edition of Contemporary Music.

Famed New York–area radio station WBGO-FM/WBGO.org, NPR Music, and Berklee present the sixth year of The CheckoutLive at Berklee. The series brings critically acclaimed, New Yorkbased Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts in the Red Room at Cafe 939. The shows are broadcast in New York over WBGO-FM as a special edition of The Checkout, the acclaimed multimedia show featuring what’s new on New York’s jazz scene. In addition, selected shows will be webcast live worldwide in high definition and available for on-demand listening at NPRmusic.org. They will also be archived at Checkoutjazz.org.

Admission: 
$10 general admission / seated event

Dave Mackay / Cherry Mellow / Tighticus Finch

Wednesday / October 5, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Dave Mackay
Cherry Mellow
Tighticus Finch
Dave Mackay
Cherry Mellow
Tighticus Finch

Dave Mackay is a British alternative rock singer-songwriter and pianist based in New York City. Inspired by the sincere, emotive lyrics of Sting and Jeff Buckley, and the larger-than-life, gritty sonics of MuteMath and Muse, his music is the meeting point of two contrasting worlds: the intimate and epic. A deeply personal lyricist, Mackay’s writing style forges a powerful connection between creator and audience. Listeners are encouraged to reflect, to question, and to be more sincere with themselves. His self-produced debut album, Restart, is set for release in November 2016.

Cherry Mellow is a four-piece rock "heavy mellow" band from Boston whose music comes from a place of primal instinct pit against human nature. They have opened up for such acts as Stone Giant, ZILLA, and Active Bird Community, and spent a year signed with Emerson College's record label Wax On Felt Records. They have three music videos out and will release a live, in-studio video series mid-fall of 2016. Cherry Mellow has played over 150 shows in the past three years throughout the U.S.

In 2014, Emily Ronna formed Tighticus Finch with guitarist Jane Harris, who cowrote the heaviest track on their album Temperamental. Though Ronna’s lyrics could have done just fine as a moody, one sad kid show, they showcased a surging energy that practically begged for a band to back her up. They later added second guitarist CJ Rarela and bassist Cairn Tse-Lalonde, who had originally only been hired to produce the record. But when the record was done in August 2015, they had fallen too hard in love to let him go. Almost exactly a year after the recording process began, Tighticus Finch is ready to unleash Temperamental to the world.

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 general admission (standing room only)

Sean McConnell / Derik Hultquist

Wednesday / October 26, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Sean McConnell
Derik Hultquist
Sean McConnell
Derik Hultquist

Growing up in the coffee houses of the Boston folk scene, Sean McConnell watched his parents play songs written by Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan, among others. He was soaking it all in, locking it away somewhere inside. Now an artist in his own right, McConnell travels the U.S. performing his own style of music, which he describes as “lyric-driven roots rock with soul.” A live Sean McConnell show is truly a dynamic experience. One moment is reckless rock, and the next is intimate and acoustic. While most of his performances are backed by his four-piece band, you can sometimes find him by himself on a stool with a guitar, getting back to the basics.

When Derik Hultquist declares, “my life is defined by parallel lines,” people are tempted to assume they are listening to a road-weary troubadour who is reflecting on a long musical journey of playing for tip jars. While Hultquist certainly hasn’t been exempt from these experiences, the twenty-something is sharing more of his narrative of life, than simply recounting his musical reality. An East Tennessee native, Hultquist has always been drawn to a life equal parts imagined as realized.

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 general admission (standing room only)

William Fitzsimmons / Laura Burhenn (of the Mynabirds)

Tuesday / November 29, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Growing up with two blind parents, for William Fitzsimmons, sound became extremely important in communicating and relating to one another. After growing up around music, he set it aside to pursue his education. Fitzsimmons received his masters in counseling and worked as a psychotherapist for several years before turning to songwriting. He truly writes the kind of songs that most songwriters dream about: brilliant, heavy, complex, and intensely personal, the songs are nothing short of breathtaking.

American singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn is a shape-shifter who can’t sit still. Since 2010 she’s worked under the moniker The Mynabirds, releasing three critically acclaimed and stylistically different albums on Saddle Creek: What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (2010), and GENERALS (2012), both produced by Richard Swift, and Lovers Know (2015). She has also toured as a member of the Postal Service (2013) and Bright Eyes (2011), helped found Omaha Girls Rock (a non-profit helping young girls find their voices), and in 2013 gave a TED talk based on her “New Revolutionists” portrait project, exploring what it means to be a revolutionary woman in this day and age.

Through all of her transformations, there’s one thing that remains constant: her voice. She’s been compared to Cat Power, Fiona Apple, and Adele. 

Admission: 
$18 advanced / $20 day of show (standing room only)

Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees Featuring Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, the Milk Carton Kids, Nancy and Beth, and Special Guest Robert Plant

Sunday / October 16, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
From the left: Emmy Lou Harris, Patty Griffin, Steve Earle, and the Milk Carton Kids

Grammy Award-winning artist Emmylou Harris will tour this fall with Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, the Milk Carton Kids, Nancy and Beth (featuring Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt), and special guest Robert Plant. The 11-stop tour, called Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees, will raise awareness for the unprecedented worldwide refugee crisis.

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS) will host this singer-songwriter tour in support of the organization’s Global Education Initiative, which was launched in 2015 and endorsed by Pope Francis. JRS seeks to double the number of refugees served in its educational programs to 240,000 by 2020.

“After witnessing firsthand the work of JRS in Ethiopia this past June, I have never been more inspired to champion such a critical cause,” said Harris, a 13-time Grammy-winning artist. “The better angels of our nature call upon us to act with compassion and not with fear in the face of so much suffering.”

Everyone’s journey begins somewhere, and for some that journey includes Lampedusa, an Italian island off the coast of Sicily that serves as a waypoint in a refugee’s search for safety and security.

JRS works in more than 45 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, social, and other needs of many of these refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. The scale of this humanitarian crisis is staggering: one in every 122 people is a refugee. More than half are women and children; at least 30 million are under the age of 18. 

Funds raised by the concert will support educational programs for refugees around the world. “Education is the one lifesaving intervention offered to displaced people that cannot be taken away,” notes JRS International Director Fr. Thomas H. Smolich S.J.

For more information about Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees, visit jrsusa.org/lampedusa

Admission: 
$57 / $67 / $77

Natalie Cressman and Mike Bono

Monday / October 17, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Mike Bono and Natalie Cressman

A collaborative duo since 2014, trombonist and vocalist Natalie Cressman and guitarist Mike Bono have developed a repertoire of vibrant and intricate originals that incorporate a multitude of genres. With its mix of jazz with folk and indie rock, the genre-bending music is complex yet very approachable. Cressman’s voice has an alluring, smoky quality, and her singing style comes out of the tradition of vocal jazz, but with a distinctly contemporary feel. Bono is an accomplished arranger and improviser.

Raised in an eclectic musical household in San Francisco, Cressman has only continued to diversify and expand her musical universe. She moved to New York in 2009 to study at the Manhattan School of Music, and the following year was enlisted by jam band pioneer Trey Anastasio for his touring band. Cressman has spent much of the past six years touring the jam band circuit while also performing with jazz luminaries Nicholas Payton, Wycliffe Gordon, and Peter Apfelbaum. She currently tours around the East Coast with her own band and as a sideman for several other groups. Etchings in Amber is her third CD, following Turn the Sea in 2014, and Unfolding in 2012.

Mike Bono is a NYC-based, sought-after guitarist, composer, and teacher. He plays regularly around the city, and has performed at places such as Carnegie Hall, Town Hall Theater, Birdland, The Blue Note, The Bar Next Door, and Joe's Pub, among others. He has also toured internationally as a leader and sideman in more than 10 countries in Europe, and most recently, at the Cape Verde Kriol Jazz Festival in Africa. Mike has performed with a wide variety of artists such as Erykah Badu, Chris Cheek, Andra Day, and Aloe Blacc, to name a few.

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 general admission (standing room only)

SOLD OUT: Tessa Violet / Dodie Clark / Rusty Clanton

Wednesday / October 19, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Tessa Violet
Dodie Clark
Rusty Clanton
Tessa Violet
Dodie Clark
Rusty Clanton
SOLD OUT: There are no tickets remaining for this event.

Straight from the internet come YouTube creators Tessa VioletDodie Clark, and Rusty Clanton, here to bring you a night of music and heartfelt laughter.

Violet is a pop singer-songwriter with a video blog that has reached over one million followers on YouTube. Clark, a singer-songwriter and ukulele player extraordinaire, hails all the way from London, England. She is also a video blogger with over 350,000 followers. Clanton is a folk and rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter with over 50,000 followers.
Admission: 
$15 in advance / $20 general admission (standing room only)

C.W. Stoneking with Special Guests

Friday / September 9, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

C.W. Stoneking is the embodiment of what some would say is a bygone era of music. From his rasping jungle-rock-blues, to his well-oiled locks, and his familiar all-white clothing ensemble, he has converted fans across the world to his unique style.

A first-generation Australian of American descent, Stoneking was born in the top end of Australia’s Northern Territory and spent his childhood growing up in Central Australia, Sydney, and rural Victoria. He has traveled the world from Egypt to New Orleans (where he worked as a hoodoo doctor’s assistant) to Trinidad, where he learned about Calypso music. He has lived in isolated farmhouses working as a handyman, and been involved in and survived a shipwreck, spending time in Africa, and touring internationally as a recording artist.

After spending the past half of a decade stamping his inimitable stylings across the UK and Europe, Stoneking once again settled down in the Northern Victorian countryside to record his latest release, Gon’ Boogaloo. Far from the sepia-toned tales of marooned adventures in the tropics of his release Jungle Blues, C.W. entered into the world of electricity, replacing his much-loved banjo with a shiny gold Fender.

Released to critical acclaim in May 2015, Gon’ Boogaloo has seen Stoneking embark on multiple jaunts across Australia and Europe with his delightful band in tow, including singers Vika and Linda Bull stepping in as backing vocalists. He’s set a pace that is not looking like it will slow down any time soon, as Stoneking continues to entertain and delight crowds of all ages.

Admission: 
$15 general public (standing room only)

Fantastic Negrito / Phé

Monday / October 10, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Phé
Fantastic Negrito
Phé

Upon winning NPR’s inaugural Tiny Desk Concert Contest, Fantastic Negrito quickly won over critics with 2015’s self-titled EP. Consequence of Sound wrote of the record, “Dphrepaulezz sings like a man compelled by a spiritual force…[his] voice is impassioned, somewhere between a croon and a scream,” and the Washington Post praised the EP’s “raw vocals and self-assessing lyrics.” The San Francisco Chronicle noted, “almost overnight, the singer-songwriter became an international sensation.” Dphrepaulezz signed a multi-million dollar deal with Interscope Records, performing under his first name, Xavier.

Dphrepaulezz’s life changed drastically when he was involved in a near-death car accident resulting in a three-week coma, followed by intensive physical rehabilitation with his guitar-playing hand permanently incapacitated. After a five- year hiatus, Dphrepaulezz created Fantastic Negrito. Inspired by all American music, most especially Delta bluesmen such as R.L. Burnside and Skip James, he sought to modernize his compositions by sampling and looping his own live recordings. He told NPR that the name is “a celebration of blackness. The ‘Fantastic’ is self- explanatory; the ‘Negrito’ is a way to open blackness up to everyone, making it playful and international.”

With big hair, a dimpled cheek, and quirky personality, Phé steps out of the shadows ready to stake her claim in the world of music and entertainment. After years of exploration and experimentation, she has tapped into a unique musical style, a sultry blend of R&B and urban pop, accompanied by a tapestry of electronic sounds. Through her thoughtful and poetic lyrics, Phé reflects on the world as she experiences it. With the recent release of her debut single "Incredible," this is just the beginning for Phé, and her career as a solo artist.

Admission: 
$12 general public (standing room only)

Heart Strums

Sunday / September 18, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Heart Strums

Master lute (tar) player Hossein Alizadeh was voted Iran's most distinguished musician of the year in 2008 and nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award along with Armenian musician Djivan Gasparyan for their collaboration album, The Endless Vision, In this concert, he will be featured with master barbat player Hossein Behroozinia, a recipient of France’s high distinction in art, the Legion of Honor. These two master musicians will be accompanied by Behnam Samani on percussion and Saba Alizadeh on kamancheh.

Admission: 
$30 / $40 / $55 / $70

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