Concert

Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees with Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, the Milk Carton Kids, and Special Guests Nancy and Beth

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, and special guests Nancy and Beth (featuring Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt). 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.
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$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

Marcus Santos' Brazilian Drum Group

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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Beantown Jazz Festival
Six blocks, starting at Columbus and Massachusetts Avenues
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02120
Marcus Santos' Brazilian Drum Group

Marcus Santos’ Brazilian Drum Group melds Afro, funk, hip-hop, samba, and taiko drumming into one electric and very interactive performance. Montreal Drum Fest says, "You are about to witness a performance applauded by audiences worldwide."  

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Free

Behind These Eyes Plays the Music of Hal Crook

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 5:00 p.m.
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Berklee Stage
Columbus Avenue (between Massachusetts Avenue and Northampton Street)
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Behind These Eyes (B.T.E.) is a contemporary pop jazz music ensemble featuring the original songs, lyrics, and arrangements of Hal Crook, sung by acclaimed vocalist Debo Ray and performed by some of the finest musical talent in the world. Their musical style is in the literary pop tradition of Steely Dan, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, and Joni Mitchell. They'll get you dancing, singing, rocking, and rolling, and keep you there.
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Free

The Ricardo Monzon Orchestra

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
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Beantown Stage
Columbus Avenue and Burke Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
The Ricardo Monzon Orchestra

The Ricardo Monzon Orchestra performs, featuring authentic Latin American styles such as salsa, merengue, cumbia, and bachata. 

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Free

The Mark Zaleski Band

Saturday / September 24, 2016 / 2:45 p.m.
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Berklee Stage
Columbus Avenue (between Massachusetts Avenue and Northampton Street)
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Mark Zaleski

Fronted by two fiery saxophones, the Mark Zaleski Band blurs the line between jazz and modern rock with infectious groove, dynamic compositions, high energy, and powerful melodies. 

The band is Mark Zaleski on alto and soprano saxophones, Jon Bean on tenor saxophone, Glenn Zaleski on piano/keyboards, Mark Cocheo on guitar, Danny Weller on bass, and Oscar Suchanek on drums.

Admission: 
Free

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