Concert

Berklee Guitar Night: Pop and Rock

Wednesday / March 9, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Part of a series that has been running annually since the '70s, this concert will feature several student-led, guitar-centric groups chosen through a rigorous audition process. Compared to the number of submissions, a comparatively small number of performers are represented, and they are some of the best guitar performers at Berklee. 

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Rhythms and Frequencies: Contemporary Writing and Production Student Concert

Thursday / March 3, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Contemporary Writing and Production (CWP) Student Concert features some of the best CWP students and their dynamic songs and arrangements in an exciting mix of electrifying music. Along with a dynamite student band, they will showcase pieces from a selection of Berklee's best writers. The concert will feature a wide variety of styles and compositions. Andrea Pejrolo, the assistant chair of the CWP Department, and Dave Howard, a professor in the CWP Department, are the directors of the show. This is a concert that you don’t want to miss.

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Metal Guitar Night

Monday / February 22, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Metal Guitar Night is a concert showcasing some of Berklee's most talented metal bands and players. It will be an evening filled with fierce, heavy riffage, and shred guitar pyrotechnics are guaranteed.

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Invictus!

Thursday / February 11, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Kevin Harris

Invictus! is a highly anticipated project in which pianist Kevin Harris seeks to interpret a message of strength and inspiration through the combination of interactive spoken word and the musical integration of Black gospel, Afro-Latin, and swing music.

While incarcerated on Robben Island Prison, Nelson Mandela not only recited but was empowered by a poem of self-mastery entitled "Invictus." Important aspects of Harris's new and exciting concept will reflect the ideas and inspiration that derive from this poem.

Joining Harris for this noteworthy performance is special guest Eric Jackson, a WGBH radio host. 

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Mack Avenue Super Band

Thursday / February 4, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Gary Burton

With a front line that boasts Sean Jones on trumpet, saxophonist Tia Fuller, the Christian McBride Trio, and vibraphonist Gary Burton, this band has everything you need.

Admission: 
$40 / $50 / $60

So Much Things to Say: Bob Marley Ensemble with Vivien Goldman

Thursday / January 28, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble presents So Much Things to Say, a suite of Marley’s music featuring dub readings from renowned writer, broadcaster, educator, and post-punk musician Vivien Goldman, Marley’s key biographer. For this performance, she will reach into her writings, including her insightful, inspiring biography, The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Album of the Century.

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

The Winnie Dahlgren Group with Mike Mainieri

Monday / February 1, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mike Mainieri

This is a tribute concert to Steps Ahead and Mike Mainieri with the Winnie Dahlgren Group and special guest George Garzone (tenor saxophone). The jazz fusion music is mainly written by Mainieri and Steps Ahead. Band members include Winnie Dahlgren on vibes and marimba, Steve Kirby on guitar, Steve Hunt on piano, Daniel Day on bass, Mark Walker on drums, and special guest Mike Mainieri on vibes. 

Primarily recognized as an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, Mainieri is also a producer, arranger, and composer who has contributed to the creation of music on the cutting edge. In a career filled with highlights such as winning DownBeat's International Jazz Critic's Award at age 20; performing with legends like Buddy Rich, Billie Holliday, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, and Wes Montgomery in the '50s and early '60s; and playing with the groundbreaking jazz/rock group Jeremy and the Satyrs, Mainieri has contributed to over 100 gold and platinum albums. In the late '70s, he founded the pioneering jazz fusion group Steps Ahead, which used contemporary sounds while experimenting, all while holding on to the music's compositional integrity. Steps Ahead grew to launch both young talent and new musical ideas. As an active participant in the rock and pop scenes, Mainieri has produced and cowritten three albums with Carly Simon, and he has recorded with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, James Taylor, and Dire Straits, among many others, and played on Don McLean's classic album, American Pie. He describes Steps Ahead as a musical sphere in which he is able to transport himself into various genres.

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Julien Baker / Gracie and Rachel

Saturday / January 23, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Julien Baker
Julien Baker
Julien Baker
Julien Baker

Memphis, Tennessee's Julien Baker believes that sometimes, things just seem to happen for a reason. For years, Baker and a group of close friends have performed as the band Forrister (formerly the Star Killers), but when college took her four hours away, her need to continue creating music found an outlet in solo work. As each song took shape, it became more apparent that Baker had genuinely deep, surprisingly dark stories to tell from her life. At the prompting of a friend, she ventured to Richmond, Virginia to record a number of her new songs at Spacebomb Studios. The tracks from this session were circulated among Baker's friends, garnering high praise and lots of encouragement for the songs to see a proper release. Soon after, she found a home on 6131 Records' increasingly diverse roster, and plans were made to release her full-length debut, Sprained Ankle. To call Sprained Ankle a happy accident would be misleading as to the nature of these poignant, emotive songs. Yet no one, least of all Baker, could have predicted she would be releasing an album, especially as a solo artist. Now the world will be able to share in her passion and sorrow.

An orchestral pop duo of piano and violin, Gracie and Rachel create intricate tunes by merging classical string music with powerful vocals and spare percussion. The duo loves simplicity but also embraces the abstract elements of their emotive songs. They aim to use lyrics and sound to undo preconceived ideas about their music. Gracie and Rachel's forthcoming debut album, GO, focuses on questioning reality, looking inward, and exploring the self. They created the album in their Brooklyn, New York loft with producer Garrett Eaton and finished it up at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The result is a window into the world of two passionate artists and their take on the powers that be. 

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

Songwriters Circle Concert

Monday / November 23, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room

This intimate, one-hour acoustic concert will feature Berklee songwriters handpicked by the Songwriting Department faculty. Come experience the amazing talent and skill of these artists.

Admission: 
Free

Lyusi Simon

Monday / February 29, 2016 / 5:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room

Student Lyusi Simon, who is expected to graduate in 2016, is a pop and R&B singer presenting covers and originals.

Admission: 
Free

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