Concert

Kathryn Hallberg

Saturday / August 13, 2016 / 3:00 p.m.
Castle Island
Castle Island
Boston
MA
United States
02127

Emotional, evocative, warm, natural, and firmly rooted in Americana with light pop and country stylings: this describes Kathryn Hallberg's music. In the summer of 2008, Hallberg began recording her first EP, No Surprise, with Kyle Hutton, producer and founder of Real Life Real Music. In 2012, Hallberg returned to the studio with Hutton to record her second EP, Nocturnal, which features musical contributions from Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks, Robert Earl Keen) and mixing by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, James Taylor). Nocturnal was selected as one of the best local albums of 2012 by both the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Press. 

Admission: 
Free

Paulina Parga

Saturday / August 6, 2016 / 3:00 p.m.
Castle Island
Castle Island
Boston
MA
United States
02127

Paulina Parga, born in Mexico in 1993, started her musical education studying cello at 9 years old. Ten years later she switched to voice as her principal instrument and started to be recognized as a songwriter, winning numerous songwriting contests, such as Festival Santa Cecilia in Queretaro, Mexico. She has attend several music workshops, such as Czech Music Camp for Youth (2012), Summer Vocal Jazz Workshop at the University of North Texas (2013) and the Five-Week Performance Program (2014) at Berklee College of Music, where she now is studying for a bachelor of music degree, thanks to a scholarship offered by the college and also by the cultural institute of her hometown. She has performed in festivals such as Festival Universitario de Jazz (2013 and 2015, Zacatecas, Mexico) and the Songwriters Showcase at the Berklee Performance Center. Her music involves Latin folk, pop, and jazz, along with the exploration of voice as an improvisational and harmonic instrument in real time. 

 

Admission: 
Free

John Scofield, Country for Old Men

Friday / September 23, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

John Scofield brings his lifelong love of American country music out of his toolbox to share with his jazz audiences in his Country for Old Men project. Scofield approaches classic country melodies, performing with several of his closest musical associates from the jazz community: Steve Swallow, Bill Stewart, and Larry Goldings. In Scofield’s words, “We’re going to turn ‘outlaw’ country tunes into jazz vehicles. Rather than go to Nashville and record with ‘real’ country players in a country style, I’m joining forces with my jazz cronies to play the songs with our jazz approach. We improvise while keeping the integrity, character, and twang of this wonderful American music. I’ve always loved country music and am super-excited to put my treatment of them into play.” Sco and company will sculpt jazz renditions of classic tunes by George Jones, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, Patti Page, and even Shania Twain to name a few. 

Admission: 
$30 / $34 / $39

SOLD OUT: Jacob Collier

Thursday / September 29, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Jacob Collier
SOLD OUT: There are no tickets remaining for this event.

Jacob Collier is recognized as one of the world’s most distinctive, inventive, and prodigious young musicians. Based in London, England, his music combines elements of jazz, a cappella, Brazilian, gospel, and soul (to name a few). He has embraced the world of the internet to share his uniquely creative talent, becoming best known for creating his trademark multi-faceted YouTube videos from his music room at home, where he sings all the parts, plays all the instruments, and visualizes every component with a mosaic of screens. Since his first YouTube upload in December 2011, Collier's online social channels have garnered over 100,000 international followers and more than 6 million YouTube views.

Collier was involved in Beats by Dre’s Ruby World Cup The Game Starts Here television and online campaign, where he arranged and recorded “Jerusalem” as the soundtrack for their spot. The video on YouTube has garnered over 7.5 million views. Most recently, he released his second single, “Flintstones,” from his debut album In My Room after the successful launch of his first single “Hideaway” in the month prior.

Admission: 
$25 general public (standing room only)

Allison Iraheta and Halo Circus / My Silent Bravery

Friday / October 21, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Halo Circus is a bilingual alternative rock band based in Los Angeles, California. Halo Circus comprises vocalist Allison Iraheta, guitarist Brian Stead, bassist Matthew Hager, and drummer Veronica Bellino.

Billboard Magazine states, "My Silent Bravery plays like a major label signing, from its production savvy, eloquent lyrics, authoritative imaging, polished web site, a dedicated Northeast U.S. fan following, merchandising, and most important, a chockablock collection of winning songs. My Silent Bravery is destined to make major noise."

My Silent Bravery has shared the stage with national acts including Daughtry, Delta Rae, Howie Day, Kris Allen and John Waite. MSB toured with Tyler Ward in August 2014 and will be joining Anna Nalick on some dates this fall. Diamond from Coal the Remixes is the next project for MSB and will be released this winter.

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $15 general admission (standing room only)

Dweezil Zappa Cease and Desist Tour / 50 Years of Frank

Thursday / October 27, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Dweezil Zappa

Dweezil Zappa was born on September 5, 1969 in Los Angeles—the son of Frank and Gail Zappa. It was inevitable that from the moment of his birth his life would be filled wall-to wall with music (his father having listed his religion as “musician” on Dweezil’s birth certificate). Dweezil’s early years were spent largely away from the spotlight—something of a rarity for the child of a celebrity but perfect for cultivating a close relationship with his family. Having watched his father perform concerts from the side of the stage since he was in diapers, it was no surprise that Dweezil began to show an interest in music early on. At six years old he received his first guitar, a Fender Music Master, from his dad. It wasn’t until he was 12 that he began to show a serious interest in manipulating the instrument to make music.

In 2012 Dweezil redefined the mission as a band and sculpted it into the current six-piece configuration he takes on tour. (Dweezil Zappa, lead guitar, vocals; Scheila Gonzales, saxophone, flute, keyboards, and vocals; Kurt Morgan, bass and vocals; Chris Norton, keyboards and vocals; Joe Travers, drums and vocals; Ben Thomas, lead vocals, trumpet, and trombone.) When his father toured with smaller ensembles he referred to them as his “Rocking Teenage Combo.” Smaller in size doesn’t mean smaller in sound. Not for Frank or Dweezil. Now able to tour in even more cities and venues because they can fit on stage easier, Dweezil’s rocking teenage combo has been navigating through new geographic and musical territory. This fine assortment of hand-picked musicians all have their own unique qualifications, but it’s their dedication to preserving and performing the detailed music of Frank Zappa that unites them and thrills audiences across the globe.

Soundcheck Party (included in the $79 VIP ticket) will start 90 minutes before doors and will last approx 45 minutes. Please arrive 30 minutes prior. 

 

Admission: 
$29.50 / $37/ $45 / $79

Self Portraits / Sleeping Lion / David Schaeman

Saturday / September 10, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Self Portraits
Sleeping Lion
David Schaeman

Self Portraits is a Berklee-based, female-fronted rock band. With a huge modern sound and catchy hooks, Self Portraits brings rock music to the mainstream. The band strives to push the envelope with soaring guitars and technically difficult music while still creating a product that is easily accessible to all listeners. Self Portraits consists of vocalist Jackie Foster, guitarists Gray Trainer and John Benoit, bassist Ethan Cate, and drummer Chris Drago.

Boston-based alternative electronic duo, Sleeping Lion, was formed by roommates Nate Flaks and Noah Longworth McGuire in the spring of 2015. The first Sleeping Lion songs were written and produced remotely the following summer while Flaks was living in New York and Longworth was living in Rome. In the fall, the two came together in Boston to record the majority of their upcoming EP in Quincy, Massachusetts. Their single, “You Made Me,” quickly generated hype around Boston when it was released in September. Their new song, “Rug,” premiered on Indie Shuffle in November and was one of the blog’s top 10 most popular new tracks for the week following the release. The duo's upcoming EP, Patient Creature, will feature Sleeping Lion's unique combination of mellow electronic vibes with elements of future-bass. 

David Schaeman is a alternative/rock singer-songwriter from Santa Barbara, California. He is known for his strong voice and soulful lyrics, and has been performing since the age of 10. He is inspired by artists such as John Mayer and Ryan Tedder. Utilizing the guitar and piano, Schaeman expresses himself through his singing and songwriting by drawing on life’s everyday emotions and experiences.

Admission: 
Free (standing room only)

Musical Theater Summer Intensive Open Mic

Sunday / August 14, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Attention singer-actors: Come participate in the first official event of the Musical Theater Summer Intensive, while meeting new peers and sharing your talents.

General Information:

  • Please arrive early. Signups begin at 6:45 p.m.
  • Solos, duets, and trios are welcome. There are three vocal mics available.
  • Bring sheet music. A piano accompanist will be provided.
  • Guitar plug-in provided (please bring your own guitarist if needed).
Admission: 
Free (standing room only)

Tor Miller / Sean McVerry

Thursday / September 22, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Tor Miller
Sean McVerry
Tor Miller
Sean McVerry

When Tor Miller was 12 years old, his parents moved from Manhattan to New Jersey where he enrolled in a new school near his new home. He channeled his grief for his old life and his alienation from his new one into music. He described his daily commutes with his mother and musical experiences in them by saying, "she would drop me off and I’d sit for about half an hour, waiting for school to open, listening to the music she had given me – Ziggy Stardust, Elton John’s greatest hits, Fleetwood Mac – on my iPod. I listened to those records pretty much nonstop, up and back. And that was the point when I started writing my own songs.” 

Like many great albums do, Miller's new release closes on his current favorite called "Stampede." The ongoing glut of truly talented singer-songwriters will never become a fallow stable, but Miller has leap-frogged that pen and positioned himself comfortably on the outside, looking above and beyond its obvious limitations.

Sean McVerry is a composer and singer-songwriter based out of Brooklyn, NY. Blending folk song sensibility with overdriven drum-machines, warbling synths, and intertwining guitars, he has defined his aesthetic as a songwriter and performer. His creative palette mirrors his eclectic body of work, seeking inspiration from The Beach Boys, LCD Soundsystem, and Paul Simon, to Ravel and Brian Eno. His first EP, titled Hourglass Switchboard 1 was released in January 2016. McVerry coproduces all of his songs with longtime friend and collaborator Elite (Dreamville, J. Cole, Ruff Ryders). The followup to Hourglass Switchboard 1 is set to release during summer 2016.

Admission: 
$15 general admission (standing room only)

Berklee Valencia Campus Commencement Concert: 'La Nit de Berklee'

Saturday / July 9, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Hemisfèric (Lago Norte) - Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias, Valencia, Spain
VALENCIA
VALENCIA
Spain
46013

Berklee's Valencia, Spain, graduate program class of 2016 will graduate on July 11. To commemorate this, students from all four master’s degree programs at the Valencia campus will put on a special concert on July 9, from a floating stage opposite the emblematic Hemisfèric in the City of Arts and Sciences.

Eleven bands composed of graduating students will perform on the floating stage in the middle of the enclosure’s artificial lake. The performance will constitute a culmination of their work in the program this year and will be streamed live on this link starting at 10:00 p.m. (GEMT+2).

Watch the class of '15 perform at last year's commencement concert:

The commencement concert this year will include, in alphabetical order, the following acts:

  • "Captain" (M. Moelker) - ensemble led by Merel Moelker
  • "Chorinho" (Lyle Mays) - trio led by Judy Shin
  • "Faith" (original - S. Hodges) - ensemble led by Sarah Hodges
  • "Givin' em what they love" (Janelle Monáe) - ensemble led by Queade Dweh
  • "Jacob's Ladder" (D. Peck) - Ensemble led by Dylan Peck
  • "Let it be" (P. McCartney, arr. B. Watson) - ensemble led by Brail Watson
  • "Maturity" (R. Liberman) - ensemble led by Rebecca Liberman
  • "Medi" (O. Mok) - ensemble led by Olivia Mok
  • "One last cigarette" (P. Fuxova)- ensemble led by Patris Fuxova
  • "Tu sonrisa mi sonido" (D. Minguillón) - ensemble led by David Minguillón
  • "Thank You" (Bozy II Men, arr. Zalmijn) - Berklee Valencia vocal ensemble
  • Grand Finale
Admission: 
Free entrance

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