Concert

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

Anna Nalick / Ryanhood

Thursday / January 21, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Anna Nalick
Ryanhood
Anna Nalick
Ryan Hood

Anna Nalick broke onto the music scene in April of 2006 with the release of her debut platinum album with Sony, Wreck of the Day. The album entered the Billboard 200 chart at no. 20, and her single, “Breathe (2 a.m.),” has sold nearly 3 million copies to date. It was also featured prominently on Grey's Anatomy, among other TV and film soundtracks.

A southern California native, Nalick began writing music as a hobby at a very young age and continued to write for local rock, punk, and ska bands through her teens. In high school she performed as lead singer in her own rock and goth rock bands as well as in a Rush cover band. She began performing and showcasing her writing as a solo artist when she was 18. In her first year of college, Nalick's lo-fi, home-recorded demo wound up in the hands of Christopher Thorn and Brad Smith (founders of Blind Melon) and Eric Rosse (producer of Tori Amos and Sara Bareilles). The producers were impressed by Nalick's writing and helped her record a professional demo.

Nalick was signed by Sony in 2004. In 2008, she released The Shine EP and the following year left Sony. In 2011 she released the independent album Broken Doll & Odds & Ends. As of 2015, she's recording her third album.

Ryanhood is Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals mixed with Ryan Green’s explosive guitar and mandolin riffs. The Arizona Daily Star has called them “a match made in radio heaven,” and they were named the best group/duo at the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards. They got their first break over ten years ago, performing at Boston's Quincy Market; from there, they toured the college scene and then continued on to play over 800 shows in 42 states. They've shared the stage with acts such as Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, and American Authors.

VIP tickets are available for this event, which include a VIP Meet and Greet, offering fans a chance to meet Nalick before the show.

Admission: 
$20 general admission / $50 VIP

Original Hip-Hop Showcase

Wednesday / November 18, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room

The Berklee Songwriting Department presents an evening of hip-hop showcasing the varied styles of this culture through performances from Berklee students. The night will feature three segments including single-song performances by various students, the J Dilla Ensemble, and Zaid Tabani. Music will be played by DJ Steezee as well.

Admission: 
Free

The Three Tenors (Who Can't Sing) Starring Vic DiBitetto

Friday / January 22, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Three Tenors (Who Can't Sing)

The Three Tenors (Who Can’t Sing) stars Vic DiBitetto, now considered the godfather of comedy. DiBitetto has taken the internet by storm with tens of millions of views, multiple viral videos including "Bread and Milk," and his own television talk show. He has toured the country, selling out clubs and theaters along the way with his murderous brand of comedy that kills audiences. 

Joining DiBitetto are two stand-up guys from the neighborhood, Richie Minervini and Fred Rubino, both top headliners in the Family. The three performers will bring their incredible stand-up to the stage and then sit down together for hilarious improvisation and audience participation. It's comedy in a red sauce, an offer you can't refuse. 

Note that the VIP ticket entitles the holder—and only the holderto participate in the Meet and Greet after the show, including a photo with the tenors. Do not discard it.
Admission: 
$35 / $55

Kara DioGuardi's Bootcamp Showcase

Monday / December 7, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

TV personality Kara DioGuardi is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, record producer, and A&R executive, among other things. Her discography includes work with artists such as Pink, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, and Enrique Iglesias, among others. DioGuardi currently teaches a highly competitive class at Berklee called Bootcamp, which combines songwriting with elements of artist development. This semester, her students divided up into teams of songwriters, producers, and artists with the goal of developing the artists and their sounds. In this event, artists Erin Jarvis, Ghita, JJ ADRIAN, Malavika, Olivia Swann, Sammy Jo, and TRY will showcase the music they’ve created with their teams.

Admission: 
Free

Roots Roadshow

Monday / December 14, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room

The Roots Roadshow series, presented by the American Roots Music Program, is a showcase where America's rich musical heritage is explored and celebrated. Every month, we present a variety show of student bands and ensembles performing styles such as country blues, old-time, bluegrass, new acoustic, Celtic, classic country, western swing, and more. Whether it is a faculty-led ensemble, a brand-new student project, or a band that is making its name in the Boston scene, you never know what will happen at a Roots Roadshow. Come connect with Berklee's thriving roots community, and hear some of Berklee's finest rising acoustic talent as we continue to propel American roots music into the 21st century. This month's theme will be Ensemble Night. We are very excited to feature performances from Mark Simos and Bruce Molsky's Appalachian Old-Time Ensemble, Maeve Gilchrist's Celtic Ensemble, Dave Hollender's Bluegrass Ensemble, and Joe Walsh's 21st-Century String Band Ensemble.

Admission: 
Free

Sara Kendall / Mar | Co / JIL

Wednesday / December 9, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Sara Kendall
Mar | Co
JIL
Sara Kendall
Mar | Co
JIL

Sara Kendall is a dark, alt-pop songwriter from Southborough, Massachusetts, currently studying at Berklee. Her haunting melodies and intimate lyrics are showcased in her newest release, "Love You More," which was recently featured on Berklee's official YouTube channel. She is working on releasing a new EP in 2015.

Mar | Co is a Boston-based, future-pop duo comprised of Marie Lang and Alex Coco. The vocalist and producer met while attending Berklee, from which they plan to graduate in 2016. After releasing their first track, “Bridges,” as part of a class project and finding unexpected success, they decided to form Mar | Co. The duo is influenced by a variety of genres but share a deep passion for electronic music. Combining dark, dreamy vocals with a unique production style, the two have already established a sound of their own, which they describe as future pop. Their influences include Kaytranada, Lido, George Maple, Mr. Carmack, and Flume.

Based in Brooklyn, New York, up-and-coming band JIL (Julian, Isaac, and Lucio) creates falsetto-lit electronic music. The three build a potent balance of bass-infused electronic music and shadowed vocals alongside some hefty measures of chord-led melodies.

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

Billboard Goes Broadway

Saturday / December 5, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room

The Berklee Musical Theater Club presents Billboard Goes Broadway, an event where some of Berklee's most talented singers will perform some of radio's top hits of the last 50 years, with a musical theater twist. The evening will include duets, trios, and the occasional boy-band dance party. The cast includes Lea Jaffe, Allyson Umoru, Julia Gartha, Ben Higginbotham, Sydney Matlock, Lauren Hodge, Emma Ruchefsky, Rhys Conklin, Joey McCarrick, Keegan Fitzpatrick, Nick Preziosi, and Rachel Gonzalez. The production team includes Kate Elmendorf (director), Craig Petrocelli (music director), and Will Morrison (stage manager).

Admission: 
Free

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