The Songwriting Department in conjunction with the Red Room at Cafe 939 is proud to present our monthly open mic event for Berklee songwriters, held on the last Monday of every month. All current Berklee students are welcome to play one original song under five minutes in length. If you are interested, please arrive at Cafe 939 any time after 6:00 p.m. for sign-ups. We'll take 25 writers and as many as 10 alternates, who will play if others do not show up. One song each, no covers, and no drum kits, please! Should there be low sign-ups, there will be opportunities for a second performance.
Declan O’Rourke is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter from Dublin, Ireland. Jon Pareles of the New York Times has said there's virtuosity in his guitar playing, with "intricately contrapuntal picking and meticulous dynamics," and that his calling is as a balladeer. Paul Weller said of O’Rourke’s song "Galileo" that it’s possibly the greatest song written in the last 30 years.
Winner of the Boston Folk Festival's Songwriter Contest and dual Creativity Award recipient from Salem State University, Molly Pinto Madigan is a young songwriter who has received praise for her angelic voice. Filled with smoke, roses, heartbreak, beauty, and unrelenting hope, her songs combine haunting melodies with raw, poetic lyrics to create an intimate and evocative listening experience.
Daby Touré is a child of many worlds. Touré spent his childhood in Mauritania, Western Africa, where he was an avid listener to the radio and was influenced by the Police, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. He taught himself the basics of guitar and from an early age felt instinctively that his destiny was to become a musician. A musical and linguistic polyglot, Touré creates an elegant sonic mixture that merges the linguistic inflections of the six languages he speaks. His music is a puzzle whose pieces, once assembled, form a comprehensive map of the world. It builds bridges between cultures, crosses borders, and gives life to a poetic language and a universal sound. "I was born in Africa," states Touré. "And all the traditional music I picked up when I was young is still in me and that doesn't change. But in my music I am still searching and mixing and trying things, and that's what I am doing now. I have travelled far from the 'traditional' or 'folkloric' music of my country."
$20 in advance / $22 day of show, general admission
Tyrone Wells is a singer-songwriter from Spokane, Washington. His music has been featured in shows such as Vampire Diaries, As the World Turns, and Grey's Anatomy.
Tim Halperin is an American singer-songwriter. A piano player and vocalist, in 2007 he began performing and recording, and in 2010 his track "We Fight Back" became the theme song for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
$20 in advance / $23 day of show, general admission
Shahkar Bineshpajooh was born in Tehran, Iran on December 13, 1972. Even before his birth, his parents had decided to name him Shahkar, equating him with a masterpiece. When he was fifteen, he found solace in writing poetry and, eventually, in music. Without having any formal instruction, Bineshpajooh learned to play the guitar, piano, drums, and percussion. His family strongly opposed his interest in music, always scorning him for following his passion. As a result, he found sanctuary in studying political geography and urban planning as well as music composition. He immersed himself in these academic fields while producing several music albums and poetry.
In 2002, Bineshpajooh received his doctoral degree in urban planning with high honors. He was officially announced by the Iranian Department of Education as the youngest student in the program. All of his hard work has been in an effort to live up to the meaning of his name.
Lindi Ortega is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Toronto, Ontario who now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Her voice has been described as a blend of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and Emmylou Harris.
Smooth Hound Smith is an American roots duo formed in 2012 and comprised of one-man-band Zack Smith (guitar/vocals/foot drums/harmonica/banjo) and Caitlin Doyle (vocals/percussion). Based in Nashville, Tennessee, they record and perform their own unique style of folksy, garage-infused R&B that makes use of foot percussion; fuzzed-out, finger-picked guitar; warbling harmonicas; tasty harmonies; and plenty of tambourine. They strive to present a modern interpretation of early blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll.
Dan Tedesco is a modern-day troubadour who uses big sounds to narrate the American experience. His stage show, though it has a minimalist production, finds him belting out folk and rock while using acoustic and electric guitars and foot-stomping percussion, with interludes at the piano to slightly lighten the mood.
$15 in advance / $17 day of show, general admission
Hippo Campus is four Minnesotan boys making music that is simple, joyful, and thematically soaked with the sense of cynicism accompanying the youthful search for meaning. With the philosophy that there is beauty among thorns, the band presented their debut EP, Bashful Creatures, in 2014. It was recorded over two days at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, and was produced by Low’s Alan Sparhawk.
Yabadum will also perform.
$10 in advance / $12 day of show, general admission