Concert

Poetry Slam Showcase

Tuesday / August 11, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Performance poetry, also called slam poetry, is the art of the spoken word. During the Five-Week Summer Performance Program, students enrolled in the Performance Poetry Class have covered the basics of the trade: professional stage presence, fearless communication, and thoughtful poetic craft. These all-original poems often address edgy and vulnerable topics, and are performed without props, costumes, or instruments in a range of styles spanning hip-hop, prose, comedy, and monologue. 

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Free

Ruben Rada

Monday / September 28, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Afro-Uruguayan percussionist/composer/singer Ruben Rada will visit Berklee for the first time.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Marimba Concert 2

Tuesday / December 15, 2015 / 3:30 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Students enrolled in Marimba Ensembles 1, 2, and 3; Marimba in Mixed Chamber Music; and the Marimba Transcriptions and Repertoire Lab will showcase a repertoire studied over the semester that represents a wide range of styles from classical to jazz-influenced and groove-based compositions.

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Free

Berklee Marimba Concert 1

Tuesday / December 15, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Students enrolled in Marimba Ensembles 1, 2, and 3; Marimba in Mixed Chamber Music; and the Marimba Transcriptions and Repertoire Lab will showcase a repertoire studied over the semester that represents a wide range of styles from classical to jazz-influenced and groove-based compositions.

Admission: 
Free

2015 Performing Singer-Songwriter "Winner's Showcase"

Thursday / August 6, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This is a concert of Five-Week student performing songwriters, performing their own songs under the direction of Anne Heaton and Melissa Ferrick.

Admission: 
Free

Josh Rouse

Friday / October 9, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Josh Rouse

Josh Rouse is an American folk/roots/pop singer-songwriter. Originally from Nebraska, Rouse started writing songs at age 18 and began his recording career in Nashville, Tennessee in 1998. Following a nomadic childhood, he went to Nashville for college and subsequently dropped out, met some local musicians, and began recording. The initial recordings eventually became his debut release, Dressed Up Like Nebraska. The album received critical acclaim from music writers. He went on to collaborate with Kurt Wagner on an EP the following year and toured in support of artists such as Mark Eitzel, Aimee Mann, and Vic Chesnutt. Home (2000) and Under Cold Blue Stars (2002) followed, along with 1972 with producer Brad Jones (2003). 

Rouse has lived in Spain off and on since 2004, and his music has taken on Spanish and Latin American influences. His last album recorded before the move, Nashville (2005), reached number 66 on the UK albums chart. He returned to the U.S. briefly to promote his 2007 album, Country Mouse City House, and collaborated with wife Paz Suay as She's Spanish, I'm American, with the duo releasing a self-titled EP in 2007. 

Admission: 
$20 general admission

David Ryan Harris / Melissa Polinar

Wednesday / October 28, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
David Ryan Harris

Singer-songwriter David Ryan Harris has been challenging mainstream notions of African American performers since fronting the Atlanta, Georgia–based rock group Follow for Now in the late ‘80s. His subsequent solo work has ranged from folk to R&B. Since releasing his eponymous debut album in 1997, Harris has released Soulstice (2003) and The Bittersweet (2006). He has also worked with several well-known artists including Dave Matthews, Cassandra Wilson, Derek Trucks, Carlos Santana, and Marc Broussard, among others, and counts Son House, Robert Johnson, Prince, Parliament/Funkadelic, and Stevie Wonder among his influences. 

Based in North Texas, singer-songwriter Melissa Polinar began her musical journey on YouTube in 2008, where videos of her original music have received millions of hits to date. Her voice, musicianship, and songwriting got the attention of music industry veterans including Questlove, India.Arie, Jay Sean, Karmin, and Ernie Halter, to name a few. Polinar's independently released full-length album, Calls & Echoes, was produced by David Ryan Harris (John Mayer, India.Arie, Guy Sebastian), Josiah Bell (Johnnyswim, Jaden Smith, Mat Kearney), and Jesse Barrera (Jeremy Passion, AJ Rafael, My American Heart). The album showcases her versatility, vulnerable vocals, and acoustic soul and folk sound.

Admission: 
$12 in advance / $15 day of show

Striking Matches / The Fairground Saints

Wednesday / September 30, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Striking Matches

With their T Bone Burnettproduced debut album, guitar-wielding duo Striking Matches (Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis) create an unexpected sound that defies categorization. Their music strikes a balance among country, rock, and blues, blending into a raw, timeless sound that appeals to a wide audience. Their songs, including “When the Right One Comes Along” and “Hanging on a Lie,” have been featured on ABC’s hit drama series Nashville and recorded by show stars Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen. Their international fan base resulted in their first shows in London selling out. Striking Matches' self-titled debut EP was named among iTunes Best of 2012 and received national attention from outlets such as NPR, the BBC, and the Wall Street Journal.

Los Angelesbased trio Fairground Saints create their warm and wistful sound by playing off the delicate contradictions at the heart of their music. With each member sharing songwriting duties, Mason Van Valin and Elijah Edwards impart a literate, gritty sense of introspection informed by artists like Bob Dylan and Jim Messina, while fellow vocalist Megan McAllister lends vulnerability and intimacy inspired by everyone from Linda Ronstadt to Rihanna. Through their honesty, Fairground Saints infuse their music with intense emotional power. Their self-titled debut album, produced by Matthew Wilder (No Doubt, Christina Aguilera), is filled with elegant melodies and lush three-part harmonies, capturing their easy chemistry and a shared sensibility that recalls the golden era of singer-songwriters.

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$12 in advance / $15 day of show

Jeff LeBlanc

Wednesday / October 14, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Jeff LeBlanc

Native New Yorker Jeff LeBlanc’s new album, Vision, looks to distinguish him from a crowded field of singer-songwriters. A mix of R&B and soul, the record elevates his signature blend of smooth pop to a higher level while tackling previously unexplored sounds and topics. Tracked in Nashville, Tennessee’s legendary Sound Emporium studios, Vision has a refreshing energy, timeless warmth, and unique clarity that appeals to the listener.

Admission: 
$12 in advance / $15 night of show

Solo Piano Recital

Thursday / December 17, 2015 / 1:15 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Students of Neil Olmstead will perform works by Bach, Beethoven, and Scriabin as well as tunes from the jazz standard repertoire in this solo piano recital.

Admission: 
Free

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