Concert

Nando Michelin Presents the Music of Mayo Pamplona

Friday / July 22, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A student ensemble and guests, all directed by Nando Michelin, will perform the music of student Mayo Pamplona. The performance will be deeply rooted in Brazilian musical styles with a great influence from Brazilian masters Hermeto Pascoal and Itibere Zwarg.

Admission: 
Free

30 Seconds to Venus

Wednesday / June 22, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This is a pop-rock performance that includes covers and originals in both Mandarin and English featuring vocalist and composer Ting Wei "Venus" Tsai. Other performers include pianist Tianyao "Celia" Yang, keyboardist Shih Yun Huang, guitarist Yu Fong "Yoyo" Chen, bassist Lee Dockery, and drummer Tin Long "Sunny" Lai. The arranger is Shih Yun Huang.

Admission: 
Free

Dreamer & Son / TRY / Brandon Shah

Saturday / July 16, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Dreamer & Son
TRY
Brandon Shah
Dreamer & Son
TRY
Brandon Shah

Ambient rock band Dreamer & Son is out to change the world. Formed in Boston with members from all across the U.S., the young quartet puts heart and passion at the forefront of their music. Fans of Tides of Man, Gates, and Kings of Leon will hear their inspiration in Dreamer & Son's unique, memorable songs. On the stage or in the studio, they capture the full spectrum of human emotion with soft verses, aggressive choruses, and an explosive live performance. Dreamer & Son aims to break down genre barriers and build a diverse family, a community based on love and acceptance.

TRY began as a mix of virtuoso slide guitarist Niles Elliott and songwriter Dylan Edmunds, who met and began collaborating during their first year at Berklee College of Music. A year later, Dylan's brother, Conner, arrived at Berklee and joined the collaboration. The three of them began writing and rehearsing in search of a sound they could call their own. With specialties in sound design, MIDI programming, and pop production, TRY's style is maturing into a hybrid of rock and electronica. TRY recently released a single titled “The Artist." Conner and Dylan recorded this track in 2012 along with Aaron Hellam at Hellam Sound in Oakland, California. “The Artist ” is an early representation of TRY, and the band is currently producing their first EP. 

Raw, soulful, comforting, troubled, moving, blissful, authentic – characterizing Brandon Shah’s music and person is a difficult task. Shah auditioned for The X-Factor: Season 2 on a whim when he was 15 and watched his voice take him to the top 24 from a bird’s eye view. With the acclaim, he toured internationally, starting in the United States and making it as far as London, two years after his television debut. His self-described genre of soul-folk transcends its implications with powerful storytelling and vocals. The music Shah has made available to the world is in his first EP, Young Love. Comprising five songs written during the summer of 2014, before Shah came to Berklee, the EP encompasses all the raw, unadulterated emotions associated with learning to love for the first time.

Admission: 
Free (standing room only)

Dead Beggars / Valleyheart / Cherry Mellow

Thursday / July 14, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Dead Beggars
Valleyheart
Cherry Mellow
Dead Beggars
Valleyheart
Cherry Mellow

Dead Beggars is a four-piece band that formed in Boston in the fall of 2014. Combining influences that include the warmth and sensibilities of blues and the songwriting styles of pop, R&B, and soul, Dead Beggars has quickly developed a style and sound that is uniquely their own. In January of 2016, Dead Beggars released their debut single, “Until You Get It,” followed by their self-titled EP in May 2016.

Valleyheart is an indie alternative rock band from Beverly, Massachusetts. With three of their five members hailing from former nationally touring hardcore band Exiting the Fall, Valleyheart is born of a new sound, incorporating dirty, heavier elements with clean, ambient sounds. They play loudly with pedals and passion.

Cherry Mellow is an East-Coast-meets-West-Coast mix of the Strokes, the Foo Fighters, and the Doors. Described as indie Russian roulette or heavy mellow, they have been on over three tours throughout 15 states. Their debut LP, Feng Shui, is less about the physical flow of energy through a room and more about the flow of energy around mental furniture inside your head, having everything in its right place or putting in the work to get it where it needs to be.

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 general admission (standing room only)

Honeysuckle / Noé / Ell

Wednesday / July 13, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Honeysuckle
Ell
Honeysuckle
noé
Ell

Honeysuckle is a progressive folk act that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. In 2015, Honeysuckle performed at the Newport Folk Festival, was chosen as a Converse Rubber Tracks artist, and was nominated for Best Folk Artist of the Year and Best Americana Artist of the Year at the annual Boston Music Awards. As a recipient of Club Passim's Iguana Music Grant, Honeysuckle recently released a new full-length album in March to a sold-out audience at Club Passim. They have two current releases: Live at Rockwood Music Hall and their EP, Arrows.

Born in Paris and raised between Hong Kong and Aix-en-Provence, France, noé is a singer-songwriter striving to create entertaining yet thought-provoking music. Not Mad magazine refers to noé’s first single "Lady" as “an unabashedly sexy, assertive, and alluring attack on this seemingly undying and yet incredibly relevant sexual double standard of condemning women and championing men.” Watch for noé’s debut project in 2016.

Elliott Sabbagh (Ell) is a vinyl turntablist DJ, radio host, and audio engineer, mixing and mastering in multiple music genres. Ell has worked with the likes of A$AP Rocky,  J. Cole, and Wale, among others. He plays a wide range of clubs, concerts, and festivals like Vans Warped Tour, along with many benefit concerts, and entertainment events hosted by companies such as MTV and Red Bull. While WCBN was Ell’s first radio experience, he plays at numerous stations, including Big City 101.3 Boston, WMBR  in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and KSHI 90.9 FM, in Zuni, New Mexico.

Admission: 
Free

Gretchen and the Pickpockets / Dear June / TASH

Thursday / August 18, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Gretchen & the Pickpockets
Dear June
TASH
Gretchen and the Pickpockets
Dear June
TASH

Since banding together at the University of New Hampshire over a mutual love of jazz, soul, and rock 'n' roll, Gretchen and the Pickpockets have been sharing their sound with audiences all across the United States. Named after a hometown road with a history for larceny, the group has become known for their unique blend of genres and their energetic live shows. Gretchen and the Pickpockets want their songs to have messages, attitude, and horn lines to find their way straight into any listener’s ears and linger there.

Dear June is an Americana band from Boston. Founded as a duo with folk roots, the band has transformed into a five-piece group with a distinctly eclectic sound. Their blend of unique harmonies and compelling lyrics produces a well-rounded and soulful mix. Dear June pulls influence from a range of acts from Tedeschi Trucks to Brazilian funk, showcasing the various talents and interests of each band member. 

Boston-based artist TASH is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter with an old soul. TASH's music restores bridges between the heart of urbanity and the depth of nature. Her unique folk/pop sound, sung with effortless grace and deep gritty roots to the earth, and her bold, daring storytelling capture the individuality and freedom that she stands for. 

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 day of show (standing room only)

Kansas

Saturday / November 26, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Kansas

Kansas has spent more than four decades as a part of the soundtrack of the lives of multiple generations of music lovers. This garage band from Topeka released their self-titled debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner, and their first public statement appeared on that album. "From the beginning, we considered ourselves and our music different, and we hope we will always remain so." Little did this legendary rock group realize that, back in the early ‘70s, what seemed to be different was actually ahead of its time.

The band has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of Kansas), one platinum live album (Two for the Show), and a million-selling gold single, "Dust in the Wind.'’ Kansas appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, and has played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. "Carry On Wayward Son" was the no. 2 most played track on classic rock radio in 1995 and went to no. 1 in 1997.

Tickets go on sale June 10, 2016. 

Admission: 
$45 / $55 / $65 / $79.50 / $99.50

MIXCLA

Thursday / June 9, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Charlesview
123 Antwerp Street Extension
Brighton
Massachusetts
United States
02135
MIXCLA

Pulling from the three dynamic spirits of the Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project, a new mixture of sonic masterpieces is born. MIXCLA is a play on words between mezcla and mix. It is also a merging of cultures from the mountains of Chile to the traditions of Japan, which, driven by the fires of Cuba, achieve a truly unique Latin jazz experience. MIXCLA is led by composer, pianist, and singer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora with Gerson Esteban Lazo Quiroga on bass and backing vocals, and Takafumi Nikaido on percussion. This mixture of cultural spices makes the perfect recipe for a one-of-a-kind musical experience.

Watch MIXCLA perform "MIXCLA":

 
Admission: 
Free

Ryley Walker / Circuit Des Yeux

Tuesday / November 1, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Ryley Walker
Circuit Des Yeux
Ryley Walker
Haley Fohr

Ryley Walker is the reincarnation of the true American guitar player. He lived a mundane life, raised on the banks of the Rock River in northern Illinois, but things started to pick up for him when he moved to Chicago in 2007 and briefly attempted a collegiate lifestyle. After a few years of wasted, finger-bleeding basement shows under the names "Heatdeath" and "Wyoming," Walker firmly established his name locally. Hardship, setbacks, and dilapidated housing only seem to spur Walker in a creative direction. With each of his records, he risks limiting his access to personal disaster by flirting with success. But his short lifetime of practice and discipline has resulted in a masterpiece of an album. 

Haley Fohr’s music strikes a unique balance between the personal and universal. As Circuit des Yeux she creates music that embodies the complexity of human emotions, juxtaposing tenderness and grief, ecstasy and horror, while using sounds as representations of the emotional spectrum that we all experience. Fohr’s striking voice, an impassioned baritone, is the music’s centerpiece and guiding force. On In Plain Speech, Fohr is joined by some of the most progressive musicians in the Chicago music community: Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas), Whitney Johnson (Verma), Rob Frye (Bitchin Bajas), Adam Luksetich (Little Scream), and Kathleen Baird (Spires That in the Sunset Rise). Fohr cements her reputation as a fearless songwriter and inventive arranger with this stirring collection of songs that are both gorgeous and emotionally potent. Extensive touring after Circuit des Yeux’s acclaimed 2013 album Overdue influenced the making of the album in several ways.

Admission: 
$12 in advance / $14 day of show (standing room only)

Max Brandenburg

Thursday / June 2, 2016 / 9:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A classically trained pianist, singer and songwriter combining those three qualities in his original music - a mix of catchy and heartfelt Pop, Jazz and R&B.

Admission: 
Berklee ID required for entry

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