Concert

Lyndsey Jones

Thursday / June 9, 2016 / 12:00 p.m.
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Atlantic Wharf
280 Congress Street
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Lyndsey Jones

Lyndsey Jones, a soul and pop artist from Dallas, Texas, combines intoxicating vocals and a charming stage presence to create an intimate concert experience. Driven by drum and bass grooves, her piano and vocals soar over the top, making for a unique sound immersed in soul. Jones is releasing her first original EP, Paper Planes, early this summer.

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Free

Guitar Sessions: Robben Ford

Tuesday / August 16, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Robben Ford

Guitar virtuoso Robben Ford’s new album, Into the Sun, debuted at no. 2 on the blues charts and shines a bright light on his artful, contemporary songwriting and stunning playing. The five-time Grammy nominee describes the 11 song set as “one of the top recordings I’ve ever done,” and Guitar Player Magazine claims it “explores the breadth of Ford’s sophisticated, visionary writing and playing, creating a new chapter in his brilliant musical history.” Ford has recorded more than 35 albums under his own name and with various bands. There’s also his session and sideman work, which includes hundreds of concert appearances and albums by Miles Davis, George Harrison, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, and Barbara Streisand, among many others. An essential component of Ford’s career is his commitment to teaching and passing on what he's learned over the past 40 years to current and future musicians. His instructional videos and clinics over this time have culminated in a collaboration with TrueFire and the birth of the Robben Ford Guitar Dojo. Ford also continues to tour heavily and teach master classes in the U.S. and worldwide.

Admission: 
$20 in advance / $23 day of show

Berklee Vocal Summit Presents Five O'Clock Shadow

Wednesday / July 6, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Five O'Clock Shadow

Throughout their 24-year history, Five O’Clock Shadow has redefined the possibilities of vocal music by incorporating mouth percussion, real-time digital effect processing, and innovative writing and arranging into its critically acclaimed live performances and recordings. At the group's core, these six vocalists produce rock-solid leads and harmonies while exploring instrumental mimicry and creating unique textures that excite, entertain, and inspire audiences of all ages. Five O’Clock Shadow effectively blurs the lines between traditional a cappella singing and today’s mainstream audio. From the United States to Europe to Asia, audiences have witnessed the revolutionary form of vocal music that is Five O’Clock Shadow. What’s more, these guys love what they do, and their joy is contagious.

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$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Berklee Vocal Summit Presents Marlon Saunders / Shea Rose

Thursday / July 7, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Marlon Saunders / Shea Rose

Marlon Saunders '87 is a former Berklee professor who has just returned from touring with Stevie Wonder on his Songs in the Key of Life tour. Saunders was also the vocal contractor for Sam Smith and Bastille, and has worked with various artists including Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Javier Colon, Billy Joel, and Sting, among many others. He has sung on over 100 radio and television commercials such as Oscar Mayer, Pizza Hut, Bud Lite, Diet Coke, and Swiffer. As a vocal coach, Saunders has worked with artists from all major recording labels as well as Broadway artists currently in The Color Purple, Beautiful, The Lion King, and Book of Mormon. He appears as the calypso singer in the popular Disney film Enchanted, singing the Academy Award–nominated song “That’s How You Know” with Amy Adams; the song also received best song nominations at the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards. Saunders performed “That’s How You Know” live at the 80th annual Academy Awards with Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth. Cofounder of the group Jazzhole, a New York–based band widely regarded as one of the key members of the acid jazz movement, Saunders also cofounded the Afrocentric soul/jazz vocal ensemble Sepia, known throughout the world for their soul-stirring lyrics and beautiful harmonies.

Shea Rose '11 is a singer-songwriter, performing artist, and activist for using music for social change. She explores soul, rock, and hip-hop while empowering her community and defining herself as a tastemaker and curator of music, fashion, and arts culture. Since graduating from Berklee, Rose has been described by former Boston Globe music critic Steve Morse as “that rare artist who can bridge diverse styles such as soul, funk, rock, rap, and jazz, and bring her unique stamp to each." Rose is a featured songwriter and performer on two Grammy-winning jazz albums, The Mosaic Project and Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, both produced by legendary drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and featuring an all-star cast of musicians including Esperanza Spalding, Patrice Rushen, and Herbie Hancock. Rose received a Society of European Stage Authors and Composers National Performance Activity Award for her collaboration on The Mosaic Project. She has shared the stage with Gladys Knight, Macy Gray, Nneka, Alice Smith, and Talib Kweli, among others.

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Guitar Sessions Opening Ceremony and Concert: Happy Hour featuring Jeff Lockhart

Sunday / August 14, 2016 / 3:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join Jeffrey Lockhart and his band for a concert featuring rock, blues, and electric jazz. Lockhart is an Associate Professor at Berklee, and a member of Wally's Tuesday Funk Band. He has performed with Meshell Ndegeocello, Mike Clark, Bill Summers, Sam Kininger Band, and Lettuce, to name a few. He's Recorded wtih Beyoncé and Dido and is the former musical director for Brian McKnight. 

 

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Free

Niya Norwood

Saturday / August 20, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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Fan Pier
1 Marina Park Drive
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Niya Norwood

Niya Norwood is a talented R&B and soul singer stuyding at Berklee College of Music. 

Listen to Norwood perform "The Beyoncé Tribute" with NikKollective:

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Free

Anibal Cruz

Saturday / August 27, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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Fan Pier
1 Marina Park Drive
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Anibal Cruz

Anibal Cruz studies piano at Berklee. He graduated from the Jose White Conservatory in Camaguey, Cuba, and from Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba. He has a strong presence in the Latin music scene around the Boston area, both as a freelance musician and as leader of the Latin jazz band Clave and Blues. Rooted in classical music and Afro-Cuban jazz, his playing style is influenced by his Cuban piano heritage and the sounds of Chucho Valdez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Tony Perez as well as jazz icons like Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock. 

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Free

MIXCLA

Saturday / August 13, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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Fan Pier
1 Marina Park Drive
Boston
MA
United States
02210
MIXCLA

Led by composer, pianist, and singer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora with Gerson Esteban Lazo Quiroga on bass and backing vocals and Takafumi Nikaido on percussion, MIXCLA performs, giving the audience a one-of-a-kind musical experience. 

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Free

Honeysuckle

Saturday / August 6, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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Fan Pier
1 Marina Park Drive
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is a progressive folk trio that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. They can frequently be found playing in the Boston area and in surrounding cities in the Northeast with bands such as Boy and Bear and Grey Season, among many others. Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz make up the trio. They currently have two releases: Live at Rockwood Music Hall and their 2015 EP, Arrows. Honeysuckle was chosen to be a Converse Rubber Tracks artist and played at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. They were also nominated for best folk and best Americana artists of the year at the 2015 Boston Music Awards. Thanks to Club Passim and their Iguana Music Fund grants, Honeysuckle is currently working on a new, full-length album slated for release in spring 2016. 

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Free

a l e a

Saturday / July 30, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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Fan Pier
1 Marina Park Drive
Boston
MA
United States
02210
a l e a

a l e a is the stage name of Maria Alejandra Jimenez '16, a singer-songwriter from Barrancas, La Guajira, Colombia. She grew up surrounded by local indigenous communities and cultural events like the Barranquilla Carnival and other Colombian festivities that have certainly influenced her musical perspective and compositions. a l e a has represented Colombia at events such as the Berklee International Folk Festival 2013; the Rhythm of the Universe's highly anticipated show, Welcome to Earth, at the Boston Out of the Box Festival 2013; and the second Latin America Vive Music Festival. She has been highlighted on Berklee's YouTube channel with her composition, “Navegando Bocabajo.“  

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Free

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