Performance

Caroline Smith / Tavonna Miller

Saturday / March 1, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Caroline Smith

With soaring vocals and catchy melodies Caroline Smith is settling into a sound that merges ’90s R&B and neo-soul with her indie rock and folk roots. As Smith's music takes a step from girl to woman, her new album, Half About Being a Woman, explores self-acceptance and growing into oneself.

Described as having “that voice” by the Boston Weekly Dig newspaper, pop/soul artist Tavonna Miller's vocal ability spans styles including soul, rock, gospel, and opera. Coming from a family of musicians, she learned early on to discover and explore the world of music and craft her own unique sound. Her influences include legends as Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, John Legend, and John Mayer. Now Brooklyn-based, the Berklee College of Music graduate performs throughout Massachusetts, New York,  and Philadelphia, either self-accompanied on piano or backed by some of the best local female musicians.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Tales of Olde / Leo Leo / Koestner

Friday / February 21, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Tales of Olde

Tales of Olde released its first single, “This Place,” in October and is currently working on a debut EP to release in 2014. This Boston-based indie folk/rock band was founded on the notion that our shared stories are what bind us to each other and to the world around us. At the center of the band’s songs is an insistence that, even in the midst of heartbreak and sorrow, a great, ancient hope is alive and well among us, drawing us together to sing, celebrate, and love.

Watch a music video for Tales of Olde's "This Place" here:

 

Admission: 
$10

Art Decade / AERS / These Wild Plains

Tuesday / February 18, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

From the state that gave us the Pixies and Sonic Youth comes another alternative rock gem, Art Decade. An experimental hard rock band with progressive and classical influences, Art Decade has an expressive, distinct musical style. Drawing inspiration from the likes of the Mars Volta, Muse, and Radiohead, Art Decade is rising fast in the vibrant Boston music scene. 

Watch Art Decade's music video for "Numberless Dreams" here:

AERS collaborators Tasha and Zack explore alternative/ambient/electronic music with the goal of straddling genres while continuing to respect the sound of American folk music. The result is a warm sound that is hypnotic and cathartic, which pairs nicely with the duo’s poetic lyrics that provoke the listener to ask questions.

Watch AERS' music video for "With a Light" here:

The members of These Wild Plains were raised on The Band and Neil Young. The band was named one of Esquire’s “15 Bands To Watch” in 2014.

Watch These Wild Plains perform "Waves" in this video:

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Meklit

Saturday / March 22, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Meklit

Meklit Hadero, known simply as Meklit, erupted to national notice with the 2010 release of On a Day Like This… on Porto Franco Records. Hailed by Filter magazine for “[combining] New York jazz with West Coast folk and African flourishes, all bound together by Hadero’s beguiling voice,” her full-length debut garnered praise from NPR and National Geographic, among others. The album announced the arrival, as the San Francisco Chronicle put it, of “an artistic giant in the early stages.”

Meklit will release her second album, We Are Alive, in March.

Watch a music video for Meklit's "Soleil Soleil" here:

Admission: 
$15 in advance, $17 day of show

Singing Our Hearts Out: Love Songs

Sunday / February 9, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

TruVoice Studios NYC presents Singing Our Hearts Out, a music therapy benefit concert featuring love songs for Valentine's Day.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Kneebody

Saturday / April 5, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

By combining sophisticated compositions and virtuosic improvisation, the Grammy-nominated group Kneebody has created a diverse, loyal fan base in the United States and Europe. Founded in 2001, Kneebody has built upon an impressive array of individual resumes and conservatory training to create a truly singular voice within the instrumental world.

Kneebody is currently touring in support of its fourth studio album, The Line, on the Concord Records label.

"Cohesion is the truest constant in the music of Kneebody, a band that inhabits the borderland abutted by post-bop, indie-rock and hip-hop, without seeming to give much thought to the borders.” -New York Times, 2010

Watch a video of Kneebody performing "Cha Cha" live:

Admission: 
$15, general admission

Tyler Hilton / Russell Howard / Heidi Merrill

Monday / April 14, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Tyler Hilton

Tyler Hilton is best known for his role as Chris Keller in the CW hit show One Tree Hill, and for playing Elvis Presley in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. In both notable roles he plays a musician, which is indicative of his real-life musical talent.

No longer with his former record label, Hilton is excited to be introducing the world to his new music—on his own terms. His most recent album, Forget the Storm, is his first full-length release in more than eight years. It unleashes a new side of the artist while combining multiple genres. Today, Hilton is happy to be on the scene as an independent artist, touring the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and working on new film and television projects (including the 2013 hit holiday film Christmas on the Bayou).

Watch Tyler Hilton perform "Prince of Nothing Charming" live in this video:

 

Russell Howard writes songs about the rewards and struggles of self-discovery. Irresistibly shimmering with awe, melancholy, and steely optimism, Howards’s music feels at times both intimate and expansive. Having shared the stage with such diverse and respected artists as the Lumineers, Sister Hazel, Teddy Geiger, Greg Laswell, Joe Firstman, Tyler Hilton, and Griffin House, Howard has toured extensively, spreading his proprietary blend of folk, indie, and pop across the U.S. His 2012 crowdfunded EP City Heart received such a positive reception that in 2013 it was expanded and re-released via Rock Ridge Music as City Heart +.  

Watch "Russell's Morning" here:

 

Heidi Merrill's influences include Sinead O’Connor, Evanescence, Leona Lewis, Robin, Sarah McLachlan, and Lifehouse, all of whom she calls a great inspiration to her. Merrill is also moved by the bare rock sound of Kings of Leon, Joss Stone’s sassy riffs, and the pure, heartfelt lyrics by bands that “take the heart and squeeze.” Her vocal sound has kind of a smoky sound that blends silky pop with a rock edge. The Way I Feel was her first recorded EP and, she says, "I’m so proud of the way it turned out." This collection was written and produced by Shane Koss and John Hogg, who are in a rock-inspired band called Kassini.

Check out Heidi Merrill's "Faded" here:

Admission: 
$12 in advance, $15 day of show, $59.99 VIP experience, general admission. *VIP experience includes admission to the show, Tyler Hilton CD, Tyler Hilton poster, and access to a pre-show acoustic hang with Tyler Hilton during soundcheck.

Daniel Assis: Lampião Brazilian Trio

Friday / January 31, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Bassist Daniel Assis and Lampião Trio will perform Brazilian music ranging from samba and choro to baião. Music by composers such as Pixinguinha, Hermeto Pascoal, and Edu Lobo will be performed. Lampião consists of Hayoung Lyou on piano, Daniel Assis on bass, and Raphael Pannier on drums.

Admission: 
Free

Julian Jimenez Quartet

Friday / January 31, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Guitarist Julian Jimenez and his quartet present an afternoon of original compositions.

Admission: 
Free

The Anthony Fung Quintet Recital

Friday / January 31, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

The Anthony Fung Quintet presents a recital of original compositions before going into the studio to record its first CD.

Admission: 
Free

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