Berklee concludes its fifth season of Executive Sessions, a concert series showcase bands whose members include Boston-area CEOs and corporate executives, with a battle of the bands featuring varying takes on classic rock from House Red, the Loomers, and SIX.
House Red is an eclectic band that combines classic jazz and rock ranging from the classic to the contemporary. The band features Marc Caruso on guitar and vocals, Dean Goodermote on bass and vocals, John Rule on drums, and George Skelly on guitar and vocals. This House Red performance will showcase guest artists from the Berklee student and staff community. The band members support themselves with other gigs; Caruso is vice president of enterprise services at Data Intensity, Goodermote is CEO of Double-Take Software, Rule is director of fuel cell development at Lilliputian Systems, and Skelly is a partner at Nixon Peabody.
The Loomers have twice been finalists in Fortune's Corporate Battle of the Bands, and they have also performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Loomers, whose album, Tomorrow Today, is available on iTunes, includes Tom Simons (guitar), CEO of the marketing communications firm PARTNERS+simons, on guitar, Jon Svetkey (acoustic guitar, harmonica, lead vocals); Everett Pendleton (electric guitar, harmony vocals); PARTNERS+simons controller Jack Cavalier (bass guitar, background vocals), and Michael Cahill (drums, background vocals), who owns CK Environmental. Simons has just finished recording the band’s brand new songs.
Playing “classic rock that doesn’t get old, even if we do,” SIX covers songs by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and other popular groups. The members of SIX (this time) include: Walter Ogier, president and CEO of Acetylon Pharmaceuticals, on lead guitar and vocals; John Swartz, lead systems engineer for MITRE Corporation, on bass and vocals; Bruce Lauterwasser, senior manager at Raytheon Corporation, on rhythm guitar and vocals; Scott Gilmour, senior vice president of a large Boston financial services company, on drums and vocals; Stephen Cole, advisory software engineer for IBM Lotus, on harmonica, percussion and vocals; and John Garrison, assistant vice president and managing director at John Hancock Financial Services, on keyboard.
The evening’s panel of judges is headed by Berklee professor Jeff Dorenfeld, the ex-manager of the band Boston, Ozzy Osbourne, and Sammy Hagar. The prize package includes a recording session at Berklee’s brand new studios at 160 Massachusetts Avenue with a Grammy-winning producer, the opportunity to perform at Berklee’s Encore Gala, Berklee Concert Club membership for one year, private lessons with award-winning Berklee faculty, a selection of Berklee Online classes, and more.