Concert

B.B. King: Why I Sing the Blues—An Original Musical

Sunday / May 1, 2011 / 3:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee students write and produce an original musical each year honoring an icon of American music. This year's musical tells the story of the life and work of B.B. King. Called by Rolling Stone the third-greatest guitarist of all time, King's distinctive and soulful sound has moved and comforted audiences of all ages and nationalities for over 50 years. Come watch as Berklee students bring to life their own original telling of his story. Please note that B.B. King will not be performing or in attendance for this event.

Can't make it to the show? Berklee is teaming with Concert Window to broadcast live streams of this and other Berklee shows. Concert Window is dedicated to presenting live music on the web, and is building a network of venues, including the Berklee Performance Center and the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more and watch the show at concertwindow.com/berklee.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

B.B. King: Why I Sing the Blues—An Original Musical

Saturday / April 30, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee students write and produce an original musical each year honoring an icon of American music. This year's musical tells the story of the life and work of B.B. King. Called by Rolling Stone the third-greatest guitarist of all time, King's distinctive and soulful sound has moved and comforted audiences of all ages and nationalities for over 50 years. Come watch as Berklee students bring to life their own original telling of his story. Please note that B.B. King will not be performing or in attendance for this event.

Can't make it to the show? Berklee is teaming with Concert Window to broadcast live streams of this and other Berklee shows. Concert Window is dedicated to presenting live music on the web, and is building a network of venues, including the Berklee Performance Center and the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more and watch the show at concertwindow.com/berklee.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Hotels and Highways / Jamie Drake

Friday / April 15, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hotels and Highways

Before forming Hotels and Highways, Lisa Piccirillo, Erin Sidney (a.k.a. Syd), and Patrick Thomas were already experienced artists with self-released albums and a thick portfolio of singer-songwriter accolades. Each has performed showcases at prestigious music festivals, opened for national acts, maintained rigorous touring schedules, and received plenty of quotable love from the press. In the fall of 2010 they came together as a band in a lakeside cabin to record what would become Lost River, a folk-tinged meditation on the deeper meaning of living and a love letter to the spirit of collaboration.

Also appearing: Jamie Drake.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

American Roots Music Roadshow

Wednesday / April 13, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join the amazingly talented young student performers (and ancient faculty!) of Berklee's American Roots Music Program as they delve into blues, old-time, Cajun, bluegrass, and western swing.

Admission: 

Ensemble Showcase: Funk, Soul

Monday / April 25, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Kenwood Dennard and Lennie Stallworth. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including funk and soul.

1:30 p.m. Kenwood Dennard: Music of James Brown

4:30 p.m. Lennie Stallworth: Funk and Soul Review

6:30 p.m. Lennie Stallworth: Music of P-Funk

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change, without notice.

Admission: 
Free

Ensemble Showcase: Middle Eastern Fusion, Salsa, Jazz

Friday / April 22, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Christiane Karam, Bernardo Hernandez, and Winston Maccow. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including Middle Eastern fusion, salsa, and jazz.

1:30 p.m. Christiane Karam: Middle Eastern Fusion

4:30 p.m. Bernardo Hernandez: Salsa

6:30 p.m. Winston Maccow: Music of Pat Metheny

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change, without notice.

Admission: 
Free

Jen Satrsinic

Thursday / April 21, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jen Starsinic is an emerging, young singer-songwriter hailing from Pennsylvania. Informed largely by her background as an old-time fiddler and singer, her songs are built like wooden cabins containing crooked melodies and unspoken memories. With a voice described as "beautifully human" and fiddle playing said to be "driving, charismatic, and elegantly focused," she isn't afraid to follow her intimate, yet grounded original songs with raging fiddle tunes from a bygone era. She is joined by Coloradan cellist Eric Law, whose soulful and wild cello playing will simultaneously make you weep and melt your face, and by banjoist Lukas Pool, whose Arkansas-grown charm is a perfect match for his heartbreakingly beautiful and innovative clawhammer banjo playing.

Admission: 
Free

Ensemble Showcase: Radiohead, Metal

Wednesday / April 20, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty member Robert Schlink. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including rock and metal.

1:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Music of Radiohead

4:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Metal Fest

6:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Metal Fest

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.

Admission: 
Free

Ensemble Showcase: Rock, Country, Funk

Tuesday / April 19, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Kudisan Kai, Mike Ihde, and Ken Zambello. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including funk, rock, and country.

1:30 p.m. Kudisan Kai: Women in Rock

4:30 p.m. Mike Ihde: Country Music

6:30 p.m. Ken Zambello: Music of Tower of Power

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.

Admission: 
Free

Daniel Harper / Tumbleweed Company / Natural Forces

Wednesday / April 13, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Daniel Harper hails from Greenville, South Carolina, where he first developed his singer-songwriting skills into his own brand of folk/western meets R&B/soul. The Nashville-bound vocalist and guitar picker picked up his bluesy-soulful sound from a southern upbringing in New Orleans and the Carolinas. Joining him and his band will be Oak Park, California native Devon Clarke Geyer, along with some other very special guests. Also appearing are Tumbleweed Company and Natural Forces.

Daniel Harper's engaging stage presence frequently draws comparisons to legends from Elvis Presley to Bruce Springsteen. Harper also possesses a keen sense for story-telling, reminiscent of Tom Waits or Bob Dylan.

A new sound is nothing without an old soul. Keeping this in mind, Tumbleweed Company strives to craft each song with equal parts care and exploration. Musical alchemists, the six-piece group brings listeners a sound that combines the comfort of the South with the adventure of the West, all while maintaining the member's Northeastern roots of passion and academia (planted at Berklee). Mixing folk and blues, Tumbleweed Company rocks and rolls. Four-part harmonies ring over an orchestra of unique instruments, allowing a range of emotion that lends itself perfectly to musical storytelling. A cacophony of soulful sounds that is sure to inspire, the music of Tumbleweed Company will continue to echo.

Natural Forces is a rock duo made up of two musicians who grew up on opposite sides of the United States. Catchy hooks, thoughtful lyrics, and hard-hitting grooves are the elements that make up the band's sound. Natural Forces are constantly in the studio and they are starting to share their raw and organic music with live audiences.

Admission: 
Free

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