Concert

John Fullbright / Madi Wolf

Wednesday / May 16, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
John Fullbright

Firmly rooted in a variety of musical styles, John Fullbright draws on what has come before but without imitation. Forget labels—he is not folk, not Americana, and not pop, but possibly the best definition of them all. With the release of From the Ground Up, Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fullbright is certain to join any conversation about the best new artists in music today.

Madi Wolf has become one of the fastest-rising young singers in the Virginia area. Wolf generates energy and excitement everywhere she performs. This dynamic singer is a very talented musician and vocalist with a playlist that entertains every generation.

Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$10 General Public

Ryan's Smashing Life Presents: Runaway Dorothy / Gus + Scout / Beautiful Small Machines

Friday / May 18, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Springing from the creative mind of music blogger Ryan Spaulding (founder and editor of the acclaimed Ryan's Smashing Life and brought to life on the stage of the Red Room at Cafe 939, this very special evening offers Boston audiences three talented acts on the rise. This night offers elements of singer-songwriter folk, Americana, Southern rock, blues, country, and pop.

It took a journey of 500 miles to unite the members of Runaway Dorothy. All hailing from the South, Dave, Brett, Evan, and Sammy did not come together as Runaway Dorothy until mutual friends and good fortune brought the foursome together in New York City’s outer borough of Brooklyn. It wasn’t until Runaway Dorothy's Dave Parnell met North Carolina’s own Ryan Adams of Whiskeytown by chance, that he garnered the confidence to pursue his own music. The band has stirrings of Americana, Southern rock, and country in its veins. Coming off an epic 12-show run this year at SXSW, including a spot on Ryan's showcase with Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz, Runaway Dorothy is set to release its sophomore album, The Wait, in June. 

Bluesy rock outfit Gus + Scout formed and began making its guitar-driven roots music about a year ago while attending Brown University. Members Gus Wenner and Scout Willis have known each other since childhood, when they were neighbors growing up in Idaho.

Also featuring performances by Beautiful Small Machines.

This show will steam live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of

Amelia Ali

Friday / July 27, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
South Shore Conservatory
1 Conservatory Drive
Hingham
MA
United States
02043
Amelia Ali

Amelia Sophia Ali has a multicultural heritage with ancestry in Trinidad, Tobago, Syria, and India. A multi-lingual singer-songwriter, her voice and her songs translate the impassioned state of a true artist of the ages.

The early life of this young songstress has lead her around the world, touring in Hong Kong, Beijing, France, London, Brazil, and Ireland before the age of 21. In the summer of 2007, Amelia graduated from Pace University, and simultaneously landed the opening act for the hip hop mogul Ludacris' bicentennial performance in Pleasantville. For some, sharing the stage with Ludacris would represent their career height, for Ali, this was a mere stepping stone.

She moves quietly and confidently through her career at Berklee, now delving deeply into composition and arrangement, intending to graduate in 2013 with worldly and diverse plans as a musical artist, activist, community organizer, and entrepreneur. 

In January 2012, future congresswoman Karla Romero contracted Ali as the musical director for the Karla Romero for U.S Congress campaign. This excellent feat has allowed Amelia, a student activist and humanitarian in her own right, to truly flex her intellect and deep involvement in political and sociocultural climates of the world. Using her original compositions, she has captured the essence of this campaign and the spirit of unity.

Ali's original work and cover music is intended to send a message to the warring nations of the world, to the suffering civilians that hope is alive and peace is upon us for those who believe in it. This young freedom fighter writes and sings to inspire unity and action against common threat; whether it is disaster relief, warfare, poverty or violence. Amelia's Sophia Ali music as she describes is only the vessel for more to come. 

 

Admission: 
$10

Mike Hubbard

Tuesday / May 8, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Boston
MA
United States
02114

Mike Hubbard is a singer-songwriter from Reading, Pennsylvania and a recent graduate of Berklee with a degree in songwriting. He has just released his much-anticipated EP featuring six of his most highly praised songs. He is also a current member of the renowned professional a cappella group the Hyannis Sound.

Hubbard's playing experience ranges from large venues like the Berklee Performance Center to much more intimate spaces like the Red Room at Cafe 939, the Middle East Upstairs, private parties, and churches all over Cape Cod. Although pop-rock music is his passion, Hubbard was a winner of Berklee's Curtain Up musical theater writing contest for his song "Unforgettable Night," cowritten by Nicky Roode. His versatile playing style on multiple instruments and personal, emotionally charged lyrics have garnered praise from Berklee professors and students alike. Hubbard will be performing with his band throughout the next year to promote his new record.

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Admission: 
Free

A Tribute to Mike Bloomfield Featuring Al Kooper and Jimmy Vivino

Thursday / May 31, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Al Kooper and Jimmy Vivino

American music impresario and blues legend Al Kooper joins forces with guitarist Jimmy Vivino, the leader of Conan O'Brien's house band, to pay tribute to the iconic blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield, known for his work with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kooper, and so much more.

A legendary keyboardist, songwriter, and producer, Al Kooper appeared on Bob Dylan's classic albums Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde, and he produced New Morning for Dylan. He also toured as a member of Dylan's band. He was a member of the influential group the Blues Project from 1965 to 1967, and he formed Blood, Sweat, and Tears in 1967, remaining with the group for its debut album Child is Father to the Man. Kooper was also the principal songwriter for both bands. As if all of that weren't enough, he also appeared on and produced 1968's platinum-selling Super Session album with guitarist Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills. His association and friendship with Bloomfield lasted until the guitarist's untimely death in 1981, spawning the highly regarded album Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper.

In addition to his legendary work in the 1960s, Kooper has recorded and released over 10 solo albums over the last 40 years, including his latest release, White Chocolate. He has played as a sideman on albums by George Harrison, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, the Who, Cream, and many more. He also discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd and produced the band's first three albums, which include the iconic tracks "Sweet Home Alabama," "Free Bird," and "Saturday Night Special." Over 50 years into his professional career, he continues performing across the world with numerous groups, including the Rekooperators, with which he has performed numerous Bloomfield tributes.

Jimmmy Vivino has enjoyed a high-profile gig in recent years as the leader of Conan O'Brien's house band, but the guitarist, keyboardist, singer, and songwriter has been making great music as a sideman for a long time. First inspired to learn organ after hearing Al Kooper in Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Vivino soon picked up the guitar as well and developed a particular affinity for the music of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, with guitarist Michael Bloomfield. 

In addition to working with musicians like Phoebe Snow, Felix Cavaliere, Dion, Steve Holly, Laura Nyro, and Chuck Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson, Vivino soon began backing Kooper at his New York performances, recording with him on albums like Rekooperation and Soul of a Man and becoming a regular member of the Rekooperators. In the late '90s, he finally got the chance to record his own album, Do What Now?, and fittingly produced by Kooper. When he's not on tap for O'Brien's show, he remains a staple of the New York blues scene.

Admission: 
$16, $21, reserved seating

Sergio Martinez Collective

Saturday / May 12, 2012 / 10:00 a.m.
Back Bay Fens
Back Bay Fens
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Sergio Martinez

Sergio Martinez was born in Madrid, Spain, he grew up in a very musical family and started playing percussion at age 15, studied with Paco de Lucia's percussionist Rubem Dantas, and afrolatin percussion with Rogerio da Souza and Luisito Dulzaides. Soon after, he added courses in Hindu percussion with Ramesh Sotham and studied percussion and drumset in el Taller de Musicos becoming part of the Latin Jazz Big Band conducted by Cuban guitarist Kotan. He soon developed an interest in Flamenco music and started his professional career at age 19 accompanying top Flamenco artist touring and playing in some of the most important theatres: Paris Opera, Sydney Opera House, or Teatro de Real Madrid to name a few.

Combining a flamenco music dedication with learning other styles of music and its rhythms and percussions, Martinez started becoming a very versatile percussionist who developed his voice as a sideman for many bands, as a studio recording musician and also as a leader.

During this process Martinez has recorded for artists such as Enrique Morente, Jose Merce, Diego el CIgala, Jorge Pardo among many others; accompanying some of the most important dancers like Joaquin Cortes, Antonio Canales, or Rocio Molina in flamenco; participating in some of the most important flamenco, jazz, and world music festivals; and touring all around the world in places like Montreal Jazz, Monterey Jazz, Panama Jazz, and Womad in Adelaide.

He decided to audition for and won a scholarship to Berklee and in September 2010, he began studies with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, whose artistic director is the celebrated Panamanian jazz pianist and composer Danilo Perez.

Martinez's knowledge in flamenco tradition has taken him to record for singers like Paul Simon, and has played and recorded with some important jazz musicians like Dave Liebman, Jeff Ballard, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Terri Lyne Carrinton, and Jamey Haddad.

Admission: 
Free

Storytellers Unplugged

Thursday / November 15, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The 16th annual presentation of Berklee's Storytellers Concert, presented for the first time in an unplugged format.

Admission: 

Byron Manchest

Wednesday / August 29, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Byron Manchest

While
 born 
and 
raised
 in
 South 
Africa, 
Byron
 Manchest 
has 
made 
his
 current
home
 Boston. 
Growing 
up
 in 
Cape
 Town, 
Manchest
 was 
heavily
 influenced 
by 
the 
surrounding 
hype
 of 
soccer 
and 
rugby. 
After 
years 
of
 being 
a 
great
 asset
 to 
the 
national 
rugby 
team,
 he reconnected
 with
 his 
first 
love, 
music. 

Manchest's impressive 
melodies 
and 
harmonies 
were
 founded
 at 
the 
Drakensberg 
Boys'
 Choir 
School, 
where 
he 
trained 
under
 the 
top 
classical 
vocalists 
in 
the 
country. As 
he 
was attending
 school
 four
 hours 
away 
from
 his 
family, 
he
found 
himself 
filling 
his 
free 
time
 listening 
to 
who 
now 
are
 some 
of 
his 
favorite 
artists 
such
 as 
Marvin
 Gaye.
 During 
this 
time,
 he 
made
 it 
his 
mission 
to 
accompany 
his
 original 
tunes
 as 
his 
idol 
Stevie 
Wonder 
had
 done. 
Moving 
forward,
 Manchest 
wrote 
lyrics 
and 
melodies which 
reminded 
him
 of 
family
 and 
the 
hardships 
of 
his 
hometown.

At 
17, he 
flew 
himself 
to 
Boston
 for 
one 
of 
the
 biggest 
auditions 
of 
his 
life,
 now
 resulting
 in
 his
 attendance 
at 
Berklee
. Manchest is 
working 
with 
some 
of
 the 
top
 professors, 
producers, 
and 
talent 
managers 
to 
become
 the
 artist
 he 
has 
always 
dreamed 
to 
be 
and 
is
looking 
forward 
to 
sharing 
his
 music
 with 
anyone 
willing 
to 
listen. 
He 
looks 
forward
 to
 the 
future 
and
 his 
upcoming
 career.

Admission: 
Free

Crosswalk Kings

Friday / August 17, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
Milk Street and Atlantic Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02110
Crosswalk Kings

The Crosswalk Kings are a four-piece pop-rock band from Boston. They have been playing together since the fall of 2010 when they formed the band at Berklee. They have played out in Boston and Cambridge as well as recorded at Emerson Radio Station. The Crosswalk Kings have also been interviewed on Emerson's oldest radio station, WECB's "The Man Cave," and provided music for Nicker News' "Call a Friend" public service announcement. The band is looking forward to playing more shows in Boston and beyond.

Band Members include: Seneca Block (guitar, vocals); Jon Simmons (keyboard); Justin Rodzen (bass, guitar); and Roger Marks (drums).

Admission: 
Free

Kina Zore

Sunday / August 12, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Allerton Overlook
Allerton St. and Pond Ave
Brookline
MA
United States
02447
Kina Zore

Recently featured on the BBC, and in the Christian Science Monitor, Kina Zoré is one of the hottest Afro-pop bands in Boston. Founded by Helder Tsinine, of Mozambique, the group delivers powerful African dance grooves at every show. This collective of Berklee (and NEC) graduates is also focused on social issues, preaching the importance of compassion, and action on behalf of those suffering from poverty, homelessness, and AIDS. Despite tackling such serious topics, Tsinine's music has an undeniably positive tone to it, proving that music made to move the world forward can still move people on the dance floor.

For more informatino, visit Kina Zoré online at KinaZore.com and facebook.com/KinaZore.

Admission: 
Free

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