Concert

Wearin' of the Green

Monday / March 21, 2011 / 11:00 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

KidsJam is a free early childhood (3-5 years) music education program provided to the community. During these workshops, Berklee music education students, led by faculty members Libby Allison and Charlene Ryan, will practice their teaching skills with children in this fun and interactive setting.

The program is intended to introduce young children to a variety of musical activities essential to a well-rounded music education. These include singing and sound exploration; moving; playing rhythm instruments; and creating, listening, and responding to music, as well as learning about a variety of musical concepts and instruments.

Sessions are limited to 20 children. Email kidsjam@berklee.edu for registration and program information.

Admission: 

Songs of Spring

Monday / March 28, 2011 / 11:00 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

KidsJam is a free early childhood (3-5 years) music education program provided to the community. During these workshops, Berklee music education students, led by faculty members Libby Allison and Charlene Ryan, will practice their teaching skills with children in this fun and interactive setting.

The program is intended to introduce young children to a variety of musical activities essential to a well-rounded music education. These include singing and sound exploration; moving; playing rhythm instruments; and creating, listening, and responding to music, as well as learning about a variety of musical concepts and instruments.

Sessions are limited to 20 children. Email kidsjam@berklee.edu for registration and program information.

Admission: 

The Blood Mountain Brothers Featuring Roger Brown

Saturday / March 26, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Executive Sessions

Unbutton the white collar for Executive Sessions—an innovative concert series showcasing bands whose members include Boston-area CEOs and corporate executives returns for its fourth season. Learn more about the series.

All proceeds from the series directly support the Executive Sessions scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has outstanding musical merit, entrepreneurial promise, and demonstrated financial need. This season, we are adding 24-track recording and live web broadcast for all of our shows!

Since the series began in 2008, the stage of Cafe 939 has hosted presidents and CEOs of international corporations, an NBA club-owner, venture capitalists, investment bankers, software and biotech engineers, heart surgeons, jet pilots, pharmaceutical scientists, Emmy Award-winners, executive producers, philanthropists, board of trustees members. . . . With top student singer/songwriters opening for the bands, the diverse audience is in for a special treat! The series is booked and produced by Berklee's Mirek Vana and Tom Simons, president and creative director of communications firm PARTNERS+simons. 

The Blood Mountain Brothers make their return to Cafe 939 with another set of their rootsy Americana music-this year with a bit more Southern rock and country in the mix. The band takes its inspiration from Patsy Cline, Levon Helm, Bill Withers, Hank Williams, and the Allman Brothers, and will feature a four-piece horn section as well as guest artists on mandolin and banjo. The band is Richard Curzi on piano and vocals; Mark Caddell on bass and vocals; Jim Wooster, guitar and vocals; Paul Judge, guitar and vocals; and Roger Brown on drums. 

Get your tickets early—all these shows sold out last season in record time. For tickets or more information, call 617 923-8487. For Executive Sessions booking, call 617 747-2941.

 

Admission: 
$10; free for Berklee students with ID

Fresh Prospects: Mia Verdoorn / Dorian J Allen

Friday / April 1, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fresh Prospects

The Red Room at Cafe 939 in association with James Joseph Salon presents Fresh Prospects, a showcase of the best emerging Berklee artists reworking their favorite songs into intimate acoustic performances. This month's show features Mia Verdoorn and Dorian J Allen.

Admission: 
Free

Allison Weiss / The Winter Sounds / Tiff Jimber

Tuesday / March 22, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Allison Weiss

Allison Weiss (Brooklyn) is an energetic 23-year-old with an electric guitar, a lot of feelings, and an avid online following. With her quirky charm and sharp pop sensibilities, Weiss makes losing a little more fun. "I'm all about catchy, upbeat, feel-good music, but the one thing I seem to always write about is heartbreak," she recently told Billboard.com, "I say [my songs] sound like your saddest memories sung to the tune of your happiest." Now performing with a full band, her live shows are louder and faster than ever, showcasing her unique brand of punk/folk–infused power pop and knack for keeping the audience wanting more.

After relentless United States touring in 2008, the Winter Sounds followed Porcelain Empire with the thematic album Church of the Haunted South released on Nashville label Theory 8 Records in 2009. Reflecting the contentious and pervasive shadow cast by the culture and history of the South, Church is a mature departure from the raw aesthetic of their first record. Insomnia Radio proclaimed Church "an intricate masterpiece, piecing together individually beautiful and unique tracks to create a warming, powerful album full of contrast and intrigue."

This is not your average piano girl. Singer-songwriter Tiff Jimber holds nothing back when she plays, smashing out rhythms and dancing on her toes. Consistently compared to Sara Bareilles and Ben Folds, this lady showcases her diverse jazz and classical training in catchy pop songs conjured up by her influences, Billy Joel, John Mayer, Nina Simone, and Adele.

 

Admission: 
$8

Professional Writing Division Awards Concert

Wednesday / April 6, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Professional Writing Division's annual concert features performances by some of our best students. Every year, each department in the division picks one student to appear in this concert. Ensembles range from orchestra to big band to rock bands and classical chamber groups—a celebration of talent and diversity.

Can't make it to this concert? 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 . . . 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Percussion Days: Percussion Unlimited

Friday / April 1, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Percussion Ensemble and the Berklee Beginning Percussion Ensemble will perform various works by contemporary percussion arrangers and composers such as Michael Burritt, Béla Fleck, and John Cage.

Admission: 

Brian Dunne / Evan Watson and the Headless Horsemen / Ken Yates

Thursday / March 10, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Brian Dunne

Brian Dunne is a pop/rock singer-songwriter from the small town of Monroe, New York. A music lover from the tender age of 2, he has always had an ear and talent for music. Since 6, he has been playing the guitar and writing songs. Now a mature musician, he has released an EP and toured the greater New England area for several years. Dunne is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music.

Evan Watson writes accessible songs that flirt with pop melodies but are also saturated in country and blues. His New York City based quintet, dubbed the Headless Horsemen, has been featured at Bonnaroo, the 2009 Non-COMMvention, 10KLF, the 2009 Pleasantville Music Festival, Cranmore Summer Series, and WTMD Baltimore Thursday Concert Series. Watson performed at the Red Room this past February opening for David Mayfield and Frontier Ruckus. With cited influences like the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, and Buddy Guy, Watson’s live performance is saturated with soul, roots, and honesty.

Born and raised in London, Ontario, Ken Yates holds true to his roots as a Canadian singer-songwriter by following the influence of such folk stars as Neil Young. Self-described first and foremost as a guitar player, Yates reaches out to his fans by crafting rhythmic guitar arrangements blended seamlessly with melodies that transport his listeners into the world of his lyrics. His unique sound has been compared to that of Sufjan Stevens, James Taylor, and John Mayer—and rightfully so. He has recently finished his first EP.

Admission: 
$8

Percussion Days: Faculty Tribute to Sa Davis

Thursday / March 31, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert is a tribute to percussionist Sa Davis, a member of Berklee's percussion faculty since 1992 and an innovator of hand-drumming technique who passed away on August 25, 2010 at the age of 56. 

Known for incorporating percussion styles from around the world into a range of more well-known genres, Davis performed with a host of music greats, including Billy Cobham, Tom Scott, Grover Washington Jr., Freddie Hubbard, and Lalah Hathaway. 

This concert will celebrate this diverse and rich scope of musical styles, as well as Davis's personal influences within the lives of his colleagues at Berklee and throughout the Boston community at large. Featured artists will include Dean Anderson, Leonard Brown, Eugie Castrillo, Armstead Christian, Kenwood Dennard, Ernesto Diaz, Tim Engles, Joe Galeota, Yoron Israel, Bill Lowe, Bill Pierce, Syd Smart, and others.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Spring Winds, Piano, and Flutes

Wednesday / March 30, 2011 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Spring Winds, Piano, and Flutes will feature the Berklee Spring Winds and Piano Ensemble as well as the Berklee Flute Choir with rhythm section, led by faculty member Wendy Rolfe, performing lively and lyrical music from Brazilian to Baroque to contemporary. The concert features premieres of original compositions by students Ji Lee, Zachary Lucia, and Jonathan Ong, and arrangements of captivating Latin flute music by students Daniel Lima Pantoja and Juan Rosales.

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