Concert

Kay Hanley / Ryan Schmidt

Wednesday / August 1, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Kay Hanley

Hanley was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. She grew up diagonally across the street from Donnie and Mark Wahlberg. She was a member of Letters To Cleo from 1990 to 2000 (the length of the band's existence, with the exception of the 2008-2009 reunion tour). The band name was conceived by Hanley in reference to a pen pal named Cleo that she had when she was younger. In 1997, she began working on other projects, beginning with a role in the Boston Rock Opera's performance of Jesus Christ Superstar as Mary Magdalene.

In 1999, Hanley made a cameo as herself in the film 10 Things I Hate About You, singing a cover version of Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind" at the movie characters' high school prom, in addition to performing "Come On" with Letters to Cleo during an earlier scene at a club. Towards the end of Letters to Cleo's career, she began performing with her husband and fellow Letters To Cleo member Michael Eisenstein outside of the band. Around the same time, she gave birth to their daughter, Zoe.

Upon the split of Letters to Cleo, Hanley embarked upon a solo career. She performed music for the Kids WB cartoon series, Generation O! along with the rest of Letters to Cleo and provided the singing voice for Rachael Leigh Cook's character Josie in the movie Josie and the Pussycats. In 2002, she released her first solo album, Cherry Marmalade. That same year, she appeared on the Dropkick Murphys/Face to Face split CD, providing guest vocals on the original version of the Dropkick Murphys song "The Dirty Glass". Ten years on and she's now back to rock it by herself again.

With a healthy respect for the folk-inspired work of such predecessors as Bob Dylan and Nick Drake, as well as inspiration from more contemporary artists like Clem Snide and the Shins, Ryan Schmidt has a defined vision of where he is taking his music. His full-length debut, Black Sheep, Run (2010), a hook-laden gem, has received local acclaim and for the first time the singer-songwriter has toured outside of New England, including appearing at the 2011 South By Southwest Music Festival.

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of show

Kasey Anderson and the Honkies / The Wandas / The Rationales

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

Kasey Anderson, opener for the Counting Crows, draws the latest chapter of his journey with his new album, Let the Bloody Moon Rise

Known for being "equally at home with introspective ballads as he is with political dirges," Anderson inhabits the foggy regions of the soul. Let the Bloody Moon Rise was written as a conversation between lovers—two people who have survived something. Many different sounds come together on the album to reflect the ever-broadening consciousness of the songwriter behind them.

Also featuring: The Wandas and the Rationales.

Admission: 
$12 advance, $15 day of show

Vernon James: A Bari Good Time

Monday / August 13, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Baritone saxophonist Vernon James will be performing a mix of jazz standards, arrangements, and one of his originals.

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Five-Week Performing Songwriter Show

Wednesday / August 1, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

Five-Week students make it through a series of auditions with their original songs (all styles) to make it to the BPC stage with an all-star Berklee house band.

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

 

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The Best of Berklee: Cosmodrome / The Dan Searl Group / Evolfo Doofeht

Friday / July 20, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Cosmodrome is a four-piece band whose style is a forward-thinking and eclectic blend of soul, funk, and hip-hop. The enchanting lead vocals of Madison McFerrin intertwine and lock with guitar, bass, and drums to create a sound and live show that is captivating and always groove heavy.

Admission: 
Free

The Don Lappin Group / Scott Tarulli Group

Thursday / July 26, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

At 8:15, Guitarist Don Lappin will perform a set of original instrumental rock compositions from his upcoming CD, Tapped in, followed by guitarist Scott Tarulli at 9:15, playing original rock, funk, and jazz with his four-piece group. 

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

 

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Juancristobal Aliaga: CACHAI

Friday / July 27, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Guitarist Juancristobal Aliaga presents his senior recital.

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Alfie Boe

Saturday / October 27, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Alfie Boe

One of the U.K.'s most technically gifted classical crossover talents, award-winning tenor Alfie Boe grew up in Blackpool, England, listening to his father's opera records. As a young adult, Boe sang while he was painting and polishing cars in a local automobile factory; he was overheard by a client who suggested Boe should audition for London's D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. Boe tried out for the company with Tauber's "Dein Ist Mein Ganzes Herz" and won a role in the chorus, touring and performing Gilbert and Sullivan works. 

When the tour finished, Boe won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, attended the National Opera Studio, and then joined the Royal Opera House's Villar Young Artists Program. He was participating in the program when director Baz Lurhmann discovered him and cast him as one of the leads in Lurhmann's Broadway production of La Boheme, for which Boe won a Tony Award. He signed to the Classic FM Presents label in 2006 and issued his debut album, Classic FM Presents Alfie Boe, that year; it peaked at number three on the U.K. classical chart. Late in 2006, Boe moved to EMI Classics and the following spring his second album, Onward, arrived. Boe explored his love of folk music with La Pasione, a collection of Italian folk songs that was released in 2007. Performances in Kismet, Richard Strauss' Elektra, La Traviata, and other operas ensured that his roots as a stage performer were well balanced with his recording career. 

His new album, Alfie, further showcases his versatility and ambition, particularly with his Robert Plant team-up on Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren." Meanwhile, Boe is working on his autobiography, which will be published by Simon & Schuster in late 2012, as well as writing his own material, which he plans to develop while touring the UK, America and Australia over the coming months.

Admission: 
$49.50, reserved seating

14th Annual Octoboefest

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

The oboists of Berklee show off their skills in a wonderful recital of music featuring the double reeds.

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The Daniel Rotem Group

Friday / July 27, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Daniel Rotem group presents a set of original music influenced by jazz, love, and the world.

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