Concert

Lily and the Parlour Tricks / Nat Osborn Band / Jay Stolar

Friday / July 12, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Lily & The Parlour Tricks

Lily and the Parlour Tricks dive deep into the well of musical Americana and resurface with a wild brew. Lily's songwriting influences include a wide range from the Andrews Sisters to T. Rex to 19th century murder songs, with roots planted firmly in the smoky back room of classic rock n' roll. Their soaring harmonies and raucous attitude keep audiences dancing and howling for more.

New York native Nat Osborn is a restless soul. He has studied tabla in India, played guitar on the streets of Budapest, written songs on Spanish balconies, packed venues across New York City, and been deported from the U.K., all before the age of 25. A natural and prolific songwriter, his fluency in crossing genres creates a unique and truly original sound. With nearly a decade of performance, songwriting, and band leading experience under his belt, Osborn set out in 2011 to assemble a seven-piece powerhouse ensemble, The Nat Osborn Band.  Having performed with the likes of Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis, Ludacris, and Marc Broussard, Osborn’s seasoned bandmates have created a completely undeniable performance unit with a truly captivating sound.

Jay Stolar is a soul singer with an arsenal of heart-gripping songs. His live performances hark back to the early days of R&B, when it was an artist's job to connect to every person in the room. He is a deeply influential player in the New York City music scene.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

David Ryan Harris / Jeff Leblanc

Thursday / August 1, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
David Ryan Harris

Singer-songwriter David Ryan Harris has been challenging mainstream notions of African American performers since fronting the Atlanta-based rock group Follow for Now in the late ‘80s. His subsequent solo work has ranged from folk to R&B. Since releasing his eponymous debut album on Brendan O’Brien’s Columbia imprint in 1997, Harris has released Soulstice (2003) and The Bittersweet (2006). He has also worked with several well-known artists, including Dave Matthews, Cassandra Wilson, Derek Trucks, Carlos Santana, Marc Broussard, Guy Sebastian, and John Mayer.

Harris counts Son House, Robert Johnson, Prince, Parliament/Funkadelic, and Stevie Wonder among his influences. He says that these sources of inspiration helped him “to understand that music could not and should not be limited by our often narrow views of what it should be.”

Admission: 
$15 in advance, $18 day of show, general admission

The Field Effect / Old Jack / Nate Leavitt

Saturday / June 29, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

With a shared respect for well-crafted songs, the Field Effect packs a collective punch with songs spiked with introspective lyrics, infectious melodies, and ferocious rhythms. An antidote to the seemingly endless movement of aloof, lo-fi indie music, the Field Effect reclaims the genre with their passion for lyrical honesty, musical ability, and a fearless mission to make music for the many and not just the few. Since forming in 2011, the Field Effect has received rave reviews for both its energetic live show and for its debut studio release.

Old Jack is a group of circumstance. While recording other bands, lead singer/songwriter Dan “GoodWood” Nicklin would find himself asking his clients, as well as his musician friends, to help him make a studio record. In the winter of 2008, Old Jack played its first show. While the members have changed and the band has grown in numbers (with as many as nine people) the band is still developing its soul/rock sound. Old Jack belts out its original material with lots of harmonies, big vocals, and guitar solos galore.

Nate Leavitt is currently working on a full-length album called Lavender Blues, to be released in September 2013. Once again he takes on the role of performer, engineer and producer while playing most of the instruments and recording in his home studio. Early feedback from bloggers and the press compared his work to Dylan's Blood on the Tracks because of its personal nature and focus on a major change in his life.

 

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Reignwolf / Township / DJ Carbo

Wednesday / June 5, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Established in Boston in 2004, the Fenway Recordings Sessions is a regular concert series featuring a mix of established acts and the best new and developing indie artists playing the city's clubs along with occasional special guest DJs.

While standing behind a kick drum armed with a guitar and all kinds of attitude, Jordan Cook, a.k.a. Reignwolf, instantly captivates the crowd with his howling vocals, ferocious riffs, and raw energy. “He was all over the stage, driving the crowd into a frenzy, grinding sounds from his guitar with the back of his hand, the ceiling beams, the mic stand. His extended solos were soul-dripping, finger-flailing explosions that he looked like he could have done in his sleep," Todd Hamm of Seattle Weekly has written. Sean Jewell of The Stranger, wrote, “Shredding smoky half stacks and sweating out blues while trashing his own equipment is clearly what he's born to do."

Formed in early 2006, Township brings a sexy swagger back to rock 'n' roll, the likes not seen since the heyday of '70s classic rock bands Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, Grand Funk Railroad, and Bad Company. Marc Pinansky (vocals, guitar),  John Sheeran (bass, vocals), Alex Necochea (guitar, vocals), and Peter MacLean (drums) are the mighty Township. The band has won the WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble (2007), toured extensively with Electric Six, Bad Company, the Greenhornes and State Radio, and released five CDs, including 2011’s One More Summer. A new release is slated for late 2013. While some bands put on a vintage t-shirt and think that buys them cred, Township worships at the altar of all who came before them by turning it up, tearing it out, and not leaving the stage until the crowd is theirs.

DJ Carbo, a.k.a. Mark Kates, was a resident at one of L.A.'s electronica clubs, Atmosphere at The Viper Room, as well as on the legendary pirate station KBLT. He now hosts the Fenway Recordings Sessions in Boston.

 

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Stephen Batts: Straight Jeebz Style

Friday / August 9, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Drummer Stephen Batts performs funk, neo-soul, and video game music in his senior recital.

Admission: 
Free

Andres Fonseca's Senior Recital

Friday / August 2, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Andres Fonseca

Drummer Andres Fonseca will present his senior recital, featuring original music and free improvisation in a wide variety of musical styles. The performance will feature an appearance by Unlimited Perception.

Watch Fonseca perform with Unlimited Perception in the video below:

Admission: 
Free

Ning Tang: Ning and Friends

Tuesday / July 23, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Pianist Ning Tang gives a recital of personal arrangements of her favorite songs, alongside some originals.

Admission: 
Free

Pianist Ji Hyun Park's Recital

Friday / July 12, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Piano and organ player Ji Hyun Park performs a concert of jazz and blues with his band.

Admission: 
Free

Guitarist Hyeonwoo Kim: 1223 Nights In Boston

Tuesday / July 30, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Guitarist Hyeonwoo Kim presents his senior Berklee recital.

Admission: 
Free

Oleg Smirnov: Jazz Cuts

Tuesday / July 23, 2013 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Electric bassist Oleg Smirnov and his multinational seven-piece band will perform contemporary jazz tunes by Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Esbjörn Svensson Trio, and others.

Admission: 
Free

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