Concert

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Mario Jose

Thursday / October 28, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mario Jose

The Red Room presents the New Brew Lunchtime Concert Series. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Berklee students, staff, or faculty help you either slow down or power up for the afternoon. Concerts are free, all-ages, and open to the public. Bring your lunch, snag a coffee, and grab a seat for our New Brew performances-they're good for the soul. Today's featured artist is Mario Jose. 

Jose is a San Francisco Bay Area native and a vocal performance major here at Berklee. Since his arrival in the fall of 2008, Jose has performed all over Boston. He is in "Pitch Slapped," a student-run a cappella group that took second place in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (2010) and performed at the prestigious Lincoln Center.

He has also performed in Maggie Scott's Vocal Jazz series, Berklee's New Music Festival, Berklee's Pop/Rock Showcase, and numerous Berklee Performance Center concerts with visiting artists including Philip Bailey and Patrice Rushen. He is a three-time performer at Singers Showcase, where he has shared the stage with Ben E. King, Paula Cole, and Lalah Hathaway, and will be performing in this fall's event paying tribute to Abbey Road.

Admission: 
Free

Tron Donson / Future Vince

Saturday / November 6, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Tron Donson is bringing you the future, Vince. What does the future sound like? you might be asking yourself. That remains to be seen, but Boston-based Tron Donson will fill you up with gleeful melodies and soulful harmonies until the morning dew.

Admission: 
Free

Brian Dunne / Gideon Brown / Adam Sullivan

Thursday / October 21, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Brian Dunne

Hailing from the small town of Monroe, New York, pop/rock singer/songwriter Brian Dunne is releasing an EP. A music lover from the tender age of 2, he has always had an ear and talent for music, playing the guitar and writing songs since the age of 6. He has been performing in the greater New England area for several years.

Though still young to the Boston music scene, Dunne has been playing consistently for the past three years and has released two EPs, with another expected to drop in 2010. When asked about his personal goals pertaining to music, he simply states that he would like to continue sharing his music with as many people as possible. This simplicity and devotion to his craft are what makes Dunne's music so authentic and addicting.

Gideon Brown sounds like an approaching train at midnight clanking on the rails and howling its vibration into the dead air. It is at times reminiscent of the rockabilly music of the late '50s as well as the folk/rock of the late '60s.

Following his restlessness across borders, oceans, and international time zones, singer/songwriter Adam Sullivan found himself happily bumping into inspiration at nearly every stop.

Admission: 
$10 general admission, $8 students

Greg Laswell / Harper Blynn

Thursday / November 18, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Greg Laswell

California native Greg Laswell brings an evening full of bright, orchestral melodies and melancholy, soul-searching lyrics to the Red Room @ Cafe 939. He has won legions of fans and become a favorite of film and television music supervisors alike.

Take a Bow both closes and opens a chapter in Laswell’s life as a songwriter and a man, with songs of loss and hope recorded in a cabin in Arizona. It’s an album that shows a deep understanding of where he’s been personally—and unlike a lot of songwriters, he’s also able to poke a little fun at himself. Putting it on the line and taking chances both musically and lyrically, Take a Bow is a collection that deserves wide recognition.

Opening act Harper Blynn, previously Pete and J, will be returning to the Red Room for a repeat performance.

Admission: 
$15 general admission

The Led Zeppelin Experience: Hammer of the Gods

Saturday / December 4, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hammer of the Gods

Considered by many to be the "ultimate Led Zeppelin experience," Hammer of the Gods recreates the mystical aura of an authentic Zeppelin concert, complete with thunderous sound, a spectacular light show, authentic instruments, vintage-period clothing, and flawless renditions of Zep favorites, including "Kashmir," "Dazed and Confused," "Stairway to Heaven," and "Moby Dick"! All of this, coupled with the band's amazing stage presence, creates a show like no other—a truly astounding showcase of Led Zeppelin's raw energy and infinite musical genius.

For one night only, Hammer of the Gods recreates the music of the movie The Song Remains the Same. Witness note-perfect renditions of every song from the live album, including many cuts from the legendary 1973 Madison Square Garden shows that never made it to the original live album. See it all here—live!

Admission: 
$45, $40, $30, $25, reserved seating

Chucho Valdés with the Afro-Cuban Jazz Messengers

Thursday / October 28, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chucho Valdés

Cuban virtuoso pianist Chucho Valdés culminates a day of master classes for Berklee students with a recital by his fiery trio. Multi-Grammy Award–winner and founder of the rhythmically innovative Latin jazz band Irakere, Valdés has been hailed by the New York Times as "the dean of Latin jazz" and "one of the world's great virtuosic pianists." He has recorded over 80 albums during his illustrious career and performed with countless jazz masters, including Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, and Chick Corea.

Admission: 
$49, $43, $39, reserved seating

The New World Jazz Composers Octet Directed by Daniel Ian Smith

Monday / October 25, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
The New World Jazz Composers Octet

Arsenal Center for the Arts continues its third season with The New World Jazz Composers Octet. The NWJCO was organized over 11 years ago by Berklee faculty member Daniel Ian Smith as an aggregation dedicated to the performance of new music. To have a group of great ensemble players who are also stellar soloists is a rarity—it's a dream come true for contemporary composers.

The NWJCO gave its first performances under the guise of the Sanctuary Composers Forum in tandem with the Jazz in the Sanctuary concert series. The group garnered considerable attention after its first performance, and word spread that this world-class ensemble was truly one-of-a-kind.

The ensemble quickly adapts to and personalizes the compositions that are written expressly for it. Faculty composers who have contributed to the ensembles' repertoire have included Ted Pease, Dick Lowell, Matt Nicholl, Ken Pullig, Bob Pilkington, Rich Grudzinski and others. The impressive list of players, all with international performing credentials, includes Daniel and Dino Govoni on woodwinds, Ken Cervenka and Walter Platt on trumpets, Tim Ray on piano, Keala Kaumeheiwa on bass, and Steve Langone and Ernesto Diaz on drums and percussion. Transitions, the group's 2010 release, is currently garnering attention from JazzTimes and All About Jazz.

"As its name professes, the Boston-area–based New World Jazz Composers Octet is not, strictly speaking, a big band. On the other hand, it has a big sound, thanks in part to well-shaped charts," wrote Jack Bowers of All About Jazz. "While the viewpoint is contemporary, the essential building blocks of pleasurable music, namely melody, harmony, and rhythm, are never slighted." 

Admission: 
$15 adults/$10 students and members

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Saturday / October 9, 2010 / 9:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Photo by Derek Speirs

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are one of the most memorable partnerships in acoustic music today. The award-winning Irish fiddler and American guitarist distill the essence of Irish music, exploring and expanding the tradition in galvanizing performances.

"As close to a spiritual experience as [music] can be." —Irish Examiner

"If your live music ration were limited to a single concert in the entire year, then you'd be either crazy or foolish if you didn't pass that precious time in the company of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill." —Irish Times

Admission: 
$30, general admission

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Saturday / October 9, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Photo by Derek Speirs

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are one of the most memorable partnerships in acoustic music today. The award-winning Irish fiddler and American guitarist distill the essence of Irish music, exploring and expanding the tradition in galvanizing performances.

"As close to a spiritual experience as [music] can be." —Irish Examiner

"If your live music ration were limited to a single concert in the entire year, then you'd be either crazy or foolish if you didn't pass that precious time in the company of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill." —Irish Times

Admission: 
$30, general admission

Roots Music Roadshow

Tuesday / October 12, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A smorgasbord of fantastic performances from students in the newly created American Roots Music program. The artistic validity of a wide range of American roots styles—including blues, gospel, folk, early country music, bluegrass, old-time, western swing, polka, and tex-mex—is beyond dispute. This music is the lifeblood of America's cultural heritage. The expressive urgency and depth of these styles is supported by strong fundamental musical values, and it is in recognition of the richness of these idioms, and of the ways that they fuse with contemporary elements, that Berklee has created the American Roots Music Program.

Admission: 

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