Concert

Esther Rojas

Saturday / July 13, 2013 / 5:30 p.m.
Shakespeare Stage
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02116
Esther Rojas

Born into a musical family in Barranquilla, Colombia, Esther Rojas started playing the violin at age 10, mainly focusing on a classical music repertoire. From 1995 to 1997, she continued her studies at the University of Cauca and the Antonio Maria Valencia Conservatory in Cali, Colombia, where she also performed with their youth symphony orchestras. In 2000, she switched her musical interest to electric and acoustic bass, entering the commercial arranging and composition and the jazz performance studies programs at the prestigious Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia. She has studied with Alain Caron, Oscar Stagnaro, and Luis Angel Pastor. Recently, she performed with Latin superstar Luis Enrique.

She is currently enrolled in the contemporary writing and production program at Berklee College of Music. Rojas’s style is a combination of the influences of Colombian traditional music, R&B, pop, salsa, Cuban timba, Brazilian music, and jazz. She is a very creative and solid player with a strong focus on the groove.

For this performance, she will feature the great Colombian singer Maria Mulata, 2008 winner of the world-renowned Viña del Mar Festival in Chile. Rojas and Mulata have been working together for the past four years. Their work includes performances at the most important festivals in Colombia and concerts in Asia and the United States. Rojas has also collaborated on Maria Mulata's most recent album, Cantos y Vuelos, which was released in 2013.

Watch Rojas shine on bass in the video below:

Admission: 
Free

Nile Alexander

Friday / July 5, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
South Shore Conservatory
1 Conservatory Drive
Hingham
MA
02043
Nile Alexander

Nile Alexander is a Boston based soul/R&B singer-songwriter who attends Berklee College of Music. He is a natural singer and performer and the band has a versatile and grooving energy that compliments his writing in a remarkably tasteful way.

Alexander is backed up by his three piece band, consisting of Kevin McGowan on drums, Alex Labrie on guitar, and Casey Andersen who also attend Berklee. Alexander and the band have a classic R&B sound with a modern writing style. They are influenced by the likes of John Legend, Frank Ocean, Erykah Badu, and Marvin Gaye. The group has been busy gigging and recording in the Boston and New York area for the past year.
 
Watch Nile Alexander perform Amos Lee's "Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight" in this video:
 

Admission: 
Free

Eric Law

Friday / June 28, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Dewey Square
100 Cambridge St #1301
Boston
MA
02129
Eric Law

Eric Law grew up performing classical, jazz, and punk music. At Berklee, he has developed an affinity for old-time and Americana music. In 2013, Law won first prize in the American String Teachers Association's National Alternative String Competition, where he performed a combination of traditional old-time music and his own songs. He is currently working toward the release of his first solo record and recently released a second album with We Avalanche.

Watch Law perform his original song "Sometimes I Wonder" in this video:

Admission: 
Free

Charlie the Most / Baz King / Bobby Wesley Trio

Saturday / August 10, 2013 / 2:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
02125
Charlie the Most
Baz King
Bobby Wesley Trio

Berklee Music Fest on Georges Island offers a free concert featuring three student groups whose music ranges from rock to funk. Bobby Wesley has performed with Regina Carter. Baz King is from Cape Town, South Africa, and Charlie the Most is a 10-piece funk unit.

 

Bobby Wesley Trio: 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

An accomplished guitarist from Detroit, Michigan, Robert Wesley is a 2013 graduate of Berklee who received his degree in professional music. Prior to attending Berklee, Wesley had the honor of being featured with jazz violinist Regina Carter at the Detroit Montreux Jazz Festival.

While at Berklee, Wesley was part of the music ensemble and accompaniment for Lalah Hathaway at the Berklee Performance Center and at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival. He was the guitarist for the band Columbus, playing funk and soul from 2009 to 2012. Columbus quickly took Berklee and the Boston area by storm as entertainment during freshman orientation at Wellesley College and at popular area venues such as the Middle East in Cambridge and Revolution Rock Bar in the North End.

As a member of that band, Wesley was a proud recipient of the Berklee Urban Service Award for his participation in a clinic for the Boys and Girls Club in Allston. In 2011, he became the lead guitarist for Endangered Speeches, playing reggae and hip-hop. Another Berklee and Boston area favorite, Endangered Speeches (The City Is Rough; Dem Borders Will Fall) has been recognized by The Boston Globe, has been the headliner for the Bay Jam Music Festival in Islamorada, Florida. The band was featured of Live Music Week on WERS 88.9 in March 2013.

As founder of the Bobby Wesley Trio, Wesley is looking forward to sharing his musical gift and making a lasting impression on the music industry.

 

Baz King: 3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Hailing from the sunny shores of Cape Town, South Africa, Baz King was raised on James Taylor and Erykah Badu. The chilled vibes of his hometown and the music he grew up with have found their way into his songs. Ever since picking up the guitar at 16, there's been no turning back. Just as music is constantly shifting and expanding, so is King; some days you will hear a full-blown rock band, and another time it could be a guitar and drum duo or even solo electric guitar. No matter in what form, it's always recognizable as Baz King.

 

Charlie the Most: 4:00 - 4:50 p.m.

Ten members strong, Charlie the Most was formed in 2012 in Boston by guitarist Charlie McCanless and combines elements of rock and funk. The group plans on taking over the world one show at a time by uniting audiences around the globe in harmonious amusement and providing an unflappable groove, impeccable talent, and a raucous party. As Charlie the Most says, "We bring the rock. We bring the funk. We bring the party."

Admission: 
Free

Charlie the Most

Wednesday / August 7, 2013 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
02115
Charlie The Most
Photo by Pamela Hersch

Ten members strong, Charlie the Most was formed in 2012 in Boston by guitarist Charlie McCanless and combines elements of rock and funk. The group plans on taking over the world one show at a time by uniting audiences around the globe in harmonious amusement and providing an unflappable groove, impeccable talent, and a raucous party. As Charlie the Most says, "We bring the rock. We bring the funk. We bring the party."

Admission: 
Free

Joe's Truck Stop

Tuesday / August 13, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Joe's Truck Stop

This concert has been canceled due to weather.  Joe's Truck Stop: where the coffee's hot and the showers are free. You can usually find the band ripping apart old-time fiddle tunes, saying grace to their country heroes, and dishing out original songs to the dancing feet in the crowd. Their unique sound is characterized by bluegrass vocal harmonies and twin fiddle lines, driving Appalachian dance tunes, and lonely honky-tonk songs. 

http://www.reverbnation.com/joestruckstop

Admission: 
Free

Anthony Fung Quartet

Thursday / September 5, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
02142
Anthony Fung

Drummer Anthony Fung, from Richmond Hill, Ontario is a sophomore at Berklee College of Music pursuing a dual degree in Jazz Performance and Music Production & Engineering. While still in high school, he was the selected drummer for the 2010 Berklee Five-Week Summer Jazz Workshop and the 2011 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. He currently studies at the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute under the tutelage of Danilo Pérez. Fung has played at numerous jazz festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival in California, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the JEN conference, and the Ottawa Jazz Festival. He has performed with Benny Green, Joshua Redman, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Donny McCaslin, Hal Crook, Darren Barrett, the Vince Mendoza Orchestra, and Terence Blanchard. He has studied with Terri Lyne Carrington, Billy Hart, Ralph Peterson, Ari Hoenig, Dennis Mackrel, and Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo.

Admission: 
Free

Sarah McKenzie

Thursday / June 13, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
02142
Sarah McKenzie

Pianist, vocalist, and composer Sarah McKenzie is a graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts where Hugh Jackman, Marcus Graham, Lisa McCune, and many other leading Australian musical and theatre performers also trained.

While in Perth, she completed a bachelor of jazz degree, won the Jack Bendat Scholarship, the Hawaiian Award for Most Outstanding Jazz Graduate, and the Perth Jazz Societies Award for leading the Most Outstanding Group of the Year for 2008. She also sung backing vocals along side Michael Buble in the Call Me Irresponsible tour.

 

Admission: 
Free

John Mailander and Molly Tuttle

Thursday / September 12, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
02138
John Mailander and Molly Tuttle
Pamela Hersch

John Mailander and Molly Tuttle are individually renowned musicians currently studying at Berklee College of Music and joining together to perform their dynamic blend of original acoustic music. Together, Mailander and Tuttle create an honest and soulful mix of original and traditional music that respects the past while also looking toward the future of acoustic music. They have performed together at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, and the Summergrass Bluegrass Festival, as well as at many venues throughout Boston and California.

John Mailander is a San Diego–based musician in demand for his performance, instruction, and studio work. Playing in a variety of styles on the fiddle, mandolin, and various other stringed instruments, he has become known for his soulful approach as a soloist, improviser, and writer. Mailander has shared the stage with acclaimed artists such as the Alison Brown Quartet, Victor Wooten, Tony Trischka and Territory, Tim O’Brien, Christopher Guest, and Darol Anger. He regularly appears with Chris Stuart and Backcountry and in 2012 he released an instrumental EP with the Boston-based TriMountain Sessions.

With nearly two million viewers on YouTube, Molly Tuttle is making a name for herself in the acoustic music scene and has been featured in Bluegrass Now, Flatpicking Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar magazines. A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and an award-winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, in 2012 she won Best Female Vocalist and Best Guitar Player awards from the Northern California Bluegrass Society and first place in the prestigious MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition. Tuttle has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and her active performance schedule has taken her to numerous festivals and venues across the United States and Canada, including the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the Strawberry Music Festival, and the Freight and Salvage.

Tuttle and Mailander, joined by classmate Matt Witler, perform Tuttle’s “You Didn’t Call My Name” in this video:

 

Admission: 
Free

Hyunji Kim: My Journey With The Traveling Birds

Monday / June 10, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Vocalist Michelle Hyunji Kim will present her senior recital. The program will showcase original music, jazz arrangements, and world music.

Admission: 
Free

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