Performance

Gary Burton

Friday / September 27, 2013 / 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
02134
The New Gary Burton Quartet

Vibraphonist Gary Burton has won seven Grammy Awards, most recently for his 2012 work on Hot House with Chick Corea. Burton taught at Berklee for 33 years, served as the college’s executive vice president, and continues to teach for Berklee Online. He was recently profiled by the New York Times, which noted that Burton “played a pioneering role in the birth of jazz-rock” and “helped change the game for jazz education, which has in turn transformed the broader landscape of music.” The Times adds that “the sound of jazz’s ascendant mainstream” now “bears Mr. Burton’s influence.”

The New Gary Burton Quartet recently released a new album, Guided Tour, and is currently touring the U.S. and Europe. The quartet also includes guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Antonio Sanchez. In the video below, Burton discusses the course of his illustrious career to date:

Admission: 
Show: $30 Dinner & Show: $70

Madeleine Peyroux

Sunday / October 27, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Madeleine Peyroux

 “The only thing that matters is the song,” says singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux. That conviction, along with a  “one of a kind” voice, has carried this jazz artist from busking on the streets of Paris all the way to mainstream recognition. Through distinctive renditions of classics and modern tunes by the likes of Leonard Cohen and the Beatles, Peyroux has proved to be an uncannily insightful interpreter with a consistently impeccable choice of material. Peyroux will bring her band and string section to present an electric mix of jazz, blues, country, and pop -- much of it from her latest album, The Blue Room. Come down and experience it!

Watch a video for Peyroux's single,  “Changing All Those Changes,” below:

Admission: 
$65, $45, $35, reserved seating

Family Weekend Concert

Friday / October 4, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Family Weekend Concert features multiple Berklee student groups, including the Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Chaka Khan ensembles. Berklee's premier coed a cappella group and contestant on NBC's Sing Off, Pitch Slapped, will also be performing. 

Admission: 
free

Barnaby Bright / Nate Leavitt Band / Cara Domings

Tuesday / September 17, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Barnaby Bright
Nate Leavitt
Cara Domings

Since the release of their first album, Wake the Hero, in 2009, Barnaby Bright has garnered high accolades for its folk songwriting and sound. Grand prize winners of the New York Song Circle competition, Barnaby Bright's music has also been featured on ER and Days of our Lives. Their follow-up EP, Gravity, was named one of the top 100 records of the year by Amazon.com. The band is now touring in support of its brand new full-length record, The Longest Day, gracing such notable venues such as Lincoln Center and NPR's Mountain Stage in West Virgina, and sharing stages with the likes of the Lumineers and Norah Jones. Watch Barnaby Bright's music video for "Old Coats" here:

Nate Leavitt has been performing in the Boston music scene for a little over 20 years. While most of that time was spent with the super-charged soul band The Blizzard of '78, he's now part of the bands Parlour Bells and Old Jack, as well as a solo artist. Leavitt’s acoustic-based, ghostly folk debut EP, Inference, received many positive reviews, including this one from Jonathan Perry of the Boston Globe: “Effectively reflecting his affinity for the softer sounds of singer-songwriter folk and alt-country of the Ryan Adams (circa Heartbreaker) variety…Inference is an emotionally stark, bare-bones affair that puts his plainspoken, plaintive voice squarely front and center."

Admission: 
$12 general admission

The Hillary Reynolds Band / The Furies / Little Ugly

Thursday / September 19, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
The Hillary Reynolds Band

The Hillary Reynolds Band, fronted by award-winning songwriter Hillary Reynolds, represents a high point of innovation in today’s pop music. The powerhouse band makes its trademark sound by fusing tight vocal harmonies, cutting-edge production techniques, and traditional acoustic instruments to create a diversity of sound unachievable in other realms. Proud alumni of Berklee College of Music, the band has been together since 2009 and has released two albums, First Loves and Since September. Their singles “Leave No Trace” and “Good As New” made it to the front page of reddit.com. They have toured the nation, performing in famous venues like Chicago’s Elbo Room; New York City’s The Bitter End, Sullivan Hall, and Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2; and Boston’s the Middle East, Berklee Performance Center, and Cafe 939. The band has also played the Northeast Pennsylvania Bluegrass Festival. With the recent loss of Reynolds's mother, Trina, to a long battle with breast cancer, HRB has no reservations about promoting and playing for charities, including the Trina Fund, a travel fund in the name of Trina Reynolds available to those with breast cancer who wish to seek second opinions and, therefore, hope.

Admission: 
$7 in advance, $10 day of show, $5 with college I.D., general admission

Frank & Dependent / Ethan Thompson / Brave Elephant

Thursday / September 12, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Frank & Dependent
Ethan Thompson
Brave Elephant

Fresh Prospects is a showcase of the best up-and-coming college artists throughout Boston, at Berklee and beyond.

Frank & Dependent, a six-piece indie-folk rock band started in Boston, brought together musical influences from different genres of music and different parts of the country. Combining styles from punk, rock, folk, classical, and metal, Frank & Dependent creates a sound both fun and unique. Their energetic yet sophisticated live performances sound as good, if not better, than their studio recordings.

Ethan Thompson is a Montana native now living in Boston and attending Berklee College of Music as a songwriting major. His music is uplifting, refreshing, and sincerely delivered. His style ranges from soft folk and jazz to pop rock and a taste of hip-hop. He writes his music with "a positive outlook on life" and always leaves his listeners in a better mood than they had when they walked in the door.

Brave Elephant is an indie psych folk/rock outfit formed in the fall of 2010 by singer-songwriter Matt Quinn and drummer Lucas McGuire. Often drawing comparisons to bands like Fleet Foxes and Band of Horses, Brave Elephant's thought-provoking lyrics and throwback arrangements make them an extremely exciting young band. Quinn's emotive and raspy vocals effortlessly switch between deep vibrato and clear falsetto, perfectly bring the emotion of their songs to life. The band recently released Old Enough To Repay - Young Enough To Sell, a seven-track album available for download at braveelephant.com.

Admission: 
Free

Gary Burton

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
02134

Gary Burton, a Grammy Award-winning vibraphone player, has received a total of 15 Grammy nominations. DownBeat magazine gave him their "Jazzman of the Year" award in 1968, making him the youngest artist ever to receive that honor. Burton studied at the Berklee College of Music for two consecutive years, and afterward started worked with George Shearing and, later, Stan Getz. Currently, Burton is touring this year in Europe and the United States, and will be releasing his second CD, Guided Tour, with the New Gary Burton Quartet, this August.

Admission: 
Show: $30 Dinner and Show: $70

Gary Burton

Friday / September 27, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
02134
Gary Burton Quartet

Gary Burton, a Grammy Award-winning vibraphone player, has received a total of 15 Grammy nominations. DownBeat magazine gave him their "Jazzman of the Year" award in 1968, making him the youngest artist ever to receive that honor. Burton studied at the Berklee College of Music for two consecutive years, and afterward started worked with George Shearing and, later, Stan Getz. Currently, Burton is touring this year in Europe and the United States, and will be releasing his second CD, Guided Tour, with the New Gary Burton Quartet, this August.

Admission: 
Show: $30 Dinner and Show: $70

Lindi Ortega / Brett Detar / Ryan Schmidt

Tuesday / October 22, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Lindi Ortega
Brett Detar
Ryan Schmidt

Armed with an inimitable, irresistible singing voice, Canadian songstress Lindi Ortega decided to relocate to Music City from her native Toronto to birth her brand new musical offspring, Cigarettes & Truckstops.

With a heart bursting with creative ambition, American Songwriter magazine calls Ortega “the love child of Johnny Cash and Nancy Sinatra.” Watch a music video for Ortega’s “Cigarettes & Truckstops” here:

 

On his album Bird in the Tangle, Brett Detar takes listeners on an authentic roots journey into the darkest depths of wanderlust and loneliness. Watch Detar perform a song from the album, “Empty House on a Famous Hill,” here:

Ryan Schmidt delivers a hook-laden gem with his full-length debut album, Black Sheep, Run. Watch Schmidt perform an original song, “September,” here:

Admission: 
$12, general admission

SHEL / Amy Allen

Tuesday / October 15, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
SHEL
Amy Allen

SHEL is Sarah, Hannah, Eva, and Liza, four classically trained musicians who happen to be sisters. From the artist colony of Fort Collins, Colorado, SHEL is sophisticated and youthful, emotional and lighthearted, classic and eccentric. SHEL’s engaging live show is marked with a prodigy’s creativity and a veteran’s instinct for entertaining. Audiences are delighted by SHEL’s unique sound and their self-composed songs have been called “wonderfully weird and impossible to describe.”

Growing up in a musical household and encouraged by their father, a respected Fort Collins musician, the sisters first appeared on stage as his backing band. After years of performing together and releasing EPs, SHEL has released its debut full-length studio album, which was co-produced with six-time Grammy-winner Brent Maher.

The band has attracted the attention of media outlets such as NPR’s eTown Live, Echoes, MTV, CMT and ABC Family’s “On The Rise.” SHEL has graced the stages of Lilith Fair, “Yo Gabba Gabba” Live tour, Four Corners Folk Festival, Folk Alliance, Music City Roots, and SXSW. SHEL’s music has also been featured in television commercials for Splenda and Glade.

Watch the music video for SHEL's “The Man Who Was the Circus” here:

Amy Allen is a singer-songwriter from South Portland, Maine whose sound has been described as “reminiscent of Norah Jones and Taylor Swift.” In 2010, she released her first EP, Honey, which won the Portland Phoenix’s “Best New Act,” and “Best New Vocalist” awards, and in 2011 she released her second EP, Neptune, which received four stars in the Portland Press Herald. She has appeared on the second season of NBC’s “The Voice” and has now released her third EP, Other Side of Somewhere, produced by John Painter.

Watch the music video for Amy Allen's “Love Fool” here:

 

Admission: 
$8 in advance, $10 day of show, general admission

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