Concert

Cara Salimando/ Hannah Christianson / Taylor Berrett

Saturday / April 14, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hannah Christianson

Cara Salimando, a singer-songwriter hailing from New Jersey, has gone on a tour with Ingrid Michaelson and Mat Kearney, flown to Paris to shoot a music video for her first single, opened for Mary Chapin Carpenter, and cowrote songs with the likes of Dan Wilson of Semisonic and Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional. She is looking forward to a busy year of playing shows and promoting her first full-length release, due out in the first quarter of 2011. 

Hannah Christianson grew up in a lively family of seven in rural Minnesota, the young Hannah learned to perceive art and the world around her in a unique way. Even at a very early age, Christianson became enamored with the piano and immersed herself in jazz and pop music. Years later, she developed into an accomplished songwriter and found herself playing various clubs around the upper Midwest and New England, a performance at the 2008 Winnipeg Folk Festival, a featured performance at the 2011 Minneapolis Aquatennial, and direct support for Quebec's Cœur de Pirate.

Also featuring performances by Taylor Berrett

Admission: 
$10 advanced, $12 day of show

FUSION Goes Global

Monday / April 2, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Celebrate Berklee’s vibrant international community with a night of words and music, sponsored by Berklee's literary magazine, FUSION. Featuring student readings and performances from Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Israel, Japan, Russia, Sweden, and beyond. Feast your ears on the multilingual and multicultural stylings of Global FUSION.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Department. For more information, please contact Deborah Bennett at dbennett@berklee.edu.

Admission: 

The Checkout - Live at Berklee: Ingrid Jensen Quintet

Thursday / April 12, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ingrid Jensen

Famed New York area NPR jazz station WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org and Berklee College of Music are teaming up to present the first ever NPR concert series showcasing Berklee alumni. The Checkout - Live at Berklee, broadcast live from Berklee's Red Room @ Cafe 939, will bring critically acclaimed, New York-based performers back to Berklee for performances broadcast live in New York to WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org's 350,000 listeners and streamed worldwide on NPRmusic.org. The shows will also be audio podcast from Checkoutjazz.org and from NPRmusic.org. 

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen is a regular voice in the Grammy Award–winning Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra and the Grammy-nominated Darcy James Argue Secret Society big band and recently performed on the newly Grammy-nominated album Mosaic Project, led by Terri Lyne Carrington. Jensen's trumpet has taken her all over the world as both a leader and sideperson, as well as an educator and guest artist at prestigious colleges and universities. Jensen hails from Canada's west coast and has settled in New York with her family. She brings to Cafe 939 and WBGO her longstanding trio from her highly regarded ArtisShare release, At Sea.

Jensen will be performing with Lage Lund on guitar, Gary Versace on piano, Matt Clohesy on bass, and Jon Wikan on drums.

Admission: 
$5 with Berklee ID, $10 General Admission

Maggie Scott's Jazz Vocal Series

Wednesday / April 11, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Maggie Scott presents the Jazz Vocal Series. Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 

Winterpills / A Severe Joy / Sarah Walk

Saturday / April 7, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Winterpills

Starting with their self-titled debut in 2005, Winterpills have built a vibrant career with their exquisite chamber-pop songs that the Washington Post called "densely packed but hugely evocative, tiny bombs of feeling and meaning... fiendishly melodic."

They may be one of the most exciting bands to emerge from Northampton, Massachusetts in recent years, adding another chapter to the ever-expanding world of ethereal indie-pop. They play haunting, delicate, dynamic, room-hushingly beautiful music with shimmering melodies and aching lyrics. Fronted by singers Philip Price and Flora Reed, they harmonize closely, often and gorgeously.

Also playing is A Severe Joy and Sarah Walk.

Admission: 
$10 advanced, $12 day of show

Fresh Prospects: The Civil Slingers / Reverend and the Jew / Tom Flash and the Lightning Band

Friday / April 6, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Civil Slingers is a rock and roll band hailing from Kennebunk, Maine. The three-piece power group consists of Mike Sampson, a soulful singer and slayer of the drum kit; Joseph Aaskov, a primal, raspy-voiced gentleman whose talent on the guitar is only paralleled by his performance on the set; and Sean Taggersell, who plays bass.

Reverend and the Jew is a local Boston Funky Blues Jam-Rock band. The group has been playing for over a year and a half in the Boston area, rocking its fans at the Middle East, the Western Front, McGann's Pub, and the Red Room at Cafe 939.

Tom Flash is a true blood rock and roll band. Since their humble beginnings in the suburbs of southern New Hampshire, the boys have embodied the spirit of golden age of rock and roll, consistently wowing audiences with their energy, showmanship, and hard-hitting tunes. 

Admission: 
Free

Communion Presents: Austin to Boston 2012

Saturday / March 31, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Communion Tour travels from Austin to Boston featuring performances by Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Bear’s Den.

Ben Howard is a highly praised British singer-songwriter poised for breakthrough in the United States. His impressive live shows have lead to sellout tours across the U.K. and throughout Europe. Howard and his band have created a huge word-of-mouth buzz. He has recently received plenty of attention from the British press and the influential BBC Radio1, and with upcoming features in Nylon and spins on KCRW, his fortunes look set to continue across the pond. His debut album, Every Kingdom (Communion Records), reached No. 7 in the U.K. charts. This tour will serve as Howard's first American headline visit to coincide with the U.S. release of the album on April 3.

The Staves are English sisters Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor, whose unique vocal harmonies and haunting melodies have already seen them tipped for success by the Guardian, iTunes, Time Out, and the Independent to name but a few. Known for their jaw-dropping live performances, the Staves recently supported the Civil Wars across the American South, and toured with Michael Kiwanuka across the U.K. in February before heading out to SXSW. The latter part of 2012 will see the release of their much anticipated debut LP, the first record on which father and son producers Glyn and Ethan Johns—whose combined credits include the Rolling Stones, Ryan Adams, the Eagles, Ray LaMontagne, Kings of Leon—have shared production duties.

Nathaniel Rateliff has played multiple dates with some of the most popular names in music, including Mumford and Sons, the Fray, Bon Iver, Laura Marling, Tallest Man on Earth, Low Anthem, Delta Spirit, and Jessica Lea Mayfield, to name a few. Rateliff is currently working on his sophomore record, which is expected to be released in spring 2012.

Admission: 
$12 advanced, $15 day of show

Rosie Thomas / Bhi Bhiman

Friday / March 30, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rosie Thomas

Rosie Thomas will release her sixth full-length album on February 14 via Sing-A-Long Records. The new record, With Love, was recorded by David Bazan with contributions from Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) and members of Sufjan Stevens's band. Most recently, Thomas could be seen as part of the Iron and Wine touring band.

"With Love features the same qualities that introduced Thomas to her fans: strong vocals, intelligent observations, and tempting hooks.” —Paste

Also featuring performances by Bhi Bhiman.

Admission: 
$10 advanced, $12 day of show

Emily Wells / Live Footage / Apollo Run

Thursday / March 29, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Emily Wells

Emily Wells has long been turning heads with her unique songcraft. The performer, producer, and songwriter trades in a striking mix of classical instrumentation, folk rawness, and hip-hop production anchored by her haunting combination of voice and violin. Her burgeoning reputation owes as much to her hypnotic live show where, working a looping pedal, Wells becomes a one-woman orchestra, playing live drums, guitars, analogue synthesizers, and beat machines, as well. It's that same blend of deft composition and hand-wrought quality that deeply colors each of Wells's albums.

Emily Wells is an anomaly among musicians, most of whom spend their careers striving for a major label deal. Before she was old enough to vote, a major label was courting Wells, two music-publishing companies were competing for the rights to her songs, and she was recording with award-winning producers. By the time she was legally buying her first drink, however, Wells had chosen a different path. With true indie ethos, she moved from New York, leaving in her wake a lucrative deal from a major label, renowned producers, recording studios, and a manager. During that period of her life, Wells had been offered everything that most musicians want. Everything except what she, as an artist, needed most: creative control.

Attaining the ever-elusive artist's dream of creative control, as Wells would soon learn, comes only at a price. Wells's cost was the thousands of miles logged, traipsing across the country, playing in and outside of bars, pubs, and juke joints. She traveled in a tiny car, dragging along guitars, a tiny bass, a giant old Linn 9000 drum machine, and a four-track. When flush, Wells would spend the occasional night in a seedy motel room, where she would tirelessly record with her archaic four-track and dirty old instruments. Wells didn't look back to her swank days as a would-be priority artist on a major label and regret any of her choices; she saw each obstacle in her path as a challenge. Eventually landing in Los Angeles, Wells finally learned through recording and performing how to have the creative control she craved. Slowly building her own studio, she taught herself how to record and produce. This is the studio in which she would create, record, mix, and produce The Symphonies: Dreams Memories and Parties, her latest release. To get the sound of a full orchestra, Wells didn't take the easy way out and simply loop the layers of violins; instead, she played up to 21 separate tracks of violin on each symphony, often using an octave pedal to create the tones of an underwater cello or viola. In addition to the strings, there is a plethora of other sounds, electronic and organic alike. Two years ago, Wells found a bassist, Joey Reina, and a drummer, Sam Halterman, who add a richness to both the live show and the recordings. Their contributions to The Symphonies give the compositions more depth as well as a little junk in the trunk.

Admission: 
$10 in advance, $12 day of show

David Choi / Jeff LeBlanc

Wednesday / March 28, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
David Choi

David Yong Choi is a Korean American musician and YouTube video producer living in Los Angeles. On YouTube, he has more than 900,000 subscribers, 102 million total video views, and more than 13 million channel views. As of November 2011 he is YouTube's 15th most subscribed musician and 62nd most subscribed user overall.

Choi performs a mix of original songs and covers of pop hits. He released his debut album, Only You, in October 2008. His second album, By My Side, was released on May 19, 2010. His songs and tracks have been heard on NBC, FOX, VH1, MTV, A&E, E!, Travel Channel, Style, PBS, Food Network, and Disney, as well as in commercials internationally. 

His humorous song "YouTube, A Love Song" has received more than 2.6 million views. The music videos for his singles "Won't Even Start" and "That Girl," which are posted on both his and producers Wong Fu Productions' YouTube channels, have received a total of over 5 million views. He also posts nonmusic videos such as vlogs on his second channel. Choi often appears in online videos with fellow YouTube personalities, mostly playing a humorous character with a very straight face (his prominent trait). Some YouTube personalities, like Shane Dawson and Wong Fu Productions, use Choi's music in their videos.

Jeff LeBlanc is using his college degree a little differently than he first envisioned. His immediately familiar-sounding blend of pop and acoustic rock quickly took him from dorm room concerts at Sacred Heart University to a 60-date tour of colleges across the country, where he was praised as everything from "the new John Mayer" to an artist "perfectly in tune with his audience." His debut album, Signals, has scored praise from the likes of Clear Channel, Sirius/XM Radio, Seventeen Magazine, and AOL Music.

After graduation, he hit the road, headlining venues across the U.S. and also opening for artists like the Goo Goo Dolls, Ingrid Michaelson, Matt Nathanson, Augustana, Brett Dennen, Jon McLaughlin, Lee DeWyze, and Third Eye Blind.  

Admission: 
$15 General Admission

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