Concert

Fresh Prospects: Joint Chiefs / Organic Sound Project / No Soap Radio

Friday / February 3, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

The Fresh Prospect series offers a unique audience listening and viewing experience. This event features performances by the artists Joint Chiefs, Organic Sound Project and No Soap Radio.  The three acts will culminate in an unexpected combination of genres fused together to create an evening of fun for music-lovers of all types.

No Soap Radio is a band that presents careful and rigorous ingenuity in song writing but at the same time brings pure fun and playfulness to the table time and time again. Based in Boston, MA, the band integrates the genres of alternative/indie rock and jazz/R&B to produce a distinct new sound; between incredible instrumentals, powerful vocals, and catchy lyrics, No Soap Radio is emerging as one of Boston's sharpest new bands with a strong local following.

Boston-based musicians, Organic Sound Project have a broad range of influences—rock, jazz, latin, and hip-hop—which combine to create a unique blend of groove tones and pop melodies. The band operates under the credo that, "it is human nature to make art and when individuals put their minds together to create, truly amazing work can emerge." As such, OSP frequently collaborates with other musicians and artists, and at every show it hosts a collective art project to engage the audience that includes an open canvas and paint, face-painting, photography, hoola-hoops, and glow sticks.

Also featuring performances by Joint Chiefs.

 

Admission: 
FREE

Chamberlin / Tall Heights / The Milkman’s Union

Friday / February 10, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chamberlin

Last fall Roll Call Records' Chamberlin unveiled its five track covers EP, aptly titled Chamberlin Cabin Covers EP. The group's latest effort finds the band adding its recognizably laidback flair to some of today's most popular songs by Passion Pit, the Cults, Vampire Weekend, Kanye West/Bon Iver, and Foster the People. Recorded this past summer in its cabin tucked away in Vermont, Chamberlin chose which songs to cover based on fan voting through its official website. 

 

In the summer of 2010, this Boston-based duo, Tall Heights, was playing for spare change in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In the year since, Tall Heights has performed alongside national acts like David Wilcox, Barefoot Truth, and Andrew Belle, and headlined packed houses across New England. They have independently sold over 2,000 copies of their debut album.

 

Also playing is The Milkman's Union.

 

 

Admission: 
$10 General Admission, $12 Day Of

Jazz at the Arsenal: George W. Russell Jr. and Lynette Gittens

Monday / February 6, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
George W. Russell Jr.

Inspirational jazz pianist George W. Russell Jr.'s performances range from a solo piano, to a groove-oriented jazz trio, to a soulful, fresh-sounding ensemble that arouses the listener's intellect and touches the soul. As a composer his music and his harmonic approach to improvisation has jazz enthusiasts everywhere tilting an ear. Russell has shared the stage with a number of legendary jazz artists including George Duke, Bob Moses, Billy Pierce, Stan Strickland, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, and many more. His latest self-titled CD places Russell firmly on the radar and solidifies him as a fresh voice for inspirational jazz.

Lynette Gittens is a professional singer and actress with an extensive background in live and recorded performances, community organizing, and outreach via the arts. She has been affiliated with the American Federation for Television and Radio Artists and can be seen in commercials for radio and television. Gittens has performed with local and national theater companies such as North Country Theater, Our Place Theater Project, and City Players. Her work includes voice-overs, commercials, demo recordings, and jingles. She has performed with Michael Buble, John Robinson, Jetro DaSilva, and Elizabeth Withers of Color Purple fame, to name a few. Lead vocalist with Soul of Boston, Gittens has traveled extensively nationally and internationally performing various styles from jazz to gospel as she continues her work in the community as an artists advocate.   


 

Admission: 
$18, $15 students/seniors/Arsenal members

Crossover Kidz/ Mike Ballz/ A-Lage

Friday / January 20, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Crossover Kidz

Crossover Kidz is musical duo based out of Boston. Both members attend Berklee. Upon music producer Drew Gilbert's, a.k.a. Droobee's, arrival to the college, he was in search of a rapper that he could mold as an artist, and also could cater to his unique and fresh sound. His next-door neighbor, Randy Patterson, soon introduced him to MuZ. There was an instant connection between the two; one that was so strong that MuZ instantly asked Droobee to be his hype man for live shows. The duo found themselves, within days of meeting, producing new tracks and recording songs right out of their dorm room closet. After only weeks of working together, Muz and Droobee established themselves as the Crossover Kidz and begin to plan for live performances around the Boston area.

The two decided that having a live band for performances would benefit them most, rather than the traditional DJ or click track. Thus, their live band Post-War Graduates was formed. After just a few weeks of practice, the Crossover Kidz and PWG held their debut show in the caf at Berklee. The show was a huge success; filling the venue to capacity with more than 200 people in attendance. The Crossover Kidz and Post-War Graduates continue to strive to promote their music and change the overall perception of hip-hop and pop.

Also featuring performances by Mike Ballz and A-Lage.

Admission: 
$10, $5 with student ID

DisGustaFunkaLicious

Wednesday / January 25, 2012 / 10:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

DisGustaFunkaLicious (Christian Saint-Louis, Deshawn Alexander, Joshua Linsky, Stefan Kallandar) is a Boston based R&B funk group. The performance in the Steve Heck Room will include original compositions and covers from Rh Factor, Soulive, Don Blackman, and many more.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday / April 3, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra will be premiere John Patitucci's Fantasy on a River Theme for six-string electric bass and orchestra, with the composer as soloist. The program will also feature the BCSO Student Composition Competition score, 8 De Febrero by Vicente Ortiz Gimeno, as well as Berklee composition faculty Jonathan Holland's Halcyon Sun. In honor of John Williams's 80th birthday, selections from Schindler's List and Star Wars will round out the program.  

Admission: 
Free

Tony Germain and Larry Baione

Monday / March 12, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Piano Department assistant chair Tony Germain and Guitar Department chair Larry Baione will perform as part of the Piano Monday series. The piano-guitar trio will play several standards and originals in the Bill Evans and Jim Hall style.

Admission: 

B.I.T.R. Tuesdays

Tuesday / January 31, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berkee-in-the-Round Tuesdays is a free acoustic performance showcasing Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, plus special guests. Inspired by the world-famous Bluebird Café rounds in Nashville, B.I.T.R. Tuesdays are held on the last Tuesday of each month during the semester. The writers are seated in the center of the room and perform their original songs round-robin fashion, creating an intimate listening-room vibe, as if the audience were joining the writers in their living rooms. 

This B.I.T.R. event features Scarlet Keys, Byron Noemdoe, Ethan Thompson, and a special guest.

This series is free to all students and faculty, and all B.I.T.R. shows run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.).

Upcoming B.I.T.R. Tuesday dates include:

February 28
March 27
April 24

Admission: 
Free

WesFest 7: The Aristocrats

Sunday / March 4, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
Roxy Theater (LA)
900 West Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood
CA
United States
The Aristocrats

An all-star band will perform at WesFest 7, a concert to benefit the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee. The event continues the tradition of paying tribute to Berklee alumnus Wes Wehmiller.

Performers include the Aristocrats—featuring Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller, and Marco Minnemann; the Casualties of Jazz; Mike Keneally; Jackie Daum; Joe Brooks; Colin Keenan; Danny Mo and the Exciters; and 2011 Wehmiller Scholarship winner, Hayley Jane Batt, who will be accompanied by drummer John "JR" Robinson.

The scholarship fund honors Wes Wehmiller (1971-2005), a Berklee graduate ('92) and highly accomplished bassist, athlete, and photographer who died of thyroid cancer in January 2005. Established by his family and friends, the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to a continuing student at Berklee who best exemplifies the excellence and grace Wehmiller showed as a bassist and as a human being. The WesFest concert series has raised more than $70,000 for the fund to date, and this sixth annual concert is the centerpiece of an annual fundraising drive for the scholarship.

Learn more at the WesFest website.

Admission: 
$20–$35

Alicia Witt / Young Pandas / Ken Yates

Wednesday / January 25, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Alicia Witt

You might know Alicia Witt from her work as an actor on shows including Friday Night Lights, Law & Order, and Cybill, and from the films 88 Minutes, Two Weeks Notice, Last Holiday, and Mr. Holland's Opus, to name a few. But she is also a classically trained pianist and accomplished singer-songwriter.

Wiltt's first music video, for the single "Anyway," has played on MTVu and VH1. She has appeared as a musical guest on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and was featured on the cover of Sound and Vision magazine. Her music can be heard at aliciawittmusic.com.

For the last three years, she's been performing her original songs at venues across the country such as Hotel Cafe and the Viper Room in Los Angeles, and Joe's Cafe and the Living Room in New York. 

Young Pandas is an indie supergroup consisting of songwriters Mike Maven and Manny X and bassist/producer Kyle Nagel. Their organic and acoustically driven sound is inspired by the danceable R&B of Maxwell and Robin Thicke mixed with the Soulful folk stylings of Amos Lee and Jason Mraz. In the last few years, on top of touring regionally and releasing online EPs that have seen huge downloading success, Young Pandas have produced records for numerous notable artists, as well as performing as the live backing band for Warner artist Outasight, Jon Hope, and LRG artist The Kid Daytona.

Born and Raised in London, Ontario, Ken Yates moved to Boston to study songwriting at Berklee. It was there that he developed his skills as a songwriter, releasing his first CD, The Backseat EP, and receiving the opportunity to play a song for one of his biggest influences, John Mayer. Mayer even posted a full page blog about Yates’s ability as a writer stating, “Ken Yates wrote a song called ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love’… this song moved me when I first heard it and still does today.” Yates’s EP received high critical acclaim, leading to a slew of online covers from fans. He has played numerous shows with veteran singer-songwriter and mentor, Livingston Taylor, and is now in heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s the Coffee House. He now lives in New York where he is working on a full-length album.

 

Admission: 
$12, general admission

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