Concert

College Battle of the Bands

Wednesday / May 4, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come see 10 college bands face off in this incredible show.

Featuring performances by the Luke Mulholland Band, Christine and the Bad News, Pink Cigarette, Tumbleweed Company, Threat Level Burgundy, Bangkok Rules, Gwen Bunn, Robert Gillies, Shannon Allen, and Pulse.

Check out the line-up in greater detail at collegebattleofthebands.com.

Admission: 
Free

Kelly Bartley

Wednesday / July 6, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Kelly Bartley

Kelly Bartley is a singer-songwriter from Santiago, Chile. With influences like Kris Kristofferson and Hank Williams, Bartley's music can be described as Americana/country. Her band, Kelly and the Hermanos, is recording its first album. She has recorded with Grammy-winning producer, John D. Thomas, and with Bill King in a tribute to Bob Dylan.

Admission: 
Free

Cameron Galpin

Saturday / July 9, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Derby Square
Front Street
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Cameron Galpin

Born in Colorado, Cameron Galpin spent much of his early childhood traveling around the world with his family. With two British Beatles fans for parents, it isn't surprising that he naturally fell in love with the art of the song. Trapped on various trains planes and automobiles, he had plenty of time to listen. He received his first guitar at 16 and began taking weekly lessons. By 18, he had produced his first full-length album of original material. At 19 he was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music.

Upon arriving at Berklee, Galpin found himself drawn into a network of talented musicians who loved nothing more than sharing their ideas and supporting each other's musical visions. Carving out a style reflecting influences from John Mayer, D'Angelo, and the Band, he set out to record his first EP of more of his original music. By 2010, his 10-piece band finished the EP, complete with a five-piece horn section. Over the past seven semesters, he spent his time studying and playing with great instrumentalists such as Jamie Haddad, Julian Lage, and David Grisman, saturating his style with a mix of jazz, bluegrass, funk, and soul. He currently lives and performs in Boston while completing his degree at Berklee.

 

Admission: 
Free

Jer Coons / Jeff LeBlanc / Michael Tolcher

Thursday / May 26, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jer Coons

Armed with drop dead catchy melodies, boyish good looks and charm, singer-songwriter Jer Coons is sure to please any crowd. He grew up in Vermont, on a healthy diet of MTV and 'N Sync. His album, Speak, featured the song "Legs," which received mass radio play. For him, most singer-songwriters suck, especially the ones pushing middle age who have seen no real success and now hang by a thread shopping at Urban Outfitters in an attempt to look 10 years younger.

Jeff LeBlanc's 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." He has had the fortune of sharing the stage with Matt Nathanson, Ingrid Michaelson, Third Eye Blind, Joe Brooks, and Augustana. His music has been featured on major television programs such as One Tree Hill, The Real World, Ghost Whisperer, and The Hills.

Hailing from just south of Atlanta, Georgia, Michael Tolcher smoothly blends pop, hip-hop, rock, and folk music to form his own powerful, hooky, and total senses-pleasing sound. He has played his music on street corners and in theaters all over, from New York to Beijing. His first public performance was from behind the piano in church at age 5. He insisted that he not be seen that morning, so he hid behind the piano as he sang. Obviously, he is not as shy as he once was.

 

 

Admission: 
$10 advance; $12 at the door

An Evening with Sarah Jarosz

Friday / May 13, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sarah Jarosz

The best and brightest in the acoustic world move the music forward with an awareness of what came before them. That is certainly true of Sarah Jarosz. On her second album for Sugar Hill Records, Follow Me Down, she pays homage to her country and bluegrass roots while pushing beyond those sometimes-limited boundaries, taking us on a journey both dark and mystical. Her approach to acoustic music is invigorating; she gives equal attention to playing, singing, and writing, choosing songs that embrace both old-timey and modern sounds.

Jarosz left her hometown of Wimberley, Texas to study contemporary improvisation at Boston’s New England Conservatory on the NEC Presidential Merit scholarship. She has sat in on wildly unpredictable live jams with the Punch Brothers and Mumford & Sons. Jarosz is definitely a formidable talent—there have been Grammy and Americana Music Award nominations, a trio of Austin Music Awards, and invitations to perform on Austin City Limits and A Prairie Home Companion and at Bonnaroo, Newport, and Telluride.

 

Admission: 
$12/general admission, $10/students at box office

Hank and Cupcakes / Les Racquet

Friday / April 22, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hank and Cupcakes

Named one of Time Out New York's "must see" acts at CMJ 2010, Hank and Cupcakes captivates audiences and dominates the stage with a unique performance and a "funky fresh sound," says the New York Post. The Jerusalem Post says they "create wildly invigorating music that is full of danger, mystery, noise, and sex—all the ingredients of great rock 'n' roll."

Les Racquet is the modern power trio. Originally formed in Massachusetts, Patrick Carroll (guitar, lead vox) and Kenny Murphy (bass, vox) moved to New York and met drummer Daniel Malone. Each musician brings his own set of influences to the stage while sharing a vision that blends classic pop with jazz musicianship.

Admission: 
$10

Berklee World Strings

Tuesday / May 3, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee World Strings directed by Eugene Friesen present an evening of new work for strings and improvising soloists.

The concert will include four world premieres: The Improvising Erhu by Chieh Wei Chiu and Eugene Friesen, Unit #407 by violin soloist and composer Echae Kang, Celta by Berklee faculty composer Bruce Thomas, and Coral by Berklee alumnus Andy Reiner.

Also on the program will be the East Coast premiere of Short Stories by UCLA faculty composer Mark Carlson, the United States premiere of Concertino for Arabic Violin featuring Layth Sidiq, and Blue Sky Basin, a contemporary bluegrass romp for strings by Andy Reiner.

Berklee student Chieh Wei Chiu, a native of Taipei, Taiwan, is a violinist in Berklee World Strings. After making it known that he plays erhu—a Chinese lap-held viola—Chiu was invited by BWS director Eugene Friesen to a jam session during which it became obvious that Chiu was more than a traditional erhu virtuoso. He could improvise melodies in a wide variety of harmonic and rhythmic settings, and he could play blues on the erhu! The transcriptions of Chiu and Friesen's initial improvisations, along with a beautiful pentatonic melody written by Chiu became the central themes and sections of The Improvising Erhu.

BWS concertmaster Echae Kang, from Seoul, Korea, has written a feature for her amazing virtuosic gypsy jazz violin playing and soloing. Unit 407 also features Sierra Hull on mandolin and Shin Sakaino on bass.

Concertino for Arabic Violin features violin soloist Layth Sidiq of Amman, Jordan. Sidiq plays traditional Arabic music on the violin, requiring unique aspects of tuning, ornamentation, and improvisation. The concertino was composed by Mohammed u. Sidiq, the student's father and a renowned composer and conductor in Jordan.

Berklee faculty pianist and composer Bruce Thomas has created a new work for BWS, Celta. As the title suggests, this rollicking new piece inspired by Thomas's Irish grandmother uses characteristics of Celtic music.

Coral by Andy Reiner, one of two Reiner pieces on the program, is a serene and elegant exploration of meter and melody.

Featured soloists from the ensemble will include Eli Bishop, Sierra Hull, Joshue Humphreys, Rika Ikeda, Echae Kang, Patrick M'Gonigle, Shin Sakaino, and Layth Sidiq.

The Berklee World Strings are devoted to the art of ensemble playing and the development of new music that features improvisation and the rhythmic capabilities of string instruments and players. Drawing from Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, rock, and classical styles, the ensemble presents original programs that include new compositions and arrangements from a wide variety of the world's music. The group features Berklee's finest string players from countries around the world and the United States.

Can't make it to the show? Follow it live at concertwindow.com/berklee.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Jason Webley / Humanwine

Saturday / May 14, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jason Webley

Jason Webley brings his prolific musicality to the 939 stage along with Humanwine.

Webley has released six albums and numerous collaborations on his own record label. He organizes and headlines the annual Monsters of Accordion tour and has shared the stage with the likes of the Avett Brothers, Devotchka, and Regina Spektor. Recently, Webley finished a world tour with Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls as one-half of the duo Evelyn Evelyn. At the end of 2011, Webley will be taking a break from touring, making this special show with Humanwine his last Boston appearance for some time.

The "muzik" of Humanwine is fluid and changing with each line-up. Often one or more players on stage will be playing together for the first time. While some songs are set in a modern or near future setting from an eco-anarchist stance against a plastic, nonrenewable lifestyle, other songs blatantly call attention to 'Vinland', a land filled with a mindless cog populace.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

Baby Dee / Jaggery

Monday / May 9, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Baby Dee

A very special evening with Baby Dee and Boston's own Jaggery.

Baby Dee's latest full length studio work, A Book of Songs for Anne Marie has been presented not as an album but as a book that comes with a CD.

"Torture chamber pop." "Darkwave jazz." "Siren rock." These are a few of the many attempts to describe the sound of Jaggery, an art-rock collective that weaves harp, viola, piano, contrabass, and drum kit into a universe of its own, setting the scene for "one of the most beautiful voices in modern music."

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of show, general admission

Daphne Willis / Eric Stepanian / Mal Blum

Friday / April 29, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Daphne Willis

In a little more than three years since she grabbed her acoustic guitar and took the stage for the first time, Chicago-based Daphne Willis has grown from a feisty neophyte into a self-assured, marvelously expressive artist with a bracingly seductive sound. The 22-year-old's Vanguard Records debut album, What to Say, documents Willis's voyage of self-discovery and is a captivating introduction to a remarkably fresh voice—one that both reflects and scrutinizes the social patterns of her generation.

Eric Stepanian's Goodnight Scarlett, produced by Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Daniel Lanois), fits a narrative of music which is relevant, immediate, and powerful. Goodnight Scarlett is timeless, pure, American rock music, influenced by Stepanian's twin heroes of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, tempered by '70s AM radio fare and personalized by the singer-songwriter's unique history. Stepanian can be tough, but Goodnight Scarlett is often a dark reverie, musing over lost loves, broken hearts, and the misery that ensues.

Mal Blum first appeared on the scene at age 19, with a tongue-in-cheek little ditty about her ukulele; today, tens of thousands have viewed the music video for "Ode to Kulele," which was voted a Top Ten Music Video of 2009 (#10) on LOGO TV's The Click List in January. Since releasing "Ode to Kulele," from her sophomore album, Goodnight Sugarpop (2008), Blum has kept busy. The past two years already saw her snagging opening spots for Melissa Ferrick, Bitch, Amanda Palmer, Kimya Dawson, Hamell on Trial, and more, as well as releasing a new EP.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

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