Concert

Elizabeth and the Catapult / Lucius / Pearl and the Beard

Thursday / October 28, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Elizabeth and the Catapult

Take a clear and powerful voice, add a memorable melody and set it to unique, sophisticated harmonies, and what emerges is Elizabeth and the Catapult’s singular sound. The title of the band's Verve Forecast debut album Taller Children reflects the unique blend of pop playfulness and grown-up introspection that defines Berklee alumna Elizabeth Ziman's distinctive songwriting. Such memorable originals as "Rainiest Day of Summer," "Apathy," "The Hang Up," and "Hit the Wall" embody a vibrant mix of open-hearted wonder, whimsical humor, and forthright emotional insight, merging classic pop melodicism with an array of acoustic textures, jazz twists, and orchestral flourishes.

Lucius's highly anticipated debut album Songs from the Bromley House showcases a cast of exceptional musicians, fronted by singers and songwriters Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. The two songstresses have been writing music together since they were students in Boston in 2005.

Pearl and the Beard is three voices, one cello, one guitar, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums, one accordion, 96 teeth, and one soul. Former strangers Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price, and Jeremy Styles were united in the great city of New York. Each had migrated there from a far corner of the nation with naught but food in their pockets and money in their bellies. Each had the same true love. Since then, the three have flourished, and their unique brand of brightly melodic songcraft continues to blossom of its own accord.

Admission: 
$10

Red Eye at the Red Room: Dramamine—The Girls of the Motion Sick

Friday / October 22, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Motion Sick

The Boston music community is home to a number of characters, genres, and tastemakers. Red Eye at the Red Room gathers and strengthens that community by showcasing some of Boston's top acts and photographers. As part of the second round, photographer Kelly Davidson joins the wives and girlfriends of the Motion Sick, Leesa Coyne, Veronica Dole, and Sophia Cacciola to form Dramamine: The Girls of the Motion Sick. Along with This Blue Heaven and Sarah RabDAU and the Self-Employed Assassins, Dramamine will pay tribute (in its own surprise way) to recently retired local music icons the Motion Sick.

The Motion Sick has long been a staple on the Boston rock scene, and the women affiliated with each of the band members have joined forces to lampoon, roast, and just plain make fun of the boys in the band. The Motion Sick is pretty good at playing smart indie rock, but arguably even better at selecting female company. Thus, the Girls of the Motion Sick is packed with talent from local rock bands, including Coyne and Davidson (Naked on Roller Skates), Cacciola (Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling), and Dale (The Future Everybody). Together, they will perform a full set of the Motion Sick's songs in their own style and by their own rules.

Sarah Rabdau and the Self-Employed Assassins formed on the internet while drummer Matt Graber was living in Israel, and singer/songwriter and piano-wielder Rabdau was looking for players in her home base of Boston. Three years ago Graber returned to Massachusetts so the dynamic duo could assemble its eponymous debut. The album, brimming with passionate pop, showcases Rabdau's stellar voice aching and exalting against Graber's frenetic yet melodic drumming. The Daily News has dubbed the duo a "pitch-perfect team," and the video for "Autumn Spills" earned the audience award for Best Music Video at SENE Film Festival.

This Blue Heaven is female-fronted power pop bursting from the heart of the Boston indie rock scene. Catchy but never canned, the quintet's rich, melodic songs about light and love, delivered with brazen innocence by frontwoman MacKenzie Outlund, beckon you into a vibrant world of shimmering guitars, hooky synths, and driving beats. The group's latest project is Spinning and Shining, a five-song EP produced by Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies), released locally in August 2010.

Admission: 
$12

Berklee CMJ Music Marathon Showcase

Friday / October 22, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
New York
NY
United States
Julia Easterlin

Berklee presents its fourth annual CMJ Music Marathon showcase of alumni and student artists, featuring rock, indie pop, singer/songwriter, r&b, and electro-pop by the Prigs, the Wandas, Oceanographer, Julia Easterlin (HRR artist), the Honors, and Liptease (HRR).

The show will be webcast live and can be viewed at BoweryPoetryLive.com. The event includes free raffles for a chance to win a badge to attend next year's CMJ Music Marathon or a Berkleemusic online course. Free copies will also be given away of student-run label HRR's latest album, Dorm Sessions 7, featuring showcase artists Julia Easterlin and Liptease. Now in its 30th year, the CMJ Music Marathon is New York's largest music event, attracting bands, fans, and music industry professionals from around the world. Learn more about the showcase.

Admission: 
$10

Tyrone Wells / Andrew Belle

Wednesday / October 13, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tyrone Wells

The Red Room @ Cafe 939 is proud to welcome back Tyrone Wells with special guest Andrew Belle. They will be performing twice, first at 6:00 p.m. and again at 8:00 p.m. Ticket packages for both shows are available.

Tyrone Wells is a singer/songwriter from Spokane, Washington. His songs have been featured in numerous hit television shows (Intervention, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Rescue Me, and One Tree Hill, to name a few).

Andrew Belle is a new artist on the pop singer/songwriter scene. Residing in both Chicago and Nashville, he is currently a member of the critically acclaimed national tour Ten Out of Tenn. He released his debut EP All Those Pretty Lights in 2008, with songs featured in hit TV shows including 90210 and The Real World. Belle recently was named Best Breakout Artist, Chicago by MTV.

Tickets for this show are $15 general admission, $25 for the two-show package. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased in advance at Ticketmaster.com or the Berklee Performance Center box office.

Admission: 
$15, general admission; $25, two-show package

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Mike Squillante

Thursday / October 21, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mike Squillante

The Red Room presents the New Brew Lunchtime Concert Series. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Berklee students, staff, or faculty help you either slow down or power up for the afternoon. Concerts are free, all-ages, and open to the public. Bring your lunch, snag a coffee, and grab a seat for our New Brew performances-they're good for the soul.

Today's featured artist is Mike Squillante, a pop/rock and alternative singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He's been writing and recording original songs since the age of 12, and is releasing his debut full-length album, Backward Glances, Second Chances, this fall. Professional music videos have been made for two songs off the 14-track album, which features Squillante on guitar, piano, and vocals as well as bassist Owen Danoff and drummer Miles Nasta. Check the videos out at youtube.com/mikesquill.

Admission: 
Free

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Bryan Ouellette

Tuesday / October 5, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bryan Ouellette

The Red Room presents the New Brew Lunchtime Concert Series. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Berklee students, staff, or faculty help you either slow down or power up for the afternoon. Concerts are free, all-ages, and open to the public. Bring your lunch, snag a coffee, and grab a seat for our New Brew performances-they're good for the soul.

Today's featured artist is Bryan Ouellette, a Berklee student from the rural area of Turner, Maine who plays guitar and writes pop and acoustic music. Ouellette has written over 50 songs since enrolling at Berklee, featuring what the Portland Phoenix called his "breathy tenor."

 

 

Admission: 
Free

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Mia Verdoorn

Tuesday / September 28, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mia Verdoorn

The Red Room presents the New Brew Lunchtime Concert Series. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Berklee students, staff, or faculty help you either slow down or power up for the afternoon. Concerts are free, all-ages, and open to the public. Bring your lunch, snag a coffee, and grab a seat for our New Brew performances—they’re good for the soul.

Today's featured artist is Mia Verdoorn. Verdoorn was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. She is a vocalist and pianist currently in her seventh semester at Berklee majoring in vocal performance and music business. She performs regularly both here in Boston and in South Africa.

 

Admission: 
Free

Tyrone Wells / Andrew Belle

Wednesday / October 13, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tyrone Wells

The Red Room @ Cafe 939 is proud to welcome back Tyrone Wells with special guest Andrew Belle. They will be performing twice, first at 6:00 p.m. and again at 8:00 p.m. Ticket packages for both shows are available.

Tyrone Wells is a singer/songwriter from Spokane, Washington. His songs have been featured in numerous hit television shows (Intervention, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Rescue Me, and One Tree Hill, to name a few).

Andrew Belle is a new artist on the pop singer/songwriter scene. Residing in both Chicago and Nashville, he is currently a member of the critically acclaimed national tour Ten Out of Tenn. He released his debut EP All Those Pretty Lights in 2008, with songs featured in hit TV shows including 90210 and The Real World. Belle recently was named Best Breakout Artist, Chicago by MTV.

Tickets for this show are $15 general admission, $25 for the two-show package. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased in advance at Ticketmaster.com or the Berklee Performance Center box office.

Admission: 
$15, general admission; $25, two-show package

Brooke Fraser—SOLD OUT

Saturday / November 20, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Brooke Fraser

Brooke Fraser is starting anew with Flags, inspired by her writing trips into the more remote parts of the United States. "I was traversing these incredible landscapes and wondering about all the people who had worked this land and what their lives were like; how they had come to arrive in and then leave these places," she says. Flags will be released on her own Wood & Bone Records on October 12, 2010.

Admission: 
$12 advance general admission, $15 day of show

Emily Elbert / The Boston Boys / Julia Easterlin

Saturday / October 2, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Emily Elbert

Emily Elbert will be releasing her second album, Proof, with special guests the Boston Boys and Julia Easterlin.

Raised in Texas on a musical diet of Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Taylor, and '60s radio, 21-year-old Emily Elbert first fell in love with guitar when she was 15. She set her sights on Berklee and won numerous awards, including a coveted spot in the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Foundation's jazz ensemble. The Berklee junior has now played over 350 shows, from Alaska to Memphis, Austin to New York, as well as in Scotland, Puerto Rico, and Peru. Named the Best New Artist of 2008 by WUMB-FM in Boston, she is releasing her second album, Proof, this fall. It features Elbert at her best, with strong melodies, straight-to-the-heart vocals, and intricate guitar work.

The Boston Boys is a new band emerging from the hotbed of talented young players in the hip Boston music scene. Featuring singer/songwriter Eric Robertson, all band members are either students at or alumni of the prestigious Berklee College of Music. The Boston Boys sound is contemporary roots-rock, blending reverence for the Beatles and the energy of the Avett Brothers with hints of Appalachian string band music. 

Julia Easterlin weaves jazz, electronic music, and unexpected instruments (such as Scandinavian Tupperware) into performances that have been described as "mesmerizing" and "Ella Fitzgerald meets Stomp." Her current work involves using a looping station to create tracks in front of the audience, incorporating instruments, vocals, hand claps, tongue clicks, and the serendipitous sound events that only a live setting can provide.

Admission: 
$8

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