Concert

Eisley / Say Chance/ Christie Dupree/ Tallhart

Tuesday / March 20, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Eisley

Eisley is a family band that was formed in 1997 after the youngest sibling, Stacy, wrote its first song at age 8. With inspiring songs and great press from music critics in the burgeoning Dallas scene, the young indie-pop group released its debut EP on Record Collection, signed with Warner Bros., jumped on Coldplay's Rush of Blood tour and began carving out a national following. Eisley is hitting its stride and continues to write beautiful, lush, melody-charged pop songs. Eisley is nearing completion on an exciting, brutally honest, catchy-as-hell third LP to be released this year.

Christie DuPree is a singer-songwriter from Texas known for her angelic voice. She is the younger sister of Chauntelle, Sherri, Stacy, and Weston DuPree and the cousin of Garron DuPree—all of whom are members of the band Eisley. DuPree is currently working on her own solo projects. She made various appearances on stage during Eisley's Combinations tour. She has previously worked with Wesley Jensen on both of his EPs and can be seen in the music video for "Think I Wanna Die" by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

Say Chance is a trio of lovely and talented young ladies that will instantly touch your heart with their acoustic melodies. Kelly Rosenthal is the trio's 19-year-old guitarist who enjoys recreating classic rock riffs, like the solo from "Stairway to Heaven" or Carlos Santana tunes. The three managed to capture the essence and energy of the originals they cover, while injecting some acoustic flavor thanks to Kelly's cool, arpeggiated guitar arrangement, and to the great vocal performances by Maddie and Taylor, which fall somewhere between rock, blues, and soul.

Also performing: Tallhart.

Admission: 
$15

Berklee's Seventh Annual SXSW Party

Friday / March 16, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Friends Bar
208 E. 6th St.
Austin
TX
United States
78701
Canary

Berklee's Seventh Annual SXSW Party features Berklee, Berkleemusic.com, and Heavy Rotation Records (HRR) alumni and students performing rock, pop, punk, dance, electronic, Americana, and folk. Artists include the Shills from Boston; Austinites Ume; Boston's the Grownup Noise; Brooklyn-based Lucius; Queen Caveat from Los Angeles; Canary (HRR) from Boston; Justin Klump, from Portland, Oregon; and Boston and New York-based Mrs. Danvers (HRR).  Berklee is the only college to host an official day party at SXSW, one of the music industry's biggest events.

The party is 21-plus and open to SXSW badgeholders. The public can email sxswrsvp@berklee.edu to attend free of charge. Free copies of HRR's latest release, Under the Influence, will be given away. The album features Berklee students and alumni covering some of rock's biggest names and the seminal bands that influenced them. Listen at HeavyRotationRecords.bandcamp.com

For more information visit Berklee.edu

 

 


Admission: 
Free with badge or RSVP

Berklee Global Jazz Summit

Monday / March 26, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment. This concert will feature BGJI ensembles, faculty, and special guests.

This year, the BGJI Summit will focus on the creative outlook of the institute: global jazz with roots in folkloric music and interdisciplinary facets. The BGJI students and their music will be the centerpiece of the show, in the framework of their recent educational and musical experience in Panama. The lineup of BGJI faculty and BGJI artists in residence will support and complement the work of our talented students in this exciting musical journey.

Featured artists for the BGJI Summit includes:Danilo Pérez (piano); Dave Liebman (saxophone); Joe Lovano (saxophone; Terri Lyne Carrington (drums); John Patitucci (bass); George Garzone (saxophone); David Gilmore (guitar); Marco Pignataro (saxophone.

The BGJI Green and Red ensembles will also perform. The Green Ensemble features: Zach Giberson (tenor saxophone); Lihi Haruvi (alto saxophone); Alex Hargraves (violin); Caili O'Doherty (piano); Spencer Stewart (bass); Isaac Haselkorn (drums); and Segio Martinez (percussion). The Red Ensemble features: Edmar Colon and Tom Wilson (tenor saxophone); Clay Lyons (alto saxophone); Roberto Giaquinto (drums); Zach Brown (bass); Sharik Hasan (piano); Sofia Rubino (voice); and Joseph Manzoli (guitar).

Panamanian master percussionist Ricaurte Villareal and the Tambores de Panama will also join the students and faculty for this event and resume the teachings and musical collaboration initiated at the Panama Jazz Festival 2012.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Rachel Platten / Ian Axel

Friday / March 23, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rachel Platten

Beautiful, but not brazen. Passionate, but never preachy. Populist, but definitely not prosaic. New York singer-songwriter, pianist, and beatboxer Rachel Platten is by no means your average headliner-in-the-making. Her Rock Ridge Music debut, Be Here, is a bewitching collection of 10 wise-beyond-their-years piano-driven pop songs that echo elements of Alanis Morissette, Carole King, Tori Amos, and Regina Spektor, while retaining a singular sense of self that is rarely found in such a young performer.

Also performing: Ian Axel

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Playing for Change

Friday / March 2, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In 2009 a musical compilation video of the song "Stand by Me" went viral on YouTube. The showcase, known as Songs from Around the World, established a forum for street musicians from around the globe and successfully drew attention to the invisible army of raw talent that exists outside the conventional margins of the music business. This special live concert will feature vocalist Clarence Milton Bekker, among other performers, celebrating the sound of vintage American soul.

Admission: 
$46, $36 reserved seating

Berklee American Roots Music Series

Tuesday / February 28, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138

A night of American roots music featuring performers in a wide range of American roots styles—including blues, gospel, folk, early country music, bluegrass, old-time, cajun, western swing, polka, and Tex-Mex.

The artistic validity of a wide range of American roots styles is beyond dispute. This music is the lifeblood of America's cultural heritage. The expressive urgency and depth of these styles is supported by strong fundamental musical values, and it is in recognition of the richness of these idioms, and of the ways that they fuse with contemporary elements, that Berklee has created the American Roots Music Program.

Among its many projects, the American Roots Music Program produces concerts, hosts visiting artists, designs and implements curriculum, creates and hosts faculty development sessions, and designs and implements symposiums and seminars. Also, using a broader definition of the term "roots," the program examines the core of what it means to be a musician in all idioms, and contemplates the roots of our western musical traditions, ranging from Bach to traditional African music.

 

 

Admission: 
$10/ $5 for Berklee students at the door

Women Musicians Network 15th Annual Concert

Thursday / March 8, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This popular concert highlights the music of Berklee women students and their bands from around the world.

This year there are 12 diverse acts, ranging from jazz and rock to Bulgarian folk. As always, the focus is on Berklee women students and their bands. Special guests include Renese King, Berklee City Music, and award-winning band Zili Misik.

Women Musicians Network (WMN) is a student club, founded in order to highlight Berklee women students in roles that are often associated with men. The annual concert features female band leaders, composers, drummers, saxophonists, lead guitar and bass players. Women also work behind the scenes—as organizers, recording engineers, etc.

The concert is presented by Lucy Holstedt (WMN cofounder and faculty advisor) and Christiane Karam. Christiane, a former Berklee alumna, has performed in the show as well as other illustrious student alumnae including Esperanza Spalding, Christine Fawson, Daniela Schachter, and members of Zili Misik.

Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Fresh Prospects: Manasseh David Israel / Micah Schure / Molly Brown

Friday / March 2, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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

For Manasseh David Israel, music is a vehicle for enjoying life, and for sharing stories about it with others. In his songbook you'll find a sweet blend of northwest folk, Muddy Water blues, and rock and roll pop that is familiar, yet utterly fresh.

Micah Schure has performed shows in New York City, Boston, and New Jersey including two appearances at the Hillsborough Music Festival, an annual fundraiser for the Allegra School of Music. Her first single, "Rebel," was released on iTunes in 2011. She is currently preparing songs for an EP, scheduled for release later in 2012.

Molly Brown is currently putting together her album, to be released this year. Her music has a country-pop, sweet sound, which is sure to catch everyone's attention. Molly's songs are real and raw. After graduating Berklee, Molly plans to move to Nashville to pursue her career as an artist.

Admission: 
Free

Music Therapy Recital

Tuesday / April 10, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Music therapy students present a recital.

Admission: 

The Daily Pravda / St. Helena / The Grownup Noise

Saturday / March 3, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Grownup Noise

Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2007, Boston's the Grownup Noise has evolved into a rousing indie-pop outfit, bridging the gap between Americana and indie. 

They've shared stages with everyone from comedian Patton Oswalt to fellow avant-baroque musicians like Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down(Kill Rock Stars), and acclaimed Canadian barnstormers Rock Plaza Central. Fast forward several years and various enriching personal pursuits, and the band is finally gearing up for its playful, poignant new LP, This Time with Feeling.  Described by the Portland Press Herald (Maine) as a combination of "smart lyrics with keen vocals," adding that "its songs are doses of melodic sunshine," the Grownup Noise has maintained and built on its fanbase during the intervening years through a savvy combination of eccentric pop songs, natural talent, and determination.

St. Helena features founder and primary writer Patrick Teahan on guitar and vocals, Magen Tracy on keyboards and vocals, Mike Ward on guitar, Keith Wales on bass and vocals, and James Willetts on drums.

Originally founded in hopes of "doing to Ziggy Stardust what Oasis did to the Beatles," The Daily Pravda have since added surf rock and new wave stylings to the mix, while never quite ditching the Bowie.

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of event

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