Concert

Sue Costello

Friday / November 30, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Sue Costello, acclaimed comic, actor, and writer is set for her triumphant return to Boston for one night only with two performances of her one-woman show, Minus 32 Million Words, at the Red Room. The show—alternately hilarious and heartbreaking—track’s Costello’s life growing up in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and how she developed a desperate need for fame and money, only to realize that without trust in herself, nothing could make her happy. As to the origin of the show’s title, Costello explains: “The show is called Minus 32 Million Words because I read an article in the New York Times that said that poor kids hear 32 million less words than rich kids and thought, "I want to bust through those limitations and tell my story, even if 'they' say I don’t have the words." The show is about going for your dreams and second chances, all while remembering where you came from. It’s life imitating art.” Costello has starred on NYPD BLUE, Last Comic Standing, and appeared in the film The Fighter alongside Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Mark Wahlberg.

Admission: 
$18 Advanced, $20 Day of Show

Carina Round / Rosi Golan

Tuesday / October 23, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Carina Round
Rosi Golan

Carina Round has carved a singular path in music with her inimitable voice and stirringly varied compositions. Her uncompromising vision and thrilling versatility has garnered an immensely passionate fan base, including a myriad of highly regarded musicians. Her forthcoming album, Tigermending, comes from a painting by Amy Cutler where three women sit in a field dutifully stitching the bellies of a heap of helpless tigers. Produced with Grammy-nominated writer Dan Burns, Round collaborated with some notable champions including the legendary Dave Stewart, Brian Eno, and Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan. TV and film placements of her songs include American Horror Story, Pretty Little Liars, Dollhouse, and many more.

An Israeli-born singer songwriter, Rosi Golan now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She was the winner of the first ASCAP Robert Allen Award for songwriting excellence, for which she performed at Lincoln Center. Her songs have been placed in TV shows such as The Vampire Diaries, Grey's Anatomy, In Plain Sight, and Ghost Whisperer, as well as in various commercials. Billboard Magazine described her CD, The Drifter & the Gypsy, as "a collection of gentle, country-tinged pop songs."

Admission: 
$12 Advance, $15 Day of Show

Charlie Peacock / The Lone Bellow

Thursday / October 4, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Charlie Peacock
The Lone Bellow

Charlie Peacock's adventurous resume makes him a difficult musician to categorize. The Grammy Award-winning, multiformat performer, songwriter, and record producer has excelled in pop, gospel, country, folk-Americana, and jazz.

Peacock began his iconoclastic artist, songwriting, and production career in the 1980s with recordings for A&M, Island, and Sparrow/EMI. Alongside his own unique performing and recording career, Peacock has played a lead role in creating major hits in three separate decades—most notably Amy Grant's "Every Heartbeat" (1991), Switchfoot's "Dare You to Move" (2002), and the Civil Wars' Gold debut album Barton Hollow (2011)—earning Grammys for Best Folk Album and Country Duo. 

Named by Billboard's Encyclopedia of Record Producers as one of the 500 most important record producers in music history, the award-winning artist-producer is known as a deeply committed advocate of artistic freedom and risk.

In 2012 Peacock diverted from his recent jazz recordings to produce his own return to vocal performance, the folk/Americana flavored No Man’s Land.

Featuring Jeff Coffin on the saxophone. Also appearing: The Lone Bellow.

Admission: 
$12 advance, $15 day of show

Niklas Ostergaard: Xevilla

Thursday / October 4, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Niklas and his band present a recital of music infused with funk, groove, and beat.

Admission: 
Free

Amanda Andrews Group

Wednesday / October 3, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Amanda Andrews and her ensemble present a set of original jazz tunes.

Admission: 
Free

Adam Arcuragi / Spirit Family Reunion

Friday / November 9, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Adam Arcuragi

Arcuragi (pronounced ärk; er; ā; jēe) grew up listening to his grandparent's collection of old country records and Southern hymns, while wearing out cassette tapes of Bob Dylan and the Beatles. Arcuragi's self-titled debut was released in 2006 and was followed up by I Am Become Joy in 2009. The All Music Guide states, "There is unbridled joy inherent in even the saddest of these songs, and unforgettable images in almost every verse," while the Washington Post said of the band's live dates, "If you want to see troubadouring done right, it's your duty to catch Arcuragi."

Spirit Family Reunion plays homegrown American music to stomp, clap, shake, and holler to. Ever since the group started singing together on the street corners, farmers markets, and subway stations of New York, its songs have rung out in a pure and timeless way. When Spirit Family Reunion gathers to sing, there is communion. Strangers and neighbors come to rejoice in the sound, and there is no divide between performer and spectator.

Admission: 
$12 General Public

Alice Smith / Trixie Whitley

Friday / November 2, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Alice Smith
Trixie Whitley

With notes of '60s pop, Burt Bacharach-style melodies and that intoxicating element ofattitude, Alice Smith’s upcoming collection has something for die-hard followers and new fans alike. Her sound has evolved, adding lush, orchestral arrangements and multihued melodies. Though she has always been an artist at heart, Smith is now a mother, and she’s been through some powerful experiences over the past few years. She emerges with new insights to realize through song. Still singing, of course, but today, stepping out independently, she has all the more reason to give 'em something they can feel. Sharing the stage is Trixie Whitley, whose magnetic presence and stunning voice captivated audiences worldwide in 2010 and 2011 as she toured the world performing with Black Dub. During the Black Dub recording sessions, she also recorded her second EP, The Engine, featuring her own music, and began preparing to record her debut as a leader.

Admission: 
$15:00

Mad Satta / Love Experiment

Friday / October 26, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mad Satta
Love Experiment

Joanna Teters, a student at Berklee College of Music, is a brilliant vocal stylist with roots in jazz, blues, reggae, and R&B music. She leads Mad Satta and is backed by bass player and principal composer for the group Ben Carr, innovative guitarist Ted Morcaldi, standout drummer Zane West, and composer and new addition to the group, Kevin Theodore on keyboards. With the recent addition of a live horn section, the group has been rising to new heights every time it plays. Mad Satta has recently been showcased at venues all across New York State and Connecticut, from the Falcon to the Bowery Electric, and its newest release, a self-titled EP, has become a best-seller on Bandcamp. Also taking the stage is Love Experiment, a Boston-based band featuring some of the best young musicians from the New England Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music. The band combines neo-soul, jazz, hip-hop, and electronica to create an energetic sound that it has dubbed "future soul."

Admission: 
$10.00

Jae Cheol Oh: Inspiration

Friday / September 28, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Composer, arranger, and trumpeter Jae Cheol Oh will perform his original compositions, as well as his unique arrangements of tunes by the musicians who've most inspired him.  

Admission: 
Free

Reed Foehl / Putnam Murdock / von Grey

Wednesday / September 26, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Steeped in the folk tradition, Reed Foehl is largely known for his lyrical ability as an artist. He possesses a talent and a voice that are very seldom seen (or heard). Foehls' landscape of lush tones and solid songs touch the raw truth of love and tragedy, without sinking into saccharine sentimentality or cold remove. His albums pull together a touch of country, folk, and edgy roots-rock with the bold honesty intrinsic to modern songwriting.

A Boston native based in Colorado since 1989, Foehl started his musical career as the founding member and frontman of the worldwide indie folk phenomenon Acoustic Junction. After soaring AJ to the top of the charts in the indie folk genre, Foehl stepped back from the touring life to raise his son, and focused on his solo musical career. His simple yet powerful, direct compositions have caught the attention of new fans nationwide through commercial radio airplay and placements for television and film.

Putnam Murdock got his start as a professional musician touring with the rock band Chief Broom. With Murdock as front man, the group achieved a slot on the 1997 H.O.R.D.E. tour, appeared in festivals at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and sold out venues throughout the western United States. in 1999 Murdock attended Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with a songwriting degree in 2002. Since then, Murdock has been performing across the country with artists such as Foehl, Ben Taylor, Martin Sexton, Gregory Alan Isakov, William Topley, and Kaki King.

Working in a vein similar to that of such contemporaries as the Civil Wars and Mumford & Sons, von Grey masterfully melds folk, bluegrass, and country influences, imbuing time-honored musical idioms with a distinctly modern sensibility. Its forthcoming five-song EP captures the band’s essence and the raw intensity of its live performances. The four sisters have been playing music nearly their entire lives. With their soulful four-part harmonies, poetic lyrics, and indelible melodies, it’s easy to see why the Atlanta Journal Constitution would hail von Grey as “nothing short of stunning.”

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of show

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