Concert

The Richard Thompson Band

Friday / October 29, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Richard Thompson

No artist to emerge in the second half of the '60s has gone on to have a more productive and vital career than singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson. While still a teenager, he founded and led Fairport Convention, which was to British folk-rock what the Byrds were to the idiom's American equivalent.

Thompson, who was described in Rolling Stone as the "thinking man's guitar god," is among the most distinctive of guitar virtuosos, capable of breathtaking drama and sublime delicacy, depending on the song and the amp setting.

Over the course of his career, Thompson has earned numerous awards and honors, including the Ivor Novello Award for songwriting, the Orville Gibson Award for guitarists, and a spot in the Top 20 of Rolling Stone's list of all-time guitar greats. In 2006, he was awarded the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see him perform on electric guitar fronting a full band! The latest lineup features Pete Zorn (guitars, flute, sax, mandolin), Michael Jerome (drums), Taras Prodaniuk (bass), and Joel Zifkin (violin, mandolin).

 

Admission: 
$39.50, $36.50 reserved seating

Fall Together

Wednesday / October 27, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fall Together

Fall Together is the annual Jazz Composition Department faculty concert, featuring music written by jazz comp faculty and played by a faculty jazz orchestra. Music for this concert will be written by Greg Hopkins, Bob Pilkington, Ken Pullig, Marc Rossi, Bruce Thomas, and Phil Wilson.

Available discounts

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Buika

Saturday / October 23, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Buika

Hailed as the "Flamenco Queen," Concha Buika is the daughter of political refugees from the African nation of Equatorial Guinea and grew up in a Gypsy neighborhood on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

Often compared to a young Nina Simone, Buika completely surrenders herself to her art, plunging deep into her emotions and emerging with a sonorous, rasping voice that reveals her inner anguish. The New York Times calls her unique blend of flamenco, jazz, soul, and blues, "luminous . . . magnificent . . . superb!”

Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

Admission: 
$37, $32, $30, reserved seating

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Wednesday / October 20, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ryuichi Sakamoto

Composer, musician, producer, actor, and environmental activist Ryuichi Sakamoto has pioneered electronic works, globally-inspired rock, classical scores (including a massive opera), and of course those familiar soundtracks. The awards on his mantle include an Oscar, two Golden Globes, and a Grammy. Sakamoto's fans will enjoy solo piano versions of his earlier works, including some of the famous film themes, as well as a summing-up of Sakamoto's sonic interests, from medieval European instruments to hi-tech electronics to the sounds of the besieged glaciers of the Arctic Circle.

Admission: 
$36, $26 reserved seating

Hugh Masekela

Friday / October 15, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hugh Masekela

With a career that has spanned over four decades, legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is no less than a worldwide superstar, and his trumpet has long been a call to freedom and a celebration of the resilience of his people.

Touring in support of his best album in years, Phola, Masekela and his hot new South African band create supple grooves that blend Afro-beat, funk, and jazz. 

Attend a free Hugh Masekela lecture, "The Artist's Role as Activist," Thursday, October 14, 7:00 p.m., at Lesley University's Prospect Church, 1803 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.

Admission: 
$42, $37, $30, reserved seating

Korean Thin Guy: Sang Hyun Park / Alan Benzie Trio

Thursday / October 7, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sang Hyun Park, Alan Benzie (photo courtesy of William Ellis)

Contemporary jazz and fusion pianist Sang Hyun Park presents original compositions and arrangements with his great band and Berklee faculty. In the second half of the show, pianist/composer Alan Benzie, winner of the Scottish Young Jazz Musician 2007 Award, presents a set of his originals with some of Berklee's top players. With strong influences in both the European and the American scene, expect a mix of relaxed grooves and high-energy, hard-swinging jazz with a contemporary touch.

Available discounts

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Young@Heart Chorus

Thursday / September 30, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Young@Heart Chorus

Young@Heart is an entertainment group composed at present of people at least 70 years of age. Some have prior professional theater or music experience, others have performed at the amateur level, and some have no experience whatsoever. They are particularly noted for their unconventional covers of rock, punk, and other modern pop music songs. A 2008 British documentary followed their preparation for a concert in their hometown of Northampton, Massachusetts.

When Bob Cilman and Judith Sharpe organized the Young@Heart in 1982, all of the members lived in an elderly housing project called the Walter Salvo House. That first group included elders who lived through both World Wars. One of the members had fought in the Battle of the Somme as a 16-year-old and another, Anna Main, lost her husband in the First World War. Main was a stand-up comic who at 88 told jokes that only she could get away with.

The current performers in Young@Heart range in age from 73 to 89. None was part of the original group that formed in 1982, but all have kept alive the spirit of the early pioneers and continue to push the group into glorious new directions.

Please note that the mezzanine and first and second balcony sections of the Berklee Performance Center are accessible by staircase only.

 

Admission: 
$61, $46, $36, reserved seating

Open Mic Night

Wednesday / September 1, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sign-ups will start at 6:30 p.m. First come, first serve. Performers are allowed 10 minutes or two songs. Microphones, piano, and DIs are provided. No drums allowed, but light percussion is okay.

Admission: 
Free

Patrizio Buanne

Saturday / October 2, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Patrizio Buanne

Style, sophistication, elegance. . . Where can we find that old-school cool in our consumer culture of instantly disposable celebrity? Time to meet Patrizio Buanne. Tall, dark, and handsome, perfectly groomed and impeccably dressed, the clean-cut Italian with the rich baritone voice is an enigma. 

Inspired by the singers of yesteryear, Buanne harks back to a time when a man would not dream of singing onstage in anything less than a suit, shoes polished, clean-shaven, hair neatly brushed, with a dab of cologne behind the ears. 

Nothing strange about that, you might say. Except that Buanne is only 26 years old—and hopelessly devoted to his art: romantic crooning. Dean Martin, Paul Anka, Tom Jones, along with the traditional Italian singers—these are the men he idolizes. Unfashionable? Perhaps, on first impression. But as they say: style is temporary and class is permanent.

Admission: 
$65, $45, reserved seating

The Wild Magnolias

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 4:45 p.m.
Target Stage
681 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
The Wild Magnolias

A group calling itself the Wild Magnolias, participating in the local "Indian masking" traditions, and performing New Orleans Mardi Gras music extends at least back into the 1950s. The group's lead member was called the Big Chief, and at least three Big Chiefs are known to have headed the band for short stints prior to 1964: Leon, Flap, and Joe Lee Davis. In 1964, Bo Dollis became Big Chief of the group, having previously participated in other Mardi Gras tribes, such as the White Eagles and the Golden Arrows. Dollis's name is virtually synonymous with the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian tribe. He has been a legend almost from the beginning, because he could improvise well and sing with a voice as sweet as Sam Cooke, but rough and streetwise, with an edge that comes from barroom jam sessions and leading hundreds of second-lining dancers through the streets at Carnival time. Dollis and Monk Boudreaux, chief of the Golden Eagles, have recorded James "Sugar Boy" Crawford's 1954 r&b hit "Jackomo, Jackomo" and the classic Mardi Gras song "Handa Wanda." The Wild Magnolias and the Golden Eagles have taken Bo Dollis and Monk Boudreaux from the ghettos and brought them to places like Carnegie Hall in New York; the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.; London; Nice; and Berlin. Wherever they go, listeners will hear an authentic music to which New Orleans owes so much.

Admission: 
Free

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