Concert

WesFest 8 Featuring Brendon Small's Galaktikon

Sunday / March 3, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Roxy Theater (LA)
900 West Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood
CA
United States

Galaktikon is the critically acclaimed side-project of Brendon Small, the creative mastermind behind the smash-hit animated TV show Metalocalypse and the band Dethklok. Galaktikon will headline an all-star lineup for WesFest 8: A Concert to Benefit the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship at Berklee College of Music at the Roxy in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, March 3, 2013. The show marks the live debut of the project, and the event is sponsored by Gallien-Krueger Amplification, Mike Lull Custom Guitars, D’Addario Strings, Studio Instument Rentals (S.I.R.), and Epiphone Guitars.

The scholarship fund honors Wes Wehmiller (1971-2005), a 1992 Berklee graduate and highly accomplished bassist, athlete, and photographer who died of thyroid cancer in January 2005. Established by his family and friends, the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to a continuing student at Berklee who best exemplifies the excellence and grace Wehmiller showed as a bassist and as a human being. The WesFest concert series and related fundraising drive has raised more than $150,000 over the past seven years.

Before Metalocalypse and Dethklok’s runaway success, Brendon Small, a 1997 Berklee alumnus, began his career in animation as the co-creator, writer, voice actor, composer and musician for the TV show Home Movies. Small has also lent his voice to a number of other shows including The Venture Bros., Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Reno 911!, and Frisky Dingo. He then reprised his cocreator/writer/voice actor/director/ producer/ music-composer role for Metalocalypse, which premiered in August 2006 and just completed its fourth season on Adult Swim. But in April of 2012, Small branched out to write and produce Brendon Small’s Galaktikon, a self-described "high stakes intergalactic extreme rock album.” The long-awaited side project was inspired not just by modern metal, but also by Queen, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and Weezer.

 

Admission: 
Advance tickets are available through March 1 for $35 per pair of tickets or $20 per single ticket. Tickets are $30 each at the door.

Dan and the Wildfire / Cara Brindisi

Saturday / March 23, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Dan & The Wildfire

Dan and the Wildfire are most noted for their crisp, soulful, and rootsy sound, as well as their ability to write songs that are both honest and singable. Their well-received second album, Smoke Signals, is available worldwide and follows their debut album, Nothing, Anything, Everything, released under the artist name Dan HL in 2011. The group will be performing two sets at this very special show at the Red Room. Each will include a horn section and a string section, respectively.

It wasn’t until Cara Brindisi began her studies as a music therapist at Berklee, that she picked up a guitar and learned the power of self-accompaniment and, more importantly, the power of music. Brindisi now spends her days as a certified music therapist; bringing "clinical" music to hospice patients, children, and elder groups. In the evening hours, she can be found performing at crowded dive bars, festival stages, and small coffee shops. It has been this paradox of an audience that has inspired her to develop a repertoire that spans both genre and generation, and maintain a connective presence with each listener. While the set list ranges from Johnny Cash to Talking Heads, the style stays consistent and the sound remains clear.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Jens Sweeting: Sometime Anywhere

Monday / February 4, 2013 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Pianist Jens Sweeting presents a concert of groove, funk, and fusion music with his band Sometime Anywhere, featuring Jens Sweeing, keys; Ryu Yamakawa, guitar; Jin Yamakawa, bass; and Donnie Hogue, drums. The band's debut performance includes the music of Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, and Herbie Hancock.

 

Admission: 
Free

2013 Lunar New Year Concert

Thursday / March 14, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

The Berklee Chinese Student Association is hosting a night of music to celebrate the 2013 Lunar New Year.  The Lunar New Year, or "Spring Festival" as it is known in China, marks the end of the winter season and the beginning of a new year on the Chinese calendar. The concert will feature a variety of music ranging from traditional Chinese folk to contemporary pop and jazz. Students from Berklee and neighboring Boston schools will perform in several different ensembles. Due to weather conditions, this event has been rescheduled from Saturday, February 9. Tickets for both dates will be honored. For refunds, please contact the box office by calling 617 747-2261 during business hours.

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

Me vs Gravity / Melanie Lynx / Carly Tefft

Friday / March 1, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Me vs Gravity

In the short time they've been together, Me vs Gravity has been blowing up the Boston scene with their epic pop/rock style. Since their first show a year ago, Me vs Gravity released a self-produced, self-titled seven-song EP along with a music video for the EP's lead single, "Walls," which now has more than 200,000 views on YouTube. With a strong online presence, a bombastic live show, and a drive like no other, Me vs Gravity is a force to be reckoned with.

Melanie Lynx discovered she had a talent for singing at an early age and began her musical journey, succeeding at competitions both locally and nationally. Some noteworthy accomplishments include her participation in Hollywood Week on Fox's American Idol season 10, performing at the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall in New York, and performing in more than 350 shows with one of New England's top cover bands. Lynx is currently developing her original music with producers Chris Leon and Jay Weiss, as well as producing YouTube covers.

When asked how to describe her sound, 18-year-old Carly Tefft responds with, “There’s a lot of rock and roll influence from the Police, mixed with some funky alternative roots from Sheryl Crow and Jason Mraz, blended with the lighter sounds of Sara Bareilles and Colbie Caillat.” The Cape Cod singer-songwriter strives to be “creative without being cliché." With one year at Berklee College of Music under her belt, Tefft has hit the ground running, releasing her first independent studio EP, Loud and Clear. Kathleen Szmit of The Barnstable Patriot describes it as “an album that could easily hold its own against the likes of Gwen Stefani, Hayley Willians, Sara Bareilles, and, yes, Taylor Swift."

Admission: 
$10 admission, $8 with Berklee ID

reVERB Poets presents Mary Lambert with Rose McAleese

Tuesday / January 22, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Mary Lambert is an accomplished singer-songwriter with a spoken word background. In addition to her famed contribution to the Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis track “Same Love,” and her debut EP letters don’t talk, she was also featured on HBO in Russell Simmons’s Brave New Voices International Competition in 2008, and was Seattle’s 2011 Grand Poetry Slam Champion and the 2012 Northwest Regional Slam winner.

Joining Mary is poet and filmmaker Rose McAleese from Seattle. McAleese was named Individual Youth Slam Poet in 2007 and 2008, and was a member of the Seattle Youth Slam Poetry Team in 2007, 2008, and 2009. She also competed on the University of Washington poetry team at the 2010 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, where she was nominated Best Female Poet. She was a member of the 2011 Seattle Adult Poetry Slam team, and in 2012 she represented Seattle at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.

Stay tuned for details about a special VIP after-party with Lambert and McAleese.

Admission: 
Free

Steven Wilson

Saturday / April 27, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

One of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music, Steven Wilson has been writing, recording, and producing music continuously since the age of 10. He is perhaps best known as the lead guitarist/singer and songwriter for progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, but his projects are numerous, including collaborations with Israeli superstar Aviv Geffen, Blackfield, and a long-running partnership with Tim Bowness.  Wilson comes to the Berklee Performance Center in support of his third solo album, The Raven That Refused to Sing (and Other Stories).

 

Admission: 
$27.50, $35, $45, reserved seating

Caitlin Callas: Viola Recital of Righteousness

Thursday / January 31, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

Caitlin Callas will be presenting a program of original works, including arrangements of Radiohead tunes for two violas and pieces she has cowritten with guitarist Bob Holiday.

 

Admission: 
Free

Mike Block: Solo Faculty Recital

Wednesday / January 30, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

New cello faculty member Mike Block will present a solo recital mixing original and cover songs for cello and voice, a Bach cello suite, and instrumental arrangements of folk music. Special guests to be announced.  

 

Admission: 
Free

Jazz Night with Linnéa Lundgren

Tuesday / January 29, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

This will be vocalist Linnéa Lundgren's first recital at Berklee as a bandleader. She has put together a lovely band to perform some good old standards as well as her own compositions. 

 

Admission: 
Free

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