Concert

The Milk Carton Kids / Trevor Menear

Wednesday / February 29, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Milk Carton Kids

A performance by the Milk Carton Kids is a quiet and intricate affair. Kenneth Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan have enjoyed intent audiences across the country and abroad in their respective solo careers, but an even greater sense of attention is palpable now that they've come together as the Milk Carton Kids. Their songs are written together, but you wouldn't know there is more than one author. Their history together spans only one short year, but you wouldn't know that either. They stand close together when they play, facing each other and using microphones instead of plugging their guitars in. And if they looked more alike, you'd think they were brothers.

Trevor Menear dropped out of the sky in 2007 making his first appearance on Yoko Ono and Warner Bros. Records joint effort Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. Along side 50 other artists which included Willie Nelson, Ben Harper, Regina Spektor, Jakob Dylan, The Cure, Jackson Brown, and U2. This raw introduction was more than enough to set him apart from the rest of the cast.

His debut Introducing Trevor Menear released under indie label Shangri-La, reveals an accessible blues-pop hybrid. His expressive voice bolstered by his plangent, nuanced guitar work, immediately conjures up images of Duane Allman and Jimi Hendrix. Following with the independently released EP Boots For Alice, Menears music continues to span an eclectic gamut that gains him notoriety among heritage jam fans, art-loft acidheads, and many others in between.

Admission: 
$12 advance, $15 day of show

Open Mic Night

Wednesday / February 8, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

If you are interested in participating in this open mic, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Signs-ups start at 6:00 p.m. in the 939 coffeehouse area.
  • First-come, first-served, and first to play.
  • Performance slots are open to the public as well as the Berklee community.
  • Seven minute,  two song max.
  • Unplugged sets only (no drums, light percussion is okay).
  • Piano and mics provided.
  • All styles welcome.

 

Admission: 

Loren Schoenberg: The Director of the National Jazz Museum

Wednesday / February 8, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Loren Schoenberg, director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem will be presenting the Savory Recordings—recently discovered live performances of Count Basie, Lester Young, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, and others at the absolute peak of their creative powers.

These live recordings are extended performances in high fidelity. Schoenberg, a scholar and musician, will discuss the genesis and history of these priceless performances. Come out and hear music made by true masters. 

Co-sponsored by Berklee’s American Roots Music Program and Global Jazz Institute.  

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Helicopria / Sounds of Venus / Noize Tank

Friday / February 24, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Helicopria

These three bands will ensure a power-packed performance. Enjoy catchy tunes and a variety of different music styles.

Helicopria is a four-piece prog rock band, influenced by groups like the Mars Volta, Björk, and Circa Survive. With members from all over the world, Helicopria's sound merges the best of a variety of influences to create something powerful and unyielding. With a mix of jaw-dropping technical musicality, catchy melodies, and a very personable and energetic live show, Helicopria is pushing boundaries and redefining the term "prog rock."

Meet Sounds of Venus, an alternative rock band breaking into the Boston music scene. Five Berklee musicians contribute lush male and female vocal harmonies, surging electric guitar, and a solid foundation of bass and dynamic percussion. With influences like Radiohead, Sigur Rós, Björk, and Bon Iver, their live performance cannot be missed. Their set varies from ambient soundscapes that make the crowd sway to sheer rocking energy and adrenaline. As supporters of art communities, they often welcome visual artists to display their work and incorporate their creativity with live performances.

Noize Tank is a Boston-based rock group formed in the spring of 2010 by students at Berklee. They continue to utilize new techniques for their music and are incorporating elements of grindcore, drum 'n' bass, and pop punk into their compositions. 

Admission: 
$8

Tauk / Bear Language / Ripe

Tuesday / February 21, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tauk

Meet Tauk, a band that delivers a unique blend of funk, jazz, pop, and rock with a fresh, experimental spirit. The Long Island-based trio have built an impressive DIY buzz, scoring opening gigs for O.A.R, MOE, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, 311, and Tea Leaf Green, as well as earning slots at top festivals like Gathering of the Vibes (alongside Buddy Guy and Bob Weir and Ratdog) and being featured on Fuse TV. 

Tauk's tunes are adventurous in scope, but the band's origins are humble. Bassist Charlie Dolan, keyboardist-organist Alric "A.C." Carter, and guitarist Matt Jalbert met as teenagers in middle school and instantly connected over a shared passion for music. 

In September of 2011 Bear Language released their self-titled debut EP. Word continues to spread, along with the question "are you speaking Bear Language yet?"

Ripe formed in September of 2011 after many late night jams between a few friends seemed to make everyone around them sing, dance, and laugh. Kevin, Sam, Tory, and Robbie are a unique group of musicians whose “funkifized” mix of melodic grooves and catchy melodies started to gain attention from their local community in Boston. While currently in the studio recording a new EP, they warmly welcome you to join in on the fun at their regular bar and club gigs. If you’re going to join the Ripe family, get up, get loose, and get ready to party.

 

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Meagan Hickman / Jesse Ruben / Hillary Reynolds

Thursday / February 23, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Meagan Hickman

Featuring new pop, rock, and soul material off her debut EP, On My Way, singer-songwriter Meagan Hickman is captivating audiences of all ages with her groove-oriented, catchy hooks; pure and soulful sound; powerful lyrics; and unique fusion of contemporary styles. This show also features performances by Jesse Ruben and the Hillary Reynolds Band. 

A classically trained singer since age of 6, Meagan has performed in numerous venues all over the world, from Australia to Brazil, with an array of accomplished musicians such as Garth Brooks, Dennis D. Young, the Berlin Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Meagan pursues her career full time by performing, writing, recording, producing, and collaborating with other experienced musicians. Meagan just recently completed the east coast leg of her Coast to Coast Tour, and will be heading to the West Coast this spring.

Admission: 
$8 advanced, $10 day of show

The Checkout - Live at Berklee: Kendrick Scott Oracle

Thursday / March 8, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Kendrick Scott

Kendrick Scott is an artist of incredible depth, talent, and determination. He has been featured in Terence Blanchard's band for the last six years and has appeared on the Grammy Award–winning and –nominated recordings A Tale of God's Will and Flow. Since arriving in New York in 2003, Scott has appeared on more than 30 records and on the soundtracks to seven feature films. In 2007, Scott launched his own label, World Culture Music, with the release of Kendrick Scott Oracle and began his career as a solo artist. 

Famed New York area NPR jazz station WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM and Berklee College of Music are teaming up to present the first-ever NPR concert series showcasing Berklee alumni. The Checkout - Live at Berklee, broadcast live from Berklee's Cafe 939, will bring critically acclaimed, New York-based performers back to Berklee for performances broadcast live in New York to WBGO's 350,000 listeners and streamed worldwide on NPRmusic.org. The shows will also be audio podcast from Checkoutjazz.org and from NPRmusic.org.

Kendrick Scott Oracle plans to release Conviction in the spring of 2012.  This album, which blends Scott's incredible intensity and sensitivity, is a demonstration of Scott's strength as a drummer, composer, and a leader.  Conviction carries the Oracle's own unique and magnetic sound, offering the audience a complete record from beginning to end. Representing KSO on this album is Taylor Eigsti, Joe Sanders, John Ellis, Mike Moreno, and Kendrick Scott. This album was coproduced by Derrick Hodge along with Scott and features two guest appearances by singer-songwriter Alan Hampton.

Kendrick Scott is one of the bright stars in an amazingly talented group of young musicians on the scene today. He remains a first-call player for major artists and maintains a thriving solo career because his humanity and compassion extends into the notes and phrases he chooses to play. Scott is present and in the moment, and brings to the table the wisdom of a veteran musician and the adventurousness of a perpetually curious young artist.

Admission: 
$10, general admission, $5 with Berklee ID

Terrance Simien Clinic

Monday / February 6, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

For more than 2 decades Grammy Award-winning artist Terrance Simien has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Creole Zydeco music is and is not. An eighth generation Louisiana Creole, Simien has lead his Zydeco Experience Band and become one of the most respected and internationally recognized touring and recording artists in roots music today. He has performed over 5,000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 40 countries and reached at least a million people during his eventful 25 year career.

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The Magnetic Fields

Saturday / April 7, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Magnetic Fields represent the creative output of songwriter, singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Stephin Merritt, who, along with longtime members Claudia Gonson, Sam Davol, and John Woo, are the quintessential pop eccentric of the 1990s. Coupled with clever, ironic lyrics, the Magnetic Fields' music borrows from many other styles, notably country, folk, and indie pop. Also performing will be guest artist DeVotchKa.

Admission: 
$32.50, reserved seating

The Magnetic Fields

Friday / April 6, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Magnetic Fields represent the creative output of songwriter, singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Stephin Merritt, who, along with longtime members Claudia Gonson, Sam Davol, and John Woo, are the quintessential pop eccentric of the 1990s. Coupled with clever, ironic lyrics, the Magnetic Fields' music borrows from many other styles, notably country, folk, and indie pop. Also performing will be guest artist DeVotchKa.

Admission: 
$32.50, reserved seating

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