Concert

Mario Castro Quintet

Sunday / August 7, 2011 / 11:00 a.m.
Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport
RI
United States
Mario Castro Quintet

Before Mario Castro even discovered his passion for music he was a shy little boy who loved to see his father perform and rehearse with his band. Although it was his mother who took him to his first saxophone lesson, he originally started playing music with the intentions of creating a better relationship with his father. He attended the famed Escuela Libre de Musica in Puerto Rico.

His first exposure to jazz was two years after he started taking lessons, when he first laid ears on Dexter Gordon's huge and soulful sound; later he got the opportunity to perform in the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival with the Berklee in Puerto Rico student big band. His performance earned him a full scholarship to attend Berklee's 2005 five-week program. Today he attends Berklee, where he has the honor of studying with Jeff Stout, Greg Badolato, George Garzone, Tony Germain, Shannon Leclair, Greg Hopkins, Phil Wilson, Dave Santoro, and more.

Although Castro's primary interest is jazz, that has not stopped him from learning his Afro-Caribbean roots and how to play various styles of music. This attitude led him to perform with a great variety of artists and gain a reputation among the veteran musicians in the Puerto Rican music scene. He has played in Puerto Rico's most important theaters and stages, including with the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra.

Admission: 
$100

Will Wells and Dynamic Sound

Thursday / August 4, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Will Wells

William F. Wells was born and raised in Sicklerville, New Jersey, just across the water from Philadelphia. He discovered his passion for songwriting and composition early in his high school years, and that same passion was set on fire when he came to the Berklee Five-Week Summer Program in 2005. After graduating high school, Wells entered Berklee for full-time study in the fall of 2007. He has since emerged as a songwriter, composer, arranger, engineer, and musician and has had the opportunity to work with such renowned artists as John Mayer, Wyclef Jean, Bobby McFerrin, and Patrice Rushen.

Admission: 
Free

Will Wells and Dynamic Sound

Thursday / August 4, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Will Wells

William F. Wells was born and raised in Sicklerville, New Jersey, just across the water from Philadelphia. He discovered his passion for songwriting and composition early in his high school years, and that same passion was set on fire when he came to the Berklee Five-Week Summer Program in 2005. After graduating high school, Wells entered Berklee for full-time study in the fall of 2007. He has since emerged as a songwriter, composer, arranger, engineer, and musician and has had the opportunity to work with such renowned artists as John Mayer, Wyclef Jean, Bobby McFerrin, and Patrice Rushen.

Admission: 
Free

Emily Elbert

Thursday / July 28, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Emily Elbert

Raised in Texas on a musical diet of Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Taylor, and '60s radio, Emily Elbert fell in love with guitar when she was 15. Three years later, she released her first album of original music. Now at 22, Elbert has played over 350 shows internationally, from Alaska to Memphis, Austin to New York, as well as Italy, Scotland, Puerto Rico, Saint-Barthélemy, and Peru. Glamour magazine recently named her one of the Top Ten College Women of 2010, and her second album, Proof, was released in September. It features Elbert at her best, with strong melodies, straight-to-the-heart vocals, and intricate guitar work.

In the past few years, Elbert has opened for artists as diverse as Richie Havens, G-Love and Special Sauce, Raul Midon, Jorge Drexler, Janis Ian, Kaki King, Patty Larkin, and Kate Voegele. Fans from around the globe have watched her YouTube videos in droves, including over 300,000 views of her version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The Boston Folk Festival notes: "Emily is among the most glowing of the upcoming generation of American singer-songwriters, if 'upcoming' even applies to this phenom any longer."

Admission: 
Free

Emily Elbert

Thursday / July 28, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Emily Elbert

Raised in Texas on a musical diet of Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Taylor, and '60s radio, Emily Elbert fell in love with guitar when she was 15. Three years later, she released her first album of original music. Now at 22, Elbert has played over 350 shows internationally, from Alaska to Memphis, Austin to New York, as well as Italy, Scotland, Puerto Rico, Saint-Barthélemy, and Peru. Glamour magazine recently named her one of the Top Ten College Women of 2010, and her second album, Proof, was released in September. It features Elbert at her best, with strong melodies, straight-to-the-heart vocals, and intricate guitar work.

In the past few years, Elbert has opened for artists as diverse as Richie Havens, G-Love and Special Sauce, Raul Midon, Jorge Drexler, Janis Ian, Kaki King, Patty Larkin, and Kate Voegele. Fans from around the globe have watched her YouTube videos in droves, including over 300,000 views of her version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The Boston Folk Festival notes: "Emily is among the most glowing of the upcoming generation of American singer-songwriters, if 'upcoming' even applies to this phenom any longer."

Admission: 
Free

Adrianne Lenker

Wednesday / July 27, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Adrianne Lenker

Hailing from Minneapolis, Adrianne Lenker is an authentic and passionate singer, songwriter, and performer. Her debut CD, Stages of the Sun, produced by Steve Hodge (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Sting), was released on LucidTunes when Lenker was only 14. The title cut was a top 5 finalist for song of the year in the 2005 Independent Music Awards in the Singer/Songwriter category. "My Bliss" was a finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. Four tracks from the album were featured on MTV's The Hills in 2007 and 2008.

Lenker's follow-up CD/DVD, Live at the Southern, was recorded just before her 15th birthday at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. Her third release, Then the Rain Came, was released in 2009.

Admission: 
Free

Nick Susi

Tuesday / July 26, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Nick Susi

Nick Susi is a multi-instrumentalist raised by music teacher parents in Connecticut. He blends classical and jazz music with traditional songwriting. Through his studies at Berklee, he has had the good fortune to collaborate and share the stage with brilliant musicians and writers from all around the world. He is fond of rich soundscapes and visceral lyrics that inspire goosebumps. For him, nothing is more important than art for the sake of art.

Admission: 
Free

Casey Sullivan

Tuesday / July 19, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Casey Sullivan

From the moment her parents gave her Rubber Soul by the Beatles in fourth grade, Casey Sullivan has been in awe of the affect music has. She picked up her dad's old guitar at 15 years old and learned every tune that she could choreograph her little hands to play, and then wrote her own songs. Now, at 19 years old, she has not stopped and could not if she tried. Her mellow folk/rock style has attracted listeners of every age. She is currently attending Berklee as a contemporary writing and production major. 

Admission: 
Free

Sharin Toribio

Tuesday / July 12, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Sharin Toribio

Sharin Maribel Toribio was born in the 1980s in Tampa, Florida. By the age of six, she began to sing solos in church and play the piano. By nine years old, she had created her own compositions and begun playing other instruments by ear. As a teen, she earned countless awards and accolades and performed for hundreds of attendees at various youth conferences, festivals and concerts.

At the end of her freshman year of college, the yearning to dedicate her life to music full time brought her back home. She began working on her demo and even became a 2005 Miss Florida delegate. Unfortunately, all of her hard work and momentum was put on hold when she was diagnosed with stage 4 Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer that affects the lymphatic system, and was given a 20 percent chance of life.

She fought the cancer for a harsh seven months with intensive chemotherapy and clinical trials. Today, she is cancer-free and determined more than ever to honor the miracle of her life by accomplishing her dreams. She believes it was the strong prayers and support of her church, family, friends, and music that brought her through such a trying time.

Toribio continues to compose and perform her music at Berklee. She is proud to have worked with artists and producers such as Eddie Perez (Paulina Rubio, JoJo, Hector "El Father," Wisin y Yandel), Jean Rodriguez, Toby Love, and Obie Bermudez. Her strong musical influences lie in the beautiful raw messages of pop country music, Spanish pop ballads, and R&B, and her greatest vocal icons are Gary LeVox, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Lauryn Hill, Luis Miguel, Juan Luis Guerra, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, and many more.

Toribio hopes to touch people of every ethnicity through the spiritual language of music and be a symbol of truth, positivity, and survival.

Admission: 
Free

College Battle of the Bands

Wednesday / May 4, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come see 10 college bands face off in this incredible show.

Featuring performances by the Luke Mulholland Band, Christine and the Bad News, Pink Cigarette, Tumbleweed Company, Threat Level Burgundy, Bangkok Rules, Gwen Bunn, Robert Gillies, Shannon Allen, and Pulse.

Check out the line-up in greater detail at collegebattleofthebands.com.

Admission: 
Free

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