Concert

Caili O'Doherty Trio

Thursday / August 29, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Caili O'Doherty
Photo by Pamela Hersch

A native of Portland, Oregon, Caili O’Doherty has received national awards for her jazz piano playing and composition from Downbeat Magazine as well as the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award in 2009. Initially trained as a classical pianist, she discovered her love for jazz at age 11 when she transferred to a performing arts school in her hometown. She attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, majoring in jazz piano performance. While at Berklee, she was selected to be a member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, an honors performance program directed by highly acclaimed pianist Danilo Pérez. Through this program, O'Doherty worked closely with leading musicians in the jazz world, including Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Dave Liebman, Adam Cruz, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Danilo Pérez. Her combo performed and conducted workshops and master classes in the United States and abroad, including at the Panama Jazz Festival (where they opened for the Wayne Shorter Quartet), the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia (opening for French pianist Martial Solal), the UNESCO Center in Paris for the launch of the first International Jazz Day, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Monterey High School Jazz Festival, and on a tour of Togo and Benin in Western Africa on a U.S. State Department grant.

In 2010, O'Doherty was the youngest of five female jazz pianists invited to participate in the inaugural Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artists Workshop held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and she also performed at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. Other notable performance venues include Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Beantown Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Festival, the MICI International Film Festival in Mexico, and the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival (as the pianist for Terrell Stafford). O'Doherty is an avid proponent of jazz education, and in 2012 she was selected as the Stanford jazz piano mentor, a two-year teaching internship at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, where she teaches lessons, clinics, and master classes to young people and performs with fellow mentors at the Stanford Jazz Festival.
 

Admission: 
Free

Christian Li

Thursday / July 25, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Christian Li

Pianist Christian Li grew up in the town of Horseheads, New York. Largely self-taught in the jazz discipline until his college years, Li has won several DownBeat magazine Student Music Awards and attended highly selective programs, including the Skidmore Jazz Institute, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, the Vail Jazz Workshop, and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

Watch a segment of the Christian Li Group performing "El Duende" here:

Admission: 
Free

Isis Lune

Sunday / July 14, 2013 / 5:30 p.m.
The Speigeltent
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02116
Isis Lune

Isis Lune is a Boston-based group formed at Berklee College of Music. Led by Israeli vocalist Ella Joy Meir, the band creates a unique soundscape that combines electronic textures with a raw human element. Titles such as "In the Belly of a Whale" and "Bring Me the Moon" submerge the listener in the band's world: a realm of demons and magic, of vast oceans and endless skylines. The band’s music reflects its members' eclectic musical backgrounds, ranging from classical to ethnic, from jazz to rock and R&B.

Isis Lune is Ella Joy Meir (vocals and piano), Asher Kurtz (guitar), Ran Gil (keys), Aaron Liao (bass), and Tim Merle (drums). Watch Isis Lune perform "Leaking" in this music video:

Admission: 
Free

Juana Aquerreta y Amigos

Wednesday / July 17, 2013 / 2:30 p.m.
Shakespeare Stage
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02116
Juana Aquerreta
Photo by Pamela Hersch

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juana Aquerreta blends her musical roots with contemporary styles. She will be performing a set of original tunes, joined by her friends Jacinta Clusellas (guitar), Tomas Latorre (bass), Tiago Michelin (drums), and Eleni Arapoglou (vocals).

Listen to samples of Aquerreta's music on SoundCloud here or watch her perform "Norte" at the Boston Book Festival here:

Admission: 
Free

Esther Rojas

Saturday / July 13, 2013 / 5:30 p.m.
Shakespeare Stage
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02116
Esther Rojas

Born into a musical family in Barranquilla, Colombia, Esther Rojas started playing the violin at age 10, mainly focusing on a classical music repertoire. From 1995 to 1997, she continued her studies at the University of Cauca and the Antonio Maria Valencia Conservatory in Cali, Colombia, where she also performed with their youth symphony orchestras. In 2000, she switched her musical interest to electric and acoustic bass, entering the commercial arranging and composition and the jazz performance studies programs at the prestigious Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia. She has studied with Alain Caron, Oscar Stagnaro, and Luis Angel Pastor. Recently, she performed with Latin superstar Luis Enrique.

She is currently enrolled in the contemporary writing and production program at Berklee College of Music. Rojas’s style is a combination of the influences of Colombian traditional music, R&B, pop, salsa, Cuban timba, Brazilian music, and jazz. She is a very creative and solid player with a strong focus on the groove.

For this performance, she will feature the great Colombian singer Maria Mulata, 2008 winner of the world-renowned Viña del Mar Festival in Chile. Rojas and Mulata have been working together for the past four years. Their work includes performances at the most important festivals in Colombia and concerts in Asia and the United States. Rojas has also collaborated on Maria Mulata's most recent album, Cantos y Vuelos, which was released in 2013.

Watch Rojas shine on bass in the video below:

Admission: 
Free

Nile Alexander

Friday / July 5, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
South Shore Conservatory
1 Conservatory Drive
Hingham
MA
02043
Nile Alexander

Nile Alexander is a Boston based soul/R&B singer-songwriter who attends Berklee College of Music. He is a natural singer and performer and the band has a versatile and grooving energy that compliments his writing in a remarkably tasteful way.

Alexander is backed up by his three piece band, consisting of Kevin McGowan on drums, Alex Labrie on guitar, and Casey Andersen who also attend Berklee. Alexander and the band have a classic R&B sound with a modern writing style. They are influenced by the likes of John Legend, Frank Ocean, Erykah Badu, and Marvin Gaye. The group has been busy gigging and recording in the Boston and New York area for the past year.
 
Watch Nile Alexander perform Amos Lee's "Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight" in this video:
 

Admission: 
Free

Eric Law

Friday / June 28, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Dewey Square
100 Cambridge St #1301
Boston
MA
02129
Eric Law

Eric Law grew up performing classical, jazz, and punk music. At Berklee, he has developed an affinity for old-time and Americana music. In 2013, Law won first prize in the American String Teachers Association's National Alternative String Competition, where he performed a combination of traditional old-time music and his own songs. He is currently working toward the release of his first solo record and recently released a second album with We Avalanche.

Watch Law perform his original song "Sometimes I Wonder" in this video:

Admission: 
Free

Charlie the Most / Baz King / Bobby Wesley Trio

Saturday / August 10, 2013 / 2:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
02125
Charlie the Most
Baz King
Bobby Wesley Trio

Berklee Music Fest on Georges Island offers a free concert featuring three student groups whose music ranges from rock to funk. Bobby Wesley has performed with Regina Carter. Baz King is from Cape Town, South Africa, and Charlie the Most is a 10-piece funk unit.

 

Bobby Wesley Trio: 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

An accomplished guitarist from Detroit, Michigan, Robert Wesley is a 2013 graduate of Berklee who received his degree in professional music. Prior to attending Berklee, Wesley had the honor of being featured with jazz violinist Regina Carter at the Detroit Montreux Jazz Festival.

While at Berklee, Wesley was part of the music ensemble and accompaniment for Lalah Hathaway at the Berklee Performance Center and at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival. He was the guitarist for the band Columbus, playing funk and soul from 2009 to 2012. Columbus quickly took Berklee and the Boston area by storm as entertainment during freshman orientation at Wellesley College and at popular area venues such as the Middle East in Cambridge and Revolution Rock Bar in the North End.

As a member of that band, Wesley was a proud recipient of the Berklee Urban Service Award for his participation in a clinic for the Boys and Girls Club in Allston. In 2011, he became the lead guitarist for Endangered Speeches, playing reggae and hip-hop. Another Berklee and Boston area favorite, Endangered Speeches (The City Is Rough; Dem Borders Will Fall) has been recognized by The Boston Globe, has been the headliner for the Bay Jam Music Festival in Islamorada, Florida. The band was featured of Live Music Week on WERS 88.9 in March 2013.

As founder of the Bobby Wesley Trio, Wesley is looking forward to sharing his musical gift and making a lasting impression on the music industry.

 

Baz King: 3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Hailing from the sunny shores of Cape Town, South Africa, Baz King was raised on James Taylor and Erykah Badu. The chilled vibes of his hometown and the music he grew up with have found their way into his songs. Ever since picking up the guitar at 16, there's been no turning back. Just as music is constantly shifting and expanding, so is King; some days you will hear a full-blown rock band, and another time it could be a guitar and drum duo or even solo electric guitar. No matter in what form, it's always recognizable as Baz King.

 

Charlie the Most: 4:00 - 4:50 p.m.

Ten members strong, Charlie the Most was formed in 2012 in Boston by guitarist Charlie McCanless and combines elements of rock and funk. The group plans on taking over the world one show at a time by uniting audiences around the globe in harmonious amusement and providing an unflappable groove, impeccable talent, and a raucous party. As Charlie the Most says, "We bring the rock. We bring the funk. We bring the party."

Admission: 
Free

Charlie the Most

Wednesday / August 7, 2013 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
02115
Charlie The Most
Photo by Pamela Hersch

Ten members strong, Charlie the Most was formed in 2012 in Boston by guitarist Charlie McCanless and combines elements of rock and funk. The group plans on taking over the world one show at a time by uniting audiences around the globe in harmonious amusement and providing an unflappable groove, impeccable talent, and a raucous party. As Charlie the Most says, "We bring the rock. We bring the funk. We bring the party."

Admission: 
Free

Joe's Truck Stop

Tuesday / August 13, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Joe's Truck Stop

This concert has been canceled due to weather.  Joe's Truck Stop: where the coffee's hot and the showers are free. You can usually find the band ripping apart old-time fiddle tunes, saying grace to their country heroes, and dishing out original songs to the dancing feet in the crowd. Their unique sound is characterized by bluegrass vocal harmonies and twin fiddle lines, driving Appalachian dance tunes, and lonely honky-tonk songs. 

http://www.reverbnation.com/joestruckstop

Admission: 
Free

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