Concert

SongCircle

Thursday / February 24, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
SongCircle

The Red Room at Cafe 939, Boston's premiere all-ages venue, welcomes another night of outstanding musicians from SongCircle.  Formerly the New York Songwriters Circle, SongCircle is a new online community that offers exposure, promotion, national showcases, chart ratings, and an annual contest. This presentation will feature Meghan Beaudry, Zack Dupont, Karly Jurgensen, Emily Green, Daniel Harper, and Reed Waddle.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Write of Spring

Wednesday / February 23, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join us for the annual Jazz Composition Department's spring concert event. It features the compositions of six faculty composers orchestrated for a 10-piece faculty ensemble. This semester's composers are Winnie Dahlgren, Scott Free, Jeff Friedman, Darrell Katz, Richard Lowell, and Jackson Schultz.

Featured soloists are Greg Hopkins (trumpet), Daniel Ian Smith (alto and soprano sax, flute), Bob Patton (tenor sax), Bruce Thomas (piano), and Scott Free (guitar).

Other performers include Casey Brefka (lead trumpet), Bob Pilkington (trombone), Ben Whiting (baritone sax), Winnie Dahlgren (vibes), Mark Poniatowski (bass), and Bob Tamagni (drums).

Admission: 
$10 general admission

The Civil Wars / Glenn Yoder

Saturday / February 19, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Civil Wars

Barton Hollow, the full-length debut from the Civil Wars, will be released February 1, 2011 on Sensibility Music. The album comes on the heels of a breakout year for the duo, whose remarkably successful live album has been downloaded over 90,000 times.

The Civil Wars consists of John Paul White, hailing from Florence, Alabama, and Joy Williams, originally from Santa Cruz, California but now residing in East Nashville. The duo's chance meeting fueled an immediate songwriting chemistry and creative synergy. Their second show ever, performed at a sold-out Eddie's Attic, was recorded and released as a free digital album.

Of the duo, Reg's Coffee House host Scott Register praised, "In my 13 years on the radio, few of the artists I've championed had as immediate a reaction as the Civil Wars. When I first spun 'Poison & Wine' listeners couldn't get enough of it and wanted to own it immediately. This band has the 'it' factor that you look for. Don't miss out."

Glenn Yoder spent over five years in the Boston band Cassavettes, honing his songwriting chops, touring the country, and drawing critical acclaim. But in 2009, Yoder released Okono Road and wandered out on his own into the musical wilderness. Well, sort of—he certainly took a lot of talented company with him.  

Admission: 
$12 general admission

Pete Kilpatrick Band / Howard Jennings / Daphne Khoo

Friday / February 18, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Pete Kilpatrick Band

Pete Kilpatrick hails from Maine. He loves songwriting, fishing, American history, and the outdoors. He has released five albums since 2003 and has shared the stage with Guster, G Love, Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Ray Lamontagne, Tim Reynolds, Grace Potter, Brett Dennen, and many other wonderful acts. Howard Jennings has meticulously sculpted his sound to tastefully infuse his "rich voice" and "catchy songs" (Guilt Free Pleasures) and has been described as a "cross between Jack Johnson and Bob Dylan" (Kings of A&R). Also appearing: Daphne Khoo.

The Pete Kilpatrick Band have often been referred to as a "folk singer-songwriter with a rock 'n' roll band." The group is composed of five close friends who have a deep appreciation and admiration for music. Their acoustic alternative rock sound is comparable to the Fray and Travis, and they have shared the stage with O.A.R. and Spoon. As NewBandDaily.com come puts it, the band "has that suburban sensibility, that clarity and sweetness sometimes so necessary after a hard day's work."

Howard Jennings, former business major turned singer-songwriter, "has an undeniable knack for catchy melodies" (Seven Days) and has become known as an engaging and magnetic live performer. He's toured nationally with Vertical Horizon and Rusted Root. This New York–based artist has been described as a "cross between Jack Johnson and Bob Dylan" (Kings of A&R). Howard's songs have been featured on MTV, he has performed live on NBC and ABC affiliates, and he was a featured performer at the U.S. Open.

Daphne made her nationwide debut on the first season of Singapore Idol. In late 2007 her first solo album, Desperate, was released, and it scored Daphne Best Breakout Solo Artist at Power 98's Singapore Music Awards in 2008. Since performing at over 80 venues and riding radio waves across Singapore and Australia, she's stepping into new ground, eager to share stories of the other side of the world through her music.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Caribbean Songs

Thursday / February 17, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come and hear Berklee's Steel Pan Ensemble, Afro-Cuban Ensemble, and Bob Marley Ensemble.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Love Songs of the Americas

Thursday / February 17, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main St.
Rockport
MA
United States
01966
Ray, Bermejo, Greenspan, Friesen

Mili Bermejo, Eugene Friesen, Tim Ray, and Dan Greenspan offer a program that includes Spanish, English, and Portuguese tangos, bossa nova, Brazilian jazz, and popular standards. Celebrating love in all its complicated dimensions, this concert kicks off the release of their album Love Songs of the Americas.

Love Songs of the Americas is an offering of exceptionally beautiful music from North and South America, performed by four veteran musicians: Mili Bermejo (voice), Eugene Friesen (cello), Tim Ray (piano), and Dan Greenspan (double bass). Songs in Spanish, English, and Portuguese feature the vocal artistry of Mili Bermejo in arrangements enhanced by the soulful cello of Eugene Friesen. Using music language authentic to each song and informed by jazz and other world traditions, Love Songs of the Americas reveals the unique facets of the four players while placing ensemble playing as the focal point of the performance. Join us during Valentine's Day week for this special musical presentation.

Admission: 
$18, $24, $32

Matt White / Brendan James / Will Knox

Thursday / February 17, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Matt White

Matt White's sophomore album, It's the Good Crazy, is a wild romp through the Big Apple and beyond. The piano phenom fuels that ride with a combination of propulsive piano playing and sly lyrics. The stage is where he's most charming. Touring and performing alongside everyone from B.B. King and Sheryl Crow to John Mayer and Counting Crows, he's got charisma that brings audiences back for more. Donning flamboyant stage attire and pounding the keys, White never fails to deliver a show.

Brendan James's album is self-titled because he feels like it's his first recording that really showcases the different sides of him as a musician. It's got everything from the mellow to the upbeat, from the somber to the unashamedly positive. 

Also appearing is Will Knox. Joel Crane from NMEQ, and Mojo magazines says, "Will Knox produces songs of intelligence and of an experience that belies his young age. His charming optimism proves to be a staple of his songwriting nuance as he shares his pain and regrets, all the while encouraging each of us to live on through these darker times. His strengths are evident as he takes to the stage to promote his wonderful debut EP Buckled Knees—a record that prompts self-exploration, compassion, and, ultimately, joy. Backed by a sold five-piece band, Knox produces spellbinding live performances to be cherished and admired. Blessed with his poetic soul, Knox is able to conjure images of romance and beauty armed with only his imagination and written word."

Admission: 
$12, advance; $15, door

Canada Night

Wednesday / February 9, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee has long enjoyed a reputation for drawing students from all over the world, representing more than 70 countries. Recently, the number of Canadian students has risen dramatically, and now it joins Japan and Korea as the most represented foreign countries at Berklee. This second, semi-annual, event features the best from the North: Brittany Kennell (voice); Nathan Cepelinski (tenor sax); Jenna Glatt (voice); Omar Gittens (drums); Alexander Toth (acoustic bass); Molly Brown (voice); Shon Boublil (guitar); and Ken Yates (guitar).

The night also introduces the winners of the prestigious Slaight Family Scholarship: Samantha Schultz (voice); Lucian Gray (guitar); and John Lee (drums).

 

 

Admission: 
$10 (free for Berklee students)

Berklee World Jazz Nonet at DC Jazz Festival

Wednesday / June 2, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee World Jazz Nonet
Admission: 
Free

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