Concert

Jeff Coffin and the Mu’tet

Friday / September 9, 2011 / 9:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jeff Coffin and the Mu’tet

The Mu'tet is led by three-time Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Jeff Coffin. On tour with Dave Matthews Band since July 2008 and with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones since 1997, Coffin strives to expand himself, his band mates, and listeners with music flavored by his wide musical interests.   Drawing from African, New Orleans, Indian, funk, jazz, folk, Gypsy, rock, fusion, Brazilian, and other styles of music, Coffin sends shockwaves down people's spines with his fierce soloing and inspiring compositions.

Admission: 
$10, general admissions

The Milk Carton Kids / Gaby Moreno

Friday / October 14, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Milk Carton Kids

Their songs disguise the youth of the members of the band. So do the old guitars they play and old clothing they wear. But to be sure, the Milk Carton Kids present something new: harmonies and minimalist instrumentation with an eye intently on the future. 

Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan are the Milk Carton Kids and are distinct collaborators in song and story. They move to become a single, shadowy persona within the frame of Prologue—like young twins cast to tag-team one demanding role in a terse-but-tender film by Elia Kazan, haunted and hounded across a lonely landscape in search of the love that might provide their collective character a fleeting taste of both redemption and self-recognition.

Gaby Moreno's new album, Illustrated Songs, continues her love affair with the sounds of the blues, soul, and jazz that captivated her as a girl. Although she was born and raised in Guatemala, it was the sounds of the American South that inspired her to become a songwriter and recording artist. "I heard an African American woman singing on the street in New York City when I was younger. I just froze. When I asked her what she called that music, she looked at me and said, 'That's the blues, honey.'"

Admission: 
$10, general admission

The Grace Kelly Experiment / Neo Soul / Columbus

Saturday / October 1, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Grace Kelly

When it comes to jazz saxophonist/vocalist/composer/lyricist/arranger Grace Kelly, people seem to be divided into two groups: those who marvel at her proficiency, creativity, and ever-accelerating growth, and those who have yet to encounter this young wunderkind. She has been featured on national television, and her incredible talent has been recognized by the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. She attended Berklee College of Music to further develop her musical skills. 

Neo Soul is an international collective of Berklee students dedicated to delivering the most impassioned soul and R&B an audience will ever hear.

Continuing with the theme of Berklee groove bands, Columbus is an authentic '70s funk/soul band, celebrating the decade's musical legacy by paying homage to funk pioneers like James Brown, George Clinton, and Sly and the Family Stone. With the blend of their tight horn section, unyieldingly solid rhythm section, and expressive vocals, Columbus guarantees to make you dance and give you a funky performance you will not forget.

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

Ben Rector / Graham Colton

Friday / September 30, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ben Rector

An evening with Ben Rector, with Graham Colton supporting.

Ben Rector released his fourth studio effort, Into the Morning, on February 16, 2010. Through word of mouth, the record peaked at no. 5 on the iTunes pop chart, no. 10 on the iTunes overall chart, and no. 11 on Billboard Heatseekers. On August 28, 2011, Rector will be releasing the highly anticipated follow-up record that his fans have been clamoring for. If the last 18 months are any indication, it's going to be an exhilarating ride. In every new city he captivates with his soulful lyrics and big sound, people can't help but get caught up in the storm.

Stepping into his own in order to connect to his heart and artistic vision, Graham Colton has emerged with a stunning collection of pop-rock melodies, lyrics, and emotions that swing between love and heartbreak, and trials and relief. Although it can be said that the power of the story is in the telling, it's the tale itself that inspires the story to be told. Performance and delivery make up only one half of the equation; the other half is the feeling and emotion that inspires the creation of melodies and lyrics. That substance is the product of lessons learned over hundreds of shows and thousands of miles traveled, and the distance in between.

Admission: 
$10

Dan HL / yellowbirddd / The Field Effect

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Dan HL

Dan HL is most noted for his crisp, soulful, unique voice, and his ability to write songs that are both honest and singable. He also plays guitar and harmonica, so you can call him a multi-instrumentalist of sorts if, in your opinion, the harmonica is actually counted as an instrument. Throughout his musical career, Dan has shared the stage with many notable artists, with his most recent success as frontman for Dear Havanah, performaing with acts that include Alan Evans of Soulive, and Blackthought of the Roots.

yellowbirddd is the project name for singer/songwriter Liam McCormack. McCormack has been developing his songwriting craft in Boston for the past few years, drawing influences from relationships, city life, and the self-realizations of growing up. With a new full band album set for fall 2011 release, you can certainly expect to see and hear more from yellowbirddd.

Boston indie rock band the Field Effect also performs.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Ian Axel / Bess Rogers / Allie Moss

Wednesday / September 21, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Alli Moss, Bess Rogers, Ian Axel

On his debut album This Is the New YearIan Axel celebrates relationships, personal transformation, and fresh starts. While examining ties to family, friends, and significant others, Axel has created an album full of playful anthems extolling these human connections and rediscovers that all-important, yet under-considered, link to one's younger self along the way.

Is Bess Rogers a folkie with punk instincts or an indie-rocker with an acoustic bent? Her EP, Bess Rogers Presents Bess Rogers, makes it hard to place her in a neat category—and that turns out to be a source of strength for this eclectic singer-songwriter. Rogers—a member of Ingrid Michaelson's touring band—likes to surround her sweet lyric sentiments with a tough outer coating as she recounts tales of fumbled romance and fragile happiness.

Allie Moss makes sandwiches. She's from Jersey, which means she has curly hair and says the word "yeah" weirdly. She is a word game aficionado and has studied with some of the best 30 Rock scholars in the nation. She also writes songs and tours with Ingrid Michaelson and such.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

Smartbomb / Dead Ellington / The Thickness / Tristan Omand

Saturday / September 17, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Smartbomb

Worcester's own Smartbomb is no stranger to punk rock. Their music is much like their name: an explosion of ideas with thought-provoking lyrics that encourage the listener to question everything. Vocalist/guitarist Eric Widing notes "punk should be more about the approach and not about a cliché regurgitation." Building on influences from a wide range of genres within punk, hardcore, and rock 'n' roll, Smartbomb offers an inspiring blend of progressive thinking and progressive punk rock. Smartbomb come recommended for fans of 7 Seconds, Descendents, and Kid Dynamite.

Dead Ellington is a five-piece punk rock assault hailing from Boston. Their songs are driven by energy from start to finish, filled with heartfelt lyrics, explosive drums, and awe-inspiring guitars. The band itself is composed of five friends who share a common bond—the wish to create good music together and the need to share it with the world. The band released the original Refuse Rethink Rebuild split EP with the now defunct Blue Letter Days in 2006. Now in 2011 Dead Ellington is releasing it's first full-length record also titled Refuse Rethink RebuildRefuse Rethink Rebuild is a new way of thinking. It is about looking at the reality of one's surroundings and creating something new. It is all about refusing the present, rethinking the future, and rebuilding the past. "It's a way of life, not just music, it's our manifesto, embracing the D.I.Y scene from street art to punk rock."

Boston punks the Thickness have been touring the New England circuit for five years and recently released their fifth record, Karaoke Headliner. Filled with aggressive group vocals, '80s metal solos, catchy lyrics, and blasting drums, Karaoke Headliner promises to separate the band from the masses. The Thickness has played with the Voodoo Glow Skulls, Hot Rod Circuit, and New Years Day; toured the U.S. and Canada; and played such festivals as South by Southwest. The band has been categorized as a throwback to punk influencers including NOFX, Bad Religion, and Face to Face. These ingredients are then mixed with a dash of Megadeth and a spritz of Bon Jovi.

Tristan Omand of Manchester, NH is an old soul. A madman with a multitrack recorder. A born entertainer with "a youthful wonderlust, strong passion, and molten ambition." A blazing flat picker. A walking music dictionary. Either way, Omand is a man with a true and honest approach to Americana music. His new album, Tolled Stories, is out now on Raised in a Barn Recordings. He takes influences from Dylan, Cash, Waits, traditional folk, and writers like Bukowski, Kerouac, and Hunter Thompson.

Admission: 
$10/GA

The Aristocrats

Thursday / September 29, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Aristocrats is a newly formed eclectic rock trio made up of some of the world's greatest musicians. Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann, and Bryan Beller promise to put on a show that is not to be missed.

Think you have what it takes to share the stage with the Aristocrats? The band is seeking an opening act for their Berklee Performance Center show. Click here for more information on this exclusive performance opportunity.

Admission: 
$16, $21 reserved seating

The Cello/Piano Project with Eugene Friesen and Tim Ray

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 2:15 p.m.
Subaru of New England Stage
United States
Eugene Friesen

Musical passion, sweeping melody, and rocking rhythm mark the one-of-a-kind performances of the Cello/Piano Project. Contemporary jazz, Brazilian classics, and American folk tunes are the soil from which the duo's joyful interplay blooms, and chamber music is changed forever.

As featured players with the likes of Paul Winter, Lyle Lovett, Bonnie Raitt, and others, both Eugene Friesen and Tim Ray have cultivated unique styles of accompanying and soloing. At their duo concerts, audiences are treated to the full range of their remarkable abilities in living color.

The melodic and emotional facets of Eugene Friesen's cello have been well documented on hundreds of commercial CDs and film scores. Less known are his unbridled improvisations featuring an almost percussive use of the cello, or his unique pizzicato techniques derived from African folk traditions. Friesen's use of his voice, doubling his cello lines in perfect intonation and nuance, is another distinctive sonic signature.

Ray has appeared on Jay Leno, and has been featured on national tours with Lyle Lovett. Fluent and brilliant in a myriad of American pop, folk, and swing styles, he is also highly regarded as a jazz performer and composer. Though a dazzling soloist, Ray is equally creative as an accompanist and producer and has served as musical director for singer-songwriters Jane Siberry and Victoria Williams on the road and in the recording studio.

Playing jazz as well as innovative compositions by both Friesen and Ray, the Cello/Piano Project traces a wideranging musical gamut in a program which is simultaneously imaginative, immediate, and original.           

Admission: 
Free

Tubby Love

Sunday / September 25, 2011 / 9:00 p.m.
Life is Good Festival
Prowse Farm
Canton
MA
United States
02021
Tubby Love

It's not the size of the man, it's the size of the love. Ranging from acoustic soul to futuristic reggae fusion, Tubby Love is diversely devoted to consciously delivering a message of truth and love. His constant quest for a greater purpose can be easily translated in songs like "Constant Motion" and "The Awakening."

A graduate of Berklee and recipient of the Scott Benson Award, Tubby Love has been blessed to share the stage with many of his influences, such as Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Passafire, and the Aggrolites, and continues to make a name for himself in the future roots music scene. "I try not to box myself into a genre," he says during an interview at the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, "What I play is music. I draw inspiration from everything." Outwardly expressing his love for experimental music, Tubby Love is constantly collaborating and combining new flavors, creating what some are calling a "reggae soul revolution." He just calls it music.

Admission: 
TBA

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