Concert

Amália Hoje

Sunday / December 4, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Amália Hoje

To mark the 10th anniversary of fado legend Amália Rodrigues’s death, Nuno Gonçalves of the Portuguese band the Gift was invited to reinterpret selections of Rodrigues’s vast catalogue and was given full liberty to choose the compositions and his collaborators and to create new arrangements. For this homage, Nuno created Amália Hoje with three of Portugal’s most well-known musicians: Sonia Tavares (the Gift), Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell) and Paulo Praça (Plaza). They took nine fados immortalized by Amália Rodrigues and re-interpreted them with a contemporary approach. The resulting Amália Hoje has gone triple-platinum in Portugal and catapulted Hoje into the international arena.

Admission: 
$39, $31, $27, reserved seating

Blind Boys of Alabama

Friday / March 23, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Since meeting at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939, the Blind Boys of Alabama have thrilled audiences worldwide with their potent, impassioned renditions of gospel songs. Winners of five Grammy Awards, celebrated by the National Endowment for the Arts with several Lifetime Achievement Awards and inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 60 years and shows no signs of diminishing. The Blind Boys of Alabama send spirits soaring to dizzying heights with their foot-stomping, hand-clapping celebration.

Admission: 
$42, $37, $30, reserved seating

Tao: The Martial Art of Drumming

Wednesday / March 21, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

With explosive taiko drumming and innovative, acrobatic choreography, Tao: The Martial Art of Drumming offers a breathtaking, vibrantly modern twist on a traditional art form—and a visual and sonic tour de force. This all-new production captures the best of Tao's extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina.

Admission: 
$42, $37, $30, reserved seating

Lila Downs

Friday / March 9, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Known for her smoky voice and magnetic performances, Mexican-American singer and composer Lila Downs has created one of the most singular explorations of Mexican roots music on both sides of the border. She blends Mexican folk rhythms and native dialects with American folk, blues, and rock. Her new release, Pecados y Milagros (Sins and Miracles), is inspired by Downs's experience becoming a new mother (something she calls a miracle), and a contemplation of the meaning of sin in the modern world. The music is accompanied by a series of specially commissioned votive paintings (retablos) by 15 Mexican painters. For this special performance, Downs and her band La Misteriosa will perform while these powerful images are projected onstage.

Admission: 
$42, $37, $30 Reserved seating

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Saturday / March 3, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops revitalize the old-time string and jug-band music of the Piedmont region with velocity and virtuosity. The band's expanded new lineup includes original members Rhiannon Giddens on fiddle, banjo, and vocals and Dom Flemons on guitar, banjo, harmonica, jug, and snare. They are joined by new members Hubby Jenkins and Leyla McCalla.

 

Admission: 
$37, $32, $28 Reserved seating

Tim Blane/ Eric Stepanian/ Brian Jarvis

Thursday / December 8, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tim Blane

Tim Blane’s career has followed the traditional singer/songwriter path. Since 2006, he’s played clubs and colleges throughout the U.S., slowly building a grass roots fan base. Along the way he has shared the stage with acts like the Goo Goo Dolls, Cake, OneRepublic, KT Tunstall, Fabolous, and Sister Hazel. He’s garnered accolades like a Boston Music Award nomination, two finals appearances in the Starbucks Songwriting Competition, and 14 different Ourstage.com wins. His song “Magnetic” is a finalist of the 2011 International Songwriting Competition, and CAA’s 2009 “Cassandra Report” named him (along with acts like Lady Gaga) an artist to watch.

His new album, You Can’t Go Back, is a collection of catchy, acoustic-pop songs and will be released in May 2011.

 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Pants Velour / DC Wonder / Sho Ishikura

Saturday / December 3, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Pants Velour originated at Cornell University before relocating to New York. The band fuses hip-hop, rock, and soul sensibilities to form a sound that has been likened to the Beastie Boys, the Roots, and Black Eyed Peas, or in the words of the Washington City Paper, "party-ready hip-hop." The sharp lyrics, catchy melodies, and sophisticated arrangements give the music a feeling that is distinctly its own and makes for a dynamic and energetic live show that keeps people coming back for more.

The band has headlined many of the most respected venues in NYC, as well as opened for artists such as Anti-Pop Consortium and Talib Kweli. PV is MC Josh Raff, vocalist Niki Darling, hype-man Eli Northrup, guitarist Sam Coe, drummer Rajiv Ravishankar, bassist Larry Zipf, and keyboardist Jordan Battiste.

DC Wonder, a band from Boston, Massachusetts, was founded by Gene Shinozaki and Frank Watkoskey. Working with their preferred mixture of funk and electronica, they are currently working on a self-titled EP. 

Also featuring a performance by Sho Ishikura.

Admission: 
$8 advance, $10 at the door

The Barr Brothers with Jocie Adams

Thursday / December 1, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Barr Brothers

An evening with the Barr Brothers and special guest Jocie Adams is a great night indeed. Recorded in a makeshift studio in an old boiler room at the foot of Mount Royal, the 10-song album the Barr Brothers recently finished was written over the course of the brothers' time in a city full of strangers, lovers, old ghosts, and new friends. Along with Sarah (Lhasa DeSela/Amon Tobin), the record also features Miles Perkin (Lhasa DeSela), Elizabeth Powell (Land of Talk), Nathan Moore, Jocie Adams (The Low Anthem), Elvis Perkins, and Emma Baxter. It reads like a dusty journal of a traveler at the crossroads of good and evil. Hushed Americana lonesome and future-primitive delta blues clear the path for West African polyrhythms and classical motifs. Its all tied together by the commitment to the sources of the styles and their inherent connections to each other.

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Admission: 
$12, general admission

Yasmin Levy

Sunday / February 12, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

With a deep, spiritual, and moving style, Yasmin Levy preserves and revives the most beautiful and romantic songs from the Ladino/Judeo-Spanish tradition. Her powerfully sensual voice, which combines flamenco's fiery passion with the microtonal melisma of Middle Eastern music, ripples across sashaying grooves built from hand percussion; Turkish-Arabic instruments such as the oud, ney, and qanun; and Western standbys, including acoustic guitar and bass.

Admission: 
$37, $32, $28, reserved seating

Fresh Prospects: Hannah Christianson / Sierra and Andrew / Sasha Yatchenko

Friday / December 2, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Hannah Christianson was born smiling, or so her mother says. Growing up in a lively family of seven, the young Christianson learned to perceive the world and art in her own unique way. Even at a very early age, Hannah became enamored with the piano and immersed herself into jazz and piano-based pop music. Years later, she was playing various clubs around the upper Midwest, including a showcase at the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Sierra and Andrew hit the Boston scene as a songwriting duo in the fall of 2009, wielding deeply textured acoustic style music tinged with electricity.

Sasha Yatchenko started singing and writing at a very young age while living in South Boston. Her keen sensitivity to the world around her came through in beautiful melodies and lyrics that touched those who had the pleasure of hearing her perform. 

Admission: 
Free

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