Performance

Flavio Lira: Bass Choroin'

Wednesday / January 29, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Bassist Flavio Lira and quartet present a concert focused on the Brazilian genre choro, one of the most representative forms of Brazilian instrumental music, with very active melodies, harmonies, and rhythms.

Admission: 
Free

From Indian Lakes / The American Scene / Naive Thieves

Saturday / March 22, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
From Indian Lakes

From Indian Lakes is an indie rock band based in California’s Yosemite Valley. The up-and-coming band has multiple nationwide tours under its belt and has garnered a devoted following in the process. Its most recent album, Able Bodies, showcases a band exploring new depths of maturity while still holding fast to many of its more aggressive and passionate tendencies.

Watch a music video for “Breaking My Bones” by From Indian Lakes:

This show also features driving pop-punk from the Berkeley, California-based The American Scene and a dose of fuzzy indie pop with a tropical twist from Southern California's Naive Thieves.

Established in Boston in 2004, the Fenway Recordings Sessions is a regular concert series featuring a mix of established acts and the best new and developing indie artists along with occasional special guest DJs. Bands that have played the Sessions include Hot Chip, The Joy Formidable, Cults, Wild Flag, Rival Schools, Diplo, MGMT, and more.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

Brianna Conroy's CD Release Show

Thursday / February 6, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Brianna Conroy
Night Lights
Andrew St. James

Brianna Conroya 19-year-old from Los Angeles, presents an intricate labyrinth of sounds and textures beneath flawless intimate vocal performances. Coming from acoustic beginnings as a singer-songwriter, she has now evolved into a powerful alternative presence, supported by a five-piece rock-rooted band.

Iconic artists such as the Beatles, Beck, Radiohead, and Crosby Stills and Nash, shaped Conroy's her musical inclinations. Her eclectic sound consists of vulnerable lyrics, intimate melodies, and ambient harmonies. She pulls inspiration from contemporary artists such as Young the Giant, Grizzly Bear, Daughter, the xx, and the Black Keys to add an additional twist to her acoustic songwriting foundation.

Brianna has teamed up with new Boston-based label Fitz Ross Productions to produce a riveting four-track EP that promises to throw surprises at its listeners left and right. 

The Boston-based band Night Lights met in 2012 and has since discovered a balance between profound lyrics, hooky melodies, danceable music, and intriguing harmonic progressions. Their songs touch on the subject of existentialism and the confrontation of the self, hoping to discover a truth grounded in music, community, and conversation. Drew's warped soundscapes, Yusuke's intricate riffs, Jeff's melodic bass lines, Dag's colorful rhythmic creations, and Mau's captivating melodies and otherworldly voice effects all come together to take you on an unparalleled audio adventure.

Andrew St. James is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from the fog-enshrouded misty hills of San Francisco’s Twin Peaks. Incorporating a beyond-his-years lyrical vision with a unique gift for melody-making, St. James’s music lands firmly in the alternative folk world, but displays a real knack for timeless songwriting skills. “I am inspired by the odd characters that I call my acquaintances,” St. James says of the colorful cast that inhabits his music. Hip street folk, Irish immigrants and Mission hipsters star in songs that exist as soundtracks to hard-lived lives. Flawless vocals and better-on-repeat lyrics make "Doldrums" a stand-out record, and as a performer St. James weaves humorous stories and interludes into surprisingly sophisticated songcraft.

Admission: 
$8 in advance, $10 day of show, general admission

Tyrone Wells's Closer Than Ever Tour / Nick Howard

Tuesday / May 13, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Tyrone Wells

Tyrone Wells got his start as a singer-songwriter and storyteller in Southern California coffee shops, building a groundswell of devoted followers who connected with his powerful voice, honest lyrics, and personal anecdotes. 

From this foundation, Wells went on to release two records with Universal Republic, to build a national fan base by touring relentlessly with his band, to land over 50 songs in televsion and film placements, and to launch several records that charted at No. 1 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter charts. This journey has brought Wells full circle and he's decided to go back to his roots for this tour so that he can have a closer-than-ever experience with you. The Closer Than Ever tour is about a voice, a guitar, and one man's story of loving, dreaming, and growing.

Nick Howard will open the show.

Admission: 
$22 in advance, $25 day of show, general admission

AJ Edwards / Alex Preston / Jim Trick / Chris Ross

Thursday / January 23, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
AJ Edwards

Though singer-songwriter AJ Edwards attests that it was U2′s 2001 Elevation tour that gave him the music bug, he had been listening to some of his favorite records long before that. “I used to hang out with my dad in his workshop when I was little and he would play records by Dire Straits, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and U2,” Edwards recalls. “When I was 16, he surprised me with tickets to see U2 in Boston, and I knew I wasn’t going to be doing any homework that night.”

Instead, Edwards called a family friend after the show to see if he could borrow one of his guitars to learn to play. The Boston-born artist began to realize his passion for songwriting and spent many late nights crafting a balanced set of original songs, which he would go on to perform in local bars and restaurants. Many of these early songs were recorded for his 2008 debut album, Start Over the Moon.

His latest EP, Where the Rain Ricochets, marks Edwards's first radio-ready release and features sessions with multiplatinum producer Aaron Johnson (the Fray) in conjunction with two homegrown recordings by producer/engineer David Lefkowitz (Johnny A). An independent success, the album earned Edwards opening slots for national acts, including Matt Nathanson, Augustana, Brett Dennen, the Lone Bellow, and Blue October.  

Born and raised on the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia, Alex Preston started his musical career at a very young age, becoming an extremely competent jazz and blues guitarist by the age of 13. After studying music performance at the highest level throughout school, Preston found electronic music and fell in love with it.

For the last 20 years, Jim Trick has melded his original brand of alt-folk and solo acoustic rock with motivational life lessons taught and sung at retreats all over the country. Trick's concert appearances are intimate; with disarming humor and transparency Trick is able to instantly connect with his audience. 

His fourth and most recent release, Jim Trick Buying the Field, was produced by Thomas Eaton (Vance Gilbert, Ellis Paul) and features a wonderful array of players, including Duke Levine, Maeve, and John Curtis (Pousette Dart, Patty Griffin).

Chris Ross is a folk musician from Bangor, Maine. His bold and confident sound have one main goal: to make you feel. 

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Inna Dudukina: Endless Night

Tuesday / February 4, 2014 / 9:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Jazz singer, composer, and arranger Inna Dudukina takes an instrumental approach to improvisation while maintaining a rich tone, strong musicality, and a highly emotive style. As a composer and arranger, Dudukina draws on old school jazz influences, reharmonization, modern modal techniques, and meter switching to create music that is both refreshing and familiar. The program will include the music of Burt Bacharach, Carl Fisher, Jay Gorney, and Antônio Carlos Jobim, among others, and will feature Middle Eastern instruments and sounds.

Admission: 
Free

A Tribute to Elis Regina

Friday / March 14, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Marcella Camargo Silva

The great Brazilian singer Elis Regina will be celebrated in this concert featuring vocalist Marcella Camargo Silva.

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Ariana Corradi: TangoIntimo y Algo Mas

Thursday / February 6, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Ariana Corradi
Ariana Corradi
Ariana Corradi

CANCELED: This event has been canceled. 

Experience the music of South America and Argentina in Boston! This colorful recital will bring Argentina’s tango to Boston in all of its forms, featuring song, dance, passion, and Astor Piazzolla’s arrangements. Argentinian singer-songwriter Ariana Corradi will lead the recital, accompanied by a talented group that will bring Corradi’s chacarera and zamba compositions to life.

Listen to music from Ariana Corradi here.

Admission: 
Free

Jeff LeBlanc / Ken Yates

Tuesday / April 29, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Jeff LeBlanc
Ken Yates

Sirius/XM's Singer/Songwriter Discovery of the Year nominee Jeff LeBlanc returns to Cafe 939 for a special headlining performance. LeBlanc's new album, My Own Way There, was his second consecutive record to break the Top 10 of the iTunes Top 200 Singer/Songwriter Chart.

The enthusiasm for the record and his frequent touring landed him support slots for household names like the Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, and Gavin DeGraw as well as rising stars such as Andy Grammer, Colbie Caillat, and Ingrid Michaelson.

Watch a music video for Jeff LeBlanc's "What Do You Got To Lose" here:

Born and Raised in London, Ontario, Ken Yates moved to Boston to study songwriting at Berklee College of Music. It was here that he developed his skills as a songwriter, releasing his first CD, The Backseat EP, and received the opportunity to play a song for one of his biggest influences, John Mayer. Mayer even posted a full-page blog about Yates’ ability as a writer, stating, “Ken Yates wrote a song called ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love’… this song moved me when I first heard it and still does today.”

Yates’ EP received high critical acclaim, leading to a slew of online covers from fans. He has toured with many notable names, including veteran singer/songwriter and mentor Livingston Taylor, Sister Hazel, Peter Katz, and Liz Longley, and has songs in heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s The Coffee House. His debut full-length album twenty-three, recorded in Holland and produced by Joren van der Voort, was released in May 2013.

Admission: 
$12 in advance, $15 day of show, general admission

Richie Zellon - AfroPeruvian Music

Friday / February 7, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Richie Zellon will perform originals and arrangements of Afro-Peruvian music. This event will feature faculty and students.

Admission: 
Free

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