Concert

Manuel Kaufmann Nonet

Tuesday / September 18, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The Manuel Kaufmann Nonet is capable of a large jazz ensemble sound without overpowering the intimate chamber feel of a small band. The program consists of post-bop tinged originals and arrangements of the Great American Songbook.

Admission: 
Free

Columbus / Endangered Speeches

Saturday / October 6, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Columbus
Endangered Speeches

Columbus is an authentic '70s funk/soul band that will leave it on the 939 stage with its Farewell Tour. The goal of the band is to celebrate the '70s music legacy, paying homage to funk pioneers like James Brown, George Clinton, and Sly and the Family Stone. The blend of its tight horn section, unyieldingly solid rhythm section, and expressive vocals makes Columbus one of Berklee’s most noteworthy bands.

Rooted equally in hip-hop and reggae, the Endangered Speeches sound is characterized chiefly by the unique global view brought by each of its 13 members. While Mariletta Konstantara’s love for Rebetika (traditional Greek music) and drum 'n’ bass contribute toward a diverse repertoire, the cemented rhythm section, airtight horns, and four-part vocal harmonies build a sound both unbreakable and unmistakable. Endangered Speeches formed at Berklee in 2008 and currently calls Boston its collective home, but members hail from places as wide-ranging as Canada, Norway, Greece, India, Mexico, and across the United States. Now with two albums in its catalogue, The City is Rough and Dem Borders Will Fall, the band moves determinedly forward, poised to bring the music "home."

 

Admission: 
$10 general admission, $8 Berklee students

Noe Socha: Blues from Italy

Saturday / September 1, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Rhythm & Roots Festival
Ninigret Park
Charlestown
RI
02831
Noe Socha

What if Lightnin' Hopkins was actually born across the ocean, in the agricultural heart of Italy? Frankly, we don't know, but when you hear this young, Berklee-trained blues guitar and harmonica wizard, you may find yourself asking the same question. Socha performs on the Rhythm & Roots Festival Heritage Stage.

While studying classical music, guitarist Noe Socha began to privately study jazz and blues guitar with Enrico Zanella. Between 2004 and 2006 he participated in various acoustic guitar workshops and deepened his finger-picking method with Franco Morone and Walter Lupi. In 2008 he participated in a Berklee seminar at Umbria Jazz and was selected as part of an ensemble to open Umbria Jazz Winter in Orvieto.

Noe then won a scholarship to attend Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program. During the five weeks of study he won Guitar Showcase, was selected out of 200 guitarists to open the final concert at the Berklee Performance Center, and won a full-tuition scholarship to continue his studies at Berklee.

Learn more about the Rhythm & Blues Festival.

Admission: 
$60

Lucy Wainwright Roche / Lindsay Fuller

Saturday / November 3, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Lucy Wainwright Roche

Lucy Wainwright Roche is an American singer-songwriter and the daughter of musicians, Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche. In addition to touring the country opening for such acts as the Indigo Girls, Amos Lee, her father, and brother Rufus Wainwright, Wainwright Roche has also sung backup for Grammy-nominated artist Neko Case, including an appearance with Case on The Late Show with David Letterman. “Saddest Sound,” a song from her first EP, appeared in the television show Lipstick Jungle. Wainwright Roche was one of the winners of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Emerging Artist competition in 2008. In 2009, she won the Grassy Hill Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Singer-Songwriter competition as well as Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter award for her song, “Snare Drum,” at the Independent Music Awards.

Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Lindsay Fuller makes peace with the Christ-haunted South by writing songs about the one thing that make us all equal and honest—death. However, don’t be misled; the darkness in her songs is more about bringing things to light than bringing folks down. Her latest record, You, Anniversary, released by ATO Records in the spring of 2012, is the result of a woman who has spent the bulk of her life trying to tell a story well. The title track is based on W.S Merwin’s poem, For The Anniversary of My Death. Her deep mournful vocal style, which has garnered comparisons to Patti Smith, Gillian Welch, and Nick Cave, sounds as though it comes from a place of necessity and nowhere else. The result is a rowdy, yet affecting telling of stories involving all the things that make the beauty and violence of the human experience so damn curious.

Admission: 
$12 advance, $15 day of show

AJ Rafael / Us / Gabe Bondoc

Thursday / September 13, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
AJ Rafael

Multi-talented musician AJ Rafael is bringing his Billboard chart-topping Red Roses album on an exclusive nine-city U.S. tour. The Play. Live. Breathe. Music tour will showcase Rafael’s distinctive sounds and undeniable talent, mixing original acoustic melodies with deep and honest lyrics. The tour will also feature the popular singer-songwriter duo Us, as well as a diverse variety of talented guest artists to share their unique sounds in each city. Rafael’s Play. Live. Breathe. Music Tour will captivate audiences to play, live, and breathe music in an unforgettable experience. VIP tickets include an earlier admission time and a meet and greet opportunity after the concert with the tour artists.

Admission: 
$41 VIP, $21 general admission

The Berklee Rainbow Band: A Lifetime of Great Music

Monday / December 10, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Phil Wilson

The Rainbow Band was founded at Berklee by Phil Wilson in 1965, making today's Rainbow Band one of the longest running collegiate big bands in the world. Prominent Rainbow Band include: John Scofield, Cyrus Chestnut, Christian Scott, Terri Lyne Carington, Makoto Ozone, Abraham Laboriel Sr., Abraham Laboriel Jr., George Garzone, Hal Crook, Jaleel Shaw, Anat Cohen, Kirill Gerstein, Greg Gisbert, Danilo Perez, and Donny McCaslin.

Every show is different depending on the lives of potential guest vocalists and instrumentalists. Buy tickets to four shows for the price of three.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Divas, Dictators, and Queens

Tuesday / November 27, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rene Pfister

Divas, Dictators, and Queens, directed by Voice faculty member Rene Pfister, is a revue of contemporary musical theater and original compositions orchestrated by Berklee faculty and students. The performance will include the musical theater orchestra under the direction of Peter Cokkinias. The performance will be repeated the following night, Wednesday, November 28.

Buy tickets to four shows for the price of three.

Can't make it to the show? The event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Barnaby Bright / Brad Byrd / Suzie Brown

Thursday / September 20, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Barnaby Bright

A Brooklyn-based indie-folk rock duo, Barnaby Bright has garnered high accolades for its lyrically captivating and impeccably balanced songwriting and sound. Two-time finalists in the prestigious New York Song Circle Contest, Barnaby Bright was awarded the Grand Prize Winner in November 2010 for its song, “Don’t Look Down.”  The duo self-produced its first album, “Wake The Hero,” garnering recognition as an “Emerging Artist” at the legendary Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in July 2010, and was one of only four artists voted to return in 2011 as a featured performer. Its music has been featured on ER, Days of Our Lives, and Roadtrip Nation, and the catchy, melodic “If I Came Back As a Song” placed third in 2007’s International Song-Writing Competition. The group has toured all over the U.S. and Europe, dazzling fans with unique instrumentation, powerful harmonies, intelligent lyrics, and genuine warmth on stage.  Inspired by literature, life, human behavior, and a hint of fantasy, Barnaby Bright is a classic vision of timeless indie folk-rock in all its glory.

Indie rock/alternative country singer/songwriter Brad Byrd grew up along the Massachusetts rural North Shore. Influenced by his parents healthy appetite for the Beatles and John Denver as a young child, and often jamming on the drums with his younger brother for hours as a teenager in the basement, Byrd caught the bug early. The prolific artist has been crafting and producing hooky, soulful, timeless, left of center indie rock-pop songs, reflecting his observations of the human condition, consistently since he was 21 years old.

If Suzie Brown had an anthem, it’d have to be the twangy “Heartstrings,” off her same-named debut. A string-soaked ode to unrequited love, the debut single delicately marked her transition from Harvard-educated cardiologist to singer-songwriter, now musing on matters of the heart. In the three years since making good on her extracurricular activity, she’s been named the Best of Philly by Philadelphia magazine and opened for such kindred spirits as Lyle Lovett. And if her name doesn’t ring a bell, her first single will. Picked up by the Play Network, “Heartstrings” can be heard soulfully wafting through stores nationwide.

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of show

Brendan James / Lelia Broussard / Brian Jarvis

Friday / August 24, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

A singer-songwriter who accompanies himself on piano, Brendan James began writing the songs on his second album after winding up a year and a half on the road in support of his debut album The Day is Brave, which was released by Decca Records in June 2008 and debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Several of its songs were featured on various television shows including Private Practice, Bones, So You Think You Can Dance, and Army Wives

Currently living in New York, Lelia Broussard was originally born in Lafayette, Louisiana, where she was immersed in the rich and diverse music scene at a very young age. Hot off the heels of her critically acclaimed full length album, Masquerade, the soulful indie/pop songstress Broussard claimed her spot in the top two of Rolling Stone’s So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star contest. Hand-picked as one of the best unsigned artists in the nation by the editors of Rolling Stone and Atlantic Records, Broussard performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennesse, as well as live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

New England-based singer-songwriter Brian Jarvis releases his first full length album in over four years. Out in February 2012 under the indie label Soundwave, Beautifully Broken tackles a two year period of Brian’s life that included losing his father to cancer, quitting his day job to pursue music full time, and personal struggles. Beautifully Broken was recorded in New Haven, Connecticut at Sunset Goose Studios. The record features a wide variety of melodic guitar driven songs including one that was written within 24 hours of Jarvis's father's sudden passing.

 
Admission: 
$12 General admission

Neo Soul Ensemble All-Stars

Saturday / September 29, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Capital One Stage
Carter Playground
Boston
MA
02118
Neo Soul's Skip Smith

The Neo Soul Ensemble was formed by director Skip Smith, who aimed to bring together talented Berklee students to perform contemporary R&B at its highest level. They have backed up many well known artists, including Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Meshell Ndegeocello, and David Dyson. 

Admission: 
Free

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