Concert

Crossover Kidz

Thursday / July 14, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert is part of the Berklee Five-Week Programming, along with the Fresh Prospects Summer Series and Foxtrot on July 21.

Crossover Kidz is a hip-hop and extremely musical duo, based out of Boston, that continues to electrify stages all over New England. Alongside its high energy backing band, the Post War Graduates, Crossover Kidz continues to build a strong following of energetic youth that can relate to its musical illustrations, convincingly bringing the listener into their world. 

Crossover Kids recently released its debut mixtape, "Picture Perfect," which recorded more than 1,000 downloads within the first hour.

 

 

 

 

 

Admission: 
FREE

Evo-Q: the Evolving Quartet

Tuesday / July 19, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Evo-Q, also known as the Evolving Quartet, features leader Lance Van Lenten on reeds, Joe Mulholland on piano, David Clark on bass, and Casey Scheuerell on drums. The quartet will play a mix of original compositions as well as spirited arrangements of jazz standards.

Can't make it to the show? This event will be live streaming on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$10

Scott Tarulli Group / Don Lappin Group

Thursday / July 14, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Scott Tarulli Group will be playing brand new songs from its upcoming album. The instrumental, guitar-led band features Dennis Hughes on keys, Alison Keslow on bass, and Mike Casano on drums. 

In the second half, the Don Lappin Group will perform a set of original instrumental rock music from the guitarist's upcoming album. The instrumentation consists of two guitars, drums, bass, and keys.

Can't make it to the show? This event will be live streaming on Concert Window.

 

Admission: 
$10

Foxtrot

Thursday / July 21, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Foxtrot

This Boston rock band is just entering its sophomore year on the scene and already making a splash with a live DVD and new record. Think equal parts Radiohead, Incubus, and Mute Math, and you're halfway there. These are songs about overcoming and succumbing to boundaries; songs that will make you hum and say "hmm."

And if you've been club-hopping in the New England area anytime in the past year, you know the second part of the Foxtrot story: They're a dangerously entertaining live band with a penchant for startling live effects and a unforgettable light show. The members have previously played the Warped Tour, Carnegie Hall, CBGBs, Port City Music Hall, Berklee Performance Center, and the Ruins at the Colosseum.

 

Admission: 
Free

Rachel Platten / Katie Costello / Nick Howard

Friday / July 8, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rachel Platten

Beautiful, but not brazen. Passionate, but never preachy. Populist, but definitely not prosaic. New York City singer-songwriter, pianist and beatboxer Rachel Platten is by no means your average headliner-in-the-making. Her Rock Ridge Music debut, Be Here, is a bewitching collection of 10 wise-beyond-their-years piano-driven pop songs that echo elements of Alanis Morissette, Carole King, Tori Amos, and Regina Spektor, while retaining a singular sense of self that is rarely found in such a young performer.

Katie Costello is a unique and timeless example of an authentic artisan shining amidst the frequently clouded backdrop of modernity. Almost as if her spirit has been frozen in another day and age, her perspective is one that far exceeds her surprisingly young age. She writes about the human condition—our ever-present desire to find peace, identity, home, and understanding. Costello's most recent release, Lamplight (2011), produced by Los Angeles–based music guru Tony Berg (Jesca Hoop, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn), reflects her distinctively conversational, yet poetic lyrical approach. Deeply personal, her songs are impressionistic and beckon to the lonely, disconnected nature of our times.

Nick Howard is an award-winning British singer-songwriter who achieved mainstream success with his critically acclaimed debut album Something to Talk About. Songs from the album have been featured in scores of television shows and films, and received heavy rotation across radio networks in the United States and in Europe. In the last two years, Howard has toured with or supported artists such as Gavin DeGraw, Lifehouse, Jack Johnson, Boyce Avenue, and Counting Crows. 

 

Admission: 
$10

Bess Rogers / Allison Weiss

Tuesday / July 12, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bess Rogers

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, surrounds her sweet lyric sentiments with a tough outer coating as she recounts tales of fumbled romance and fragile happiness.

Allison Weiss is an energetic 23-year-old with an electric guitar, an avid online following, and a whole lot of feelings. With her quirky charm and sharp pop sensibilities, Weiss makes losing a little more fun. Now with a full band, live shows are more fun than ever, showcasing Weiss's unique brand of high-energy, folk-infused power-pop. Even alone with an acoustic guitar, her solo shows are powerful and captivating. With a knack for witty on-stage banter, she keeps her audience wanting more as she weaves hilarously awkward and endearing personal stories of love and loss between every upbeat breakup song.

Admission: 
$10

An Evening with <em>American Idol</em> Vocal Coach Debra Byrd

Sunday / June 26, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Debra Byrd

Berklee's Vocal Music Summit and Stage Performance Workshop presents a unique opportunity for singers of all styles to enjoy an up-close-and-personal evening of Q&A with award-winning singer, vocal coach, vocal arranger, actor, and producer Debra Byrd American Idol's "Starmaker." Singers who attend will receive valuable, motivating information that will propel them to deliver their best performance.

Byrd's wealth of vocal knowledge and unique ability to provide "vocal help now have been demonstrated through all of Idol's 10 seasons as well as on numerous other television shows, national workshops, and private lessons.

Byrd is a Berklee artist-in-residence who has recorded and/or performed with Barry Manilow, Bob Dylan, the Eurythmics, UB40, Lyle Lovett, and Roberta Flack. She starred in the national touring company of Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk as "Da Singer," and has been featured on Broadway in The Human Comedy, Barry Manilow on Broadway, and Haarlem Nocturne, and both the national tour and Broadway productions of Ain’t Misbehavin’. Byrd was nominated for a Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Could It Be Magic? Her voice has been featured in countless movie soundtracks and commercial voiceovers as well. Byrd is currently taping the Hub Network’s Majors and Minors, which airs in the Fall 2011. For further information about Byrd, visit debrabyrd.com.

Admission: 
FREE

Elephant Revival / Lucius / Andrea Belanger

Thursday / June 23, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Young in age and conception, indie-folk band Elephant Revival carries a fresh sense of creativity and inspiration that is felt by people of every generation. Individually and collectively, the band members have performed with some of the most prolific performers of our time, including Bela Fleck, the Avett Brothers, John Paul Jones, Michael Franti, Little Feat, Yonder Mountain String Band, and George Clinton. “Elephant Revival is a magical blend of melodies and rhythms with their roots in the past and their hearts in the future,” proclaimed Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident. The band recently signed with Chad Stoke’s (Dispatch/State Radio) label Ruff Shod Records and will be opening for Dispatch at the TD Banknorth Garden June 24.

Also performing are Lucius and Andrea Belanger. Belanger, a Berklee student, is fresh off her appearance at Bonnaroo.

Admission: 
$10 in advance, $12 at door

Sax Plus

Monday / July 25, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Sax Plus features Woodwind Department faculty Peter Cokkinias, Harry Skoler, and Lance Van Lenten on a variety of woodwind instruments, accompanied by Bain Smith, who teaches the Five-Week piano and theory. The ensemble will perform unique arrangements of original and standard songs. During the program, members of Sax Plus present aspects of woodwind performance such as doubling, stylistic interpretation, and technique.

Admission: 

Lenka / Julia Easterlin

Wednesday / June 29, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lenka

Lenka's new album, Two, featuring "Heart Skips a Beat" is out! Come celebrate at 939.

Also performing, Julia Easterlin.

NOTE: This show was rescheduled from the original date, June 8. Tickets that were previously purchased to see Lenka / Elizabeth & the Catapult can be refunded, or they will be accepted for this new date.

Admission: 
$13, general admission

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