Berklee faculty member Livingston Taylor shares the stage with three talented student and alumni acts to celebrate spring.
12:30 p.m.—Dylan McDonald & Co.
1:15 p.m.—Alicia Lemke
2:00 p.m.—Tubby Love and Eric Robertson
3:00 p.m.—Livingston Taylor
Berklee faculty member Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, beginning a 40-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate, and Hugh. Taylor recorded his first record at 18 and has continued to create well-crafted, introspective and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide.
From top-40 hits "I Will Be in Love with You" and "I'll Come Running," to "I Can Dream of You" and "Boatman" both recorded by his brother James, Taylor's creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads.
Taylor has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffet and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over 80 shows a year. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes, and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin number or something from the best of Broadway.
As a full professor at Berklee College of Music since 1989, Taylor shares his experiences and knowledge of professional touring with young artists just beginning to hone their skills. His course, Stage Performance (I and II), is one of the most popular at the college, and it gives him the ideal forum in which to impart the lessons learned through his own career to a new generation of musicians. His book, Stage Performance, is drawn from those classes.
Tubby Love and Eric Robertson come from very different musical roots grown in the same soul. The idea of a collaboration stemmed from their mutual appreciation for good songs without regard to style or genre. The duo is currently working on their debut album Animals to Angels, a soulful expression of man's coming of consciousness, and is hitting the road hard.
A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Alicia Lemke is a young singer-songwriter currently performing across the Northeast. A scholarship recipient at Berklee, Lemke bases her project out of Boston and New York, though recent shows have taken her as far as Los Angeles, Miami, and London. Both an accomplished singer and self-taught guitarist, she began writing her own brand of pop/folk music a little over a year ago and released her first EP, titled Shades of Motion, in April 2010.
Guitarist Dylan McDonald is pursuing career paths as both a performer and an educator. He has gained recognition as a technically adept blues guitarist who pours his soul into everything that comes out of his instrument. To date, he has performed with the award-winning virtuosic blues pianist David Maxwell; Per Hanson, an original member of Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters; Vernon Reid of Living Colour; and Nona Hendryx of Labelle. McDonald is backed by some of the hottest young musicians around in a mix of blues, gospel/R&B, and funk. This band is high-energy all the time, and you'll only want more.