Concert

Mario Jose

Saturday / July 23, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Mario Jose

San Francisco Bay Area native Mario Jose has been singing and performing since he was just a little guy. Jose is 21 years old and recently graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. There is no doubt about it—this boy was born to entertain.

After graduating high school in 2006, Jose headed to Southern California to attend Fullerton College, where he attained a solid base of classical and jazz vocal techniques while studying under Brandon Brack, Jamie Shew, and John Tebay, and performing in venues ranging from the Orange County Performing Arts Center to Knotts Berry Farm.

At Berklee, Jose performed all over Boston. He was in Pitch Slapped, a student-run a cappella group that won the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella contest this spring. He also performed in numerous big-stage shows at the college including Berklee's Pop/Rock Showcase; Shining Stars: The Music of Earth, Wind and Fire with special guest Philip Bailey; The Great American Songbook: The Music of Motown; Encore Gala; Berklee Meets Don Was featuring Don Was; and Singers Showcase.

Jose plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue his career. He would like to thank his family, friends, and fans for their undying love and support.

 

Admission: 
Free

Mario Jose

Tuesday / June 21, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Mario Jose

San Francisco Bay Area native Mario Jose has been singing and performing since he was just a little guy. Jose is 21 years old and recently graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. There is no doubt about it—this boy was born to entertain.

After graduating high school in 2006, Jose headed to Southern California to attend Fullerton College, where he attained a solid base of classical and jazz vocal techniques while studying under Brandon Brack, Jamie Shew, and John Tebay, and performing in venues ranging from the Orange County Performing Arts Center to Knotts Berry Farm.

At Berklee, Jose performed all over Boston. He was in Pitch Slapped, a student-run a cappella group that won the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella contest this spring. He also performed in numerous big-stage shows at the college including Berklee's Pop/Rock Showcase; Shining Stars: The Music of Earth, Wind and Fire with special guest Philip Bailey; The Great American Songbook: The Music of Motown; Encore Gala; Berklee Meets Don Was featuring Don Was; and Singers Showcase.

Jose plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue his career. He would like to thank his family, friends, and fans for their undying love and support.

 

Admission: 
Free

Megan Lui

Tuesday / June 7, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Megan Lui

Reared in a hidden valley outside of Sacramento, California, now residing in the barren, frozen lands of Boston, Megan Lui resonates a soulful electric folk sound.
With her most recent EP, Wandering Bones, tightly bound to her belt, she is making her way around the East Coast with a collective from Monkey Rock, a local music community of songwriters, artists, and friends. Download the six-song EP for free.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee World Jazz Octet

Thursday / June 2, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Bohemian Caverns
2001 11th Street
Washington DC
DC
United States
20001
Berklee World Jazz Octet

Berklee's renowned ensemble features students from Canada, Mexico, Lithuania, Israel, and the United States. Directed by Alain Mallet and Jamey Haddad.

With unique instrumentation including voice, violin, reeds, a rhythm section, and students hailing from the world over and the U.S., the octet's rich, improvised music reflects the musical and cultural diversity of its members.

The ensemble is also an intensive course at Berklee, team-taught by pianist Alain Mallet (Paul Simon, Paquito D'Rivera, Madeleine Peyroux, Phil Woods) and percussionist Jamey Haddad (James Taylor, Paul Simon, Yo Yo Ma, Paul Winter). The band performs compositions by Mallet, current ensemble members, and Berklee alumni.

 

Admission: 

Berklee World Jazz Octet

Wednesday / June 1, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW
Washington
DC
United States
20566
Berklee World Jazz Octet

Berklee's renowned ensemble features students from Canada, Mexico, Lithuania, Israel, and the United States. Directed by Alain Mallet and Jamey Haddad.

With unique instrumentation including voice, violin, reeds, a rhythm section, and students hailing from the world over and the U.S., the octet's rich, improvised music reflects the musical and cultural diversity of its members.

The ensemble is also an intensive course at Berklee, team-taught by pianist Alain Mallet (Paul Simon, Paquito D'Rivera, Madeleine Peyroux, Phil Woods) and percussionist Jamey Haddad (James Taylor, Paul Simon, Yo Yo Ma, Paul Winter). The band performs compositions by Mallet, current ensemble members, and Berklee alumni.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Quartet

Monday / June 27, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
Rex Hotel
194 Queen Street West
Toronto
United States

The members of the quartet are all enrolled in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. World-renowned pianist Danilo Perez serves as its artistic director.

The program's directed study classes and seminars are designed to help the students build a community of creativity. Classes include Introduction to Global Jazz, focusing on the development of jazz from Africa to Europe and the Americas; Global Jazz Workshop Assembly, offering a forum for artists-in-residence and presentations from the Liberal Arts, Music Therapy, and Composition departments; and Creative Improvisation Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration, exploring the creative process and the connection between jazz and performing and visual arts, including painting and dance. 

Experiential and service learning are also be integral to the program. Explained Marco Pignataro, managing director for the BGJI, "They've been given this great musical talent. We'll teach that as artists, they are responsible to positively affect their communities." In addition to playing with and being mentored by jazz masters, the students travel together to play at festivals in Panama, Puerto Rico, and other places, and record original material in the studio. They give back to the community by working with children, teaching music locally through Berklee's City Music program and in other cities during institute performance trips. Students develop the skills needed to become role models for a new generation of musicians and inspire leadership in others.

Admission: 
Free

Sharin and Isabelle

Friday / July 15, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Red Room at Cafe 939 presents Fresh Prospects, a showcase of the best emerging Berklee artists reworking their favorite songs into intimate acoustic performances. 

Sharin Maribel Toribio, a Tampa, Florida native, began to sing solos in church and play the piano by the age of six. By nine years old, she had created her own compositions and begun playing other instruments by ear. As a teen, she earned countless awards and accolades and performed for hundreds of attendees at various youth conferences, festivals and concerts.

At the end of her freshman year of college, the yearning to dedicate her life to music full time brought her back home. She began working on her demo and even became a 2005 Miss Florida delegate. Unfortunately, all of her hard work and momentum was put on hold when she was diagnosed with stage 4 Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer that affects the lymphatic system, and was given a 20 percent chance of life.

She fought the cancer for a harsh seven months with intensive chemotherapy and clinical trials. Today, she is cancer-free and determined more than ever to honor the miracle of her life by accomplishing her dreams. She believes it was the strong prayers and support of her church, family, friends, and music that brought her through such a trying time.

Toribio continues to compose and perform her music at Berklee. She is proud to have worked with artists and producers such as Eddie Perez (Paulina Rubio, JoJo, Hector "El Father," Wisin y Yandel), Jean Rodriguez, Toby Love, and Obie Bermudez. Her strong musical influences lie in the beautiful raw messages of pop country music, Spanish pop ballads, and R&B, and her greatest vocal icons are Gary LeVox, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Lauryn Hill, Luis Miguel, Juan Luis Guerra, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, and many more.

Toribio hopes to touch people of every ethnicity through the spiritual language of music and be a symbol of truth, positivity, and survival

Born in New York and raised in Atlanta, 20-year-old Christina Isabel has been blessed to have a voice that inspires many people. Since the age of 3, there has been an obvious connection with music. She is driven by her desire to become a legendary singer and thrives on the beauty of making music. At the age of 14 she sang with legendary producer and Grammy Award–winner David Foster at the world congress center. She then got into film at the age of 17, playing "Punk Chick" in Lifetime's Queensized. She is currently working on her debut album for everyone to enjoy. One day she hopes to reach many all over the world with a positive message within her music. 

Admission: 
Free

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds / Daisy's Little Secret

Saturday / May 21, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sister Sparrow

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds is a nine-piece powerhouse that delivers a blend of gut-busting soul, earthy rock, and New Orleans–inspired beats.

Also appearing is Daisy's Little Secret. "Swamp rock" embraces the sounds of the '70s while keeping a modern edge. Daisy's sound will keep your toes tapping and head shaking while the raw vocals will satisfy the soul.

Admission: 
$10

Julian Velard / Jason Myles Goss

Friday / June 3, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Julian Velard

Julian Velard just released his second brilliant album, Mr Saturday Night, on March 28. The native New Yorker turned London resident presents a masterpiece collection of perfect and unorthodox pop tunes and a voice that sounds like it came straight off the dock of the bay. Blending effortless cool, with a naturally charming motor mouth, he has created his own brand of classic '70s-inspired piano pop. 

Jason Myles Goss writes music that is poetic, darkly playful and, at times, just plain quirky. His latest release, A Plea For Dreamland was recorded and coproduced by Josh Ritter's bandmates, and this past year his song "Twilight Serenade" was in the top-100-selling singer-songwriter songs on iTunes. He was a 2009 Northeast Finalist in the Mountain Stage New Song Contest and is currently working on his fourth album, due out this coming winter.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

The David Mayfield Parade / Jack Grace / Erin Harpe

Thursday / May 19, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
David Mayfield

Grammy-nominated musician and producer David Mayfield is a folk-rock songwriter and guitarist. He has performed with artists such as Cadillac Sky, the Avett Brothers, and Jessica Lea Mayfield, and he has worked with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. His self-titled album, The David Mayfield Parade, features classic AM radio rock with lush string arrangements to unadorned alt-country ballads whose lovelorn subjects evoke the outlaw songs of the early '70s. Marcus Mumford, of Mumford and Sons, declares the record "absolutely brilliant."

With a new CD titled Drinking Songs for Lovers, one might be forgiven for believing that Jack Grace should ease up a little. A singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has made a career out of following no one's rules but his own, he is probably going to keep doing his thing until his liver lays down the law.

Erin Harpe has been hailed as "an authentic blues chanteuse," earning a reputation for her raw style and "total, selfless and compelling immersion in the music." An accomplished finger-picking guitarist, she is often compared to Memphis Minnie, JoAnn Kelley, Rory Block, or early Bonnie Raitt.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

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