Grammy-nominated platinum-selling American r&b and neo-soul singer Eric Benet is on top of the world these days. The singer, songwriter, and producer is sounding strong, romantic, and full of joy on his aptly titled third solo effort, Love & Life. With this album, Eric exercised complete creative control for the first time in his career, cowriting and producing eleven of the twelve tracks with his partners. He is now on the road promoting Love & Life.
The Greencards are touring in support of their Sugar Hill Records debut, Fascination. Fascination describes the essence of this band. It was, first of all, their fascination with American roots music—bluegrass especially—that drew singer/bassist Carol Young and multiple string-instrument master Kym Warner from Australia, and violinist/violist Eamon McLoughlin from the U.K., to Austin, Texas, where they began performing together, and later to their current home base in Nashville. That urge to challenge themselves, to test the limits of any established genre, guided them on their first three albums. It kept them focused as they accumulated awards and acclamations, from the Americana Music Award in 2006 for Emerging Artist of the Year through tours with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson to last year's Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy nomination for Viridian in 2008. All of which leads to Fascination, the band's most daring accomplishment to date. Meticulously crafted arrangements serve as springboards for exhilarating improvisations, and acoustic textures shimmer in the light of Jay Joyce's innovative production.
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With his trademark tone and irresistible melodies, trumpeter Herb Alpert is a cultural touchstone for an entire generation. Perhaps best known for his string of sensational, popular music hits in the 1960s with the Tijuana Brass, the seven-time Grammy winning jazz icon is back for a very special performance with Lani Hall. Performing original arrangements of American standards and spicy Brazilian jazz with a trio of masterful musicians, Alpert's warm, expressive tone will complement Hall's sensual, emotional voice in a performance you won't soon forget! Read the press release.
Ryanhood, Vivian Darkbloom, Tom Thumb. A Ryan's Smashing Life live show delivers remarkable music talent, straight from the celebrated music blog's digital pages to New England's finest live stages. This tradition of music exploration continues tonight at the Cafe 939 with three outstanding acts that promise to thoroughly entertain, reigniting your passion for exciting new music!
Recent alumna Joy Daniels returns to the Red Room at Cafe 939 for a night of heart and soul. This is a must-see performance also featuring Ryan Pinkston and Denise Hudson.
In every generation, there is an artist who pushes industry standards and musical tastes to the limits, and Joy Daniels is such an artist. Playing an unusual and eclectic mix of soul, funk, and rock, this amazing singer/songwriter offers listeners a musicality far beyond her 21 years. Her music is beautifully constructed lyrically and musically to explore the complexities of the human spirit.
This concert series features some of Berklee’s most prestigious faculty performing at the Red Room @Cafe 939. The coffeehouse will have delicious lunch specials that complement any style of music.
Fine jazz is music of the spirit, by the spirit, and for the spirit. This performance will feature the words and music of pianist/vocalist Carolyn Wilkins as well as fresh treatments of African-American spirituals and popular works by jazz masters such as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and Thelonious Monk. Wilkins celebrates the richness and humor of the human condition with songs about love, unity, nature, and spirituality. Firmly rooted in jazz tradition, she mixes the haunting eloquence of blues, the sophistication of swing, and the spiritual energy of gospel in a foot-tapping musical blend guaranteed to entertain and inspire the audience.
The Berklee College of Music joins forces with the Center for Arts in Natick to sponsor the Rock Showdown, a series of showcase concerts for the best high school bands in the MetroWest and greater Boston regions.
Four bands will compete in the final showdown, where a talented lineup of Berklee faculty members will select musicians to receive a 50% scholarship to a Berklee College summer music program.
Performers include Blindfolds Aside, the Jessica Prouty Band, One Step Away, and Vitamin Seed.
The Musical Theater Workshop, the Musical Theater Club, and the Musical Theater Orchestra present the musical Parade, with music by Jason Robert Brown and book by Albert Uhry.
Parade deals with the true story of the 1913 murder of Mary Phagan in Atlanta. The Jewish manager of the factory (Leo Frank) where she worked was arrested, tried, and convicted. After his sentence was commuted, he was lynched by Phagan's "friends." It is a difficult story, but one told with great sensitivity through wonderful music ranging from ballads to gospel.
Look for other Berklee events related to this show so you can become familiar with the story and the issues raised by one of the great trials of the 20th century.