Concert

Celebrating 50 Years of Bossa Nova with Cesar Camargo Mariano

Friday / October 3, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Pianist, arranger, composer, and producer Cesar Camargo Mariano is one of Brazil's most celebrated and sought-after musicians. In 2007, his album Ao Vivo with Leny Andrade received a Latin Grammy.

Admission: 
$10 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Delta Rising: A Blues Documentary—Sneak Preview Fundraiser

Thursday / October 2, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In 2002, the directors followed San Francisco musician Chris Cotton to Clarksdale, Mississippi where he recorded an album with some old friends in the old-style analog, scratchy, dirty way. Along the way they met some amazing folks and fell in love with Clarksdale. So come and step inside and get to know a little about the Delta blues—the people and soul of American music. The evening will feature performances by Doug Bell of Bellevue Cadillac, saxophone prodigy Grace Kelley, Bruce Marshall, and James Montgomery.

The film features Mose Allison, Scott Bomar, James Cotton, James "Honeyboy" Edwards, Morgan Freeman, "Big" Jack Johnson, James "Super Chikan" Johnson, Grace Kelley, Lala, Bill Luckett, Jimbo Mathus, James Montgomery, Willie Nelson, "Sunshine" Sonny Payne, "Pinetop" Perkins, Razerblade, Stan Street, Fred Taylor, Dick Waterman, and Ruby Wilson. Directed by Michael Afendakis and Laura Bernieri.

For more information, see deltarising.com.

Admission: 
$25 general admission

Celebrating 50 Years of Bossa Nova with Cesar Camargo Mariano

Wednesday / October 1, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Pianist, arranger, composer, and producer Cesar Camargo Mariano is one of Brazil's most celebrated and sought-after musicians. In 2007, his album Ao Vivo with Leny Andrade received a Latin Grammy.

Admission: 
$10 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

5/4: 5 New Works for Bassoon 4tet

Monday / September 29, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The New England Bassoon Quartet will perform five mainly classical commissioned works from Berklee faculty composers Beth Denisch, Marti Epstein, Greg Hopkins, Andrew List, and Michael Weinstein, under the direction of faculty member Margaret Phillips.

Admission: 

Wye Oak/Arborea

Monday / September 22, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Wye Oak believes if a song is good enough, it will stand on its own regardless of how much noise you put on top of it. Their lush guitars, flawless harmonies, and evocative lyrics amplified by layers of noise prove the truth of this philosophy. Their current release If Children has hints of shoegaze and folk, but its resounding characteristic is a refreshingly unique sound that can only come from a young band. Also appearing: Arborea.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Three / The Distraction / Kid:Nap:Kin

Saturday / September 20, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The band 3

A band apart, 3 is dark yet uplifting, spiritual without any connection to religion—it is a sound that transcends the genre conformity of modern pop culture. Rapid-fire acoustic guitar infused with dynamic percussion, animated drumming, and thunderous bass culminate in a listening experience that is at once accessible and unique. Polyrhythms pulse within a symphony of driving metal guitars and melodic vocal acrobatics; 3 offers musicality without pretension.

KID:NAP:KIN will change the way you like your rock. Stop listening in vain for your next fix; these pounding odd-meter rhythms and jazz-infused melodies will make your soul turn.

The Distraction consists of raw energy rock, with fist pounding beats that will leave you demanding more. With their seamless connectivity of thick drums over tasteful samples, delightful piano licks over chunky guitars, the Distraction undoubtedly has a way of drawing you in, and keeping you there every second of the way.

Admission: 
$17 general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center

An Evening with Old Crow Medicine Show

Wednesday / September 24, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Old Crow Medicine Show (O.C.M.S.), featuring keening vocal harmonies, fiddles, and banjos, plays songs from some of the earliest traditions of American music—tunes from jug bands and traveling shows, back porches and dance halls, southern Appalachian string music and Memphis blues. It is not the only band playing pre-World War II blues, fiddle tunes, rags, hollers, hokum, and jug band music, but it does so with a brazenness born of growing up around AC/DC, Nirvana, and Public Enemy. The fiery result equally impresses fussy old-time music scholars, fellow modern day roots musicians, and fans that forage on the frontiers of hip.

Admission: 
$29.50, reserved seating

Rogue Heroes / Cambion / The SnowLeopards

Friday / September 19, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rogue Heroes

The Rogue Heroes are a band that have willingly ventured into new territory, seamlessly blending influences ranging from '50s rockabilly to funk and of course, '70s punk a la early Clash. Not only expanding on the sound of their genre, the Rogue Heroes are a well-versed punk band that seemingly, has no boundaries.

Cambion's songs bewitch those who hear them with their variety and freshness, combining beguiling lyrics and catchy choruses, with silver tongued vocals and tight professional playing.

Hearkening to the golden days of '70s and '80s FM rock (Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Joan Jett), the SnowLeopards strive to make radio-ready hits with memorable choruses and guitar solos that you can sing along to.

Admission: 
TBA

The Alternate Routes

Thursday / September 18, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Alternate Routes

"The way that I make is my own, but I know what I'm in for," sings Tim Warren, front man and cofounder of the Alternate Routes. Whatever fate has in store for this promising young band, it's sure to make for a good story… and an even better song. The Alternate Routes have never been afraid to roll the dice during their brief and turbulent journey, always relying upon their heartfelt brand of music to pull them through the ups and downs that come with the territory. A classic example of a whole being greater than the sum of its parts, the Alternate Routes are now poised to spread the word and take on whatever new challenges come their way.

Admission: 
$12 General Admission

Tom Baxter/Charlie Winston/Tom Glynn

Tuesday / September 16, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tom Baxter

When you multiply the power of Tom Baxter’s writing by the intensity of his performances, strange things happen. One night this summer, he was playing a gig in Ireland when a girl was so moved, she proposed to him. Real songwriting will always make its presence felt, and that’s why it’s time for Baxter to reach the massive audience he deserves. The newly re-energized Charisma label is proud to present the English singer/songwriter’s second album, Skybound as the first essential album of 2008.
Skybound is a collection of ten extraordinarily powerful compositions, from which the unforgettable love song "Better" will appear as a single on December 3. That follows its prestigious appearance on the soundtrack of the Simon Pegg/Dylan Moran comedy Run, Fat Boy, Run, directed by David Schwimmer. It also comes on the heels of an extensive October tour of the U.K. and Ireland by one of the most acclaimed live performers of recent years.

Skybound is a worthy sequel to Baxter's 2004 debut Feather and Stone, which built via word of mouth and his own irresistible live shows to impressive U.K. sales of 70,000. Baxter coproduced the new album with Jeremy Stacey, known for his work with Nerina Pallot, Sheryl Crow, Roddy Frame, and others.

Tom Glynn is someone who’d rather let his music and lyrics speak for themselves in our world of overblown hype, which has helped him earn a reputation among other acclaimed musicians and the Boston music community at large as a songwriter’s songwriter. His new album, Living Proof, is indeed just that. Steve Morse of the Boston Globe calls Glynn “a pop tunesmith at the top of his game.” It’s also the reason why the title track on the new CD was recently voted Best Rock Song by listeners at Our Stage in an online competition among thousands of songs. Four of the songs on the disc have been added to XM Satellite Radio channel The Loft, along with airplay on 60 stations across the country so far.

Admission: 
$12 general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

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