Concert

Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit / Dustin Lovelis

Saturday / April 30, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Matthew Logan Vasquez

The year 2015 has been filled with major changes for Matthew Logan Vasquez. He moved with his wife, Marthe, from Brooklyn, New York, to Austin, Texas; he saw the birth of his first child, Thor; and after a decade since founding his critically acclaimed band, Delta Spirit, he’s decided to go it alone for the first time ever. His solo debut EP, The Austin, was released in November 2015 , and his full-length LP, Solicitor Returns, is shortly to follow in early 2016. This sea change is reflected in the EP’s stunning psych/folk rock opener, a ballsy 18-minute track that conjures desert visions of Crazy Horse guitar solos, David Crosby’s mustache, and all the good things about a journey through the past on mescaline. Vasquez grew up in Austin, and the song is a slice of his life, an autobiography that isn’t even close to being finished, an epic American saga that reflects his skill as a modern songwriter still on the rise. If Richard Linklater could write a song, this would be it. 

Composer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist Dustin Lovelis has been busy crafting songs in his coastal birth town of Long Beach, California. Since his late teens, Lovelis has toured the globe with a myriad of musical groups including the Fling as the lead vocalist and songwriter. After the Fling went on hiatus with no concrete plans to continue, Lovelis could not stop writing songs and returned with an ambitious debut solo album, Dimensions, which was released in May 2015. Lovelis's music is drenched in vintage and modern textures while his fine-tuned pop sensibilities rise out of whichever era ignited his inspiration. He meticulously created his new sound with hints of the Everly Brothers, the Pixies, and the Beatles.

Admission: 
$15 general admission

Akwaaba: A Celebration of Ghanaian Music

Friday / January 22, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Hosted in collaboration with MusicXChange and Bridge the Gap, this is the final event of the MusicXChange Ghana project. This performance will be a multidisciplinary event featuring music, dance, and traditional Ghanaian culture artists such as the Agbekor Society, Boston Conservatory Dancers Group, and Berklee's African Ensembles. Join us for a special night of music, drumming, and dancing that features musical performances, a photo and video exhibition, and a short presentation about music therapy in Ghana. Traditional food will be served.

Admission: 
Free

Valleyheart / Dreamer and Son / Dylan Dunlap

Wednesday / February 24, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
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Valleyheart

Valleyheart is an indie/alternative rock band from Beverly, Massachusetts. With three of their five members from the hardcore band Exiting the Fall, Valleyheart has birthed a new sound that incorporates dirty, heavier elements with clean ambient sounds. The band is set to release their debut EP in early 2016. They play loud with pedals and with passion and will appeal to fans of Manchester Orchestra, From Indian Lakes, Thrice, and Copeland. 

Dreamer and Son is a young ambient rock band that draws from many different musical influences. For fans of the Dear Hunter, Gates, and Tides of Man to fans of Coldplay, Muse, and Kings of Leon, the band tries to create a haven for a variety of fan bases through their intense, passionate shows.

Based out of Studio City, California, Dylan Dunlap has begun taking over the streets of Los Angeles with his extraordinary covers and original songs. The 19-year-old indie/folk artist started his career by receiving an education at Berklee and releasing two EPs, and he's currently writing and producing original music to share with the world. Within each production Dunlap creates, he conveys a personal experience in the hope that his listeners relate to his music. His debut album, Thoughts Become Things, will be independently released and available everywhere February 18, 2016.

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 day of show

POSTPONED: Steve Taylor and the Danielson Foil

Monday / February 8, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Steve Taylor and the Danielson Foil
POSTPONED: This event has been canceled or postponed. This site will be updated as additional information becomes available.

This collaboration grew out of a U.S. tour Steve Taylor and his band, the Perfect Foil (Jimmy Abegg, Peter Furler, and John Mark Painter), took with Danielson in support of Taylor’s acclaimed 2014 album, Goliath. Though both Taylor and Daniel Smith (the lead singer of Danielson) have spent most of their careers questioning musical norms, a musical alliance between the two of them was unplanned. But they had such immediate, comfortable chemistry that they reached out to Steve Albini, with whom both Taylor and Smith had worked before, to set aside studio time when the tour swung through Chicago. The result is an EP that combines both of their sensibilities into a batch of songs with hairpin musical turns and sharp, deftly observed lyrics. The EP, out on February 5, is called Wow to the Deadness.

Nolatet

Saturday / March 19, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Modern Nolatet
Nolatet

Nolatet believes that music is kinetic and meaningful, and that it has its own agenda. This group of four men has been in each other's lives for many years.  Johnny Vidacovich (drums) and James Singleton (upright bass) have been New Orleans, Louisiana's best rhythm section since 1977. Mike Dillon (vibes/percussion) and Brian Haas (piano) have been sharing bills and sitting in with each other's bands on the same touring circuit for over 20 years. The men span four decades in age from the 40s to the 70s, and all four musicians are fiercely independent iconoclasts and bandleaders who compose, play, and navigate their musical lives in their own ways. It is no surprise that after years of loose collaboration with one another, the four chose to become one with the formation of the Nolatet.

After five shows in New Orleans in January 2015, the quartet ducked into the city's famed Esplanade Studios to record their debut album, Dogs. Set for release on February 26, 2016, via Royal Potato Family, the collection features all-original material influenced by the men's diverse lives and perceptions. While traditional jazz is the backbone of the band's musical language, each member's individuality allows innovation to be a constant throughout the album, which was recorded in one day, all first or second takes with no overdubs. Sketches for the compositions were in place, but ultimately this is improvised music made with abandon in the moment, in a state of respect for each person involved.

Admission: 
$15 in advance / $18 day of show

Pam Steebler / The Relevant Elephants

Saturday / April 2, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
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Pam Steebler
The Relevant Elephants
Pam Steebler
The Relevant Elephants

New York City–based Brazilian/Canadian singer-songwriter Pam Steebler brings back the boho-chic, vintage vibe of Joss Stone with a touch of rock 'n' roll. Her vocal precision and the clear delivery of her lyrics are a reflection of her maturity as an artist and a person.

Formed in Boston circa 2011, the Relevant Elephants got their band name from none other than TV personality Stephen Colbert, who suggested it to vocalist/rhythm guitarist Zack Hankins during a Q&A session. Things began to fall into place shortly after that; the band used studio time won in a New England battle of the bands to cut a series of demos at Boston's Phoenix Down Studios. These recordings caught the attention of radio stations in Argentina, the United Kingdom, and Australia as well as New Yorkbased public relations firm Effective Immediately. The group recruited vocalist/lead guitarist Drew Lucas (Out the Window) to round out the lineup, and this new collaboration led to the group's self-titled debut EP, released in May 2015.

Watch Pam Steebler perform "Jealous":

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Danny Wood

Saturday / February 20, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
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Danny Wood
Danny Wood

Danny Wood’s music is much like the man behind it: passionate and heartfelt from start to finish. A founding and current member of New Kids on the Block (NKOTB), Wood has spent the past seven years on the road after the band got back together following a 15-year hiatus. They have been active as part of a package tour with Nelly and TLC, and have previously toured with Lady Gaga, Backstreet Boys, Natasha Bedingfield, and Boyz II Men. When he isn't on the road, Wood’s central passion is songwriting and recording his own music. His song "Shine," inspired by his mother’s memory, blossomed into a very personal, 17-track album with lyrics that pour out like the pages of a diary. The main motivation behind it was to raise money for a cancer foundation in his mother’s name, and Wood wrote and produced all the songs himself. His new album, Look at Me, reveals more of his trials, tribulations, and vulnerability. The title track and soon-to-be-released first single and video, "Look at Me" is a soulful rock ballad that is far removed from the music of NKOTB that he is best known for. 

Admission: 
$25 general admission

Lee DeWyze / Wakey Wakey / Leslie DiNicola

Thursday / February 11, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Lee Dewyze
Wakey Wakey
Lee DeWyze
Wakey Wakey

Lee DeWyze launched the pivotal stage of what was already a high-profile musical career with his Vanguard Records debut, Frames, in the summer of 2013. What followed was a high-caliber list of praise from the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Yahoo Music, and Rolling Stone, among many others. The 2010 winner of American Idol, DeWyze played guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo, and drums during the recording sessions. He collaborated with renowned producer and songwriters Toby Gad, Drew Pearson, Matthew Wilder, and Phil Allen as well as mixer extraordinaire Jim Scott. Shows like Nashville, Reign, and Hart of Dixie have all used his music, as has ESPN and several independent films. However, doors really opened when DeWyze penned "Blackbird Song" for The Walking Dead in March of 2014. "Blackbird Song" has accumulated over 50,000 single-unit sales, 2 million collective YouTube views, and over 1.1 million Spotify streams. The song is considered one of the top 10 syncs of 2014 by the Music Guild Association.

Wakey Wakey is the project of singer-songwriter and pianist Michael Grubbs. He has provided music for the series One Tree Hill, which led to an eventual role on the show. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Grubbs began playing piano at the age of five, impelled by maternal instruction and inspired by the works of Brahms, Bach, and Beethoven. He formed an artistic sensibility that was later augmented by his teenage discovery of a more contemporary canon including Billy Joel, Elton John, and Led Zeppelin. This is how he gradually evolved Wakey Wakey’s singular sound.

Nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Leslie DiNicola has a rare gift for the sonic snapshot. Through the poetic accessibility of her writing style, she captures personal moments with a universal perspective. As a live performer, her commanding vocals and smoldering stage presence have enabled her to sell out solo shows and hold her own alongside renowned artists like Howie Day, Anna Nalick, Tyler Hilton, Jaymay, and October Project. She's also in demand to sing the national anthem at major league sporting events nationwide.

Note that the VIP ticket for this event includes general admission, early entry, a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with DeWyze, and a two-song soundcheck performance.

Admission: 
$17 general admission / $50 VIP

Greg Holden / M+E

Saturday / January 16, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Greg Holden
Greg Holden

Scottish-born singer-songwriter Greg Holden has earned recognition as an independent artist for the past several years. Best known for writing the massive hit “Home,” the debut single for American Idol winner Phillip Phillips that earned him an American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Pop Award and sold millions of tracks, he has found more recent success with “The Lost Boy.” That song, inspired by a Dave Eggers novel about a Sudanese refugee, hit No. 1 on iTunes in Holland, raised over $50,000 for the Red Cross, and was featured on the television series Sons of Anarchy. Now, Holden’s powerful voice will find a larger audience thanks to Warner Brothers Records signing the New York–based artist for his debut album with a major label.

Boston-based alternative pop artist M+E opens. 

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 day of show

Sarah Neufeld: The Ridge / Eartheater

Thursday / April 14, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Sarah Neufeld
Eartheater
Sara Neufeld
Eartheater

Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre) is a violinist and composer based in Montréal, Canada. She has been formally working on music for solo violin for four years, influenced by Bela Bartok, Steve Reich, Iva Bittova, and Arthur Russell and by contemporary electro-acoustic, avant-folk, and indie-rock music. Constellation Records released Neufeld's debut solo album, Hero Brother (2013), a melange of atmospheres and ambience that is both emotive and energetic. This accomplished musician and performer recently formed an exciting new duo with renowned saxophonist Colin Stetson; they toured together throughout 2015. During that time, Neufeld also finished her second album, due to be released in 2016. She is currently planning a solo tour to support it. 

Eartheater is Alexandra Drewchin, a New York–based musician known for her shamanic performances fronting Guardian Alien. Eartheater is Drewchin’s unshackled solo vessel, a deliberate distillation of voice, synths, guitar, and electronic production techniques into short-form compositions teeming with details. In October 2015, she released her second album on her year on Hausu Mountain, RIP Chrysalis. Neatly following her debut, Metalepsis, RIP Chrysalis is a stunning step, building layered electronic productions with enough detail to constitute stand-alone worlds. Eartheater is Drewchin’s personal evolution, a musical process both tethered to advancing technologies and to the flashes of humanity that escape between the circuits.

Admission: 
$13 in advance / $15 day of show

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