Performance

WesFest 12 with Patrice Rushen and Friends

Sunday / March 12, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd. West
Studio City
CA
United States
91604
Wes Wehmiller; photo courtesy of the Wehmiller family
Patrice Rushen '05H
John "JR" Robinson '75
Kira Small B.M. '93
Daniel "Danny Mo" Morris
Marty Walsh
Jonathan Elyashiv
Hayley Jane Batt B.M. ’12
Will Snyder B.M. '06
Wes Wehmiller '92
Patrice Rushen '05H
John “JR” Robinson ’75
Kira Small B.M. '93
Daniel "Danny Mo" Morris
Marty Walsh
Jonathan Elyashiv
Hayley Jane Batt B.M. ’12
Will Snyder B.M. ‘06

Wes Wehmiller '92 was a highly accomplished bassist, composer, athlete, and photographer who, after graduating from Berklee, went on to tour with Duran Duran from 1997 to 2001. An active member of Berklee’s vibrant L.A. alumni community, Wehmiller gave back to Berklee by returning to teach master classes with his bass faculty mentor, Danny Morris (“Danny Mo”). In January of 2005, Wehmiller passed away from thyroid cancer at the age of 33. Wehmiller’s family and friends established the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship, which is annually awarded to a continuing Berklee student who best exemplifies the excellence and grace Wehmiller showed, both as a bassist and as a human being.

2017 marks WesFest 12, which will be headlined by renowned jazz and R&B composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, music director, and music educator Patrice Rushen ‘05H, who will be joined by drummer Leon “Ndugu” Chancler and bassist Reggie Hamilton. This year’s WesFest lineup also includes Danny Mo and the Exciters with vocalist Kira Small B.M. '93, drummer John “JR” Robinson ’75, and guitarist Marty Walsh, assistant professor in Berklee’s Ensemble Department.

2016 scholarship winner Jonathan Elyashiv will also perform, and former Wes Wehmiller Scholarship recipients Hayley Jane Batt B.M. ’12 and Will Snyder B.M. ‘06 will also join as special guests. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship Fund.

At his memorial service, Wehmiller's aunt, the award-winning author, Harvard professor, and Berklee trustee Sara Lawrence-Lightoot, described him as a gentle and powerful listener who would be missed for “his extraordinary intensity, focus, drive, and fight.” The Berklee community continues to miss Wehmiller to this day and to celebrate the extraordinary adventure of his life. We hope you will join us.

Admission: 
$30 (non-ticket donations also accepted)

The Secret Sisters

Monday / May 22, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Secret Sisters
The Secret Sisters

Growing up surrounded by the sounds of the South and the powerful timeless music emanating from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the Secret Sisters were heavily influenced by a range of uniquely American musical styles, including country, bluegrass, gospel, classic rock, and pop. They were raised on a rich tapestry of music, listening to everything from George Jones and Loretta Lynn, to the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, the Ramones, Fiona Apple, and Rufus Wainwright. But it was their father, a musician himself, who introduced Laura and Lydia to bluegrass at an early age and spent many weekends bringing his daughters to local bluegrass festivals. While their 2010 debut album, The Secret Sisters, comprised mostly traditional country songs the sisters grew up loving, two standouts were Laura and Lydia's originals, “Tennessee Me” and “Waste the Day.” With that album lauded by critics and adored by their rapidly growing legion of fans, the stage was set for the sisters to advance as artists. The Secret Sisters further established themselves as songwriters with the release of their 2014 album, ​Put You​r Needle Down

Admission: 
$15 general admission (standing room only)

Holly Macve

Monday / May 15, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Holly Macve
Holly Macve

With a heavenly voice couched in spellbinding Western ballads, 21-year-old Holly Macve makes a fantastic addition to the Bella Union family. Her album, Golden Eagle, is one of the most remarkably assured debuts of this year. Despite her youth, Golden Eagle reveals Macve's maturity. Born in Galway in western Ireland, Macve and her sister were whisked away by their mother from their errant father, to live with their grandparents in Yorkshire. Once in their own house near the town of Holmfirth, Holly quickly responded to music. “My granddad was a classical composer, and my mum sang, and she said I was singing before I was talking,” she recalls. Her mother’s record collection of old blues and Bob Dylan shaped Macve's impressionable mind before she discovered her own personal favorites, such as Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, and Gillian Welch.

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 general admission

Hip-Hop Showcase

Thursday / March 9, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room at Cafe 939

The Berklee Songwriting Department presents an evening of hip-hop showcasing the varied styles of this culture through performances from current Berklee students. The night will feature the Berklee Hip-Hop Ensemble performing a tribute to Dr. Dre, Scott Bell and Different Colors, Raydar Ellis, and DJ Rugged One.

Admission: 
Free

Canada Night

Wednesday / March 15, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Piao Huang
Nate Daviau
Kayla
Phé
Madz & Luke
Jessie Leith Munro
Piao Huang
Nate Daviau
Kayla
Phé
Madz and Luke
Jessie Leith Munro

Canada Night is an annual Berklee event showcasing the music of some of Berklee's Canadian artists. This year's lineup includes Piao Huang, Nate Daviau, Kayla, Phé, Madz and Luke, and Jessie Leith Munro.

Vocalist Piao Huang, from Toronto, Canada, is the 2016 Slaight Family Scholar. She is currently in her second semester at Berklee, majoring in music business. In addition to being a vocalist, Huang is also an award-winning classical pianist. Since starting at Berklee, she has been featured in Berklee's Singers Night, Groovalicious, and the Chinese New Year celebration.

Nate Daviau is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter in his fourth semester at Berklee whose sound focuses on country and pop. 

Kayla is a recording artist with Slaight Music and Cadence Music Group.

After years of exploration and experimentation, Phé is ready to stake her claim in the world of music and entertainment. Her unique musical style is a sultry blend of R&B and urban pop accompanied by a tapestry of electronic sounds. Through her thoughtful and poetic lyrics, Phé reflects on the world as she experiences it.

Madz and Luke are singer-songwriters from Toronto. 

Jessie Leith Munro is a singer-songwriter from Toronto. The 22 year old is putting the finishing touches on her debut EP, On My Own. Her powerful blend of pop-influenced rock and soul is showcased in her newly released debut single, "If Your Eyes Could Talk."

Admission: 
Free

Cabaret Presents Berklee on the Way to Broadway

Wednesday / March 8, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room at Cafe 939

Berklee students are taking a trip to New York City this spring break, and they’re using this cabaret to showcase their possible performances at Birdland, a landmark jazz club established in 1949 and named after Charlie “Yardbird” Parker. Come out and support the incredibly talented students making their way to New York. 

The Cabaret is an intimate, live showcase of Broadway favorites as well as musical theater–inspired originals. Begun in 2012, Cabaret is a student initiative to give musical theater enthusiasts at Berklee the chance to perform in a professional setting beyond the main stage musical season. This month's theme is "The Real Meaning of Valentine's Day," showcasing any songs that relate to peace, freedom, civil rights, and love. Any songs that fit this theme are accepted. To sign up, use this form.

Admission: 
Free

BAILEN / Ben Higginbotham

Saturday / April 1, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
BAILEN
Ben Higginbotham
BAILEN
Ben Higginbotham

Twins David and Daniel and their sister, Julia, have been playing together their whole lives. Growing up in NYC with both parents as professional orchestral and chamber musicians, music has always been the centerpiece of their lives. Their father is a cellist, composer, and teacher, and their mother is a flutist. BAILEN started in 2014 with their childhood friend Pierre. Their music is nostalgic with melodic hooks and a deep soulful quality, all with a modern, youthful perspective. Since forming BAILEN, they have starred on London’s West End (Daniel in Close to You), played all over Europe and the United States, and most recently toured Taiwan with Mando-Pop star Yen-J.

They are regulars at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City where they recently finished an unprecedented 40-show residency culminating in the Downtown Comes Uptown series with WFUV at Lincoln Center. They have also recently played the Bowery Ballroom in NYC and frequently sing the national anthem at Madison Square Garden. The band has collectively appeared, performed, or collaborated with Burt Bacharach, the Lone Bellow, Joseph, Raul Midon, Diane Birch, and many others.

Ben Higginbotham is a recording artist, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Dallas, Texas. Currently in his final semester at Berklee College of Music, he lives in Boston, but splits his time between New York and Nashville, cowriting and gigging. He has played venues such as the Bitter End in NYC, the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and countless places in and around Boston. He is inspired by a wide range of artists, from Bon Iver and the Staves to Ben Folds and Randy Newman, to Kurt Elling and Al Jarraeu. Ben hopes to one day have his music on the radio, in films, and in homes all around the world.

Admission: 
$10 in advance/$12 general admission

EPD Faculty Ensemble: Baust, Doms and Boulanger

Saturday / March 11, 2017 / 5:00 p.m.
Room 112, 22 Fenway
22 Fenway
Boston
MA
United States

EPD faculty members Dr. Jeff Baust, Dave Doms, and Dr. Richard Boulanger will present a special concert to close out the Voltage Connect Conference.

They will be playing a variety of controllers, electronic instruments and modular synthesizers. 

The concert is free and open to the public.

Admission: 
Free

Jazz at the Mosesian: The John Baboian Ensemble

Wednesday / March 29, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
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Mosesian Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
John Baboian
Heratch

The ninth season of Jazz at the Mosesian (formerly the Arsenal Center for the Arts), featuring Berklee faculty artists, continues with the John Baboian Ensemble.

As artistic director for this series, Baboian has been bringing in a variety of great Berklee faculty artists to play since 2008. This month, Baboian brings some of his faculty friends to play a special performance dedicated to the memory of Christine Chevoor, who passed away in January.  Chevoor was a board member at the Arsenal and was one of the initiators of the Jazz at the Arsenal series. For this concert, Baboian will be on guitar and voice, and he will be joined by Thaddeus Hogarth on harmonica and voice, Dave Clark on bass, and Larry Finn on drums.

Admission: 
$20/$18 Mosesian members/$15 students

Pitch Slapped: Album Release Concert

Wednesday / April 19, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Pitch Slapped

Pitch Slapped is releasing its second full-length studio album on April 20. This album release concert will be the group's debut performance of this album and will feature guest performances by fellow Berklee a cappella group Upper Structure and Northeastern University's Nor'easters.

Pitch Slapped is one of the world's premier co-ed a cappella groups. Representing Berklee, the group's repertoire spans a range of genres, from pop to R&B to rock. Since its founding in 2006, Pitch Slapped has enjoyed a rapid rise to fame. Named one of the top five a cappella groups in the country by USA Today, the group won the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) competitions in 2011 and 2014. In 2010, the group appeared on NBC's The Sing Off and was featured on America's Got Talent in 2015. Most recently, they have toured across the country and internationally in China, performing and working with middle school, high school, and college students. Pitch Slapped's music, including their full-length album, is available on iTunes.

Watch Pitch Slapped's arrangement and choreography that won the ICCA in 2014:

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

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