Concert

Lee DeWyze / Wakey Wakey / Leslie DiNicola

Thursday / February 11, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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

Ben Ottewell

Saturday / March 19, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Ben Ottewell
Ben Ottewell

Praised by Rolling Stone and GQBen Ottewelllead vocalist and guitarist for the rock band Gomez, brings his unique voice and intense guitar solos to Berklee. For his newest record, Rattlebag, Ottewell collaborated with childhood friend and Shapes & Shadows writing partner, Sam Genders (Tunng) to create a spare, beautiful collection of musical poems about salvation, redemption, and sanctuary. Thanks to his infectious melodies and bluesy riffs, you'll be riveted and want to join in the song.

Admission: 
$15 general admission

ZILLA / Cherry Mellow / Jive McFly

Saturday / February 13, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
ZILLA
Cherry Mellow
Jive McFly
ZILLA
Cherry Mellow
Jive McFly

ZILLA is a soulful funk/rock band based out of Boston who perform intricate melody lines, colorful harmonies, and vivacious percussive elements. They find inspiration in artists such as Snarky Puppy, Erykah Badu, and Derek Trucks. Their sonic pockets are so deep that audiences minds are blown by their wholesome sound.

Cherry Mellow is a blend of East Coast-meets-West Coast style, drawing from influences like the Foo Fighters, the Doors, and the Strokes. They created the self-dubbed genre indie Russian roulette, or heavy mellow. They have no lack of ferocious drive and emotional vulnerability.

Jive McFly is a little bit of funk, rock, R&B, and pop woven together in one band based out of Boston. They’re influenced by bands such as Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers, Rush, Robert Glasper, and Stuff, among others.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Global Strings Ensemble

Friday / December 18, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street
Boston
MA
United States
01233

The Berklee Global Strings Ensemble directed by Simon Shaheen, a professor in the String Department, will perform a holiday concert featuring talented students from the U.S., Brazil, Palestine, and Jordan. The ensemble will perform a selection of Middle Eastern classical music in the State House Grand Staircase Hall. 

Admission: 
Free

Audire Soundtrack Choir's Fall Concert 2015

Friday / December 11, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Audire Soundtrack Choir will be performing music from Harry Potter, Interstellar, Grand Budapest Hotel and many more with arrangements a capella and with orchestra accompaniment. For more details click here.

Kris Allen: Letting You In Tour

Saturday / April 9, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Kris Allen
Kris Allen

On his third full-length album, Horizons, singer-songwriter Kris Allen sharpens his craft with a bolder approach to his pop-rock music. His first independently released album, it showcases his new sophistication and power as a singer and guitarist, and it all began with his song "Beautiful and Wild," which was inspired by the birth of his first child in 2013. Allen's past work includes a 2009 self-titled debut album featuring the platinum-selling single “Live Like We’re Dying.” 

Admission: 
$20, general admission

Brooke Waggoner / Eternals

Tuesday / February 16, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Brooke Waggoner
Eternals
Brooke Waggoner
Eternals

Music continually exists between nostalgia and innovation, cycling through one reinvention to the next. Brooke Waggoner’s inherent grasp of and commitment to her sound seems decidedly unconventional considering these patterns. “I found my sound at a pretty young age,” says the songwriter, composer, and performer. That sound, explored and refined in her latest album, Sweven, draws the notes between her past and present and doesn’t hesitate to mine an unusual source: herself. The album, scheduled for an early 2016 release, builds upon her previous work to tackle a more direct conversation about aging. Its subject matter reveals a maturing artist and an evolving outlook, brewing since the release of her first EP, Fresh Pair of Eyes. Her next release, Heal for the Honey, vividly displayed the depths of heartbreak and its repair with a jaunty, '70s-style pop lightness. Go Easy Little Doves, released in 2009, later debuted as number one on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Chart. Originator, released in 2013, was dubbed "a bold step forward" by Entertainment Weekly, and it led to gigs at the Austin City Limits Festival and Lollapalooza. In the midst of collaborating with and writing for Nashville­-based musicians and orchestras, Waggoner took time off in 2011 and 2012 to record and tour with Jack White. Licensing deals with prominent TV shows emerged as well, showcasing her artistry and songwriting abilities.

The Somerville-based quartet Eternals imagines songs as structures, houses with a form, function, and beauty you want to live in. The group comprises Eric Bolton, Stephan Konrads, Harrison Seiler, and Wayne Whittaker. Their most recent single, "Out of Context," was released in October of 2015.

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

Emmy the Great

Tuesday / February 23, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Emmy The Great
Emmy the Great

The inventive, acoustic guitar–wielding folksinger Emma-Lee Moss (stage name Emmy the Great) was born in Hong Kong and later moved with her family to England, where she became a fixture on London's burgeoning anti-folk scene. The young singer-songwriter collaborated with Lightspeed Champion, Fyfe Dangerfield, and Jeremy Warmsley, and her audience grew as she shared the stage with the likes of Martha Wainwright, Tilly and the Wall, and Kimya Dawson. Emmy the Great's debut single, "Secret Circus," was released in 2006, followed in 2007 by her EP, My Bad. Meanwhile, she was joined by Euan Hinshelwood and expanded her reach by touring the festival circuit, bringing her articulate folk songs to audiences at the Green Man Festival, Latitude Festival, and Glastonbury Festival. "We Almost Had a Baby," a single from her debut studio album, arrived in November 2008. It was followed several months later by the 2009 release of First Love. In 2011, fueled by the unfortunate last-minute breakdown of an engagement, Emmy the Great wrote and recorded her second album, Virtue, with Hinshelwood once again having a huge hand in its creation. Produced by Gareth Jones, the follow-up to First Love was a step up in quality both sonically and thematically, while Emmy the Great's blossoming relationship with Ash frontman Tim Wheeler resulted in the festive This Is Christmas album. She spent much of the next few years touring and travelling the world, which inspired her next release, the 2015 EP S.

Admission: 
$12 in advance / $15 day of show

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