Concert

Donny McCaslin's Berklee Quintet

Sunday / May 15, 2016 / 5:00 p.m.
Deer Head Inn, 5 Main Street
Delaware Water Gap
PA
United States
18327
Donny McCaslin

Berklee’s Masters on the Road series, where master musicians return to campus to teach and lead a touring ensemble, continues with saxophone great Donny McCaslin and a student quartet. Donny McCaslin’s Berklee Quintet includes Lior Tzemach from Israel on guitar; Inigo Ruiz from Spain on piano; Guy Bernfeld from Israel on bass; and Helen De La Rosa from the Dominican Republic on drums. Faculty bassist Bruno Raberg selected the students by audition and rehearsed them in McCaslin’s chosen repertoire throughout the semester, and McCaslin visited at mid-semester to fine-tune the group with Raberg. This will be the group's second performance in a run of dates at the Regattabar, Deer Head Inn, 3S Artspace, and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. 

Watch McCaslin perform at the 55 Bar in New York City:

Admission: 
$10 at the door

Zealyn

Wednesday / August 3, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Zealyn

Filled with vocal hooks, programmed drum loops, piano chords, and layers of lush electronics, Zealyn's music occupies the middle ground between the digital and the organic. Limbic System, her debut album, takes the best of both worlds, with Zealyn's voice gluing together nine songs that are meant to be felt as much as heard. Limbic System marks a new beginning for Zealyn, who previously enjoyed a pop career under her birth name of Angie Miller. She takes a more experimental, alternative approach to her music this time around, working with cowriter and producer Aaron Marsh (Copeland) on an album that emphasizes mood as much as melody. The two worked together in Marsh's recording studio in Lakeland, Florida, with David James Williams joining them as a guitarist and songwriting collaborator, and over the course of two months, they dreamed up a new sound, draping Zealyn's vocals over percussive soundscapes, bursts of thickly-stacked harmonies, and beds of strings. It is music that casts a spell for the heart and head, unveiling something new and nuanced with every listen. With this album, Zealyn uncovers a new wing of alternative music.

Admission: 
$12 in advance / $15 day of show (standing room only)

Morgan James

Saturday / August 20, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Morgan James

The right vocalist can make you fall in love at first listen, elicit tears, or bring you back to a different era with just a microphone and a stage. New York–based pop and soul singer-songwriter and Broadway chanteuse Morgan James does all of this and more. On her full-length debut for Epic Records, Hunter, she casts an unbreakable spell with a powerhouse voice, theatrical swing, and soulful poise. The record includes powerful personal renditions of Prince’s “Call My Name” along with Hall and Oates’ “She’s Gone” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark,” plus original eleven tracks. The New York Times calls her "a phenomenal talent whose feel for classic soul music is bone deep."

Admission: 
$20 in advance / $25 day of show (standing room only)

Banda Magda

Tuesday / June 28, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Banda Magda

Founded by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. The band's songs capture the best of mid-century pop ballads and cinematic arranging, drawing on the members' global backgrounds and unchained musicality. Trained in film scoring at Berklee, Giannikou’s film music finesse has won her awards and caught the attention of everyone from Kronos Quartet to Louis CK, with whom she sang a duet for his TV show.

Live, Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by a unflagging energy. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with the Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series as well as performances at venues such as Webster Hall, Irving Plaza, the Kennedy Center, and the Jefferson Center, and festivals such as Celebrate Brooklyn, Jazz al Parque, St. Moritz Festival Da Jazz, and the Chicago World Music Festival.

After the critical success of their colorful debut album, Amour, t’es là?, Banda Magda returned in the fall of 2014 with Yerakina (Ropeadope/groundUP). The album, coproduced by Grammy winners Michael League (Snarky Puppy) and Fab Dupont (Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Bebel Gilberto), shows the next step in the band's devotion to their craft and sound, featuring Technicolor folk songs and pop chestnuts played with dynamic finesse.

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 day of show (standing room only)

The Wild Reeds

Friday / July 22, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Wild Reeds

The Wild Reeds can be defined by one word: harmony. However, their music is nearly indefinable. The sound from this L.A.-based band, fronted by Kinsey Lee, Mackenzie Howe, and Sharon Silva, dips in and out of multiple genres. There's some ethereal folk, a hint of country twang, and some rock 'n' roll rhythm, but it all comes back to harmonies that create a new instrument, which is the root of the band's power. In the past year, the Wild Reeds have supported such acts as Noah Gundersen, Langhorne Slim, Della Mae, Run River North, and Nathaniel Rateliff, and they've made appearances at Way Over Yonder Festival, the Bluegrass Situation Festival, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, Echo Park Rising, and the Claremont Folk Festival, among others. 

Admission: 
$15 advance / $18 day of show (standing room only)

Beach Weather / The Millenium / Work

Wednesday / June 8, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Beach Weather
The Millenium
Work

Beach Weather is a three-piece American band comprising Nick Santino (a Rocket to the Moon), Austin Scates, and Reeve Powers that formed in 2015. Self­-described as “fuzzy pop,” the band’s debut EP, What a Drag, produced by Sean Silverman, dropped in August of 2015 with five brand-new tracks. Drawing comparisons to the likes of the 1975 and Talking Heads, What a Drag serves as a strong sonic representation of the band. Hot on the heels of this release, the band started to build notoriety for their energetic live performances during their first-ever tour together, a U.S. tour as support for the Maine. The band also performed across the United Kingdom and Europe on a sold-out tour as support for Sleeping with Sirens. Fans discovered the group, and the media took notice: Beach Weather has been covered by various media outlets ­including Rock Sound, Alternative Press, and idobi radio. Most recently, they released their first-ever music video for “New Skin,” which has garnered well over 150,000 views. Beach Weather will head out on tour with Rise Records’ Pvris this spring.

Starting in early 2014, the Millenium tore into the music world, opening for acts such as Now, Now and the Summer Set on the local University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire campus. Following the quick success at home of their debut EP, It’s So Much Friendlier with Two, the band saw ferocious growth on the road after five supporting tours and two headlining runs. With a knack for capturing the life lessons of love, loss, and learning in their music, the Millenium has grown to represent these themes, which not only resonate with each member individually but also define the millennial generation as a whole. The band is currently hard at work writing and recording their highly anticipated sophomore album. 

Work is a four-piece indie rock band formed in Boston and comprising Ryan Layne on vocals and lead guitar, John Miller on guitar and synthesizer, Katie Gallagher on bass, and Jon Perry on drums. Work began developing their unique sound in 2014, taking influence from the Strokes and the Talking Heads, among others.

Admission: 
$12 in advance / $15 day of show (standing room only)

Ivy Street School Extravaganza

Thursday / June 9, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mark your calendars and invite your friends, your relatives, and your neighbors as we welcome you to cheer on the students at Ivy Street School as they perform this year's theme, Grease Lightning. For one night, Ivy Street School turns into Rydell High when Danny Zuko and Sandy from Grease join the talented students on stage. A magician will marvel, a gospel choir will inspire, kids will krump, and the spotlight will shine.
 
The Ivy Street School is honored to be presenting the Cottage Farm Neighborhood Association with their Community Award, celebrating their neighbors for their commitment to community inclusion, community advocacy, and community building. They will also be celebrating the WCVB Chronicle with the Center Stage Award for all the work they've done to raise awareness and support for not only their decades of showcasing the arts in the Boston area but also their commitment to airing stories about individuals with special needs.
 
The Ivy Street School is a residential school in Brookline, Massachusetts, for adolescents struggling with the challenges of autism spectrum disorder, brain injury and other neurological conditions, and behavioral health diagnoses.
 
Admission: 
Free

Electronic Production and Design Senior Showcase

Thursday / May 5, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
Room 112, 22 Fenway
22 Fenway
Boston
MA
United States

EPD Seniors present their final projects:

Ekaterina Tolkishevskaya

Seokyung Choi

Dan Knight

Andrew Perrin

Mauricio Bernal

Alexander Cohen

Jonathan Denman

Darius Petermann

Lydian Almaguer

Mitchell Cohen

Blake Jarvis

Courtney Reed

Filipe Antunes

Ryan Crowther

Duncan Johnson

Zach Hearn Sengstock

Peder Barratt Due

Eli Dawson

Patricia Amanda Kowara

Dong Yup Shin

Patrick Beckman

Stephen Decarlo

James Kroner

John Smith

Alexander Bercow

Tobias DiBiase

William Kunstadter

Cynthia Sparlin

Santiago Bohmer

James Donald Duncan

Harry Lodes

Alexander Sutton

Niles Brandon

Stian Hansen

Shelby Mashigian

Stefan Tisminezky

Dillon Cahill

Alex Humphreys

Abraham Owen

Ashvala Vinay

Elias Chess

Yoon Chan Hwang

Natalia Perez

Cordelia Vizcaino Leal

 

Admission: 
Free

Michael Daves with Noam Pikelny and Brittany Haas

Friday / June 10, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Michael Daves
Wendy George

Grammy-nominated guitarist and singer Michael Daves performs in support of his recently released two-disc set, Orchids and Violence (Nonesuch Records). Joining him are banjoist Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers) and fiddler Brittany Haas (Crooked Still, Haas Kowert Tice). On May 6, Nonesuch released Violence and Orchids, the vinyl edition of Orchids and Violence. This one-disc mashup interweaves the bluegrass and electric versions of five songs from the double album, presenting side-by-side comparisons of the two versions of each song.   

Pikelny and Haas recorded with Daves on disc one of Orchids and Violence, along with Sarah Jarosz, Mike Bub, and special guests including Tony Trischka. On disc two, Daves recorded the identical track list of 12 mostly traditional bluegrass songs but in a raw, electric reinterpretation, playing most of the instruments himself. The New York Times calls it "a roots-music master class, a brilliant example of old modes reinhabited with flair....To his credit, it can be hard to pick which version of a tune is best." 

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “pros’ top banjo picker,” Pikelny was recently awarded the International Bluegrass Music Association’s banjo player of the year and album of the year awards. Haas recently toured and recorded with the Dave Rawlings Machine and is regarded as one of the most influential fiddlers of her generation. 

Admission: 
$18 in advance / $20 day of show (standing room only)

Jordan Smith

Saturday / June 11, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith showed the world his musical gift in 2015 when he became the bestselling artist in the history of The Voice and the winner of season 9. Now, he shares his message through the songs on his forthcoming 2016 debut album for Republic Records/LightWorkers Records, Something Beautiful.

This singer and performer has certainly come a long way from his native Harlan, Kentucky. While on The Voice, Smith’s honesty made history, and he moved 1.5 million singles in six months and launched eight songs to the top 10 of iTunes, making him the first artist from any season to hit the iTunes Top 10 every single week of the live rounds. He also became one of two artists to notch three no. 1's during the show’s season. He's also the first act to own both the no. 1 and no. 2 titles concurrently on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart. After his time on The Voice, Smith headed right to the studio with legendary Grammy-winning producer David Foster (Céline Dion, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban), Academy Award nominee and songwriter extraordinaire Stephan Moccio (the Weeknd, Céline Dion), and Grammy-winning artist and writer Kirk Franklin (Gladys Knight, John Tesh) in order to begin work on Something Beautiful.

Admission: 
$25 in advance / $30 day of show (standing room only)

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