Concert

Michael McDermott and Matthew Ryan

Tuesday / October 4, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Michael McDermott
Matthew Ryan
Michael McDermott
Matthew Ryan

Michael McDermott’s brand of rock 'n’ roll brims with the kind of well-honed style and wisdom that can only come from a career on the road and a pedigree in the studio. Effortlessly blending natural folk sensibility, pop hooks, and honest rock, McDermott’s music is as much for the outcast as it is for the congregation. If you are a fan of Springsteen, Van Morrison, John Steinbeck, or Patti Smith, McDermott’s inspirational rock is in your wheelhouse, with a guitar, spare smokes, and stories of the American heart.

With a career that spans nearly two decades, Matthew Ryan has refined the poetry of his songwriting, creating his own aesthetic where beauty and darkness often trade punches from line to line. Along the way, he has built a group of ardent supporters, including the American treasure Lucinda Williams as well as authors Michael Koryta and Jim Shepard, to name a few. Last winter, Ryan set up shop at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, New York, with a small team of friends: producer and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Salem, The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon on guitar, longtime Ryan collaborator Brian Bequette on bass, Joe Magistro (The Black Crowes) on drums, Tracy Bonham on violin, and Ryan himself on vocals and guitars. They hunkered down to do the work of making a loud and beautiful rock 'n' roll album. From the silvery burst of feedback that opens the album, to the dissolving vérité of the last notes of the closing track, BOXERS offers a rare rock 'n' roll that never relents. 

Admission: 
$15 general admission (standing room only)

Owen Danoff / Mike Squillante

Thursday / September 15, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Owen Danoff
Mike Squillante
Owen Danoff '11
Mike Squillante '11

Washington, D.C. native Owen Danoff '11 wrote and recorded his first song, complete with drums, bass, guitar, and piano, at age 15. Now an award-winning songwriter with a degree in film scoring from Berklee College of Music, he has emerged as a multi-talented musician and folk/rock solo artist. His music has been compared to that of Paul Simon, James Taylor, John Mayer, and the Wallflowers, among others, and combines a clear lyrical emphasis with a love for memorable hooks and the energy of rock 'n' roll. Danoff’s first full-length album, Twelve Stories, is a testament to both his songwriting and instrumental abilities. Released in May 2014, Twelve Stories features Danoff on both bass and guitar alongside a band that includes guest musicians such as Rami Jaffee and Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters). In August 2015, Danoff released his award-winning song "No Such Thing" as a single on iTunes. He was also a contestant on season 10 of The Voice and reached the top 11. While on the show, he worked with Adam Levine, Tori Kelly, and Miley Cyrus.

Mike Squillante '11 is a songwriter and pop-rock artist who has been writing and recording original songs since the age of 12. He released his self-produced debut LP, Backward Glances, Second Chances, in November 2010 and performed for Grammy-winning artist John Mayer after being selected by Berklee's Songwriting Department staff. After graduating with a degree in songwriting, Squillante moved to New York and now gigs regularly on the club scene. He also maintains a thriving YouTube channel with more than 2,000,000 total views and more than 20,000 subscribers. This is where he showcases his talents as a multi-instrumentalist, producer, filmmaker, and songwriter. He has twice won Perez Hilton's Can YOU Sing? contest and had a brief stint on The Voice. Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, he was able to fund his next release by raising $12,000 from fans worldwide. He has toured extensively with Atlantic Records recording artist Melanie Martinez as both a member of her band and an opening act, and with Capitol Records artist Marc Scibilia. His most recent projects include writing and composing the new musical Lucifer for an off-Broadway stage, and building momentum with his new band, the Running Lights.

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

American Opera

Tuesday / July 19, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
John Bee

American Opera is the product of John Bee, a born and raised Michigander currently residing in New York City. With a unique vocal range that effortlessly moves from whisper-soft to singing at the top of his lungs, Bee's one-of-a-kind vocal delivery and brutally honest lyrics make an instant connection to anyone within earshot.

American Opera's high energy live show is both unpredictable and interactive, with spur-of-the-moment improvisation and audience interaction galore. A true entertainer, Bee plays with effortless precision and sings every song as if it is his last.

Recording recently wrapped on the American Opera debut full-length album. Small Victories is an expertly produced powerhouse that features everything from horn and string arrangements, quietly picked guitars, full-fledged rockers, and even an a cappella performance. The album chronicles the past three years of John's life and begins with his move to New York City, just hours after Hurricane Sandy ripped through the bustling metropolis.

Admission: 
Free (standing room only)

Kyle Thornton & the Company

Thursday / August 25, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
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Charlesview
123 Antwerp Street Extension
Brighton
Massachusetts
United States
02135
Kyle Thornton

Kyle Thornton & the Company is a seven-piece soul-hop group whose sound samples influences from several genres while remaining grounded in the passionate, honest style that is the blues. Currently based in Boston, the band is made up of members from around the United States. Kyle Thornton & the Company's classic grooves and thought-provoking lyrics will move your heart and your body. Radio personality Sterling Golden described Kyle Thornton & the Company’s live performances as “a celebration of music and life, led by the group and fed by the screaming faithful around me. I felt the connection and let me tell you, family, it was a rush.”

Watch Kyle Thornton & the Company perform "Read Receipts":
Admission: 
Free

Juidero

Thursday / August 11, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
Charlesview
123 Antwerp Street Extension
Brighton
Massachusetts
United States
02135
Helen De La Rosa of Juidero

Juidero intends to bring together folkloric Dominican rhythms and jazz. Led by Dominican guitarist and producer Radha Acosta and Dominican drummer and mixing engineer Helen De La Rosa, the band's exquisite new sound comes to life. Dominican folklore is all about dance, and jazz is all about freedom of expression. If you combine the two, the possibilities are endless.

Admission: 
Free

Shirhan Agabeyli

Thursday / July 28, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
Charlesview
123 Antwerp Street Extension
Brighton
Massachusetts
United States
02135
Shirhan Agabeyli

Bassist Shirhan Agabeyli is also a composer, arranger, and singer born in Ukraine in 1991. His parents immersed him at a very young age in different musical environments such as jazz, funk, fusion, R&B, and, of course, his motherland's traditional music of mugam, a highly complex art form that merges poetry and musical improvisation. He took mugam lessons from renowned tar (an Azerbaijani traditional instrument) player Sidqi Mustafaev. As a performer and improviser, Agabeyli combines influences that represent his ethnic Azerbaijani background with the intricate rhythmical structures of jazz harmony and mugam. He has recorded and performed with musicians such as John Medeski, David Fiuczynski, Batyrkhan Shukenov, Enver Izmaylov, and Erkan Ogur, and has participated in various musical projects in Ukraine, Poland, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and the U.S. He is currently studying performance at Berklee College of Music.

 
Admission: 
Free

Samuel Batista

Thursday / July 14, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
Charlesview
123 Antwerp Street Extension
Brighton
Massachusetts
United States
02135
Samuel Batista
Nicole M. Dillman Photography

Samuel Batista is an alto saxophone player born in Panama City, Panama, and the first musician of his family. In 2009, Batista won a full scholarship through the Panama Jazz Festival to participate in the Five-Week Summer Performance Program at Berklee College of Music. He subsequently received admission to the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and left Panama for one year. Then in September 2012, Batista moved to Boston to study at Berklee on the prestigious presidential scholarship. He has since gained admission to the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. He currently works as the bandleader of the Third Land Quintet, which has been together since 2015. The quintet is in the process of recording its first EP.

Batista's mentors include pianist Danilo Pérez, saxophonist Patricia Zarate, and Panamanian pianist Walter Smith. He has also had the privilege of playing with and learning from musicians like John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Ron Savage, Lincoln Goines, and Paquito D’Rivera, among many others. You can listen to his original song "Purity" here.

Admission: 
Free

Harshitha Krishnan

Thursday / June 23, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
Charlesview
123 Antwerp Street Extension
Brighton
Massachusetts
United States
02135

Harshitha is a vocalist of Indian origin from Lagos, Nigeria. She has pursued a variety of studies, including Western Classical Vocals with Distinction at Music Society of Nigeria (MUSON), Hindustani music at A.R. Rahman's KM Music Conservatory, earned a bachelor's of science degree in visual communication from M.O.P Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai, and she is currently studying professional music with an emphasis in writing and performance at Berklee. Harshitha has performed as part of several events and festivals, including the MUSON Youth Festival in Lagos, Nigeria, the Bangalore Habba Jazz Festival 2012, and she toured the U.S. with Christiane Karam's Pletenichka Balkan Choir. She has performed with world-renowned artists and bands such as Ilayaraaja, A.R.Rahman, Gary Burton, Vijay Prakash, Michael McDonald, Javier Limon, and the Madras Musical Association Choir.

Listen to Harshitha Krishnan perform "Jiya Jale" (Dil Se)  
Admission: 
Free

The House Jacks

Thursday / July 21, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The House Jacks
The House Jacks
Jeff Twiss

Taking pop vocal music in bold new directions, the House Jacks (Austin Willacy, Nick Girard, Mark Joseph, John Pointer, and Matt Sallee) are definitely not your grandfather’s a cappella group. Self-described as a rock band without instruments, the House Jacks put a modern, visceral spin on the genre, infusing their powerful vocals and precise harmonies with a large dose of energy and attitude.

Founded in 1991 by Deke Sharon, who's widely recognized as the father of contemporary a cappella, the House Jacks instantly reinvigorated the pop vocal scene with their high-energy shows and unconventional arrangements. Using nothing more than their five voices, they deliver everything from blistering funk to screaming rock to heart-melting ballads. Over the past 25 years, the group has become an institution, boasting nearly 20 superb vocalists and performers in their alumni ranks. They were instrumental behind the scenes on NBC’s The Sing Off!, creating arrangements, coaching groups, producing the cast albums, and helping to introduce some of today’s most well-known vocal groups to the world stage, including Pentatonix and Home Free.

These pioneering musicians have performed thousands of shows and shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music such as Ray Charles, James Brown, Train, LL Cool J, Run-DMC, and many others.

Admission: 
$23 in advance / $25 general admission (standing room only)

Bain Smith Sextet East

Wednesday / July 27, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The David Friend Recital Hall

Bain Smith presents a program of his original compositions in a style reminiscent of the Blue Note jazz era. The performance will feature a band of Five-Week Summer Performance Program faculty members including Jeff Perry on trumpet, Bob Pilkington on trombone, Lance Van Lenten on saxophone, John Pierce on bass, Rick Kress on drums, and Smith on piano.

Admission: 
Free

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