Berklee Stage at Boston Book Festival
Hadley Kennary (11:00 a.m.): Yes, Kennary is pronounced like the bird. Four years after picking up her first guitar at the age of 10, Hadley Kennary started writing music when she was 14. Her sound is refreshing and real. Her music mixes the honesty of Sara Bareilles with the mellow cleverness of Ingrid Michaelson, finished off with defining harmonies similar to the Indigo Girls.
Fate & the Family Band (11:30 a.m.): Fate & the Family Band is a soul-infused rock band that hails from Boston. All of their members are currently attending Berklee College of Music and we are happy to announce the recent release of their first EP, Together.
Berklee Poetry Slam (12:00 p.m.): Berklee has its own slam team, which consists of the top students from the slam courses, taught by Caroline Harvey. Each year, the team competes in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. In 2012, the Berklee Slam Team won the Spirit of Slam award.
Maddie Rice (1:00 p.m.): Those who meet Rice might describe her as shy and unassuming, but put a guitar in her hand and she is anything but quiet. Since arriving in Boston in 2010, the Berklee College of Music student has performed with Victor Wooten, toured internationally with folk duo Siv & Maddie, and received multiple songwriting awards from Berklee. Backed by the impeccably tasteful bass lines of Aaron Liao and Zach Mullings' cascade of rhythm, Rice's songs speak to her wide range of musical interests.
Redwood DeVille (2:00 p.m.): Redwood DeVille is a folk rock band hailing from California. It is a seven-piece Americana powerhouse, able to throw down rowdy bar songs alongside haunting ballads. Fronting the band, singer Charles Johnson is a distinct, honest voice who truly lives what he sings about.
Los Rumberos de Boston (3:00 p.m.): Combining three untamable voices, two wild guitars, and mesmerizing percussion, los Rumberos de Boston have conquered stages, clubs, and bars from Puerto Escondido Oaxaca to Jurmala, Latvia, stopping in Moscow. Last spring, los Rumberos opened a major festival in Veracruz, Mexico, that included Juanes, Regina Spektor, Pet Shop Boys, Fatboy Slim, Smashing Pumpkins, and Julieta Venegas.
Alissia Benveniste (4:00 p.m.): Think Larry Graham meets Prince, wrapped into a stylish young woman from Europe, and you’ll get an idea of how Alissia Benveniste brings the funk that makes you groove with her bass. Her EP will be out this fall and will feature heavy hitters such as John Blackwell (Prince, Cameo, Justin Timberlake, Patti LaBelle), Louis Cato (Marcus Miller, Stevie Wonder), Jeffrey Lockhart (Brian McKnight, Beyoncé, Meshell Ndegeocello), Mike Feingold (Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Queen Latifah), Mike Tucker (George Duke, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah), Eric Bloom (Diana Ross, Justin Timberlake), and many more. Benveniste has developed a style completely her own, so stay tuned and be ready to stomp your feet to some funk!