Executive Sessions PresentsBattle of the Bands

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Wednesday / December 16, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States
Battle of the Bands

Berklee ends its third season of Executive Sessions, a concert series showcasing bands whose members include Boston-area CEOs and corporate executives, with a Battle of the Executive Sessions Bands. The roar of the battle opens with a VIP reception, hosted by Berklee president Roger H. Brown, at 7:00 p.m. at Berklee's Cafe 939 on Boylston Street. This is an invitation-only event; for limited number of VIP tickets or more information call the Executive Sessions producer, Mirek Vana, at 617 747-2941. The series is hosted by PARTNERS+simons.

A panel of judges includes auto czar Ernie Boch Jr., a Berklee alumnus and board of trustees member; Boston drummer Sib Hashian; Berklee VP of special programs Rob Rose; and a local media celebrity. The prize package includes a recording session at Berklee studios with a Grammy-winning producer; the opportunity to perform at Berklee's Encore Gala; Berklee Concert Club membership for one year; private lessons with award-winning Berklee faculty; a selection of BerkleeMusic.com online classes; and more.

The Competitors

House Red is an eclectic band that combines classic jazz (Mingus and Parker) and rock ranging from the classic (the Doors) to the contemporary (3 Doors Down). The band features Marc Caruso on guitar and vocals, Dean Goodermote on bass and vocals, John Rule on drums, and George Skelly on guitar and vocals. The performance will showcase guest artists from the Berklee student and staff community. The band supplements its musician income with other gigs: Caruso is VP of Enterprise Services at Data Intensity; Goodermote is chairman and CEO of Double-Take Software; Rule is Director, Fuel Cell Development, at Lilliputian Systems; and Skelly is partner at Nixon Peabody.
The Loomers: Tom Simons, CEO/chief creative officer of the marketing communications firm PARTNERS+simons, is a guitarist by avocation and a long-time Loomer. Along with Jon Svetkey (acoustic guitar, harmonica, lead vocals); Everett Pendleton (electric guitar, harmony vocals); PARTNERS+simons controller Jack Cavalier (bass guitar, background vocals); and Michael Cahill (drums, background vocals), who owns CK Environmental, Simons has just finished recording the band's brand new songs. The Loomers, whose album Tomorrow Today is available on iTunes, have twice been finalists in Fortune Magazine's Corporate Battle of the Bands, and they have also performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For more information, visit loomers.com
Six:  Playing "classic rock that doesn't get old, even if we do," Six covers songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and other popular groups. The members of Six—Stephen Cole (vocals, harmonica, percussion), Scott Gilmour (drums, percussion), Bruce Lauterwasser (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Walter Ogier (guitar, vocals), Steve Brat (keyboard), and John Swartz (bass, vocals)—also hold day gigs as senior vice president, senior manager, president, CEO, and lead systems engineer at companies such as Raytheon, Arbios Systems Inc, Genetix Pharmaceuticals Inc., Eligix, the MITRE Corporation, and the World Wide Web Foundation. For more information, visit ilikesix.com.
7 at Danny's: Watch out for the underdog, as these guys bring their jets to the stage. Javier Marín, principal at Hispanic News Press, on drums and lead vocals; Paul Richards on guitar; and two JetBlue pilots, Daniel Genis (lead guitar and voice) and Tim Townsend (bass and voice), take off with their favorite tunes to the land of classic rock 'n' roll.