Unbutton the white collar for the Executive Sessions-an innovative concert series showcasing bands whose members include Boston-area CEOs and corporate executives. Since it's inception in 2006, Cafe 939 has hosted presidents, principals, CEOs, senior VPs, NBA club owners, venture capitalists, investment bankers, software and biotech engineers, heart surgeons, jet pilots, pharmaceutical scientists, Emmy Award–winners, executive producers, philanthropists, and trustees. With top student singer/songwriters opening for the bands, the diverse audience is in for a special treat! The series is booked and produced by Berklee's Mirek Vana and Tom Simons, president and creative director of communications firm PARTNERS+simons. The series culminates with the annual Battle of the Executive Bands. The winner of the battle receives a recording sessions at Berklee studios. All proceeds from the series directly support the Executive Sessions scholarship, awarded to a graduating senior who has outstanding musical merit, entrepreneurial promise, and demonstrated financial need. So far, over $800,000 has been donated by the participating executives.
Formed in early 2006, SIX covers classic rock 'n' roll songs from the 1960s to the 1990s, ranging from the Beatles and Rolling Stones through Neil Young, Tom Petty, and Van Morrison, to the Clash, Matchbox 20, and beyond. While much of the band's music is quickly recognizable, with a focus on the best classic party tunes of the era that make both young and old want to get up and dance, the band also features b-sides and deep cuts of songs by well-known rock bands that were aired more commonly on FM stations back in the day—all of which of course reflect the collective musical tastes of the members of SIX.
Also appearing: Kiesza. Kiesza has packed a lot into her 22 years. She's been a navy codebreaker, a national beauty pageant contestant, and a tall ship sailor. But these days, writing and performing music is the Calgary native's main passion.