Berklee Summer in the CityThe Frotations / Nikolas Metaxas / Arielle Vakni / Damn Tall Buildings
The Frotations was forged in 2011 by singer-songwriter Chris Kazarian and bass player Pedro Ribiero (Pedro Zappa). The band headlined the HarborArts Festival in September 2013 and filled Boston’s Middle East Corner to capacity at its EP release show. The Frotations are a concrete blend of neo-soul and rock and roll with a little drop of hip-hop. If you like face-melting solos, cold beats, headbangin’, or just simply getting your groove on, chances are you’re a professional Frotator and didn’t know it.
Nikolas Metaxas is a singer-songwriter drawing on influences such John Mayer, Gavin Degraw, Radiohead, and Incubus. In 2011, Metaxas won the BMC “crowd favorite” award and his band released Square One with songs “Miracle” and “Change The World” finding success on YouTube. Metaxas and his band have toured in the U.S., Greece, Cyprus, and Italy.
Arielle Vakni’s debut album, Facets & Resonance, combines elements of classic folk/blues songwriting with an electronic twist. Vakni has performed in Boston and New York City at venues like Pianos and the Middle East and, in the spring of 2013, she was one of ten Berklee students selected to study under folk singer and guitar legend Patty Larkin at her Berklee seminar. Vakni was also one of two students chosen to record an original piece with Larkin as producer. Her influences include Cat Power, Stevie Nicks, Fleet Foxes, The Knife, Alt-J, and Radiohead.
Damn Tall Buildings began playing on the streets of Boston. After getting picked up by some local venue owners and managers, they began playing in local concert halls and venues throughout the New England area. The band’s influences range from iconic bluegrass musicians such as Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers to the more modern sounds of Yonder Mountain String Band and Pokey Lafarge. The band has performed at hip venues throughout the Boston area and recently released its first full-length album, Cure-All, this spring.