Berklee Summer in the CityGreat Caesar / Bigfoot Wallace / Will Gittens / Grey Season
Great Caesar aims for the heart with a blend of brass, vulnerable lyrics, and indie-rock along the lines of Arcade Fire and Beirut, to create music that confronts the things that really matter: love, legacy, and the complexity of human relationships. The New York-based band’s 2014 video, “Don’t Ask Me Why,” juxtaposes the civil rights movement of the 1960s with today’s fight for equality for people of all sexual orientations. With support from Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra, Arsenio Hall, and Super Bowl champion and LGBT advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo, the video challenges viewers to take a stand for love and equality. “Don’t Ask Me Why” will appear on CD and vinyl as part of a forthcoming EP produced by Griffin Rodriguez (Beirut, Modest Mouse, A Hawk and a Hacksaw). Great Caesar is John-Michael Parker (vocals, guitar), Adam Glaser (bass), Tom Sikes (trumpet), Mike Farrell (guitar), and Stephen Chen (saxophone), who is also with San Fermin.
The indie-rock electronic outfit Bigfoot Wallace is Jon Hubbells’s self-produced endeavor combining wispy vocals, glitchy drum beats, and plenty of guitar effects. All the way from Arizona, Bigfoot plays guitar and sings against a backdrop of both electronic and acoustic instruments at full capacity, maintaining “the sense of consistency even amid so much shift and change in his music,” according to Indie Vision Music.
Will Gittens is a soulful singer-songwriter from Triniadad and Tobago who draws on a wide array of pop influences.
Grey Season electrifies living room music, perching harmonies atop a sound that envelopes folk in rock 'n' roll. The variety show that is a Grey Season performance may include the occasional five-part harmony, blues lyrics and guitar solos, and memorable melodies driven by the nostalgic plucking of bouzoukis and banjos. Grey Season is a band that calls upon a collective musical memory while pushing forward with the power of song while winning the hearts of its growing audience.