Blood, Sweat & Tears at the BPC, October 16

Allen Bush
October 4, 2010
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Arturo Sandoval

Blood, Sweat & Tears, one of the greatest horn bands in popular music, will perform Saturday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. Opening for them will be Arturo Sandoval.

Tickets are reserved seating ($50, $45, $42, $35, $25) and are available at the BPC box office, at Ticketmaster, or by calling 800 745-3000. For information, call 617 747-2261 or visit the BPC website

All ticket sales from the concert will fund the Elsie Monica Colomby Scholarship at Berklee, an award named after Blood, Sweat & Tears founder Bobby Colomby's mother, who was an avid patron of the arts. After last year's inaugural fundraiser, the group donated $26,500 toward the scholarship.  

A musical institution, Blood Sweat & Tears is best known for its signature fusion of rock, blues, pop, horn arrangement, and jazz improvisation. Founded in 1968, BS&T has an alumni roster that reads like a who's who of the world's greatest jazz and rock musicians. The band has earned three Grammy Awards—including Album of the Year in 1970—10 Grammy nominations, and multiple gold albums. On the road for more than 40 years, the band keeps an active international touring schedule and continues to draw avid fans from the Woodstock generation to their grandchildren. 

Opener Arturo Sandoval will be backed by a special Berklee student group assembled by bass professor Oscar Stagnaro. Cuban-born Sandoval is a trumpet and flugel horn player, a pianist, and composer. He is the recipient of four Grammy Awards. Sandoval is known all over the world as a versatile player, fluently gliding between Afro-Cuban grooves, bebop jazz, classical concertos, and sentimental ballads. An HBO movie based on his life, For Love or Country, starred Andy Garcia, earned Sandoval an Emmy Award for his original score.