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  • BOOM: Berklee Original Open Mic

    Monday, October 27, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    BOOM: Berklee Original Open Mic

    The Songwriting department, in conjunction with the Red Room, is proud to present an open mic event for Berklee songwriters, held on the last Monday of every month. All current Berklee students are welcome to play. 

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    Bonnie Hayes is a songwriter perhaps best known for penning "Have a Heart" and "Love Letter," which restored Bonnie Raitt to superstardom with the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-winning CD Nick of Time. Her best loved song might be her 80's pop-punk anthem and college radio hit, "Shelly's Boyfriend." Writing for artists as diverse as Bette Midler, Robert Cray, Adam Ant, David Crosby, Booker T and the MG's, and Cher, Hayes has continued to craft songs one critic described as "sparkling clockwork mechanisms with a tendency to do the unexpected."

    Famed for her kick-out-the-jams live show, Hayes has also enjoyed success as a musician, recording artist and producer. She currently records artists at the Icehouse Studio in San Rafael, plays keyboards with popular local Americana artist Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs, as well as co-fronting the band Mystery Dance with musical cohort Tim Eshliman (Commander Cody, the Moonlighters). 

    The Songwriting department, in conjunction with the Red Room, is proud to present an open mic event for Berklee songwriters, held on the last Monday of every month. All current Berklee students are welcome to play. Your song must be an original composition and under 5 minutes. If you want to play at the open mic, please show up at Cafe 939 any time after 6 p.m. to sign up. We'll take 25 writers and as many as 10 alternates, who will play if others don't show up. One song each (unless we have low sign-ups, in which case you can play a song and wait until everybody who's signed up has played, then play again). No covers, and no drum kits, please. For more info, please email songwriting@berklee.edu. 

    Free
  • Cristina Abaroa and Alejandro Abaroa Clinic

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Cristina Abaroa and Alejandro Abaroa Clinic

    Cristina Abaroa will discuss the advantages and challenges of developing an independent music project in this era of the music industry's newest business models. A&R executive Alejandro Abaroa talks about the knowledge, skills, and experience to understand how to fully take advantage of the power that music can have when paired with a mass media force.

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    Please join us as we present the Cristina Abaroa and Alejandro Abaroa clinic!

    Cristina Abaroa
    Manager, music producer, and singer-songwriter Cristina Abaroa ’91 returns for a visit to tell us about her latest endeavor: managing classical crossover soprano Bárbara Padilla and the release of Padilla’s self-titled debut album through Moon Moosic Records, Abaroa’s independent record label. Abaroa will discuss the advantages and challenges of developing an independent music project in this era of the music industry's newest business models.

    Alejandro Abaroa
    Director of A&R at Warner Music Mexico for the past 12 years, singer and producer Alejandro Abaroa has been working in show business and the music business since he was young. In addition to the numerous albums he has produced, he has been nominated five times for a Latin Grammy and has sold more than five million records.

    Being a musical producer for 12 years at one of the biggest mass media production companies in Latin America, Televisa, gave him the knowledge, skills, and experience to understand how to fully take advantage of the power that music can have when paired with a mass media force.

    Today, Abaroa is working on Warner Music projects with Latin superstars like Maná, Luis Miguel, and Mijares, and continues to successfully develop new talent with artists like Jesse & Joy, Alexander Acha, Maite Perroni, and Paulino Monroy.

    Free
  • Lisa O'Neill / Tumbleweed Company

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Lisa O'Neill / Tumbleweed Company
    Lisa O'Neill

    Irish-born singer Lisa O'Neill's unrushed, natural, straight-talking approach and witty lyrics have made her a new favorite on Dublin's folk and traditional music scene. Tumbleweed Company will also perform.

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    Lisa O’Neill started writing songs and music at an early age in her native Ballyhaise, a village in Ireland’s County Cavan. She moved to Dublin at age 18 to study music full time. Early on, she was welcomed into the folk and traditional scene in pubs and venues around the city, where her singular voice, witty lyrics, and observations on modern Irish life gained her popularity and set her apart as a unique talent.

    Her independently released debut album, aptly titled Has an Album, was launched in August 2009 and sold out throughout the country, displaying her popularity not just in Dublin but nationwide. Her second album, Same Cloth or Not, showcases her unrushed, natural, straight-talking approach. O’Neill is like a musical version of Flannery O’Connor.

    Tumbleweed Company is a folk-rock band from Nashville. Its members are from all different parts of the country and met in Boston while attending Berklee College of Music. Established in 2009, Tumbleweed Company is releasing their new album Village in April 2014, produced by Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo). Influenced by different types American folk music and a love of rock 'n' roll, Tumbleweed Company blends vocal harmonies over an array of acoustic and electric instruments to create something all its own.

    Watch a video preview for O’Neill’s new album:

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