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  • Guro Frydenlund Elverhoei: Dreamcatcher

    Monday, April 27, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Guro Frydenlund Elverhoei: Dreamcatcher
    Guro Frydenlund Elverhoei

    Singer Guro Frydenlund Elverhoei performs her senior recital with a set of originals and covers in the styles of R&B, pop, and gospel.

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    Singer Guro Frydenlund Elverhoei performs her senior recital with a set of originals and covers in the styles of R&B, pop, and gospel.

    Free
  • BOOM: Berklee Original Open Mic

    Monday, April 27, 2015, 7:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    In conjunction with the Red Room, the Songwriting Department is proud to present our monthly open mic event for Berklee songwriters. All current Berklee students are welcome to play an original composition under five minutes long.

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    In conjunction with the Red Room, the Songwriting Department is proud to present our monthly open mic event for Berklee songwriters. All current Berklee students are welcome to play. If you want to play, your song must be an original composition under five minutes long. Please show up at Cafe 939 any time after 6:00 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 few 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.

    Department chair Bonnie Hayes is a songwriter perhaps best known for penning "Have A Heart" and "Love Letter," which restored Bonnie Raitt to superstardom with the multiplatinum, multi-Grammy-winning album 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, and Booker T and the MGs, among others, 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 records at the Icehouse Studio in San Rafael, California; plays keyboards with popular local Americana artist Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs; and cofronts the band Mystery Dance with musical cohort Tim Eshliman (Commander Cody, the Moonlighters).

    Free
  • Dongkyun Kim: Reveal

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Bassist Dongkyun Kim performs his senior recital with a set of original music.

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    Bassist Dongkyun Kim performs his senior recital with a set of original music.

    Free
  • Drummassage: CD Release Show

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 7:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    The Drummassage project is an exploration of the healing power of drums and drumming.

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    The Drummassage project is an exploration of the healing power of drums and drumming. It is both music performance and music therapy. It is a delicate balancing act between performance and therapy. This group will slow your breathing, lower your heart rate, and blow your mind. Please join them for what is sure to be a memorable evening.

    Free
  • Aiman's Senior Recital

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Electric bassist Muhammad Aiman bin Mohd Radzi presents his senior recital with a performance of music by Brian McKnight, Chuckii Booker, George Benson, and others.

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    Electric bassist Muhammad Aiman bin Mohd Radzi presents his senior recital with a performance of music by Brian McKnight, Chuckii Booker, George Benson, and others.

    Free
  • Foreverinmotion / Chris Riffle / Noah Chenfeld / Emma Hern

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Foreverinmotion / Chris Riffle / Noah Chenfeld / Emma Hern
    Foreverinmotion

    Foreverinmotion is a musical project fronted by Vermont native Brendon Thomas. Chris Riffle, Noah Chenfeld, and Emma Hern will also perfom.

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    Foreverinmotion is a musical project fronted by Vermont native Brendon Thomas, who currently resides in Philadelphia. Thomas has released four LPs and one live album that span the genres of rock, folk, and ambience. On January 14, 2014, his latest album, Transients, was released on Forest Park Recordings.

    Chris Riffle’s brand of heartfelt folk is a product—and a tale—of two coasts. There’s no mistaking the pastoral, spacious sound of his roots in the picturesque coastal towns of Washington, where while still in college Riffle began making waves on local radio stations and landed support gigs for such bands as Death Cab for Cutie. But it's in New York City’s famously gritty Lower East Side where he has found a second home, becoming a mainstay performer at the venerable Living Room, collaborating with members of the Mars Volta, Ollabelle, and Antony and the Johnsons as well as musicians who have backed Bjork, Feist, Imogen Heap, Glen Hansard, and Martha and Rufus Wainwright. Riffle's last EP, Another Dream, was in rotation at over 150 stations and featured on Sirius XM. His new full-length album, Out of Town, was recorded at One East (Rolling Stones, Lou Reed), produced by Jimi Zhivago (Ollabelle, Kim Taylor), and mastered at the Magic Shop (David Bowie, Arcade Fire).

    Noah Chenfeld is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from New York City. With his band and solo, Chenfeld has played at a number of venues around New York including Webster Hall, Bowery Electric, Stephen Talkhouse, and the Bitter End. He's opened for Dar Williams, Seth Glier, and Suzanne Vega.

    Virginia native Emma Hern is a singer-songwriter whose music is steeped in the late '60s and early '70s rock and blues she was raised on. Her powerhouse rock vocals meld with her lyrical storytelling and thick harmonies to create a sound reminiscent of a contemporary Fleetwood Mac. Her electricity on stage will capture any audience. With her EP, American Gypsy, Hern hits the Boston scene for the first time as a solo artist.

    $10 in advance / $12 day of show
  • Witness Matlou: A Senior Recital

    Thursday, April 30, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Pianist and composer Witness Matlou presents a recital of original compositions and jazz standards.

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    Pianist and composer Witness Matlou presents a recital of original compositions and jazz standards.

    Free
  • The Female Essence

    Thursday, April 30, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    The Female Essence
    The Female Essence

    The Female Essence is a show crafted around five different, dynamic female artists who want to share a piece of their musical personalities.

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    The Female Essence is a show crafted around five different, dynamic female artists who want to share a piece of their musical personalities. Featuring Melaner Quiroz from New Jersey, Briana Williams from Georgia, Malavika Das from Dubai, Christine Smit from California, and Jasmine Jefferson from New Jersey, the night will be filled with originals from each artist as well as covers of artists such as Janelle Monae, Beyonce, Coldplay, and Jill Scott, among others. 
     
    Free
  • ARKTKT / TASH / Casey McQuillen / Devonte / Claudia Rascon

    Friday, May 1, 2015, 7:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    ARKTKT / TASH / Casey McQuillen / Devonte / Claudia Rascon
    ARKTKT

    The record company operations classes present a showcase of local talent handpicked by the students.

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    Jarred Barnes, a classically trained pianist who also studied jazz piano at the age of ten at the New Jersey Jazz Institute, recently earned a B.M. in songwriting from Berklee College of Music. His musical influences can be described as eclectic, ranging from Debussy to Deadmau5 and everyone in between. He also runs a production company (ARKTKT Music, Inc.) and supplies different artists around the world with top-quality musical productions in addition to songwriting and performing in several bands.

    Boston-based artist TASH is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter with an old soul. TASH's music restores bridges between the heart of urbanity and the depth of nature. Her unique folk/pop sound, sung with effortless grace and deep roots to the earth, captures the individuality and freedom that she stands for. 

    Whether at home in New England or around the world on American Idol, Casey McQuillen’s fans fell in love with her catchy, melancholy songs and powerful voice for the same reason: her songs reflect the stories of their lives. A top 48 contestant on season 13 of American Idol, she has amassed well over a million hits on her YouTube channel. McQuillen founded a charity program called the "You Matter" Tour to start a discussion with students about positive self-image, work ethic, and respect for others. Over the past three years, her interactive school concert has used her original music to engage students in a conversation about bullying and its negative effects on all of us: the bully, the victim, and the bystander.

    Devonte is a recording artist from Cincinnati, Ohio whose sound is an electrifying mix of R&B and hip-hop with a backbeat suited for the dance floor. In the past five years, Devonte has shared the stage with Wale, Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane, and Luke James as a supporting act. As a graduate of Berklee with a B.M. in music business, he is exploring innovative business models for emerging artists. An active member of the Grammy Foundation Devonte also serves on the board of directors for the Ever After Foundation, an organization committed to literacy equality in developing economies.

    Claudia Rascon was born in El Paso, Texas where she began performing as a Mexican folk music instrumentalist. Her music is strongly influenced by her Latin upbringing. A current Berklee student, her artist philosophy is to inspire the world and develop connections with her audience. Today Rascon is a versatile musician who submerges herself into diverse cultures and music.

     

    Free
  • The BOMB: Final Showcase Concert

    Saturday, May 2, 2015, 7:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    The BOMB: Final Showcase Concert

    In conjunction with the Red Room, the Songwriting Department is proud to present an open mic event for Berklee bands, showcasing the best of the year's performances.

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    The Songwriting Department and the Red Room @ Cafe 939 are proud to announce yet another event to promote performance opportunities for Berklee songwriters. This showcase will feature the best acts of the previous year's Berklee Original Music Band (BOMB) performances. The Red Room will provide a drum kit and advance the show a week prior to the date. For more information, please contact bhayes@berklee.edu.

    Free
  • James Folino: A Selection of Jazz Standards

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Guitarist James Folino performs a set of modern interpretations of jazz standards.

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    Guitarist James Folino performs a set of modern interpretations of jazz standards.

    Free
  • Performance Poetry and Spoken Word Showcase

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Hosted by Caroline Harvey, assistant professor in Berklee's Liberal Arts Department, this show will include solo spoken-word poems and multivoice poems.

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    Hosted by Caroline Harvey, assistant professor in Berklee's Liberal Arts Department, this show will include solo spoken-word poems, multivoice poems with up to four vocalists, and some musical accompaniment on piano, guitar, hand drums, upright bass, cello, and sax. 

    Performers:

    • Jenna Kohut
    • Jason Threm
    • Taiward Wider
    • Eli Mann
    • Hayley Mandel
    • Lauren Kaufman
    • Jonathan Mendoza
    • Tara Jamieson 

    Special musical guests will also perform.

    Free
  • Kayla Zuskin

    Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Guitarist K-LA presents an afternoon of colorful melodies and jams, featuring original and cover tunes spanning multiple genres.

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    Guitarist K-LA presents an afternoon of colorful melodies and jams, featuring original and cover tunes spanning multiple genres.

    Free
  • An Evening with David Duchovny

    Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    An Evening with David Duchovny
    David Duchovny

    David Duchovny, best known for portraying such iconic characters as Fox Mulder on The X Files and Hank Moody on Californication, will release his first solo album, Hell or Highwater, on May 12 with ThinkSay Records.

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    David Duchovny, best known for portraying such iconic characters as Fox Mulder on The X Files and Hank Moody on Californication, will release his first solo album, Hell or Highwater, on May 12 with ThinkSay Records, distributed by the Caroline/Universal Music Group. The two-time Golden Globe winner’s debut album will include 12 self-penned tracks, firmly embedded in his uniquely lyrical, troubadour style.  
     
    “Making this record is a dream come true, but I never had this dream. It's still a shock when I think about how all this music happened,” said Duchovny.  “What I do know is that I feel these songs represent the truest expression that I've ever been able to achieve, and I look forward to sharing it with everyone."
    $25
  • Fabrizio Cavallaro's Senior Recital

    Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Drummer Fabrizio Cavallaro presents his senior recital with a program of covers and original compositions in the jazz and fusion styles.

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    Drummer Fabrizio Cavallaro presents his senior recital with a program of covers and original compositions in the jazz and fusion styles.

    Free
  • Rachael Wolff

    Friday, May 8, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Guitarist and singer-songwriter Rachael Wolff will perform classic blues songs and some originals. 

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    Rachael Wolff is a guitarist and singer-songwriter from Canton, Massachusetts. She will perform classic blues songs and also some originals. Special guests include her sisters, with whom she has a band called the Wolff Sisters.

    Free
  • Holiday Mountain / Ishi

    Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Holiday Mountain / Ishi
    Holiday Mountain

    Holiday Mountain, a Berklee alumni band, is a vibrant celebration of individuality, movement, sweat, glitter, and community.  Ishi also performs.

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    Holiday Mountain is a vibrant celebration of individuality, movement, sweat, glitter, and community. Laura Patino formed the group in 2011 while attending Berklee College of Music with fellow alumnus Bradley Will (bass, synth) and Zander Kagle (drums). Brought together by a common desire to push musical boundaries, they skillfully mix unconventional melodies with danceable grooves and beats that are only enhanced by Patino's wild yet ethereal vocals. For the forthcoming You Be You, Holiday Mountain collaborated with Grammy-nominated producer CJ Eiriksson to help blend genres and create a completely unique sound. “We wanted to make a record that doesn’t sound like anything we’ve ever heard before,” says Patino. “[It's] unconventional in all the right ways.”

    Ishi was born as an experiment between friends. In 2006, JT Mudd and Brad Dale set out to create a sound that would help redefine the pop sensibility of modern-day music. Their vision was to blend the classic, soulful storytelling and organic instrumentation of traditional folk music with the infinite sonic possibilities offered through electronic production. Experimentation quickly evolved into a journey of sound that would ultimately lead to the songs that comprised Ishi’s award-winning Through the Trees

    $10 in advance / $12 day of show
  • Noah Guthrie / Dan Tedesco

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Noah Guthrie / Dan Tedesco
    Noah Guthrie

    Bluesy pop singer-songwriter Noah Guthrie has been taking the U.S. by storm to promote his debut album, Among the Wildest Things. Modern-day troubadour Dan Tedesco also performs.

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    Bluesy pop singer-songwriter Noah Guthrie has been taking the U.S. by storm to promote his debut album, Among the Wildest Things. Often known for his unique covers on YouTube, Guthrie is excited to give fans a taste of his own music. Throughout his career, he has opened for a variety of artists as his powerful, soulful voice and beautifully written songs appeal to a wide range of audiences. He has opened concerts for Ed Sheeran, Neon Trees, Cobra Starship, Matisyahu, and Selena Gomez, among others.

    Dan Tedesco is the quintessential modern-day troubadour, narrating the American experience in song honestly and intimately and with a big sound to boot. A solo artist, Tedesco’s stage show is framed by a minimalist production that finds him belting out folk-spiced rock from behind both acoustic and electric guitars while foot-stomping percussion rounds out many of the arrangements. This is one solo artist who won’t seem out of place on a bill with rock bands.

    $12 in advance / $15 day of show
  • Quiet Company

    Thursday, May 21, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Quiet Company
    Quiet Company

    Through the release of three LPs and endless touring, the Austin, Texas band Quiet Company has been making a name for themselves nationally with their energetic live shows and their anthemic, dynamic indie rock.

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    Through the release of three LPs and endless touring, the Austin, Texas band Quiet Company has been making a name for themselves nationally with their energetic live shows and their anthemic, dynamic indie rock. They’ve gained a huge fanbase while gathering praise from the New York Times, Time, NPR, Last Call with Carson Daly, Paste Magazine, and the Houston Chronicle, among others. They won rock band of the year during South by Southwest 2014, adding to their previous 10 Austin Music Awards including band of the year, album of the year, rock band of the year, indie band of the year, and song of the year, all won on the strength of their 2011 release, We Are All Where We Belong.

  • William Fitzsimmons / Denison Witmer

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    William Fitzsimmons / Denison Witmer
    William Fitzsimmons

    William Fitzsimmons, an American singer-songwriter best known for his songs "Passion Play" and "Please Don't Go," performs. Denison Witmer opens the show.

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    William Fitzsimmons is a singer-songwriter based in Illinois and perhaps best known for his songs "Passion Play" and "Please Don't Go," which aired during pivotal scenes in ABC's medical drama Grey's Anatomy. His first two full-length albums, Until When We Are Ghosts and Goodnight, were completely self-produced and recorded by Fitzsimmons at his former home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Sparrow and the Crow was his first studio record. In addition, his music has also been featured on ABC's Brothers & Sisters and the Grey's Anatomy spin-off, Private Practice; MTV's Life of Ryan and Teen Wolf; the CW's One Tree Hill; CBS's Blue Bloods; and USA Network's Burn Notice, among others. Fitzsimmons has also been referenced in multiple magazines, including BillboardRolling StonePasteSpin, and Performing Songwriter Magazine.

    Denison Witmer is a singer-songwriter from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 1995 his first release was a cassette titled My Luck, My Love. He has since released six studio LPs; two live albums; a cover album (Recovered); three EPs; and an LP with the River Bends, a side project consisting of members of the Philadelphia-based alt-country band One Star Hotel. Witmer's 2005 album, Are You A Dreamer?, produced by Don Peris of the Innocence Mission and featuring Sufjan Stevens, received acclaim including positive reviews from Pitchfork Media and Entertainment Weekly. Witmer and Stevens appeared on Rosie Thomas's 2007 album, These Friends of Mine, which included Thomas's version of "Paper Doll," a track originally written and recorded by Witmer. Witmer toured with Thomas in support of that album in venues across the U.S. and Europe. Witmer's style has been described as neo-folk, and he has also been compared to '70s-era singer-songerwriters, including Cat Stevens and Nick Drake. Witmer's lyrics are poetic and thoughtful; his guitar work, while simple-sounding, relies on complex fingerpicking.

    $15 in advance / $18 day of show
  • Matthew Stevens

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Matthew Stevens
    Matthew Stevens

    New York City-based guitarist and composer Matthew Stevens is considered one of the most promising artists in jazz today through his associations with NEXT Collective, Christian Scott, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Walter Smith III, among others.

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    New York City-based guitarist and composer Matthew Stevens is considered one of the most promising artists in jazz today through his associations with NEXT Collective, Christian Scott, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Walter Smith III, among others. A self-described guitar fanatic who fell in love with his father’s Jimi Hendrix records as a child, Stevens assembled his band to allow the guitar to express his melodies alone. A native of Toronto, Canada, he began taking piano lessons as a child and switched to guitar after a few years. In middle school he joined a local rock band that played original songs as well as popular hits by bands like Nirvana and  Soundgarden. He spent several summers at the University of Toronto’s jazz camp, studying with Lorne Lofsky, and ultimately moved to the United States on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. 

    Now Stevens comes fully into his own with his debut recording as a leader, Woodwork. The album showcases Stevens's diverse influences; his warm, robust sound; and his fluid, emotive playing at the helm of a stellar quintet featuring pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer, drummer Eric Doob, and percussionist Paulo Stagnaro. Woodwork places the sound of Stevens’s guitar front and center, achieving a full-bodied resonance that captures the immersive feeling of a live concert experience. 

    $12 general admission
  • Tor Miller / Janita

    Saturday, June 6, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Tor Miller / Janita
    Tor Miller

    New Yorker and indie pop singer Tor Miller performs. Janita will also perform.

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    New Yorker and indie pop singer Tor Miller’s song "Headlights" is what brought him into the spotlight 18 months ago. Glassnote Records—home to artists such as Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Childish Gambino, and Chvrches—picked up on the buzz that was rapidly building about Miller, and last year, he signed to the label. "Headlights" has become the title track on his new EP, which also includes "Hold the Phone," a song from his dorm days that he first recorded on his iPhone. But it is his song "Midnight" that most captures Miller’s impassioned musicianship and his abiding love for the city he was forced to abandon temporarily as a teen. Its hymnal cadences are a clear trademark. Now, determined not to play it safe or smooth off the rough edges in his songs, Miller is working on his debut album at London’s Eastcote studios with producer Eliot James (Noah and the Whale, Two Door Cinema Club, Plan B, Bloc Party). 

    The buzz and anticipation surrounding Brooklyn-based artist Janita (pronounced YA-nee-tuh) is as unsurprising as it is palpable. Standing room–only concerts and sold-out festivals have cemented her reputation as an electrifying singer-songwriter and an artist whose breakthrough moment has arrived.

    $10 in advance / $12 general admission
  • H.U.M.A.N.W.I.N.E. / The Folks Below

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    H.U.M.A.N.W.I.N.E. / The Folks Below
    H.U.M.A.N.W.I.N.E.

    H.U.M.A.N.W.I.N.E. keeps audiences on their toes by taking local musicians and performers and throwing them into the mix to create a very different live show each time. The Folks Below also perform.

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    H.U.M.A.N.W.I.N.E. keeps audiences on their toes by taking local musicians and performers and throwing them into the mix to create a very different live show each time. Passionate, award-winning vocalist Holly Brewer (the Folks Below) cowrites and performs with acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Matthew McNiss (TI:ME:ST:AMP) to elaborate on the fictional land they call Vinland. They have been releasing all of their material with a Creative Commons license through their own record label, Nervous Relatives, since 2002. 

    The Folks Below reclaim and weave stories from the underbelly of a burning city once consigned to oblivion.

    $12 general admission
  • Bhi Bhiman

    Friday, June 12, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Bhi Bhiman
    Bhi Bhiman

    Bhi Bhiman is an American singer-songwriter whose music has drawn a range of comparisons from Rodriguez and Woody Guthrie to Nina Simone and Bill Withers.

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    Bhi Bhiman is an American singer-songwriter whose music has drawn a range of comparisons from Rodriguez and Woody Guthrie to Nina Simone and Bill Withers. Bhiman credits his upbringing (the son of Sri Lankan immigrants, he grew up in St. Louis, Missouri) for his diverse sound. An accomplished guitarist and clever lyricist, Bhiman’s striking voice truly sets him apart. His debut album, BHIMAN, was released to critical acclaim, culminating with a performance on the BBC’s Later…with Jools Holland. There he met Soundgarden frontman (and early musical hero) Chris Cornell.  Impressed with Bhiman’s performance, Cornell asked him to join his sold-out North American tour. Other highlights that year included a lauded performance at Carnegie Hall in tribute to Prince and writing projects with Stax legend William Bell and radical hip-hop outfit the Coup. 

    In May, Bhiman will release his follow-up LP, Rhythm & Reason, produced by Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter). The album reveals more of his soul and R&B influences yet maintains the singer-songwriter tradition for which Bhiman is known.  

    $10 in advance / $12 general admission
  • Noam Israeli Quartet

    Monday, June 15, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    In his final recital at Berklee, drum set principal Noam Israeli presents an afternoon of improvisation and creation based on listening and interaction.

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    In his final recital at Berklee, drum set principal Noam Israeli presents an afternoon of improvisation and creation based on listening and interaction.

    Free
  • Benny and the Jets

    Thursday, June 18, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Guitarist and composer Benjamin Perez-Casiano presents covers and original compositions in the jazz and blues styles.

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    Guitarist and composer Benjamin Perez-Casiano presents covers and original compositions in the jazz and blues styles.

    Free
  • Trails and Ways

    Friday, June 19, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Trails and Ways
    Trails and Ways

    Trails and Ways is a band whose songs never shy away from personal and political heavy lifting while making compelling pop music.

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    Oakland, California’s Trails and Ways is a band built on plurality. Their songs never shy away from personal and political heavy lifting while making compelling pop music. The four bandmates (Hannah and Keith on guitar, Ian on drums, and Emma on bass) cast off from the co-op houses at the University of California, Berkeley in the depths of the great recession. They headed to live as far afield as Ceará, Brazil and Galicia, Spain before reuniting in Oakland to start the DIY bedroom recording project that became Trails and Ways.

    The sound the band cultivated is a fascinating mix of the melancholy of bossa nova, the fearlessness of basement indie rock, driving grooves from the end of disco, and the slick shine of radio pop. Call it what you will; hearing it is like stumbling into the warmth of an intimate dance party among friends. When the band first sent out their early track "Nunca" to a few blogs, the zeitgeist must have been blowing through Oakland, and they were staggered by a sudden rush of attention: 70,000 plays in a single day, something rarely seen from an unsigned artist.

    Watch Trails and Ways perform "Nunca":

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    $10 in advance / $12 general admission
  • Sleepy Man

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Sleepy Man
    Sleepy Man

    Representing a new generation of Americana and roots music, Sleepy Man's live show is an energetic and eclectic blend of original vocal tracks and driving instrumentals.

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    Representing a new generation of Americana and roots music, Sleepy Man has released a brand-new EP titled By My Side, marking the first time the group has contributed vocals to their own songs. The band has appeared on the stages of the Grand Ole Opry, Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., Ryman Auditorium, the Newport Folk Festival, and Carnegie Hall, and their popularity continues to accelerate. Based in New Jersey—a state known more for rock music than for bluegrassthe Mizzone brothers fell in love with the unique sounds of J.D. Crowe, Ralph Stanley, Tony Rice, and Earl Scruggs. With their own twist on the genre, the band has created an interesting blend of instrumentation and vocal harmonies that showcase their musical gifts and passion for acoustic roots music. Sleepy Man's live show is an energetic and eclectic blend of original vocal tracks and driving instrumentals.

    $13 in advance / $15 general admission
  • Felipe Guzmán M.: Sí, Senior

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    In his senior recital, Felipe Guzmán M. presents an afternoon of Latin music fused with various other styles.

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    In his senior recital, Felipe Guzmán M. presents an afternoon of Latin music fused with various other styles.

    Free
  • Stray Birds

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Stray Birds
    Stray Birds

    Acoustic trio the Stray Birds have been flying high since the 2012 release of their critically acclaimed self-titled album. 

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    The Stray Birds have been flying high since the 2012 release of their critically acclaimed self-titled album. Two years, hundreds of gigs, and thousands of highway miles later, the genre-melding acoustic trio prepares to make its Yep Roc Records debut. Known for their songwriting, instrumental virtuosity, and gorgeous three-part harmonies, Best Medicinetheir most cohesive and ambitious album to date, is scheduled for release on October 21, 2015.

    $16 in advance / $18 day of show
  • Simona Minns: Senior Recital

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Voice principal Simona Minns presents an afternoon of her original music. 

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    Voice principal Simona Minns presents an afternoon of her original music. Although she is a jazz singer, her compositions reflect elements of avant garde, world, and academic music alongside traditional jazz.

    Free
  • Darcie Nicole

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 7:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Darcie Nicole
    Darcie Nicole

    Celebrated vocalist and songwriter Darcie Nicole presents an evening of R&B, soul, funk, pop, and rock—her original music plus newly arranged covers featuring friends from the Berklee community.  

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    Darcie Nicole's vocals have been compared to those of Chaka Khan, Ann Wilson, Adele, Teena Marie, Vanessa Williams, and Mary J. Blige. She has worked as a songwriter, vocalist, arranger, publicist, and production associate with multiple award-winning producer and engineers including Jesse Jaeo Tolbert, John Maragos, and Chasebeats. She has also worked in business capacities for major recording artists and senior label executives.

    Darcie Nicole has performed with artists such as Medusa, Neena Frelon, Gabrielle Goodman, Dre Robinson, and Lauren Fuller (Betty Who), among others, in addition to performing with her band, Velvet Stylus, at several celebrity-headlined events where they served as the house band. She is the cofounder and coproducer of the Business of Hip-Hop/Urban Music Symposium at Berklee, an event which brings in top executive and producer talent to work with students each year. 

    $10
  • Jay Brannan

    Friday, July 24, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Jay Brannan
    Jay Brannan

    Jay Brannan is an authentic singer-songwriter who has been playing his sweet, sad, and sometimes humorous folk songs worldwide since 2006.

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    Jay Brannan is an authentic singer-songwriter who loves to sing, travel, and write from the heart. He has been playing his sweet, sad, and sometimes humorous folk songs worldwide since 2006. Brannan’s touring has taken him multiple times through countries such as the U.S., the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, and Australia as well as throughout Europe. This international touring is what inspired his 2013 EP, Around the World in 80 Jays, a collection of nine international cover songs spanning six different languages.

    $12 in advance / $14 day of show
  • Chelsea Pedano: Senior Recital

    Monday, August 3, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Voice principal Chelsea Pedano presents an afternoon of neo-soul music. 

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    In her first performance, voice principal Chelsea Pedano presents an afternoon of neo-soul music. She will cover artists such as Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Jazmine Sullivan, and more.

    Free
  • Nemes / Deal Casino / Jeremiah Tall

    Thursday, August 6, 2015, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Nemes / Deal Casino / Jeremiah Tall
    Nemes

    Nemes, who has made its mark on the Boston music scene by playing everywhere from subway stations to rock venues across the city, performs. Deal Casino and Jeremiah Tall also perform.

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    Nemes has made its mark on the Boston music scene by playing everywhere from subway stations to rock venues across the city. Led by dual frontmen, this literal band of brothers has worked its way into the New England music scene, seeping into the ears of listeners all over the Northeast. With their upcoming album I Carry Your Heart dropping October 28, the band showcases their one-of-a-kind violin shredding and cut-to-the-core songwriting, earning their title as “one of the top five unsigned bands in the country" (AP Magazine). The album’s first two singles, “Butterfly” and “Black Streak,” have been experiencing success on local and national music blogs who all agree that this high-energy, heartfelt indie group has one of the most unique takes on music they have yet to hear.

    Deal Casino is a call to action, a melodic plea for people to chase their dreams, risk it all, and leave nothing on the table. Deal Casino formed around this idea when members Joe, Jon, Mike, and Jozii, who had been playing in bands together since middle school, dropped out of college and moved to Asbury Park, New Jersey in 2013. They quickly became a staple of the burgeoning music scene there, releasing three EPs with producer Jon Leidersdorff. The Cocaine Love EP came out in April 2013, The Runaways EP followed in December 2013, and most recently the Heck EP dropped in December 2014. They appreciate good songwriting but also value the emotion behind the music. They push themselves to make their recordings organic and their performances sincere. To capture these ideals, Heck was tracked entirely live with minimal production, showcasing the true abilities of the band. Deal Casino has no plans to slow down, with a relentless performing schedule booked and additional music videos and EPs planned for 2015.

    Inspired by an unwavering love for summers spent in the mountains along with the tall tales from his youth, Jeremiah Tall is a one-man show based out of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Tall's tales range from the struggles of finding your feet in an ever-changing landscape to fictional stories of cowboys and the common man’s battle with the devil. A hand-painted suitcase converted into a kick drum provides a backbone to his own throwback spin on folk rock.

    $10 / $5 for 5 Week attendees
  • Narcissus A-Ngel's Senior Recital

    Thursday, August 13, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    In her final recital at Berklee, vocalist Narcissus A-Ngel presents an afternoon of rock originals and covers from bands such as Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden, Queen, and many more.

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    In her final recital at Berklee, vocalist Narcissus A-Ngel presents an afternoon of rock originals and covers from bands such as Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden, Queen, and many more.

    Free
  • Georgia Hadjiconstantinou: NO/HUGS, Only Kisses

    Thursday, August 13, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    In her senior recital, voice principal Georgia Hadjiconstantinou presents an afternoon of hard rock music with her band, NO/HUGS. 

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    In her senior recital, voice principal Georgia Hadjiconstantinou presents an afternoon of hard rock music with her band, NO/HUGS. The performance will be an hour-long burst of energy and emotion.

    Free
  • JennHwan Wong: Colors of Life

    Friday, October 30, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    In her final recital at Berklee, pianist and composer JennHwan Wong presents an afternoon of covers and originals in the styles of jazz, pop, and funk.

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    In her final recital at Berklee, pianist and composer JennHwan Wong presents an afternoon of covers and originals in the styles of jazz, pop, and funk.

    Free
  • Fuschian Fusion

    Friday, November 6, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    In her final performance at Berklee, vocalist Shelby Mashigan presents a recital of covers of Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, the Benassi Brothers, and many more.

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    In her final performance at Berklee, vocalist Shelby Mashigan presents a recital of covers of Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, the Benassi Brothers, and many more.

    Free
  • David Funk

    Friday, November 13, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    In his senior recital, guitarist David Funk presents a collection of heavy metal music.

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    In his senior recital, guitarist David Funk presents a collection of heavy metal music.

    Free