The Red Room at Cafe 939


Jun
21 Thu
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The Rare Occasions / Colbis The Creature / RVRCT

Boston, MA
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
DAY OF: $15.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: June 21, 2018 12:00 AM to June 21, 2018 8:30 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

The Rare Occasions are a four-piece indie rock band based in Los Angeles, California. The band first turned heads in its native Providence, Rhode Island, when it won the WBRU Rock Hunt, headlined the Summer Concert Series at Waterplace Park, and performed in front of packed audiences at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel and the Met. Meanwhile, they tore through the Boston, Massachusetts, club circuit, building a dedicated following.


The Rare Occasions went on to perform for festival audiences at SXSW and CMJ, as well as opening for international touring acts such as Guster, Dirty Heads, Lupe Fiasco, AJR, and Knox Hamilton. “Dysphoric” received the coveted Song of the Year award in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2014.


Currently, the band is expanding its West Coast presence, establishing itself in Los Angeles. The Rare Occasions recently recorded a new album, set to be released this May, that shows the dramatic development of its expansive style. 


RVRCT (Rivercat) is a psychedelic/shoegaze band based in Boston. Its self-titled debut record was released in March 2017, and the band is currently working on a follow-up album, Agave.


Jul
20 Fri
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Mo Lowda & Friends Unplugged

Boston, MA
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

Known for its progressive songwriting and energetic live performances, Mo Lowda & Friends started in the beer-soaked basements of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After the release of its first full length album in 2013, the trio, consisting of Jordan Caiola, Shane Woods, and Nate Matulis, began playing venues throughout the city.


After experiencing the high of multiple sold-out hometown shows, Mo Lowda took its act on the road and began consistently touring the country. Its 2016 sophomore release, Act Accordingly, was a short and sweet embodiment of the band's natural progression, refining its already formidable sound.


Following that release, Jeff Lucci stepped in as the new bassist, bringing his unique songwriting and tasteful use of effects pedals into the mix. After playing more than 100 shows nationwide in 2017, Mo Lowda is set for a full United States tour in 2018, in support of its new full-length album, Creatures.


 Public Onsale:
12:00 AM
Jul 20, 2018
Jul
21 Sat
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The Dales

Boston, MA
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $10.00
DAY OF: $12.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: June 11, 2018 10:00 AM to July 20, 2018 11:59 PM
DAY OF Public Onsale: July 21, 2018 12:00 AM to July 21, 2018 8:30 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

The Dales is a five-piece Americana roots-rock band, carried by three part harmonies as well as a deep appreciation for classic songwriting and early country music. The band came together in early 2016 when multi-platinum songwriter Drew Lawrence (Christina Perri - "Jar of Hearts") teamed up with four of his closest friends to begin performing the songs that would become their debut album, Marie. A video of their song "Still the Love" caught the ears of Grammy-nominated producer Jerry Streeter (the Lumineers, Brandi Carlile). The song was written as a dedication to bass player Kyle Vanes' girlfriend, Heather Marie Allman, who passed from breast cancer the year before. This led to Streeter producing the band's debut album, Marie, which was released in August 2017. The Dales have been on road since then, supporting acts like the White Buffalo and Cris Jacobs. They have also headlined sold out shows in Los Angeles as well as other cities the West Coast and in the Midwest. The band has had features on NPR's World Cafe and Acoustic Cafe as well as TV interviews on NBC and ABC.


Jul
25 Wed
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The Fever Tour Presents: Ar’mon & Trey w/ The Bomb Digz and Lucki Starr

Boston, MA
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
GENERAL ADMISSION: $15.00
GA TICKET WITH AR'MON AND TREY MEET & GREET: $50.00
GA TICKET WITH AR'MON AND TREY MEET & GREET + POST SHOW HANGOUT: $100.00
GA TICKET WITH THE BOMB DIGZ AND LUCKI STARR MEET & GREET: $40.00

TICKET SALE DATES
GA TICKET WITH THE BOMB DIGZ AND LUCKI STARR MEET & GREET Public Onsale: May 23, 2018 4:07 PM to July 25, 2018 8:30 PM
GENERAL ADMISSION / GA TICKET WITH AR'MON AND TREY MEET & GREET / GA TICKET WITH AR'MON AND TREY MEET & GREET + POST SHOW HANGOUT Public Onsale: May 11, 2018 10:00 AM to July 25, 2018 8:30 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

*Please note - parents/guardians may purchase a GA ticket and accompany their child in the Meet & Greet or Post Show Hangout.


GA TICKET WITH THE BOMB DIGZ AND LUCKI STARR MEET & GREET - This ticket allows early entry to the show along with a pre-show meet and greet with The Bomb Digz and Lucki Starr (Not Ar’mon and Trey). 


GA TICKET WITH AR'MON AND TREY MEET & GREET - Allows early entry for photo opportunity, plus entry into performance. Ticket purchaser’s will also receive: Ar’mon & Trey’s new EP (Long Story Short Phase One), attend a Q&A Segment and receive an autographed poster.

GA TICKET WITH AR'MON AND TREY MEET & GREET + POST SHOW HANGOUT - This ticket receives same items as the $50 ticket plus a Hangout Laminate and a post show hangout with all the acts


 


Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the sibling duo Ar’mon and Trey emerges with a focused, fresh, and fiery take on R&B, imbuing simmering soul with 21st-century style. 


Born only a year apart, brothers Armon Warren and Trey Traylor can recall singing together by the ages of 5 and 4, respectively. By their early teens, they had started leading the choir at church in between performing in musicals and plays at school.


Adopting Vine in 2014, the brothers made show-stopping, six-second covers that generated millions of views before transitioning to Instagram in 2015. Engaging a growing fan base, they dropped the “The Same (So Gone Challenge)” on YouTube in 2016, surpassing 500,000 views in less than one month and eventually exceeding 2 million. They caught the attention of Compound Entertainment, which assumed management for the group. A few months later, the “Moment 4 Life (Mashup)” amassed more than 14 million views.


By 2018, YouTube views totaled more than 100 million and they had attracted 1 million Instagram followers. Debut singles “Drown” and “Breakdown” caught fire as Warner Bros. Records signed the duo.


Their 2018 debut EP, Long Story Short Phase One, properly introduces their soaring signature sound. 


The Bomb Digz is composed of three 14-year-old boys from New York and New Jersey who seek to emulate artists such as Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, and Usher.


$15.00 - $100.00
Aug
1 Wed
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House of Waters

Boston, MA
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
STUDENT: $5.00
ADVANCED: $15.00
DAY OF: $18.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: August 1, 2018 12:00 AM to August 1, 2018 8:30 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: May 3, 2018 10:00 AM to July 31, 2018 11:59 PM
STUDENT Public Onsale: May 3, 2018 10:00 AM to August 1, 2018 8:30 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

“In today’s world, there are no musical boundaries,” says Max ZT of House of Waters, a trio that makes those words come alive as they incorporate elements of West African music, jazz, psychedelic music, indie rock, classical, and world music into their astonishingly unique sound.


The band’s touring lineup consists of Max ZT on hammered dulcimer, Moto Fukushima on six-string bass, and Ignacio Rivas-Bixio on percussion. Five years after its groundbreaking album Revolution, House of Waters now returns with its eponymous follow-up. In addition to the core lineup, the album features virtuosic cellist Dave Eggar, flautist Sam Sadigursky, and vocalist Priyadarshini.


“Our music is a constant melting pot, which is so relevant to now,” says ZT. “It’s like that last D’Angelo record or Kendrick’s [To Pimp a] Butterfly … you know, that wasn’t just rap, or hip-hop, or jazz, or soul, but it had all of that. It’s an amorphous thing. It’s how the future is going to be.”


$5.00 - $15.00
Aug
10 Fri
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Many Rooms / Angelo De Augustine

Boston, MA
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $12.00
DAY OF: $14.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: August 10, 2018 12:00 AM to August 10, 2018 8:30 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: June 1, 2018 12:00 PM to August 9, 2018 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

Many Rooms is the moniker under which Brianna Hunt, an artist based in Houston, Texas, records and performs. The still-evolving project made waves in 2015 with the release of the Hollow Body EP, a collection of mostly acoustic tracks that showed promise and allowed Hunt to embark on a relentless touring schedule. As life on the road intensified, so did Hunt’s struggles with depression. This led to Many Rooms’ debut LP, There Is a Presence Here, a stunningly bare album that finds Hunt reckoning with detachment from herself, her faith, and the people around her.


Going into the studio to make There Is a Presence Here was the first substantial time alone that Hunt had experienced in a while. This sense of isolation and introspection permeates the album. Even the album’s allusions to other art—which range from C.S. Lewis to Nine Inch Nails—reference a state of bleak mental limbo. The resulting mix of cinematic ambience and striking crescendos meld with Hunt’s desperately contemplative words to make an album that is powerful even at its most fragile. There Is a Presence Here is built from harrowing times, but it is not without light. Hunt’s lyrical self-confrontations maintain hope even in their bleakest moments, showing a willingness to ask hard questions and find acceptance in the answers. With intense vulnerability comes profound catharsis, and making There Is a Presence Here became one of many steps toward Hunt beginning to find solace.


Angelo De Augustine writes and records music in Thousand Oaks, California, a suburb north of Los Angeles, where he grew up. His self-released debut album, Spirals of Silence, and three-song EP follow-up, How Past Begins, earned praise from the FADER, Stereogum, Vogue, and My Old Kentucky Blog. Last year, he released Swim Inside the Moon, his second full-length record.


Sep
15 Sat
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Matt Holubowski & Vera Sola

Boston, MA
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $10.00
DAY OF: $12.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: September 15, 2018 12:00 AM to September 15, 2018 8:30 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: May 18, 2018 10:00 AM to September 14, 2018 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

Born of a Polish father and Canadian mother, Matt Holubowski grew up in a bilingual household in Hudson, Canada, and has always lived at the crossroads of the French and English languages. The notion of the isolation of two cultures within a single territory (the province of Quebec) fascinates this globe-trotter. With his second album, Solitudes, the self-taught musician, poet, and composer offers 11 titles that evoke isolation, estrangement, and exile while delving into the forms of solitude we seek and often need.


Holubowski’s unmistakable voice and steadfast personality was revealed to some during his appearance as a finalist on the popular television show La Voix. He has since worked tirelessly, surrounding himself with invaluable musical collaborators such as Stéphane Bergeron (Karkwa) on drums, Marc-André Landry (Chloé Lacasse) on bass, Simon Angell (Patrick Watson) on guitar, and Marianne Houle (Antoine Corriveau) on cello. The resulting Solitudes sold more than 30,000 units since its release on September 23; its tour will take Holubowski to more than 80 cities.


Vera Sola is a poet, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist.


A drifter performing her own songs alone in and out of dark bars under various pseudonyms, Vera Sola has toured and recorded with a variety of artists, for a long while accompanying singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins on the road. She has collaborated on film scores and provided original music for theater and performance art.


In early 2017, she experienced a total shift in relation to her voice and musicianship, and only then was she compelled to record and release her own songs. In the days following, hiding out in a studio in St. Louis, Missouri, she wrote, arranged, and performed all the parts on her upcoming LP, Shades.


Sep
16 Sun
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Van William

Boston, MA
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $13.00
DAY OF: $15.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: September 16, 2018 12:00 AM to September 16, 2018 8:30 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: June 22, 2018 10:00 AM to September 15, 2018 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

Van William's bleeding heart may be eternally affixed to his sleeve, but very few songwriters can make the therapeutics sound so fun. Known for the meticulous alt-pop song craft of his former acclaimed indie outfits, Port O'Brien and WATERS, on The Revolution EP, his first solo effort due fall 2017, Van William (nee Pierszalowski) offers an auspicious glimpse into a promising future.



Always the creative force that fueled his musical endeavors, William's newfound independence allowed room to roam in fresh and exciting ways. These four new tracks, a piercing song-cycle about the pain and disillusionment of lost love, have a dark, messy edge as William's consistently dazzling melodies and stirring choruses carry the emotional subject matter to striking affect.



With its irresistible refrain and exquisite arrangement, the EP's title track, "Revolution" featuring acclaimed Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, is a textbook example -- a perfect hook tempered by one of the saddest, smartest lyrics you'll ever hear. Similarly, "Fourth of July," "Never Had Enough of You," and "Cosmic Sign" (Demo), all sparkle with vulnerability, bittersweet sophistication and William's honeyed, yearning tenor.


An enthralling introduction, (his full-length solo LP is due early next year) Van William's The Revolution EP signals the arrival of a truly gifted, young artist on the rise.


 Public Onsale:
10:00 AM
Jun 22, 2018
 Public Onsale:
12:00 AM
Sep 16, 2018
Oct
1 Mon
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Donovan Woods and the Opposition

Boston, MA
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $12.00
DAY OF: $15.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: June 15, 2018 10:00 AM to September 30, 2018 11:59 PM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 1, 2018 12:00 AM to October 1, 2018 8:30 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

Donovan Woods’ new album is a study in contrasts, as one would expect from its name: Both Ways. In Both Ways, Woods shows the rare ability to distill complicated situations and emotions into songs that are intriguing and relatable. Perhaps the collection’s most beautiful song is “I Ain’t Ever Loved No One,” a duet with Rose Cousins. As Both Ways progresses, radio-friendly songs like “I Live a Little Lie” and “Easy Street” employ a full-band sound to flesh out the sonic landscape.  A number of the songs are guitar-driven, yet they stop short of full-blown rock ‘n’ roll. Both Ways concludes with “Next Year,” one of five songs on the album he co-wrote in Nashville, where he has a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music. 


Woods has earned nominations for both the Polaris Prize and the Juno Awards. In addition, his single “What Kind of Love Is That?” climbed to No. 1 on the CBC Top 20 Chart, while his catalog has accrued over 45 million streams. Woods is also a notable Nashville writer, with credits by Billy Currington, Charles Kelley, Tim McGraw, and Charlie Worsham. NPR Music stated, "There are very few writers who can make you laugh and break your heart in the same song.” No Depression noted that Woods’ style is “as fresh and captivating as any out there.”


Oct
11 Thu
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Kyle Nasser Sextet featuring Roman Filiu and Allan Mednard

Boston, MA
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $12.00
DAY OF: $15.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: May 29, 2018 10:00 AM to October 10, 2018 11:59 PM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 11, 2018 12:00 AM to October 11, 2018 8:30 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

A Massachusetts native and graduate of Harvard University and Berklee College of Music, Kyle Nasser has been described by Hrayr Attarian of All About Jazz as possessing “superlative musicianship as a performer, writer, and bandleader.”


Since moving to New York City in 2010, Nasser has played at many of the city's most prestigious venues (Blue Note, Smalls, Iridium, 55 Bar, and Cornelia Street Cafe), released a critically acclaimed solo album (Restive Soul), and toured in the United States and South America. He has shared the stage with jazz luminaries such as Jim Hall, Hank Jones, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Rich Perry, and many others.


In addition to leading his group, Nasser plays with and composes for the international collective Beekman. His newest release, “Persistent Fancy,” features his working sextet: Roman Filiu on alto saxophone, Jeff Miles on guitar, Dov Manski on piano, Nick Jost on bass, and Allan Mednard on drums. 


Oct
19 Fri
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Gina Chavez

Boston, MA
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
STUDENT: $10.00
GENERAL ADMISSION: $15.00

TICKET SALE DATES
STUDENT / GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: May 19, 2018 10:00 AM to October 19, 2018 8:30 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

Gina Chavez blends the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. A multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Chavez is a nine-time Austin Music Award winner (including 2015 Musician of the Year and Album of the Year for her sophomore release, Up.Rooted). Her independent album topped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts after a national feature on NPR’s All Things Considered, and has been hailed by the Boston GlobeUSA TodayTexas Monthly, and Austin Chronicle. Her band’s Tiny Desk concert made NPR’s Top 15 of 2015.


Chavez’s passionate collection of bilingual songs takes audiences on a journey through the Americas. Her Spanish-language anthem, “Siete-D” (which took home the grand prize in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest), tells the story of her experience volunteering in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador, El Salvador, where she and her partner founded Niñas Arriba, a college fund for young Latinas. The fund celebrated its first two college graduates in 2016. Chavez and her band have performed in eight countries, touring as cultural ambassadors with the U.S. State Department.


“Most striking is Chavez’s ease as she moves between social and love songs, between North American and Latin genres, and even between languages: When she passes mid-song from English to Spanish and back, it’s the most natural thing in the world.” — Boston Globe


$10.00 - $15.00
Oct
26 Fri
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Blanco White

Boston, MA
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $10.00
DAY OF: $12.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 26, 2018 12:00 AM to October 26, 2018 8:30 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: June 13, 2018 2:00 PM to October 25, 2018 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Blanco White started as the solo project of Londoner Josh Edwards in 2014. After studying guitar in Cádiz (Spain), and later the Andean instrument the charango in Sucre (Bolivia), Edwards’ aim was to begin bringing together elements of Andalusian and Latin American music alongside influences closer to home.



In early 2016 Blanco White released 'The Wind Rose' via Yucatan Records, a self-produced debut EP. A second EP 'Colder Heavens' was later recorded in the Autumn, this time with producer Ian Grimble (Bear's Den, Matt Corby, Daughter). 'Colder Heavens' was released on March 31st 2017.

939 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
United States
The Red Room at Cafe 939 is Berklee’s state-of-the-art all-ages venue. Embracing nearly all styles of music, from rock, jazz, folk, and world music to bluegrass, hip-hop, avant-garde, and more, the Red Room at Cafe 939 is a 200-capacity club dedicated to showcasing, developing, and supporting music and performance.

The Red Room at Cafe 939 has hosted shows by Hozier, Snarky Puppy, Ryan Bingham, Betty Who, Antonio Sanchez, Ingrid Michaelson, Passenger with Ed Sheeran, JPRiZM, Owl City, Leon Bridges, Geri Allen, and Karmin, to name just a dozen.

Please note: Unless noted, all shows are standing room only.