Scott Helman is a Canadian singer-songwriter who is influenced by artists such as Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, the Cure, Bon Iver, and Paul Simon. His debut full-length album, Hôtel de Ville, was recorded in Toronto at Revolution Recording and was produced by Tawgs Salter (Lights, Walk Off the Earth, USS). The album's first single is the irresistible alternative pop track "Kinda Complicated," which applies breezy, catchy songwriting and clever lyricism to either a failed relationship or his own daily struggle with ADHD. "The more that I write music, the more that I feel that I'm curing myself," Scott explains. "How am I gonna be a better person and how am I gonna be a better lover? I have to figure out all those things that are knocking around in my head."
In 2014, Scott Helman released the song "Bungalow" as the first single from his debut EP Augusta. The track was certified platinum and led to tours across Canada where he played with the likes of Tegan and Sara, Shawn Mendes, and Matthew Good. Opening for Walk Off the Earth on extensive tours of the U.S. and Europe, Helman stood alone on stage and, night after night, won over skeptical audiences and began building an international fan base. In January 2016, he topped the Teen Vogue list of voices to look out for that year over the likes of Melanie Martinez and Elle King. By the time Helman went back into the studio to begin work on Hôtel de Ville, he had been nominated for multiple MuchMusicVideo Awards in 2015 and Juno Awards in 2016, performing to massive national TV audiences on both award shows. Helman rang in 2017 with a raucous tribute to Leonard Cohen, performing "Bird On A Wire" in Cohen's hometown of Montreal in front of 50,000 people, along with countless others who watched the live broadcast on CBC TV.
Claudia B. Swope is a pop/neo-soul artist from the D.C. area. Swope, a student at Berklee who has been a singer and keyboard player for more than 10 years, performs her own music as a solo act and with various bands. Her music is influenced by artists such as Kehlani, Norah Jones, Stevie Wonder, and Amy Winehouse. With countless live performances under her belt (most notably at the Fillmore Silver Spring, on Fox 5 Good Morning DC, and at the National Cherry Blossom Festival), the singer has made it clear that she’s here to stay. In early 2016, Swope released her first EP, Chances, which represents her “blue-eyed soul” style. Now, after a successful GoFundMe campaign to sponsor her upcoming album, Claudia is eager to share her newest work with the world.
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Childish Japes is equal parts collective, band, and art project—committed to fearless musical exploration and a blurring of genre lines. With no fixed front person, it constantly features a slew of killer singers, rappers, and instrumentalists (or just playing as a trio). At this show, the band will play its entire new album, Salamandra, which features Berklee College of Music alumnus and emotive powerhouse Dave Vives on vocals.
Killer Cortez is a Boston, Massachusetts–based progressive rock band. As a two-piece ensemble, the band upends convention with its cavernous sound and dynamic, multilayered compositions. Its sound has been described as sonic storytelling with U2 textures, Radiohead rhythms, Pink Floyd psychedelia, and Muse levels of apocalyptic stadium rock. The band is currently working on a follow-up to its debut album and expects to release it later this year.
Lev Freedman is a singer and songwriter from Newburgh, New York. Freedman’s deeply personal songwriting and soothing pop vocals make for a powerful show. His influences range from artists such as James Taylor to Frank Ocean. Currently in his last year at Berklee, Freedman is preparing for a career in songwriting and performing.
As one of the first independent musicians to harness YouTube and social media, Sam Tsui has created and grown a combined social following of over 5 million loyal fans who call themselves the #Samily. His videos, which include covers, medleys, and mashups, have amassed over 500 million views on YouTube to date. Each new release, including his latest singles "Cameo" and "Impatience", contributes to his ever-expanding worldwide fanbase.
Tsui, along with his production partner Kurt Schneider, began by uploading videos in their dorm room at Yale University. Their first viral hit was their Michael Jackson Medley in 2010, which led them to produce their first original album, Make It Up, in 2013. Turning digital success into ticket sales, Tsui has toured both domestically and internationally, opening for artists such as Bon Jovi, Ariana Grande, and most recently DNCE.
Sam Tsui has been able to harness the ever-changing tools of the digital music age to independently create an internationally popular channel and brand. He has made appearances on TV shows such as the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Tsui has served as a digital correspondent on American Idol and the Sing Off and has worked with top brands including KIA, Dell, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Google, Marriott, and Disney.
David Keenan is an Irish songwriter with an expressive, narrative songwriting style. His live shows have been described as visceral, spiritual, and communal events. Having been asked to play alongside the likes of Mick Flannery, Hothouse Flowers, Damien Dempsey, and Glen Hansard, Keenan is quickly becoming one of Ireland's most talked about young artists.
Elise LeGrow is a Canadian powerhouse vocalist who melds fiery passion and sophistication with just a hint of sandpaper grit. With a thunderous rasp, spellbinding style, and elegant, dynamic mystique, Le Grow has wowed everyone from Questlove to R&B legend Betty Wright. "Elise possesses a flair for crafting a timeless song into her own," says Wright. "She's got voice filled with emotion, strength, and credibility.”
Elise LeGrow’s debut album, Playing Chess, draws from the catalog of Chicago's iconic Chess Records, home to pioneers like Muddy Waters, Etta James, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry. Rather than faithfully recreate such revered material, LeGrow's interpretations completely transport these classic tracks to a world where the past and present are inextricably intertwined.
The Rare Occasions is a four-piece indie rock band based out of Los Angeles, CA. The band first turned heads in their native Providence, RI, when they 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 club circuit, building a dedicated following.
The Rare Occasions went on to perform for festival audiences at SXSW and CMJ, as well as open for international touring acts including Guster, Dirty Heads, Lupe Fiasco, AJR, and Knox Hamilton. “Dysphoric” took home the coveted ‘Song of the Year’ award in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2014. Currently, the band is expanding their West Coast presence and establishing themselves in Los Angeles. The band recently recorded a new record that shows the dramatic development of their expansive style, which will be released at the end of May.
RVRCT (Rivercat) is a psychedlic/shoegaze band based out of Boston, MA. Their self-titled debut record was released in March 2017 and they are currently working on their follow-up album, Agave.
Known for their progressive songwriting and energetic live performances, Mo Lowda & the Humble found thier start in the beer-soaked basements of Philadelphia. Following the release of their 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 their act on the road and began consistently touring the country. Their 2016 sophomore release, Act Accordingly, was a short and sweet embodiment of the band's natural progression, refining their 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. On the heels of playing over 100 shows nationwide in 2017, Mo Lowda is set for a full US tour In 2018, in support of their new full-length album entitled Creatures.
*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.
“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 their groundbreaking album Revolution, House of Waters now returns with its eponymous follow-up. In addition to the core lineup, the album also features virtuosic cellist Dave Eggar, flautist Sam Sadigursky, and vocalist Priya Darshini.
“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 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.” Fukushima agrees: “We always just say what we do is ‘good music.’ If I need to say something to someone who’s never heard of us, I just say, ‘Please come to our show!”
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 following a national feature on NPR’s All Things Considered, and has been hailed by the Boston Globe, USA Today, Texas Monthly, and the 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 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.“ -The Boston Globe