Ten years ago, Kentucky native Ben Sollee came to prominence by singing a Sam Cooke song while playing the cello. The NPR sensation was not some backwoods novelty. Sollee’s spare, exultant interpretation of “A Change is Gonna Come” announced the arrival of a relentlessly curious musical soul. In the decade following, Sollee recorded a slew of albums and EPs in a daunting variety of settings. He has played with trance bluesman Otis Taylor, banjo virtuosos Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck, and has collaborated with Jim James of My Morning Jacket. Continue reading “Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native: Live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939, Friday, Sep 22 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”
Ben Ottewell is a singer-songwriter from Chesterfield, England, and former member of the band Gomez.
“It was going to be called Bones That Catch the Light,” Ottewell said of his third solo album, “but when I mentioned that to friends they either sniggered like Beavis and Butthead or thought it was too wordy.” In the end, the Derbyshire-raised singer-songwriter opted for A Man Apart, a title with a pleasing ambiguity. Continue reading “Ben Ottewell: Live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939, Wednesday, Sep 20 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”
Ben Higginbotham is a recording artist, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Dallas, Texas. He is currently in his final semester at Berklee College of Music, and lives in Boston, but splits his time between New York and Nashville cowriting and gigging. He has played venues including The Bitter End in NYC, and The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, as well as countless venues in and around Boston.
Check out his awesome Bieber cover! https://youtu.be/xksxUrQ7hSc
Adam Torres is a folk singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas. In 2006 at age 20, Torres released his debut album Nostra Nova, featuring 11 idiosyncratic and varied songs. With breathtaking moments throughout, it feels full of promise and simultaneously weathered and young. A self-release, Nostra Nova established long-lasting roots in the small Athens, Ohio, community where he lived at the time, but didn’t resonate farther until much later. Continue reading “Adam Torres, Aisha Burns & Aura Pineda: Live from the Red Room, Friday, Aug 11, at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”
VINX is undoubtedly one of the most gifted improvisational vocalists performing today. With songs that range from jazz to funk, bossa nova to blues and back again, each audience takes a world tour with VINX as their private guide. Soaring vocals, intricate layered melodies and grooves, and his primal hand drum holding it all together mark the signature style that makes VINX a stand out. Infused with tastes from around the world, his songwriting is a tour de force combining the best in storytelling with the heart and soul of a true balladeer. Continue reading “This Week on BIRN Alive: VINX, Saturday, Aug 5 at 4:00 pm on birn1”
Dreamer & Son is a dreamy, alt-rock quartet from Boston. Formed in 2015, this collective came together from across the United States to chase a hauntingly similar dream. With their authentic, unique take on rock music, they aim to break down the barriers of genre. Fans of artists such as the Killers, Moose Blood, and Walk the Moon will all find something familiar in their ambient verses, memorable hooks, and explosive live performances. Continue reading “Dreamer & Son, usLights & The Penthouse: Live from the Red Room, Wednesday, Aug 2 at 7:00 pm on birnCORE”
Alondra Ladd is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer and educator, currently based out of Berklee College of Music. Born to a family of successful touring musicians in Mexico, Ladd began experimenting with the violin in middle school, and performed with The Newark Greater Youth Orchestra while in high school. She began writing and performing her own songs when she was 18 years old.
Currently, she leads her own reggae and latin-influenced 7-piece ensemble Miss Cactus and the Desert.
Self Portraits offers a big, modern rock sound and catchy hooks, while pushing the envelope with soaring guitars and technically
difficult, but accessible music. Check out an acoustic version of their song “Time”: Continue reading “Self Portraits, LANDS and Enta Tenta: Live from the Red Room, Wednesday, July 26 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”
Elliot Taylor, who was named Sky TV’s best, unsigned live act, has a sound that is unrefined, soulful, and genuine. Taylor draws his lyrical inspiration from traveling the northern English countryside in his 1970 VW camper van, “Bessie.” He has also received BBC Radio 1 airplay and has been featured on several indie film soundtracks. Continue reading “Elliot Taylor, BAERD & The Tree That Falls: Live from the Red Room, Saturday, July 22 at 7:00 pm on birnCORE”
Hailing from the state of Arauca in the eastern plains of Colombia, singer-songwriter Joseito Oviedo gives a performance to celebrate Colombian independence. His music blends the virtuosic nature of traditional joropo music with a modern flare. Joining Oviedo for this very special occasion are current Berklee students Naty “Nativa” Hernández (vocals) and Juan Ruiz (clarinet), as well as Berklee alumna Esther Rojas (bass).
This performance is given in collaboration with the Boston Colombian Committee.