Highlights

Patti Smith and Her Band

Hynes Convention Center, Veterans Memorial Auditorium — 8:30pm (with Dean Wareham)
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Patti Smith and Her Band

Patti Smith’s first recording, Horses, was inducted into the National Recording Registry in 2010 at The Library of Congress by the National Recording Preservation Board. Her subsequent albums are Radio Ethiopia, Easter, and Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, Gung Ho, trampin, Land, twelve, Outside Society, and most currently, Banga.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is also author of the acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, which chronicled her friendship and journey in art with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith was awarded the 2010 National Book Award. Patti Smith’s art has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. Exhibitions include Strange Messenger, Land 250, and Camera Solo. A limited number of premium seats will be made available for this event.

The Blind Boys of Alabama

Hynes Convention Center, Convention Center Ballroom — 7:30pm (with Anais Mitchell)
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The Blind Boys
of Alabama

Five time Grammy Award and Grammy Lifetime Award winners, The Blind Boys of Alabama, just released a new album, I'll Find a Way, produced by Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver). Blind Boys’ loose definition of gospel music, which allowed the singers to measure the spiritual dimensions of rock and pop songs, of blues music, of funk and folk and everything in between.

The Blind Boys of Alabama aren’t merely a group of singers borrowing from decades-old gospel traditions; rather, they are themselves the group who helped define and cement those traditions during the course of the twentieth century and well into the twenty-first.

Anaïs Mitchell

Hynes Convention Center, Convention Center Ballroom — 7:30pm (with The Blind Boys of Alabama)
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Anaïs Mitchell

Fresh off opening dates with Bon Iver and a recent sold-out U.K. tour, Anaïs Mitchell will perform songs from her recent album Young Man in America. Pitchfork named the album one of 2012’s Overlooked Records saying Mitchell has “not just a powerful female voice, but one that rises above the general melee.”

Meanwhile, Bon Iver chose to cover the track "Coming Down" on Australia’s famed Triple J radio program “Like a Version”, with Justin Vernon explaining that he “just worships her music.” A limited number of premium seats will be made available for this event.

Dean Wareham

Hynes Convention Center, Veterans Memorial Auditorium — 8:30pm (with Patti Smith)
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Dean Wareham

Dean Wareham’s first-ever solo project, 2013’s mini-album Emancipated Hearts finds the former Luna frontman delivering more of the melodic, psychedelic-tinged pop he has built a career around since his early days with the legendary indie rock band, Galaxie 500. His songs, which feature his laid-back, half-lidded vocal delivery, romantic, if often surrealist lyrics, and dreamy, hummable tunes, are practically a genre unto themselves. Emancipated Hearts, produced by Papercuts frontman Jason Quever, showcases all of Wareham’s musical trademarks in abundance. In Quever, Wareham has found a deeply sympathetic producer . . . setting him in what sounds like a large music hall and dressing his songs in layers of ringing guitars, vocal reverb, shimmery keyboards and a delicate assemblage of viola and violin. A gorgeous showcase that brings together everything you’ve ever loved about Wareham’s music, Emancipated Hearts isn’t just a mini-album, it’s a minor masterpiece. —ALL MUSIC GUIDE

Even at six tracks, it’s stunning how much life (and death) Wareham spreads over these tracks, and makes these tiny whispers of songs feel like the biggest secret anyone’s ever told you. —PITCHFORK

Dean is performing live with a 3-piece band (including his wife Britta Phillips and drummer Anthony LaMarca), playing new material as well as songs from the Galaxie 500 and Luna catalog.

Donald Harrison

Berklee Performance Center — Seating: 8:45pm; Show/Live Broadcast: 9:00pm
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Donald Harrison

First Night Boston, Berklee College of Music, and 89.7 WGBH present the Donald Harrison Quintet, performing at the Berklee Performance Center, kicking off NPR's annual worldwide jazz broadcast, Toast of the Nation. Eric Jackson, host of WGBH’s Eric in the Evening will be the broadcast’s master of ceremonies.

A New Orleans traditionalist, Mardi Gras Indian Chief, former Jazz Messenger, nurturer of young talent, Berklee alumnus, composer, bandleader and alto saxophonist Donald Harrison ’81 is a kind of Crescent City renaissance man; making sounds as diverse as Nouveau Swing, traditional jazz, hip-hop, Mardi Gras, and even classical music, his very own.

Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell

Hynes Convention Center, Veterans Memorial Auditorium — 1:00pm & 3:00pm
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Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell

Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell are among today’s foremost creators of handmade, independent, age-desegregated music. He has won a GRAMMY, she has been nominated for one, and both have garnered tremendous critical acclaim.

Between them, they have collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Andrew Bird, Debbie Harry, Natalie Merchant, Lou Reed, Ziggy Marley, Levon Helm, Angelique Kidjo, Philip Glass and many more. Their first collaborative recording, Turn Turn Turn, was released in August 2013.

Sierra Hull

Berklee Performance Center — 7:00pm
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Sierra Hull

First Night Boston, Berklee College of Music, and WUMB-FM 91.9 present bluegrass vocalist, mandolinist and songwriter Sierra Hull, a 2011 Berklee graduate, performing at the Berklee Performance Center at 6:45 p.m. (WUMB broadcast, and wumb.org, at 7:00 Eastern).

Boundaries — age, genre or otherwise — don’t hamper an artist like Sierra Hull. As a player, a singer and a songwriter, Sierra has remarkable range, the potential to win over ears unfamiliar with Bill Monroe and give performances of broad cultural importance, as she’s done at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the National Prayer Breakfast. In May 2011, Sierra completed a two-year degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston on a full, Presidential Scholarship. Matt Glaser — head of Berklee’s American Roots Music Program — put it this way: “She has no limitations as a musician.”

Safety Last!

Safety Last!

Presented in collaboration with ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra will perform its new original score to the classic Harold Lloyd silent film comedy Safety Last! in Emerson's Cutler Majestic Theater, live-to-picture, at 7:30 pm. The score is made possible through a commission from the Coolidge Corner Theater's Sounds of Silents program.

Safety Last! is widely considered one of the most enduring silent film classics of all time. The film features the acclaimed comedic genius Harold Lloyd and boasts an iconic image of cinematic history – that of Lloyd dangling from a giant clock on the side of a building over a bustling Los Angeles street below. Lloyd, who joins the ranks of silent screen comic greats Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton (and actually led the pact as the biggest box office star), navigated his own hilarious and daring stunt work. The result is a quintessential motion picture treasure, added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry and meticulously preserved for decades by the Harold Lloyd estate. The Coolidge and Cutler Majestic will present a gorgeous new digital restoration from Janus Films, sourced from an original nitrate print.

The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) is dedicated to composing new, original scores for silent feature classics, and performing them live-to-picture. Based at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, in the world’s only undergraduate degree program in film scoring, the student orchestra composes its new works, and performs as an ensemble, under the leadership of Professor of Film Scoring Sheldon Mirowitz (Outside Providence, Missing in America). To date, the BSFO has scored seven iconic silent features (Sunrise, It, Battleship Potemkin, Piccadilly, Faust, Our Hospitality, and Safety Last) all commissioned by the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts, as part of the theater’s Sounds of Silents™ program, which champions silent film music performance. The recipient of a special commendation from the Boston Society of Film Critics, the BSFO has also performed in the new Nantucket Dreamland Theater, and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

Other Highlights

Beantown Outloud

Boston Public Library - Central Library — 3:00pm

Beantown Outloud

Join bestselling authors Sue Miller (The Good Mother and While I Was Gone) and Chris Castellani (A Kiss From Maddalena and All This Talk of Love) along with Regie Gibson and members of the Grub Street Teen Slam Poetry Team for an hour-long celebration of our city in words, co-sponsored by Grub Street, Boston's non-profit writing center.

Fellow native Steve Almond will emcee and read as well.

700 Boylston Street, Rabb Hall
Copley Square
617-536-5400

Gentlemen Hall

Gentlemen Hall

Gentlemen Hall is six individuals out to deliver pop songs wrapped in unique instrumentation. From flutes to vintage synthesizers, GH is not a typical lineup. Based out of Boston, the band was originally a group of friends with no intentions of making music together.

Despite coming from completely different musical backgrounds the sextet was drawn to the the sounds of common artists and found themselves incorporating the implications of the pulsing synth sounds of Depeche Mode, the hallucinatory topics and arrangements of the Flaming Lips, and eclecticism and unique vocal approach of David Bowie.

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (PANDA!) is a quintet from Rochester, NY. Their psychedelic roots reggae album In These Times made iTunes Best of 2012 list. Over the past six years, PANDA! has performed 800 shows, put out a collection of live albums, and released a roots Americana record titled Country (2012).

“The band’s five masterful musicians weave layers of complex music within a reggae framework and may be one of the most diverse bands in the genre.” —JamBase

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