Boston, MA, August 12, 2008. The 2008-2009 Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee kicks-off with singer/songwriter and Berklee alumna Melissa Ferrick, Saturday, September 13, 8:15 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. Ferrick celebrates the release of her new CD, Goodbye Youth, at this concert. Folk and bluegrass artist Rose Cousins opens the show. Tickets, $30 general admission ($22.50 for seniors), are on sale now at the BPC box office and through Ticketmaster: 617-931-2000 or ticketmaster.com. Please call 617-747-2261 or visit berkleebpc.com for more information. The BPC is wheelchair accessible.
Melissa Ferrick shares a unique relationship with a devoted audience built over 13 releases and non-stop touring since she debuted on Atlantic Records in 1993. Her live performance is fierce and funny, outspoken and vulnerable, passionate and real. The emotional honesty of Ferrick’s first-person lyrics, the force of her vocal delivery, and the disciplined fury of her musicianship connect her to her audience with confidence and grace.

Ferrick’s new album, Goodbye Youth – out September 16 – is the follow-up to her acclaimed 2006 CD, In the Eyes of Strangers, released on her own label, Right On Records. Always groundbreaking, Ferrick achieved an industry first by setting up direct digital downloads from her website and is at the forefront of fan-funded recording, a practice that is gaining popularity among independent musicians. Produced by Ethan Allen (Throwing Muses, Patty Griffin), In The Eyes of Strangers maintained all of the passion of her previous releases, and featured drummer Daren Hahn (Ani DiFranco, Eels), keyboardist Julie Wolf (Bruce Cockburn, Dar Williams), and friends Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara, Erin McKeown, and Rachael Davis.

Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee (schedule below)
The 2008-2009 Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee presents eight concerts featuring Melissa Ferrick, Eva Ayllon, Daniel Lanois, Wayne Shorter, and much more. Many of these artists will perform with Berklee students, faculty, or alumni, showcasing Berklee’s own heavy-hitters alongside the best of contemporary folk, jazz, Latin, pop, and r&b.
Berklee is pleased to welcome Borders as the supporting sponsor of the series.

All concerts begin at 8:15 p.m. (unless otherwise noted), at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. Tickets for all shows are available at ticketmaster.com and at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office, 617-747-2261.

November 6 – Eva Ayllon
The great African-Peruvian singer/songwriter and «Queen of Lando,» Eva Ayllon performs songs from her extensive catalog with a Berklee student and faculty group led by Oscar Stagnaro, professor of bass. Tickets: $30.

November 16 – Daniel Lanois
Record producer and singer/songwriter Daniel Lanois, a seven-time Grammy Award-winner who has worked with Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris, and U2, brings his band to the BPC stage to kick-off his stay as Berklee artist-in-residence. Tickets: $30. This concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

December 3 – Wayne Shorter 75th Birthday Celebration
Saxophone legend and NEA jazz master Wayne Shorter celebrates his 75th birthday year with his first concert in Boston in over five years, featuring his quartet with drummer Brian Blade, bassist John Patitucci, and pianist Danilo Perez, a Berklee professor. Tickets: $66, $46.

February 5 – Jazz as Condition: Mint Condition
R&B group Mint Condition is known for their great musicianship and dazzling live shows, and tonight they will stretch out even further, showing how jazz infor

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