List of Events

  • July 26 The Sinclair
    Tinariwen, a Grammy-winning band of nomadic Tuaregs from the Sahara Desert in northern Mali, brings a rebellious sensibility to entrancing desert blues. A sensational live act, they electrify traditional Tuareg melodies with edgy blues, rock, pop, Berber, and Arabic influences, producing a gritty,... MORE »
  • September 08 First Church in Cambridge Congregational
    Mark Kozelek, frontman of Sun Kil Moon, is renowned for his intense, highly autobiographical songs. An expressive, talented guitarist with a beautiful and evocative voice, Kozelek has been building his own musical brand for over 20 years with his previous band Red House Painters, his current... MORE »
  • September 12 The Sinclair
    Born out of a late-night jam session at the American University of Beirut, Mashrou' Leila's name roughly translates to Overnight Project. The first Middle Eastern artists to make the cover of Rolling Stone, they have challenged the status quo of the Middle Eastern pop industry with rousing,... MORE »
  • September 13 Somerville Theatre
    Celebrating 10 years together, The High Kings is an Irish supergroup made up of Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, George Murphy, and Darren Holden. Versatile and skilled multi-instrumentalists, they play 13 instruments among the four of them, bringing a rousing acoustic flavor to brand new songs along... MORE »
  • September 27 The Rockwell
    Playing contemporary Creole blues with an African flair, Delgres connects the music and history of Guadeloupe, Louisiana, and Paris. The trio’s rollicking blues music is a buoyant setup of guitar, voice, sousaphone, and drums that sounds somewhere between Ali Farka Touré, Tinariwen, and The... MORE »
  • October 04 The Rockwell
    Newpoli crosses through time, culture, and musical styles as it performs modernized, old-world taranta music from southern Italy and surrounding countries. The high-energy ensemble stirs up a mesmerizing sound that melds traditional Italian folk music, Greek and Turkish grooves, Mediterranean and... MORE »
  • October 11 Somerville Theatre
    Kora virtuoso Sona Jobarteh has modernized the presentation of kora music by playing while standing, and singing with an electric Afropop band. Effortlessly blending different musical styles, Jobarteh uses her innovative stance to talk about cultural identity, gender, love, and respect, while still... MORE »
  • October 12 Berklee Performance Center
    One of the most distinctive and expressive voices in popular music, Buika is a spellbinding performer with a powerhouse voice. Her unique blend of flamenco, jazz, Afro-beat, soul, and blues is raw and smoky, with a tenderness that hits right at the heart.
  • October 18 The Rockwell
    From County Armagh, Ireland, Jarlath Henderson is a masterful balladeer, a three-time All-Ireland Champion uilleann piper, and a versatile multi-instrumentalist on whistle, flute, and cittern.  He and his band combine modern, rhythmically intense music with his traditional singing style to create a... MORE »
  • October 19 - October 20 The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
    PLACES PLEASE! reunites KEIGWIN + COMPANY founding choreographers Nicole Wolcott and Larry Keigwin in a zany duet that captures the anxiety and playfulness of life behind the scenes before the curtain goes up. This Boston premiere work explores the parallel and intersecting paths of the creative... MORE »
  • October 20 Berklee Performance Center
    The Hot Sardines effortlessly channels New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets, and New Orleans jazz halls to transform songs from past eras into pop music for the current century. Bandleader and pianist Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol are joined by a powerhouse brass... MORE »
  • October 21 The Sinclair
    A global music icon for nearly three decades, Youssou NDOUR creates contemporary music that transcends styles, genres, and continents. His sinuous, spine-tingling voice soars over shimmering mbalax music that combines elements of traditional Senegalese rhythms with an irresistible blend of Afropop... MORE »
  • October 26 Somerville Theatre
    One of South Africa's most celebrated musicians and cultural activists, Vusi Mahlasela is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and poet but is known simply as The Voice in his South African homeland. Honoring the musical traditions of his youth during apartheid, Mahlasela and his band will be performing... MORE »
  • October 28 Sanders Theatre
    Why would anyone willingly plunge headfirst into the war-torn areas of Afghanistan, Darfur, or Libya? For photojournalist Lynsey Addario, the short, simple answer is also the title of her memoir: It’s What I Do. In focusing on humanitarian and human-rights issues, Addario has built her career on... MORE »
  • November 03 Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
    Malian blues guitar virtuoso and vocalist Mamadou Kelly was a fixture in both the late Ali Farka Touré’s Allstars and Afel Bocoum’s Alkibar, two of the most famous bands in Malian musical history. With an encyclopedic knowledge of Mali’s music and brilliant musicianship, Mamadou Kelly and his... MORE »
  • November 18 The Rockwell
    From the Greek island of Crete, composer Stelios Petrakis is a virtuosic lyra (three-stringed fiddle) player and a leading figure in the lively Greek roots music scene. His quartet, a string band with laouto (lute or oud), mandolin, and cello, plays a mix of traditional pieces and his own... MORE »
  • November 28 Paradise Rock Club
    Cœur de Pirate (French for pirate heart) is the stage name for award-winning French-Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Béatrice Martin. Her whimsical, magical pop songs blend cabaret music, French lyrics, and playful indie sensibilities. After releasing three albums to international... MORE »
  • November 30 - December 01 The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
    Under the co–artistic direction of Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and award-winning Dutch-Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili, Boston Dance Theater (BDT) is a Boston-based contemporary dance company committed to presenting relevant works by acclaimed choreographers. BDT showcases the talents of Boston-based... MORE »
  • January 11 Sanders Theatre
    Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, explores the reigns of powerful ancient queens to illuminate a time when women ruled the world. Often neglected in the history books, these strong female leaders may be considered exceptions to the rule, but their power and influence are undeniable.... MORE »
  • January 18 - January 19 Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre
    Tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance honors tap dance’s unique American tradition while pushing the form rhythmically, aesthetically, and conceptually. Her iconic tap company, Dorrance Dance, performs the Boston premiere of Myelination, a groundbreaking new work for 12 dancers and a live... MORE »
  • January 19 Berklee Performance Center
    A jazzy, sexy twist on the chanson tradition, Paris Combo is an irresistible affair loaded with attitude and charm. Fronted by vocalist Belle du Berry, the Paris-based quintet pays homage to a century of French cabaret music with the smoldering influences of swinging Gypsy jazz and French pop.
  • January 25 The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
    Dance UP features Boston premiere works by Danza Orgánica, Prometheus Dance, and the Wondertwins, three of Boston’s most exciting contemporary dance companies. Danza Orgánica is a social justice–oriented dance theater company that draws elements from contemporary dance, African diaspora, and... MORE »
  • January 26 The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
    Dance UP features Boston premiere works by Danza Orgánica, Prometheus Dance, and the Wondertwins, three of Boston’s most exciting contemporary dance companies. Danza Orgánica is a social justice–oriented dance theater company that draws elements from contemporary dance, African diaspora, and... MORE »
  • January 27 The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
    Dance UP features Boston premiere works by Danza Orgánica, Prometheus Dance, and the Wondertwins, three of Boston’s most exciting contemporary dance companies. Danza Orgánica is a social justice–oriented dance theater company that draws elements from contemporary dance, African diaspora, and... MORE »
  • February 02 Sanders Theatre
    With the power of gospel and the precision of Broadway, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is the undisputed king of mbube, South African a cappella singing. The multi-Grammy-winning group came together in the early 1960s and continues to thrill audiences around the world with its strong, proud melodies... MORE »
  • February 09 Somerville Theatre
    From Galway, We Banjo 3 finds common ground between Old World tradition and authentic Americana by playing their banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin in an innovative fusion of styles that they dub Celtgrass. The award-winning band's rousing revelry, virtuosity, power, passion, and purpose are... MORE »
  • February 23 House of Blues Boston
    Celebrating music that knows no borders, CRASHfest transforms the House of Blues into an indoor global music festival. With ten bands playing on three stages, CRASHfest features an expansive dance floor and seated balcony overlooking the main stage, the luxurious and exotic Foundation Room, and a... MORE »
  • March 02 Berklee Performance Center
    Flamenco superstar, Farruquito is heir to Spain’s  legendary Farruco dynasty. Regarded as one of the most faithful representatives of flamenco puro, Farruquito performs intimate, authentic, and visceral flamenco. For this new program, he will be accompanied by three singers, five musicians, and two... MORE »
  • March 08 - March 09 The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
    Award-winning dancer and choreographer Danielle Agami was part of Israel’s world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company before founding Ate9. Based in Los Angeles, Ate9 has quickly become one of the most important dance companies on the West Coast. Agami’s innovative new work, calling glenn, is a... MORE »
  • March 23 Berklee Performance Center
    Leaves of Grass finds brilliant composer and pianist Fred Hersch setting Walt Whitman's exultant poetry to music. Vocalists Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry bring Whitman's words to life with emotion and grace while Hersch's stellar octet provides an atmospheric and nuanced backdrop.
  • March 31 Sanders Theatre
    Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists today. Featuring Redman on sax, Aaron Goldberg on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums, the quartet will perform new, original pieces composed by Redman... MORE »
  • April 07 Sanders Theatre
    BANGS introduces one of jazz’s most exciting trios to arrive in years. Pianist Jason Moran, guitarist Mary Halvorson, and trumpeter and cornetist Ron Miles collide in BANGS to push the boundaries of jazz, blending tempo, texture, and tune.  Halvorson cuts the chords into shards, while Miles seems... MORE »